Cleveland is not only the rock and roll capital of the world; it is a virtual melting pot for all types of music. Whether your tastes run in Country, Rock, Reggae, Local Indie Bands, Classical or EDM (Electronic Dance Music) there is a strong local scene for you to discover. Check out some of the Twitter accounts listed below.
Love Muffin Records
Adam Rich, the owner of Love Muffin Records and bassist for The Flavor, found his love of music while attending the all ages nights at Peabodys Café in the 90s. In the early years, he listened to First Light & The Janglers and enjoyed hearing Inner Sanctum when it was on 107.9 “The End.” While at Bowling Green University, Adam founded “Love Muffin Records” as a way to self promote his music. In 2005 after completing a small business course, he resurrected the label and became legit. Love Muffin records now puts on several concerts per year, including the annual LoveMuffinPalooza weekend, the Ghostly Gathering Halloween concert and the Gobble Gobble Hey Thanksgiving concert, from which all money goes to The Gathering Place of Cleveland, which offers support for families of cancer victims. Starting in 2013, the company will do a monthly contest through the Twitter feed. Check out what local bands are doing as well as entering the contest for a chance to win prizes! Look here for rock, punk, metal and pop tweets.
In September of 2008, Daniel Hathaway launched ClevelandClassical.com. For the past 31 years he has served as the Music Director and Artistic Director of Music and Performing Arts at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, where he also founded the Trinity Chamber Orchestra. His other musical duties included serving as the Music Director of the Great Lakes Theatre Festival and as the Assistant Chorus Master of Cleveland Opera. Hathaway received his education at Harvard College, Princeton University and the Episcopal Divinity School. He also studied orchestral conducting at Tanglewood. He is also an accomplished concert organist having played recitals in the U.S. Cathedrals of St. John the Divine, New York, Washington, Kansas City and Topeca as well as U.K. cathedrals of Chester, Edinburgh, Norwich and Winchester. Hathaway’s web site and Twitter page are both dedicated to bringing the newest information on the ever-changing Cleveland Classical Music Scene.
Rising Tide Artists and MusicAmericaUS
Brandon Hawkins became involved with the Cleveland music scene much the same way that scores of teenagers were drawn into it. Music was his outlet and escape. While initially focusing on going to concerts at the Agora and Peabody’s strictly to see such bands like O.A.R., Ekoostick Hookah, Mojo and Tripppin’ Billies the party aspect soon became too tempting and he found himself on probation and doing stint of rehab in Minnesota. Through the help of such friends as Larry Koval of Little Fish Records, Carlos Jones of Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band, Sam Laponza (aka Mr. LP) and his family, Hawkins has turned his life around and is producing shows that combine his strong Christian faith with his desire to better the community through music. The shows he produces all fund local charities and non-profit groups. His Twitter page furthers Hawkins’ faith-inspired message of sobriety, peaceful co-existence and bringing the community together through music.
Andy Dudash, curator of the Cumulus Entertainent Twitter account, began listening to EDM (Electronic Dance Music) in late 2007. While attending college in Burlington, Vermont (which boasts a thriving music scene), where a friend introduced him to EDM. The driving beats and wild mixes soon had Dudash and his friends attending local shows and festivals, which led to them DJing at house parties around campus. If you have a curiosity about Electronic Dance Music, you should definitely follow the Cumulus Entertainment Twitter page. Tweets include everything EDM, from information on upcoming shows to live tweets and photos from shows to links to new music from upcoming artists to free ticket giveaways and more!
Just an hour outside of Cleveland, the Oberlin Conservatory was founded in 1865, making it the oldest conservatory to operate continuously in the United States. Beyond educating its 600 or so students in everything from jazz to classical music to TIMARA and hosting student recitals, the Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College bing in a wide variety of musical groups from around the world. Follow @OberlinCon to stay on top of performances in Oberlin and learn about appearances by Oberlin groups around Ohio and across the country.
Mark Horning is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. His work can be found on Examiner.com.