Waterloo Makes Music

Waterloo Makes Music is a free concert series on Waterloo as a gift to all the music lovers in the community, and a celebration of Cleveland’s amazing musical legacy.

Our Waterloo Makes Music series of concert and livestream music presentations, grew from 2021’s three live events to 2022’s fifteen live events featuring thirty bands and solo artists.  A total of eighty-nine musicians were engaged for these performances.  We also cultivated more performance spaces in the  Waterloo Arts District in 2022, engaging audiences in Praxis Fiber Workshop, on The Tower Stage, The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern stage, and our newly opened Cleveland Rocks Shop Stage.  

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The Waterloo Makes Music series expanded in 2022 from a summer concert series held on the first Friday of the month during Walk All Over Waterloo Art Walk to a year long program, offering more opportunities to showcase local talent within the community. Your support allows us to again pay musicians and the production team needed to mount our Waterloo Makes Music series.

2024 Waterloo Makes Music Series

Austin Walkin' Cane
Fox Ears

Fri, February 2, 2024

6-8pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop

15801 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

Austin Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitar impressario who performs across acoustic, solo, duo and electric band mediums. He has toured around the world with only a National guitar and suitcase in hand.

“Austin Walkin’ Cane arrives bearing not only a cool blues calling card but a commanding voice and fiery Delta chops.” – The New Yorker

Fox Ears is Cleveland’s newest RnB music group, presenting songs written and produced by Maple Hts native Curtis CJ Johnson. CJ’s material is expressive of his mastery of the piano and musical composition, rooted in the sounds of hip hop, funk, yacht rock, prog, and popular Rhythm and Blues. 

The Super Babes
Clare Feorene

Fri, March 1, 2024

6-8pm • Praxis Fiber Workshop

15301 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

Hailing from Youngstown, Ohio, The Super Babes is a rock duo consisting of Ann Rock and Bridget Reckless. Blended from each individual’s own influences, these babes have created a fierce style and sound that is all their own! Each song being a different blend of genres, there is certainly something to entertain everyone. With a stage presence and chemistry to match their fierce style, you’re sure to be inspired, uplifted, and energized after catching The Super Babes at a live show!

Clare Feorene is a singer songwriter who writes using mellifluous melodies inspired by folk musicians mixed with catchy chord progressions found in indie pop music.

Wave Rowanne
Thicarus

Fri, April 5, 2024

6-8pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop

15801 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

Wave Magnetik (producer and trumpeter) and Rowanne Atallah (Lebanese performing artist) have joined musical forces creating melodic infectious dance music symbolizing unity in diversity. Combining Rowanne’s middle eastern roots and Wave’s jazz background, they have given birth to a new electronic dance music era called “Hayete.”

“Icarus should have waited for nightfall…”. A newly formed six piece band featuring musicians from some of Cleveland’s favorite local acts. Thicarus seemingly trips into genres with grace, bringing horn driven sounds thiccer than a Greek Epic.

Corry Michaels
Justin Allyn

Fri, May 3, 2024

6pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop

15801 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

Corry Michaels is a multi-talented artist, singer, songwriter, and producer who has made waves with his 2020 album, “Give All Yourself.” He also gained recognition with his 2017 EP ‘Die to Me.’ Beyond his music, he’s a passionate LGBTQ advocate, using his platform to champion important causes.

Justin Allyn is a singer-songwriter hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, known for his atmospheric soundscapes and heartfelt lyrics. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Noah Gundersen, David Bazan, Novo Amor and Ruston Kelly, Justin Allyn has created a unique musical style that combines elements of indie, ambient, and acoustic genres.

Apostle Jones
Maura Rogers & The Bellows

Fri, June 7, 2024

6pm • Waterloo Tower Stage

E.156th at Waterloo Rd.
Rain Site: Beachland Ballroom

Bringing a spirited stage performance and entertaining show,  Apostle Jones brings the spirit stomping roots of Rock’n’Roll and Soulful Blues to listeners.

MR&B are a modern twist on Americana, with tasteful bits of folk and classic rock. The passionate vocals and prolific songwriting of Maura Rogers are supported by lush harmonies, a dynamic rhythm section, and intricate arrangements with driving accordion and guitar leads.

Shakē Ground
Tribe of Eli

Fri, July 5, 2024

7pm • Waterloo Tower Stage

E.156th at Waterloo Rd.

Shakē Ground

Reggae. Rebel. Music! The band formerly known as Outlaws I&I is back and bringing the roots!

Elijah Gilmore, a rising star in the jazz scene, brings a unique Afrobeat flair to the music industry. Notably, he served as the lead percussionist for the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, and toured extensively with Joe McBride of Heads UP Records, contributing to an album that quickly rose to the top of the UK charts.

Hubb's Groove
Anthony Taddeo
w/Chris Coles

Fri, August 2, 2024

7pm • Waterloo Tower Stage

E.156th at Waterloo Rd.

Northeast Ohio Drummer extraordinaire Robert Hubbard leads All-Star BAND. Hubb’s Groove is a mix of Soul, Jazz, R&B and a splash of Gospel. It’s a smooth but yet high energy band that believes what’s played from the heart, reaches the heart. The band was founded In 1996 by Robert Hubbard in Cleveland Ohio under the name “Moments Notice.” In 2006 Robert, changed the name to “Hubb’s Groove.” The band has shared the stage with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Earth Wind & Fire, Wayman Tisdale, TONY TONi Tone, Will Downing, Randy Crawford and Pieces of a Dream.

Anthony Taddeo w/Chris Coles

Chris Coles and Anthony Taddeo are two of the most in-demand musicians in Northeast Ohio. Both consummate sidemen and band leaders in their own right, this will be the first time that they get a chance to experiment on this duo collaboration. Their unique approach to textures and electronics on their respective instruments makes this music both accessible and edgy. Filled to the brim with groove, improvisation and exploration it promises to be a special performance!

Interested in performing at a future event? Contact clevelandrocksppf@gmail.com.

Become A Sponsor!

For more information on Waterloo Makes Music or to become a sponsor,
contact Lisa Paul Sierk at development@clevelandrocksppf.org.

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