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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Cleveland Museum of Art's City Stages Concert Series Returns This Month

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2021 at 10:37 AM

click to enlarge City Stages returns to Ohio City next week. - SCOTT SHAW PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
  • Scott Shaw Photography for the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • City Stages returns to Ohio City next week.
Cleveland Museum of Art’s free City Stages concert series offers performances by acclaimed world music acts in a block party setting.

The concerts, which take place in front of the Transformer Station, the museum’s sister contemporary art museum, were put on hold last year because of the pandemic. An abbreviated version of the program returns this month with performances on Aug. 18 and 25.

On Aug. 18, composer, arranger and trombonist Angel Melendez will lead the 10-piece 911 Mambo Orchestra in original arrangements of old-school salsa. On Aug. 25, Cheik Hamala Diabate, a Malian singer-guitarist and n’goni player, will perform the best in West African griot.

The Transformer Station will remain open until 9 p.m. during City Stages. It's currently showing New Histories, News Futures, an exhibition that showcases work by three contemporary Black artists — Johnny Coleman, Antwoine Washington and Kambui Olujimi — who engage both historical events and current discourse in their artwork.

The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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