City Stages Is Back in Ohio City With Niger’s Tal National

Wed 7/10 @ 7:30PM

Last year, the Ohio City Stages series, which closes off the streets outside the Transformer Station so people can relax in lawn chairs or get up and dance to the sounds of bands from all over the world, did a new thing. To take advantage of the arts activity around the FRONT International triennial, it moved the series around to other locations.

That was nice, but nothing beats the street party in Ohio City, so the concerts are returns there this year for three Wednesdays in July. It kicks off Wed 7/10 with Tal National, who describe themselves as “high energy rock & roll from West Africa.” Hailing from Niamey, Niger in northern Africa, the group was formed in 2000, and after acquiring a local following, they’ve broken out into international touring in the last decade. The core group features six musicians, but various vocalists perform with them at times, bringing different tribal influences to a contemporary sound.

There’ll be food trucks and a bar, and plenty of room for both chilling and dancing. Plus the Cleveland Museum’s Studio Go art van will be on side if you feel like creating a project yourself or need to keep the kids engaged. It’s free.


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