If you watched my Instagram Stories this past weekend, then you know that Nick and I spent the entire weekend at LaureLive. This was our second consecutive year at the event, and honestly, it’s one of my favorite things to do in the summer. Grab a folding chair, some drinks and listen to amazing artists while sitting in the grass - what could be better?
Unlike last year, this year I really didn’t spend any time listening to the new-to-me bands before the festival, so I was very pleasantly surprised and excited to discover some new acts, which I’m sharing in today’s Friday Five
Alec Benjamin is 25, but he looks very young. Like teen young. And he has adorkable weirdness to match. He was so funny and entertaining, and his music is so much fun. You’ve probably heard his song Let Me Down Slowly on the radio or any of the Spotify top charts.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela are an incredible guitar duo from Mexico City who play an entirely instrumental set. Now before you go “meh, instrumental” take a listen to their music - it is so fun and upbeat, and is incidentally also the perfect music for a busy workday when you’re trying to get a lot of stuff done.
Misterwives is an indie pop band from New York City - very fun, pop music to dance to, and their shows are very bright and colorful
Castecomer is comprised of 5 cousins from Australia and they were my absolute favorite performance, mainly because they are hilarious! Their instagram bio says “We write big songs. We play fun shows” and they are not lying. Incidentally, they will be at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on November 9th touring with RIPE, so get your tickets and don’t miss this band.
Coin is another indie pop band, but they’re from Nashville. They didn’t initially sound familiar but turns out I had listened to several of their songs on Spotify in various playlists. They’re part of the the Fitz and the Tantrums + Young The Giant Tour bill, playing at Nautica (Cleveland) on June 30th. Tickets are still available at LiveNation.
BONUS: To be completely honest, our main draw for the tickets was Trombone Shorty, and as usual, he was amazing. Such a FUN performance. If you have a chance to see him, don’t miss it. It will leave you completely energized, feeling that high vibe energy for the rest of the day, if not the whole week!
If you’re bummed you missed LaureLive, the WonderBus Music and Arts Festival is coming to Columbus, Ohio this summer and a number of LaureLive bands (including ones I mentioned in this post) will be performing there.
Here’s a partial list of fun things happening in Cleveland in this summer!
June 15th: The Standard Market - Bombay Taxi Boutique will be there with a new jewelry collection and a ring-sizing station from 10 am - 5 pm
June 15th: Larchmere PorchFest
June 15th: Water Lantern Festival
June 19th: Startup Scaleup
June 20th: PechaKucha Night: Waterways - join global thought leaders talking about clean water issues.
June 20th: Lovely fashion show. I will be walking the runway at this event. Come say hi!
June 20th: Asian Lantern Festival is back!!! Head over to the zoo every Thursday - Sunday from 6:30- 10:00 pm for this amazing display of Asian art via lanterns.
June 21st: Chakra POP Yoga and Color. Do you ever see all the colorful Holi pictures from India and think “that looks like so much fun”. Well, I’m here to tell you (a) Yes it is as much fun as it looks (b) since outdoor Holi in Cleveland is practically impossible (Thanks Winter in March) this Chakra POP event is the next best thing. I will be at this event - come join me!
June 22nd: Cleveland Yoga Festival by HIKyoga. I just got my tickets to this one! Come yoga with me!
June 22nd: Concacaf Gold Cup Group D Double Header - for soccer fans!
June 22nd: Cleveland Museum of Art Solstice Party - tickets are sold out but you can ask around on Facebook if you’re interested.
June 25th: Yoga in the Village with Alicia Hansen. Alicia is a good friend and one of my favorite yoga instructors and you should definitely go to this.
June 27th - 29th: Tri-C JazzFest - This is the 40th anniversary of this amazing event for Jazz lovers.
June 29th: Pure Barre Pop Up & Mimosas with Paladar. I’m a big proponent of cocktails after workouts, and this one gives you TWO mimosas post-barre.
June 29th: 2019 Waterloo Arts Fest. Music, arts and food come together in a vibrant festival in one of Cleveland’s coolest communities.
I will update this list each week in the summer. ENJOY!