July 30, 2011

Simon dTOUR Live at Great Lakes Mall

Music, teens and free prizes will take over Great Lakes Mall tomorrow as the Simon dTOUR Live rolls into town. In its eighth year, the concert brings together live music, fans and giveaways at Simon malls across the country.

We The Kings will headline the tour tomorrow and will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. in the Macy's concourse. We The Kings is a pop punk band from Florida who soared to fame with hits including "Check Yes Juliet" and "Skyway Avenue."

Besides the live concert, the event will include karaoke booths and Glee trivia and prize packages. Stores within the mall will also take part in the event by offering discounts and free gifts to customers.

The event is free and open to the public.

Simon dTOUR Live hours:
Sunday, July 31 from noon to 6 p.m.

For more information about the event, visit

To learn more about We The Kings, and listen to their new album, visit

July 22, 2011

Irish Cultural Festival

Ireland is coming to Cleveland for the weekend as Celtic music, Irish dancers and pipe bands take over the Berea Fairgrounds for the 29th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival.

Founded in 1982 by John O' Brien, the festival was created to celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland. The first year brought in over 3,000 visitors and the festival continued to expand throughout the years. More than 30,000 people now attend the event each year.

This year's festival continues to highlight Irish traditions. Three different schools of Irish dance will perform, as well as Pat Campbell who spent eight years touring with "Lord of the Dance." Pipe bands and celtic rock bands will also take the stage to perform.

The event is rounded out with traditional Irish food, art exhibits and areas for children to play and make crafts.

Admission to the festival is $10. Children 10 and under will be admitted at no charge. Parking is free all weekend.

Irish Cultural Festival hours:
Friday, July 22 from 4:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 from 1 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 from 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (An outdoor Mass will take place at 11:30 a.m.)

For more information, visit

July 19, 2011

Vans Warped Tour

Warped Tour has long been known as the punk rock music festival of the summer. Bringing together bands and fans from across the nation, the concert is an annual traditions for music lovers.

The festival hits Cleveland tomorrow, July 20 and will be hosted for the first time at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.

Warped Tour features and celebrates punk rock, ska, alternative rock and pop punk music. In recent years, over 100 bands have performed each day. This year's headliners include 3OH!3, A Day To Remember, Paramore, Jack's Mannequin, and The Devil Wears Prada, among others.

As many as eight stages are set up throughout the festival grounds with bands performing non-stop all day. Numerous vendors and non-profit tents can also be found at the event, including Fearless Records, Music Saves Lives, Alternative Press Magazine, peta, and To Write Love On Her Arms. These stands are famous for featuring meet and greets and autograph sessions with bands, so keep your eyes open.

Tickets are $40 at the door. To receive a "Jump the Line Pass" (get there late, the line can be upwards of an hour just to get in) bring a $5 donation, three canned goods or a used cellphone to the donation station at the gate.

Warped Tour hours:
Wednesday, July 20 from 11:30 a.m.-9ish (or until the last bands leave the stage)

For more information, and a list of bands playing at the Cleveland date, visit

July 15, 2011

Party in the Park

Looking for one of the largest free music festivals in Ohio? Look no further than Veterans Park in downtown Painseville, where the 31st annual Party in the Park will take place this weekend.

Featuring over 40 bands on three stages, music fans will be sure to hear something they like. From Cleveland-based artists to national musicians, the event will highlight all genres of music including reggae, classic rock and blues.

In addition to music, the festival will include a chinese auction, a car show, a farmers market, and arts and crafts for children. Scott and Neil Hillstrand from "The Deadliest Catch" will also be present to sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Party in the Park hours:
Friday, July 15 from 11 a.m.-midnight
Saturday, July 16 from noon-midnight
Sunday, July 17 from noon-11 p.m.

For more information, a list of bands and directions to the park, visit

July 9, 2011

Avenging Cleveland

The Pop Shop Gallery in Lakewood is celebrating the soon-to-be
filmed Avengers movie with a brand new exhibit. Titled 'Avenging Cleveland,' the exhibit combines artwork from 25 local artists who pay homage to Marvel Comics superheroes.

Iconic characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers will all be represented in the exhibit. Carol and John's Comic Book Shop, a Cleveland based comic retailer, has donated a variety of comic book paraphernalia to also be on display during the show.

The opening reception is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the Pop Shop Gallery. The exhibit will remain on display until Aug. 6.

For more information, and directions to the gallery, visit

July 7, 2011

Tremont ArtWalk

This Friday night, the neighborhood of Tremont will be bustling with art lovers. Visitors from all across town will travel to Tremont to view one-of-a-kind artwork during the Tremont ArtWalk.

The ArtWalk has been held in historic Tremont since 1993. Seven businesses collaborated and opened up their doors to artists and patrons that year for the first ever ArtWalk. Now in its 18th year, the ArtWalk continues to thrive.

More than 30 galleries, shops and restaurants will participate in the event this Friday. The stores will showcase photography, collages, comics, water color paintings and handpainted guitars from local artists. Several of the artists will be present to meet with patrons and discuss their artwork.

The ArtWalks are held the second Friday of each month.

Tremont ArtWalk hours:
Friday, July 8 from 6-10 p.m.

For more information, and a map of the walk, visit

July 1, 2011

Alley Cat Fridays

Where can you find live music, vinyl records and music fans of all ages? Tonight at Music Saves on Waterloo Road.

Music Saves is an independent music store that specializes in indie rock. The store is home to a plethora of vinyl records, new and used CDs, and random music memorabilia.

The Alley Cat Fridays series continues tonight. The store will open its back alley to visitors who can hang out, drink and listen to bands perform. The Crave (feat. RA Washington) will take the stage and perform from 6:30-9 p.m.

The series is held on the first Friday evening of each month through October.

The bands set to perform include:
-Dylan & Jayson of Cloud Nothings on Aug. 5
-Kalman & Kulcsar on Sept. 2
-Afternoon Naps & How to Breathe Underwater on Oct. 7

For more information, and directions to Music Saves, visit