Tap the Kegfish - 8/24/2018
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Tap the Kegfish - 8/24/2018

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Tap the Kegfish at The Rialto Theatre
Doors 7:30pm. Music 8pm.

Tickets: https://www.therialtotheatre.com/tickets/tap-the-kegfish-8242018

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Tap the KegFish established it’s foundation in the spring of 1998 when a mutual friend asked Eric First if his friend Travis Harmon could play “Wish You Were Here” with Eric’s band Left Lane Ends for the high school talent show. Travis and Eric quickly bonded over their love of Pink Floyd. Travis soon after became the frontman and lead song writer for Left Lane Ends. In 2003, Left Lane Ends came to an end. Travis invited his brother, Lance Harmon, to play bass guitar in a trio with himself and Eric; forming Tap the KegFish. The band performed extensively throughout northeast Ohio for the next two years before going on hiatus so that Lance could focus on his education.  
In March of 2018, the three decided that thirteen years had been a long enough hiatus. They quickly picked up where they had left off and began reviving old songs as well as writing new material. Tap the KegFish has always been the favorite musical venture for all three band members because of the fun they have together as musicians and brothers.

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Afro-Caribbean Spice ~ Spreading the Kulcha ~ 8/25/2018
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Afro-Caribbean Spice ~ Spreading the Kulcha ~ 8/25/2018

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Mr. Never Nice Of VI Outlet Presents

Afro-Caribbean Spice ~Spreading The Kulcha~ Reggae Dancehall Music Event 

(Kulcha) /ˈkəlCHər/ cul·ture noun

a : the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time

Featured DJ|T-Rocz Sounds 

This event series consist of a taste of Caribbean & African music from individuals from the Caribbean and African. Intending on | Spreading The Kulcha(culture)| and emerging you into dancehall, reggae and Afro beats music scene here in Akron, Ohio. 

Food catered by: Pots & Pans Jamaican Cuisine | Located:  325 South Main Street, Akron, Ohio 44308

Chicken Frikazee| Fried Chicken Cutlets That Are Sautéed In Rich Tomato Based Sauce.

Curry Chicken |Thick Cuts of Chicken Slowly Simmered in a Rich Blend of Spices

Rice and Peas |White Rice Cooked with Red Kidney Beans in a Seasoned Coconut Milk.

Rasta Stew |Cabbages and Carrots Sautéed in a Seasoned Coconut Milk Mix.

Ochie Mix| Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, and Bell Peppers in A Seasoned Vinaigrette.

Tickets Available Event Brite |https://goo.gl/MM6QP3

Tickets

$10 Early Bird Special – $20 Early Bird Special with Food – $15 General Admission – $30 Admission & Food

$20 at the Door (Cash/Cash App)

Event Location| The Rialto Theatre|1000 Kenmore Blvd Akron, OH 44314

Directions| https://goo.gl/maps/KMWf2u5M3kS2

Fliers Designs and Printing by E-Inks Printing |https://goo.gl/Fq3A2U

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Comedy Night - 8/30/2018
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Comedy Night - 8/30/2018

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August 30 | The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

7pm - Doors
8pm - Performance
Workshop to follow performances.

Just Go With It Improv is a fun and energized improvisational collaborative aimed at providing opportunities for local performing artists to improve their craft through improvisation. We view ourselves as an experimental group and one that engages with the local community and local artists of all disciplines.

Just Go With It Improv is offering an improv workshop, open to anyone who would like to learn how to play some fun improv theatre games, or would like to brush-up on some improv skills!

Tickets:
$5 - show only
$10 - show + workshop

***Even if you do not wish to participate in the workshop, please stay and enjoy the bar and watch the workshop.

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Swing Dance with the Skatch Anderssen Orchestra - 9/5/2018
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Swing Dance with the Skatch Anderssen Orchestra - 9/5/2018

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Swing dance with the Skatch Anderssen Orchestra!

Wednesday, September 5th at The Rialto Theatre in Akron, Ohio

Tickets:

A night of swing dancing in Akron with The Skatch Anderssen Orchestra!

The night includes a one hour lesson led by Rachel Itsell and Mike Arteno from 7-8pm.

Skatch Anderssen Orchestra will start at 8pm.

Tickets:

Early Bird - Last day for early bird tickets is August 21st.
https://www.therialtotheatre.com/tickets/swing-dance-with-skatch-anderssen-orchestra-952018

Presale $15 - Begins August 22nd

At the Door $20

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Sabrosura - Salsa Night - 9/6/2018
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Sabrosura - Salsa Night - 9/6/2018

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Sabrosura - September Edition of Salsa Nights in Akron. 

This event will take place in the beautiful Rialto Theatre with plenty of space to dance and a full bar!
(1000 Kenmore Blvd, Akron, OH 44314)

There will be an entrance fee of just $5.

Micah Flores will be our awesome dance teacher for the evening going over Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. 

DJ SOB will be bringing all the latest and greatest and hopefully some songs you haven't heard before yet. 

So get excited and hope to see you all there.

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The Tillers - 9/7/2018
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Tillers - 9/7/2018

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The Tillers at The Rialto Theatre
Friday, September 7th.
Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm

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The Short Story… The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers of the national soundscape.

The Long Story… The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines.
Their look didn’t fit the stereotype. They were clearly recovering punk rockers with roots in city’s west side punk rock and hardcore scene. The punk influence gave their sound a distinctive bite, setting them apart from most other folk acts- a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp that brought new pulse and vinegar to some very old songs. But their musical range soon proved itself as they floated from hard-tackle thumping to tender graceful melody, all the while topped by Oberst and Geil’s clear tenor harmonies.

They began picking up weekly gigs around the city’s bar scene. It didn’t take long before their signature treatment of classic folk songs became the preferred versions of Cincinnati locals. Their audiences swelled, growing into an assortment of grey-haired mechanics, neo-hippies, farmers, punkers, professors, and random strays all stomping, clapping, singing, and belting outbursts of “John Henry!” “Darlin’ Corey!” Ever since, the band has come to each show with the same energy. They are magnetic showmen, mature musicians, and colorful storytellers.

The Tillers have since won over Cincinnati’s bar and festival scene, and launching tours with tireless momentum. They were awarded CityBeat Magazine’s Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Folk and Americana act in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017. Their relentless gigging has taken them throughout the East coast, the Midwest and West, the Appalachian south and to the UK and Ireland opening for the St.Louis crooner, Pokey LaFarge. In the summer of 2009, veteran NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw featured the Tillers on a documentary about US Route 50. Brokaw showcased the group’s song “There is Road (Route 50)” as a testimony to the highway’s role as a connective tissue of the nation.

Musically, the band wears many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into. They have shared the stage with a broad swath of national touring acts, ranging from renowned folk legends such as Doc Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, Country Joe McDonald, Jerry Douglas, Iris Dement, Pokey LaFarge, The Hackensaw Boys and The Carolina Chocolate Drops to rambunctious rock daredevils like the Legendary Shack Shakers.

Always moving, the Tillers continue to enter new territory. Their musical growth can be heard through the scape of their many releases, 2008′s debut record Ludlow Street Rag, 2010′s By The Signs, 2011′s Wild Hog in the Woods, 2012′s Live from the Historic Southgate House, 2013′s Hand On The Plow, 2018′s The Tillers and many more bootleg releases. The band’s lineup has also taken new shape. In February 2010, long-time bassist Jason Soudrette fondly parted ways with the group, being replaced by Aaron Geil, brother of guitarist Sean. In 2015 the band added fiddler Joe Macheret to the ranks. Recalibrating has not slowed their pace.

They continue to plot their travels around the map, electrifying new places and making new friends wherever they go. From place to place, they carry with them more instruments, new songs, and funnier stories. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels. Expect to hear from them soon.

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Lucy Wainwright Roche - 9/12/2018
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Lucy Wainwright Roche - 9/12/2018

Lucy Wainwright Roche at The Rialto Theatre 

Wednesday, September 12th. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm.

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  Those familiar with Lucy Wainwright Roche are aware of her bell tone voice, her unshakable melodies, and her knack for wise, wry lyrics that clench the heart.  It’s no surprise that Wainwright Roche is the daughter of Suzzy Roche (The Roches) and Loudon Wainwright III, half sibling to Rufus and Martha Wainwright. She grew up steeped in music. 

   But Lucy has carved out her own career as a touring singer/songwriter and recording artist, having sold over 50 thousand copies of her four critically acclaimed solo recordings released on her own label: Eight Songs, Eight More, Lucy, and There’s a Last Time for Everything.  Other recordings include a collaboration with her sister Martha Wainwright on Songs In the Dark, a collection of lullabies, and two duet recordings with her mother Suzzy Roche: Fairytale and Myth (winner of Vox Pop Independent Music Awards) and most recently Mud and Apples. 

    For over a decade, as a solo act, armed with a guitar, a deadpan sense of humor, killer songs, and a voice that makes tough guys cry, she’s built a solid following across the US and Europe.  As an opening act she has often appeared with such luminaries as The Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Neko Case, and she’s one of a few who can step out alone in front of a thousand strangers and play an entire set to a rapt audience. 

    Now, on her new release Little Beast (due out September 28th 2018) Lucy ups the ante with a dynamic, emotional recording masterfully and artfully co-produced with Jordan Brooke Hamlin.  This collection of songs is an urgent and poetic call to a world gone awry.  The journey from song to song is downright cinematic. One minute she eases us in with her flat-footed authenticity, and the next she lets loose with her wild side, and we imagine her howling at the moon.  In Heroin, the first single from Little Beast, Lucy Wainwright Roche is hugging hairpin turns on the outside lane and you know it’s true.  Sometimes chasing love is dangerous business: 

It’s the Million Dollar Highway on a snowy day

It’s why I had to go, it’s why I longed to stay

    There are many standouts on Little Beast: Heroin, Quit with Me, In Relation to Disaster, Trouble, Behind the Wheel, and Ohio is for Lovers are a few, but perhaps Soft Line, a wrenching plea to a lost love as it slips away, is the most haunting track. Simply put, the song is a dagger to the heart: 

     Watch out or the sun will set

     On the picture we tried to get

     On the story of why we met… 

     There’s nothing “little “about Lucy Wainwright Roche’s Little Beast.  It’s fierce, unflinching, and will undoubtedly place her squarely at the top of her game.

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James Emmett Band / Land of Panda - 9/29/2018
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

James Emmett Band / Land of Panda - 9/29/2018

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James Emmett Band / Land of Panda

Saturday, September 29th.

Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

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Brothers Justin and Matt Geraci are back in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio after a four-year stay in Los Angeles, where they were signed to 2101 Records, the label owned by Lady Gaga’s producer, Red One. While in L.A., they honed both their songwriting and performing skills, even getting a chance to open for Bruno Mars at the Roxy Theater on Sunset Boulevard. When the label folded, they came back to Cleveland to be close to their father, Cleveland rock icon Sonny Geraci, who had top 10 hits like “Time Won’t Let Me” and “Precious and Few” with The Outsiders and Climax back in the late ’60s/early ’70s.

Finally getting a chance to release some of their music commercially with their first EP, Bet Against Me, on Little Fish Records (littlefishrecords.com), the James Emmett Band has fine-tuned a fresh, new indie pop sound, merging several different styles in to a seamless, energetic sound. Mix in a variety of contemporary covers, and you have the ingredients for a lively and engaging show!

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Anna Tivel / Jeffrey Martin - 10/18/2018
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Anna Tivel / Jeffrey Martin - 10/18/2018

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Anna Tivel / Jeffrey Martin at The Rialto Theatre

Thursday, October 18th | Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

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ANNA TIVEL

Anna Tivel has spent some quality hours in a dodge caravan repeating lyrical lines over and over until the words fall in time with the windshield wipers, or until the gas light comes on.

An internationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, Anna is beginning to carve a place for herself in the songwriting world. She was chosen a winner of both the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Contest and has shared the stage with heroes and friends like Gregory Alan Isakov, Blind Pilot, Anais Mitchell, Mason Jennings, Mandolin Orange, Sean Rowe, Darlingside, Peter Mulvey, John Doe, Jeffrey Martin, and lots more.

Anna was raised in the forest and farmland of rural northern Washington and currently calls Portland, OR home. Her songs reflect both the stark colors of small town life, and the hard, sharp lines of the city. Her newest album, Small Believer, came out in September on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records. Produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell). NPR praised the album, saying it “repeatedly achieves this exquisite balance of the quotidian and the sublime with imagery that's deeply poetic.” Her previous album, Heroes Waking Up was hailed by Folk Radio UK as "a superb and sublime album from a voice that deserves to be shouted from the highest rooftops.”

“Singer-songwriters are often called poets. In truth, only a few deliver the deep insight and sense of the new that breaking through the predictable achieves. Anna Tivel is one.” NPR, Ann Powers

"Everything here is testament to her storytelling gifts (she’s been likened to Steinbeck and I suspect she may have a novel or short stories collection in her) with her finely drawn characters and observations of an emotional life that ranges from defiance to regret, joy to sadness." -- Folk Radio UK

NPR 100 best songs of 2017: https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/568725203/the-100-best-songs-of-2017-page 2

www.annativel.com

 

JEFFREY MARTIN

Born in Texas in 1984, Jeffrey Martin quickly made his way to the Northwest where he discovered in nature and in people what would be the deep well for much of his songwriting. His father was a lover of stories, especially in music, and Martin was raised with a careful ear cocked and listening to Neil Young, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and Harry Chapin. He was fortunate to live in Eugene, OR for much of his adolescence, where in the late 90’s and early 2000’s there was a strong and steady flow of folk songwriters touring through. Leo Kotke, John Gorka, and David Wilcox were huge inspirations.

In 2011 Jeffrey Martin caught a lucky break, a chance encounter with a prominent local promoter at a rowdy dive bar. Through that meeting he was invited to open for Tracy Grammer and then David Wilcox, which then lead to a few small tours, and eventually a finalist slot in a national songwriting competition in New York City and a successful national tour.

Martin’s music has been likened to the styles of Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, with an attention to storytelling reminiscent of Harry Chapin and John Prine. His most recent album, One Go Around, is a wordsmith’s paradise, praised by the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov, Bluegrass Situation, Paste Magazine, and more. One Go Around as well as his previous album, Dogs in the Daylight, were both released on Portland’s sensational Fluff & Gravy Records, where he still makes a happy musical home.

In 2014 Martin was invited to perform at Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Contest, and in 2016 he performed in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival song contest where he placed 3rd. After taking a brief hiatus from touring in order to teach high school English in 2015/16, Jeffrey Martin is back on the road touring full-time nationally and overseas. He has shared shows with the likes of Sean Hayes, Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug, Jefferson Hamer, David Wilcox, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeffrey Foucault, Frank Fairfield, and others. When asked whether he considers himself a musician or a songwriter first Martin had this to say: “I’m a writer more than I am a musician. If I could play guitar half as well as I can write I’d be wearing nicer pants.”

His songwriting has earned him mentions in American Songwriter Magazine, and some prominent reviews from critics and musicians alike.

“He’s an incredibly rare find among today’s glut of singer-songwriters: a songwriter whose songs are immediately affecting. These are the kind of songs that can change you.” -Devon Leger, NO DEPRESSION

“Jeffrey Martin can write a heavy-hitter and sing it too. He’s good backstage company, and a solid bet for any club in the country.”

-Jeffrey Foucault

www.jeffreymartinmusic.com

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Malcolm Holcombe with Ray Flanagan - 10/19/2018
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Malcolm Holcombe with Ray Flanagan - 10/19/2018

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Malcolm Holcombe / Ray Flanagan

The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm

$12 advance / $15 at the door

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On the North Carolina side of the Southern Appalachians, the land still retains its secrets.

It’s a place of paradoxes, where poverty is handed down from one hardscrabble generation to the next in towns passed over by the New South progress that gives a city like Asheville its bourgeois charm. It’s a resilient pocket of wilderness where a small band of Cherokee once disappeared into the misty hollers to wait out the white man’s ire, back in the deep woods where old growth timber blocks out the sunlight and compass needles sometimes spin crazily and the trappings of civilization give way to things beyond human understanding.

On the cusp of releasing his 13th studio album — “Come Hell or High Water,” out XXX on Singular Recordings — singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe is a both a part of and apart from those Blue Ridge hills, a Southern folk golem brought to life by the deeper mysteries that give these hills so much of their folklore.

His songs belong in the same Western North Carolina echelon of mysteries like the Brown Mountain Lights or the ghostly apparitions along Helen’s Bridge or the phantom choir of Roan Mountain — things that surpass conventional explanation but summon forth a combination of awe and primal longing, an ache to understand the great questions of the human condition.

Malcolm may not have the answers to those questions, but his songs are drawn from the same waters that begin as a trickle in the deep woods: wild, untamed, filled with the whispers and roars of all the mysteries and wonders those hills contain. And like the region’s otherworldly manifestations, they come from a place that transcends easy understanding, even by their creator.

“I don’t know, man; people ask me that stuff, and I can’t really tell you where it comes from,” Holcombe says. “I’m not really good at pulling a Houdini and getting the pencil to levitate. Getting my pencil to levitate is impossible; it’s not in my realm of being. Like my friend Eddie from up here in Swannanoa says, ‘If you like to get corn, you got to get out the hoe.’”

