Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Bob Dylan And His Band - In AKRON! 11.9.19

8:00pm EST E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

Dylan has played more than 2,500 gigs during this incredible run, and despite a catalog that dates back more than a half century, the shows aren’t greatest-hits rehashes. The iconoclastic singer-songwriter tends to focus on whatever his latest musical project happens to be, and he often reworks his well-known songs significantly.



Here's an awesome new Pixar short, guaranteed to make you cry.. and love your pets a little more!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

BIG WEEK at Nighttown: Nelson Rangell & Hubb's Groove, Dominick Farinacci and more....

On Thursday, native Cleveland pianist Chip Stephens returns to NE Ohio, along with his musical partner saxophonist Glenn Wilson.  They've got a brand new album out together called "Sadness and Soul".

On Friday, another world-class guitarist returns to Nighttown, Perry Smith.  Perry has been touring for several years with the innovative group New West Guitar Group.  Perry will be joined by Clevelander Phil Jones on the Yamaha grand piano.

On Saturday, contemporary jazz super-star Nelson Rangell, makes his Nighttown debut.  He'll be backed by Hubb's Groove.  It'll be a party!!

Then on Sunday, Dominick Farinacci returns to Nighttown for another exciting concert.  He'll be joined by some of the young students that are currently attending Tri-C Jazz Studies program.

We hope you can join us for this amazing weekend of music here at Nighttown

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Liszt as a Rockstar” Local Musicologist Nicholas Stevens to speak at ConverZations

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Nicholas Stevens, a professor of music at the University of Akron, to speak at the next ConverZations lecture entitled “Liszt as a Rockstar”. This free lecture will be held on Monday, November 11 at noon at the Zimmermann Symphony Center. In this one hour lecture, Stevens will discuss the unique life of Franz Liszt and how he changed the way music was performed and the way musicians were viewed by being the “Original Rockstar”.

A Senior Lecturer at the University of Akron School of Music, Instructor at Cleveland State University, and lecturer at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nicholas Stevens is among Northeast Ohio’s busiest musicologists. He earned a Ph.D. in music history at Case Western Reserve University in 2017. Also active as a music journalist, he writes for Cleveland Classical and I Care if You Listen, the internet’s best contemporary-classical magazine. He has taught college courses across the span of music history, from ancient Greek song to hip hop, and is currently working on a book about opera in the twenty-first century. The music of the Romantic generation serves as a reference point in his understanding of the classical tradition, and future research projects will involve the lasting influences of composers such as Berlioz and Liszt on the music of our time.

ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW) and scheduled the second Monday of every month through April 2020. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other Canton Symphony Orchestra events, visit

PRE-SALE TODAY: Akron Civic Theatre’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Darling

Akron Civic Theatre’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Darling on Saturday, February 8th, 2020! This unique and immersive tasting event will showcase 45 different wines, both domestic and international. Patrons will enjoy wines from dry to sweet, white to red, champagne to port — and new elegant boxed wines. Tastings will be paired with 18 different kinds of cheese and chocolates presented by local purveyors. This year’s theme is Wines Out Of This World. Tickets are $45. Sponsored by Wayside Furniture and The Akron Civic Theatre Women's Guild


Palace of Illusion exhibition opening

Opening November 5, 530-8:00 pm Palace of Illusion curated by Lauren Davies and derived from the sharp eyes and perceptive photographic inquiries of Arnold Tunstall and Stephen Tomasko Deets: Foothill Galleries of the Photo-Succession 2450 Fairmount Blvd. Suite M291, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106 Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

Numbers Band at Jilly's in AKRON Sat. Nov 2, 2019

Don't miss The Numbers Band this coming Saturday evening November 2, 2019 performing live at Jilly's Music Room in AKRON. The music starts at 8:00pm and goes until Midnight. There is NO COVER -- in other words --- IT'S FREE!

The Speedbumps at the G.A.R Hall - Night One

When: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Where: The GAR Hall


Night One.

The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk and indie-rock influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing.

The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron, the former rubber capital, from which artists like The Black Keys, The Pretenders, and Devo have emerged, have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.

Daryl Rowland, writing for the Huffington Post, said that singer Erik Urycki’s lyrics “often tackle complex human emotions with elegant economy.”

While the band cites influences from Paul Simon to Nick Drake to Radiohead, their material and vibe have more in common with festival favorites like The Decemberists, Wilco, or My Morning Jacket with their consistently smart, spare and rootsy approach.

