Cleveland Heights alums honor their school's musical diversity

Such Great Heights 

Cleveland Heights alums honor their school's musical diversity

About a month ago, Cleveland Heights High School grads Brian Williams and Mai Moore started talking about putting together a reunion featuring alumni who had pursued music after graduation. Within weeks, they secured the lineup for Once Again: Cleveland Heights Throwback Artist Showcase, which takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at the Euclid Tavern. "There's a lot of talent," says Moore, who returned to Cleveland last summer and now owns a marketing company here. "People have come out of the woodwork to work on this project."

The diverse lineup includes jazz man Harry Bacharach, hip-hoppers Kounterclockwise, R&B singer Gwen Maul, rapper Obie Won, and gospel group the Concept. Moore is making a documentary about growing up in Cleveland Heights and plans to use footage from this weekend's concert in the movie. "It's going to be very raw film," she says. "I want to tell the story of Cleveland Heights — the drug dealing, the sex, the players, all that. No one has told that story." Tickets to the concert are $15, $10 in advance, available at theeuclidtavern.com.

DJ Kishka, who was born Justin Gorski, will host Cleveland's first Dyngus Day on Monday at the Happy Dog, Reddstone, and Parkview. The event, which Gorski describes as "more or less Mardi Gras, but at the end of Easter instead of before," will feature live bands and Polish food. Gorski, who hosts a regular polka happy hour at the Happy Dog, will also celebrate the release of his new mixtape, Ice Cubes and Beer. The free daylong celebration begins at noon at the Parkview and at 4 p.m. at the other venues. Learn more at facebook.com/dyngusdaycleveland.  

Cleveland native Jason White made some noise in the late '80s and early '90s as frontman for the popular alt-country band the Janglers. He now lives in Nashville, where he records and writes. (Tim McGraw topped the country charts in 2003 with a cover of White's "Red Ragtop.") White is playing some shows in advance of his new album, The Longing (which comes out on June 7), and stops by the Beachland Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12, $10 advance, available at beachlandballroom.com.

Rockers Rick Kopf & the Rebels Without Applause celebrate the release of their new CD, Sabbatical From Sanity, at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Euclid Tavern. Admission is free, and all proceeds from CD sales will be donated to the St. Jude charity hospital.

Cleveland rapper Nicholas Wonder appears on "All We Got Is Us," a cut on the charity album Japan: Hope for Us, which gathers 38 artists from across the globe. Check it out at wordisbond.bandcamp.com/album/hope-for-tomorrow.

Jam band Radar Hill play a benefit concert for Japan at 9 p.m. Friday at the Winchester. Robert Lloyd Peeples and Oldboy open. Tickets are $5, available at thewinchester.net.

Hip-hop crew Prhymal Rage present an underground showcase at 9 p.m. Friday at Rockstar. Tickets are $5, available at peabodys.com.

Latest in Makin' the Scene

  • Boddie and Soul
  • Boddie and Soul

    A vintage R&B studio gets boxed up
    • Aug 17, 2011
  • Lacing Up
  • Lacing Up

    Cleveland rapper MGK signs with Interscope
    • Aug 10, 2011
  • Hot Town
  • Hot Town

    The Rock Hall's Summer in the City concert series heats up
    • Aug 3, 2011
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Staff Pick Events

Most Commented On

Top Viewed Stories

From the Archives

  • Down With the Farm

    Kamm's Corners market day inspires a new CD
    • Apr 6, 2011
  • Shredded Feats

    Guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza returns with a new melodic set
    • Apr 13, 2011
  • More »

Site Search

Facebook Activity

© 2014 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation