Student Musicians from The Lakewood Music Collective Take Stage at Front Porch Concert Series This Friday, July 13

Live music starts at 7 p.m. from the front porch of Lakewood Public Library

For those about to rock, here’s your chance to salute them.  A pair of talented student ensembles representing The Lakewood Music Collective will entertain the crowd with a variety of musical offerings this Friday, July 13, during Week 4 of LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series.

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 12 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 7.

Lakewood Music Collective at Front Porch Concert Series

Week 4 features student ensembles representing The Lakewood Music Collective.

Week 4 of the series is presented by The Lakewood Music Collective, a Lakewood-based music studio owned by Chris Parsons.  The first band, a trio of younger students known as The Collective Perspective, will perform a mix of rock and punk tunes.  This band is comprised of Jonas Evans (guitar), Carson Lowery (bass) and Audrey Stahl (drums).  Mike Abbadini, one of the ensemble coaches, will perform with this band by playing keyboard and singing.

The second band, an adult student group known as Better Late, will perform a mix of soul, funk and pop music.  This band is comprised of Tamara Alibeckoff (drums), George Hancsak (keyboard), Angie Ilg (vocals), Sean Lima (guitar/vocals) and Mike Mackey (bass).

“We are proud to work with LakewoodAlive in bringing music to our community,” said Parsons.  “The Front Porch Concert Series supports local talent while exposing the audience to entertaining and unique acts.  Our student ensembles are excited for the opportunity to perform on the front porch and bring some of their art to the community.  It is amazing that our students will be exposed to performing live in a public setting for the first time on Lakewood Public Library’s front porch.  The event is absolutely a culmination of culture, education and community!”

Now in its ninth year, LakewoodAlive’s popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually.  Each week showcases a different style of music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoy an entertaining evening at an open-air venue.  Visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts for more information.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James

Encore Sponsors:
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture | Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
The Exchange | Lakewood Public Library | Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC)

Harmony Sponsors:
City of Lakewood | The Lakewood Music Collective | lion and blue

20 Reasons to be Excited for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018

Lakewood summer is in full swing, and this can only mean one thing: That one of LakewoodAlive’s marquee community events is right around the corner.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018 – sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive – takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.  This fixture on our city’s event calendar draws more than 10,000 attendees to Downtown Lakewood annually for an afternoon and evening chock-full of seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities.

Even though the Summer Meltdown remains days away, the excitement for the ninth annual edition of this community event is already palpable.  Here are 20 reasons to be excited for Summer Meltdown 2018:

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Photo by The Lakewood Citizen

The Street Festival:

1. Draws thousands of visitors to the heart of Downtown Lakewood.
2. Is family-friendly and free to attend.
3. Features 90+ vendors offering unique items for sale, as well as free and fun family programs from businesses and nonprofit organizations.
4. Includes the “Water Moose” – a sprinkler park affording attendees a fun way to cool off.
5. Offers activities such as a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates, yoga and various exercise demonstrations.

 

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Photo by Alex Belisle Photography

The Races:

6. Draws hundreds of participants each year (REGISTER HERE).
7. Includes both the Meltdown 5K race sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA.
8. Furnishes participants with a Summer Meltdown runner t-shirt.
9. Incorporates chip timing for obtaining accurate race results.
10. Enables runners to enjoy a fast, flat course that often produces personal-best race times.
11. Affords participants a rare opportunity to race in the evening.
12. Provides an excellent way to tour beautiful Lakewood neighborhoods.

 

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Photo by Cleveland Scene Magazine

The Food:

13. Includes local food vendors from Lakewood, a city renowned for its culinary scene.
14. Offers an opportunity to sample items prepared by many of your favorite restaurants.
15. Consists of a wide assortment of options, ranging from ice cream to BBQ.
16. Features a variety of food trucks, back by popular demand.

 

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018

Photo by LakewoodAlive

The Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood

17. Includes live music from local fan-favorite band Front Porch Lights.
18. Provides a setting for one of the summer’s best parties.
19. Consists of local craft beer offerings.
20. Affords guests a rare opportunity to celebrate Lakewood summer in the middle of Detroit Avenue.

 

For more information, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsors:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
Rally Health

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
The Exchange
First Federal Lakewood
Perry’s Ice Cream

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center 

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department
Peace Racing
State Farm, Stacey Caskey-Coblentz
Textbook Painting
thunder::tech
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Ronald P. Kolodziej, D.M.D., M.S.
Tomorrow’s Leaders (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Ohio)
Window Universe

Talented Folk-Americana Duo The Rough & Tumble Takes Stage at Front Porch Concert Series This Friday, July 6

Live music starts at 7 p.m. from the front porch of Lakewood Public Library

The seasoned musicians comprising The Rough & Tumble are no strangers to life on the road, and they are sure to have more than a few stories to tell upon bringing their trademark folk-Americana sound to LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series at 7 p.m. this Friday, July 6.