Erik Urycki: vocals, guitar
Sam Kristoff: cello
Danny Jenkins: drums/percussion
Kevin Martinez: bass
Bethany Svoboda: keys, vocals


Dan Socha & Bethany Joy are singer/songwriters based out of Cleveland, Ohio. The pair started playing together in 2016 and have since released two solo records and are currently recording an EP with their band, Thieves of Joy. The duo is best characterized by their strong vocal harmonies, vibrant energy, and interesting song arrangements. Dan and Bethany both play guitar and write songs individually and collaboratively. They take inspiration from artists such as Nick Drake, Adrienne Lenker, Sam Cooke, and Jose Gonzalez. Since 2016, Bethany has also been a member of the Speedbumps, while Dan has been a long-time Speedbumps' roadie and super fan.

Doors @ 7PM
Show @ 8PM

SeenUNseen - Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: The Sculpture Center will host a panel discussion including emerging, mid-career, and established regional African American artists on Saturday, November 2, 1-3pm

Reception, programs, and event are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, a preview of included work, and a complete list of exhibiting artists from the Davis Collection, please visit:


Opening Reception: Friday, September 20th, 6:00-8:30pm
Program: Collecting African American Art with Kerry Davis, October 12, 1-3pm

This September, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in partnership with The Sculpture Center, is proud to present seenUNseen, an exhibition which combines work from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis collection of African American Art and a curated response of Northeast Ohio artists.

The story of the Davis Collection begins in Atlanta, where Kerry worked as a postman and his wife as a television producer. Over 30 years, on a modest budget, they amassed a collection of over 300 paintings, works on paper and sculpture which includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists.

This vibrant body of work now covers every inch of the Davis’ suburban residence, transforming the space into an “in home museum” that provides community access to the important, and often “unseen”, legacy of American artists of color. Their collection includes artists such as Charles White, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Romare Bearden, Sedrick Huckaby, Richard Mayhew, Sam Gilliam, and Mildred Thompson. SeenUNseen will be the first-time work from the Davis collection has been shown outside of Atlanta.

The exhibition will also showcase 32 Ohio artists in conversation with the Davis Collection. Working closely with Kerry Davis, curators Ann Albano (The Sculpture Center) and Mindy Tousley (Artists Archives of the Western Reserve) selected pieces that “demonstrate the deep commitment to the artistic process and great talent of the African American artists of Northeast Ohio.” Tousley explains, that though the exhibition began “as showing bodies of work by a small group of artists” it transformed into “a large survey show of 67 regional works by 32 artists… which by coincidence is the same number of artists coming to us from the Davis collection.”

“Most of these artists,” Albano, describes, “are focused on themes of relevance to the black American experience such as storytelling and fantastical events, ancestral connections, family and community. There is a wonderful freedom in the use of less conventional materials for art making including glass and a profusion of textiles to create exuberant dolls and gorgeous clothing…”

SeenUNseen also features work which frankly addresses inequality and discrimination. “There are darker, angry, and very powerful depictions of the injustices still too prevalent in the lives and history of African Americans,” Albano notes. “The work of these artists of Northeast Ohio will hold its own with grace and impact in the company of the collection of Kerry and C. Betty Davis.”

Exhibiting Ohio artists include Regina Abernathy, Anna Arnold, Lawrence Baker, Donald Black Jr., Davon Brantley, Malcolm Brown, Louis Bernard Burroughs Jr., Shyvonne Coleman, Kristi Copez, Dexter Davis, Barbara Eady, Davin Ebanks, Amber N. Ford, Dale Goode, James L. Holloway, Mark Howard, Thomas Hudson, Myrya Johnson, Joyce Morrow Jones, Amanda King, Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., Julius M. Lyles, Lauren Mckenzie Noel, Woodrow Nash, Yvonne Marie Palkowitsh, Jacques Payne Jackson, LaSaundra Robinson, Charmaine Spencer, Darius Steward, Bob Walls, Antwoine Washington and Tony Williams.

The exhibition is proudly presented by the Cleveland Foundation with help from the Ohio Arts Council, and will be displayed in three galleries on the David E. Davis Arts Campus in University Circle. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 20th, 6:00-8:30pm that will feature a tribute to Cleveland artist Malcolm Brown.

The Davis family and many Northeast Ohio artists will also be in attendance and brief talks will take place midway through the reception. The show will continue until November 16.

Live Interview with Kerry Davis (In collaboration with The Soul of Philanthropy, presented by the Cleveland Foundation): Thursday, October 10th, Time/Location TBA

Artbites Program: Collecting African American Art with Kerry Davis, October 12, 1-3pm, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Please call 216.721.9020 to register!

Bob Dylan And His Band - In AKRON! 11.9.19

8:00pm EST E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall Dylan has played more than 2,500 gigs during this incredible run, and despite a catalog that ...