Photo Recap: Great Lakes Burning River Festival

Sure, I gave away tickets last week but, I couldn’t allow you guys to have all of the fun! So last night, I made my way to Whiskey Island to get a few Christmas Ale’s (it wouldn’t be Christmas in July without one!), salivate at some of the chef demonstrations and rock out to some good music.. Sadly, for you guys, you’ll never see that footage of me letting it all hang out (lol) but, I have included some pics to highlight some of the aftermath of what was an epic festival! I’m already looking forward to next year!

Video: Comedian Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ letter as Morgan Freeman

Almost two weeks from LeBron’s most recent decision, and his letter is still a hot topic of discussion.. So much that comedian Frank Caliendo couldn’t resist reading it on air Thursday morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN, reading James’ moving, heartfelt  letter in the voice of Morgan Freeman.


Taste Of Tremont Photo Recap

The 11th annual Taste of Tremont was  just as I had hoped it would be, perfect weather, great food, good music, etc..

Just to think, over 30,000 visitors, packed on to Professor Ave., sampling some of the best art, music and food the city has to offer.. It’s just an awesome sight and thanks to my buddies at aerial agents, we have a unique perspective (cover photo) to highlight the magnitude of this annual event.

If you were there, what were some your favorite highlights?

Portable Traffic Camera Locations (07/23/2014 – 08/13/2014)

The following will be active locations for the city’s Portable Camera Units (PCUs) beginning Wednesday, July 23, 2014. These locations will be active from July 23 to August 13, 2014.

  • 2300 Block of St. Clair
  • 1500 Block of West 25th
  • 3200 Block of West 65th
  • 800 Block of East 140th
  • 6600 Block of Fleet Ave
  • East 177th Block of Villaview Road
  • 2100 Block of Clark Avenue
  • St. Clair Avenue and Lancelot
  • 15900 Lorain Avenue
  • 7600 Clark Avenue
  • 2600 Block of N. Moreland Boulevard
  • 12500 Berea Road
  • West 104th & Madison
  • 2200 Prospect Avenue
  • 6800 Block of Franklin Avenue


“I’m So Cleveland” Takes Over Social Media In Cleveland!

In case you didn’t check your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the past days, let me fill you in on what you missed.

A trending topic took the city and Clevelanders both near and far down memory lane.. The trending topic was “I’m So Cleveland.”

In these posts, people would begin their posts with the phrase “I’m So Cleveland,” and continue to conjure up memories of the city of Cleveland.

Although I’m not the first person to say “I’m So Cleveland”, Cleveland Over Everything and it’s recent, aggressive marketing campaigns on Facebook definitely struck the match and lit the fuse on what was an explosion this weekend.

What’s humbling is, seeing the boost in pride and morale that this trending topic has created. At a time when this city has a lot to celebrate, I’m beyond honored to say that I helped contribute at little something extra, something of ours that we can celebrate as well.

There’s soooo much work that goes in to this, designing, pricing, vendor relationships, marketing, promoting, etc.. To see it resonate on this level. It’s amazing. I’ve never been more proud.

Now, with all of that being said, I would like to remind you that there is a much more stylish way to state how Cleveland you are, and that’s by hitting the webstore and picking up a few of the I’m So Cleveland tees and tanks.



Enter To Win Tickets To The 2014 Great Lakes Burning River Festival

2014 Burning River Fest – Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Whiskey Island (Wendy Park and the Historic Coast Guard Station)
2800 Whiskey Island Drive, Cleveland, OH 44102

Highlights and Event Details

The 2014 Burning River Fest will feature live music, fresh food and chef demos from local farms and eateries, interactive and educational exhibits from the Great Lakes Science Center, artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle, a Corporate Boat Float, and a special appearance by (and freshly-brewed batch of) Great Lakes Brewing Company’s® Christmas Ale™!

Highlights of the 2014 Burning River Fest:

• 28 bands and musicians on three stages* bringing blues, rock, folk and more to the shore.

•Fresh, all-natural local food and chef demonstrations**, plus handcrafted beer by the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

•DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Lantern Art project with artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle.

•Interactive and educational exhibits on loan from the Great Lakes Science Center, providing guests of all ages a chance to learn more about our great lake.

• A Corporate Boat Float featuring boats made by six local companies out of post-consumer recyclable materials.
Presentation of the 2014 Outstanding Environmental Leader Award.

•The most spectacular nighttime views of Cleveland from a wonderful green space right in the heart of Cleveland’s industry.

• At 8:10 pm each night, a special lighting ceremony will be led by Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle artists hanging lanterns along the walkway to the Coast Guard Station. Ceremonial floating pyres will also be lit to commemorate the efforts to clean up our waterways since the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969.

