Media Advisory

Museum Welcomes Summer with Fourth Annual Solstice, June 30

Friday, April 27, 2012

Caroline Guscott

The Cleveland Museum of Art
cguscott [at] clevelandart.org
(216) 707-2261
Popular summer music festival features an international music lineup

CLEVELAND (April 27, 2012) –The Cleveland Museum of Art invites the community to celebrate summer's long days and hot nights at Solstice, the region's premier music festival of its kind, on Saturday, June 30 from 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Enjoy global cosmopolitan music throughout the night on the main stage, get a sneak peek of the Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties exhibition, and explore the permanent collection late into the night. From grooving to Ethiopian funk to rocking with Afro-Peruvian electronica, festival-goers will have the chance to see some of the most cutting-edge international musical acts performing today.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 1 and may be purchased by calling the museum at 216-421-7340 or visiting www.clevelandart.org.

WHAT: Solstice

WHERE: Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland


  • From 7:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., general admission is $60 per person, $30 for museum members.
  • From 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., general admission is $25 per person.


* Food and drinks will be available for purchase at Solstice all night long.

MUSICAL LINE-UP (in order of appearance):

Debo Band (7:30 p.m.) is an 11-member group devoted to Ethiopian funk of the 1960s and '70s, led by saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic singer Bruck Tesfaye. This is horn-heavy music, incorporating a mix of classic funk and trance-like African grooves.

Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra (9:00 p.m.) takes the guise of a 1920s-era big band, but is updated with an urbane sensibility and draws from American musical influences. A longtime fixture on the downtown jazz scene in New York, Steven Bernstein and MTO plays Sly Stone, Jelly Roll, and everything in between.

Gang Gang Dance (10:00 p.m.) has honed a type of electronica that is equal parts tribal-futurism and dance music based on perfectly controlled havoc, emphasizing the ritualistic elements of their sound.

Nortec Collective Presents Bostich & Fussible (11:00 p.m.). In Tijuana, Mexico, the so-called Nortec movement took shape when producers began fusing cutting-edge electronic music with traditional music of the region such as norteño and banda. This collective explores their take on the norteño and techno blend.

Novalima (12:30 a.m.) is the band that has revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru. Novalima combines a passion for traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture. Their shared fascination with afro beat, dub reggae, latin, and electronic music has resulted in platinum status and worldwide touring.

* Times subject to change.

SPONSORS: Solstice is sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company and Dix & Eaton.

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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 63,000 artworks and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship and performing arts and is a leader in digital innovations. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation, recognized for its award-winning Open Access program and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the University Circle neighborhood.

The museum is supported in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and made possible in part by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. For more information about the museum and its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit cma.org.