Before the health-care debate dominated every discussion, the Free Clinic was providing medical services for those without money to pay for them.
Hatched 40 years ago in the “share the love” hippie days, it offered health care to the frequently nomadic young people who often turned up near college campuses like Case Western Reserve, on whose fringes the clinic was (and still is) located.
Its clientele has clanged and the clinic now has its own large, freestanding building at 122nd and Euclid, but the Free Clinic has soldiered on through thick and thin now treating more than 11,000 people each year.
Tonight, Cleveland’s reggae torchbearer Carlos Jones and his P.L.U.S. Band — who do more than their share of giving back to the community — headline a concert at the Beachland Ballroom to benefit the clinic.
They’ll be joined by three other local acts: blues singer/guitarist Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat, folk-rock trio oldboy and Nights, featuring artist/singer Jenna Fournier. It starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10 —Anastasia Pantsios