Details On The Cleveland Orchestra’s “Star-Spangled Spectacular”


The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Loras John Schissel, will perform in “The Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and KeyBank,” the Orchestra’s 25th annual free community concert in downtown Cleveland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, on Public Square.

The annual “Star Spangled Spectacular” kicks-off Cleveland’s Fourth-of-July holiday weekend.  The 2014 concert marks the 25th that The Cleveland Orchestra has presented a free community concert in downtown Cleveland — in what has become a popular and much-loved tradition for many people from across Northeast Ohio.  The concerts have been made possible by a public-private partnership of funders over the years, with the residents of Cuyahoga County providing lead support through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in recent years.  For the 2014 concert, KeyBank has become the official corporate sponsor, through a new grant to the Orchestra.

“We are delighted to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our first free concert on Public Square in 1990,” says Gary Hanson, executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra.  “This annual event has become such a beloved holiday tradition, and we are grateful to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to KeyBank, and our other producing partners who make this event possible each year.  We are proud to bring Northeast Ohio together to celebrate a great city and a great nation.”

“KeyBank is thrilled to present this incredible gift to the community,” says Margot James Copeland, Chairman and CEO, KeyBank Foundation.  “We are so pleased to partner with one of the finest Orchestra’s in the world as we celebrate, together with all of Northeast Ohio, the 25th anniversary of the Orchestra’s free downtown concerts.”

Beginning at 9:00 p.m., The Cleveland Orchestra and Loras John Schissel perform a program featuring popular American favorites including The Star Spangled BannerThe Battle Hymn of the Republic and Stars and Stripes Forever.  The program also features “Superman March” by John Williams, commemorating the hero’s origins and creation in Cleveland.  The concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, with a fireworks display following, weather permitting.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., selected “Make Music!” videos made by the Northeast Ohio community will be featured on a giant screen on Public Square.  Also, in the hours leading up to the Orchestra’s concert, a line-up of Cleveland’sgourmet food trucks will provide a variety of cuisines to concertgoers.  The 9:00 p.m. concert will be broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9.

MAKE MUSIC! — In conjunction with the July 2 concert, The Cleveland Orchestra invites musicians of all ages to contribute their talents to Make Music!, the Orchestra’s initiative to encourage community music-making.  Any and all ensembles —  from a bell choir to a church choir, or barbershop quartet to a string quartet, garage band, or a marching band  —  are invited to submit a video.  High resolution videos will compete for a spot on the giant Jumbotron in Public Square.  You can also submit “Make Music” videos using your favorite video apps (Instagram, Vine, YouTube, Facebook etc.).  Those submitting recordings are urged to use the hashtag #makemusic in order to be entered for a special Blossom Music Center prize pack.

For Jumbotron consideration, or to be featured on the Orchestra’s social media outlets go to

Also in conjunction with the July 2 concert, the Orchestra is partnering with Cuyahoga County Public Library, who will host several interactive, hands-on family workshops during June where young people can explore the instruments of the orchestra, practicing singing the National Anthem and learn more about the music to be featured on the July 2 concert.  Please see below for more information on events at CCPL locations.


The Star-Spangled Spectacular 
Brought to You by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and KeyBank
with The Cleveland Orchestra


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Concert begins at 9:00 p.m. and ends at approximately 10:15 p.m., followed by fireworks (weather permitting).  Community videos will be shown prior to the concert, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
Superior Avenue and Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

The Cleveland Orchestra
Loras John Schissel, conductor


TRADITIONAL                           The Star-Spangled Banner                    
JERRY GOLDSMITH                 The Generals March                               
WILLIAM SCHUMAN              Chester
TRADITIONAL                           The Wide Missouri (Oh Shenandoah)                  
JOHN WILLIAMS                       Superman March from Superman
GEORGE GERSHWIN               Prelude No. 2
JACQUE PRESS                       Wedding Dance from the Hassaneh Suite
RICHARD RODGERS                Symphonic Portrait: Victory at Sea 
TRADITIONAL                           Armed Forces Salute (arr. Loras John Schissel)
TRADITIONAL                           Battle Hymn of the Republic 
PYOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY          “1812” Overture                          
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA                March: The Stars and Stripes Forever      

Cleveland Food Trucks

5:00-10:00 p.m., prior to and during the Orchestra’s performance

Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
Superior Avenue and Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

Photo Recap: Talk & Taste w/ Rich Paul


As advertised, one of the most powerful agents in sports, Rich Paul was the featured speaker at last night’s Talk & Taste Event @ Jezebel’s Bayou.. Although he didn’t answer any LeBron free-agency questions, he did provide a great deal of insight and drew a detailed road-map to his found successes.


