Cleveland is a music city, featured prominently vis a vis the renowned Cleveland Orchestra or the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.... or music just here, with no fanfare, on any given day or night ..... for example Glenn Schwartz : Plays his guitar like a demon, segues into preaching about Jesus and furiously scolds the "jezebels" in the audience, lives in his van, "coulda been a contender", would leave Clapton in the dust, original member of James Gang years ago, Joe Walsh stops in to jam with him when in town, played with Robert Plant who walked off the stage he was too good, but as his mind went somewhere else and he's insane, perhaps tragically, perhaps not, he just shows up every Thursday night at Hooples. Plays and glares, screams and jumps. Gritty and powerful. Scary. Must see. The ultimate Cleveland experience. No cover.
Sorry no photo of the artist. He would never allow it. Wants to keep his soul. It's all he's got.
Jazz is serious here. There's a place: The Bop Stop. Feature local artists and prominent guests. It's a bar. They won't allow you to talk there. If you talk while jazz is in motion you get shushed. It's a humiliating experience.
Extreme skill & talent there though. Jazz artists are a different breed is all I can say.
Also, 90.3 WCPN .... Cleveland Public Radio ... featues a great music department, entertaining and informative.
According to Cleveland Browns fans, Cleveland is a football town. If you're here during the football season, you'll see diehard fans tailgating downtown, decor all over many homes in the suburbs, etc. They're known as some the most passionate fans in the football community... That team and their game is a big deal up here. Fans will even sit through a game in snow, fast and cold winds, rain, hail, a hurricane, etc. Oh, and they're known to be quite unfriendly to Steelers fans! :p So, when downtown, look for the tailgaters; they're a trip to see. =)
As I've written in another tip, Cleveland, as it seems to me, is a secretly artistic town. There are so very many talented artists here, but it doesn't seem to "show on the surface", but those folks are slowly but surely helping to change Cleveland, in these post-industrial days. The arts scene is active here, but it's a shame that more people that live here don't get involved more in it all. Maybe there's still too much of an underground nature to some of it. Anyway, if you're coming for a visit to Cleveland, I so very highly recommend doing some research for arts events to get yourself to! It's part of experiencing a big aspect of Cleveland's changing culture and lifestyles. There are a lot of art shows, galleries, art events and the like, music performances, and so much else, all over the city. You'll see throughout many neighborhoods, districts, and downtown: sculptures, monuments, galleries and gallery events, museums, painted bridges, murals, etcetera. The arts scene is definitely continuing to enhance Cleveland culture, so I highly recommend dipping your toes into it , so to speak! ;)
Here's some websites to peruse if you are interested in experiencing the arts scene:
www.clevelandpublicart.org; http://www.artistschair.com/; http://www.cleveland.com/arts/
In Cleveland, football is very important to us. During the fall, the stadium downtown will be packed with Browns fans and you will see numerous tailgaters. Avoid traffic before and after each game at all costs! And remember, Clevelanders do not like Pittsburgh Steelers fans! Cleveland Rocks!
Here's an interesting little tidbit of history on the Democratic Party in Cleveland. My Grandmother tells me that one day her mother showed a sample ballot for an upcoming election in Cleveland, my Grandmother says she was young, so it must have been around 1915-ish.
She told me that the symbol for the Democratic Party in Cleveland was a Rooster, not the donkey of today. I did a little research and I did find that the Rooster was in fact a symbol used for this party years ago. It seems that both the Rooster and the Donkey were used for a time, but the donkey has prevailed today.
Anyway, my grandmother went on with her story saying that her mother explained that a man from the Democratic Party came to her door and told her that he would drive her down to the local voting place for whatever election was going on. I guess my great-grandmother explained that she had to agree to check the box just under the Rooster on the ballot, which would mean she would vote for all Democrats for all positions in the election. Now, my great grandmother spoke little, if any, english and my grandmother tells me her Mom was not a political person. I would have loved to hear what the man at the door explained to my great grandmother. I guess my great-grandmother agreed and did vote straight party for the Democrats.
Ah, the joys of crooked politics with the uninformed! Not quite Chicago's "Vote Early and Vote Often", but interesting anyway.
Back in the early 1900's at St Vitus parish in Cleveland a child went through two different communions during childhood. I doubt it still occurs today, as I did not know anything about solemn communion until my Grandmother talked about the photo attached here.
It seems in 1910, the Pope allowed children to take their communion as early as the "age of reason", at the age of seven years.
Prior to this, communion was taken at the ages of about 12 to 14. Originally, communion was not only a religious tradition, but also thought of as a passing from childhood to adulthood, and thus 12-14 was a proper age for the time. When the Pope changed communion to the early age of 7, the passing of adulthood obviously was not occuring. Therefore, first communion took place at age seven, followed about 5-7 years later by the solemn communion, in which the child thought more deeply about why he/she was taking communion. In the 1960's, I guess solemn communion died away and the passing into adulthood thing did, too.
This is a photo of my grandmother for her Solemn Communion.
Flying of kites at Edgewater Park is quite popular. On a warm day, you'll see a fair number of people flying various kites... The shore-side location and fresh lake breezes make it one the most popular locations for kite flying in Northeast Ohio.
...Might be something fun to do yourself, but you must bring your own kite. Even if you don't go to fly kites, watching is a treat. :)
Cleveland culture can be acquired through the careful observation of the Drew Carey show. Of course, if you don't care for the show and/or Drew Carey, then just be yourself and I am sure you'll be fine.
We visited a couple of gay bars in Cleveland. But we didn't stay at any of them! THey weren' in very good areas, and what we did see of them wasn't very good either. There weren't a lot of young people around (under 40?) - very dark and dingy. No disrespect if you like that sort of thing - it's not my scene, and I guess I'm just saying to be careful picking somewhere to go if you've not got a car and might run a hefty taxi fare jumping from place to place.
There seemed to be a few trendy mixed bars around the Flats area (sorry - can't remember the names), and I'm sure you would bump into a few Friends of Dorothy around Coventry! ;o)
This is a recurring local event in the very unique Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. The event takes place between 6 to 10pm on the second Friday of each month. Various galleries are open for browsing, and you'll see a lot of beautiful, creative local art. It makes for a different, unique kind of fun Friday night in an already fun, unique neighborhood. :) As much as Tremont is regaining it's neighborhood atmosphere to it, it is still not the safest area of Cleveland, so use your common sense, obviously, while you're walking around at night.
I strongly recommend this! It is a very worthwhile exposure to the many talented artists of this secretly artistic town.
The Cuyahoga River has been the life's blood of the City since it's settlement. As a harbor for the city, it grew into an industrial power house. Steel Mills, Oil Refineries, Salt Mine, transitions from water to land transportation. The River has made the city what it is today. An again, it is leading to the revitalization of the city through the Flats development into an entertainment center and the Warehouse District following suit.
EPA's River with a Future
The Crooked River Project
The Flats as I knew it was always the industrical expanse that stretched from the lakefront up river for more than 5 miles. Today, the Flats has become an entertainment district near the lake. The industrial flats still stretches south along the river for miles and large bulk carriers ('Ore Boats' ) pass slowly in front of the diners and dancers of the renewed flats .