Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Free Admission Day at Rock Hall
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Free Admission Day at Rock Hall

Music was an integral part to the Civil Rights Movement, and musicians often stood alongside Dr. King during many of his appearances in the name of racial justice. From 2018 Inductees Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the Freedom Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Sam Cooke, musicians have regularly played a role in advocating for social change.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live performances, an art demonstration, education programs, and family activities that highlight how people have used music to find their voice and create a sense of community. The event will be emceed and DJ’d by Jason Walker. The Rock Hall’s many exhibits, including its featured Stay Tuned: Rock on TV, showcase how artists have used popular music to communicate ideas and incite social change.

Service in the spirit of Dr. King, the Rock Hall will also take donations of hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather clothes to benefit Clevelanders in need.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)

10:15 a.m. FILM: STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN (Rated PG, 1 hr 56 minutes), Foster Theater

An evocative profile of Motown's studio musicians known as the Funk Brothers, the house band that backed The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells, among others.

10:30 a.m. PERFORMANCE BY RAINEY INSTITUTE DANCE TEAM, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

11 a.m.-4 p.m. FAMILY ACTIVITIES, Voinovich Atrium (Lower Level)

Enjoy crafts and activities such as creating your own protest signs and adding to the Rock Hall’s dream wall.

12:30 p.m. ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: JANET JACKSON’S CONTROL, Foster Theater

Listen to 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Janet Jackson's classic 1986 album Control like never before! Rock Hall experts introduce the album and audience members are encouraged to share their Janet Jackson memories.

1:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE BY JUL BIG GREEN, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

A soul rock fusion band from Cleveland.

1:30 p.m. CLEVELAND IS THE CITY: A FAMILY EDUCATIONAL SESSION, Foster Theater

Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. The class explores artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to LeVert and venues such as Leo’s Casino that helped to create the city’s culture.

2:30 p.m. ROCK & ROLL AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Learn how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock & roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.

3:00 p.m. PERFORMANCE BY MOURNING [A] BLKSTAR, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

A local self-described DIY Afrofuturist soul group that’s received national attention and acclaim for their music, which communicates their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.

3:30 p.m. FILM: STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN (Rated PG, 1 hr 56 minutes), Foster Theater

An evocative profile of Motown's studio musicians known as the Funk Brothers, the house band that backed The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells, among others.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar w/ Konjur Collective, $100 Girlfriend
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Mourning [A] BLKstar w/ Konjur Collective, $100 Girlfriend

Mourning A BLKstar "The Garner Poems"
Konjur Collective Mission 
$100 Girlfriend

Doors 7:30, Show 8:30, ALL AGES
$12 admission

Purchase Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/servlet/s/38174867

RA Washington was left bewildered after the murder of his close friend. He felt reflective and drifted into in a creative crisis. Disillusioned by the idea of making a living as an artist, he was unsure if his future as a poet and beat maker was sustainable. He knew that he needed a new spark --new voices around him-- and he soon found it as he invited long time friends, LaToya Kent, and James Long to record over new beats, crafted in honor of his lost friend. It was not long before the group began to realize that they had something special. After bringing Jazz singer, Kyle Kidd into the mix, they began to record their first record, “Blk Musak,” which explores a conversation between iconic symbols and concepts that have historically sustained marginalized people-- the heart of black music.

Mourning [A] BLKstar wants to communicate their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning A BLKstar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through a lens of chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, washed-out synth tones, and historic sample pulls.

On their sophomore album, The Garner Poems (out October 26th on Electric Cowbell), the group traffics their signature gritty strain of DIY Afrofuturist soul music, balancing hip-hop production techniques with lo-fi experimentation to create a sonic suite that eulogizes victims of police brutality, including Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, as well as bringing forth a conversation that aligns with the political and emotional state of this world. The Garner Poems are modern day spirituals of reverence and despair that serve as both a force of light and a schematic for hope, survival, and independence.

Bandleader, producer, and keyboardist, RA Washington expresses what makes this new album special, “For us this record is a reflection of our growth as a group and the permanent addition of instrumentalists Theresa May (trumpet), William Washington (trombone). While the first record was really an experiment, this record represents a deep concern with us. Can we be of service to our celebration and our mourning? Can we be authentic in our collective response to oppression? In many ways I began many of the pieces thinking of Duke Ellington’s concept of the ‘78 suite (78 RPM) and how could we within the confines of a pop lexicon extend the conversation to be interconnected song after song without seeming forced. I think we achieved that and it’s an exciting time to be creating even in the midst of so much uncertainty.”

The Garner Poems is ten tracks strong, which RA elaborates, “For many compositions for “Garner” I wanted to explore the dirge both as an extension of our genetic memory but also to implore the ancestors to visit in celebration and affirmation of our time making this country now called America. “These Stars Collide” “The Box” and the title song “Garner Poem” has some element of the funeral dirge that goes back to field chants and the talking drum.”

Mourning [A] BLKstar describes themselves as “a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.” The name of the group finds a shared passageway to multiple worlds and reflects the importance of the music, showing honor and acknowledgement to the lives that’ve died at the hands of police, along with the beauty and expressive legacy of African-American artistry.

