Sat 2/22 @ 5-9PM
The Cleveland History Center’s History on Tap series focuses on Black History on Tap this month, specifically the legendary music venue Leo’s Casino, once located at 7500 Euclid Avenue from 1963 through 1972.
There everyone who was anyone in black music performed, from the Supremes to John Coltrane to Marvin Gaye to Aretha Franklin to Otis Redding, who played his final gig there in 1967 before dying in a plane crash. Eventually, these artists graduated to venues larger than a small hotel lounge (which was basically what Leo’s was); that and population decline in the city doomed the club.
At the Cleveland History Center, visitors will be able to check out photos of the artists who played at Leo’s Casino, listen to music from that era and enjoy themed activities. It’s $25 for a open-bar wristband ($15 for members, advance purchase only). Regular admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors. Drinks can also be purchased separately.