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Interview: Signals Midwest

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

Recorded over two weeks in Cleveland, Signals Midwest unleashed Light On The Lake, the follow-up to their acclaimed sophomore album Latitudes & Longitudes, in the fall of 2013. Since then, they’ve been on the road non-stop, sharing stages with the likes of Kevin Devine and The Front Bottoms, and are in the midst of planning a European tour. We talk to Signals about writing and recording Lake, how their writing has shifted since Longitudes, and tales from the road.

Signals Midwest plays Joy Machine Bike Shop at 11 p.m. View the complete Brite Winter lineup and schedule here.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“The quality of people we’ve been lucky enough to meet by playing in our little band …



Interview: Yosemight

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Uncategorized. No Comments

Drawing from rock, bluegrass, fusion, and funk, Columbus trio Yosemight take the Cleveland Clothing Company Stage at Loren Naji Gallery at 6 p.m. We talk to the band about their eclectic influences and some of their most memorable shows. View the entire Brite Winter line-up and schedule here.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“My favorite material to play live is anything that makes you move.. We all share an interest in improvisational music,which pretty much originally stemmed from jazz.” — Luke

What’s been one or some of your most memorable gigs?

My most memorable show we’ve had the opportunity to play was Sullivan Hall in New York City. The show wasn’t packed or anything, it was just our first real road trip …



Interview: RGI International

Posted on 13th February, by Nikki in Planning Updates. No Comments

A Cleveland boomerang, Ryan Gerber wasted no time immersing himself in the arts when he returned to his hometown. Gerber is the founder of RGI International, a company that fuses creative design with placemaking, harnessing the psychology of why we do the things we do and using it to transform spaces. RGI is responsible for the beloved — and returning — larger-than-life Angry Birds Cornhole game and this year, RGI designed the glowing Brite Beacons that will light up Ohio City on the night of the festival. We talk to Gerber about RGI’s approach to changing landscapes, the idea of “Behavioral Impact Through Design”, and their work with Brite over the years.

Learn more about RGI International on their official website. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“People change, it’s part of human nature, so when you can stay on top of what makes …



Interview: She Bears

Posted on 13th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

At the crossroads of shimmering power-pop and the melodic punch of indie-punk, Columbus’ She Bears January full-length release We Will Be Fossils — the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s I Found Myself Asleep – burst with bright narratives. We talk to them about the time in between, writing their new album, and the filming of their new video for “Fossils”.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“You can always feel the momentum within the city; that’s really being created by the wonderful people that live in the Cleve.” – Stephen Pence

You had some time between your debut, I Found Myself Asleep, and the album you just released, We Will Be Fossils. Can you tell us a little about what’s been …



Interview: Let’em Run

Posted on 12th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

Punk-bred pals with a twisted taste for gruff Americana, Let’em Run recently released I Quit! Live, a collection of punchy bluegrass and whiskey-drenched shouts dotted with mandolins, banjos, and fiddle-wielding. We talk to Let’em Run about punk roots, recording Quit, and their classically-trained background.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“Three chords, songs about girls, social issues, and whiskey.” – John

You have a bit of history with each other. How did you find yourselves coming together as a band?

Our band is the best love story of all time. A long time ago in college, a few of us formed a band called All Rivers Run South, but we never played any shows or anything. Vic, Jamie and Miles [banjo, …



Artist Interview: Miser Magazine

Posted on 12th February, by Nikki in Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

A little more than a year ago, Nicole Hennessy, a poet and journalist, and Lauren Dulay, a self-taught artist, launched Miser Magazine, a now quarterly collective of offbeat, alternative arts and literature they’ve been distributing throughout Northeast Ohio.

“Finding D.A. Levy, that changed my life. I have the same thing in my heart. I know that he would approve of what I’m doing.” – Nicole Hennessy

Miser Magazine will be at BRITE collecting winter hats, scarves, mittens, and other new and gently used items for the homeless. Please consider stopping by their table to make a donation and check out the latest issue.

Story originally published on Cellar Door Cleveland // Banner by Justin Markert // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

My eyes scan the back pages of issue seven, over my options presented by The Horrible Quiz.

“Which band do you like best?” A.) Metallica …



Interview: We The People

Posted on 10th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

We The People began as a desire for an organ trio that wanted to play soul. In its current iteration, We The People exudes confidence, tightness, and swagger. All necessary elements of a rocking, funky, get-down dance band.

Combining the fun and funk of its heroes with the kind of electricity that can only happen when a band is feeling good and having fun, this four-piece band sounds bigger and better every show.

Aggressively funky. Dance-demanding. Foot-tapping. Electric.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“Fun, funky, and happy – what better way to connect with your audience than dance with them?” – Joe Wheelock

What’s been one of your most memorable gigs?

Larchmere PorchFest! That neighborhood likes to party! And it’s truly …



Interview: Herzog

Posted on 7th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Though the album isn’t expected out until later this year, much of the newest material from Herzog’s forthcoming Boys has already made its way into blistering live sets. Recorded over two weeks in upstate New York, Herzog flagged producer Kevin McMahon to collaborate after hearing his work with Titus Andronicus. “Boys will be even more punk still,” says lyricist Tony Vorell. We talked to Vorell and Nick Tolar about writing the new album, their evolution since 2012′s Cartoon Violence, and how their collaborations outside of the band influenced this record.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte // Photo credit: Suzuran Photography

“At a certain point, that’s kind of the reason for writing. To have something the guys want to play, …



Interview: Vibe & Direct

Posted on 24th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Vibe & Direct is an emerging 4-piece jam band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. This spiritual roots quartet emits an embracing Vibe by fusing refreshing vocals with electronica, psychedelia, rock, reggae, jam, and improv. Charged by the spark of their natural chemistry, Vibe’s live performances are recognized for their electric-energy and spontaneous jams. They recently released a five song EP Psychadelevator in July of 2013, which is a musical amalgamation spawned from a spectrum of influences.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“The music scene in Cleveland is really growing at the moment. We have met some unbelievable musicians who have become close friends, and the shows keep …



Interview: Emma Shepard

Posted on 22nd January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Emma Shepard began documenting young adulthood in high school, skipping classes to pen piano-pop in the bedroom of her parents’ house. The resulting debut EP Twin Sized Bed laid bare moments of the bittersweet as elegantly as it did the grit. Graduating to Public Displays of Affection, her first full-length, Shepard takes on new complexity as a songwriter and orchestrations flourish where Bed’s simplicity left off. Shepard’s catalog is rife with sentimentality and the subtle quirk of predecessors like Regina Spektor, but, endearingly, never quite lets down its bite (“Take her up on the offer, I dare you” she implores on Twin Sized Bed’s title track). She celebrates Affection’s release Jan. 24 with a show at Akron’s Musica with Zach and Brite Winter alum Shisho.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists …





Brite Winter Blog

Cleveland's annual outdoor winter art and music festival. Celebrating winter is better than tolerating it. Keep up with our blog for news and updates about the people and places lighting their torches to make this winter fun and full of life.

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