Legendary DJ Rob Sherwood to Spin for Bal Ingenieux on May 4

“This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play every genre I’ve ever played all in one night. I really am excited about that. I keep telling people the coolest thing about what I’m going to do here is that it’s going to be everything. And I don’t think I’ve ever had a gig where I could do that.”

Rob Sherwood is learning back on the plush red stairs of a room tucked away in the Halcyon Lodge; a glare reflects off his glasses as he angles his camera phone, one eye squinted with a furrowed brow that reminds anyone in his presence: he is a man of his craft. He snaps photos of the room he’ll be DJing in for Bal Ingenieux to send to Ben Sota, artistic director of the folk art acrobatic troupe Zany Umbrella Circus, who he plans to collaborate with for a mix of sound and visuals at the fundraiser.

Sitting feet away from pillars that connect ceiling to stairs, the space mirrors Sherwood’s stories of spinning at the hot spots like Aquilon that made him a legend of Cleveland nightlife. “There was a 19-piece big band, old people in tuxedos and hipsters dressed to the nines until the freight elevator doors opened and the kids poured in,” he says. “It was the coolest mix.” He speaks with the most affection about the alternative scene that was the Nine of Clubs but even when recounting one of his most decadent residencies, U4IA, he remarks, “It was a time everyone could do their own thing and not step on anyone’s toes. That was every club I did. It was just really inclusive; people came to look at freaky but not to pick on it, or make fun of it, or cause trouble.”

“THAT WAS EVERY CLUB I DID.. PEOPLE CAME TO LOOK AT FREAKY BUT NOT TO PICK ON IT, OR MAKE FUN OF IT, OR CAUSE TROUBLE. “

It’s in the midst of relaying his memories of throwing the city’s first raves and the excess, lavish and luxury that his face breaks into a coy half-smile and he says, “But the people who came to support me on a funky Tuesday night were ten times as cool as the people who came to the Saturday night party that was the big thing.” If the Kokoon Arts Club that Bal Ingenieux is inspired by marked a turn-of-the-century bohemian art community, Sherwood may have been their reincarnated hero of the new wave underground.

Sherwood left to pursue his career in New York and will tell you with a laugh that he came back to Cleveland on accident. “I went to New York and lived every single DJ dream I ever had,” he recalls, “All of my heroes were coming out of the studio at night saying, ‘I just cut a disc, I want you to play it’ – my heroes. Not just some guys, my DJ and producer heroes. Every club I ever dreamed of wanting to work at, I worked at.”

IF THE KOKOON ARTS CLUB THAT BAL INGENIEUX IS INSPIRED BY MARKED A TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY BOHEMIAN ART COMMUNITY, SHERWOOD MAY HAVE BEEN THEIR REINCARNATED HERO OF THE NEW WAVE UNDERGROUND.

Even for someone who made a name for himself in a culture based on breaking rules, in true DJ form Sherwood’s greatest excitement about Bal Ingenieux is having no restrictions, no rules or style guidelines to what he has to play. “This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play every genre I’ve ever played all in one night. I really am excited about that. I keep telling people the coolest thing about what I’m going to do here is that it’s going to be everything. And I don’t think I’ve ever had a gig where I could do that.”

Rob Sherwood DJs Bal Ingenieux, May 4 at the Halcyon Lodge, from 9:30 P.M. until 1 A.M.

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Ingenuity’s mission is to ignite the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform to explore the boundaries of art and technology.

To purchase tickets to Bal Ingenieux, IngenuityFest’s fundraiser on May 4, please visit ingenuitycleveland.com/maskedball/.

Cello Fury is Back on May 4th!

We’re very excited to have Cello Fury back for our Bal Ingenieux.  These guys rocked the festival last year with a sound that is all at once primal rock and refined classical.

Cello Fury is playing at 8:30, Friday, May 4 during Bal Ingenieux.  Tickets are for $40 which includes drink tickets and an entire night of entertainment until 1AM.  You can also get into the Premier Party which includes dinner and music starting at 6PM.  For tickets and information click here.

