Sat 2/24 @ 3-11PM
In 2016, the annual Brite Winter fest, now in its 9th year, moved down the hill from its Ohio City location, which it had outgrown, to the West Bank of the Flats where it sprawls all over multiple indoor and outdoor locations.
It’s a much different festival now than it was in the beginning, when it spent the first two years at a small park off Columbus Road in the Flats with a handful of bands and a single stage. As in Ohio City, there are multiple stages — four indoor inside and three outside — with more than forty bands and musicians, art installations, arts tents, games, Zumba, food trucks, beer, a fire pit, ice carving, s’more making and more.
Although the emphasis is predominantly on local and regional acts, Australia’s Atlas Genius shares the headliner slot with Cleveland sextet Seafair, rejuvenated after a short break to continue making their panoramic symphonic rock.
There are scads of excellent bands to check out before those two hit the stage at 9pm: the bluesy/classic rock-influenced Samfox, aggressive post-punk band Obnox, gospel/soul/jazz ensemble Mourning [A] Blkstar, spirited rockers Punch Drunk Tagalongs, indie popsters Herzog, eclectric electronic/hip hop/soul act Marcus Alan Ward and many more, including quite a few we’ve never heard of who might turn out to be pleasant surprises.
The entire festival is free.