Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Blues Flash 

Bobby "Blue" Bland and other R&B greats light up the Wolstein.

Cleveland Blues Festival organizers learned at least one lesson at last year's inaugural concert: Even Playhouse Square's ginormous Palace Theatre isn't big enough to hold all of Northeast Ohio's blues fans. That's why they've moved the four-hour jam of traditional and modern blues to Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center. "It's kinda like the Grateful Dead or Widespread Panic," says promoter Julius Lewis. "They don't get a lot of airplay, but their following is strong." On tonight's bill, the artists range from Bobby "Blue" Bland, Shirley Brown, and Theodis Ealey to Marvin Sease, Latimore, and Sir Charles Jones. They're not the big-name acts you hear on Cleveland's commercial radio stations, but they attract fans in droves to see them in concert. "I'm still not sure where they hear it, whether it's juke joints or on bootlegs," says Lewis. "But they pick it up, they know the songs, and they come to party." The fest starts at 8 tonight at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, 2000 Prospect Avenue. Tickets are $36.50 to $47.50. Call 216-241-5555 or visit www.csuohio.edu.
Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., 2008

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Highlights

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation