The fire was small, limited to the prep area and dish room of Cicero's kitchen, but the smoke and water damage was extensive. So was the impact on the local jam-band scene. When the venerable venue suddenly closed for six months to make repairs, bands had to scramble to find places to perform. "We consider Cicero's to be our home; that's where we feel real comfortable playing," says Jerret Hotle of CPB, one of the finalists competing in Cicero's third annual Battle of the Jambands, which takes place on successive Thursdays this month. "When Cicero's shut down, it was, like, nobody had a place to play around town. We'd have to play at bars where nobody really wanted to... More >>>