“Nights in the Heights” goes out with a bang

by Dan Holland

The city of Broadview Heights and the Broadview Heights Community Foundation hosted its third and final installment of the 2023 Nights in the Heights Concert & Cruise-in series Sept. 1 at the Community Amphitheater. The program was conducted this year in conjunction with Seven Hills’ “Thrills in the Hills” Concert Series.

The free concert featured Grunge DNA, which played two lengthy sets of ‘90s alternative rock and grunge music from 7-10 p.m. The performance included audience participation from several dozen children who danced and sang along with the band onstage for a large portion of the evening. The music was followed by a 20-minute-long fireworks show.

“This was our first time playing in Broadview Heights and it was a blast,” said Grunge DNA Lead Singer Patrick Ziemak. “I think everyone enjoyed the show as much as we did. It was a real treat playing here, and we would love to do it again.”

“For the kids, it was like summer was still going on; like they were holding onto the last bit of summer before school starts,” he added. “That’s the reason we do this; because it’s a lot of fun. This is like our own bowling league; we get together as buddies and get to hang out and play music.”

The cruise-in, sponsored by Next Level Auto Detailing, featured more than 50 classic vehicles, hot rods and muscle cars on display in the adjacent parking lot. ∞

Photo: Classic muscle cars were on display as part of the final 2023 Nights in the Heights event Sept. 1. Photo by D. Holland