Don’t Miss Out – Plenty of Summer to go!

By Carla A. Calhoun

The warm, lazy days of summer are coming to an end. The Art Hub and the Tri C Jazz Festival have already passed, so don’t miss out on the last of the free summer activities.

ART Hub

A community gathering sponsoring the “ART Hub” was an exciting and innovative event. The Art Hub is where mediums meet. Whether you’re catching a performance by one of the artists, making your own art in our sip and paint area, or getting photographed, this event engaged the attendees in the creative process. It was held on Friday, June 24 at the Surface Studio located at 2202 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. It was described as an “intimate, interactive art experience.”

The Master of Ceremony for the event was local singer Brandon Landrum who is known for his silky rhythm and blues vocals.

The first hub showcase featured local rap artists FRESHIE

The event was divided into three areas within the space. The first hub showcase featured local rap artists FRESHIE, Aphiniti, and also  DJ Cooley pushing the beats. The second area in the hub was a “Sip and Paint” with instructions by local Artist Lacy Talley. The third hub provided drinks, games, and a hookah lounge. Outside, a food truck provided by Rudy Food Service was available for patrons to enjoy a quick snack. The high energy of the artists was reciprocated by the enthusiastic crowd. For future ART Hub events, go to theclevelandobserver.com or Eventbrite.

The Cleveland Tri-C Jazz Festival

A two-day Summer Festival beginning Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25, the Cleveland Tri-C Jazz Festival was located at Play House square theater district, 1501 Euclid Avenue, under the Cleveland Playhouse’s elegant chandelier. There were cooking displays and food trucks with various ethnic foods, snacks, sweet treats, and drinks.

Friday night’s performance included Sound Prints, the quintet led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano. Also, there were Jazz performers and Reggae sounds by Carlos Jones and other music genres. This was a glorious evening under the stars. Both young and old enjoyed the music, food, fun, and dancing. This event was free to the public.

Fatima Family Center

Fatima Family Center, located at 6600 Lexington Avenue, under the Directorship of LaJean Ray, presents a summer of live music. These events feature a different live band bi-weekly, on Thursdays from 5:30-7 pm. A food truck is available for a hearty meal during the concert and it’s all FREE. Bring your lawn chairs, your sun hat, sunglasses, and dancing shoes for a fun-filled evening in the Hough Community across from the Legendary League Park. You might just catch an exciting baseball game while enjoying the music.

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Festival of Tall Ships

Lastly, another amazing event was the bi-yearly Cleveland Festival of Tall Ships.  This event was a four-day parade of ships at the Port of Cleveland. The ships were incredible, with large sails blowing in the summer breeze. There were many deck hands and sailors on the ships. At one point I thought I saw Jack Sparrow from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean exiting one of the ships. The honorable Mayor Justin Bibb and Council President Blaine Griffin spoke briefly to a crowd of approximately 100. There was a live Irish band that provided beautiful Irish music throughout the event. There were several tents and VIP sections that provided catered meals. This event was not free, but well worth the experience.

Summers in Cleveland can be marvelous. There are so many things to do, places to go, and things to see. Besides, the cold snowy winter is right around the corner. Don’t miss out, mask up, get out and enjoy the social scene in Cleveland for the rest of your summer.

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