12 Year Tradition, Live on the Drive is back Again with Firsts
By, Kristel Porter
Yep, you read the Headline. Your probably wondering what “Firsts” we’re talking about. First off, for the first time in Live on the Drive history Cleveland neighborhood Association added A “Two Main Act Line-up” in July!
On, Thursday July 11th, we were lucky enough to book two amazing groups that will each perform just under an hour. First will be the young and talented Fanaka Ndege who was first known for his amazing B-Boy Skills. If you don’t know what B-Boy is, just think B=Break. Yeah that’s right; “Break Dancing.” He is from Minnesota, born and raised who’s Mother is from Laos & Father is from Kenya. He has been performing for over 7 years and we are very lucky to have him at Live on the Drive this year.
On the very same Night, Live on the Drive will, for the first time ever, host an Afro Punk group. BlVck Madonna, is 6 person group (pronounced as Black Madonna) recently was the feature artists at First Avenues showcase “Black Rock Matters” and is rapidly climbing in popularity. You might as well get to know them now since they are sure to be the Talk of the Town.
But wait! You haven’t even heard about the amazing band that will be performing first in our 2019 Live on the Drive Concert Series. On Thursday, June 13th we will be kicking off the warm & sunny season with a band that will be sure to put you in the summer spirits. Can you say: Swing? Ah-Ah, and not just any Swing; New Orleans-style Swing! If you like powerful vocals and the alluring sound of the horns, then you will not want to miss this show!
Last but definitely not least, on Thursday, August 8th Live on The Drive will be hosting a very talented band that falls somewhere between Glitter Punk & The “Greek Chorus of the Apocalypse of Free America.” Turn Back Now has been performing together for over 10 years and have released Seven albums, along with five different awesome Comic Books. Their sharp, sardonic lyrics will keep your mind pondering for lifetime.
Earlier, I mentioned only “1” of Live on The Drive’s “firsts” this year. The second already has people talking. We have been sponsored by Pryes Brewing Company and we have partnered with New Rules Shared Workspace who will be serving beer for the first time in Live on The Drive history. And not just any beer. Pryes Brewing Company released their first beer in 2015 and made North Minneapolis it’s home in 2017 just off of the Mississippi River near Boom Island Park. We were thrilled when Pryes offered to be the Sole Beer Sponsor of this year’s Live on The Drive and are very proud to share their amazing product with our community.
But they are not the only ones who have made this Family Tradition possible; The kind people at North memorial Health have once again supported us and has continued to do so for many years; Xcel Energy, the leaders in Wind & Solar, has now sponsored Live on the Drive for the second year in a row; Broadway Liquor Outlet, and the developer of Broadway Flats, became a supporting Sponsor this year, and of course always and forever; The Camden Lions, who will be raffling off new bikes once again at every concert!
All Concerts will be followed by a movie at Dusk: June/Superman, July/Crazy Rich Asians. & August/The Incredibles 2. All concerts have scheduled rain dates for the following Thursday’s of: June 20th, July 18th, & August 15th. All concerts begin at 6pm and end promptly at 8pm. If the original concert is rained out, we will notify everyone through Social media by 3 hours before the scheduled start time. If Live on the Drive resumes on it’s schedule rain date, there will NOT be a movie following.
This fabulous activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
The Cleveland Board voted and passed with no nays and no abstentions to move $ 3000 NRP Funds into newsletter pool to update CNA Quarterly Newsletter & mail newsletter.
Don’t wrap your presents, We’ll do it for you! Give us a call and we’ll make it pretty!
Any donations go to our Youth Committee’s Summer environmental stewardship summer programs and school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year (yeah, that’s right- 2020 already).
If you haven’t tried BUZZ OFF Honey yet, What are you waiting for?
It’s maintained and harvested right HERE in North Minneapolis. The perfect medicine for those winter sniffles, and a perfect gift for anyone during the holidays.
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The Cleveland Neighborhood Voted to modify the surveillance rebate program to include a Loan Program: Plan modification to the Surveillance Rebate program to add a loan program.
