Heights Music Hop announces lineup and venues

The Heights Music Hop presents live music in familiar and unusual venues. Here, a band performs inside Washington & Lee Service.

The Heights Music Hop will return for its fifth-annual festival this September with a stellar lineup of artists and venues that will span three Cleveland Heights business districts.

This year’s many acts include: The Whiskey Hollow, By Light We Loom, oldboy, Wildlife Soundz, Maura Rogers & the Bellows, New Thousands, Charley Mosbrook, Teddy Boys, Classical Revolution Cleveland, DJ Knyce, Diana Chittester, City Limits, Holden Laurence, Jason Patrick Meyers, The Mason District, J. Leshelle, Blacklister, Smoke Screen, Revolution Brass Band, and The Rainbow Emergency. A full schedule and list of performers will be available on the Heights Music Hop website and its social media accounts.

The 2017 Hop will begin in Coventry Village on Thursday, Sept. 7. It then moves to Cedar Fairmount on Friday, Sept. 8, and culminates in Cedar Lee on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Music venues for Sept. 7 in Coventry Village include Grog Shop, B-Side, Bodega, Mac’s Backs and La Cave du Vin.

On Sept. 8, in the Cedar Fairmount Business District, venues include Appletree Books, Cleveland Heights Church, The Fairmount, Luna Bakery Café, and Pavilion Home & Floral.

Among the Cedar Lee venues on Sept. 9 are Anatolia Cafe, CLE Urban Winery, Dewey’s Pizza, Heights Arts, Heights Music Shop, Heights Youth Club, Lee Road Library, Lopez, Marotta’s, New Heights Grill, Phoenix Coffee, Rudy’s Pub, The Fix Bistro, The Rib Cage, The Social Room, The Stone Oven, The Tavern Company, The Wine Spot, and Washington & Lee Service.

Featuring free performances across the three nights, the Heights Music Hop showcases live music in a variety of genres, in restaurants, bars, shops and other Heights businesses. Since it began in 2013, with six venues in the Cedar Lee district, the Hop has grown each year, adding more venues and performers.

Last year, it expanded to add a second night and a second district, with the addition of Cedar Fairmount, and an estimated 5,000 people attended the 2016 Heights Music Hop. This year’s addition of Coventry Village venues offers even more options for exciting programming in three iconic business districts, totaling almost 30 venues and more than 60 performances.

The 2017 Heights Music Hop also will feature a silent disco. Planned for the open space at Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard, on Saturday evening, Sept. 9, the silent disco will offer a dance party in which participants will pay a small fee and receive a headset from which to choose their personal dance music from a selection of DJ’s performing live on site. Local beverages will be available for purchase at the silent disco, with beer served by The BottleHouse and wine poured by CLE Urban Winery. Silent disco tickets will be available for pre-sale via the Grog Shop’s website or at the silent disco entrance on Sept. 9.

Heights Music Hop is presented by FutureHeights and is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Additional sponsors and partners include: Dominion Energy; Whole Foods Market; Heights Observer; the Cedar Fairmount, Cedar Lee, and Coventry Village special improvement districts; Zagara’s Marketplace; the city of Cleveland Heights; The BottleHouse Brewery; CLE Urban Winery; Keller National; Digizoom Media; Grog Shop; Map Creative; Rad Graphics; Family Connections; Larchmere PorchFest; Brite Winter Festival; WJCU Radio; and WRUW Radio.

The Heights Music Hop is free and open to the public, although some venues or performances may limit underage attendees. The silent disco, on Sept. 9 in Cedar Lee, will require paid admission and is open to those ages 21 and older. Many family-friendly activities are planned for the festival, including age-appropriate performances and interactive events, as well as a kids’ area provided by Family Connections.

To view more festival information, including the performance schedule and full list of musicians and activities, visit www.heightsmusichop.com and the Heights Music Hop’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Daniel Budin

Daniel Budin is a lifelong Cleveland Heights resident and member of the FutureHeights Board of Directors.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 12:15 PM, 07.31.2017