The Rough & Tumble

The Rough & Tumble plays the Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, July 6.

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 12 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 7.

Week 3 of the series features The Rough & Tumble in a performance presented by Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC).  Prolific songwriters and born-travelers, this folk-Americana duo takes its audience on a musical adventure with the unique sound and energy they bring to every performance.

The band consists of Pennsylvania-born Mallory Graham and California-born Scott Tyler, who have lived in their 16-foot camper since 2015, making tire tracks nationwide since 2011.  With the release of their first full length record (“We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know”) in 2018, The Rough & Tumble retraces its mileage back over the years and explores the struggle between going home and being home already when there’s no other home and everywhere is home.

Now in its ninth year, LakewoodAlive’s popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually.  Each week showcases a different style of music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoy an entertaining evening at an open-air venue.  Visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts for more information.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James

Encore Sponsors:
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture | Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
The Exchange | Lakewood Public Library | Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC)

Harmony Sponsors:
City of Lakewood | The Lakewood Music Collective | lion and blue

LakewoodAlive to Host “Knowing Your Home: Generators 101” Workshop on July 28

Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Cleveland Lumber Company

If you need the ability to power up when the power goes down, then a home generator might be right for you.  But how exactly should you go about finding the right solution for your home?

LakewoodAlive Generators 101 Workshop

LakewoodAlive’s “Generators 101” workshop takes place on July 28.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Generators 101 on Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Cleveland Lumber Company (9410 Madison Avenue in Cleveland).  The 10th workshop of 2018 for this popular home maintenance educational series will cover everything you need to know about generators, including how they work, performing basic maintenance and ensuring safe use of a generator during an emergency.

Led by our friends at Cleveland Lumber Company, this workshop will focus on educating attendees regarding the basics of generators for residential use:

  • What exactly is a home generator?
  • What different styles are available?
  • In what situations do they work best?
  • How much can they energize within your home?

Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is to equip attendees with the knowledge and confidence they need to determine if a generator is right for them and, if it is, what type of generator would work best for their situation.

To reserve your free spot for “Knowing Your Home: Generators 101,” click here or call 216-521-0655. 

Now in its fifth year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually.  Visit LakewoodAlive.org/KnowingYourHome to learn more.  Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company, First Federal Lakewood, Remax Beyond 2000 and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

In lieu of charging for these events, we are asking participants to consider either making a donation to LakewoodAlive or bringing canned foods or other non-perishable items for donation to the Lakewood Community Services Center.  We appreciate your support.

It’s About to Get Hot: Lakewood Summer Meltdown Returns July 14

Much-Anticipated Festival to Celebrate Summertime in Downtown Lakewood

The biggest block party in the neighborhood is right around the corner.  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its ninth year on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 10 p.m.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

The Summer Meltdown draws more than 10,000 guests to Downtown Lakewood. (Azure Imaging)

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties.  A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws more than 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features vendor tents from nearly 100 businesses and nonprofits organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities.  Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles to a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Alternative rock band Front Porch Lights is always a crowd-pleaser at the Summer Meltdown.

The ever-popular Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.  This staple of the Summer Meltdown draws hundreds of participants annually, as it features a fast course, chip timing, a t-shirt for participants and prizes for top finishers.  Both this running event and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.

Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood will complement dining options from vendors and food trucks.  Live music by alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange, The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company and Textbook Painting will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown Schedule:
4-7:30 p.m. – Meltdown Street Festival
4 p.m. – Race-day registration begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
5-10 p.m. – Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood
6 p.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
7 p.m. – Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
7 p.m. – Live music by alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange, The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company and Textbook Painting
9:30 p.m. – Drawing for Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles takes place on the Meltdown Stage

For more information regarding Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsors:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
Rally Health

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
The Exchange
First Federal Lakewood
Perry’s Ice Cream

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center 

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department
Peace Racing
State Farm, Stacey Caskey-Coblentz
Textbook Painting
thunder::tech
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Ronald P. Kolodziej, D.M.D., M.S.
Tomorrow’s Leaders (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Ohio)
Window Universe

 

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

The 9th Annual Summer Meltdown will heat up Downtown Lakewood on July 14. (Lakewood Observer)

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