4th Annual Heights Music Hop draws record crowds

Headlining band Honeybucket performed at the Motorcars Stage in the Cedar Lee parking garage. Photo credit: Gabe Schaffer.

Cleveland Heights was brimming with record crowds in its Cedar Fairmount and Cedar Lee business districts on Sept. 23 and 24, respectively, at the 4th Annual Heights Music Hop, presented by FutureHeights. Event organizers estimate that more than 5,000 people attended the popular live-music festival, which featured 77 acts in 28 venues.

The districts’ businesses, restaurants and bars—many of which served as venues for the music performances—filled to capacity with event attendees.

"We were thrilled that so many people came out to enjoy both nights of the festival. It was a huge success," said Daniel Budin, FutureHeights board member and Music Hop chair. "Cleveland Heights was in the spotlight as we provided two nights of fun for thousands, and combined top regional acts with homegrown talent in our unique and exciting business districts. I'm especially grateful to the city and the police department for their cooperation and support."

Hop highlights included a packed performance by Honeybucket, Scene magazine's Best of Cleveland 2016 band of the year, at the Motorcars Stage in the Cedar Lee parking garage. It was the final performance of the year for this group with roots in the Heights, as it takes a hiatus before member Abie Klein-Stefanchik becomes a first-time father. Honeybucket’s Brendan O’Malley and Klein-Stefanchik grew up in Cleveland Heights. The "newgrass" band attracted more than 300 music lovers to this newer Hop venue. Honeybucket's Facebook page stated, "Well it took us almost five years, but we're finally a garage band."

"FutureHeights is proud to be the presenter of this event, but it wouldn't be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, or the dedicated work of our board members, staff and volunteers who pull this event together. We are extremely thankful for all of their work, and to our audience who supported the event through our FutureHop benefit, Chance Raffle ticket, T-shirt and beverage sales," said Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights.

Winners of the Chance Raffle prize packages will be announced in the Oct. 4 Heights Observer e-news, on the Heights Music Hop social media sites and on the FutureHeights website, www.futureheights.org.

Andrea C. Turner

Andrea C. Turner is the Heights Observer's managing editor.

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