Nellie McKay Socially Distanced Concert in Cleveland

nellie mckay

A socially distanced concert to share a nationally known folk artist and support the NEOMHA mission of fostering a thriving folk community in Northeast Ohio.

If you have any questions about donations or seating, contact Will Craig, email or phone 216-316-0068.

Note that donations will be matched up to $3000 through the ioby Neighborhood Connections COVID-19 Recovery Fund! Give today and your donation can be doubled (up to $500 per donation). 

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 5:30 PM

Gates open at 4:30 to picnic. 

In case of rain, the show will be Sunday, September 27 at 5 PM.

First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland (map)
3630 Fairmount Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44118

Join us on the south lawn at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland. Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments! (and please leave your space clean)

To keep close contact to a minimum, all spaces must be reserved. Masks required when not seated. The venue layout is designed for safe distancing. 

Donate HERE | Or – Just Free Tickets (Limited # Available)


about Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City

Nellie McKay at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City

Nellie McKay’s music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View.  Nellie has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz. She is a playwright, actress, writer and is devilishly funny, candid, and both caustic and charming.  Nellie’s website

The one thing certain about Ms. McKay is the size and range of her talent..” – The New York Times



the project
NEOMHA is committed to supporting our folk music community and providing inspiring, educational, and uplifting programs that present talented artists, diverse musical forms, and meaningful opportunities for our community to gather and celebrate musical traditions. During this unprecedented health crisis, our usual festivals and jams have been put on hold indefinitely. The artists that we work with and support have felt the effects of COVID 19 as well. Lack of performance opportunities and engagement has put a strain on our organization’s mission and work. But we’re still working to create events that keep the music playing, and keep music-lovers connected. Earlier in the spring, we introduced our first live-stream mini-festival performance. Now we are bringing the community a socially-distanced live concert that will not only let audiences enjoy the tremendous talent of a nationally recognized artist but also let us come together with safe practices in a beautiful setting, as a community.

why we’re doing it
We know that music brings a multitude of benefits to our community — from the shared experience of hearing a live performance together, to alleviating social isolation, offering inspiration and vibrancy and beauty. We understand the importance that the arts playing in contributing to our culture, our sense of community, our hopefulness and our sense of social cohesion. This concert also allows musicians to do what they do best and be compensated for it. We want to support our local artists as well as promote healthy entertainment options. We are committed to keeping music playing and keeping artists visible in our community during this crisis.

9th Annual Blue Sky Sponsors
Ohio Arts Council Remarkable Lake County Village Blacksmith, Inc. Eileen M. Burkhart An Anonymous Donor Advised Fund



Please donate to Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association to help ensure the vitality of folk music in Northeast Ohio!