Cleveland’s Marcus Smith paves the way for a Rock Hall concert series

Cleveland – Cleveland is a city full of music. From the array of concert venues to the famous rock and roll Hall of Fame – the city is brimming with entertainment. And starting Thursday, those looking to explore the sounds of the city can do so for free at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of their summer concert series.

They look like the ones Marcus Smith made. The roots of music go back to his life from an early age.

“I’ve been playing music for the last time — it feels like forever but at least for the last 18 years,” Smith said. “My stepfather was actually an artist here in Cleveland in the late ’80s. So when I was little, he always played in our house.”

The time spent around music not only sparked his interest in becoming a musician, but molded his sound—which includes a little bit of everything.

Smith said, “Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder was always playing, things like Boogie Down Productions and Janet Jackson, Prince – it was always happening in my house.” , rock, all kind of one ball.”

Smith is eclectic. His unique voices are rivaled only by his range of musical talents.

“So I started writing first, so this was my first foray into the world of music. I started writing in seventh grade for poetry class. From there I learned to play the piano, I taught myself piano, bass, drums, ukulele, trombone, sort of,” Smith said. What, I’d like to add that but I don’t really. I don’t know how to play it. And you know, I’ve been playing music ever since.”

Last year, Smith received what he thought would be the opportunity of a lifetime.

“In 2021, I was one of the rock artists residing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A crazy and amazing opportunity for me. Just to put me in front of the right people and give me the tools I need to advance my career,” Smith said.

This opportunity, however, turned out to be much more than that. On Thursday, Smith will take the main stage outside Rock Hall to begin the Museum’s summer concert series Rock Hall Live.

“What’s happening here tonight is our first live rock hall of the summer,” Smith said.

“Our local singer-songwriter, rapper Marcus Smith, is excited to have him on our stage from 5pm to 7pm,” said Megan Wilson, Director of Fan Interaction for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

With his walkie-talkie in hand, Wilson raced around Rock Hall on Thursday morning, coordinating everything in the museum as he prepared for the big evening–the first free concerts we’d all welcome.

“We’ll continue to give you guys these free shows all summer,” Wilson said. “We encourage booking your free ticket online at our website Where you can also find the lineup of all the great bands that will be rocking the stage.”

Bands like Smith’s signature keys, drums, bass, and guitar – fellow musicians who complement his every note, whether he’s singing, singing, or singing along to the music. Music Smith hopes will attract more fans as his songs fill downtown streets Thursday night.

“So tonight, I’m just hoping to gain more fans. I feel like I’m at a point in my career where the material I write is some of the best I’ve ever written. So I know I know I’m doing my best forward, so I want people to experience that,” Smith said. “. “I think my goal tonight is to attract people so that they don’t look at us otherwise.”

Smith gets out of his head and gets ready to shine under the spotlight.

“Anytime I’m on stage, it’s nerve-wracking for me,” Smith said. “It’s like I’ve been doing it for a long time, but that tension still bothers me but I’m really honored to start this.” “When the keyboard player taps on that first tone, then everything fades away, and a sense of calm overwhelms me.”

Meanwhile, Wilson is gearing up for a full summer ensemble featuring local artists as well as internationally known bands, such as Jimmy Eat World, that will perform on September 8.

“We bring in everything from people who just trace their roots back to Cleveland to nationally known artists,” Wilson said. “I mean it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you watch music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you know it’s going to be great.”

To learn more about Marcus Smith, click here.

For a list of concerts and more information about the Rock Hall Live summer concert series, click here.

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