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Brite Winter celebrates unusual Cleveland winter warmth

Brite Winter celebrates unusual Cleveland winter warmth

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

Two years ago, attendees huddled around coveted space near the fire pits. Last year, the sidewalks and roads were covered in ice. The weather during Brite Winter music festival is always a mixed bag: It’s never certain what the day’s temperature will be until the day arrives, and usually, it’s...

Nonaphoenix performs vibrant sunset show at Brite Winter main stage

Nonaphoenix performs vibrant sunset show at Brite Winter main stage

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

Alt-rock band Nonaphoenix took the main stage at Brite Winter just as the stage lights replaced the last rays of sunlight, reflecting off singer Jakub Andrew’s floral shirt. Although it was relatively early in the night, the crowd for Nonaphoenix lined up down the street in front of them, scatt...

Honeybucket performs late-night bluegrass to finish Brite Winter

Honeybucket performs late-night bluegrass to finish Brite Winter

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

It was after midnight when Honeybucket took the stage for the latest concert at Brite Winter 2016. A large crowd filled the Music Box Supper Club, and bobbed to their unique bluegrass songs. Before their show, members of Honeybucket explored the festival grounds during the day, watching Seafair and By ...

Maura Rogers & The Bellows play family-friendly show at Music Box Supper Club

Maura Rogers & The Bellows play family-friendly show at Music Box Supper Club

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

When Maura Rogers & The Bellows performed at the Music Box Supper Club, their crowd consisted of packed-in older adults seated in the back with drinks in hand, and a sparse group of their children seated on the floor in front of the stage. Hours later, this same floor would be crowded with dancing feet ...

The Mowgli’s headline Brite Winter 2016

The Mowgli’s headline Brite Winter 2016

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2016

The Mowgli’s are on a self-declared mission to change the world by spreading kindness and love, and listeners won’t forget it after taking part in the pure fun of their dynamic concerts. On Feb. 20, as the headliners of Cleveland’s free Brite Winter festival, The Mowgli’s had the privilege of...

Cities & Coasts see packed crowd

Cities & Coasts see packed crowd

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

Cities & Coasts took the stage at Music Box Supper Club at the same time national headliner The Mowgli’s strummed their first chords on the main stage outside. That said, it would have been incorrect to think they’d have a small audience. While most of Brite Winter’s attendees were at ...

Nick D’ & the Believers break out gold outfits

Nick D’ & the Believers break out gold outfits

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

“We pretty highly value entertainment in a show,” says Nick D’Andrea, the singer of Nick D’ & the Believers. “We definitely like to make it a communal type of experience. We try to get everyone involved.” For his band, it starts with the clothes. The entire band matched with gold ou...

Marcus Alan Ward blends hip hop, indie music in concert

Marcus Alan Ward blends hip hop, indie music in concert

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

Local alternative act Marcus Alan Ward performed at a small stage at Brite Winter for a crowd that gathered after the sunset. A chilly breeze blew through the audience. Ward asked everyone to start a slow clap to warm their hands up before he started performing. Unfortunately, the building clapping ...

Seafair channels their inner summer at winter show

Seafair channels their inner summer at winter show

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

Before Seafair officially started their set at Brite Winter music festival, singer Chayla Hope looked disappointed as members of the band carried a pair of inflatable palm trees off the stage. The staff of Brite Winter didn’t allow the large props to be used during their performance. “We actually ...

Thaddeus Anna Greene break out heavy-hitting blues

Thaddeus Anna Greene break out heavy-hitting blues

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 26, 2016

Blues rock band Thaddeus Anna Greene played a long set at the Music Box Supper Club in front of an excited, throbbing crowd of dancing audience members. However their attitude on stage was relaxed and laid-back. The band has performed at Brite Winter several times in the past, so they knew what to expect...

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