the house is a-rockin': heights music hop is set for saturday

Last year, the first-ever Heights Music Hop proved a rousing success, with thousands of revelers bopping about the Cedar-Lee district, stopping in various venues, noshing and checking out bands.

This year, the lineup is looking even better. There are 30 bands slated to play at 16 venues. A few of the highlights include Classical Revolution, Maura Rogers and the Bellows, Oldboy, Spyder Stompers and Commonwealth. And did we mention it's free? The only ticketed event is the after-party, which takes place beginning at 11 p.m. at the Bottlehouse. That's where headliner Commonwealth will be playing.

Greg Bonanno, a Heights resident who sits on the organizing committee, says the event was created to promote Cedar-Lee and local music. "It's an opportunity for people to come out and check out some great local music and great local eateries. We want to really raise up the neighborhood as a great destination."

Performances take place throughout the district, including unique venues like the Atma Center, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library and Zagara's Supermarket. This year, as part of Cleveland Beer Week, visitors can purchase a passport and and explore five craft brews at official Beer Week venues.

Sponsors of the event include FutureHeights, Cleveland Beer Week, Cellar Door Cleveland and the Cedar-Lee Special Improvement District. Funding was provided by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Read more articles by Lee Chilcote.

Lee Chilcote is a journalist, essayist and poet whose work has appeared in many regional and national publications. He is Managing Editor of Fresh Water Cleveland and Editorial Director of Issue Media Group. He has earned Master's degrees in English/Creative Writing and Public Administration from Cleveland State University. Originally from Cleveland Heights, he lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood with his family.
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