Please Make Sure You make it to this event! Have your voice heard and tell us want you want the City of Minneapolis to be funding into Neighborhood Associations. What issues do you hold dear? What programs ARE working?
Pictures from our Harvest Party! Hope to see you again next Year!
For the First time Cleveland Neighborhood Association and Folwell Neighborhood Association will be hosting a Harvest Party Together!!
August Live on the Drive was a success! Pavielle put on an amazing performance with again, over 1900 people in attendance! With 6 food trucks, perfect weather, and the Movie A Wrinkle in Time, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the summer. Thank you to all who attended. Please remember; every year this concert series costs over $20,000 to implement, so support Live on the Drive by donating in person, by mail, or through our paypal.
Clean City Youth Wrapped up their summer on August 5th. They were awarded a Land Steward Certificate and Stipend for picking up litter and cleaning out Stormwater drains all summer long!
Hey Ladies 18+ !! Cycle Sisters have 4 more rides this summer:
We had anamazing start to the 2018 Live on the Drive Concert Series ! Nooky Jones’ performance brought out over 1900 attendees and the movie La La Land brought out a record number as well!!! Murphy Ranks, a local reggae artist performed as well! Next month, on July 12th, AstralBlak aka Zulu Zuluu will be performing with guest Claire Johnson! The movie will be Wonderwoman at Dusk! We hope to see you all there!
Today our Step Up Interns began working. They will be watering the garden daily, cleaning the stormwater drains from Lowry and Penn to 33rd and Penn, picking up trash, working in the Park, setting up and taking down Live on the Drive and doorknocking in Cleveland, Folwell, and Jordan Neighbors about Organics Recycling! Make sure when you see them you say “hello.” They are a huge help every summer.
Live on the Drive is just one month away!! Nooky Jones will be performing!!
Home Renovation Loans available for Cleveland Residents up to $10k. Want to know more? Call us!
Home Surveillance Rebate Program is now active!!
We will be hosting the North Housing Fair again on March 24th from 10am-3pm. go to www.northhousingfair.com for more info!
We just received an Organics Recycling Grant! We will be working to increase opt-in rates for the Organics Recycling Program in Cleveland, Folwell, and Jordan Neighborhoods! Call us if you ar if you know someone that is interested!
The Cleveland Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors has moved their monthly board meeting to the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. However, due to the holiday break, we will be meeting on the third Tuesday, December 19th. All board meetings are open to the public!
The Crime and Safety Committee wishes to, with Board approval, move $5,000 of Cleveland Neighborhood Association’s NRP funds allocated under the strategy of Neighborhood Policing; “Explore and implement additional models of neighborhood policing” to support a home surveillance rebate program. The said funds are scheduled for allocation 21 days after this notice. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-588-1155.
|Plan Section||Crime and Safety|
|Description||Explore and implement additional models of neighborhood policing.|
|Narrative||How: CNA will consider options such as “buy back” police officer time, “alternative policing” and/or having a safety coordinator. City goal: * Build communities where all people feel safe and trust the City’s public safety professionals and systems.|
CNA is gearing up for it’s Annual Party for Thursday, October 26th! If you are interested in applying to run for the board, please give us a call or shoot us an email and we will send one to you! The application deadlines to be on the ballot is October 23rd @ noon! You may nominate yourself at the Annual Party as well. There will be a delicious dinner served so bring your family and your neighbors! The Annual Party will take place in the Lucy Laney Cafeteria at 3333 Penn Ave N @ 6pm!
Your probably wondering about the picture above so here it goes….. CNA was awarded a grant from Hennepin County to engage North Minneapolis Residents on the Organics Recycling Program! Through this grant, we have chosen two community members to be trained to become master organics recycling ambassadors! They will go out into the community and survey, engage, and educate residents around the benefits of organics recycling!
Last but definitely not least, CNA Garden and Events Committee will be hosting it’s 2nd annual Harvest Party!! This will take place at Cleveland Community Garden on Lowry and Vincent Ave North on Sunday, October 15th from 5-7pm. There will be a pumpkin carving contest, a potluck, and Free Family Photos!
It’s been over a week since the Step Up interns left for the summer and it’s been pretty quiet around here. But the Committees are everything but quiet!
