Your CLE Musical Personality

February 12, 2015

Your CLE Musical Personality

What’s Your CLE Musical Personality: Quiz + Travel Itineraries

By Lexi Hotchkiss

Cleveland's rock and roll roots lend itself to a variety of musical offerings perfect for fanboys and girl groupies of all types. Whether you're a metal head, dead head, jazz aficionado or someone who's partial to the classics, Cleveland's the destination for your very own concert tour.

Take our quiz. Tally your results. Then, check out an itinerary best suited to your musical preferences.


1. You're hosting a house party for your friends, what's playing in the background?

A.         An LP of an obscure indie band that you want to singlehandedly make into the next biggest thing

B.         Some Jill Scott mixed with a little Diana Krall, because this night's all about chilling out

C.         It's impromptu karaoke at your place with tunes from Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen - until the kids take over the iPod

D.         What party would be complete without the The Misfits, Stooges and maybe even some Sex Pistols?

E.         Mozart, Beethoven and Bach quietly hum in the background, because all high-class affairs require music to boot

2. The perfect music-fueled night out includes:

A.         Uncovering a new sound from a local band inside a dive bar followed by some late-night tacos from a nearby food truck

B.         Listening to a soul-filled jazz trio while sipping martinis

C.         While you'd rather be at a concert by a legendary rocker who got you through those awkward teen years, you now have a kid of your own who requires you to chaperone a New Direction concert

D.         Shining your black leather boots before windmilling in the pit

E.         Enjoying an elegant, pre-show dinner proceeded by a trip to the opera, symphony or maybe even a Broadway blockbuster

3. You're heading back in history aboard a time machine. Who would you want to hear perform live and in person?

A.         Nirvana's 1993 MTV Unplugged New York performance

B.         Billie Holiday's 1948 sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall

C.         U2's groundbreaking 1983 concert at Colorado's Red Rock Amphitheater

D.         Iron Maiden and Motörhead during the 1980 Metal for Muthus Tour

E.         The 1892 premiere of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King scored by Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg, Russia

4. You're in a bad mood. What do you do?

A.         Blast the Bleachers' "I Wanna Get Better" in your car

B.         Sit back and smile to Bill Wither's "Lean on Me"

C.         Get your grrrr on with Joan Jett & the Blackheart's "I Love Rock and Roll"

D.         Pair your angst with Korn's "Freak on a Leash"

E.         Listen to Carl Orff's 1937 composition "Carmina Burana" (O Fortuna - of course)

5. Tons of musicians hail from Northeast Ohio. Pick your favorite from this list:

A.         Black Keys

B.         The O'Jays

C.         Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders

D.         Nine Inch Nails

E.         Henri Mancini


Mostly As: The Indie Music Enthusiast

Your musical tastes vary, but one thing is for sure, you're into anything that's the opposite of mainstream. You liked Arcade Fire before they were cool. You were drinking craft beer before everyone else. And, your friends have always come to you to get the scoop on the newest sounds from a bevy of undiscovered acts. Check out The Indie Enthusiast's CLE Itinerary here.

Mostly Bs: The Soul Music Lover

Sultry, sexy and just plain chill - your musical taste run genres from jazz and blues to neo-soul and R&B. You don't mind some throwbacks to the greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, but you're also listening to current faves like India.Arie and Dianne Reeves. Check out The Soul Music Lover's CLE Itinerary here.

Mostly Cs: The Gen-Xer

Chances are you're a Gen-Xer, a child of the "slacker" generation and, more than likely, a parent. You've seen everything from hair metal to glam rock and the rising stardom of the likes of Madonna and R.E.M.  Your kid thinks your musical tastes are weird, but we disagree. You grew up in the 80s and know what MTV looked like long before reality shows were a thing.  Check out The Gen-Xer's CLE Itinerary here.

Mostly Ds: The Hardcore Music Devotee

Maybe you've been called a metal head, a punk rocker, a goth or even a thrasher - but titles are meaningless to you. Your kind of music is hardcore, raw and loud. Admit it, there's a good chance we'll find you crowdsurfing, headbanging in the mosh pit or even stage diving at your concert of choice. Check out The Hardcore Devotee's CLE Itinerary here.

Mostly Es: The Classical Music Aficionado

You know the difference between a concerto and a sonata. You know to never clap between movements and how to properly dress for the opera. You're a lover of classical music, but you also pack your playlist with some finely scored Broadway musicals and big band sounds. Check out The Classical Music Aficionado's CLE Itinerary here.

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