Meeting Jam Sessions

March 3, 2015
Meeting Jam Sessions

Rock Inspired Ideas for Your Next Meeting

By Annie Zaleski

Now that you've decided to #meetincle, add some rock and roll to your next meeting by turning it up a notch and hosting a music-themed event each night you're here.  Not in the budget?  Then offer these ideas to your attendees.

Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The glass-enclosed shrine to music offers cultural enthusiasts several private rental options -whether it's a cozy conference room, the light-filled Café, the state-of-the-art Foster Theater, or space for a cocktail hour or dinner.

The museum is a hip-shaking, guitar-flinging reminder of why Cleveland is ground zero for rock and roll. Memorabilia immortalizes the radio DJs and recording artists that invented the genre - including plenty from the Forest City (that's us) - while there are plenty of nods to inductees Springsteen, Bowie, and Rush, all of whom first broke out of Cleveland.

Still, the Hall isn't just a local treasure. From the U2 Zoo TV cars suspended from the ceiling to the autograph-filled inductee hall, the multi-level space highlights the hand-written lyrics, colorful costumes, history-making photos and videos, and iconic albums that make rock and roll an enduring worldwide phenomenon.

Jam Sessions

Give attendees the option to concert-hop at one of Cleveland's many music staples.  In the two rooms of the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, attendees can hear everything from obscure indie rock to rootsy alt-country.  

Across town, the dark-and-edgy, Coventry-anchored Grog Shop books indie, punk, rap, and electro. Plus, the Flats West Bank also has a new place for tunes: the two-story Music Box Supper Club, which books an eclectic mix of rock, soul, alt-country, folk, and blues acts.

Cleveland also has a live jazz scene that is always hot.  The venerable and intimate supper club called Nighttown books local talent and national touring acts. Take 5 serves up tapas and sizzling rhythms right in the heart of downtown Cleveland, and the Velvet Tango Room's elaborate and classy artisanal cocktails are the perfect appetizer for the club's ferociously tight jazz trio.

Wax On

Outside the walls of meeting rooms, attendees can explore the city and their love for old school records. My Mind's Eye in Lakewood is the go-to place for punk, metal, and rock. In the funky Waterloo District, check out new indie and rock releases at cozy Music Saves, while used-vinyl haven Blue Arrow stocks decades of music history. Attendees can even see the art of pressing vinyl with a tour at Gotta Groove Records. Pick a shop, find a vinyl souvenir, and attendees can take a little piece of Cleveland's rock culture home.

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