IngenuityFest Announces Music Headliners and More for September 22-24, 2017


For Immediate Release


Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland



IngenuityFest Announces Music Headliners and More for September 22-24, 2017

Cleveland, OH (August 21, 2017) – IngenuityFest announced today a number of confirmed bands and headliners scheduled to play at the 13th annual IngenuityFest. This year, the event will feature five stages and an eclectic mix of local, regional and national bands.

Friday’s headliner will be White Mystery, a sibling rock’n’roll duo from Chicago. Since April 20, 2008, White Mystery self-released eight records, played almost 1,000 shows on three continents with the likes of Iggy Pop, Garbage, Thee Ohsees, and Patti Smith; modeled for Levi’s Jeans; performed in the Sundance film Station to Station; earned rave reviews from MTVVICENPR Sound Opinions, and High Times; jammed on a parade float with Sir Richard Branson; and rocked six live songs on the NBC late night TV show, Last Call with Carson Daly. Come and see for yourself what Pitchfork calls, “jovial rock’n’roll delivery and DIY sensibility.”

Saturday, will feature headliner Calliope Musicals – a cheerful psychedelic party folk band from Austin, TX. Recently they were named 2015’s “Best New Band” and 2016’s “Best Band of the Year” in the Austin Chronicle’s Austin Music Awards. This year, they made  NPR’s All Songs Considered’s “Why SXSW Matters: The Best of What We Saw, 2017.” writes: “The sextet’s bubbly brand of pop-rock (think a more authentically hippied-out Grouplove) holds up — the crowd swells significantly as passersby get sucked into the genuinely good vibes…”

“We’re very excited about this year’s festival, as we work towards our goal of showcasing a more diverse festival, both in the musical and geographical sense,” says James Carol, Ingenuity’s Music Manager. “I’ve always admired the music offered at IngenuityFest. With the likes of Austin’s Calliope Musicals and Chicago’s White Mystery, set to headline their respected nights, on top of locally respected names like The Sidekicks, R.RING, and Uptowne Buddha, I think we’re really stepping things up this year.”


List of Performers:

Attendees can also gather to hear local tunes from Heavenly Queen, Uptown Buddha with friends, Toma Doe, Half an Animal, Louis Knight (of DUNE), Cigarette Playdate, Boo Lee Crosser,  R. RING feat. Kelly Deal of the Breeders (Dayton), Damn the Witch Siren (Columbus), Qiet (West Virginia), Counterfeit Madison (Columbus), The Sidekicks (Columbus), HIRAM-MAXIM, The Village Bicycle, Hello Luna (Columbus), Sister Smirk, MOOKE DA GXD, Jenna Fournier, Tree No Leaves (Bowling Green, OH), Cotton Ponys, Pack Wolf, The Dream Masons, Mimi Arden, Meg & The Magnetosphere , Ryan Manthey, Curtail (Akron), Paulo Costa Trio, Muamin Collective, Mister Moon (Norwalk, OH), By Light We Loom, Heavenly Creatures, Reginleif, Toobe Fresco and The Living Sound, The Sonder Bombs, In2Ative, Grovewood, Forager, XE LA CUTY, Collin Miller & The Brother Nature, Golden Streets of Paradise, The Sounder Bombs, AstroCelt, Michelle MacBride, M. Moody, Sankuro, Pape, Coupe De Gras, RED-I, and so much more!

Additionally, Metavari (Fort Wayne), will perform their record store day released original re-score of the 1927 classic Metropolis.

In addition to our Main, Dock and Music Meadow stages, Ingenuity will once again feature acoustic acts tucked away in the Dingy Basement Garden Stage. New this year, the festival will feature The Ingenuity Cabaret and Open Mic: home to all manner of weird and wacky performances from belly dancing to ventriloquism! Got something to share? Show up at the event ready to add your name to the performance list, or sign up in advance to show your stuff!

IngenuityFest will be held at the newly established Hamilton Collaborative at 5401 Hamilton Avenue from September 22-24, 2017. IngenuityFest is a three-day, large-scale festival of creativity and innovation, offering dance performances, interactive art installations, maker activities, live music, artisan vendors, local food and more. Admission to the Festival is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets to IngenuityFest are on sale now at

To stay up to date on Festival happenings and announcements please visit . A full stage schedule will be released soon.


About Ingenuity Cleveland:

Ingenuity ignites the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with immersive and innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries of arts, science, and technology. We do this through our outreach, creative partnerships and events, including our annual IngenuityFest.  

Ingenuity is a nonprofit organization now entering its 13th season and is funded by The Educational Foundation of America, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, Forest City Enterprises, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Cleveland Scene as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals.


About the Hamilton Collaborative:

The Hamilton Collaborative redefines growth and innovation as an open and intentional community, managed cooperatively, providing resources, knowledge, tools and space.

Built by a group of likeminded organizations transforming the former Osborn Manufacturing Company in St Clair Superior into an outward-facing community hub, it currently comprises Ingenuity Cleveland, Soulcraft Woodshop, Skidmark Garage, Rust Belt Riders, Rebuilders Xchange, Architecture Office, 3 Barn Doors and MorrisonDance.  


IngenuityFest 2016: Awakenings – Program and Event Guide!

We’re so excited to be working with an AMAZING group of artists, musicians and creators for this year’s fest! Below are a few key items you shouldn’t miss! Read on to learn about the schedule:

IngenuityLabs: MegLouise, Immortal Nerd, Rustbelt Riders, Trademark Stylehouse, Lauren Holler Dance, Damian Venditti Art Metal – Check out these amazing artisans and entrepreneurs scaling up new projects and enterprises!

