Terry and Jerry Wagner had a brothers’ weekend at LaureLive among the thousands of people who attended the fourth annual music and arts event in Russell and Chester townships.
Jerry, 59, traveled from Tucson, Arizona, to see indie-alternative rock band Moon Taxi while Terry, 62, came from Newark, Ohio, for a chance to hear pop band AJR.
“This is a fun brothers’ weekend for us,” Terry said. The brothers attended LaureLive in 2017 and noted the significant growth of the fest.
Organizers estimated that 20,000 attended the event this past Saturday and Sunday at Laurel School’s Butler Campus off Fairmount Boulevard. Hozier and Sheryl Crow were headliners at the event.
Three stages spanned the Butler campus, and performers were back-to-back for nearly 11 hours each day. Festival-goers donned a Coachella vibe, wearing floral patterns, ripped denim, flower headbands, tie-dye tops and sporting henna tattoos for the shows. Food trucks lined the walkways, and attendees snacked on tacos, quesadillas, pizza and cookie dough at their leisure. As nightfall approached, the adults turned to beer and wine.
LaureLive served as an opportunity for a social gathering for many friends and families, including brothers Ethan and Gavin Zeigler, who drove 5 hours from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, to catch Dirty Heads on Saturday night. Ethan, 17, said that he loves the band and was excited for their performance. This is the first year that Ethan and Gavin attended LaureLive.
“I love their energy,” Ethan said.
The festival also attracted fans from the Cleveland and Akron area who were seeking to expand their musical experiences. Nina Carrino, 23, of Cleveland said that she attended the festival to learn more about up-and-coming artists. Ms. Carrino came to see MisterWives and Hozier.
“It’s cool that this festival is here because Cleveland isn’t known for music festivals like Chicago or California,” she said.
Ms. Carrino came with her friend Toren Bakula, 23, of Twinsburg, who also said that she wants to learn more about the artists at the festival, and described LaureLive as a great event for socializing. The women snapped a photo with singer Alec Benjamin following his performance Saturday, along with dozens of screaming teenage girls.
Vendors also sold art, jewelry and apparel at the festival, and there were games to keep children amused. Due to the massive number of attendees and limited on-site parking, buses transported attendees between the Butler campus and one of several designated parking lots, including Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, West Geauga High School in Chester Township, Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills and the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills.
Among the first-timers at the fest were West Geauga High students Hannah Laurich, 14, and Preston Clayman, 15, both from Russell Township.
“We just came to listen to music and there are a lot of cool shops,” Hannah said. Preston said she enjoyed the open space of the Butler Campus.
One of many groups of giggling girls running around the festival included several Laurel students, namely Sheridan Brazile, Linden Spence and Stella Fox. These 11-year-olds said that they have been looking forward to LaureLive now that school is out for the summer.
“It’s fun because the tickets are less expensive than a regular concert and you get to see more bands,” Sheridan of Cleveland Heights said.
Stella said that her favorite part of LaureLive is the energy from the crowds, adding that everyone is excited and friendly.
With another year of LaureLive on the books, organizers already are starting to plan for the fifth annual event.