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The Cleveland Museum of Art Announces Solstice 2014

Mark your calendars for the hottest summer music festival in Cleveland
Mark your calendars for the hottest summer music festival in Cleveland
The Cleveland Museum of Art

Popular summer music festival features internationally recognized artists on June 21

Mark your calendars for the hottest summer music festival in Cleveland. On June 21, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The Cleveland Museum of Art will present Solstice. This is the sixth year for this early summer music celebration and offers an opportunity for Clevelanders to enjoy dynamic and cutting edge music from around the world. Along with the concert there will be a preview of the new Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition “Yoga: The Art of Transformation”.

“Solstice is always such a great night in the museum, and in the city, and our favorite way to kick off the summer,” said Tom Welsh, director of City Stages.

This year’s concert will feature two stages offering music simultaneously. The atrium stage will feature innovative musicians and DJs including Kouyaté-Neerman, DJ Arkin Allen and Awesome Tapes From Africa. The outdoor stage on the museum’s south terrace will feature bands including Very Be Careful, Suphala, Salar System and Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe. After sundown, the museum building comes alive with visuals by the Joshua Light Show.

Tickets for Solstice are now on sale. The 8:00 p.m. entry tickets are available for $60 per person, $40 for museum members. Limited quantities of $30 tickets with an entry time of 10:30 p.m. will also be available. Tickets are available at

Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Solstice is sponsored by United Airlines, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Thompson Hine, Dix & Eaton and Column & Stripe.

Artist Line-Up

In order of appearance
Times subject to change

Very Be Careful
8:00 p.m.
South Terrace Stage

Based out of Los Angeles, this group features Caribbean soul with a California Heart while specializing in Colombian vallenato music and traditional cumbia sound that center around the accordion, backed with percussion and bass.

8:00 p.m.
Atrium Stage

Lansiné Kouyaté, balafon maestro from Mali, teams up with David Neerman, electric vibraphonist, to create a hypnotic trance with a unique sonic landscape that goes beyond African music, rock, jazz and electro.

9:15 p.m.
South Terrace Stage

Suphala, one of the most versatile young tabla artists today, combines an unparalleled technical command of her instrument with a playful sense of experimentation as she switches effortlessly between composing, producing and performing.

DJ Arkin Allen
9:15 p.m.
Atrium Stage

DJ Arkin Allen (from Turkey) continuously creates live electronic sounds, beats and spin magical, trance melodies from Tribal Techno, Deep House to Progressive.

Salar System
10:30 p.m.
South Terrace Stage

Salar System is an extraordinary ensemble of internationally recognized musicians of Central Asian heritage, consisting of Tabla, Afghan Dhol, Dholak, Rubab, Doyra, vocals and electronics. Combining melody, rhythm, poetry and dance, Salar System tracks an evocative journey of cross-cultural communication and exchange.

Awesome Tapes From Africa
11:00 p.m.
Atrium Stage

Awesome Tapes From Africa is Brian Shimkovitz, a leading exponent of African music who as a DJ brings a global perspective to the dance floor. A true ethnomusicologist, Brian started the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog in 2006 to encourage outsiders’ appreciation of the breadth of musical subcultures in Africa which he discovered while travelling there. Brian has played an important role in promoting access to African music outside the continent.

Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe
11:45 p.m.
South Terrace Stage

Arkin Ilicali is a composer, ney and bendir player, DJ and producer from Turkey known worldwide. He has shared the stage and played producer to various notable names from the genres of classical, world and alternative music.

Joshua Light Show
Sunset until late
South Terrace Stage

Joshua Light Show has been offering the most psychedelic visual experiences on stage for legendary party sequences since the 70s. Now with the participation of new collaborators, Joshua Light Show regenerates their visual art for the 21st century.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum houses the Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, one of the largest art research libraries in the United States. The Cleveland Museum of Art is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education and recently completed an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit