CLE Rocks Presents . . . Live Podcast Recording – Cleveland Swingos Hotel


Where rockers raged and legends were made in the '70s

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
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Please note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination (card or photo is acceptable), or negative test (time-stamped, no older than 72 hours) is required to enter. Masks are suggested except while eating and drinking.


One member of your party must make a table reservation to ensure we seat you together.


Why you should see this show…

CLE Rocks Presents… is a live recording of’s popular CLE Rocks podcast. The series looks back at some of the most historic music events, places and people in Northeast Ohio history. For each live event, host and reporter Troy L. Smith will be joined by an esteemed group of panelists offering their first-hand takes on that night’s subject in front of a live audience invited to interact.

From 1971 to 1982, a hotel on Euclid Ave. and E. 18th St. came to embody the term “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” The place known as Swingos was where Elvis stayed when he was in the Midwest, Led Zeppelin routinely wrecked rooms and where Cher and Kiss’ Gene Simmons would meet for a secret affair. Swingos was made even more famous when it was featured in the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous.

With the help of an all-star panel, we retell the legendary stories that took place inside the hotel, revisit the glory days of Cleveland rock and roll, and examine the amazing legacy of hospitality legend Jim Swingos. It will all be recorded as part of’s CLE Rocks podcast.



Troy L. Smith

(Life & Culture Reporter, and The Plain Dealer)
Troy L. Smith has spent the past 15 years covering local, regional and national music for publications throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Currently, Troy serves as the lead music critic and The Plain Dealer, covering the local concert scene and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Troy launched CLE Rocks in 2020 as a way to reflect on Cleveland’s rich musical history. Episodes so far have looked back at legendary concerts in Northeast Ohio featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, KISS, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.



Matt Swingos

(3rd Generation Family Member)
Matt Swingos started working at just nine years old at one of his family’s restaurants. Soon after graduating from John Carroll University, Matt became the president of Swingos on the Lake where he developed a world-renowned menu and wine program, winning numerous national and international awards. Matt then opened Swingos Grand Tavern alongside his brother, bringing an aesthetically pleasing casual dining experience to Greater Cleveland. Currently, Matt serves as the Director of Sales and Operations of Classic, overseeing their entire sales staff and operating as a relationship-focused leader. Matt has helped Classic expand business through his relationships in the industry.

Andrew and Catherine Marquard

(Owners, River Valley Films/Director and Producer, Swingos Celebrity Inn)
Andrew and Catherine own local Cleveland production company River Valley Films. In 2016, the company released Swingos Celebrity Inn. The documentary directed by Andrew looks back on the wild times that took place at Swingos, Cleveland’s landmark rock and roll hotel frequented by rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and countless others during the 1970s and 1980s. Swingos Celebrity Inn features interviews with Michael Stanley, Southside John Lyon and a host of Cleveland music legends, as well as one of the final interviews with Jim Swingos before he passed away in 2015.

David Spero

(Cleveland rock-radio pioneer and music manager)
David Spero began his career in the entertainment industry at the age of 13, working on his father Herman’s Upbeat TV show in the 1960s. He launched his legendary radio career in 1968 at WXEN-FM in Cleveland. He would go on to have memorable stints at WNCR, WMMS, M105 and WNCX. After radio, David launched his own artist management company, steering the careers of Michael Stanley and producer Bill Szymczyk (Eagles, Who, Bob Seger, etc.). He would later add acts like Joe Walsh, Harry Nilsson, Eric Carmen and Ian Hunter to the impressive roster. David is a former Vice President of Programming and Education at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Radio and TV Hall of Fame in 2004.

Dining Option

Purchase of a ticket to a show in the Supper Club ensures you will have a seat for the concert. However, if you intend to dine before or during the performance, you also need to make a dining reservation. To make a dining reservation, click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250. Click here to see the menu.

If you are attending a concert in the Supper Club with a party of two or more, please have one person make a reservation for the whole group to ensure you are seated together. If you are attending with a party of eight or more, you must call the Box Office to make your reservation at (216) 242-1250.

To better serve all our customers, we require that you arrive on time for your dining reservation. Arriving more than 15 minutes after your reserved time will result in the cancellation of your reservation. You will be seated for the concert, but you may be put on a waiting list for dining.


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