“…Let there be guitar… and there was guitar… LET THERE BE ROCK…”

“Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC (1978, Live @ the Apollo Theatre)

(5 photos)

Cleveland Rocks at the construction site of the new I-90 bridge across the Flats, that will sooth some of the east-west traffic woes in and out of downtown.

Photos taken May 20, 2015


“Peace on the earth, good will to men… from heaven’s all gracious King…”

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” – Johnny Mathis (1958)

Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio
The home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Building completion: 1931
Architects: Walker and Weeks
Concert hall seating: 2,000

Photos taken December 21, 2014

“…we can’t do it any other way… everybody’s got to rock and roll… shout it, shout it, shout it out loud…”

“Shout It Out Loud” – KISS (live 2014)

The legendary rock and roll band KISS, live on stage at the Blossom Music Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The CLEVELAND stop for the band on their 2014 tour–an out-door venue, with a covered pavilion. For his birthday, I took my teen aged nephew and we stood on the lawn… a huge hill, which is what Blossom is known for, and the show did not disappoint! My first KISS concert… my nephew’s second time seeing them! This picture isn’t the best– I brought my old camera instead of my good one… but I was happy with this photo– enough to share it here!

Photo taken August 26, 2014

“…come along with me misery loves company… you’re welcome at the home of the blues…”

“Home of the Blues” – Johnny Cash (1958)

At E. 4th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown… one of the many concert venues that this town offers… And from the interior of the Cleveland House of Blues, a picture I took a few years ago, and posted here!

Photo taken August 9, 2014

“Yeah, I’ve got more records than the KGB…”

“Paper Planes” – M.I.A. (2007)

Two photos of the laminated floor at Blue Arrow Records on Waterloo Drive in the North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photos taken June 23, 2014

“There’s no surf in Cleveland U.S.A…”

“There’s No Surf in Cleveland” – The Euclid Beach Band (1978)

The Beachland Ballroom on an absolutely perfect summer day!

Located in the North Collinwood neighborhood on Cleveland’s East side… in the heart of the Waterloo Arts District. The Beachland is a concert venue and tavern but was originally built in 1950 as a Croatian social club called the “Liberty Home.”

Today the facility is home to eclectic musical performances, a sizable yet laid-back tavern, and a record shop in the basement that sells all kinds of cool popular culture items from days gone by, including a collection of old concert tee shirts… About a half-mile north of the Beachland is Euclid Beach–once home to the world famous Euclid Beach Amusement Park, on the shores of Lake Erie… and unfortunately, no… there is “no surf in Cleveland USA…”

Photo taken June 23, 2014

“…it’s to a castle I will take you… where what’s to be, they say will be…”

“What Is and What Should Never Be” – Led Zeppelin (1969)

[11 Photographs]

At 10660 Carnegie Avenue, in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, the Tudor Arms Hotel building marks the sky with castle-like elegance, and has served the community in vastly different ways over the years of it’s existence.

The building opened it’s doors originally in 1933, as The Cleveland Club, an exclusive, members-only, place where Cleveland’s upper-crust met for lavish parties and other extracurricular activities.

The 12-story, Tudor Revival-style building was designed by American Civil War veteran, and MIT graduate, residential architect Frank B. Meade. Included amenities that attracted Cleveland area socialites to the Cleveland Club– a bowling alley, two swimming pools, a squash court, and two majestically detailed ballrooms.

A victim of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the club eventually closed and The Tudor Arms Hotel took over the beautiful confines in 1939. During the 1940’s, the Tudor Arms Hotel became known for it’s dinner and jazz shows that filled it’s main ballroom– The Empress Room, on a nightly basis. The hotel offered 157 leaded-glass window, elegantly detailed suites. The hotel corridors lavished beautifully molded plaster and carved stone decor to the visiting guest’s experience.

Case Western Reserve University, eventually took over management of the Hotel as hotel business declined, and the building was slowly converted to a graduate student residence hall in the late 1950’s. By 1963, a total conversion had taken place. In later years, the building was leased to the federally funded Cleveland Job Corps.

Today, the building is home to DoubleTree by Hilton – The Tudor Arms Hotel, as well as two fine restaurants, and offers an exquisite over-night option for visitors to the nearby main campuses of the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and other institutions in walking distance around the University Circle area.

First 10 photos taken May 16, 2014
Bottom photo taken April 19, 2014

“…I wanted rock ‘n roll, I got a science museum…”

“Demons Out!” – Art Brut (2009)

Two pictures looking northeast from inside The Great Lakes Science Center Museum toward the western side of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on the shores of Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

In 1986 Cleveland was chosen by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, a New York City based organization, to be the permanent home to the museum, beating stiff competition from New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Memphis and Chicago. In 1987, internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei was picked to design the building and in 1993 the first shovel of dirt was turned. The Museum was opened two years later.

