The most popular concert destination of Cuyahoga Falls has delivered another jam-packed year! The Blossom Music Center has made 2023 a very eventful period for music fans from Ohio and beyond. The state-of-the-art amphitheater, home to the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra, proudly boasts 800 acres of land that can accommodate up to 23,000 concert attendees! That is why the venue has been the destination of choice for massive touring groups, high-energy rock shows, country music powerhouses, and many more! This year, the Blossom Music Center welcomed big names in the music circuit, fast-rising stars, and burgeoning artists. The venue also hosted the phenomenal return of a Grammy-winning rap star, an iconic early 2000s band, and groundbreaking co-headlining tours! Ohio was indeed a melting pot for a great show and exhilarating entertainment! So here’s the lowdown on what happened at the Blossom Music Center in 2023!
Summer started out with a bang for music fans in Ohio. The Blossom Music Center opened the season with the performance of One Direction member Louis Tomlinson on Thursday, 1st June. Now a celebrated solo artist, Tomlinson was promoting his second album, Faith in the Future Tour. The outing drew a massive crowd, many of whom were longtime One Direction fans and as well as newfound listeners who love his incredible singles, “Just Hold On,” “Back to You,” and “Written All Over Your Face.”
Blossom Music Center Summer 2023
Two days after Tomlinson wrapped up his show, the massive touring party of country music icon Dierks Bentley moved in on Saturday, 3rd June. The award-winning performer brought his Gravel & Gold Tour with special guests Jordan Davis and Molly Tuttle. Being a crowd favorite of an alarming majority of country music fans, it is no mystery that the show was packed to the brim. A concert review from Cleveland.com lauded the singer for being an all-around entertainer. “The best thing about country star Dierks Bentley’s concert Saturday night at Blossom Music Center is that he rarely went too long without going for a laugh,” the writer mentioned. “Whether it was shotgunning a beer with concertgoers, trying to soak up applause directed at his bandmate, or dressing up as a singer in a third-rate country covers band (more on that later), Bentley came off as a guy who has a blast onstage when he just gets to goof around.” The night was also memorable thanks to the high-definition screen and stage props resembling whiskey barrels. All in all, it was a great evening of outstanding country music hits.
On Sunday, 11th June, the legendary band The Cure from England performed a high-powered evening with the Twilight Sad. As the early purveyors of gothic rock, the band demonstrated to their sold-out crowd exactly why they had the ‘80s in the palm of their hands. The night was brimming with classic hits, such as “Love Song,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Want,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” and many more. Although the show was interrupted by a short thunderstorm, the venue’s team quickly handled the situation. “The ensuing deluge sent the Blossom staff into emergency mode, and the show was postponed as fans sheltered in the pavilion and nearby bathrooms,” stated a concert reviewer from Cleveland.com. When the rain stopped, the concert continued. It garnered so much high energy that The Cure performed two encores, and the second encore had nine songs! Overall, the goth rock icons delivered close to 30 songs during their show at the Blossom Music Center.
Being the most popular concert destination in Ohio, Blossom Music Center has been chosen as the venue to host Matchbox Twenty’s Slow Dream Tour. The award-winning rock band, responsible for hits like “Push,” “Unwell,” and “If You’re Gone,” took a while to come out with a new album. Finally, 2023 was their year, and they dropped their brand new effort, Where the Light Goes.
For the rest of June, many more sensational rock bands like Weezer, The Used, Pierced the Veil, and more conquered the venue. Meanwhile, old-school R&B and hip-hop became one of the month’s highlights thanks to Shaggy and TLC’s Hot Summer Nights Tour with special guests En Vogue and Sean Kingston. Finally, before June ended, two massive country music touring groups involving The Chief, a.k.a. Eric Church and Shania Twain, entered the heck out of tens of thousands of fans at the Blossom Music Center.
The month of July saw many more high-energy rock bands like Big Time Rush, Yellow Card, Mayday Parade, and Fall Out Boy. Fans from far and wide gathered towards Cuyahoga for the opportunity to experience these memorable rock spectacles. Mind you, all these shows happened in a week! You can imagine how busy the Blossom Music Center staff was during that time! Nevertheless, the venue’s team is highly trained in dealing with high foot traffic and a fully packed schedule.
The venue had something for heavy metal fans, and it hosted Mudvayne’s Psychotherapy Sessions Tour. The trek featured many special guests, including Coal Chamber, Gwar, Nonpoint, and Butcher Babies. The last time Mudvayne went on a headlining tour before their 2023 trek was in 2009. So you can imagine the excitement of head-banging concert attendees when they finally saw an alternative metal powerhouse perform live on Friday, the 4th of August. Two days after the grand debauchery by excellent metal bands, Blossom accommodates the highly-coveted hip-hop show of the year featuring chart-topping rapper 50 Cent. His Final Lap Tour featured an all-star line-up of special guests, including Busta Rhymes and Jeremih.
Another monster touring group, the Outlaw Music Festival, took over Blossom on Friday, 11th August. The music festival, held to celebrate Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday, featured a remarkable lineup comprising John Fogerty, Kathleen Edwards, Particle Kid, and Myron Elkins. Although the festival was interrupted by a brief about with bad weather and some delays, the evening was still spectacular and Nelson delivered all the hits. “It’s official. Willie Nelson can stop bad weather,”’ says Cleveland.com.
The rest of August was packed with outstanding names, such as The Goo Goo Dolls, The Offspring, Simple Plan, Sum 41, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Disturbed. The following month, Shinedown and Papa Roach brought in their co-headlining outing, bringing along SPIRITBOX as their support act. The month also features some remarkable acts, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brandi Carlile, R&B icon Ne-Yo, legendary new wave group Duran Duran, and country music star Jason Aldean. Before the month of September ended, Jelly Roll, Elle King, and Godsmack made sure that Blossom had a fantastic finale to the summer season.
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What a great year it was for Blossom Music Center. These incredible experiences are made possible by the plethora of amazing artists, plus the venue’s excellent team, top-tier facilities, and guest services. Moreover, the venue boasts remarkable acoustics in its pavilion, and ticketholders for pavilion seats get extra perks. Meanwhile, the lawn provides concert-goers with an outstanding outdoor music experience and an amazing view of the stage.
If you want a top-notch outdoor music experience, you’re guaranteed an amazing time at the Blossom Music Center. Hurry and secure tickets to see your favorite artists at the Blossom now!