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Bird & Cleaver flexes ladies’ arm wrestling

Nick Braun

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 20, 2019

Bird & Cleaver at 1603 N. Wells St., known for its relaxing ambiance and comfort food classics, has an alluring event in the works for Sunday, June 23, from 4-8 p.m.

That’s when they will host the S.L.A.W. (Strong Ladies of Arm Wrestling) tournament on their patio. You have to admit, ladies arm wrestling is something you don’t see every day. S.L.A.W. is a full on, glitz and glam bracket-style arm wrestling tournament that’s all about pageantry, show, and, of course, fun. The most intriguing thing about the competition is you never know what you’re going to see — a college student versus a weight-lifting soccer mom or perhaps a waitress versus a female construction worker.

Ladies, if you have the biceps and are interested in taking part in the competition, contact Bird & Cleaver for more info. If you’re not into it, no worries, feel free to come out anyway and cheer on your favorite gal and be part of an event that will be talked about for years to come.

All that’s asked from you is a $5 donation. Proceeds from this event will be directly donated to the Fort Wayne Center for Nonviolence.

Enjoy Brian’s songs

If you plan to attend the Yacht Rock Revue show at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion on Thursday, July 25, you’ll want to make sure you get there in time to catch opener Brian Lemert.

The local guitarist and singer recently released a new album, East of Where You’ve Been, which features the single “Those Were the Good Old Days (Sippin’ Jack Like a Martini).”

If I were a betting man, we’ll be hearing some of the new material that evening. Until then you can find the new release on a number of online streaming sites and trust me, you won’t be disappointed. By the way, great seats are still available for the show so get them while you can.

Georgetown HOsts outdoor concerts

Georgetown Fridays is back to supply northeast Fort Wayne with a high-quality concert series. The parking lot of Georgetown Plaza is the setting for this once-a-month event that will feature some superior local acts supplying the toe-tapping tunes.

The first act slated to perform at this family-friendly event will be The Bulldogs on June 28 followed by Junk Yard Band on July 26 and Hubie Ashcraft Band on Aug. 23.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and will also feature food and drinks available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair, unwind, and let the weekend begin.

Wagons ho for urban pioneers

Mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar, and you have the Albany, Texas, outfit Urban Pioneers.

This trio hammers out old-time hillbilly, western swing, and rockabilly music and together travel the world performing over 250 days a year. I don’t care who you are, being cooped up in a stinky van and sleeping on couches for that long is dedication. It’s evident that making music and gaining fans is what they love.

Lucky for us, the Urban Pioneers will be coming to town on Monday, July 8, to perform at the Brass Rail. Witty songs and earnest showmanship, this will be one for the books. Opening the show that evening will be local favs The Debutants.

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