There is nothing quite like listening to the sounds of live music while gazing at the night sky. Luckily, Cleveland has a variety of scenic and festive outdoor concert venues featuring a wide range of performers. Learn who's playing this summer at Blossom Music Center, at Cain Park on Cleveland's east side, and at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, among other locations. Here is a list of venues with links to their individual schedules:
Located in Cuyahoga Falls, between Cleveland and Akron, Blossom Music Center offers lawn seating as well as covered seating. Although the venue is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, the amphitheater also is host to a variety of popular musical artists and groups, such as James Taylor, Kings of Leon, and Florida Georgia Line. Sit on the lawn and bring a picnic, or treat yourself to an acoustically-correct pavilion seat. It just doesn't get much better than this.
Located east of Cleveland in Cleveland Heights, this lovely 22-acre performing arts park features a number of local, regional, and nationally-known performers throughout the summer. The two theaters--the Evans and Alma--have covered seating, while the Evans theater has a lawn area as well.
Nelson Ledges, located 30 minutes east of Cleveland in Portage County, offers swimming, camping, hiking, and lots of outdoor fun.
In the spring, summer, and fall, it is also the home of numerous music festivals, including the Grateful Fest and Reggae Fest.
Located along the Cuyahoga River on the west bank of the Flats, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica is a wonderful place for a concert. It offers general admission bleacher seating as well as festival seating, all uncovered.
Musical groups range from the Goo Goo Dolls to The Turtles.
Home to the Cleveland Browns football team, First Energy Stadium also is host to big-name musical performers, such as U2. By no means an intimate setting, but definitely a high-energy venue for world-renown artists.