Cleveland rocks (and hip-hops)

By |  June 27, 2013

What a week!

My work trip to Cleveland has included 18 holes of golf and an LL Cool J concert so far. So, yeah, business as usual.

My work trip to Cleveland has included 18 holes of golf and an LL Cool J concert so far. So, yeah, business as usual.

I’ve been in Cleveland all week, meeting at our corporate headquarters. I get up here two or three times a year, and time always flies. Of course, it helps that we also have some fun whenever I arrive… 18 holes and an LL Cool J concert highlight this trip so far. (Photo of LL included. De La Soul, Public Enemy and Ice Cube were also there. Crazy!)

So anyway, not the best start for the new blog address, obviously — I mean, one post this week so far, seriously???

Ah well. I’ll get back on track. Cleveland trips always take me out of my regular routine. And besides, the action here is really going to pick up soon… as we once again go across the pond… very soon!


For those interested: The LL Cool J concert was pretty awesome. First of all, the line-up… that’s a ridiculous line-up! Who else from 80s and 90s hip-hop would you want on that bill?

Also, our seats… 5th row, a little to the right of the stage. Sweet seats! My ears are still ringing, two days later.

Public Enemy was fun, there’s a lot going on on the stage when they get up there. Added bonus, on the way to the bathroom, I ran into Flavor Flav in the hall and got a bro-hug from him. I told the guys I was with and they were like, “You should have got your photo with him!” but he was definitely moving fast, and had some security with him. I don’t think he was going to stay still for that long.

Ice Cube, awesome. Closed with “A Good Day,” of course.

And LL? Opened with “Momma Said Knock You Out” and played all the hits, including “Going Back to Cali” and “Jack the Ripper.” He played for a little over and hour and then quickly disappeared, being lowered behind the stage as the crowd of 4,000 people went crazy.

It was my second time seeing LL — saw him about 15 years ago at the House of Blues in Chicago — and I’m happy to say he still has his fastball. Great show.

Here’s the review from the Plain Dealer.


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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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