The Mark Cleveland band provides a unique entertainment experience. Audiences respond to the storytelling lyrics, uniquely delivered in songs woven from the Native American tradition, World Culture and contemporary American Life. Audiences return to experience the unique combination of instrumentation, stage presence and musical ability of these veteran Chicago musicians and a diversity of feature performers who continue to support the full powered vocal presence of this accomplished Singer Songwriter and World Musician.
Performing for the Dali Lama and in other international events, Mark Cleveland is a repeat performer at the World Music Festival, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and in major Chicago venues like the Old Town School or Shuba’s. Accomplishments include composing the soundtrack for the Field Museum’s Ancient Americas exhibit, recording with Yo Yo Ma’s Cross Roads project, sharing the stage with Golden Globe and NAMA Award Winner Bill Miller and Wade Fernandez on tour. His music has been featured on Chicago and U.S. media, and internationally on Web Streaming Radio.
“Musically adventurous, nice arrangements with a good hook, he really pulled me in. I wanted to listen to what he was singing about”
Richard Milne, WXRT on WGN channel 9
“I really liked the instrumentation… the singer is powerful”
Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader
This Evanston singer-songwriter, who sounds a bit like John Hiatt, is part Cherokee, but not until he was in his 30s, when he met a tribal elder and archaeologist did he begin exploring that part of his heritage. He plays Native American flute and acoustic guitar.
Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Cross Roads Project 2007: sighted for “a spirit of openness and depth of musicianship”
by Mark Suter and Ko Umezaki of The Silk Road Orchestra
2010 release Best of Mark Cleveland
Singer Songwriter CD “Songs for the Journey”
and all original Flute and guitar collection: Winter Lodge available at all performances
read about it on our Band page