By Nicole Hennessy
On Aug. 23, Mahall’s second annual LKWD Music Festival will be back, and even bigger than last year.
Those who purchase their tickets at one of Lakewood’s newest businesses, Beat Cycles, will not only have the chance to see Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA (and 30 other bands), they’ll also be included in a raffle to win one of two Brooklyn bicycles.
Ryan Sheldon, owner of Beat Cycles, attended last year’s festival – at which the hip-hop artist Talib Kweli headlined – and was impressed with the diversity of the lineup.
“Being into music and wanting to live in a city that embraces that as much as they embrace cycling, it just, to me, made total sense,” he said of his decision to sponsor this year’s event.
“How often does a city like Lakewood get Talib Kweli and GZA to come?”
In addition to the music, which will be on three indoor and outdoor stages, the festival will also include vendors from the popular Cleveland Flea and local shops, as well as street musicians, food trucks and a light show by Drippy Eye Projections, which was featured at this year’s Cleveland Museum of Art solstice party.
Kelly Flamos, part owner of Mahall’s, said she and her team have been working on the music festival since last year.
With a Kickstarter campaign expiring tomorrow and less than $1,500 raised, she added that every little bit counts, and those interested in sponsoring the event can still do so, although the vendor spots have all been established.
“We have all different kinds of music,” Flamos said, mentioning the popular rock band based out of Columbus, The Floorwalkers, and the Djapo Djembe Orchestra and Dancers.
Each year the festival chooses a nonprofit organization to support, this year’s beneficiary being the Lakewood Community Service Center, which partners with local organizations to provide various services for those who do not have access to them.
Sheldon, commenting on the inclusion of hip-hop acts in this and last year’s festival, said he’d like to see more local options for the genre. “I feel like it’s an art form that isn’t supported heavily by a lot of festivals,” he said.
The two Brooklyn bicycle winners will be announced at the festival, and whether tickets are purchased through him or through Mahall’s, Sheldon encourages as many people as possible to attend an event that is being called an “awesome block party for everyone.”
Additional raffle tickets are available with any proof of ticket purchase for $3 each or two for $5.
SIDE BAR: Beat Cycles is located at 15608 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood and is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets to the LKWD Music Festival are $25 to $30 each.