Swing Night (Lesson + Dance) - 12/19/2018
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Swing Night (Lesson + Dance) - 12/19/2018

Swing dance on Wednesday, December 19th starting at 8pm 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 7-8pm 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!

7-8pm Lesson led by Rachel Itsell & Mike Arteno ($5)

8pm Dance ($3)

Lesson + Dance ($8)

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Comedy Night w/ Just Go With It Improv - 12/20/2018
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Comedy Night w/ Just Go With It Improv - 12/20/2018

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December 20 | The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

7pm - Doors
8pm - Performances
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.

Get your tickets here!

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Ebenezer's Christmas Carol with KGHS Madrigals - 12/22/2018
Dec
22
1:00 PM13:00

Ebenezer's Christmas Carol with KGHS Madrigals - 12/22/2018

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theater will be sharing a fun version of Ebenezer's Christmas Carol for families of all ages. KMKYT will be sharing the stage this year with Kenmore Garfield High School Madrigals who will be performing Holiday songs. Tickets include both performances. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a family pack (up to 6 people) Kids 3 and under are FREE.

The Rialto Theatre

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

Saturday, December 22nd

3 performances! 11am, 1pm, 3pm

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Long Time Gone Holiday Party - 12/29/2018
Dec
29
2:00 PM14:00

Long Time Gone Holiday Party - 12/29/2018

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Long Time Gone Holiday Party
at The Rialto Theatre
Saturday, December 29th 2018
Doors 2pm. Show 3-5pm.

Come spend a delightful afternoon on the last Saturday of the holidays and be part of the 2nd annual Holiday Party with LONG TIME GONE.

Hear the music of David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young.

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Chely Wright - 1/23/2019
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Chely Wright - 1/23/2019

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Chely Wright at The Rialto Theatre

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

Wednesday, January 23rd

Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

Pre-sale Tickets: $25 / Tickets at the door: $30

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The opening chords of the first track, “Inside,” on award-winning, singer-songwriter, author, and activist Chely Wright’s new record, I AM THE RAIN, are direct, purposeful, and intense – a sound that defines the brilliant album. After more than five years away from the spotlight, and through a heroic personal and creative journey, Wright has returned with the release of a long anticipated new CD. And as she begins to sing the lyrics of “Inside,” her confidence, intelligence, and poetic ambition quickly come into focus.

When it came time to record her new album, Chely knew it was going to be different from everything she had done in the past. Scheduled for release on September 9th, Wright and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/artist Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Carolina Chocolate Drops) approached the work as a new beginning. Her recent songs were coming from a place of total openness and spoke to the kind of self-discovery that changes lives.

Putting her talents as a singer-songwriter to the fore-front, the beginnings of which can be seen with producer Rodney Crowell on her 2010 record LIFTED OFF THE GROUND, becomes fully formed on I AM THE RAIN. Crowell actually pointed Chely to Henry and he quickly became a vital influence and contributor to I AM THE RAIN. “Joe’s a visionary,” Wright says. “He taught me to understand that a great deal of making music is intention, and then to trust those intentions all the way. As terrifying as it could be expressing some of these feelings, those have become my best moments. That let me reach for my best self and trust what I found when I did that; and to not be afraid about being imperfect. Instead, just be able to let go.”

On her new album, Wright finally realizes all those dreams of making music that comes from her deepest soul. She has arrived, and we are among the lucky beneficiaries.

Her 2010 Random House memoir, LIKE ME, describes a life of dizzying heights as well as terrifying lows. The truth is told, no matter how painful it might be. As the artist wrote about her coming out as a lesbian, she also struggled with facing all the trauma and inner turmoil she had been through.

