Cleveland’s storied rock history can be traced back to rock’s very beginning, more than six decades ago.
From the Alan Freed’s Moondog Coronation Ball in ’52, to the Beatles in ’64, Bowie’s US debut at Music Hall in ’72, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in recent years, music fans know that Cleveland rocks. So why not show it? Or even share it?
And that’s just what you can do thanks to Space: ROCK, a gallery on Waterloo Road next to the Beachland Ballrom. A project of nonprofit group Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future, Space: ROCK opened in April of this year and showcases Cleveland music history through the work of photographers and artists who recorded it.
This Friday, December 6th and next Saturday, December 14th from noon-4pm, the gallery will offer photo prints for sale, something that’s just perfect for the music lover on you holiday shopping list.
Visitors will be able to buy prints directly from the photographer of both major superstar acts and popular local bands. They’ll include George Shuba’s photos of ’60s acts like the Beatles, the Who, Sonny & Cher and the many hit artists who appeared on Cleveland’s nationally syndicated Upbeat Show for which Shuba was the house photographer. But they’ll also include the photos that Joe Kleon has shot recently of artists like Taylor Swift, Alice Cooper, and Michael Stanley.
In between you’ll find Janet Macoska’s and Anastasia Pantsios’s shots of ’70s and ’80s superstars like David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and Tina Turner, and Karen Novak’s photos of artists from the ’90s and ’00s including shots from the legendary Euclid Tavern scene.
If you stop in to browse and chat with the photographers, you’ll also be able to see Space: ROCK’s current show, A Sound Baseline: Making Music Work, devoted to the behind-the-scenes that keep the area music scene humming. That show runs through the end of December.
Michael Stanley chatted with Anastasia Pantsios about the sales and some memorable concerts. Listen to the audio below.