Waterloo Arts Fest, The Church, Jonathan Richman, Van Der Graaf Generator, and more

22 06 2009
Waterloo Arts Festival 2009

Waterloo Arts Festival 2009

To say that we’re looking at an upcoming whopper of a week is a real feat of understatement.  We believe the colloquial term is “blowin’ up”; in our case, the Beachland and Waterloo Road will be exploding with light, sound, and people at an amazing level.  Being Clevelanders, however, we can handle pretty much damn near anything.  And being Clevelanders, we ask YOU to join us in our enjoyment of art, culture, and music this weekend.

Saturday’s annual Waterloo Arts Festival promises to be the biggest one yet.  Thousands will descend onto a street full of vendors, family activities, and three stages’ worth of live music.  Performers such as yo-yo artist / raconteur Steve Brown and Leia Alligator’s Picklefight Puppet Theatre will be making the rounds on the block.  The Sculpture Garden stage will host roots music, like the bluegrassy sounds of Heelsplitter; the Beachland Tavern (for those of you who dig the comfort of AC and a fully-stocked bar) includes performances by the trunk-rattling electrofunk duo Arte Povera and Pere Ubu offshoot, Cleveland avant-garde ensemble Home and Garden.  Various DJs will hold court at nearby Blue Arrow Records; look for appearances by punk platterista Miss Allisun, and soul sides by Lawrence Daniel Caswell of WCSB’s “No Ways Tired” (which will surely contain tunes by Cleveland-born Rock Hall Inductee, Bobby Womack)

Children’s activities will include mask making, puppet-wearing, building of cardboard cities (future engineers unite!), and a Lego sculpture contest.  For those looking to stay healthy and fit in what is purportedly one of the fattest cities in the U.S. (how do they figure?), a “Clevelanders In Motion” tent will offer ways to stay in shape in the Healthy Living Village.  There’ll also be a mile round-trip bicycle ride from University Circle to the Fest, sponsored by Walk & Roll Cleveland,  the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op, and ClevelandBikes. It departs Rockefeller Park at 11am, and heads back towards University Circle at 2pm.  If you’re riding (or just strolling) fuel yourself up with food from area restaurants, and buy yourself some riding tunes (from Music Saves) or a cooler t-shirt than the one you just sweated in (at Shoparooni).  Heck, if you stop by the Beachland Ballroom, you might find yourself a nice vintage set of wheels at the Rock & Roll Flea Market that’ll be running there from 12-5.

Got all that? The fun runs from 12-7; to learn more, check out http://www.waterlooartsfest.com/

Inside the Beachland, we’ll have some incredible performances throughout the week.  Art-rock legends Van Der Graaf Generator perform their head-scratchingly melodic art-rock on Thursday, June 25th.  The Church, who can see and hear in the following clip, play the the next night with very special guest Adam Franklin (formely of heavily beautiful UK ‘shoegazers’ Swervedriver):

The Church, “Under The Milky Way”

Saturday night’s big Ballroom show features Jonathan Richman and acerbic singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.  Though many folks know Richman from his groundbreaking punk group, The Modern Lovers, many more know him from “Something About Mary”:

The best line from The Modern Lovers’ immortal two-chord driving jam “Roadrunner” is “I’m in love with rock and roll/and I’ll be out all night”.  Will you be too?  There’ll be enough chances this weekend, that’s for sure.  Tickets for all Beachland shows are available through the website or by calling 216-383-1124.


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One response

23 06 2009
Guitar Hero

The list of concert tours is easy enough to follow. I just hope you come up with something more regionalized so we could be able to follow up the events more easily.

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