The club he opened in 1966 spawned a slew of music venues nationwide, and helped the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Stanley and others


Cleveland Agora founder Hank LoConti died Tuesday. The 85-year-old founded the rock club in 1966, eventually spawning a series of music venues throughout the country and shaping the careers of acts ranging from Michael Stanley to Bruce Springsteen.

In 2012, the LoConti family donated the Agora to non-profit MidTown Cleveland.

The building is intended to be the anchor for neighbor redevelopment at Euclid Avenue and E. 55th Street, which will be dubbed "Penn Square"— a nod to its early days as a stop on the Pennsylvania Railroad, WKSU reported.

WATCH | WKYC Interview with Hank LoConti from 2012

Further details of LoConti's death are not available.

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