RA concludes, “Rarely are you given the platform to make conceptual art and place it in a commercial marketplace, so we are humbled and committed to making art that speaks to our political concerns and allows for the human joy that is funky ass drums and great grooves in service and in revolt. Riot music for the last days.” The Garner Poems is a perfect example of art created through resilience, spirit, and community that continues to strengthen in modern times in the face of police brutality, hate rhetoric, and divisive politics.

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Mourning [A] BLKstar & Black Folks Don't Swim? & Lightmare
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mourning [A] BLKstar & Black Folks Don't Swim? & Lightmare

An eclectic, genre non-conforming and gender nonconforming Cleveland band that uses music to confront issues of racism, oppression and police violence Mourning A BLKstar are celebrating the release of their second album "The Garner Poems" on Electric Cowbell Records at Rhizome. The collective incorporates hip-hop production with lo-fi, washed-out synth, jazz instrumentation and audio samples from significant moments in history.

Lightmare is an up-and-coming six-person soulpunk arrangement out of Washington, D.C. making songs about love, death, and revolution, in any order and definitely overlapping. Smooth and sharp, warm and galvanizing, punchy, political and personal. Their set is guaranteed to get your body moving and your feelings flowing. 

Black Folks Don't Swim? are gender diverse purveyors of funkified soul shake down sounds. DMV Based. Founded by Queer Black Womxn.

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Jah Division Reunion and Record Release featuring Mourning [A] BLKstar
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Jah Division Reunion and Record Release featuring Mourning [A] BLKstar

So honored to join our friends Jah Division at our favorite venue in New York (Secret Project Robot) in their celebration of their record release.

Jah Division

A supergroup born of Brooklyn’s early 21st century DIY scene, Jäh Division’s sole 2004 12-inch Dub Will Tear Us Apart earned them an instant infamy for their psychedelic dub interpretations of Joy Division classics. Featuring members of Home and Oneida and recorded in the literal shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, Jäh Division grew from a joke between roommates Brad Truax and Barry London into a rolling improv collective that included members of Animal Collective and Oneida, among others. 

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Brite Winter Fest 2019
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Brite Winter Fest 2019

There might be snow… there might be sun, but this is Cleveland and we’ve come out to play in the middle of winter! As a community funded and organized event, all of our official programing is free and open to the public, and is made possible largely by support of our attendees. Want to know what you can expect? Check out last year's event guide and check back for regular updates on Brite 2019.

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IngenuityFest 2018: futurepast
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

IngenuityFest 2018: futurepast

  • 5401 Hamilton Avenue Cleveland, OH, 44114 United States (map)
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IngenuityFest showcases creativity and innovation across sectors: it is a unique space to find something for everyone!

We’ll celebrate IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast on September 28-30 at our home at the Hamilton Collaborative, 5401 Hamilton Ave Cleveland, OH 44114! 

Festival hours:
Friday, September 28: 5pm – 1am
Saturday, September 29: 12pm – 1am
Sunday, September 30: 12pm – 5pm

Tickets (available online and at the gate):
Adult Day Pass: $5
Adult Weekend Pass: $10
**Details about tax-deductible, VIP tickets coming soon. Check back for details!
Kids 12 & Under: Free!

Tickets on sale now via EventBrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ingenuityfest-2018-futurepast-tickets-47560769542

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Falloutfest 2018
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Falloutfest 2018

Falloutfest 2018 at The Union
Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, September 22nd!

Thursday Sept. 20th:
DIET CIG, Counterfeit Madison, Hidden Places, Illuminati Hotties, and more!

Friday Sept. 21st:
Guerilla Toss w/Crooks on Tape, Lung, DANA, more

Saturday Sept. 22nd:
Mourning A Blkstar, Linqua Franca, Absolutely Not, more!


Stay tuned for more information coming very soon!

Advance tickets on sale June 29th!

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Heights Music Hop
Sep
15
5:00 PM17:00

Heights Music Hop

Join M[A]B at Heights Music Shop on Lee Road during The Heights Music Hop!

The Heights Music Hop returns for THREE NIGHTS in THREE DISTRICTS!
Thursday, Sept. 13, in Coventry Village; Friday, Sept. 14 in Cedar Fairmount; and Saturday, Sept. 15, in Cedar Lee!

Check out this FREE festival of live music and local merchants! This 6th annual event is one of the region's top music festivals, featuring more than 70 MUSICAL ACTS in 30 VENUES!

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Berea Arts Fest
Sep
9
4:00 PM16:00

Berea Arts Fest

Ladies and gentlemen, families and friends… get ready for the 28th anniversary celebration of the Berea Arts Fest! Rain or shine, on Sunday, September 9th from 10 a.m-5 p.m. This will be an art extravaganza in downtown Berea that will fill your eyes and hearts with visual candy. 
The Berea Arts Fest is a FREE event, featuring dozens of mediums like, painting, photography, jewelry, glass blowing, metal works, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, wood working, performance art, and many others new forms of art! 

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Pressure Fest 2018
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00