Getting there for Wright has been a lifelong journey. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she grew up in a musical family in the small town of Wellsville, Kansas. The young Wright starting singing professionally at age 11, and by her senior year of high school was working as performing musician at the Ozark Jubilee, a country music show in Branson, Missouri. After graduating, the young Kansan went directly to Nashville as part of the music production at Opryland USA theme park. Wright landed her first label deal in 1993 with Mercury/Polygram and immediately started getting serious attention in country music circles. In 1995, she was named Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, then scored her first Top 40 country hit in 1997 with “Shut Up and Drive,” from her third album LET ME IN. Two years later, Wright’s fourth album SINGLE WHITE FEMALE produced several hit singles, including the chart-topping Number 1 title track and her first gold album certification. In 2000, Wright and artist Brad Paisley co-wrote the duet “Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife,” performing it at the Grand Ole Opry’s 75th anniversary gala. There were other career highlights in the next few years, including a nomination for The Horizon Award Vocal Event of the Year at the annual Country Music Association Awards, Top Female Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Association, a Top 4 debut for her 2001 album NEVER LOVE YOU ENOUGH, and being named to People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” list that same year.

Clearly the promising new singer had become an established national star, but like most careers, there would also be detours ahead. She left her major record label in 2003, and then the next year signed with a new independent label. Her single, “Bumper of My SUV” became a hit with country radio and led to a new affiliation Dualtone Records. Wright’s sixth album, THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL became a Number 7 hit on the Top Independent Albums chart, followed by Vanguard Records’ release LIFTED OFF THE GROUND in 2010, the same year as publication of her self-penned memoir, LIKE ME.

Wright approached the writing process for I AM THE RAIN with a new found hope and excitement that a musical and lyrical expression unique to her alone was in her reach. “I spent time in the hospital room with my mother while she was dying,” Wright says. “I’d recently written ‘At the Heart of Me,’ and as my mom listened to the demo of that song, it became clear to me that it was time to start a new record.”

The range of songs on I AM THE RAIN reflect a view into an entire lifetime. The first song recorded for the album, “See Me Home,” set the stage for the rest of the songs to come. “That song became the rudder of the whole album, feeling like the saying, ‘A rising tide lifts all ships.’ Except in this case it was the rest of the songs.” The lyrics remain the centerpiece of the album:

“Take my hand
Walk me through the valley
I’ll fear not, with the sun to warm my face
There we’ll stand
In the light of all that shall be
Knowing home has never been a place”

Wright quickly understood this was one of the most moving revelations of the album. It came over her like a wave. “The recordings became a life lesson,” she says. “Something dramatic started happening as the album was unfolding. It required me to just take a seat and absorb these amazing musicians in the room. It was then that I could acknowledge that something was being sprinkled in the atmosphere and it made me able to just trust.”

Part of the power that Henry brought to the album included drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist David Piltch, guitarists Adam Levy and Mark Goldenberg, keyboardist Patrick Warren, saxophonist Levon Henry, and engineer Ryan Freeland. It was in this circle of players and people that Wright realized she had to change how she related to what was being created. “I needed to get really quiet as we made the album. And I needed to recognize all those special moments in the day as they were happening. Several times during the sessions I felt a warmth wash over me as we were working. I had never experienced anything quite like it before.”

In working on the songs that would become I AM THE RAIN, Chely discovered a way to shape not just the life she was hoping to live but also to see all the things that had brought her to this place. “Sometimes the past becomes a stalker, demanding to be acknowledged. And other times it can be a savior, where all the lessons learned are a gateway to the future,” she says.

Nowhere is this more apparent than the song “Next to Me:”
“If the world starts comin’ at me
And my armor rattles loose
If my compass starts to spinnin’
Tell me can I count on you?
To say you’ll stay next to me
Even on the darkest days we’ll ever know
Just stay next to me
Next to me forever please don’t go”

As Wright’s new strength was gathering, she was able to look at her past and not fidget or flinch. Each new recording session offered insights and continued aspiration. “At the Heart of Me” became one of her new mantras:

“Our faith is a well and deep down I can tell
I’m as thirsty as a mortal can be
Silence abounds and is ringing through town
Like a bell swinging high over me
But it won’t matter now
It couldn’t change what I see
If a thousand miles lay between us today
You’re still at the heart of me”

In speaking about the musical and emotional breakthrough of I AM THE RAIN, it is quickly clear that Chely could not have come to this place without writing her honest and telling memoir LIKE ME, where she speaks so openly of a life sometimes lived in the shadows, and the price that demanded. “Something became free in me when that happened. That process of freedom led to a new way of living. Before the book my object in life was to stay concealed, and I tended to write that way. But now I can write from the inside out, and it completely changes what I can do. I was no longer afraid.”

