lake affect art & music fest

August 24, 2 to 10 p.m.
A new collection of artist studios, gallery space, and event rooms is opening its doors downtown, and the folks behind it are planning on doing it in style. From 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, the Lake Affect Studios Art & Music Fest will officially usher in the operation at 1615 E. 25th Street in Cleveland.
 
“We are really trying to position ourselves to be able to throw events like this all the time,” says Dan LaGuardia, co-owner and event organizer. “Our goal is to showcase the immense talent and artistic community that this city has to offer. Sometimes Cleveland as a whole gets overlooked in that regard, but we’re hoping to be a big part of changing that perception.”
 
The event will offer a multitude of entertainment from over 30 artists and vendors, to comedians and musical acts performing on two different stages within the building. Fired-Up Taco Truck will be on site from 5 till 10 p.m. to feed the masses, while Helvetica Juice and Smoothie bar will provide healthful liquid refreshments.
 
Freddie Jackson will entertain crowds on one stage from 3 to 6 p.m., while comedic acts will be on another stage from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Featured comedic performers include Chris Hegedus, Mike Farrell, Mary Santora, and Bill Squire. At 6 p.m., entertainment shifts solely to music on both stages and will feature Texas Plant, The Burning River Ramblers, Teddy Boys, Wild Boy of Aveyron, DJ Eso, Sharktooth, Twizz, and A/V.
 
The building offers over 30,000 square feet of space to be dedicated to cultivating and displaying the work of artists from the Cleveland area. The studio is located within walking distance from Cleveland State University, the ArtCraft building, and several other working studios putting it right in the heart of a blossoming arts district.
 
“The event is a unique combination of art, music, and food -- all under the same roof,” LaGuardia continues. “You can find all those things throughout the city, but not all in a single venue like ours. Attendees can expect something to engage them at every turn, and a full day of high quality art and entertainment.” 
 
A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18. After 6 p.m. the event becomes 18 and over only.
 
Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $12 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

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