A Gen-Xer’s Music Itinerary
The Gen Xer's guide to Cleveland
By Lexi Hotchkiss
You're a kid from the generation the world coined "slackers." We all know that's a load. Today, you're a parent to a kid born in the '90s or '00s. Your musical tastes run the gamut, but--thanks to your minis--you frequently find yourself in defense of its timeless sounds. Now you're in Cleveland and it's time they get a serious lesson in good music.
Dinner: It's no secret that many people claim The Greenhouse Tavern is one of the best restaurants in Cleveland. But, the good news is that Chef Jonathon Sawyer--a dad himself--ensures that all menu items are available in smaller portions. Better yet, you can help Junior understand the idea behind the technology of VHS tapes, which are running throughout the restaurant featuring (mostly) '80s flicks.
2038 East 4th St., Downtown
Evening: A modern take on Shakespearean classic? Check. Broadway musicals? Check. International music and dance groups? Check. Cleveland's theater district, Playhouse Square, is alive every night of the week with world-class offerings of theatrical and musical performances inside its nine performance areas.
1501 Euclid Ave., Downtown
Morning: Let the fam loose to explore the West Side Market, a food lover's paradise, with its maze of vendors and family-owned stalls selling everything from fresh meat and vegetables to bakery and flowers. Give them a couple of bucks to grab a bite while they peruse or enjoy a full breakfast in the café.
1979 West 25th St., Ohio City
Next, it's time for the real education to begin at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Through interactive exhibits, HD-quality sound, vintage photography, cool artifacts and several history-of-rock films, you and the fam will walk away rock and roll enthusiasts for life (if you weren't already).
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Downtown
Afternoon: Make your way into the next phase of your rock and roll education at the JUKEBOX in Hingetown. A great menu filled with tons of Cleveland favorites is the perfect compliment to the juke box filled with new releases, old favorites and everything in between. It's the perfect place to refuel to keep your groove going.
1404 W. 29th St., Hingetown
Instead of rolling your eyes, we've got a better solution to your kid's cringe-worthy question: "Dad, what's ‘vinyl?'" Gotta Groove Records, on Cleveland's near east side, is a small factory where they're pressing real vinyl records -10,000-15,000 of them a week to be exact. Call ahead to organize a tour.
3615 Superior Ave., St. Clair-Superior
Introduce your kids to your childhood, while taking a few pages from theirs inside Big Fun Toys in Coventry. What will you find inside? Think: 1980s GI Joes, vintage Star Wars paraphernalia, bacon-flavored chapstick, fake moustaches, whoopy cusions and all sorts of stuff you don't need - but must have.
1814 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights
Evening: They think your music is past its prime? Well, get ‘em to Music Box Supper CLub for a big dinner and some legit tunes. Music Box brings in cover bands of all your favorites from the past along with newer groups. Teach them your best moves on the dance floor while a live band jams out. We have no doubt you'll get them to crack a smile amidst the liveliness--even if they're smirking at you dancing.
1148 Main Ave., Downtown
From A-list pop stars to hit country artists and legendary rockers to the Cleveland Orchestra, you'll find a major performer or nationally known band playing at Jacob's Pavilion at Nautica Downtown during warmer weather months. A little too chilly outside? Check out what's playing at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University.
Morning: Conquering Sunday will require fuel, so power up with some home-style comfort food at neighborhood spoon Grumpy's Cafe in Tremont.
2621 West 14th St., Tremont
Next, experiment with volume and frequency to make a theremin sing, test-out an echo tube and learn about the science of sound inside the Great Lakes Science Center.
601 Erieside Ave., Downtown
Afternoon: Challenge the kids to a few games of bowling and then dive into a Cleveland-themed menu (think: pierogi, Slovenian sausage, etc.) at the trendy Corner Alley.
402 Euclid Ave., Downtown
Evening: The House of Blues offers group families the opportunity to dine in its historic East 4th St. restaurant featuring Southern-style favorites. Plan your trip accordingly and you might just get to see a great live musician or cover band playing in the attached concert venue.
308 Euclid Ave., Downtown