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Local music can melt your winter blues

Local Zydeco group, Mo' Mojo, performing at The Brothers Lounge
Local Zydeco group, Mo' Mojo, performing at The Brothers Lounge
Danielle Andes

The month of March is filled with great events and holidays to fill your need to fight off the winter blues. March Madness will fill the bars with basketball fans cheering on their favorite schools. Saint Patrick’s Day will provide ample opportunities throughout the city to don some green, orange and white and get in touch with your inner leprechaun. But in the in-between, discover some of the great talent Cleveland has to offer by visiting one of the many establishments that regularly feature local music. Warm up your hibernating body as you dance to some great music at one of these amazing local music venues.

The Winchester Music Hall
12112 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
(216) 226-5681

Only a few blocks west of West 117th Street on Madison Avenue, The Winchester sits just into the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio. The town is known for its diversity and great character and The Winchester could be considered a model citizen. The unassuming façade of this great venue could easily be passed by as just another Lakewood bar—but step inside and pass through the door from the bar to the Music Hall you will be transported into one of the greatest small music venues in Northeast Ohio. Dedicated to delivering great music and supporting local singer/songwriters it is rare that you will find a Friday or Saturday not jamming at The Winchester. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can find local artists putting in their dues at the weekly Open Mic nights. If you have never had the opportunity to check out a show at the Winchester, you have just discovered one more gift Cleveland can offer you to get through the winter blues.

The Brothers Lounge
11609 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
(216) 226-2767

On the very western edge of Cleveland sits historic establishment dedicated to great food, music, and drink in a classy environment that maintains a friendly neighborhood vibe. Having been restored to the original beauty the building possessed in its original incarnation in the early 1900s, The Brothers Lounge has an ageless beauty to its architectural identity. The dedication to exposing patrons to great live music throws back to its days as a classic Blues bar and restaurant in the 60s. Today, The Brothers Lounge consists of a classic neighborhood pub, exquisite Wine Bar with melodic performers, and rocking Concert Hall that hosts the best of local and touring artists in an intimate venue with incredible sound and light systems. The Brothers Lounge can definitely warm you out of your winter blues, even if you prefer to do it sitting back and sipping on some Cabernet.

Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
(216) 321-5588

Located to the east of the city on Cleveland Heights’ famous Coventry Road, the Grog Shop has a long history of presenting great music in it rawest form in a down and gritty environment. In 2003 it moved to its current location, more than doubling in size, yet maintaining the intimate environment of the venue and its integrity to presenting talented acts from all genres. The Grog Shop has a busy schedule, sometimes hosting two concerts in a single day. Making it that much easier to get a taste of what you are looking for in an environment where you can literally stand a foot away from the performers.

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
(216) 383.1124

The Beachland Ballroom is located on the East side of Cleveland in the heart of the Waterloo Arts District in the redeveloping art-centric Collinwood neighborhood. This incredible venue exists in a building that once housed the Croatian Liberty Home. With the larger Ballroom in back and the Tavern up front, the Beachland can host two shows at one time—many times offering two very different musical experiences to choose from. With a limited, yet tasty, menu and an expansive beer selection this venue will expand your palate for local music as well as touring acts. With music just about every day of the week, the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern is bound to provide you with an outlet any time you feel like getting down with the groove your feeling.

Wilbert’s Food & Music
812 Huron Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 902-4663

Wilbert’s has been a staple in the Cleveland music scene for many years. But with it’s current location—tucked in the back of a building on Huron, facing the baseball field—many forget about this incredible live music venue tucked in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Dedicated to showcasing the best of local talent as well as incredible touring artists, big and small, proprietor Mike Miller continues to deliver great music to his patrons. Not to mention the incredible food you can order once you work up an appetite dancing to some great tunes.


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