Cain Park announces 2015 schedule

The Beach Boys, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Livingston Taylor and Richard Marx are among the artists who will be performing at Cain Park this summer. And, once again, the park will offer a variety of free events throughout the summer, and will also present the Cain Park Arts Festival the weekend of July 10.

This year’s season will kick off on June 11, with the musical Godspell. This version is co-directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz and Joanna May-Hunkins. It features such songs as “Day by Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” and “Learn Your Lessons.” The show will run through June 28 at the Alma Theater.

The summer concert series will also commence on June 11 with a performance by trumpeter Chris Botti in the Evans Amphitheater. His album Impressions won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2013.

The following week, on June 18, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and the Jammin’ Divas will perform in the Evans Amphitheater. The next night, two bands from the ‘60s—Herman’s Hermits and Gary Lewis and the Playboys—will also perform in the amphitheater.

Other shows include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on June 25, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on June 26, the Beach Boys on Aug. 1, Richard Marx and John Waite on Aug. 8 and Southside Johnny on Aug. 15.

In addition, the park will present Jazz in the Afternoon shows on June 14 and 21, July 26, and Aug. 2 and 9 at the Alma Theater. Those shows are all free. On June 28, the 37th Annual Workmen’s Circle Yiddish Concert will take place in the Evans Amphitheater. Admission to that event is also free. And the free Tuesday Chamber Music Series will take place on July 14, July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 at the Alma Theater. On Aug. 2, the park will present a free performance by the Singing Angels in the amphitheater.

Cleveland Heights residents will be able to purchase tickets for the 2015 season beginning on May 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cain Park ticket office. Everybody else can start purchasing tickets the following weekend, on May 30. More information is available at

James Henke

James Henke, a Cleveland Heights resident, was a writer and editor at Rolling Stone magazine for 15 years. He is also the author of several books, including biographies of Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Bob Marley.

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