Music Week – Day 2 @ Carly’z Corner

Today’s featured music venue is Cain Park.

Cain Park is celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year!  I posted a little about its history.

Cain Park offers a lineup of great music for its 2013 year.  An eclectic mix of Jazz, Blues, Country, Punk, Rock and Classical music is featured in this years lineup. You can enjoy this music for FREE or enjoy it under Cain Park’s $2 Tuesday or $5 Friday concert days.

 It is great to see the artistic vision of Cleveland created by those in the past, still alive and thriving today.

 So check out Cain Park’s lineup below or you can link to their website for more information.


Cleveland, Ohio  c. 1930


The Encyclopedia of Cleveland


CAIN PARK THEATER was the first municipally owned and operated outdoor theater in the U.S. Its genesis occurred in 1934, when Dr.DINA REES EVANS (1891-1989), a dramatics instructor at Cleveland Hts. High School, began putting on student productions in a natural amphitheater in Cain Park, a wide ravine extending from Taylor Rd. along Superior Rd. to Lee Rd. in CLEVELAND HEIGHTS A permanent 3,000-seat open-air auditorium and 80′ stagehouse were built by Italian stonemasons working under the WPA and dedicated on 10 Aug. 1938. A smaller 300-seat theater  added in 1944 was named the Alma after the wife of Cleveland Hts. mayor FRANK C. CAIN, who was the namesake of the park. Under Evans direction, a theatrical company was formed to produce operettas and musicals, such as Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday. Among the theater’s dramatic alumni are Hal Holbrook, Ross Hunter, and Dom DeLuise. A decline set in after Evans retired in 1958, which was reversed after the filming of the United Artists film Those Lips, Those Eyes on location there in 1979 which resulted in the restoration of lighting and sound systems. The revival was capped by the installation of a permanent canopy designed by van Dijk, Johnson & Partners over the outdoor amphitheater in 1989.

Cain Park is one of those visions from the past that is still benefiting us today.  It offers some amazing music concerts, dance, theater, the Audry and Harvey Feinberg Art Gallery and other events including the Cain Park Festival. (Remember, don’t sleep on those festivals!)


Some free music events offered by Cain Park for their 2013 series are:

Tuesday, June 18, Alma Theater, 7pm
Led by violinist Mary Beth Ions and musicians from area professional orchestras, the Amethyst String Quartet will perform the music of Downton Abbey.


Sunday, June 23, 2013. Evans Amphitheater, 7:30pm
35th Annual Workmen’s Circle Yiddish Concert

Tuesday, July 16, 7pm, Alma Theater

Distinguished saxophone quartet led by virtuoso Howie Smith performing on multiple instruments.


KIDS MATINEE July 24. Evans Amphitheater, 1-2:00pm. FREE.
Thursday, July 25, 2013. Evans Amphitheater, 8:00pm
Inlet Dance Theatre’s aesthetic has been described as “narrative-driven choreography…filled with striking and compassionate imagery.”  The Kids Matinee and evening performances also include students from their Summer Dance Intensive 2013.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Alma Theater, 7pm
Percussion ensemble in residence with the Musical Arts Association educational Rainbow Series program.


Sunday, August 4, 2013. Evans Amphitheater, 4:00pm
For more than 40 years, Cleveland’s Youth Ambassadors have toured the world, visiting more than 30 countries. Command performances have included five trips to the White House, the Great Hall of the People of China, and three performances at the Vatican.  Over 300 children, ages 6 to 18, participate in this educationally and culturally enriching program each year.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Alma Theater, 7pm
Six of Cleveland’s finest trombone players blast off with classical favorites. 

Cain Park also has the $2 Tuesday concerts and $5 Friday concerts:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Evans Amphitheater, 8pm.
$2 general admission [buy tickets]
At very young ages the Miller brothers started the Clayton Miller Blues Band (now called simply Miller) They have opened for or shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler, B. B. King, Ricky Scaggs, Joe Bonamassa, Alicia Keys, India Arie, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Ziggy Marley, Joss Stone, James Cotton and more.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Evans Amphitheater, 8pm.
$2 general admission [buy tickets]

Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from The Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Evans Amphitheater, 8pm.
$2 general admission [buy tickets]
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra sounds like Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane, and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck. Fusing together jazz, classical, bluegrass, southern rock, Indian ragas plus their own original stylings, The GCO plays with fire, precision and commitment.

$5 Fridays:

Friday, July 19, 2013 [buy tickets]
Expecting Rain formed in 2002 as a vehicle for singer-guitarist Nick Tolar and lyricist Tony Vorell. They took their pessimistic name from a Bob Dylan song and started recording at home, culminating in a self titled EP on Cleveland independent Van Gogh Round in 2004, which met with critical acclaim.


Friday, July 26, 2013 [buy tickets]
Brent Kirby has been described as “a night’s stroll with a rock n’ roll romantic.” He can be found during the day teaching songwriting to kids of all ages in the Cleveland Municipal School District or playing his music for folks in retirement homes.


Friday, August 2, 2013 [buy tickets]
Tara Hawley has been compared with the likes of leading jazz and contemporary singers such as the late Ella Fitzgerald and Karen Carpenter and Maureen McGovern.


Friday, August 9, 2013 [buy tickets]
Guitarist Chris Allen and his acclaimed alt-country band Rosavelt make their Cain Park debut with songs from their most ambitious album to date, The Last 10 Days.

Stayed tuned for another great lineup for FREE music venues on Carly’z Corner.

Happy FRRREEEEE Hunting!



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