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Around Hear: Reinvention of Hi-Fi Club

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Lakewood's Hi-Fi Club (11729 Detroit Ave.) is reinventing itself as Breakfast Club Cleveland. The new name is partially a nod to the Breakfast Club, a cover band featuring new partner Dave Brooks and Hi-Fi owner Billy Morris, whose hair-metal résumé includes a stint with Warrant and hired-gun work with Quiet Riot. It also indicates a new direction for the venue.

"We're rebranding the club," says Morris. "We're going for more of an adult crowd. The '80s are popular."

Morris says the Lakewood venue will keep Heavy Metal Karaoke, its Wednesday live-band karaoke night. It will still host some metal and indie-rock shows but plans to add more cover bands. They've installed booths and plan to emphasize the reopened kitchen. The club will now open at noon and stay open until 4 a.m., serving a menu designed by the new cook, "Whiskey Steve" Williams, formerly of Whiskey Island.

The spot tried to reboot before, most recently as part of the Jigsaw Saloon debacle.

"It's going to happen this time, I swear," says Morris. "Who does '80s better than me?"

Grand-opening week kicks off with the Breakfast Club on Saturday, November 21, hair-metal also-rans Bang Tango and D'Molls on Sunday, November 22, and the 35th Peanuts Thanksgiving Eve All-Star Jam on Wednesday, November 25.

Brooklyn rapper Flawless will shoot a video during his Saturday, November 21, show at Peabody's (2045 E. 21st St.). Doors at 9 p.m., tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show.

Kiddo singer Liz Wittman returns to Cleveland for a live set with her new and darker dance-electro project, Lettercamp. The group opens for Ohio Sky and This Is a Shakedown on Saturday, November 21, at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts.). Doors 10 p.m., tickets $8. Take a listen at

The JiMiller Band will record its sixth annual Thanksgiving Eve all-Grateful Dead show at the Winchester (12112 Madison Ave.) for possible use on a new CD. Doors open at 9 p.m. $7 tickets include food.

Visit C-Notes, Scene's music blog, to see "Spain," the new video from local rock duo Mr. Gnome.

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