The Cleveland Museum of Art presents city stages

Two global music concerts scheduled for Wednesdays, August 3 and 10 


The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) announces the return of City Stages, the museum’s FREE acclaimed summer concerts featuring the best in global music. The block parties will take place on consecutive Wednesday evenings in front of Transformer Station, the museum’s sister contemporary art museum, August 3 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. 

Before or during the concerts, attendees are encouraged to visit Transformer Station, one of 30 venues across Cleveland, Oberlin and Akron participating in the 2022 edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art through October 2. Titled Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the free exhibition explores art as an agent of transformation, a mode of healing and a therapeutic process. Staff at the PNC Exhibition Hub at Transformer Station will help visitors plan their journeys through 30 sites, where they will encounter the work of more than 100 contemporary artists. 

Transformer Station is located at 1460 W. 29th St. (at the corner of Church Avenue), Cleveland, OH 44113. Normal hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Transformer Station will remain open until 9 p.m. during City Stages. For more information, visit

Street parking as available, or the Lutheran Hospital parking lot is located at West 28th Street and Franklin Boulevard. FREE to all. 

Arrive early and grab dinner and a drink at one of Ohio City’s bars or restaurants or visit one of the local shops. Seating is limited—bring camp chairs and enjoy an evening of music and dancing in the street. 

City Stages Schedule 

Wednesday, August 3 

Dobet Gnahoré 

Hailing from Côte d’Ivoire, Dobet Gnahoré is a virtuosic singer, dancer, percussionist and songwriter who has taken the modern Afropop sounds of her country in exciting new directions. One of Africa’s brightest stars and most striking talents, Gnahoré uses her words and image to empower a new generation of daring, strong and independent African women. “I want to be able to dance to my music,” asserts Gnahoré. 

Wednesday, August 10 


Named by Billboard as a “Top 10 Latin Artist to Watch,” Cimafunk is making a name for himself as one of today’s great showmen, performing an electric live show with his nine-person band from  Havana. Cimafunk masterfully blends Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms with global funk, hip-hop and  soul—resulting in a progressive, head-bopping celebration of Black music’s power to eclipse borders and  cross-pollinate across cultures. 


About the Cleveland Museum of Art 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 63,000 artworks and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship and performing arts and is a leader in digital innovations. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation, recognized for its award-winning Open Access program and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the University Circle neighborhood. 

The museum is supported in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and  made possible in part by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National  Endowment for the Arts. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio  communities culturally, educationally and economically. For more information about the museum and its holdings, programs  and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit 

About Transformer Station 

Founded in 2013 by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation, Transformer Station is a free, privately owned contemporary art museum located on the west side of Cleveland. The exhibition schedule at Transformer Station is shared with the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the facility is a promised gift to the museum.

Photo courtesy of Scott Shaw Photography for the Cleveland Museum of Art 

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