The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio Tells Rocks History

Catch Meaning Music Festival

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 3:00pm

What began in 2016 to honor the memory of two special young men is now a one-of-a-kind Northcoast festival for nationally and locally recognized indie music talent.

The legacy of Alex & Josh lives on through a high-energy community celebration and its message of making meaning in every moment. Expect the unexpected with a diverse line-up of bands that includes FunkyardX, Madeline Finn, Ashley Fulton, Jack Harris, Recess and Hawken’s Jazz Band Rhythm Section. Great music, food, and more.

Tickets will be $26 to include admission to the museum, and $2 per ticket will be donated to the Cleveland Foundation.

Performance schedule (subject to change)

3pm: The 161 Band
4pm: Jack Harris
5pm: Recess
6pm: Madeline Finn
7pm: Ashley Fulton
8pm: FunkyardX


About the Bands

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The Funkyard Experiment, aka FunkyardX, emerged in 2013, founded by Steve Johnson. Creatively inspired by the pioneers of funk and rock, Johnson added a twist of gospel, jazz and fusion. FunkyardX sought to create its own unique version of funk, soul, rock and pop. The FunkyardX is made up of nine musicians--analog synth players Steve Johnson and Leon Turner, drummer Johnny Blaze Turner, lead guitarist Chris George, bassist Jeremiah Napier, vocalist & rhodes player Willie McMillon III, trumpeter Daniel Spearman, tenor saxophonists Johnny Cochran and Mitchell Lawrence, and trombonist Michael Spearman. In the band's short time together, they have accumulated an evergrowing fan base and have graced the stage with all time greats such as Angie Stone, Boney James and Gerald Albright.

Ashley Fulton, is a 17-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and musician. Ashley started producing music at age 11 and took to the stage at age 7, developing her voice by playing many lead roles in theater. Believing in musical excellence and creativity, Ashley’s musical training consists of classical piano at The Music Settlement and The Celebrity School of Music; voice training with the Helen Todd Voice Studio, Nicole Sumlin, and Umeki Neverson; and songwriting training at the 2016 summer songwriting workshop at Berklee College of Music in Boston, the 2017 summer songwriting workshop at New York University’s Steinhardt Music School in NYC, and the 2018 5-week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music. She is also very active in the music program at Hawken School. Ashley has performed at several venues including the Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA; Kiawah Island, SC; the State Theater, Cleveland, OH; and numerous venues for both small and large audiences.

Recess came be in early 2008. They started off, with Vincent (the band's lead vocalist) being only 8 years old, as a bunch of kids performing cover songs in the basement of a small 3 bedroom house on Boundary Lane in Parma, Ohio. As they improved and grew musically, performing in numerous venues and festivals across the States, Recess began to create and write their own music. Through many songs and peculiar situations / events, the band finally had created 5 songs in which they felt really reflected them and their sound. These 5 songs can be found on Recess's first EP intentionally named "Boundary Lane". Recess has recently completed their second EP, "From Dust to Gold", and released their premiere music video directed by Brad Golowin for the EPs first single called "Leaving Home" on 7/26/18 which was immediately featured on a premiere music blog for emerging artists Kings of A&R. From performing at iconic venues such as LA's Viper Room, the House of Blues and Rockin' on the River's Black River Landing, to their television appearances on New York City's "Wonderama" and TopGolf's "Who Will Rock You?", Recess continues to enrapture audiences and bombard the music industry with their unique original music and lively stage presence.

Madeline Finn is a proud Cleveland native who has been honing her singing and songwriting craft from a very young age. Winner of the Cleveland High School Rock-Off at 15, the first female fronted act to do so in the history of the contest, Finn has been a fixture in Cleveland venues and recording studios since before she graduated high school. Working as a solo artist and with nationally recognized acts Envoi and The Whiskey Hollow, Finn has honed her unique blend of powerful vocals, introspective lyrics, and smartly-crafted melodies. Finn currently works full-time as an artist and vocal/production coach, while touring and performing solo and with her band, The Whiskey Hollow. Finn has played a variety of major venues and festivals in the Midwest and recently achieved top 70 on the reboot season of ABC's American Idol. Often described as a powerhouse singer and songwriter, Finn has built a sizeable local and national following as an independent artist, striving to make unique music that speaks to the soul.

Jack Harris is an eighteen-year-old singer songwriter. He was born in Upstate New York and has lived in Cleveland, Ohio for most of his life. Jack's music is acoustic pop with hints of country, folk, and rock. His inspiration for his songwriting comes from real life experiences with love, loss, happiness, anxiety, and change. His hooks are catchy and his verses are deep. Jack just released his first three singles (Hold on to Me, I Get Lost, and Song For You) in March of 2019. Jack continues to work on new music, and his next set of songs is expected to drop in June of 2019.

The 161 Band is a Fusion/Jam Band out of Hawken High School of Gates Mills. Their creative and genre-breaking performances blend fusion with classic rock, mixing generations of music with heavy rhythm and searing guitar. Stemming from their work in Hawken's prestigious Jazz Rhythm Section, members William Abramovich (Bass), Jonah Benchek (Keys), Brady Desmond (Guitar), and Max Reynolds (Drums) created an outlet for their passions in fusion jazz artists like Chick Corea's Return To Forever as well as classic rock jam acts like Grateful Dead and Phish. After finding time to jam every day in Hawken School's Jazz Band room, room 161, they were inspired to share their passion with others.