For “Come Hell or High Water,” he wields that hoe with a deft set of hands, gnarled fingers smelling of tobacco and fresh dirt and the resin from thousands of worn-out guitar strings. It’s his third record in as many years, but it’s a pointless endeavor to talk to him about his creative process, because Malcolm isn’t the sort of songwriter to poke those dark recesses of the mind to figure out where the words that bubble up there come from.

“It’s like a friend of mine said years ago — everything’s a miracle or nothing’s a miracle,” he says. “It’s just miraculous to be in this situation with some wonderful folks that I’ve been working with over the years, and to be supported by my wife and friends and fans.”

Two hundred years ago, early settlers might have visited a man like Malcolm in a cave cut into the side of a North Carolina mountain, hauling tobacco or hides through the Southern Appalachian woods to receive words of wisdom. Even with the contemporary trappings of internet songwriting and email and digital studio wizardry at his disposal, he’s not that far removed from that wild-eyed hermit who speaks in riddles and metaphors and delivers prophecies and portents of troubled times. If there's one thing you can depend on Holcombe to deliver, it's honesty — often searing, often painful, always with the sort of deft turn of phrase that has made ardent admirers out of his contemporaries.

“Malcolm Holcombe is an artist of deep mystery and high art; he is who I listen to, and have for over 20 years,” says Darrell Scott, one of Nashville’s premier sessions instrumentalists and a nationally respected singer-songwriter. “All the goods that I value in songs and artistry are in Malcolm.”

“I think for most songwriters, songs are like clothing. Malcolm's songs are his skin,” writes fellow Nashville tunesmith David Olney. “They are a direct expression of who is as a man.”

“People like to say Malcolm Holcombe is a national treasure, and they got that right,” adds R.B. Morris, an East Tennessee singer-songwriter, playwright and the former poet laureate of the City of Knoxville. “He stands on all the old American music traditions and takes them his own way into a very individual music expression.”

“Come Hell or High Water” is trademark Malcolm: chiseled out of a life abundant in both hard times and sweet ones. He was born and raised in these hills, learned to play the flat-top guitar with a local folk group and woodshedded on stages at dance halls, county fairs and community centers throughout the region. He left for a spell, winding up in Nashville and signing a record deal with Geffen that exposed him to a wider audience, but ever since he came back home, he’s been content to do his own thing, earning admiration from contemporaries like Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris and drawing comparisons to everyone from the late Townes Van Zandt to Bruce Springsteen for the way he paints vivid portraits with his songs, turning them into haunting, brooding, moving affairs. There's an ache of loveliness and loneliness, of torment and hope, threaded through each of the 13 tracks on his latest, all of them crafted with the celebrated roots-music couple Iris DeMent and Greg Brown.

As exquisite as both guests sound, however, it’s Malcolm’s roughhewn and ragged voice that “cuts through ya like a frozen butter knife,” to borrow a line from “Old North Side,” one of the new record’s easy-like-Sunday-morning grooves. It’s a song of snapshots as only Malcolm can take them — “gas-guzzling rustbucket” … “JFK on the stickhouse mantle” … “the old man’s porch” … images trumping narrative, a glimpse inside the flurried hurricane of the songwriter’s mind.

“This world is full of goodness and a lot of positivity, but it seems like I can relate to the underdog and the downtrodden, for obvious reasons,” he says. “Those types of songs seem to strike a nerve more deeply than the ‘Yellow Brick Road,’ because I think it’s a struggle for all of us to try to do the next right thing. Some people have the spiritual chemistry to be able to achieve that more easily than others, but I think we all struggle with getting up in the morning and trying to live in our own skin.”

“Feelin’ my age, feelin’ cynical and wrong, too scared to believe I belong anymore,” he ponders on “New Damnation Alley,” one of those vocal tangos with DeMent that takes “Come Hell or High Water” to a level umatched by his past catalog. When they channel the sweet ache of “I Don’t Wanna Disappear” or lift up the gospel-blues praises of “Gone By the Ol’ Sunrise” or send up a warning for the coming “rain and the dread” on “Black Bitter Moon,” Malcolm’s guttural growls and hissing lamentations are tempered by DeMent’s country drawl sweetness. And by the time the record fades into the final track — “Torn and Wrinkled,” a weary rumination on the passage of time and one man’s life’s work (“my conscience carries all the weight to help another’s heavy burden”) — it becomes clearer than ever that Holcombe’s voice deserves some sort of recognition by the state of North Carolina for its unique contribution to the art and tradition of the hill country he calls home.

It's the groan of weathered timber from an abandoned mountain cabin during a spring storm, the lonesome bark of a coyote on the other side of a ridge or the whine of a locomotive cutting through Appalachian valleys in the dark of night. It’s a haunting and mysterious thing, and like most of the mysteries of these hills, the true beauty lies in the eyes — or in this case, the ears — of the beholder.

“It’s not for me to judge what people think or ascertain from the tunes; they get what they get out of them,” he says. “I try not to think about it or get too analytical about any of it. They’re just built through personal experiences and living my life with family and friends, and by the grace of the good Lord, I’m able to be of service and offer some stories.”

 


Ray Flanagan

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Matt's First (Real) Thanksgiving - 10/23/2018
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Matt's First (Real) Thanksgiving - 10/23/2018

Staged Reading of the Full Two-Act Version of Matt’s First (Real) Thanksgiving

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $5.00
(With a talk-back at the end of the performance for audience feedback)

The Rialto Theatre
1000 Kenmore Blvd
Akron, OH 44314
(Parking is in adjacent lots)

Matt is celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, but this year is extra special - he’s bringing his boyfriend to meet Mom and Dad! The trouble is that Matt isn’t all the way out yet ... Add in a quirky grandma, an unwanted ex, a zany aunt, and a sister with a secret of two of her own and you’ve got a family holiday celebration for the ages.

