Ohio – Music

The spirit of rock is alive and well

The icons of Ohio:
  • John Legend
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Dave Grohl
Where to visit: The spirit of rock is alive and well in Cleveland, Ohio!  We shine the spotlight on the music and artists that continue to shake things up, one generation after the next, through legendary stories told at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Marley and Etta James. The 150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, four theatres for films, special events and free public programs and ever-changing exhibits - plus, you can even rent the Rock Hall for a special event.

On any given night in Columbus you can catch a live performance from a wide range of artists such as up and coming local bands to internationally famous rock legends. Here are a selection of the top music venues in Ohio:

Newport Music Hall Located in the heart of the Ohio State University district and bearing a distinctive marquee, the Newport is Columbus' longest running music venue. The Newport Music Hall was known as the State Theatre when it first opened in the 1920's as a movie theatre and the building retains much of its original decor such as a balcony and moulding around the stage. Several beers are available on tap as well as pizza from Mikey's Late Night Slice.

Skully's Music-Diner Skully's draws in the crowds with its distinctive bright neon sign and with its themed nights such as the always fun "Ladies 80's" dance party where women enter for free and DJs play hits from the eighties and nineties. Skully's also hosts an eclectic calendar of touring bands across all genres.

Wexner Center The innovative performing arts calendar at the Wexner Center for the Arts offers the chance to hear notable contemporary musicians as well as artists and genres you may never have come across otherwise. An added bonus is that you can check out an exhibit before the show.