Nicole Delamotte

IngenuityFest Music Lineup: Blog Wrap-Up

Written by Nicole Delamotte.



IngenuityFest 2012 returns September 14-16, this year at a new lakefront home at Docks 30 and 32 north of the Browns stadium. Headliners include Dragonette, Kelley Deal's new project R. Ring, and Two Fresh among others.

First, a mention to a few great bloggers I worked with to announce this year's lineup.

Ingenuity Fest Announces 2012 Music Lineup on I Rock Cleveland

"2012′s music lineup, running from September 14th through the 16th, is one heavy with artists from Northeast, Ohio, with a few national acts sprinkled in.  Veterans of the Cleveland music scene and readers of I Rock Cleveland will surely recognize names like Megachurch, Shivering Timbers,  RA Washington, and The Very Knees from gigs around town, while R. Ring, featuring Kelley Deal of the Breeders, lends a name that a wider audience should also recognize. "

Ingenuity Fest Brings Its Wacky World of Music, Art, and Futurism to Cleveland's Docks this Weekend on Nasty Fancy

"IngenuityFest boasts more than 50 bands throughout the weekend, with national touring acts such as electro-beat meistros Two Fresh, the folk/synth Equadorian sounds of Helado Negro, the abrasive yet lulling folk rock of Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline) known as R. Ring, and the synthpop offerings of Dragonette.

DeRosa said the main goal of IngenuityFest’s lineup is to share a range of acts that share the spirit of the fest’s emphasis on creativity and originality, be it a bluegrass, electronic, rock, hip-hop, world music and plenty of hard-to-describe in-betweens."

Below is my full preview from Cellar Door Cleveland, which can be found here.


dragonetteThis year, more than ever before, IngenuityFest is bringing in a broader lineup of artists from across the continent to highlight their usual range of local Midwest talent. And while we’re excited to see some of our favorite Cleveland mainstays – Megachurch and The Very Knees to name a few – the 2012 festival also entertains a full roster of breakout artists to watch. In addition to the coWild Orphansmplete lineup, there will also be featured spaces presented by The Coventry Kids and returning experimental collective Rubber City Noise.

Electronic has always been in the forefront of the tech-heavy festival and headliners Dragonette, hailing from Toronto, follow suit. Best known for that catchy love-it-or-hate-it smash Martin Sloveig collaboration “Hello,” the rest of Dragonette’s catalog actually borders industrial-tinged glamour-pop – think Goldfrapp. They’re joined by their street-smart, disco-worshipping Brooklynite tourmates The Knocks. Locally, Uno Lady’s established haunting one-woman looping returns to the festival along with another fresh female voice (and longtime friend of Cellar Door), Shannon Klaur, who performs with synth-pop sweethearts Wild Orphans. Throwback act Gossip Culture, who are bringing in guest musicians to add to their synth-heavy set, and neo-soul meets chillwave artist Freeze-Tag will perform on the tails of his release Wldflwr_hny. Also, performing on Saturday, Cleveland instrumental artist Johnny LaRock will be returning to the stage.


Highlights: Cellar Door Cleveland

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

Over the past few months at Cellar Door I've had the chance to blog about some pretty awesome Clevelanders and music, art, and theatre events. We've also held some great shows at the Cellar Door space -- The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Modern Electric, Humble Home, and The Commonwealth have all played, among others -- and next month Cellar Door co-owner, blogger, all-around nice guy Justin Markert will be presenting at PechaKucha Night.

Chuck Karnak of AllGoSigns talked to us about programming Arts in August -- their first public event since 2009's The Bridge Project. The event lit up Tremont and had an amazing final lineup -- Brian Straw, How to Breathe Underwater, and Filmstrip to name a few.

We were the first to cover Ohio City Writers' new songwriting workshops led by local Cleveland bands, the first being Herzog. Frank Lewis, OCW's director, has been using music to teach kids for years -- specifically Run DMC to the tune of My Adidas.

One of the most fun projects I worked on was a profile of the artists of Rust Belt Monster Collective -- it's not every day your writing involves cowboy wizard spacemen, Where the Wild Things Are, and Social Distortion album covers. Other highlights included interviews with Jesse Sloan of Cherry Cola Champions, who I also worked with coordinating the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest blogs earlier this year, DJ Eso of Keyel {read}, Patrick Ciamacco of Blank Canvas Theatre {read} and Will Hooper and Tim Czajka of Tracy Morgan Freeman {read}.


