In recent years, Cleveland has seen a bunch of festivals grow from a scrappy new idea into a major entry on the annual event calendar. One of those is the Brite Winter festival, which began as an improvised concert featuring a handful of bands in a then little-used park of Columbus Road in the Flats.
After two years, it moved up the hill to Ohio City and grew into a behemoth with more than 70 acts, as well as art installations, vendors, games and the always-popular bonfires (hey — it’s February!) before moving back down to a much larger footprint in the Flats in 2016. Somewhere in the middle it shifted to booking a mix of local artists and out-of-town indie bands, but it’s shifted back, with all local talent headlining what has become a full day and night of partying a numerous venues indoors and out.
As the first major festival on the 2018 calendar (February 24), it’s not all that far away and already open for submissions. So local musicians, get your butt in gear! Go here for information on how to submit.