CLEVELAND – Two musicians with Medina County origins will be taking the stage alongside several major acts this weekend.
Country singer and pianist Rachel Brown, a Highland graduate, and up-and-coming rock guitarist and songwriter Ray Flanagan, a Cloverleaf graduate, will perform as part of a local showcase at the LaureLive Music Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Laurel School’s Butler Campus at 7420 Fairmount Road in Russell Township.
The two-day festival will feature 40 acts from five countries performing on four stages, including major recording artists O.A.R., Grace Potter, Andy Grammer, Elle King and others.
Head to www.laurelive.com/tickets for tickets and times.
Brown and Flanagan are slated to perform on the Cleveland Coffee Co. pavilion stage with a slew of other northeast Ohio artists between 4 and 7 p.m.
The local aspect of the festival is the doings of Cleveland songwriter and one of the scene’s biggest advocates Brent Kirby, founder of the increasingly-popular 10x3 Songwriter Showcase. It takes place every Wednesday night at Brothers Lounge on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland.
“The 10x3 is five years strong and there is no better platform to hear original music every Wedensday in our city,” said Kirby, who will also perform at LaureLive. “Over 2,500 acts have played since we started and we continue to grow this wonderful community. We feel lucky to share the 10x3 with LaureLive fans.”
Other northeast Ohio artists featured in the festival include Carlos Jones, Welshly Arms, Oldboy, Top Hat Black, Dan Miraldi & The Chaos Band, Kiss Me Deadly, Nate Jones Band, Diana Chittester, Front Porch Lights, Rob Kovacs, In2ative and others.
LaureLive is a collaboration between Laurel School and the Cleveland-based Elevation Group, which said in a press release that “it was important to the event’s producers that the lineup retain some distinct local sounds” by including “several Cleveland favorites.”