AllGoSigns: How the Underground Art Event is Redefining Public Space at Arts in August

Staring at a makeshift sketch of over-sized projection screens and whimsical sculptures drawn in a coffee shop, the plans for AllGoSigns’ Arts in August space appear larger than life. Likewise, it can be said the whole has always been greater than the sum of its parts for AllGoSigns itself, a staple of the underground art scene dreamed up by one-man-show Chuck Karnak. It’s a grandiose philosophy Karnak carries with him throughout his work, “AllGoSigns works with artists who are open to the melding of visions,” he says, “who want to create something that’s bigger.” {read more}


Introducing: Cherry Cola Champions

Within minutes of discussing Cherry Cola Champions’ self-titled debut with Jesse Sloan, the conversation has drifted between super soakers, tree forts, Indiana Jones, and a truth we ultimately try to deny: “Sometimes we forget how to be a kid.” It’s the kind of antics you’d expect from someone who spent the past weekend at a gig called I Got Brains Fest, where the two-piece emotive outfit consisting of Sloan and drummer Tony Robinson played alongside a handful of bands Sloan was responsible for booking earlier this year at Weapons of Mass Creation Festival – Into It. Over It., Empire! Empire!, and Hop Along. Like a reunion, he says with a grin that suggests it isn’t the first time he’s referred to a show full of friends this way. {read more}


Meet Your Monsters: The Rust Belt Monster Collective Want to Drink and Draw with You

Tim Switalski likes to tell people the Rust Belt Monster Collective came together to defend Earth from forces of evil. His cohorts may just say it was a matter of chemistry, six artists who got to know each other the old-fashioned way: meeting in the backs of bars and the Beachland Ballroom to reconstruct elaborately costumed, traveling burlesque pin-up models onto paper at monthly Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School gatherings. {read more}


Ohio City Writers: Educating Youth with Cleveland Rock and Roll

Frank Lewis knows that, like all good writing, the devil’s in the details: Run DMC’s blue and black Adidas are to chill, the yellow and green pairs are for when it’s time to get ill. The classic My Adidas remains a mainstay of Lewis’ curriculum, an endearingly down-to-earth introduction to the art of songwriting for the developing ears of his Ohio City Writers students. {read more}

Art Installation Spotlight: "Game of Life" by cyancdesign

Written by Nicole Delamotte.


A feature as part of Ingenuity Festival's Bal Ingenieux fundraiser.

Local designer Chris Yanc (cyancdesign) will debut a preview of his latest project for this fall’s festival, the “Game of Life”, at Bal Ingenieux. Last September, cyancdesign brought the glowing Interactive Hallway and Digital Graffiti Wall, where festival goers used mock spray cans to create graffiti art on a large digital screen powered by openFrameworks.

The History of the “Game of Life”
The original “Game of Life” is based on the works of scientist John Conway, who devised a model in the early 1970s to explain how a neighborhood of cells could evolve alone under a simple set of rules. Conway’s theory has been studied and recreated by computer programmers for years as an example of automated design and evolution.

“Game of Life” 2012 at Bal Ingenieux & IngenuityFest
At Bal Ingenieux, cyancdesign will create an interactive LED wall that allows Conway’s classic “Game of Life” to actually be played. “Normally, there is little interaction with [the game],” Yanc explains. “You would set the game up at the beginning then let it run and see how it evolves. But it will be set up so that you’ll be able to interact with the game while everything is evolving to see how you are affecting it.”

Cyancdesign’s “Game of Life” will be controlled by openFrameworks which will relay information from the game player’s selections to an Arduino, an open source hardware often used for interactive electronic projects, and create the LED display.

A preview of the lights working in grid form on YouTube.

The “Game of Life” Rules:

  1. Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if caused by under-population.
  2. Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
  3. Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overcrowding.
  4. Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.

“Anyone will be able to touch one of the cells on the wall to either make it alive or dead before the next evolution,” says Yanc. “The initial build will be a smaller version for the fundraiser coming up in May. Then the large wall version is planned for IngenuityFest.”