The Greening Committee continues to host their weekly Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday Mornings through September! They are also gearing up for two events: CNA’s Harvest Party & the 2 Wheel Harvest Tour.
The Crime and Safety Committee is currently working out the final details/guidelines of a proposed Surveillance Rebate Program which they will be presenting at the September 28th Board Meeting.
The Community Development Committee is in the process of moving our 2 different Home Renovation Loan options from GMHC to CEE. Please stay updated in order to be in the loop when these funds become available!!
Finally, the Youth Committee had a successful Party in the Park and gave away 100 school bags with school supplies as they engaged with the community about possible improvements to Cleveland Park. They did this in partnership with MPRB’s North Service Area Masterplan. They will be starting 2nd Friday Movie Nights October-February once again!!
Don’t forget to attend the 4th Ward City Council Forum that our Crime and Safety Committee will be hosting with Habitat for Humanity focusing on Crime, Safety & Housing issues. Contact CNA if you would like to have a table at the event. We hope to see you THERE!
Every Thursday this summer, Cleveland Neighborhood Association’s Greening and Youth Committees have partnered up with Lucy Laney Elementary’s 3rd Grade Summer Classes. Accompanied with their teachers, the 3rd graders walk with committee members to the Cleveland Neighborhood Garden to play and learn valuable life lessons such as: preparing healthy snacks, harvesting veggies and herbs, and understanding the value of growing and maintaining a garden. If you would like to volunteer and help out in and around the garden please contact the Greening Chair, Jaime Harris at:
With over 1500 people in attendance, Live on the Drive’s 2nd concert of 2017 was graced with Jayanthi Kyle’s soulfully sweet voice. With new food trucks such as; Whole Soul Lavender & Sage Eatery and Soul to Go, the flavor was more than savory! The children danced and played together near the stage and what better movie to end the night than “Fences” featuring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
We only have one more concert to go this summer, so make sure you come wrap up the summer right by coming to see; Lush Country on August 10th @ 6pm. The movie at Dusk will be “Moana.”
We had an awesome First Concert of our 10th Annual Live on the Drive Series!! Davina and the Vagabonds took to the stage with grace and energy! You could see many residents doing the boogie woogie, young and old! A resident counted over 1800 attendees, which happens to be Live on the Drive’s new record!! Children loved the new addition of Stella Bella’s Ice Cream truck and the parents indulged in old favorites such as Nonna Rosa’s Pizza and Sandy’s Hot Dogs. It was definitely an event to remember! We hope to see you at our next concerts on July 13th with Jayanthi Kyle and August 10th with Lush Country!!
Photo from www.canivent.com
This year’s Live on the Drive will be Live Podcasted by no other than the nationally recognized: “SHED G”
One of the hottest and blessed entertainers to hail from Denver Colorado, Shedrick Garrett (Shed G) is a well renowned comedian, actor and radio personality known for his clean faith based comedy. Shed G brings a style of comedy that universally captivates audiences of all ages and races.
In 2000, Shed G gained momentum by taking his talents to Atlanta where he earned his credits on the big screen. He worked alongside Tyler Perry in hit movies like Madea’s Family Reunion, A Madea’s Christmas and Meet the Browns. Shortly thereafter he was featured on hit TV shows like House Of Payne, Meet The Browns and The Rickey Smiley TV Show.
Shed G has opened up stages for many music artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Anthony David, S.O.S Band, Earth Wind and Fire, The Temptations,Brian McKnight, Marvin Sapp, and Lalah Hathaway. He has also opened for fellow comedian’s Ricky Smiley, Dave Chapelle, Ron Tripoli, Dave Coulier and Lachlan Patterson.
In 2012 Shed G moved to Minneapolis to pursue his dream of being a radio host/personality where he joined the Morning Show on 89.9 KMOJ FM.
As a philanthropist, Shed G has a deep passion for helping youth. As an active board member of the nonprofit, Steps Of Strategy, Shed G plans events and create curriculums for the mentor program. He spends countless hours educating and providing tools to young boys helping them become successful men.
“Live on the Drive” Featuring: Davina and the Vagabonds on June 8th!