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Thanks to these venues for hosting The FlipSide, and bringing our music to the people:
Avon Lake Arts Fest
Barking Spider Tavern
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
Cain Park
Clay's Park Resort
Commodore Perry Yacht Club
Crocker Park
Eye Candy Gallery
Great Lakes Burning River Fest
ImpACTA
Kamm's Corners
Lakewood Library
Lookabout Lodge
Mountain Rose Concert Series
North East, PA
Phoenix Coffeehouse
P.J. McIntyre's
Root Cafe
Shaker Colonnade
Sims Park
South Chagrin Shelter
Steve's Folk (WCSB)
Taste of Hudson
Visible Voice Books
Visiting the Folks (WJCU)
Wilbert's Food & Music
Winchester Music Hall
Woodland UMC

Name Location Contacts Features
Avon Lake Arts Fest Avon Lake, OH
Web site The City of Avon Lake hosts this big annual family-friendly event, to foster community, and support the arts.

Barking Spider Tavern 11310 Juniper Rd.
(University Circle area)
Cleveland, OH
216/421-2863
Web site
Parking tips
The simple fact is, every self-respecting original musician and band in northern Ohio has played the 'Spider. It has all the decorum of an olde-style tavern, including dim lighting, which always makes us look better. Jenna, following in the footsteps of the 'Spider's "founding father" Martin Juredine, has kept this place all about the music, by upgrading the sound system, and keeping rowdy customers in check. The clientèle includes a broad mix, from old-school music-lovers to CWRU students. In the summer, the walls literally open up, and the sound drifts onto the patio.

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church 14040 Puritas Ave.
Cleveland (West Park), OH
216/671-5890
Web site
This progressive church, combined from Ascension and Annunciation during "the merges" hosts a number of social and community events.

Cain Park Superior Road at Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH
216/371-3000
Web site
Often mentioned on WKSU 89.7fm and WCLV 104.9fm, Cain Park is a Mecca for reputed folk acts, musicals, and other national touring entertainment. The annual Cain Park Arts Festival is a well-established annual event featuring hundreds of visual and musical artists. Park your vehicle on streets surrounding the city park, and take a courtesy shuttle (one of their golf carts) right to the amphitheater.

Clay's Park Resort Just off State Route 21
Canal Fulton, OH
330/854-6691
Web site
Yes, Clay's hosts music every weekend, between its two concert venues. But this is a 500-acre park, also boasting beach & pool swimming, boating, fishing, mini golf, hiking, a skate park, sand volleyball, tennis & basketball courts, and even pizza delivery to their camp sites. The amenities and facilities are much more casual than a country club, and don't expect roller coasters, but there are plenty of ways to keep your whole family entertained for the weekend, all for a single price. (About $15 for admission to the water park. See their web site for current rates.)

Commodore Perry Yacht Club 664 W. Bayfront Pkwy
Erie, PA
Web site CPYC is gorgeous, right on the lake. Invite a few hundred club members and their families, set up a few tents, invite The FlipSide to play, and bam, you have an unbeatable summertime party.

Crocker Park 228 Market St.
Westlake, OH
Web site Crocker Park is the classy, new mall on Cleveland's west side. The planners arranged storefronts in an outdoors, old-style street-side "downtown" layout, brought in some convenient free multi-level parking garages, signed on some of the most popular mall chains, and bring in live music every weekend evening throughout the summer. Oh, check out the life-size chess board!

Eye Candy Gallery 2173 Professor Ave.
(Tremont area)
Cleveland, OH
216/241-2740
Web site
Eye Candy isn't a mere collection of area artists' paintings. They sell beautiful pottery, jewelry -- including the owner's own line -- sculptures, and more. Their hospitality fills your senses with not only beautiful sights, and music like ours from the front sidewalk, but also tasty snacks.

Great Lakes Burning River Fest Whiskey Island
Cleveland, OH
Web site The Great Lakes Brewing Company hosts this festival, dedicated to the namesake event that started the whole Earth Day movement. Thousands attend this event that educates while it entertains. And how! Three stages, each with back-to-back-to-back musical acts.

ImpACTA East 4th Street Mall
Cleveland (downtown), OH
Web site Cleveland Indians manager (2010-2012) Manny Acta sponsors an annual celebrity fundraiser for his charity to benefit children in Cleveland and in his native Dominican Republic. Each year, this fun family-oriented event gives Clevelanders a chance to rub shoulders with various Cleveland teams athletes, while raising thousands of dollars for charity.

Kamm's Corners Lorain Rd. (SR 10) at
Rocky River Dr. (SR 237)
Cleveland, OH
216/252-6559
Web site
Kamm's Corners is the "downtown" of Cleveland's West Park neighborhood, near where B. Ryan B. lives. Their development organization keeps the neighborhood vibrant with outdoor festivals throughout the year, including their Winter Wonderland, Farmers Market, and monthly summer movie nights for the kids.

Lakewood Library 15425 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH
216/226-8275
Web site
The Friends of Lakewood Library bring in performers to the beautiful new library auditorium for "Sunday with the Friends," a free cultural series.

