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Cleveland Museum of Art “Summer Solstice”

Cleveland Museum of Art

“Summer Solstice”


The Solstice celebration at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) was a fabulous summer event, featuring global music, an opportunity to wander the museum’s galleries, a chance to dance, people watch, or just sit and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Tom Welsh, CMA director of City Stages, brought in some of the most innovative world music performers for their Cleveland debut. The lineup on the outdoor stage was Burnt Sugar Arkestra, a fusion of soul, jazz and hip-hop, utilizing cutting-edge music technology; Edmar Castaneda, a harp virtuoso from Columbia; Red Baraat, a band that merges North Indian Bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, New Orleans brass and hip-hop; and The Crystal Ark, an innovative group whose sounds reflect the diversity and intensity of NYC.

The atrium stage featured three DJs extraordinaire! First up was DJ Afrika Bambaataa, known as the “Godfather of Hip Hop” and the “Father of Electro Funk Sound,” followed by Beatmatrix, two local DJs, Darrell Stout, aka “Stout XTC,” and Andreas, aka “Homework Guy.” Back by popular demand was DJ Rekha, one of the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. The revelry continued until 1 a.m. with 5,000 partygoers at the Cleveland Museum of Art. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAROLINE R. MERK



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