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Frank Sinatra and the First Concert in the Richfield Coliseum's History

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Frank Sinatra and the First Concert in the Richfield Coliseum's History

The Richfield Coliseum had quite a rich history in Northeast Ohio, hosting all types of events throughout its run, including so many different sporting events and concerts. And on October 26, 1974, Frank Sinatra christened the Coliseum as the first event at the new venue, a sold-out concert. Opening its doors for the first time to Old Blue Eyes, the Coliseum began a twenty-year, ultimately ill-fated journey as an arena built in a tough location (though Larry Bird sure loved it). But the Coliseum's demise would be something to worry about later; the arena would get to play host to some of...

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Cleveland, Ohio's Memorable World Series of Rock Run

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Cleveland, Ohio's Memorable World Series of Rock Run

We have used the phrase, "If you're a native Clevelander of any length” in many a posting, but this time we need to add “and a die-hard music fan," because we will be revisiting the World Series of Rock, which ran in Cleveland from 1974 through 1980.   The easiest thing to do to report on these amazing events would be to simply list the who’s who of artists that performed for over 80,000 music fans of all ages on any given year the shows ran, but we felt this event deserved a more personal approach. As it was truly a...

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Remembering Cleveland's Front Row Theater

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Remembering Cleveland's Front Row Theater

My day job takes me by the Home Depot on Wilson Mills Rd. in Highland Heights at least twice a week. Pretty much every time the same thought pops into my head: How many people that drive by here as often as me or even frequent the Home Depot realize that on this very site once stood a truly magnificent 3,200 seat entertainment venue, the Front Row Theater. Opened by none other than Mr. Sammy Davis Jr. on July 5, 1974, the Front Row was a magical place to see a show. The seating was circular, but there were no...

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The Best Cleveland Christmas Beers

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The Best Cleveland Christmas Beers

With it being the most wonderful time of the year, let's take a look at the best Cleveland Christmas beers of all time. The results were a little surprising in that we found that any possible research into what would be classified as a Cleveland-specific Christmas craft beer could only go back to 1988, as that is when Great Lakes Brewery was established and is recognized as the oldest craft brewery in Ohio. Now, nearly 40 years of Christmas beer history is still a pretty good body of work on local Christmas beers, so before we get into what we might...

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How Did Cleveland Get Its Forest City Nickname?

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How Did Cleveland Get Its Forest City Nickname?

"The Land" has more or less taken over as Cleveland's dominant nickname these days (just take a look at how much the Cleveland Cavaliers love using it), but a personal favorite is one we just don't see enough - the Forest City. Where Did the Forest City Nickname Come From? This is considered one of the oldest nicknames in the city's history, if not the oldest. It was introduced in the early 19th century, not long after Cleveland became a city in 1796. As you can imagine, the genesis of the nickname itself comes from the densely forested Northeast Ohio...

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