The village of Fairport Harbor is one of the most beautiful of any coastal community on the Great Lakes. This sleepy little town is perched on the bluffs above the mouth of the Grand River, has two historic lighthouses and one of the finest public beaches in Ohio. Just 30 miles northeast of Cleveland, Fairport Harbor is an easy day trip.
We’ve got Casey Conrad with us on the show to talk about a couple of growing events happening in Fairport Harbor this summer — Fill the Hill and Mardi Gras. Fill the Hill concerts happen every Thursday evening until August 8th with Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. band, Country Redford and The Dark Side of the Moon on the docket. Mardi Gras kicks off on July 3rd with a parade and closes out on July 7th. This year’s theme is “Village Pride”.
Conrad, a coordinator for Mardi Gras and creator of the weekly Fill the Hill concert series, certainly has that village pride. As a passionate resident of Fairport Harbor, she talks us through the selfish origins of Fill the Hill and how it has grown to become a staple in the local music scene. Also, she gives us an insider view of what to expect at the 78th Annual Mardi Gras, the crown jewel in this community’s schedule of events.
We also have brand new music from Cleveland’s Tropidelic (pictured above) from its latest album, Here in the Heights, released early June. This unapologetic six-piece combines an irresistible blend of funk and reggae rock, with perceptible influences of metal, punk, and hip-hop. “Each of us brings distinctive musical backgrounds and preferences to the table, and I think that really allows us to create something unique and exciting,” shared guitarist and vocalist Matthew Roads. “We’re excited for fans, new and old, to give this a listen!”
And we have a track from Brenna Lynn (pictured above), a singer/songwriter from Cleveland. She says she never chose to be a songwriter. It’s simply who she is. She’s been creating music since she could speak. She also released new material in June in honor of her father called My Dad’s Song.