The Cleveland-native peppered his convo to the captivated crowd with praise to his family, neighborhood roots, time at Benedictine (including a few name-drops lol) and the fabric of the city as a whole.


TONIGHT: Talk & Taste | A Wine Tasting Networking Event Presents Rich Paul As Featured Guest Speaker


Talk & Taste. a monthly wine-tasting networking event will be welcoming Rich Paul as their featured speaker TONIGHT at Jezebel’s Bayou.

Who is Rich?!

Rich Paul, Founder and CEO of Klutch Sports Group, has been recognized as one of the sports industry’s most powerful agents. In a short period of time he has quickly climbed the corporate ladder in player representation both on and off the court.

Rich Paul began his career at LRMR (LeBron, Rich, Maverick, Randy) Marketing, a partnership created with some of his childhood friends. This was only the beginning of a very long journey. The next stop was at Nike where he learned many skills that would propel his career to the next level. His mastery of the ins and outs of the sports marketing industry landed him an opportunity to work for Creative Artists Agency. During his tenure Paul recruited and managed many top NBA players. These relationships would fuel his next move. In September of 2012, Rich Paul began his own sports agency, Klutch Sports Group.

He currently represents several top NBA players; Four time MVP LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers standout forward Tristan Thompson and rising point guard Eric Bledsoe just to name a few. He has also managed to ink lucrative deals with Coca Cola, Beats by Dre, Samsung and many other companies. The journey to the top has been a tough road. But with hard work and dedication Rich Paul discovered a recipe for success. His foresight and understanding of the ever-changing Sports Business has made Klutch Sports Group a force to be reckoned with.

Rich Paul was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. He attended Benedictine high school, where he was a 2 time Ohio state champion.

Cleveland Browns 2014 Training Camp Schedule Is Released!



This year, Browns fans have twelve opportunities to get  a sneak peak of their team in Berea and one special opportunity at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium, which will be the site of this year’s Family Day scrimmage.

The Family Day scrimmage is generally held at FirstEnergy Stadium but, the Stadium is undergoing phase one of a $120 million renovation, and won’t be ready until the first preseason game Aug. 23 against the Rams.

As usual, training camp practices are free and open to the public, but there’s a slight twist this year.. Fans will have to register online at, which will also provide daily updates on weather, appearances and additional information.

Open registration for all practices begins at 10 a.m. Thursday (6/26). Fans are asked to notify the team if they’re unable to use their ticket. More information about Family Day registration will be available later.

Fans unable to register online can call guest services at 440-891-5050.



The Tri-C JazzFest Returns June 26-28th With An All-New Format! Plus, ENTER TO WIN TWO TICKETS!!


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a big move from April to June 2014, presenting three jam-packed days of concerts in the theaters of PlayhouseSquare plus free music outside on Star Plaza.

Twelve ticketed shows and a host of free outdoor events will be featured June 26-28, 2014 in what JazzFest Director Terri Pontremoli says is an exciting change for loyal JazzFest audiences and a fresh opportunity for new ones.  “With a growing population downtown, and so much appetite for new experiences in the city, it’s the perfect time to introduce people to this wonderful musical experience with deep roots in Cleveland,” Pontremoli says.

This year’s lineup will feature three great bassists, two big bands, two groups led by women, Brazilian music, Latin music and a few surprises.  The lineup includes:

·       SeanJones Sean Jones on Thursday, June 26 at the Ohio Theatre (7:00pm)

·        TromboneShortyJohnScofield John Scofield and Trombone Shorty on Friday, June 27 at the Palace Theatre (7:15pm)

·       Eddie-Palmieri Eddie Palmieri on Friday, June 27 at the Ohio Theatre (9:30pm)

·         Jamey-Haddad Jamey Haddad on Saturday, June 28 at the Hanna Theatre (1:30pm)

·        ErnieKrivda Ernie Krivda Fat Tuesday Big Band on Saturday, June 28 at the Ohio Theatre (2:45pm)

·         Eliane_Elias Eliane Elias on Saturday, June 28 at the Hanna Theatre (4:00pm)

·        terri-lyne-carrington Terri Lyne Carrington on Saturday, June 28 at the Ohio Theatre (5:15pm)

·       Christian-McBride2 Christian McBride on Saturday, June 28 at the Ohio Theatre (6:45pm)

·         Raul_Midon Raul Midon on Saturday, June 28 at the Hanna Theatre (7:30pm)

·         MillerKoz Marcus Miller and Dave Koz on Saturday, June 28 at the Palace Theatre (8:00pm)

·        dave-holland Dave Holland Prism on Saturday, June 28 at the Ohio Theatre (10:00pm)


In addition to the music, there will be meet-the-artist sessions and jazz talks in the State Theatre lobby.

Outdoors on Star Plaza, fans and casual listeners will be able to enjoy hours of free concerts beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28.  

The outdoor lineup includes:

Friday, June 27, 2014
3:00 PM     Tri-C JazzFest Summer Camp musicians
4:15 PM     Cleveland School of the Arts JazzArts Ensemble
5:00 PM     Backstage Politics
5:45 PM     JazzFest 2nd Line with Parade the Circle puppets
6:15 PM     Alan Greene Blues Band
7:30 PM     Second Nature with Dan Wilson
8:45 PM     Broccoli Samurai
10:15 PM   Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta

Saturday, June 28, 2014
3:00 PM     Lafayette Carthon & Faith
4:15 PM     Bethesda
5:15 PM     Samba Joia (in front of Hanna Theatre)
5:30 PM     Horns & Things
6:30 PM     Samba Joia (in front of Hanna Theatre)
6:45 PM     Blue Monsoon
8:00 PM     Dominick Farinacci
9:15 PM     Red Light Roxy
10:30 PM   Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites

Band descriptions

Blu Monsoon – One of the freshest, jazz-influenced bands in Ohio, Blu Monsoon plays only the coolest pop covers and classics in addition to original music. With Mike Schirch (keys), Adam Hradisky (drums or cajon), Donald Pelc (guitar), Jeff Jeric (Bass).

Bethesda – Described as “indie-approved, Americana-hipster hootenanny,” this Kent band has performed at Bonnaroo and South x Southwest. With Shanna Delaney (vocals), Eric Ling (guitar/vocals), Christopher Black (violin/keys), Jesse Scaggs (guitar/banjo),  Dan Corby (bass), and Justin Rife (drums).

Alan Greene Blues Band – frequently voted Cleveland’s best blues guitarist in Scene Magazine, Alan Greene has kept a rocking blues band together for three decades. With Tom Odegard (vocals), Rob Luoma (drums), and Justin Butcher (bass).

Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta – For the past decade, this band has played a broad spectrum of Latin dance music and gained a multi-cultural audience in the tri-state area. With Sammy Deleon (timbales,vocals), Nelson Orta (congas, bongos), Jackie Warren (piano), Elmer Arocho (bass), Dick Ingersoll (saxophone), Manny Santana (trombone), Scott McKee (trumpet), Joe Miller (lead trumpet), Noel Colon (vocals), Marilyn Rodriquez (vocals), and Jose Hernandez (vocals).

Dominick Farinacci – JazzFest welcomes back the recently named Global Ambasssador of Jazz @Lincoln Center. In that capacity, Farinacci has been curating world music and jazz presentations at Jazz @Lincoln Center Doha, and creating education and outreach programs.

Red Light Roxy – Named after the famed burlesque house on Short Vincent Ave., this band specializes in vintage dance music from swing to jump blues and R&B.  With Eileen Burns (vocals), Joe Hunter (piano), Paul Samuels (drums), Dave Sterner (sax) Demetrius Steinmetz (bass) and Daris Adkins (guitarist).

Broccoli Samurai – Cleveland’s premiere “jamtronica” band, with Ryan Hodson (keys), Chris Walker (drums), Steve Fade (bass) and John McCarron (guitar).  The band has performed at Rootwire, The Werk Out, Hyperion Fest, Summerdance and The Mad Tea Party Jam.

Horns & Things – For more than 20 years, Horns & Things has been the powerhouse contemporary jazz ensemble in Northeast Ohio Ohio.  With J.T. Lynch (sax), Ken LeeGrand (sax), Derrick James (bass), Sakait Baksar (keys) and Ray Harvin (drums).

Lafayette Carthon & Faith – Pianist Carthon’s gospel career was launched at the age of 18
with the Winans. A teacher and gospel performer, he also is one of the premier jazz pianists in the area.  With Phillip Jones (organ), Joe Eff (keyboards), Alan Curry (bass), Monica Carter (drums), Alfonso Williams (guitar), and vocalists Andrenee Priest, Shavonn Lee, Sheryse Henderson, Maria Jacobs, Randall Priest, Jon Henderson.

Second Nature — The elements of Dan Wilson’s upbringing can be heard throughout his music – from the gospel music at his church, to his discovery of Wes Montgomery, Soul and Brazilian music. Wilson fronts a supreme trio here with Cliff Barnes (B-3) and Dave Throckmorton (drums).

Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites – A honey-voiced frontman backs this seven-piece Northern Soul group with a horn section straight out of the 1960s. Clad in sharp suits, this group keeps everyone dancing.  With Nick Fritsch (drums), Bob Basone (bass), Brent Wesley (vocals), Albert Santilli III (keys), Jimmy Parsons (guitar), Max Brady (trombone), Nathan-Paul Davis (saxophone) and Matt Garrett (trumpet).

Backstage Politics – Winner of the 2014 Tri-C High School Rock Off, Backstage Politics is made up of students from the School of Rock.


Attendees can expect to hear from a variety of local and national artists with genres ranging from R&B, Latin, Gospel, Reggae and – of course – Jazz. Festival goers can also enjoy several food trucks that will be on site for the weekend, including: Donut Lab, Beckham’s B & M Barbque, Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, and Hodge Podge. In addition, Great Lakes Brewing Company will be present serving up craft beers for the occasion.

JazzFest this year also introduces its first all-festival pass — a component  JazzFest regulars have asked for in recent years. Pass-holders receive a preferred-seat ticket for each of nine concerts of their choosing, plus walk-up admission to the remaining three shows.


“We want audiences to have fun and just immerse themselves,” Pontremoli said. “They may have a couple of favorite acts in mind, but the pass makes it easy for them to move freely, and explore music they may know less about, all while enjoying the theater district during the best days of summer.”

The pass has a face value of $445. To purchase, visit or call 216-987-4049.

Individual concert tickets are currently on sale.


Along with a growing collaboration with PlayhouseSquare,Tri-C  JazzFest will partner with Nighttown in Cleveland Heights, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House and Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood for events throughout the year.

This is the 35th consecutive year that Cuyahoga Community College has presented the festival, which has usually been in April. Founded by Dr. Thom Horning and Reginald Bruckner, JazzFest was begun with the intention of fostering the history and nurturing the future of jazz, providing educational opportunities, and bringing world-class jazz to Cleveland.

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is made possible through support from Cuyahoga Community College, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a growing list of members and sponsors.



PCU (Portable Camera Unit) Locations 06/16/2014 – 06/30/2014


The following will be active locations for the City’s Portable Camera Units (PCUs) beginning Monday, June 16, 2014. Legislation passed in May, 2013 increased the number of fixed camera sites from 24 to 49 and increased portable sites from 6 to 15. These locations will be active from June 16 to June 30, 2014.


•2300 Block of St. Clair Avenue
•2400 Block of East 55th Street
•3200 Block of West 65th Street
•1500 Block of West 25th Street
•800 Block of East 140th Street
•6600 Block of Fleet Avenue
•East 177th Block of Villaview Road
•4100 Block of West 150th Street
•12500 Berea Road
•15900 Lorain Avenue
•7600 Clark Avenue
•2200 Prospect Avenue
•2600 Block of North Moreland Boulevard
•West 104th Street & Madison Avenue
•2100 Clark Avenue


New Apparel To Be Released At Cleveland’s Got Sole 4!


Each year, some of Cleveland’s most-known “sole collectors” put together one of the biggest sneaker showcases in the Midwest. This year will be no different as the show will be held under the bright lights of the Quicken Loans Arena, Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 From 12 PM – 5 PM.

As much as this event is about buying/showcasing/selling/trading rare sneakers, it’s also about giving back, as CGS4 benefits The Children’s Tumor Foundation. Last year, the event raised $11K for the foundation..


So, with all that being said, it makes sense that Cleveland Over Everything not only attend but, set-up shop at this charitable event. Soooo, on Sunday, NEW summer gear will be released at the Cleveland Over Everything table at Cleveland’s Got Sole 4.



Ticket Price: $10.00 (two pairs of shoes per attendee to sell/trade)

Tickets Info: Tickets can be purchased here, at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office**, by calling toll free to order your tickets at (888) 894-9424 or TDD (855) 416-0373 OR at any one of Discount Drug Mart’s 58 northern Ohio locations.**Box Office Hours

Parking: Purchase Parking

Hotel: Get a special rate at the Radisson Hotel