CLEVELAND — Since mid-March, Cleveland’s beloved independent live music clubs have been closed or operating at a limited capacity due to the pandemic. As the future of venues remains in limbo with any future order from Gov. Mike DeWine, a fundraising event hopes to bring some relief to those hit hardest.
SaveCLEVenues Music Memorabilia and Fan Auction will give fans the opportunity to help the clubs, while getting music memorabilia and experiences in return.
All items have been donated by music fans and industry professionals around the globe.
Items in the auction include the bathroom doors from the original Grog Shop location designed by artist Clay Parker, rare Derek Hess concert posters autographed by the artist and bands, rare Nine Inch Nails tour memorabilia, handwritten lyrics from Tommy Lee of the Motley Crue written on the back of a Baywatch television show script.
"We're going to keep fighting for funding at all levels. And that fight isn't over,” said Sean Watterson, owner of the Happy Dog. We know folks in the community want to do something to help us out and to stay connected while we can't be together. This auction is a great way for fans to have fun, stay connected through the mutual love of music, and help make sure our live independent music venues have a future.”
Fans also can bid on VIP and other music experiences that have been donated by Live Nation, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, backyard performances and other services produced by local music professionals.
The auction opens for bidding on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. It features over 150 pieces of national and local music memorabilia. Bidding closes on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Click here to access the auction.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit live music clubs in the Greater Cleveland area.