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Shot from Brite Winter 2022.

Update: Local-turned-national rockers Welshly Arms will return to headline this year’s Brite Winter Festival. Other notable acts scheduled to perform include Signals Midwest, Free Black!, Angela Perley, Rosies, the Labra Brothers, Shoreline Funk All-Stars, Da Land Brass Band, Sadhu and Cellophane Jane.

“The last time the Welshly Arms played Brite it was one of the coldest years. We’re thrilled to have them back in their hometown to rock the Cuyahoga shores!” Emily Hornak, chief executive of Brite Winter, said in a statement. “They will be joined by 20 other musical groups – a mix of new ones [acts] and Brite veterans — on three stages that we’re setting up on a modified festival site.”

The event takes place on February 25 on the west bank of the Flats.

Original Post 09/21/22: Organizers of Brite Winter, an annual local music and arts festival, have announced that they will return to the West Bank Flats on Saturday, February 25, 2023. The theme of the event will be Anchors Away! to celebrate Cleveland’s connection to the Cuyahoga River and the Great Lakes.

Music submissions are open until early October and can be submitted through

Last year, more than 400 bands applied to perform, and a panel of 50 community members reviewed the acts before settling on 30 acts to perform at the day-long event.

“It’s incredible how Cleveland embraced and supported the idea of ​​several Case Western Reserve University graduate students over a decade ago,” says Emily Hornak, executive director of Brite Winter, in a press release. “Thanks to the ongoing support of generous organizations and businesses, we are able to expand and enrich the event every year. We are always looking for new partners interested in bringing the Brite Winter vision to life. We already have a lot of ideas and plans for February, and we can’t wait to share them with Cleveland. Every year our goal is to make the event even more “bright” than the previous one. The only thing we can’t control is the weather, but we’re already keeping our fingers crossed.”

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