Lookabout Lodge 37374 Miles Rd.
East of SR-91/SOM Ctr
South Chagrin Res.
Bentleyville, OH
440/247-7075
Web site
It's a real lodge, folks: a chestnut log cabin with chairs to match, and stone fireplaces, nestled in a hemlock forest near Sulphur Springs gorge. The Metroparks hosts a bunch of events here, including winter and summer concert series, and innumerable nature seminars. Far from our biggest venue, this is the place you want to see us in a cozy, intimate atmosphere, where the ambient sounds are not espresso machines and laptop keyboard-tapping, but birds chirping and leaves rustling.

Mountain Rose Concert Series Roy Smith Shelter House
Fred Fuller Park
601 Middlebury Rd.
Kent, OH
Web site Twistin' Tom Ball, of WAPS-fm radio fame, hosts this monthly series, featuring national folk artists, usually a double-bill for each event. Always top-notch quality music, and a "listening audience" to match. There's a modest cover charge, just to support the musicians, especially those who travel.

North East Chamber of Commerce North East, PA Web site Each September, the City of North East brings out the fruits of its labors for the annual wine fest: Plenty of live music, food, and -- oh yeah -- wine all weekend.

Phoenix Coffeehouse of South Euclid 4441 Mayfield Rd.
South Euclid, OH
216/381-5705
Web site
Coffee with a conscience served here. Come on in weekend evenings to hear local talent. The room is echoey, so it saves us the trouble of adding effects electronically.

P.J. McIntyre's 17119 Lorain Ave
Cleveland (Kamm's Corners), OH
216/941-9311
Web site
Yes, it's Irish themed, and yes, they have all the best beers and Irish whiskeys. More than that, they host all the best bands around town, and have been an anchor for the now-trendy Kamm's Corners entertainment district. On St. Patrick's Day, this place is a mad house!

Root Cafe (Previously, Phoenix Coffeehouse), Lakewood 15118 Detroit Ave.
(just west of Warren)
Lakewood, OH
216/226-4401
Web site
The Phoenix Coffeehouse of Lakewood moved two doors down, and changed its name in 2010. Same great coffee, same great staff, still got wi-fi. Just a lot more room to sit and walk. Come on in any Monday night to hear Jack, Mark, and the week's special guest.

Shaker Colonnade 3450 Lee Rd
(at Van Aken Blvd)
Shaker Heights, OH
A city and an art council get together to host a two-day festival to herald in everyone's favorite season.

Sims Park 23131 Lake Shore Blvd.
Euclid, OH
Home to the Henn Mansion and a full-scale disc golf course, Sims Park is one of the greenest spots in the historic city of Euclid. And it's a stone's throw from Lake Erie.

South Chagrin Reservation: Shelterhouse Picnic Area Hawthorne Parkway
(a.k.a. Bedford Chagrin Pkwy)
Bentleyville, OH
Map
Web site Still technically outdoors, this pavillion is so deep in the Cleveland Metroparks, it doesn't have an address. It's home to many Metroparks festivals, including "Snakes, Turtles & Fun" and many private parties throughout the summer. It's just a stone's throw away from Lookabout Lodge. In fact, one of the area's many bridle trails leads right there from here.

Steve's Folk WCSB 89.3 fm
Cleveland, OH
Web site Steve Traina has long hosted a folk radio show on Cleveland State University's radio station, Saturday mornings from 9:00 till 11:00 AM: "voices of love, protest, anger, kindness, and need," both roots and new songs across the folk genres.

Taste of Hudson Hudson, OH 330/650-4212
Web site
Fans of The FlipSide know how we complement a glass of fine wine. The Taste of Hudson is more than that: fine wines, craft beers, samples from the area's finest restaurants, kid/family zones, an art fair, and dozens of the best musical acts on multiple stages.

Visible Voice Books 1023 Kenilworth
Cleveland (Tremont), OH
216/961-0084
Web site
The finest things in life: a good book, a glass of wine on the patio, and live acoustic music. Besides the latest novels, you can find shelves full of good non-fiction. A feast for your tongue, ears, eyes, and mind!

Visiting the Folks WJCU 88.7 fm
Cleveland, OH
Web site "Uncle Fred & Aunt Jill" have long hosted a folk radio show on John Carroll University's radio station, live Sunday evenings from 9:00 PM till Midnight: folk, bluegrass, Celtic, country, and other acoustic styles.

Wilbert's Food & Music 812 Huron Avenue E.
(By Progressive Field)
Cleveland, OH
216/902-4663
Web site
Wilbert's is one of the best spots to go right before or after a Tribe or Cavs game. Might as well stay parked where you are, stop in for a bite or a drink, while the band plays on. Caution: modest prices for huge portions.

The Winchester Music Hall 12112 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH
216/226-5681
Web site
The Winchester hosts national and rising acts weekly, while also supporting budding local musicians. Our CD release party was here because we have a concentration of fans on the near west side, and the Winchester is one of the few places big enough to hold them all!

Woodland UMC 444 North Hawkins Ave.
Akron, OH
Web site Woodland United Methodist Church takes its community seriously, by hosting events like the annual Night Out Against Crime to show kids how to have good, safe fun.