I AM THE RAIN is a new beginning, but one that is built on the bedrock work of a musical survivor. Milestones achieved include working with Joe Henry, writing with him, Edie Carey and Rodney Crowell, singing with Crowell, Emmylou Harris and the Milk Carton Kids, recording a Bob Dylan song (“Tomorrow is a Long Time”): the list continues. Asked to sum up this hugely significant step in her life, Wright doesn’t hesitate. “I believe I’ve given birth to a beautiful new baby and I would like people who see my baby to think it’s beautiful too. That’s how much this new music means to me. I am so very lucky it all came true.”

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Charleston Dance Lessons - 12/9/2018
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

Charleston Dance Lessons - 12/9/2018

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Charleston Dance Lessons with Rachel Itsell
Sunday, December 9th from 3-5pm
in Akron at The Rialto Theatre

Learn the basic footwork, technique, movement, floor etiquette, and some great dance moves!

The first lesson is from 3-4pm. The second lesson is 4-5pm and will build off the first lesson. 

$20.00 for both lessons!

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Luau In December ft. Galen Clark, Alomar, Quitter, & more - 12/8/2018
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Luau In December ft. Galen Clark, Alomar, Quitter, & more - 12/8/2018

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It's cold, who cares, let party. Let's grill outside in coats, and listen to awesome music.

Featuring

Galen Clark
(From Maryland)
https://galenclark.bandcamp.com/releases

Alomar
https://alomar.bandcamp.com/

Quitter

+ More TBA

Free entry (under 21 $5) • Food & drink specials all night!

Donate to the touring act and come enjoy bad jokes and good times.

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Swing Night (Lesson + Dance) - 12/5/2018
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Swing Night (Lesson + Dance) - 12/5/2018

Swing dance on Wednesday, December 5th starting at 8pm 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 7-8pm 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!

7-8pm Lesson led by Rachel Itsell & Mike Arteno ($5)

8pm Dance ($3)

Lesson + Dance ($8)

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Missile Toe & Rubber City Ukes Holiday Sing/Play-Along - 12/1/2018
Dec
1
2:30 PM14:30

Missile Toe & Rubber City Ukes Holiday Sing/Play-Along - 12/1/2018

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Round out your day on the Boulevard with a holiday sing-along like you've never experienced before: Bring your voice, ukele or other stringed instrument and join Rubber City Ukes as we strum and sing the songs of the season. Then, stick around for the word's greatest Christmas band Missile Toe at the 20th Annual Kenmore Holiday Celebration for a rock and roll holiday extravaganza!

Lyrics and chord sheets will be provided. No musical talent required. Free, all ages show.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Show starts at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance and Kenmore Chamber of Commerce

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Ebenezer's Christmas Carol with KGHS Madrigals - 12/1/2018
Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Ebenezer's Christmas Carol with KGHS Madrigals - 12/1/2018

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KenMore Kreative Youth Theater will be sharing a fun version of Ebenezer's Christmas Carol for families of all ages. KMKYT will be sharing the stage this year with Kenmore Garfield High School Madrigals who will be performing Holiday songs. Tickets include both performances. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a family pack (up to 6 people) Kids 3 and under are FREE.

The Rialto Theatre

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

Saturday, December 1st

11am - 12:30pm

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Wild Outside Entertainment Presents: Rialto Rock Revival - 11/30/2018
Nov
30
to Dec 1

Wild Outside Entertainment Presents: Rialto Rock Revival - 11/30/2018

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Wild Outside Entertainment Presents:

Rialto Rock Revival

Friday, November 30th at The Rialto Theatre

7pm

Rialto Rock Revival is the biggest night of rock this year! Gear up for an amazing night full of live rock music and fun along with a special headlining performance by Billboard band Chin Up, Kid, as they will be stopping through as a part of their East Coast Weekend Run after hitting 1 million streams on Spotify. Doors open at 7pm. Sponsored by Wild Outside Entertainment Group.

