an outdoor concert in an urban setting
  • an outdoor concert in an urban setting
  • group of musicians performing with wind instruments
  • man holding a stringed instrument

City Stages 2021

City Stages, the museum’s free acclaimed summer concerts featuring the best in global music, has returned. These block parties will take place in front of Transformer Station, on August 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.  

Transformer Station will remain open until 9:00 p.m. during City Stages. Before the concerts, visit Transformer Station to see the CMA’s free exhibition, New Histories, News Futures, on view through September 12. The exhibition showcases work by three contemporary Black artists—Johnny Coleman, Antwoine Washington, and Kambui Olujimi—who engage both historical events and current discourse through their art.  

Transformer Station is located at 1460 West 29th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. Normal hours of operation are Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

City Stages Schedule

Wednesday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
Angel Melendez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra
Composer, arranger and trombonist Angel Melendez will lead the 10-piece 911 Mambo Orchestra in original arrangements of old-school salsa. 

Wednesday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
Cheick Hamala Diabate
The Malian singer-guitarist and n’goni player will perform the best in West African griot. The n’goni is a traditional stringed lute considered one of the ancestors of the banjo.  

Arrive early and grab dinner and a drink at one of Ohio City’s bars or restaurants.  

Ample parking available courtesy of Lutheran Hospital.

City Stages Parking Map
group of musicians performing with wind instruments
man holding a stringed instrument

The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. 

The exhibition New Histories, New Futures was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.