Is that all? No, that is not all. If the conference program is not enough for you (and “too much is not enough,” right?), there is even more to do in downtown Cleveland that should appeal to the U2 fan.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be updating this page with our suggestions for extra events and opportunities to learn and enjoy more about the music, work, and influence of U2.



* Welcome Night Gathering at Flannery’s Pub, 6:00 p.m. — ??

Join us for a casual gathering at downtown Cleveland’s landmark Irish pub, just a short walk from the Marriott Key Center hotel.  We will have a registration table inside from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. where you can pick up your conference name badge. Flannery’s will give you a 15% discount on your food and beverage bill when you show them your U2 Conference name badge. Sláinte!

The Cleveland based American Irish folk-rock band Mary’s Lane will play their original music and the best traditional and modern sounds of Ireland and Scotland at Flannery’s from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.


FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

* U2 Tribute Band ONE – A Celebration of U2 Plays Cleveland’s The Blind Pig, 9:30 p.m. – ??

Following the first day of the U2 Conference, U2 tribute band ONE – A Celebration of U2 is scheduled to play at the Blind Pig in Cleveland’s historic Warehouse District. ONE will entertain conference attendees as well as the general public with a concert featuring U2’s biggest hits, as well as some “B-sides” that are fan-favorites. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge. The Blind Pig is at 1228 West 6th Street, as short walk from the Marriott Key Center hotel.

Based in Canton, Ohio, ONE strives to be the ultimate U2 tribute band. The band has crafted a show that brings the music and spirit of their favorite band to U2 fans everywhere. Playing music from throughout U2’s vast catalogue and incorporating an innovative video show, the members of ONE are dedicated to recreating the sights and sounds of a U2 concert. The band is comprised of Chris Stafford (Bono), Rick Friedline (The Edge), Greg Maxin (Adam Clayton), and Bob Devereaux (Larry Mullen, Jr.). For more information, visit the band’s website and on Facebook.



* U2 Conference After-Party, Featuring Unforgettable Fire at the Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland and Benefiting the African Well Fund. 9:00 p.m. – ??

The U2 conference’s official after-party at the Hard Rock Cafe, featuring the legendary U2 tribute band Unforgettable FireWe invite all conference attendees to head over to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner and a show. (It’s a short walk from the Marriott Key Center hotel.) Tickets are available several ways (see our update just below) and $2 of each sale goes directly to the African Well Fund.  Show time is 9 p.m., and we encourage you to arrive early as the show will also be open to the public. You’ll have the option of purchasing dinner and drinks from the full menu in the restaurant before the show and all evening.

** TICKET PURCHASE UPDATE: The Hard Rock Cafe is selling tickets for the concert for $10 in advance, by printing this form and FAXING in your credit card order. They are not able to handle phone orders or on-line orders. A limited block of tickets will be for sale on the day of show for $10 to conference registrants if you show your conference name badge, but this block is based only on availability. You can buy tickets in person at any time before the day of the show for $10. On the day of the show tickets are $12 to the public (without a conference badge.) However you buy your ticket, the African Well Fund still gets $2 of each purchase.

Earlier that morning, Unforgettable Fire will be the panelists for the “U2′s Sound Explained for Non-Musicians” session. In this session, the band members will discuss what it takes to sound like U2 and the challenges certain songs throughout U2′s career create for a U2 tribute band. But they won’t just discuss U2′s sound, they will perform examples too. To attend this and all program sessions for the whole weekend, register here.


SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013

* U2charist Service at Trinity Cathedral,  9:00 – 10:00 a.m.; U2charist Discussion with Rev. Kurt Wiesner, 10:10 – 11:00 p.m.

Trinity Cathedral will be filled with the music of the rock band U2 for morning service on April 28 during the 9:00 a.m. U2charist. The service coincides with the 2013 U2 Conference being held in Cleveland in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Former Curate and Canon of Trinity Cathedral, the Rev. Kurt Wiesner—currently Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Littleton, N.H.—will lead the service.

A U2charist is an Episcopal service that features the music of the rock band U2 and a message about God’s call to rally around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight goals – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.

The music in the service is replete with the message of global reconciliation, justice for the poor and the oppressed, and the importance of caring for your neighbor; particularly the most vulnerable and most in need. Led by the Global MDG ambassador, Bono, U2 is calling people worldwide to a deeper faith and engagement with God’s mission. The U2charist seeks to be an extension of this ministry.

Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland. The Cathedral’s parking lot entrance is on Prospect Avenue at East 22nd Street. Overflow parking is available in the Cleveland State University Prospect garage. Parking is free.