This weekend in Cleveland: Lakewood's front porch concert series and more

This holiday weekend, go on a hot date to Mahall's for music, food and cocktails, visit Platform Brewing in celebration of their first anniversary, enjoy reggae by Carlos Jones at the kickoff of Lakewood’s porch concert series and more.

A Night of Music, Food & Cocktails Featuring Watershed Distillery
Thursday, July 2nd. 6:30 pm
Mahalls 20 Lanes 13200 Madison Ave.
$40 Buy tickets
Beyond bowling and fried chicken — join Mahall’s and Watershed Distillery for a unique and delicious date night that will showcase everything that Mahall’s can do. A ticket includes four small plates accompanied by four bold cocktails and live music.
"Our head bartender John was inspired to do a food and drink pairing after talking to Watershed. They do similar events at amazing restaurants, like Crop Bistro, and though we offer a more simple menu, John and Russ, our head chef, felt like Mahall's could use the opportunity to show off the bar and kitchen's creative side," says event planner Lauren Budin. 
Mahalls is excited to partner with Watershed, a Columbus-based small batch distillery that produces Bourbon, Vodka, Four Peel Gin, and Bourbon Barrel Gin. Mahall’s head bartender John Sweeney created four unique drinks for the event: Bourbon Barrel Gin with lavender, lemon and champagne; Vodka with strawberry, rhubarb, lime and ginger; Gin with Lillet Rouge and blueberries; and Bourbon with lemongrass and ginger soda.
Mahall’s head chef Harlan Russell created the dishes to go with the drinks, including lemon chevre from Lake Erie Creamery, Cleveland’s West Side artisan cheese producer; local blueberries and greens from Maggie’s Farm, also located on Cleveland’s west side; bourbon-glazed chicken stir-fried with early summer vegetables and rice noodles; provençal smoked-trout pate with house-made flatbread; and strawberry-rhubard crisp. Vegetarian options are also available.

This night also features two bands: Moustache Yourself, an Akron-based gypsy jazz band, and the Oberlin Brass Quintet, a student group from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, who will be leaving soon for a performing tour of China.

One Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, July 4th
Platform Beer Co. 3125 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland’s newest brewery on the block is celebrating its first year in business! In the spirit of small batch beer and small business, join Platform for an all day patio party featuring many rare beer releases.

The beer selection includes: Barrel Aged Chocolate Porter four ways: blood orange, raspberries, vanilla beans, and smoked bones; New Cleveland Palesner kegs: dry hopped, citrus zest and fruit infused; Smoked Haymaker (a smoked version of Platform’s Muinch Helles Lager) and more. Try food from The Proper Pig Smokehouse Food Truck (11-3 pm) and Flipside Burger & Bar Cooking (3-10 pm).

Front Porch Concert Series - Carlos Jones & The Plus Band
Friday, July 3rd, 7 - 9 pm
Lakewood Public Library Front Porch 15425 Detroit Ave.
Join LakewoodAlive for the kickoff of its 11-week front porch concert series! The event features a wide variety of musical genres on the porch of Lakewood Public Library. Bring family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks and have an entertaining evening outside. This week features roots reggae by Cleveland’s own Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band.

Walk All Over Waterloo
Friday, July 3rd, 5 pm - 2 am
Waterloo Arts District
The first Friday of the month is Walk All Over Waterloo! There’s always something new to experience on Waterloo. Make sure not to pass up art exhibitions in two of Waterloo’s newest studios: Praxis Fiber Workshop – Fiber Re:New a Textile Art Alliance member showcase and BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio – Works by Spencer Cowan and Jordan Fine.

Euclid Beach LIVE
Friday, July 3rd. 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Euclid Beach Park 15 Washington Blvd.
The East Side equivalent of Edgewater LIVE. This week, enjoy the funk, jazz, R&B and gospel infused sounds of Kinsman Dazz Band as they play on the lake. 

grits [] #1:: Friday July 3rd
Friday, July 3rd. 10 pm - 2 am
Luxe Kitchen & Lounge 6605 Detroit Ave.
Every First Friday at Luxe Kitchen & Lounge enjoy a DJ set by Cleveland artist, writer and co-owner of Gordon Square’s Guide To Kulchur, RA Washington.

Friday, July 3rd. 11 am
Prodigal Church, 16300 Delaware Ave. Lakewood
Come shop (an electric mix of items), drop (off items for donation), hop (bouncy house), bop (live music), and slop (burgers and dogs) at the Prodigal Church Legendary Rummage Sale. All proceeds will benefit the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking. You can donate items by dropping them off at the church.

The Most 90s Night in Cleveland :: Old School Hip Hop
Friday, July 3rd. 9 pm - 2 am
B Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade
Free 21+
2Pac, Bone Thugs, LL Cool J, Ice-T, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Biggie, Dr. Dre — the list of golden ‘90s hip hop artists goes on and on… You can relive your favorite old school hip hop the first friday of the month at B Side with DJs Noah Peele and NuEra. If you have requests come early, they will play all requests from 9-11pm.
Jaws - 40th Anniversary
Saturday, July 4th. 11:55 pm
Cedar Lee Theatre 2163 Lee Rd.
Adults $9.50 Senior/Children: $6.50
The summer horror classic that forever changed the movie industry turns 40 this year. This Saturday, you can relive the suspense on the big screen at the Cedar Lee!

BAYarts Concert Series Kickoff
July 5th, 7-9: Fladnar and Friends
July 10th, 7-9: Secondhand Dogs
July 19th, 7-9: The New Barleycorn
August 2, 7-9: The Brittany Reilly Band
August 7, 7-9: Boogie Woodie Kid
August 16, 7-9: Moko Bovo
August 23, 6:30-9:30: Open mic
BAYarts 28795 Lake Rd. Bay Village
This week kicks off BAYArt’s free concerts in the metro parks! This series begins this week through the end of August and culminates in an open mic event on the new BAYarts stage. Full schedule here.
Sunday, July 5th. 4 - 8 pm
Now That's Class 11213 Detroit Ave

Do you love noise music? Join Cleveland’s noise scene at Noise Lunch. This Sunday, celebrate America’s Birthday and Noise Lunch’s three year anniversary. The cookout and potluck (bring food) begins at 3 and music at 5 and includes special guests Lucas Brode from New York and Curt Brown from California.

Makers Market at Mahall's
Monday, July 6th. 1 - 7 pm
Mahalls 20 Lanes 13200 Madison Ave.
Go on a treasure hunt at Mahall’s new Makers Market! You can enjoy the weekly service industry brunch and explore vendors specializing in vintage clothing, records, electronics, jewelry, crafts, movie posters, beauty products, art, photography, ceramics, vintage cameras, general rummage and more. Make sure to bring cash. The garage doors will open and Stanton Thatcher will be spinning some hot LPs. Stick around after the market for Maura Rogers and the Bellows and Oliver Oak, playing live beginning at 8:30 pm.

Read more articles by Jacqueline Bon.

Jacqueline Bon is a freelance writer that has been contributing to Fresh Water Cleveland since 2014. As a journalist by trade and self-taught photographer, she has a lot of curiosity in people and their stories. She is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has pursued film and digital photography for a decade. She is likely to be the first person on the dance floor, especially if you put on Prince.
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