If youâ€™re like me, youâ€™re constantly on the hunt for new music. You donâ€™t push away the classics, youâ€™re just always looking toÂ satiate your ever-growing music hoarding addiction. You also take some pleasure in being the first on the scene. This yearâ€™s Inaugural InCuya Festival in Cleveland Ohio allows you to do all of this.
InCuya, named for being Downtown Cleveland, inside Cuyahoga County, offers a great variety of established and up next performers with New order, Awolnation, and the Avett Brothers, as well as newcomers Daniel Caesar and Tank and the Bangas. Your music options are as diverse and rich as Clevelandâ€™s history:
The Modern Electric
Seeing The Modern ElectricÂ (A Cleveland original) perform the Wait is the minimum I need to have a great weekend:
SZA, the female vocalist youâ€™ve heard on just about every collaboration in the last 4 years released CNTRL, her first major label debut last year:
New Orderâ€™s electric sounds date back to the mid 1970s, but it is almost impossible to pick just one to represent theirÂ music as theyâ€™ve changed over the decades:
Booker TÂ Jones
Not to be outdone, Booker TÂ Jones took the stage in Memphis in the 1960s and will be one of the most exciting and historic acts overlooking Lake ErieÂ over the weekend:
Itâ€™s not fair for me toÂ write about the Avett Brothers because theyâ€™ve been my favorite songwriters since they performed at Morrison Coloradoâ€™s Red Rocks Ampitheatre in 2007:
Along the same line, there has not been a release Iâ€™ve spammed more than Cakeâ€™s Fashion Nugget:
Iâ€™m on the fence on the most anticipated performance of the weekend. It is between K Flay and Kitten. Iâ€™m sure by mid August Iâ€™ll have made up my mindÂ twelve different times:
Hunting for a live Kitten performance around me isÂ what led me to InCuya:
And of course there’s the performers InCuya is introducing me to for the first timeâ€”Â They., Ezri, The Jack Fords, and Arkells:
The schedule isn’t available yet, butÂ I have insider information that the music won’t startÂ before Noon, so this is a good opportunity to get rest or go sight seeing in Cleveland. As a special bonus, all ticket holders will also have general admission tickets during the festival weekend to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Another Cleveland Original).
Take it from a Pro
New to festival life? Here are someÂ must-haves from someone who has made every mistake attending outdoor shows:
- AÂ plastic container ofÂ sunblock
- 24-oz sealed waterÂ bottle
- Baseball cap
- Phone charger (battery pack is best)
- Debit card / cash
- Car keys (of course, but keep an eye on them, see my BunburyÂ write up for the reference)
- Ear plugs (Just in case someone models their performance after Dinosaur Jr.)
Click here for a full list of what you can /cannot take into the festival.
The InCuya Festival is produced by the newly formed Cleveland Concert Company and AEG PresentsÂ in association with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the City of Cleveland and Destination Cleveland. Theyâ€™ve come together to make a world-class music festivalÂ around music, and other great notes about Cleveland, including it’s food.