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Music Under the Stars
March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cleveland Daily Banner
The Museum Center at Five Points is hosting its fifth installment of the popular Music Under the Stars series on Thursday, March 14, featuring the groups, Sound of Tennessee and the Shawn Sneed Quartet, as its musical guests and entertainment for the evening.
Serving as a fundraiser for the museum, the event serves the dual purpose of showcasing local talent.
The evening’s featured talent, Sound of Tennessee, is an a cappella group comprised of local Lee students and other musicians. The group is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is considered one of the top 25 barbershop a cappella choruses in the world.
Sound of Tennessee will take the stage after the world-class saxophonist Shawn Sneed of the Shawn Sneed Quartet.
Museum Center executive director Janice Neyman explained how Sound of Tennessee covers a variety of musical styles in its program.
“It’s amazing to hear when these groups have no music, and are harmonizing so beautifully to create their own and give the audience a unique experience. Sound of Tennessee has a huge following here,” Neyman said.
Neyman also stressed how the Museum Center is much more than a historical museum.
“We want to encourage people to come into the museum and see our gift shop, our exhibits and see that we aren’t a single attraction. We’re an entire event center!” Neyman exclaimed.
She explained that the museum is for everyone, and it hopes to partner and collaborate with other businesses in downtown Cleveland.
“People often come downtown for one thing and leave. Our goal is to keep you downtown and show you everything the area has to offer,” she said. “It’s all about the experience.”
Neyman believes the event is the perfect date night, as the music, entertainment, food and drinks make for a romantic evening for a couple or a fun outing for a group of friends.
The musical series is sponsored by John and Margaret Sheehan, who have expressed excitement over the series’ popularity in attracting guests of varying ages.
Since starting the series, the Museum Center has received incredibly positive feedback, with many attendants asking for more events and asking when the next event will be so they can mark their calendars.
The affordable pricing is also a positive feature of Music Under the Stars, and is one of the reasons for attracting such a diverse crowd.
Staff report seeing guests of all ages and backgrounds, due not only to the pricing, but also the diversity of musical genres. This large selection is due to the tireless work of Museum Center board members in researching new and local talent. Jermaine Purifory, a previous Music Under the Stars entertainer, is also a museum board member and helps coordinate the event along with original board members like Glo Ghegan.
“Each event has different musical genres, and I think that’s why we’re growing and attracting so many people,” Neyman added.
The first Music Under the Stars of 2019, this event serves as the kickoff for future installments.
The event will take place in the museum’s outdoor courtyard, but will move inside to its cultural center if faced with inclement weather.
Music Under the Stars begins at 6 p.m. In addition to the event itself, the Museum Center’s exhibits will be open for all guests to explore.
Tickets are $30 for Museum Center members and $45 for nonmembers. Ticket pricing includes drinks and food for the evening.
The fun doesn’t stop once the music does, however, as those who keep their tickets will receive a discounted meal from The Catch, Bald Headed Bistro, Stack: Southern Bistro, The Press and Cafe Roma. Simply present your tickets at the restaurant of your choice to receive your discount.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.museumcenter.org. For more information, check out the Museum Center’s Facebook page or call 423-339-5745.