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The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Ohio City Stages returns for weekly summer block parties in front of Transformer Station on Wednesday evenings in July at 7:30 p.m. Now in its fifth season, Ohio City Stages is the museum’s acclaimed global music series that brings international artists to this neighborhood stage.
CMA Ohio City Stages
July 5: Joan Soriano
Joan Soriano plays steel string bachata, a genre of music essential to Dominican culture that draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Soriano creates danceable music by blending bachata with sacred Afro-Dominican traditions.
July 12: Totó la Momposina
Totó la Momposina represents the music of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, embodying its African, indigenous Indian and Spanish cultures to create a unique musical tradition. A recipient of the WOMEX Lifetime Achievement Award and the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Totó la Momposina focuses on cumbia, one of the better-known hypnotic rhythms of Colombia.
July 19: El Septeto Santiaguero
El Septeto Santiaguero is a Latin Grammy Award-winning band playing Cuban son. Since its founding in 1995, the group has performed in more than 30 countries, mixing different circuits of salsa, jazz and world music.
July 26: Mokoomba
Hailing from Zimbabwe, Mokoomba is a 6-piece award-winning band that blends traditional Tonga and Luvale rhythms with dashes of funk, ska and soukous. Mokoomba has taken its raw Afro-fusion energy to dance floors in more than 50 countries around the world.
CMA Studio Go
Stop by Studio Go, the CMA’s mobile art studio, to participate in hands-on art-making activities, pop-up drawing classes and other family-oriented art projects.
Food and Drink
Grab a drink at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer tent or order from the on-site food truck.