Live music by: Chin Up, Kid (Indiana)
Supporting acts:
Morning In May (Ohio)
Until We Get Caught (New York)
Land of Panda (Ohio) 
White Oak Band (Ohio) 
More TBD...

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Sunshine Daydream - 11/17/2018
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Sunshine Daydream - 11/17/2018

 Sunshine Daydream honors the music of the Grateful Dead.  Playing dead tunes from the best era!  Alfredo Guerrieri - Bass Fred Perez - Stable - Drums Chris Hanna - Keys Tom Prebish - Vocals / Guitar Thor Platter - Vocals / Guitar

Sunshine Daydream honors the music of the Grateful Dead. 
Playing dead tunes from the best era!

Alfredo Guerrieri - Bass
Fred Perez - Stable - Drums
Chris Hanna - Keys
Tom Prebish - Vocals / Guitar
Thor Platter - Vocals / Guitar

Sunshine Daydream at The Rialto Theatre

1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

Saturday, November 17th. 

Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm.

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Funny Noizes Productions Presents: Pass The Gravy Comedy Show - 11/16/2018
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Funny Noizes Productions Presents: Pass The Gravy Comedy Show - 11/16/2018

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Funny Noizes Productions in conjunction with Rubber City Sound Company are proud to Present "Pass The Gravy Comedy Show" on November 16, 2018 at the beautifully remodeled Rialto Theater in Kenmore/Akron Ohio. 

Tonight's sponsor is Rent-A-Center, located at 938 Kenmore Blvd Akron, OH 44314 330-745-7344. Whatever you need, they have it for you. Just call them!

Start off the Holidays with laughter ... and you'll find plenty of that with these comics. Headliners Michael Terry and Zach Petrovich travel from NYC to Akron to bring you their own unique comic style. Also tonight we have Feature Chris Ketler, Special Guest Luke Fegenbush and Introducing Amber Maeda.  

Co-Headliner Michael Terry is a comedian and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed on some of New York’s biggest stages, including Stand Up NY, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s and The Grisly Pear. Michael produces Brick Blanket Comedy, a monthly show in Brooklyn. Recently, Michael toured the country. His writing has appeared in ESPN, Vice and In These Times.

Co-Headliner Zach Petrovich is from Allentown, PA and he has been performing across America for 10 years. Zach started in stand up in 2012 in his home town and proceeded to branch out during his time at school in Pittsburgh at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts as an actor. Credits include Raw Dog Radio on Sirius XM. Zach will be featured on Amazon’s Comics Watching Comics Season 8. Zach has performed at Stand Up NY, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, and holds a residency at The Grisly Pear Comedy Club featured on HBO's Crashing Fu.

Feature tonight is FNP's own Chris Ketler ( aka The Bitter Dude ) Chris is quickly making a name for himself in Ohio, NYC , Chicago and other far reaching places were he's constantly working on his craft. He keeps himself busier by acting and is currently working on upcoming TV Series like "Below Average Joe" (filming has just wrapped and it shouldn't be long before we get a premiere date. Follow BAJ on Facebook at http://ow.ly/dVZ730lt9ae ) and "Mafia Ties" (soon to be available on Amazon Prime ... follow Mafia Ties for updates and showing schedule at http://ow.ly/KQBA30kSmlv ) as well as work in movies like "White Boy Rick" and "KOPPS". 

Special Guest Luke Fegenbush a finalist in the Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest, he's been in the Brew Haha Comedy Festival for the past two years.

And Introducing Amber Maeda. Amber began her comedy career in Cleveland, OH however, not unlike pineapple, she's originally from Hawaii and most people believe she doesn't belong on pizza. Look out! She may be a rookie but her stories of her single Asian-dad upbringing, bizarre stoner thoughts and happy-go-lucky attitude make her a relatable, crowd favorite. Amber has already opened for big names like mid-west favorite Mary Santora, Ron Jeremy and Comedy Central’s Jessa Reed and Jeff Horste. Like an up and coming strip mall restaurant, Amber's comedy is Asian-fusion.

