Cleveland’s Jenna Fournier channels past trauma into experimental songs as Kid Tigrrr

April 4, 2024 // Kid Tigrrr is the gauzy, solo dream-pop project of Jenna Fournier, who fronted the Cleveland shoegaze band NIIGHTS. When the band went on hiatus due to COVID-19, Fournier began writing and recording her own songs. She experienced overwhelming losses during the pandemic, from death in the family to relationships falling apart and her career being upended. []

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Meet Jenna Fournier

December 28, 2023 // Bold Journey recently connected with Jenna Fournier and shared their conversation. []

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The Year In Clubs: Record Revenues For Some, Struggles For Others

December 11, 2023 // It’s easy to look at Pollstar’s Worldwide Top 200 Clubs grosses chart and see that for the top performers, the post-pandemic concert firehose was most definitely “on” in 2023. But it wasn’t that way for all of them – particularly those that struggled most to survive during the 2020-21 COVID shutdown and have yet to fully recover. []

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Music census hopes to measure the impact of Cleveland’s live entertainment industry

September 27, 2023 // Local groups that helped support independent entertainment venues throughout the ups and downs of COVID-19 — including netting $135 million in federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grants for Northeast Ohio — are launching a new effort aimed at quantifying the economic impact of the live music and entertainment industries in the region. []

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8 Cities with Underrated Music Scenes

August 10, 2023 // Some cities carry nicknames that nod to their impressive musical roots, like Nashville’s Music City or New York City’s the Big Apple (a nod to jazz musicians). But, famed musicians can hail from all around the country, and many smaller towns have massively impressive roots in music that may not be widely known. From iconic recording studios to birth and resting places for musical innovators, check out these eight eight cities with underrated music scenes. []

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Cleveland’s Downtown Busker Program returns for second year

June 20, 2023 // Downtown Cleveland Inc., is bringing back the Downtown Busker Program for its second year.The official street-performance program features 20 pre-selected “pitch” (the area buskers perform) locations and guides for potential buskers to help them find their perfect “pitch.”Each pitch location was selected by Downtown Cleveland Inc. to maximize pedestrian visibility near hot spots and offer room for creative freedom in performing. []

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Cleveland Rocks Shop

Cleveland Rocks aims to amplify music scene with campus in Waterloo Arts District

June 15, 2023 // When Music Saves, the record store next to the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, closed its doors in 2017, Cindy Barber had a plan to revive the space. Barber’s nonprofit bought the storefront in 2018, and after launching a fundraising campaign, is now turning it into a retail space for local music called Cleveland Rocks Shop. []

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Kaboom Collective

Students gain arts industry experience in Kaboom Collective

April 28, 2023 // Young creatives ages 15 to 25 are working on Hollywood-style recording projects as members of Northeast Ohio's Kaboom Collective. Students work with a variety of industry professionals in the arts, from musical composition to script writing to digital animation. But at the collective's center is its studio orchestra led by Kaboom Collective Co-Founder and Cleveland Arts Prize winner Liza Grossman. []

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Cleveland Scores Highest Among Midwestern Communities on Two Key Measurements of Arts Vibrancy

April 13, 2023 // Analysis from the 2022 Arts Vibrancy Index reveals Cleveland, Ohio with a score in the top 1% of communities on measurements of Arts Dollars. The city shows particular strengths in the amount of earned revenue generated from artistic programs and the total compensation paid to arts and cultural employees per capita – higher than all other large midwestern communities on these two sub-measures. []

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Cindy Barber – March 1, 2023 – These Women-Owned Venues Lead Cleveland’s Arts Scene

As Women’s History Month begins, we turn our attention to those who have pushed boundaries, smashed stereotypes and created a path for future generations of artists and creators — and all right here in Cleveland. The conversation wouldn’t be whole without hearing from those women who fight for the arts both on and off stage. Here, we look behind the curtain at the owners of many of Northeast Ohio’s biggest venues: the women carving out safe spaces for performance and culture in every corner of the city.

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Registration Open for the 2023 Ohio University Music Industry Summit

The Ohio University Music Industry Summit features an exclusive gathering of prominent artists and music industry leaders for informative panels and compelling interviews, as well as networking and learning opportunities for registrants. Registration is free and open to anyone and is required to attend the Summit. Both in-person and virtual attendance options are available. Mark your calendar for the 5th annual event: Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, 2023 on OHIO's Athens Campus. 

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Welshly Arms – Feb. 21, 2023 – 10 Years of Welshly Arms: Blues-Rock Band Headlines Brite Winter This Weekend

Brite Winter features about 20 bands on three stages, starting at 3 p.m on Saturday. Tickets, $10-plus, are available at Capping the day is Welshly Arms, a band set to return to the fest as its headliner. Other performers include Signals Midwest, Fox Royale, Grumpy Plum, Skuff Micksun and Detention. It all goes down on the West Bank of the Flats, underneath the Main Ave. bridge in Cleveland, with Welshly taking the West Bank Stage at 10 p.m.

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Jazz Fest – Feb. 15, 2023 – Tri-C Announces 44th Annual JazzFest Lineup

On Wednesday, Tri-C announced the lineup for the 44th Annual JazzFest, set to run June 22-24 at Playhouse Square. Following last year’s return to Playhouse theaters — after a pandemic-induced derailment forced Tri-C to stream the event in 2020 and plan a smaller in-person performance at Cain Park in 2021 — the fest hits 2023 with powerhouse musicians including Herbie Hancock and the 2023 Grammy’s Best New Artist, Samara Joy.

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