Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm
The History of the great Rock Concerts in Cleveland – Mike Belkin has become synonymous with Cleveland rock n’ roll. In fact, just about every significant concert in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and much of the Midwest has been a Belkin Production. Join us as Mike Belkin shares his favorite Cleveland concert moments with audience members.
In 1966, Mike and his brother Jules gave the Four Freshmen a $2,000 guarantee to play the Cleveland Music Hall, and ever since then Belkin Productions has been luring the acts that established Cleveland as a city of musical import. By helping to break artists like David Bowie, Roxy Music, and Bruce Springsteen, Belkin made this city an early epicenter of rock and roll. This, in turn, buoyed venues like the Agora, Music Hall, and, in later years, the Odeon, where local and national acts have since thrived.
“They made Cleveland a necessary stop on national tours by being some of the finest promoters around and people that acts wanted to play for,” says Cleveland rocker Michael Stanley. “The good thing about them is that they would take a chance on acts and help build them. You knew there was a relationship there.”
• This biographical memoir is a 256-page hardcover book, with full-color dust jacket, detailing Mike’s life from his Cleveland roots in professional baseball, the retail clothing business, and how this led to his storied career as a rock and roll promoter/manager/record producer.
• The book was written by Carlo Wolff with Mike Belkin.
• The introduction is by Frankie Valli, legendary performer and Mike’s long-time friend.
• A heartfelt foreword by Mike’s son, Sam, perfectly sets the stage for Mike’s story.
• The book is illustrated with 150 photos, illustrations, and archival materials.
* Come to this storytelling night to buy a signed copy of the book, or click here to purchase the book.
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.