Iron ARTchiTECH: Organized by Dru McKeown and Adam Rosekelly of Architecture Office, llc., with mentorship provided by David Thompson, Perspectus Architecture; Megan Haftl, Perspectus Architecture; Michele Crawford, Robert P. Madison International, Inc.; Calvin M. Singleton, Jr., Calving Singleton & Associates; Matthew Zupan, Micron Manufacturing; Benjamin Herring, [Paper Bricks], and emerging student designers from Design Lab Early College High School and The Fresh Camp: these site-specific student projects support 18 festival-goers and engage them in creative ways.

The projected artwork of Kevin Jackson, James Lasko, Marcel Sunhead (Nathan Kunst)

Vict0ria by NEOS Dance Theater on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00, 5:00, 7:30, 9:30

RGB by MorrisonDance on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday September 25 from 2:30-4:00

Thrive 105-93rd Street Creative Corridor Event: Promoting inclusion, artistry, entrepreneurship and quality of life.


Featuring Freddy Collier, Cleveland’s Director of  City Planning

with Peter Lawson Jones, Civic Leader; Ryan Bouma, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, AECOM; Peter Debelak, Founder, Soulcraft Cleveland; Nicole Delamotte, Cleveland Arts & Culture Writer; Dru McKeown, Steve Manka, Jennie Doran


Jennie Doran (Room Service Boutique and Founder, R/S Creative); Steve Manka (Sculptor, Manka Design Studio); Dru McKeown (Architect & Creative Workforce Fellow, Architecture Office)

TRANSPORTATION to the Creative Corridor Event provided by Westside Shuffle, from the following locations:

Cleveland Public Library,
Union Branch
3463 E. 93rd St
Cleveland, OH 44104

Pick Up: (CPL to IngenuityFest) 1:30 pm

Drop Off: (IngenuityFest to CPL)
5:00 pm; 7:00 pm

Bethany Baptist Church
1211 East 105th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44108

Pick Up (Church to IngenuityFest) 2:15 pm

Drop Off (IngenuityFest to Church)
5:00 pm; 7:00 pm




Ingenuity Fest: September 23-25 in Saint Clair Superior!

1393662_10153395383325235_549637990_nFor years, we’ve shined the light on underutilized resources in Downtown Cleveland’s urban core. Now, our city as a whole has never looked better. Where does this leave one arts nonprofit still looking to make an impact?

For the first time since its inception, IngenuityFest will move outside the Downtown district. We were looking for a place to take root and bloom – but also a place where we could feed the soil and give back. We wanted to better support artists and creatives with tools, resources, space and connections, to help them more easily present the visionary work we all crave – to amuse us, help us meet social issues head on, educate us and inspire. We wanted to move to a neighborhood with a strong but growing arts community, a diversity of residents of all backgrounds, great things happening and also more to do. We wanted to build relationships with local businesses, neighbors, and corporate citizens, and present in a place that captures the raw intensity of possibility. We found ourselves in Saint Clair Superior, at the corner of 53 rd and Hamilton.

We’re working toward a future in which we integrate seamlessly with a range of neighborhood initiatives. IngenuityFest 2016 will transform the former Osborne Industrial Complex into a new interface for our established and growing network of artists, entrepreneurs, educators, manufacturers and business leaders, as well as creative individuals and local leaders from the surrounding neighborhoods.

We’ve seen the power and possibility of collaboration during our festival and our other events, and it is our mission to help this kind of cross pollination occur 365 days a year. To that end, this year’s festival will include a pilot creative collaborative community built right on site. Participants and members of our IngenuityLabs incubator will represent the needs and aspirations of the creative community as we work together to vision an identifiable neighborhood hub and anchor providing low-barrier- to-access space and programming.

Our 12th annual IngenuityFest will be held September 23-25, 2016 with the theme “Awakenings,” which resonates with this new chapter in our organization. Join our community of artisans and partners! To see what kinds of opportunities Ingenuity is currently offering, visit or reach out to Program Director, Emily Appelbaum, at


We’re so happy to usher in 2016 with an array of programming: our annual fundraiser Bal Ingéniuex, Agents of Ingenuity Live Conversations, the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire and, of course, IngenuityFest 2016! Read about our program for 2016, and learn more about ways to get involved!


Agents of Ingenuity Returns for Spring, 2016

Ingenuity Cleveland is excited to announce our Spring Agents of Ingenuity Live Conversation Series at Cleveland Music Settlement’s Bop Stop. Bringing together Cleveland thought leaders for conversations centered around arts, innovation and civic progress, our Agents conversations are recorded before a live audience in an intimate setting.

Spring shows are scheduled for March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16. Doors open for cocktails at 5:30 pm, with moderated conversations beginning at 6:00 pm. And best of all, admission is FREE!!

We are also excited to be expanding our partnership with Design Lab High School, producing on-site podcasts and a spring Artist Residency with musical group Young Troubled Minds. As part of Agents of Ingenuity, this program brings local creatives directly into educational settings.



Calling All Volunteers: The Cleveland Mini Maker Faire Needs You!

Do you love all things creative and innovative? Have you always wanted to get involved in the Cleveland art and technology scene? Then volunteer at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire on June 6th at the Cleveland Public Library!

We are in need of volunteers during the following time slots:

Friday, June 5th: 1pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Saturday, June 6th: 7am-10am, 10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm, 4pm-7pm

Sign up here: