Law School’s “Razing the Bar” Headlines the Jam for Justice at BottleHouse Brewpub
Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Razing the Bar, CWRU School of Law’s faculty/student/alumni rock band, will kick off the 2022 three-night Jam for Justice concert series on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 7-9 p.m., at BottleHouse Brewpub (2050 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights). The emcee is WKYC’s Stephanie Haney.
The Jam for Justice is an annual fundraiser for Cleveland’s Legal Aid Society. CWRU is a Bronze Sponsor which means CWRU students and faculty do not have to pay the $50 entrance fee. The Law School is also providing students with a bus for transportation.
Razing the Bar, whose name was chosen through a law school naming contest, was formed a decade ago. The band has played at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, House of Blues, Music Box Supper Club and Happy Dog Tavern. The band also performs regularly at Cosmic Dave’s Rock Club on Juniper Road in University Circle, with proceeds going to the Student Public Interest Law Fellowship (SPILF).
While faculty—including Co-Dean Michael Scharf (vocals, guitar); Professor Charlie Korsmo (keyboards, guitar, vocals); Law Library Director Joe Custer (bass guitar); Professor Kathryn Mercer (vocals); and Professor Andrew Pollis (vocals)—form the core of the band, Razing the Bar’s identity is redefined each year as student members graduate and new musicians join the law school.
This year, the band features two new 1L band members selected via video audition tapes over the summer: Nathaniel Arnholt (guitar and vocals) and Caroline Smith (vocals). They are joined by three 2Ls: Shay Adler (guitar), Michaella Guyot-Polverini (keyboards and vocals), and Kelsy Tshanen (vocals). The band also features three alums, Andy Rumshlag (LAW ‘22)(drums), Liz Safier (LAW ’21) (electric violin), and University Trustee Chuck Hallberg (LAW ‘77) (guitar).
The band’s “Jam for Justice” set will feature classic rock songs from the 1960s through today, with each song showcasing the talents of different band members.
“We play songs most people know by heart,” said Dean Scharf. “The band strives for a fun sing-along vibe.”
Learn more about the Jam for Justice.
Razing the Bar will also be performing at the walk to Defeat ALS, on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Beacon Place (6055 Rockside Woods Blvd. North, Independence).