No Exit's, Seventh Season of Music   10.30.15

No Exit will be at SPACES on Saturday, November 21, 8:00pm (free)

With Erik Satie's 150 birthday on the horizon, we thought it a keen idea to pay tribute to the original musical dadaist. We will be celebrating the legacy of Satie, throughout our 2015-2016 concert season. An extraordinary season of performances it will be!
For this series of concerts, in addition to Satie, No Exit will be giving voice to music by Krzysztof Penderecki and Kaija Saariaho as well as works from Cleveland area composers Ryan Gallagher and Nicholas Underhill (a world premiere) and, last but not least, a world premiere by Minnesotan composer Justin Henry Rubin. Quite the show folks!
-text by No Exit

Attached is a preview of the concert by's Mike Telin.

No Exit 2015 - 2016  season
No Exit 2015 - 2016 season

Keywords: concert, eric satie, experimental music, justin henry rubin, music, nick underhill, no exit, ryan gallegher, timothy beyer, zeitgeist
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Esmerelda   10.30.13

SPACES Disco Dada Dreamscape benefit is happening this Saturday from 7pm till 1 am. Clearly one of the best events of the year! This year, new local band, Esmerelda, will be playing during the V.I.P. hour.

If you love chilling or grooving Esmerelda is for you. The Esmerelda sound is a mix of hip hop jazz to funk, with lovely keyboard playing and some sweet beats from the drummer.

The Band:
Eli Hanley - keyboard
Hanley, studies at Tri-C and is the reincarnation of the 70s psychedelic movement.

Matt Davis – bass
Davis is new to the Cleveland scene and studies at Tri-C.

Danny Fernandez - drums
Fernandez is a student at CSU who performs at a variety of different
music venues around Cleveland.

E.S. Glen – vocals
The special addition to the group is an amazing freestyle rap artist, and an avid cartoonist.

Esmerelda will be putting the groove in disco dada and dreamscape at the SPACES benefit, come experience Esmerelda.

by Iris Rozman

Keywords: benefit, esmerelda, music, spaces
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

30-Second Anthems: Vote For Your Favorite   04.13.12

Now is your chance to vote for your favorite 30-second anthem from our competition! To vote, just complete the form below. You may vote once in the adult category and once in the kids category. The deadline to vote is Monday, May 14th, 2012.

All work will be included in the upcoming SPACES exhibition The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau (May 11 – July 13, 2012).

30-Second Anthems: Adults

Artist: Greg Crowe
Title: Cleveland Waits

Artist: Troy Blum
Title: Cleveland Anthem

Artist: K-Von the Great

Artist: Wolfy Part II
Title: Polka Gauntlet

Artist: Wolfy Part II

Artist: John Arlis
Title: This Place Called Cleveland

Artist: Paul Sydorenko
Title: CPP

30-Second Anthems: Kids

Artist: Brittany J.H.

Artist: Claudia J.Z.

Artist: Olivia W.

Keywords: anthem, cle, cleveland, competition, music, sound
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Exhibitions

SPACES: In the Air   02.24.12

We often have various musical selections drifting through the air at SPACES and being hummed by the staff. Below are the staff's top artists this week:


They Might Be Giants - Here Comes Science
They Might Be Giants - Here Come the 123s
Dan Zanes (who, by the way is playing at the Beachland Ballroom tonight with the del fuegos)
Oliver Twist - one of the broadway recordings
(All thanks to the 6-year old in my house.)


St. Vincent
Blonde Redhead


Esperanza Spalding
Nina Simone


The Black Keys
Clutch (the usual)


Madleen Kane
Earth, Wind & Fire

Keywords: music, staff
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Cleveland 30-Second Anthem Competition   02.01.12

Extended Deadline: March 22nd, 2012 by midnight EST

For SPACES' upcoming exhibition titled The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau, we are investigating what constitutes tourism and what makes a location a "tourist destination." Ideas of economy, industry, pilgrimage, migration, memorials, entertainment, leisure, lodging, transportation, notable events, and disaster all play into the engines that fuel tourism.

To accompany the exhibition, SPACES is sponsoring an anthem writing competition. Anthems can serve as symbols and rallying points around nations, cities, or sports teams. These songs extol the virtues of peoples, histories, and lands.

Cleveland needs an anthem! And Cleveland needs you to write it! Part jingle and part anthem, your 30 second ode to the Land of Cleve may highlight your favorite aspects of our grand city. It could cover Cleveland's history, places, people, food, or anything quintessentially "Cleveland." Your anthem should be recorded as an MP3 (no scores or personal concerts) and should be submitted digitally via email or on disc delivered to SPACES. It doesn't need to be highly produced or include instrumentation (although you are welcome to do that). You can just record yourself singing with all your heart.

Ages 3+ may enter. Entries will be judged by a panel of local celebrities and SPACES' staff. Prizes will be awarded and winning submissions will be part of the exhibition The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau at SPACES, May 11 – July 13, 2012 as well as being available for streaming at


Award Ages 3 – 17 Ages 18+
1st Place Family/Couple Membership to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History + 2 tickets to Cleveland Cinemas $150 cash money
2nd Place 3 tickets to Cleveland Cinemas Your selection of 1 artwork from the 2011 Monster Drawing Rally + 4 free passes to the Cleveland Cinematheque
3rd Place $10 cash + 1 ticket to Cleveland Cinemas 2 admission tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Submission Guidelines

Duration: Up to 30 seconds, but no longer
Accepted file type: MP3
Extended Deadline: Thursday, March 22, 2012, midnight
Maximum number of anthem entries: 2 per person

How to Submit

You may drop off your entry at SPACES during gallery hours, or email your entry, completed form, and the following information to

Name of Guardian (if applicable):
Mailing Address (street, apt. number, city, state, zip):

By submitting the attached Material(s) and information, you acknowledge that you are the creator and copyright holder of Material(s), or you are the guardian of the creator and copyright holder, and grant SPACES unlimited, non-exclusive rights to publicly exhibit/perform and make publicly available digitally the Material(s).

*Prizes are subject to change

Keywords: anthem, cleveland, competition, music, pride
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Exhibitions

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