CLEVELAND - The longest day of the year is a pretty good excuse for a party, and Summer Solstice was one of the season's best. It featured an eclectic menu of music from around the country and the world, a spectacular outdoor video art installation and plenty of food and drinks. About five thousand people attended the sold out event Saturday night.
Those in attendence enjoyed glow in the dark hula hoopers, a "rogue" marching band, a "Happy Birthday Summer" projection of images on the Cleveland Museum of Art's historic south facade, along with New York jazz, Afro-Saharan pop-blues, disco artists and DJ's. It was a blast of summer fun and a rare chance to party under the stars on the grounds of the art museum until 2 a.m.
This was the third year for the event, with new twists added every year. Local digital media artist Kasumi, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, presented her tribute to the solstice, a 30 minute looping video projected on the building. Featured on the south lawn stage near Rodin's "Thinker" sculpture were musical acts that include jazz trio, Moon Hooch - Western Sahara Group - Doueh, on their first tour in the U.S. and Chica Libre - a melange of South American folk and psychedelic rock. Later in the evening, funk, disco and DJs drove the dance beat until the party's end.
The event has become increasingly popular every year with thousands of people. Admission varies by arrival time. But the least expensive admission tickets for 10 p.m. were already sold out early.
You can learn more details about the event and listen to some of the music featured at the event here .
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