Written by Brandi Eaton
Directed by Brian Westerley

Starring (in order of appearance):

Tom Stephan as Calvin Quinn
Adrienne Jones as Becky Quinn
Brian Westerley as Matt Quinn
Nick Sobotka as Jason Myles
Rose Gabriele Foti as Elaine Quinn
Harriet DeVeto as Violet Murray
Mason Shuman as Deke Jordan
Sue Jeromson as Dahlia Madison

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Martin Furey - 10/26/2018
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Martin Furey - 10/26/2018

 Martin Furey  Friday, October 26  Doors 7pm | Show 8pm  The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio   Get your tickets here!    RSVP to the Facebook event page!

Martin Furey

Friday, October 26

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

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Martin has captivated audiences all over the world since the late 1980's with his distinctive musical style.

He has worked tirelessly to re-establish the traditional style of Irish singing and made it both hugely popular and easily accessible.

Martin has established the kind of reputation that makes him truly stand out, a gifted singer/songwriter and spellbinding multi-instrumentalist with a unique brand of contemporary folk music, which takes traditional rhythms and instruments and adds an oblique twist to produce an exhilarating sound that has been wowing audiences for over 30 years.

Complimenting his return to solo performances, his outstanding solo album “Howl” is available for download now, exclusively on his new website www.1131ltd.com

 

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Martin Furey - 10/27/2018
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Martin Furey - 10/27/2018

 Martin Furey  Saturday, October 27  Doors 7pm | Show 8pm  The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio   Get your tickets here!    RSVP to the Facebook event page!

Martin Furey

Saturday, October 27

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

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Martin has captivated audiences all over the world since the late 1980's with his distinctive musical style.

He has worked tirelessly to re-establish the traditional style of Irish singing and made it both hugely popular and easily accessible.

Martin has established the kind of reputation that makes him truly stand out, a gifted singer/songwriter and spellbinding multi-instrumentalist with a unique brand of contemporary folk music, which takes traditional rhythms and instruments and adds an oblique twist to produce an exhilarating sound that has been wowing audiences for over 30 years.

Complimenting his return to solo performances, his outstanding solo album “Howl” is available for download now, exclusively on his new website www.1131ltd.com

 

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Hymn For Her - 11/6/2018
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

Hymn For Her - 11/6/2018

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Hymn For Her at The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

Tuesday, November 6th. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm. 

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Hymn for Her is an Americana Rock and Roll duo who has been touring the US & Overseas. Their latest album release, “Drive Til U Die” charted in the top 5 for Americana Releases on radio, and also in the top 5 for Blues. They are a bit of those two elements along with bluegrass, folk, and psychedelic rock and roll.

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LaRoyce Hawkins - 8/18/2018
Aug
18
7:30 PM19:30

LaRoyce Hawkins - 8/18/2018

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LaRoyce Hawkins

Saturday, August 18th

Doors 7:30. Show 8pm.

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LaRoyce Hawkins stars as “Officer Kevin Atwater” on NBC's police drama CHICAGO PD. Hawkins, who first originated the role on CHICAGO FIRE, is an accomplished standup comic, spoken-word artist and musician who also recently guest starred on Comedy Central’s SOUTH SIDE. He had a role in the feature film THE EXPRESS, which chronicled the life of Ernie Davis - the first African American to win college football's coveted Heisman Award. On the television side, Hawkins has appeared on MTV’S UNDEREMPLOYED, ABC’S DETROIT 187, and the TBS comedy TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE. He was also in the pilot for the HBO series BALLERS opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He has appeared on stage in BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, HOODOO LOVE at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, and MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM. Hawkins holds a BFA in acting from Illinois State University.

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Cocktails and Conversations - 8/16/2018
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Cocktails and Conversations - 8/16/2018

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Admission is $10 and that includes appetizers and a drink raffle ticket. Tickets are first come, first served.  

Thursday, August 16th, meet us at Cocktails and Conversations, an open forum event talking everything love, relationships, business, politics etc etc etc. Hosted by Will Blake.
Hope to see you there!

All proceeds benefit Dreams Academy.

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Swing Dance - 8/15/2018
Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

Swing Dance - 8/15/2018

We are having a night of swing dancing on Wednesday, August 15th starting at 7:30pm for $3. For those who do not know how to swing dance, have no fear! For only $5, we are offering an hour lesson from 6:30 to 7:30pm so you can learn a few moves before the night begins. Also, you do not need to bring a dance partner to participate in the lesson, so there are no excuses. This is a great way to get out, meet new people, get a little exercise, and have fun all at the same time!

6:30-7:30 Swing Lesson  ($5)

7:30pm Dance ($3)

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit - 8/11/2018
Aug
11
12:15 PM12:15

KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit - 8/11/2018

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents

Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit

In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.

Saturday, August 11th - Doors 12:15pm. Show 1pm.

Tickets:

https://www.therialtotheatre.com/tickets/kenmore-kreative-youth-theatre-presents-law-and-order-fairy-tale-unit-892018-y6xsj-54epy

 

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit - 8/10/2018
Aug
10
6:15 PM18:15

KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit - 8/10/2018

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents

Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit

In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.

Friday, August 10th - Doors 6:15pm. Show 7pm.

Tickets:

https://www.therialtotheatre.com/tickets/kenmore-kreative-youth-theatre-presents-law-and-order-fairy-tale-unit-892018-y6xsj

 

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit - 8/9/2018
Aug
9
6:15 PM18:15

KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit - 8/9/2018

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theatre presents

Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit

In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.

Thursday, August 9th - Doors 6:15pm. Show 7pm.

Tickets:

https://www.therialtotheatre.com/tickets/kenmore-kreative-youth-theatre-presents-law-and-order-fairy-tale-unit-892018

 

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Swing Dance - 8/1/2018
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Swing Dance - 8/1/2018

We are having a night of swing dancing on Wednesday, August 1st starting at 7:30pm for $3. For those who do not know how to swing dance, have no fear! For only $5, we are offering an hour lesson from 6:30 to 7:30pm so you can learn a few moves before the night begins. Also, you do not need to bring a dance partner to participate in the lesson, so there are no excuses. This is a great way to get out, meet new people, get a little exercise, and have fun all at the same time!

