Radio DJ Alan Freed coined the term "rock 'n' roll" and championed it before the world knew what to call it. Its rabid fans have propelled pioneering acts like The Black Keys, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tracy Chapman, Cloud Nothings, The Cramps, Dead Boys, Devo, Kid Cudi, Nine Inch Nails, The Pretenders and Michael Stanley into the mainstream. David Bowie's first gig in the U.S. was at our Public Auditorium. Bruce Springsteen defined his career at the Agora with the most legendary live set ever broadcast. The radio station that aired that set, The Thundering Buzzard of 100.7 WMMS, also broke Rush when they were the first to take a chance and give "Working Man" a spin. Ian Hunter was so impressed with us that he penned "Cleveland Rocks" as a tribute.
And their passion extends far beyond the fervent fandom that helped us earn the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Since 1918, The Cleveland Orchestra has been the world’s best because they continue to push the boundaries of classical music inside and outside of Severance Hall. The Black Keys revived the blues in a basement before the the rest of us decided grainy lo-fi sounds were cool again. Not all records are created equal, which is why Gotta Groove Records has at the forefront of vinyl’s resurgence as not just a musical medium, but a visual art form. EarthQuaker Devices hand make and hand test their pedals in Northeast Ohio because they know the perfect guitar sound is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Even Kendrick Lamar's flow was born from the buttery Cleveland rhymes of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
Our cost of living is 9% below the national average, meaning you'll get more bang for your buck here than in Baltimore, Boston or Chicago. Housing costs 78% less than in Manhattan, 68% less than San Francisco, and 32% less than Chicago. Don't believe us? Ask CNN for the cost comparison on why you should plant your roots here.
In Cleveland, you're within 500 miles of 50 percent of the nation’s population, making it the perfect place to start your first or next national tour. Cleveland's economy is booming too, and the City of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio all believe in rewarding not only those that want to join in, but those that want the song to remain the same.