Nicole Delamotte

INTERVIEW: Ohio City Dead Birds

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

In honor of IngenuityFest devoting an entire stage to DJ/electronic acts for the first time, I interviewed Brandon Zano of Ohio City Dead Birds about electronic music in Cleveland, using live instrumentation during their DJ sets, and performing at Ingenuity.

The full interview is available on the IngenuityFest website here.

INTERVIEW: Ohio City Dead Birds

With live drums, vocals, and regular use of stunning projections, Ohio City Dead Birds has garnered underground notoriety throughout Cleveland for rejecting the confines of traditional DJ sets and mastering the art of the visual. This year, Ohio City Dead Birds will join over 20 of the region’s most ground-breaking acts as IngenuityFest 2011 dedicates an entire stage to electronic musicians for the first time.

INTERVIEW: Behind the Songs with Tropidelic

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

I recently had the chance to talk to Matthew Roads, lead singer of Tropidelic, about their innovative style, the Cleveland music scene, and the inspiration behind their songs 'Anthem' and 'Cleveland Stylee'. They'll be performing at IngenuityFest on September 16 at 6:30 p.m.

To view the interview on the IngenuityFest website click here. The interview is also featured on Tropidelic's main page.

INTERVIEW: Behind the Songs with Tropidelic

In a region deep rooted in reggae culture, Tropidelic has spent the last five years making a name for themselves with their high energy shows and genre-bending style. For anyone who has experienced Tropidelic live, it may be their unique fusion of reggae-rock, punk, hip-hop and ska that comes alive on stage but it’s their well known sense of community, fan appreciation, and positive vibes for the Cleveland music scene offstage that make them a key player in the future of Northeast Ohio music.

With Tropidelic’s upcoming show at 2011’s IngenuityFest, lead singer Matthew Roads talked to Ingenuity about Cleveland music, innovation, and the inspiration behind their songs ‘Anthem’ and ‘Cleveland Stylee.’

East & West Cleveland Work Together For Sustainable Green Spaces

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

As part of Earth Day Coalition's Instrumental Evening for the Earth fundraiser theme 'Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhoods' I have been helping them out by planning features spotlighting their work in different neighborhoods. The first article, below, is about Mt. Pleasant's NatureHood lot and especially how the creators of the east side lot were inspired by lot on the west side (W48th in the Stockyards).

To view the article on the Earth Day Coalition website click here here. To learn more about NatureHood click here.  Additional information on the Instrumental Evening for the Earth fundraiser is here.  For now, you can check out the e-blast here.

Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhoods:
Mount Pleasant

Cynthia Weatherspoon is beaming with pride, pointing casually to the morning lilies in her own garden and then at her roses and explaining how she keeps them from getting tangled together. You would never know the East 134th Street Club President just spent the last four hours working on a project she has planned for over a year or that those four hours brought together volunteers from both sides of the city to carry out her vision. Instead, Weatherspoon beams with the pride of a gardener – that simple philosophy, as she states so naturally, “I just love to watch things grow.”

As an organization that is community based, Earth Day Coalition’s annual Instrumental Evening for the Earth’s theme this year is “Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhood.” In anticipation of the fundraiser, being held on November 10 at 6 p.m. at the Westshore Universal Unitarian Church in Rocky River, a few of the Greater Cleveland neighborhoods that Earth Day Coalition has direct programmatic impact on will be highlighted. The work of Earth Day Coalition’s NatureHood program on the East 134th Street lot in Mount Pleasant in one such success story.

Cynthia Weatherspoon’s modest idea to renovate the land at the site of a demolished home on her street by joining forces with Earth Day Coalition’s NatureHood program is a story of turning one woman’s dreams into a reality for the entire community. Although civic interest in creating green spaces out of urban vacancies may be one of the most positive environmental trends in recent years, the extent of positive impact from these initiatives often goes untold to the public.