6:30-7:30 Swing Lesson  ($5)

7:30pm Dance ($3)

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Recess: The Adult Way - 7/28/2018
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Recess: The Adult Way - 7/28/2018

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Recess: The Adult Way

July 28th at The Rialto Theatre

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

9pm

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If you're like us, then Recess was a huge part of your childhood. All of the games, the freedom to just be, the laughs...we're bringing it all back to enjoy as adults.

Take a night for yourself to be immersed in a high energy environment full of interactive games and friendly competition with good company. We'll have some of our favorites like Giant Jenga, Twister, Black Card Revoked, Left Right Center, and even some drinking games so there's sure to be something for everyone.

Not much of a gamer? That's okay, the entertainment will keep you engaged. Our Live DJ and MC will keep you dancing the whole night. Bring a friend or come alone to meet some new ones!

 

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Brewgrass on the Boulevard w/ Mountain Ride - 7/27/2018
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Brewgrass on the Boulevard w/ Mountain Ride - 7/27/2018

Brewgrass On The Boulevard Friday, July 27th. Come out for a fun evening! Mountain Ride will be providing the bluegrass. The The Square Scullery food truck will be posted outside, and we will be featuring beer from HiHO Brewing Company! Make sure to bring your instruments because there will be some pickin' and singin' following Mountain Ride.

Tickets for Mountain Ride: https://www.therialtotheatre.com/tickets/mountain-ride-7272018

In just three years, Mountain Ride evolved from playing traditional bluegrass, to writing, recording, and performing their own original music. Eric Avey (guitar) and Kate Avey (bass) started Mountain Ride as a side project to cure their bluegrass bug. Once Scott Matlock (violin) and Corey Woodcock (banjo) joined the ranks, things started to sink up. When Chance Hurley (mandolin) jumped on board, there was no denying that they had something special. So now, celebrating the release of their third album One Place To Go (October 27, 2017), Mountain Ride is original Pennsylvania bluegrass. Although, the quintet primarily tours the east coast, the Colorado newgrass influence is obvious in their sound. Mountain Ride was honored to be selected as a Grey Fox 2017 Emerging Artist, and even more thrilled to be returning to perform the main stage in 2018. In addition to Grey Fox, they will also be wowing crowds this summer at Del Fest, Charm City Bluegrass, Gettysburg Bluegrass, and Watermelon Park, to name a few. Mountain Ride has had the pleasure of opening for Railroad Earth, Cabinet, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Larry Keel.

https://mountainridebluegrass.com

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Sawyer Fredericks / JD Eicher - 7/26/2018
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Sawyer Fredericks / JD Eicher - 7/26/2018

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Sawyer Fredericks at The Rialto Theatre
Thursday, July 26
Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.
1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio
Tickets will be available on Friday, May 11

Sawyer Fredericks
19 year old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family's farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the US. 
As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe, and The Bitter End, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC's The Voice. 
Fresh from that whirlwind, Sawyer went forward with the release of his major label debut, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, an impressive blend of soulful Folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or cowritten by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US. 
For 2018, Sawyer has once again gone independent, the highly-anticipated Hide Your Ghost sheds the high gloss major label treatment, and stays true to Frederick’s honest and elegantly stripped down style, a self-described “free range folk”, incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout.

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Just Go With It Improv - 7/25/2018
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Just Go With It Improv - 7/25/2018

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July 25 | The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

7pm - Doors
8pm - Performance from Just Go With It Improv
9pm - Workshop

Just Go With It Improv is a fun and energized improvisational collaborative aimed at providing opportunities for local performing artists to improve their craft through improvisation. We view ourselves as an experimental group and one that engages with the local community and local artists of all disciplines.

Just Go With It Improv is offering an improv workshop, open to anyone who would like to learn how to play some fun improv theatre games, or would like to brush-up on some improv skills!

Tickets:
$5 - show only
$10 - show + workshop

***Even if you do not wish to participate in the workshop, please stay and enjoy the bar and watch the workshop.

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Charlie Parr - 7/20/2018
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Charlie Parr - 7/20/2018

Charlie Parr at The Rialto Theatre

Friday, July 20th | Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

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Fans who have been following Charlie Parr through his previous 13 full-length albums and decades of nonstop touring already know that the Duluth-based songwriter has a way of carving a path straight to the gut. On his newest record, Dog, however, he seems to be digging deeper and hitting those nerves quicker than ever before.

“I want my son to have this when I’m gone,” Charlie sings not 10 seconds into the opening song on Dog, “Hobo.” His voice sounds weary but insistent, his accompaniment sparse and sorrowful. By the second line, the listener has no choice but to be transported on a journey through the burrows of his troubled mind, following him through shadowy twists and turns as he searches for a way out.

It turns out Charlie’s been grappling with quite a bit over these past few years. As he prepares to release his new album on Red House Records this fall, he’s just as candid about discussing his experiences in person as he is while singing on the heat-rending Dog.

“I had some really, really bad depression problems over the last couple years,” Charlie explains. “I've been trying to get fit, trying not to drink so much, trying not to do the rock 'n' roll guy thing. And then I got depressed. Really depressed. And to me, depression feels like there's me, and then there's this kind of hazy fog of rancid jello all around me, that you can't feel your way out of. And then there's this really, really horrible third thing, this impulsive thing, that doesn't feel like it's me or my depression. It feels like it's coming from outside somewhere. And it's the thing that comes on you all of a sudden, and it's the voice of suicide, it's the voice of ‘quit.’”

“These songs have all kind of come out of that. Especially songs like ‘Salt Water’ and ‘Dog,’ they really came heavily out of just being depressed, and having to say something about it.” 

Sometimes I’m alright

Other times it’s hard to tell

Like finding light in the bottom of the darkest well

— “Sometimes I’m Alright”

In the album’s quieter moments, Charlie confronts these issues head-on, using only an acoustic guitar or banjo to light the way. But the incredible thing about Dog is that it digs into dark matter and contemplates serious topics like mental illness and mortality while embracing a pulse of persistence and forward motion; throughout the album, more and more musicians seem to be joining in the fray as the tempo builds, keeping the overall vibe upbeat.

