Space:Rock Gallery is a permanent music-centered photography gallery in a refurbished storefront located at 15721 Waterloo Road. The space opened in early 2013 and won Best Rock Gallery in Cleveland magazine that year.
Contrast Contoured: Portraits of Drag & Burlesque Dancers by Bridget Caswell
Opening Friday, August 5, 2022
Special Ohio Burlesque Festival hours: Thursday, August 11th, Friday August 12th and Saturday, August 13th from 5-7p.m. at MNAP (other locations will be open)
Space: ROCK gallery 15721 Waterloo Road
Pictured: Miss Melvis of Duo Decibel System by Ron Knerem
Opening Friday, June 3, 2022
Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future is focusing on the visual side of music with Fashion Rocks, a project to make local musicians look as good as they sound, organized by fashion designer Jacci Hammer.
It kicks off with a display of images and fashion pieces at Waterloo’s Space: ROCK Gallery, opening Friday June 3 5-9 during Walk All Over Waterloo. Northeast Ohio photographers Arron Bound/No Numbers Photography, Eartha Goodwin, Ron Knerem and Anastasia Pantsios shot artists such as Meganne Stepka, Miss Melvis, Jessica Kennan (Apostle Jones), Tracy Marie, Amanda Nyx aka Fiercely Serene and more. Most are wearing outfits designed/coordinated by Hammer intended to express their personalities and bring out their latent theatricality.
The exhibit will run through the end of July. On June 29 at the Beachland Ballroom Fashion Rocks will come alive with a music-and-fashion show, featuring some of the in the photos and additional musicians. Stay tunes for more details!
A History of the Headshot: Anastasia Pantsios and Bridget Caswell
Opening Friday, April 1, 2022
Every band or musician should have a promotional headshot. In the old days, a photographer like Anastasia Pantsios would be hired to take a few dozen shots in her studio or out at an interesting backdrop. The band would pick a shot from a proof sheet and the negative would be enlarged and printed with a logo as an 8×10 official promo shot that would be given to the press or added to a package handed to venues or promoters so you could look professional enough to be hired. Today you still have to have a good headshot but it’s done digitally and stored on your website or in an EPK (electronic press kit) for press and promoters to grab. This display at Space:ROCK Gallery shows both old and new school images. Anastasia’s work included DEVO, Michael Stanley, Spudmonsters, The Generators and many more. Bridget Caswell recently photographed a handful of aspiring locals at our workshop on March 20 and represents a younger generation of music-loving photographers ready to snap a digital image. We will have a few other more recent images and are compiling a list of available photographers as part of this project. Thanks to the Ohio Arts Council for the support to make this possible.
Beachland Poster Show: 2000 - 2018
March 2-4, 2018
A look back at 18 years of music concerts through posters
and fliers by Ron Kretsch, Jake Kelly, Sean Carroll, Jon Hicks,
Little Jacket, Bubble Press and more!
All That Glitters: Burlesque at the Beachland
Opening Thursday, August 3, 2017.
Recent Photos by Justin Nelson
Opening Friday, July 7, 2017.
Recent Photos by Justin Nelson. A young self-taught photographer from Cleveland, Ohio, Justin became intrigued by the underbelly of the punk world in Cleveland about 7 months ago. With so many photogenic local and touring punk/indie/hardcore/rap acts, he found himself being fascinated with shooting live band photography. He spent many late nights shooting shows at Cleveland punk venues such as Now That’s Class. Nelson has captured the chaos of the live experience of bands such as Cloud Nothings and The Suicide Machines among many others. Justin was so intrigued by ‘Horrible Fest,” he took it upon himself to publish a book of his photos documenting this exciting and sometimes debaucherous music festival.
Shots in the Dark: The latest works by Kevin McCann.
Opening Friday, April 7, 2017.
On the Pulse: Latest Works by, Jamie A. Bradley
Opening Friday, October 7, 2016.
A Portrait: Cleveland Independent Music Venues Photographs by Frank J. Lanza
Opening Friday, June 3, 2016.
A few small local music clubs have been meeting and sharing information for the last few years. Most of these venues anchor their neighborhoods, struggle to maintain old infrastructure but provide jobs and places for local and touring musicians to find an audience. Join us as we journey into the lens of revered Cleveland photographer Frank J. Lanza, who immersed himself in this music community for the last month. Lanza, who has has become known as a portrait photographer, shoots almost exclusively in black and white and captures a wide variety of performances on stages big and small, but also grabs the staff taking the garbage out or restocking beer. This is in part a study of the people who keep the wheels in motion, leading up to what the audience experiences as the live performance. In some ways, Frank became an average Clevelander going to see live music and finding a great new local band. On the other hand, he goes behind the scenes and captures the faces of the process. This show is one step in a larger mission by Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future to describe how and why this small independent music culture nurtures the Cleveland economy.
Pictured Left: The Black Keys, Pictured Right: Robert Lockwood
Beachlandia: There and Back Again by Jay Brown (jfotoman)
Opening Friday, October 2, 2015. Show runs through November 29.
Photos spanning 15 years of Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, from The White Stripes to Archie and the Bunkers.
Pictured: Neko Case. Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Chicago, Friday July 15, 2011.
Mara Robinson: Rock Shots
Opening Friday, August 7, 2015.
A relative newcomer, Mara Robinson started shooting music events in 2010 and made her mark locally with the Lottery League that year. This show includes striking images she captured at shows and festivals like Riot Fest, Pitchfork and Nelsonville, including Neko Case, Sean Lennon, Dinosaur Jr. and Ezra Furman.
Pictured: Pere Ubu
Kevin D Carmont: Listen to these Pictures
Opening Friday, May 1, 2015. Show runs through June 28.
Documenting the late ‘70’s music scene including Styrenes, Pere Ubu, Foreign Bodies, Cool Marriage Counselors, Golden Palominos, The Wild Giraffes, Jim Jones, Wally Bryson and more.
Pictured: The Beatles
George Shuba: 50th Anniversary
Opening Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Show runs through December 21.
There at Ground Zero when The Beatles land in Cleveland. This show centers on photos from the mid-late ‘60s of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.
Oral History Talks in conjunction with George Shuba: 50th Anniversary
Sat. Nov 15: George Shuba, interviewed with noted pop culture author Michael Olszewski
A Q&A with photographer George Shuba on his beginnings in the ‘60s; how he got the good shots; and what it was like behind the scenes.
Sat. Nov 29: Wally Bryson, interviewed by music business veteran John Awarski
A Q&A with Wally Bryson on his days with The Choir when they opened for The Who in 1967; what the scene was like then; and how he moved on to The Raspberries.
It will be Wally day on Waterloo with evening fundraiser at Beachland Ballroom:
Sat. Nov 29: Abbey Rodeo with special guest Wally Bryson and friends
Partial proceeds from this show will support Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future