About the Listen Project

My name is Chris Noga.  From 1988 to 1993 I played guitar and wrote songs for the highly obscure Cleveland Ohio band, North by Northwest.  We released one 7 inch single, one cassette EP, one cassette single and appeared on one CD compilation.  We spent over a hundred hours in Magnetic North Studios trying to find our sound.  We ended up going through three phases – a hard rock sound, a power pop obsession and finally, purveyors of folk rock and played about a dozen gigs from 1991 to 1993.  In spite of our limited success, I am extremely proud to have participated in the Cleveland music scene during what is, arguably, a golden age of music in Northeast Ohio when a number of immensely talented musicians wrote and performed their own music on their own terms.

From power pop, straight ahead rock and folk to post punk, electronic, avant-garde, the Northeast Ohio music scene (Cleveland, Akron and Kent) from the mid 1970’s to the early 21st century thrived and while there were varying levels of “success,” what really developed was a very cool sense of community.  The Listen Project is the story of those bands, artists, venues, recording studios and supporters of that moment in a rich history of Northeast Ohio music as told through their music and in the words of those who were there.  Great music deserves to be heard so take a journey back in time by listening to our podcasts (available on iTunes, Spotify and most major podcast platforms) or checking out  the thousands of hours of music, most of which is currently hard to find, on our YouTube channel.  If you enjoy what you hear, please drop me a line at chris@listenclevelandmusic.com or visit our Facebook page.

ME 1991
I’m more than twice as old now than I was in this picture!  I wish I still had that guitar, though.