Heights Music Hop set for Sept. 19 on Lee Road
The third annual Heights Music Hop will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Cleveland Heights’s Cedar Lee Business District. The event will feature numerous bands and musicians with a wide range of musical styles, performing in shops, restaurants and bars along Lee Road.
“It’s one of the best events in the Cleveland region,” said Shawn Paul Gustafson, owner of Shawn Paul Salon at 2265 Lee Road. “It brings a lot of people out and shows what the Cedar Lee area has to offer. It’s really amazing!”
The music will start at 5 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. There will also be an after-party at the BottleHouse Brewery, at 2050 Lee Road. The Hop is free, but tickets will be needed for the after-party.
The Cedar Lee Special Improvement District (SID) is once again a presenting sponsor of the event, which is a project of FutureHeights, the nonprofit community group that also publishes the Heights Observer. Heights Music Hop is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Other sponsors include Simply Charming, Motorcars, New Heights Grill, Dewey’s Pizza, The Wine Spot, realtor Susan Delaney of Howard Hanna, and Keller National.
"The relationship between FutureHeights and the businesses in the area is key to this event's success, and we are excited to have the continued support of the Cedar Lee SID,” said Dan Budin, head of FutureHeights’s Music Hop Committee. “One of the many benefits of the Music Hop is that it draws people to the area and shows the great things the Heights has to offer."
At press time, 16 venues, in addition to the BottleHouse, were confirmed for this year’s event: Anatolia Café, Brennan’s Colony, the Lee Road Library, Dewey’s Pizza, Heights Arts, the New Heights Grill, Marotta's, Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates, Phoenix Coffee, the Wine Spot, the Tavern Company, the Stone Oven, the Social Room, Parnell’s Pub, the Rib Cage and Lopez restaurant.
The first Music Hop, which took place in 2013, drew more than 1,000 people to the Cedar Lee neighborhood. Last fall’s event drew more than 2,000.
Budin said the weather was one reason for the Hop occurring a bit earlier than in the past two years, moving to September from October.
“It’s really wonderful,” said Bill Mitchell, owner of Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates, “People come, and they bring their families. And it brings out people from this area and beyond. And I think the weather should be nicer this year. It’s a nice coda to the summer.”
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.