“I was going to do it completely solo,” Charlie says. “I was going to go to this barn in Wisconsin, sit there and play my songs. And I was practicing them and I thought, this is devastating. These songs are hard to hear in this format. I would never be able to listen to them again. And then my friend Tom Herbers, he saw something was wrong. We talked, booked time at Creation” Audio, and made a plan to flesh out the album with a backing band.

So Charlie called on some longtime friends who he’s collaborated with throughout his career: the experimental folk artist Jeff Mitchell, percussionist Mikkel Beckman, harmonica player Dave Fundraiser, and bassist Liz Draper, who traded her typical upright bass in for an electric at Charlie’s request. The group found an instant chemistry in the studio, capturing some of the tracks on the first take. “I wrote all the lyrics on these giant pieces of paper, and I had highlighters, and I assigned them each a color. I was going to be super organized,” Charlie remembers. “And then we started playing, and all of a sudden none of that even mattered. These stupid highlighters, the pieces of paper — I should have just trusted in the beginning that these friends would know how to take care of my songs.”

You claim the bed lifted up off the floor

Well, how do you know I’m not as good as you are?

A soul is a soul is a soul is a soul

— “Dog”

In the album’s more raucous moments, Charlie turns from contemplating his inner struggles to examining his connection to other living creatures. The album’s title track, “Dog,” and the blistering “Another Dog” were inspired by some of the lessons he’s learned from his own pet, and wondering about the way dogs interact with humans and the outside world.

“I have a dog, her name is Ruby but I call her Ruben, and we go for these long, crazy, chaotic walks,” Charlie says. “Because I decided a long time ago that I get along really well with this dog, and I was taking her for walks, and she wanted to go this way, and I wanted to go that way. And then I thought, why are we going to go this way and not that way? Maybe I should be the one getting walked. Maybe I'll learn something. So I follow the dog.”

Despite the album’s darker moments, the listener is left hearing Charlie in a more optimistic and defiant headspace, reflecting on how far he’s come — and how content he is to accept that some things are simply unknowable.

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Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre! - 7/18/2018
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre! - 7/18/2018

We are having a night of swing dancing on Wednesday, July 18th starting at 7:30pm for $3. For those who do not know how to swing dance, have no fear! For only $5, we are offering an hour lesson from 6:30 to 7:30pm so you can learn a few moves before the night begins. Also, you do not need to bring a dance partner to participate in the lesson, so there are no excuses. This is a great way to get out, meet new people, get a little exercise, and have fun all at the same time!

6:30-7:30 Swing Lesson  ($5)

7:30pm Dance ($3)

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Velvet Hearts! Cleveland Presents: PRIMA DONNA
Jun
30
to Jul 1

Velvet Hearts! Cleveland Presents: PRIMA DONNA

Velvet Hearts! Cleveland Presents...

PRIMA DONNA! 

A PRIDE month spectacular paying tribute to some of the most influential divas of our time! 

Over the decades, their high energy, electrifying vocals, awe inspiring fashion and positive expression have encouraged us to be our UNDENIABLE and UNAPOLOGETIC selves.

Help us celebrate our PRIDE and honor these iconic, powerhouse vocalists, while we break down the walls of hate, fear, prejudice and inequality. 

The Rialto Theater
1000 Kenmore Blvd. 
Akron, OH 44303

Doors @ 9 pm, show @ 10 pm

$15 door, $10 presale

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The Summit Presents: Demos Papadimas / Radio Lark / Spy Convention - 6/22/2018
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Summit Presents: Demos Papadimas / Radio Lark / Spy Convention - 6/22/2018

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June 22 | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

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DEMOS PAPADIMAS

Singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas (guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) skillfully intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean influences. Based in Northeast Ohio, Papadimas cites among his influences Dylanesque balladry, Leonard Cohen’s latter day touring ensembles, and string-band revivalists such as Old Crow Medicine Show as well as Greek Rembetiko—the “Greek blues.”

Lyrically, this self-described "cynical optimist" infuses glimmers of hope in his often world-weary lyrics. When Papadimas sings, "Somehow I've dodged so many evil eyes, that I ain't got religion is really just a surprise" he shares his sense of bemused wonder. Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, Papadimas writes meditative travelogues that are often Guthrie-esque ramblings translated from the Dust Bowl to the Euro-Zone, from freight trains to bullet trains, and are perceptive companions to his rootsy musical approach.

Reviewing 2016’s Waiting in No Depression, Jason D. Hamad coined the term “Greco-Americana” for Papadimas’ style, considering it “a musical portmanteau inspired by his own background.” Further discussing Papadimas’ craft, Hamad mentions “wistful, philosophical lyrics” which “continue to generate songs that keep the listener engaged and thinking.”

Papadimas' latest release is titled The "Lucky You" EP and was recorded by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, OH. Critic John Gatta writes, “The musical strengths on the EP can be attributed to Papadimas’ band lineup. Drummer Ralph Rich, a mainstay since 2012, links up with bassist Corey Gray for a solid rhythmic foundation while Caitlin Hedge adds a down-home element on violin and Dave Lynn offers tasty guitar solos and ‘invaluable’ input on arrangements.”

“The lineup has developed into a true collaborative unit,” Papadimas said. “There is a shared understanding among the entire band about the direction of the material.”


RADIO LARK

Formed in 2009 originally under the name "The Disillusionists" by singer/songwriter (& former Cedars Lounge booking agent) Chris Rutushin on the promise of opening a show for The Click Clack Boom (Brooklyn) and Jordan DePaul & The Reputations (Youngstown) at Cedars Lounge in Youngstown, Ohio. "I love music but I was tired of hiding behind [booking] other bands", said Rutushin. "I was constantly surrounded by and being inspired by such talented friends and musicians and I always wanted to be a part of something bigger - brotherhood, a family, a band. I had tons of lyrics but no clue of how to really play guitar. The winter of 2008 was a very tough time for me. I was super broke but I had this guitar. It was all I could afford to do so I started writing tunes all bundled up in my freezing cold apartment."

