Welshly Arms to Headline This Year's Brite Winter

Event will feature the theme Anchors Away!

click to enlarge A scene from Brite Winter 2022. - Emanuel Wallace
Emanuel Wallace
A scene from Brite Winter 2022.
Update: Local rockers-turned-national-act Welshly Arms will return as headliners for this year's Brite Winter festival. Other notable acts slated to perform include Signals Midwest, Free Black!, Angela Perley, the Rosies, the Labra Brothers, Shoreline Funk All-Stars, Da Land Brass Band, Sadhu and Cellophane Jane.

“The last time Welshly Arms played Brite, it was one of our coldest years ever. We’re ecstatic they’re returning to their hometown to rock the banks of the Cuyahoga!” says Emily Hornack, Executive Director of Brite Winter, in a statement. “They’ll be joined by 20 other musical acts — a mix of new [acts] and Brite veterans — on three stages that we’re situating on a modified festival footprint.”

The event takes place on Feb. 25 on the West Bank of the Flats.

Original Post 9/21/22:
Organizers of Brite Winter, the annual local music and arts festival,  have announced that they’ll return to West Bank of the Flats on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. The event will feature the theme Anchors Away! to celebrate Cleveland’s connection to the Cuyahoga River and the Great Lakes.

Music applications are open through early October and can be submitted through britewinter.com.

Last year, more than 400 bands applied to play, and a panel of 50 community members reviewed the acts before settling upon the 30 artists that performed at the day-long event.

“It’s incredible the way Cleveland has embraced and supported an idea by several Case Western Reserve University graduate students more than a decade ago,” says Emily Hornack, Executive Director of Brite Winter, in a press release. “It’s through the on-going support of generous organizations and businesses that we’re able to expand and enrich the event each year. We’re always looking for new partners who are interested in helping fulfill Brite Winter’s vision. We already have so many ideas and plans in place for February and can’t wait to share them with Cleveland. Each year our goal is to make the event even ‘briter’ than the previous one. The only thing we can’t control is the weather, but we’re already keeping our fingers crossed.”

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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