Tickets can be purchased through July 24 at or at the gate. General admission tickets are $12 pre-sale (through July 20); $15 regular. VIP tickets are $50. Bicyclists will receive a discounted $8 day-of-admission ticket.

*2014 Burning River Fest Music Schedule

Friday, July 25th
Station Stage Sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company

6:35 pm
Ray Lanich Band

7:50 pm
Hey Mavis

8:55 pm

10:00 pm
Mo’ Mojo

Acoustic Stage Sponsored by Scene
6:40 pm
Brian Henke

7:35 pm
Nick Marzock

8:30 pm
Caitlin Mahoney

9:25 pm
Will Cheshier

10:20 pm
Megan Zurkey

Meadows Stage Sponsored by PNC
6:00 pm
Backstage Politics

7:05 pm

8:10 pm
Captain Kidd

9:15 pm
Demos Papadimas

10:20 pm

Saturday, July 26th
Station Stage Sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company
6:35 pm
Moises Borges

7:50 pm
Kristine Jackson

8:55 pm
Jack and the Bear

10:00 pm
Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons

Acoustic Stage Sponsored by Scene
6:40 pm
Brent Kirby

7:35 pm
Doug Wood Trio

8:30 pm
Gretchen Pleuss

9:25 pm

10:20 pm
Marcus Dirk

Meadows Stage Sponsored by PNC
6:00 pm
These Knees

7:05 pm
Party Sweat

8:10 pm
Jah Messengers

9:15 pm
The Missing Letters

10:20 pm
Attic Wolves

*Times are subject to change

**2014 Burning River Fest Chef Demos
Friday, July, 25th

6:45 pm
Jeff Jarrett
AMP 150

7:50 pm
Andrew Bower
Bar Cento

8:55 pm
Julie Hutchinson
The Root Café

10:00 pm
Becca Ritterspach
Great Lakes Brewing Company

Saturday, July 26th
6:45 pm
Parker Bosley & Trevor Clatterbuck
Fresh Fork Market

7:50 pm
Anna Harouvis
Anna in the Raw

8:55 pm
Jennifer Plank

10:00 pm
Becca Ritterspach
Great Lakes Brewing Company

Enter To Win Tickets Below!


Since 2001, people from all over the Great Lakes region have come together to remember the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River and celebrate the renewed sense of eco-consciousness the infamous fire inspired. The goal of the Burning River Fest is to raise awareness about environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem. Proceeds benefit the Burning River Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides resources for the sustainable future of our waterways, which has donated almost $400,000 to date.

Cleveland Bears Witness. Again.


After yesterday’s “Decision,” Clevelanders took to downtown much like they did after the last “Decision,” but this time, the vibe was totally different.

There were random chants of “LBJ!”, high-fives to strangers clearly united through the struggles of being a Cleveland sports fan.

In 2010, I was as hurt as anyone was, when I read that LeBron was determined to bring a championship to Cleveland, when I saw the way the city received him wherever he was, our love for him was rooted in something deeper than basketball. For as long as I can remember, it was always difficult bringing sports talent to Cleveland. Sure, we had a few big names pass through, but they were either in the twilight of their career (Rison, Hershiser, Kemp, etc.), or we groomed them in to superstars and then they soon departed. That hard truth suggested that the only way we were going to retain any talent here, was if we cultivated it ourselves. And so we did.

In 2003, our prayers were answered. The drafting of LeBron translated to hope. Not just for our struggling basketball team but, for the city, the region as a whole to rally around. Having grown up in the area, we rested easy on the fact that he knew what it meant to be a Cleveland sports fan, he knew how important his presence was, he was our hero.

For seven years, the city experienced a kind of excitement I had never seen before. We were perennial contenders and for once, even those dreaded self-loathing Clevelanders couldn’t deny our potential.

So when he left, well… You saw it on tv.

There was a reaction like no other, people felt betrayed, abandoned.. Being the product of a blue-collar region, we knew that he respected hard-work, resilience, being hard nosed, etc.. When he took the “easier way” to a ring, people denounced him.

Fast forward to yesterday, our reaction to the decision 2.0 wasn’t us getting back on the bandwagon, it was us celebrating the fact that “‘Bron gets it.”

Reading that letter, it’s clear, he understands what he means to this region.. Anywhere else, he’s just the best basketball player in the league. Here?! His value here is immeasurable.

As a city/region, our biggest import is people. Believe it or not, LeBron’s return is as much a part of our “brain gain,” as anyone elses’ arrival here.

Long story short, this is bigger than basketball. It’s about Cleveland and our region. Just look.

Welcome home LeBron.