35 Native Artists Contribute to Cleveland Verses Basis Charity Album

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A non-profit organization founded by local indie rock group Modern Electric in late 2017. Cleveland Verses Foundation aims to practice Responsive Grant Making. Its mission is to “bring local musicians and music lovers together to promote life in the Cleveland community” and “use the power of music to make Cleveland a better place”.

To achieve this goal, the organization will release its first charity album on February 5th, a compilation of Bob Dylan covers. It features 35 local artists including Herzog, Cities & Coasts, Front Porch Lights, Hollin Kings and Vanity Crash, Beach Stav, and more. Poro’s version of “Knockin ‘on Heaven’s Door” can be heard Here.

“The covers range from faithful revisions to extravagant revisions in a variety of genres,” says a press release about the compilation. “Acoustic singer-songwriter tracks stand alongside pop-punk, shoegaze and even experimental electronic offerings. Well-known hits like ‘Mr. Tambourine Man ‘are featured as well as Dylan’s lesser known gemstones like’ The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) ‘.

All funds raised through streaming / downloads will go to local artists and event staff as they are recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

In addition to the compilation, clevelandverses.org hosts an online marketplace where you can find unique merchandise donated by bands such as personalized songs, art prints and signed vinyl. Currently, the website features unique items from Welshly Arms, Mr. Gnome, Mollo Rilla, and others.

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