But after reading all the raves reviews of the 2010 event I made sure to mark my calendar in ink a long time in advance for this year's event which will be held at the CMA on Saturday, June 25th from 6pm to 2am.
The Summer Solstice Party celebrates exactly what you think it would, the longest day of the year, and over 4,000 people kick off the long days of summer by taking over the CMA to celebrate with art, music, food and cocktails all night long.
But let's focus on the world class music for a moment shall we?
6pm: Moon Hooch, two saxophonists and a drummer provide an ambiance of shimmy and shuffle straight from the platforms of the New York City subway platforms.
7:30pm: Group Doueh, making their first-ever tour of the US from the desert lands of the Western Sahara, balance Afro-Saharan grooves with transcendental pop and blues elements.
8:30pm: Chicha Libre, are modern day purveyors of Peru's cumbia music - a dynamic and fun melding of Latin music and 1960's South American culture.
9:45pm: Mucca Pazza, from Chicago, ushers in the later hours with brilliantly crafted insanity, updating starchy marching band music with a strong dose of mayhem.
11:15pm: Dam-Funk, a fast-rising star, pulling 70s and 80s style dance floor funk and disco up to the music of right now with a trio that included keyboardist Master Blatzter and drummer J-1.
12:30am: Sofrito Soundsystem, is DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis, creators of legendary warehouse parties and the Tropical Discotheque in East London. They rejoice in the heaviest rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America and will be bringing their talents to Cleveland for the first time.
Sounds awesome, right? You can also check out this YouTube video featuring additional information and samples of all the music acts for the Summer Solstice Party.
You can choose your admission time and ticket price as there are three different levels of tickets to suit all budgets, all of which are available for purchase online or by calling 216-421-7350.
Option One: Eventide, 6pm to 2am, general admission is $175 or $125 for CMA members and includes Mediterranean style hors d'oeuvers and open bar.
Option Two: Twilight, 7:30 to 2am, general admission is $60 per person or $40 for CMA members and includes Latin American style hors d'oeuvers and cash bar.
Option Three: Solstice, 10pm to 2am, tickets in advance are $15 per person or limited availability $20 tickets at the door which includes snacks and cash bar.
Option Four: Win a pair of Solstice levels tickets here on the plum!
To enter simply leave a comment on this post telling me which of the music act(s) you're most interested in checking out.
For an additional entry tweet about the contest including a link to this post, http://bit.ly/jJGQvB, @clevelandart and #CMAsummersolstice, then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.
For even another additional entry post a link to this giveaway on facebook then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.Also, don't forget to leave me your contact information in the comment if I don't already know how to get a hold of you.
You have until Thursday, June 16th to enter to win and I'll announce the winner on Friday, June 17th.
Good Luck, and I hope to see you all at the Cleveland Museum of Art on June 25th!