Another shot of the building that I took in 2012 can be found HERE.

Photos taken February 12, 2014.

“I’m hip… I’m alive… I enjoy any joint where there’s jive…”

“I’m Hip” – Blossom Dearie (1966)

Sidewalk art on Euclid Avenue, across the street from the STATE, OHIO, and PALACE Theatres at Playhouse Square, in the Downtown Cleveland Theater District.

Photo taken October 11, 2013

“Well I was layin’ in a hospital bed… a rock and roll nurse went to my head… hold out your arms, stick out your tongue… I got some pills, boy, I’m gonna give you one…”

“Pills” – Bo Diddley (1961)
“Pills” – New York Dolls (1973)

A billboard on the side of this building at 2541 Carnegie Avenue in downtown– Cleveland: the home of world class healthcare, AND the birthplace of “Rock and Roll!”

In the mural, a play on words… and some simple directions. To the left, several city blocks north: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. And to the right, one of Cleveland’s many excellent hospitals: the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, just a few blocks south.

*As a side note: Bo Diddley was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1987– The New York Dolls… Hopefully one day!

Photo taken February 13, 2014


Justo Saborit – Dona’s Dream (2008)

Native of both Havana Cuba and Cleveland’s west side… Justo Saborit, playing his infamous “Latin Soul,” two years ago at Cleveland’s International Exposition Center.

Photo taken February 11, 2012

“You are the sun, I am the moon… you are the words, I am the tune… play me”

“Play Me” – Neil Diamond (1972)

Sitting all by itself, out on a city sidewalk at the intersection of E.55th Street and Payne Avenue on Cleveland’s east side. I’m amazed sometimes, at the things I see on the streets of this fine city…

Photo taken September 4, 2013

“…you need a bus-load of faith to get by…”

“Busload of Faith” – Lou Reed (1989)

The Temple-Tifereth Israel
(Home to the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center)

On University Circle at Silver Park
Cleveland, Ohio


Charles R. Greco (1873-1962)

Modern rendering of Byzantine and Romanesque motifs

The structure includes:
A chapel, a 2,000-seat sanctuary, with a gigantic, seven-sided vault; and a 525-seat auditorium with adjacent classrooms.

♦ Part of the Case-Western Reserve University campus where the school’s dance, theater and music programs are run.

♦ Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974

Photo taken April 27, 2013

“I got soul but I’m not a soldier…”

“All These Things That I’ve Done” – THE KILLERS (2004)

A street musician with a very “soulful” sounding saxophone… on the corner of Adams Street and Michigan Avenue, on the near-north side of Chicago, Illinois.

Photos taken July 28, 2013

“So if you’re ever feeling down, grab you’re purse and take a taxi to the darker side of town… that’s where we’ll be…”

“Let’s Dance to Joy Division” – The Wombats (2007)

Inside the original location of Emos on 6th Street, in downtown Austin, Texas.. a punk bar where many fantastic shows were put on… Johnny Cash even played there during the South by Southwest Music Festival! Austin, Texas definitely– “The Live Music Capital” of the world, with much credit given to places like Emos for this distinction!

Photo taken May 27, 2001

“LOVE is all you need…”

“All You Need is Love” – The Beatles (1967)

The entrance and box office area to the Mirage Hotel theater in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Cirque du Soleil show “LOVE”–the homage to the Beatles. My first time experiencing a Cirque show… it really was magic! And the remastered, reworked Beatles music was a phenomenal complement to the stunning acrobatics and pageantry of the stage performance.

Photo taken August 14, 2006

“I don’t care if you don’t want me… I’m yours right now… I put a spell on you…”

“I Put a Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956)

Inside “The House of Blues”
308 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken April 12, 2012

“Life can be so sweet… on the sunny side of the street”

“On the Sunny Side of the Street” – Louis Armstrong (1938)

French Quarter street musician
New Orleans, Louisiana

Photos taken July 1, 2001

“Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind…”

“Across the Universe” by The Beatles

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was fatally shot, in front of his home at the Dakota Building at 72nd Street and Central Park West in Manhattan, New York City.

Photo taken July 6, 2005

“Whatcha gonna do about Cleveland… whatcha gonna do about Rock and Roll?”

“Stairway to Cleveland” – Jefferson Starship (1981)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
In downtown, on the shores of Lake Erie
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken June 14, 2012

“All the world’s a stage”

“All the World’s a Stage” – William Shakespeare

The Stage on Broadway
412 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Photo taken on February 14, 2007