The Annual Multi Music Fest every year since 2006. Founded by Danny McElroy the grandson of the late founder of The M. C. Chatman Center Anna and Rev. M. Chatman. The music fest is a multicultural event designed to celebrate diversity, and bring people of every race and creed together in an evening of music and good wholesome entertainment. It is our effort to promote togetherness in the city of Cleveland. This great need arose, because even though times have changed, there are still times when we see segregation, especially when it comes to music. The Multi MusicFest celebrates the indigenous music, so the music encompasses every style associated with the the times: blues, R&B, gospel, Latin, rap, Jazz, and everything in between. We are now celebrating our 11th year during the Music Fest .
The Multicultural Music Fest is a family oriented event which is held each year in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The Multi MusicFest wanted an event that everyone could enjoy as a community and not have to worry about the cost of a ticket. The MusicFest continues to grow in attendance every year. For 10 years the festivals were big hits and held in the Playhouse District in downtown Cleveland. In the early years the Annual Music Fest was held at The Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, and even one year had the Fest at John Hay High School in 2007. This event has attracted so many guests since its inception.
Its a place where those just developing their skill have the opportunity to play their music alongside national acts. The focus of the festival is to promote emerging artists while giving our audience exposure to both new and recognized, seasoned talent. The Multi MusicFest has hosted luminaries in the music industry including artists such as Marvin Sapp (2008), Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, Dramatics (2013), Cameo (2014), Spyro Gyro (2011) and many, many more. CLICK HERE to view the full history of performers who have played in The Multi Music Fest in previous years. The Multi Music Fest engages and brings together the community through music and the topics of health and finance. From the very moment the tickets go on sale we provide an array of contests giving individuals a chance to win tickets. Since year one, The Multi Music Fest has been leaving their footprint in the greater Cleveland area through music and financial education.
The M.C. Chatman Center for Humanitarian Services for the last 10 years has presented the Annual Multi Music Fest. This night of music is the biggest fund raising event for the Center. These funds are used for the programs and other expenses at the M. C. Chatman Center. Anna was a committed individual and everybody knew if she was going to do something, she would do it. Her official duties included being executive director of the 21st District Caucus (which later became the 11th District Caucus) for 15 years, a 19-year member of the Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals, and operator and founder of the Harvest Day Care Center. Chatman, who in 1969 received a grant for the day-care center from then-Mayor Carl Stokes, wanted to start the operation for mothers on welfare that needed a place to leave their children so they could work.
Past Multi Music Festivals
|1st||July 21, 2007||PraiseFest - Praise Apella, Scott Savol||Zoo|
|2nd||August 29, 2008||PraiseFest- Marvin Sapp, Jaci Velesquez and Britt Nicole - Hosted by WEWS TV News Anchor Danita Harris||Zoo|
|3rd||August 29, 2009||Gerald Albright & Kirk Whalum||John Hay High School|
|4th||August 28, 2010||Hiroshima & Roy Ayers||State Theater|
|5th||September 10, 2011||Johnathan Butler, Spyro Gyro & Conya Doss||Palace Theater|
|6th||September 15, 2012||Dru Hill & Tony-Toni-Tone • Hosted by WEWS TV News Danita Harris||State Theater|
|7th||September 21, 2013||Chi-Lites, Dramatics, Manhattans with Comedian AJ Jamal• Hosted by TV Actress/Comedian Kim Whitley||State Theater|
|8th||July 12, 2014||Gerald Levert Tribute & Cameo featuring The Rudy Boys, Levert and Men at Large, Sherena Wynn
Hosted by TV Actress/Comedian Kim Whitley
|9th||September 5, 2015||Shirley Murdock & Zapp||Galleria|
|10th||October 15, 2016||Good Times in the 70s featuring Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylists, L. J. Reynolds and The Dramatics
Hosted by National Television stars BernNadette Stanis (Thelma) and Jimmie Walker (JJ)
First Multi MusicFest held at
the Cleveland Metro Park
Zoo in 2007
4th Annual Mult Music Fest at
The State Theater in 2010
Comedian AJ Jamal with Cherie McElroy Burch at The State Theater in 2013