Rutushin went on to recruit some of the best musicians in Youngstown, Ohio to overcome his stage fright and fulfill a long promise - to finally be in a band. He also got a thrill of a lifetime in the autumn of 2009 - he met one of his heroes, Fran Healy of the Post-Britpop band Travis at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio after a show. Not only was he impressed by Fran's kindness, he was granted permission by Healy to "nick" a tune or two. "When I met him, he offered a handshake but I went in for a hug", Rutushin said with a laugh.


SPY CONVENTION

Band origins can be as much an adventure as the music, but who would have ever thought that 2 immigrants, one from India and one from Pakistan would get together and decide to write music? If that doesn't seem so far- fetched, throw in the fact that both immigrated to the US at a very young age yet they only recently met. And to really complicate things, both are practicing physicians with their own busy offices. Zafar Sheik, an ophthalmologist and Asif Khan, an allergist are fathers and husbands who never could have imagined a chance meeting at their kids' school function would result in writing, producing, recording, mixing and mastering songs all on their own. But that's exactly how Spy Convention became a songwriting duo.

Both play instruments, Zafar on mainly vocals and keyboards, and Asif playing the drums and guitar. Asif has a history in the music industry and played for NYC bands, Johnny Hi-Fi and Overlord (no, it's not metal). He tasted a bit of 'mild success,' videos on MTV, world tours, US tours, but never achieved the goal of many musicians: to be able to make music a career. Zafar comes from a musical family and his sister, a lawyer in LA, nearly made it to the top herself.

So what gives, and why bother with professional careers in tow? It is their love of music that drives them, albeit each coming from different ends of the pop/rock spectrum. Zafar loves alt-indie emo like The National and maybe has heard Rush songs. Asif cut his teeth on rock bands such as Rush, and has become a big fan of The National, Wolf Alice and new Alt/Indies bands. This dynamic makes for lots of ideas and definitely keeps them laughing. Dr. Khan muses, "We are approaching this with just a little apprehension but earnestness, with the goal of having fun and sharing our music."

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Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre! - 6/20/2018
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre! - 6/20/2018

We are having a night of swing dancing on Wednesday, June 20th starting at 7:30pm for $3. For those who do not know how to swing dance, have no fear! For only $5, we are offering an hour lesson from 6:30 to 7:30pm so you can learn a few moves before the night begins. Also, you do not need to bring a dance partner to participate in the lesson, so there are no excuses. This is a great way to get out, meet new people, get a little exercise, and have fun all at the same time!

6:30-7:30 Swing Lesson  ($5)

7:30pm Dance ($3)

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Peter Mulvey w/ David Mayfield - 6/8/2018
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Mulvey w/ David Mayfield - 6/8/2018

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Peter Mulvey w/ David Mayfield

Friday, June 8 | Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm

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-- PETER MULVEY --

Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to
performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.


Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world.  Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana.
A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at
the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.


In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels, re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco. Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record, which will be released March 24th on Righteous Babe Records.

Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.

https://www.petermulvey.com


-- DAVID MAYFIELD --

If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it's likely you’ll come back for more.

This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 album "The David Mayfield Parade" his follow-up "Good Man Down" was self released and funded with a surprising successful Kickstarter campaign that more than doubled its initial goal of $18,000. On the heels of that sucsess, Mayfield has partnered with Compass Records. A label that Playboy Magaizne calls "Nashville's hippest alternative label"

STRANGERS, Mayfield’s first album with Compass, is a tour de force, stretching from the avant-garde to Mayfield’s musical roots, which are buried deep in the bluegrass tradition from a childhood of touring with his family’s band. Tracks range from the Celtic-inspired opener “Caution,” which features Mayfield’s deft ability in orchestrating complex instrumentation, to “The Man I’m Trying to Be,” a sharply honest song that is as dark and it is tender. Mayfield is truly a wordsmith, forging the mundane into the evocative in each track, most notably with “Ohio (It’s Fake),” whose innovative lyrics are propelled from acoustic beginnings into a pure pop finish, Mayfield’s trembling tenor rising above the grooving band. With the release of Strangers, David Mayfield is clearly going places, fueled by a deadly combination of infectious energy and songwriting chops that only come around once in a blue moon.

http://davidmayfieldparade.net

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Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre! - 6/6/2018
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre! - 6/6/2018

We are having a night of swing dancing on Wednesday, June 6th starting at 7:30pm for $3. For those who do not know how to swing dance, have no fear! For only $5, we are offering an hour lesson from 6:30 to 7:30pm so you can learn a few moves before the night begins. Also, you do not need to bring a dance partner to participate in the lesson, so there are no excuses. This is a great way to get out, meet new people, get a little exercise, and have fun all at the same time!

6:30-7:30 Swing Lesson  ($5)

7:30pm Dance ($3)

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A Night Of Music For Mike Wilsterman - 6/4/2018
Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

A Night Of Music For Mike Wilsterman - 6/4/2018

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Mike Wilsterman is a man who has been an inspiration to so many people through his love and his music. Since his recent diagnosis, we have decided to put together a benefit for him to help him through these troubling times with our own love and music. Our evening will be filled with music provided by Byron Maag, Mike Lenz, Ed Amann, Eric Backderf, Gretchen Pleuss, JoAnna Hrepcak, Lauren Brabson, Maddie Indre, Maggie Rose, Nina Acker, RJ Martin, Rick Wilsterman, Mike McNosky, and David Gerrard. We will also have several different items for raffle. If you wish to donate, you can do so in person at the show or go to https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-mike-wilsterman

Price at the door: $12

I really hope you all can make it out for this night of music and support for Mike, a man who has touched all of our hearts in so many ways. Thank you!

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