Cello Fury is a rarity in the music world: three classically trained cellists and a rock drummer performing high-energy original music in venues ranging from concert halls to rock clubs. Appealing to a diverse audience across age groups and musical interests sets Cello Fury apart from your average rock band. Continually developing their own unique style of cello rock music, cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muño and Nicole Myers along with drummer David Throckmorton unleash vitality and rhythmic drive in their music and dare to venture past classical expectations. The band’s collective experiences have allowed them to perform on radio and television, in intimate club settings, and for audiences as large as 67,000 throughout 12 states and abroad. Cello Fury’s self-titled album of original music was released in 2011 along with a trilogy of music videos (view them on the band’s YouTube channel,www.youtube.com/cellofury).

Cello Fury is playing at 8:30, Friday, May 4 during Bal Ingenieux.  Tickets are for $40 which includes drink tickets and an entire night of entertainment until 1AM.  You can also get into the Premier Party which includes dinner and music starting at 6PM.  For tickets and information click here.

 

Ingenuity Fundraising Bash: Friday May 4th

Ingenuity is channeling the spirits of the Kokoon Arts Club with its first annual Bal Ingenieux. This one night only event takes the audience through an amazing journey of food, drink, performances, and interactive installations.

Buy tickets here.

Bring a mask or buy one at the door, but come prepared for a night to remember. Located at the Halcyon Lodge in the heart of Ohio City (West 28th and Franklin), Bal Ingenieux will feature multiple venues of entertainment that will unfold as the evening progresses.

Performances by:

  • Rob Sherwood – The original kingpin of Cleveland’s club scene returns for a very rare evening-long DJ set.
  • Cello Fury – Three classically trained cellists and a rock drummer that wowed crowds at the 2011 Festival. ($100 & $40 Tickets Only)
  • Shivering Timbers – This Akron band takes inspiration from the likes of Gershwin and Hendrix to create low-fi folk-rock lullabies and is heralded as one of the best original acts in NE Ohio.
  • Mist – Modern synth music and visual decadence from wonder kids Sam Goldberg (of Radio People) and John Elliott (of Emeralds, Outer Space, etc.)
  • Jeremy Bible – Experimedia record label mastermind steps into the limelight with a rare live performance of heavy noisy, fractured rhythms, and pulsing walls of sound.
  • Syncopated Sin Swing Band – Vance Studio’s ode to early 20th century swing jazz classics.
  • Ragers – Brand new Cleveland indie hipster band ready to show the late night crowd how to rock and roll.
  • Zany Umbrella Circus – Neuvo street performance, acrobatics, and more.
  • Kokoon Klub Revue – a combination of fabulous costumes and dance hearkening back to the bad old days of 1913
  • Joey Molinaro – NYC-based composer, violinist, and fiddler Joey Molinaro first gained attention as a member of the seven-piece experimental chamber-grind outfit “Basilica.” As an acoustic or electric solo artist, he conjures a torrent of riffs over a two-boot foot percussion flurry. 

Art Installations by:

  • //benitez_vogl – Creators of IngenuityFest 2011’s I
  • Chris Yanc – Interactive artist and creator of the Digital Graffiti wall brings a preview of his IngenuityFest 2012 project.
  • James Murray – Sound artist and IngenuityFest 2011 favorite returns to create an interactive sound environment.
  • Rust Belt Monster Collective – Cleveland illustrators take on Ingenuity’s 2012 theme “Feeds” in a large scale art project created throughout the evening.

Buy tickets here.
From 1913 to 1946, Cleveland’s Kokoon Arts Club held an annual Bal-Masque known for pushing the limits of the day. Built in 1931, the Halcyon Lodge was constructed by the Freemasons. Its mix of auditoriums, ballrooms, and smaller venues makes it perfect for an event that’s part entertainment and part exploration.