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.

The 2023 Waterloo Makes Music series is made possible with support from

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Sun, February 5, 2023

Songwriters in the Round:

Morgan Mecaskey, Clare Feorene, Taylor Lamborn

2-4pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop (15801 Waterloo Rd)

Sun, March 5, 2023

Refresh Collective: Dee Jay Doc and Friends

1-3pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop (15801 Waterloo Rd)

Pre-release concert for Dee Jay Doc’s’ album “Trust Belt City.” Hear songs and stories of a hip-hop artist’s journey to make community change in the city he loves. These songs emerged from an artistic life dedicated to seeing Cleveland youth reach their full potential and become leaders to make Cleveland strong, vibrant and at the forefront of hip-hop innovation. This album was created alongside many of the 10,000 students Dee Jay Doc worked with in the past decade as he founded Refresh Collective, which has become a non-profit serving youth in hospitals, drug treatment centers and schools from Cleveland to Cincinnati. 

This show will feature two sets. The opener set will feature three artists – Nate Willard, Anti and Quill The Messenger. The second set will feature Dee Jay Doc with guest …Zach.

Fri, April 7, 2023

Jenna Fournier
Rob Kovacs

6-8pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop (15801 Waterloo Rd)

Jenna and Rob

Fri, May 5, 2023

Bent String
John McGrail

6-8pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop (15801 Waterloo Rd)

Fri, June 2, 2023

Tommy Lehman
Hubb's Groove

6-8pm • Waterloo Tower Stage (Corner of E.156th and Waterloo Rd.)


Sat, June 17, 2023

Mango Mirage

1-3pm • Beachland Tavern Stage (15711 Waterloo Rd)


Fri, July 7, 2023

Maura Rogers & The Bellows
Wave Magnetik

7-9pm • Waterloo Tower Stage (Corner of E.156th and Waterloo Rd.)

Sat, July 15, 2023

Chris Coles and Anthony Taddeo
Martini 5-0

1-3pm • Beachland Tavern Stage (15711 Waterloo Rd)


Fri, August 4, 2023

Jake Sprecher
Total Downer
Public Squares

6:30-9pm • Beachland Ballroom


Sat, August 19, 2023

AJ & The Woods

1-3pm • Beachland Tavern Stage (15711 Waterloo Rd)


Fri, Sept 1, 2023

Wrong Places
Life Magnetic

6-8pm • Waterloo Tower Stage (Corner of E.156th and Waterloo Rd.)


Fri, Oct. 6, 2023

Anita Keys
Alexis Antes
Luca Mundaca

6-8pm • Cleveland Rocks Shop (15801 Waterloo Rd.)


Fri, Nov. 3, 2023

Bonnis and The King Trio
Colleen Welsch

6-8pm • Praxis Fiber Workshop (15301 Waterloo Rd)

2022 Waterloo Makes Music artists:
January 22: J.Wolfe, Jacob Boardman
April 2: Maura Rogers & The Bellows, Chris Allen
May 6: Shirley Cook, Ava Preston Trio
May 21: Jackie Warren and Sammy DeLeon, Moises Borges
June 3: Birth, Ryan Fletterick and Nolan Covano (Oregon Space Trail of Doom)
• June 18: Apostle Jones, 1800-SOS
July 1: Nancy Redd and the Sounds of Jazz, Erin Neal & the Chill Factors
• July 16: Martini 5-0, Michael Eric Schirch
August 5: Rust Belt Riviera, MOSSOM
August 20: Anita Keys, Blues Chronicles
September 2: Non Bruises, Aaron Civil War
September 17: DLHR, The Burnished
October 7: Maíra Vianna, Sarah Arafat
November 4: Ray Flanagan, Kevin McCarthy
December 2: Anthony Taddeo

2021 Waterloo Makes Music artists:
June 4: Eddie Baccus, Sr., Eugene Ross
• July 2: Erin Neal and the Chill Factors, Non Bruises
August 6: MoKo BoVo, The Covemen
• September 4: Nancy Redd-Shelton, Mary Martin and the 9th Street Tuna Band

2020 Waterloo Makes Music artists:
• June 19: Erin Nicole NealThe Covemen
• July 17: The Smeltztones, Shawn & Shelby
• August 7: Maura Rogers & The BellowsNon Bruises 
• September 4: anitakeysMoKo BoVo

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