Last and never least is The Master of Ceremonies the man with the golden voice (& and golden hair) from WNIR radio Mr. Tom Cullison.

DATE: Friday November 16, 2018. 
TIME: Doors open at 7:30 pm with show starting at 8:00 pm.

TICKETS $15.00 at door.
Also available online: https://330tix.com/organizations/funny-noizes-productions

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Comedy Night - 11/15/2018
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Comedy Night - 11/15/2018

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November 15 | The Rialto Theatre | 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

7pm - Doors
8pm - Performances
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

Get your tickets here!

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***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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Adventurer / Portage / Syrah Lee - 11/12/2018
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Adventurer / Portage / Syrah Lee - 11/12/2018

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Artery Global with Her House Creative bring you: 

Adventurer (Detroit MI post hardcore) is on tour in support of their latest album Sacred Grove out now on Blue Swan Records

Portage - Band (emo/math rock) 

Syrah Lee (progressive/electronic/experimental)

at The Rialto Theatre on November 12th 2018 
Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm.

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All ages
$5 cover for under 21. 

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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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Subtype Zero / Mercenary / Self Loathing / Hook / Blasphemous Blessings / Fall of Nox - 11/3/2018
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Subtype Zero / Mercenary / Self Loathing / Hook / Blasphemous Blessings / Fall of Nox - 11/3/2018

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Free Show (under 21 $5)

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Lineup Below:

• Subtype Zero 
Formally Cringe. Thrashy, head-bangable goodness with intense energy.
https://seeingredrecords.bandcamp.com/album/subtype-zero-the-astral-awakening

• Mercenary
Blackened hardcore from Clevo. https://mercenarycleveland.bandcamp.com/

• Self Loathing
Akron slam hardcore.
https://selfloathingdm.bandcamp.com/releases

• Hook
Riff driven Akron hardcore. 
https://hookhardcore.bandcamp.com/

• Blasphemous Blessing
Lousiville OH black metal
https://blasphemousblessings.bandcamp.com/

• Fall Of Nox
Grungy Ashtabula hardcore.
https://fallofnox.bandcamp.com/

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City Cop / Ghost Slime / White Oak & more - 11/2/2018
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

City Cop / Ghost Slime / White Oak & more - 11/2/2018

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Rocking out at the Rialto Theatre we will have the second Alternative Attic Showcase! We already have three great acts ready for you! 

Ghost Slime, https://ghostslime.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR11St87WtHcRYGOQz4hf7DXbMmtf9dmYiWfith0nB5DJkbFHYMcNr21_SY

City Cop
https://citycop.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR0ex4AOg4Jh0maatqxvcN-b-SYXBe-BQTOy4rCXUPCEQSZGKRrZzRfBYsM

White Oak
www.facebook.com/whiteoakakron

And More TBA! 

Be sure you guys show up for the second Alternative Attic Showcase! Just so you know we will be filming the event.

Entry $5 (under 21 $8)

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Piece Of Mind / Prowl / Low End / Cue Ball / Mettagov - 10/30/2018
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Piece Of Mind / Prowl / Low End / Cue Ball / Mettagov - 10/30/2018

 Happy to be able to give a last minute stop to this tour in Akron on Tuesday the 30th at The Rialto Theatre.   Tour Includes   • Piece Of Mind  https://www.facebook.com/pieceofmindokhc/?ref=br_rs   • Prowl  https://www.facebook.com/Prowlmtl/   • Low End   https://www.facebook.com/LowEndMKE/   With Local Support From   • Cue Ball   https://www.facebook.com/cueball.rchc/   • Mettagov  https://www.facebook.com/MettaGov/?fref=gc&dti=332710083553625&hc_location=ufi    $5 doors at 6pm.   These bands all rip, are all hustling hard, and are some of the new up and comers in American Hardcore. You do not want to miss this one. Come out and party with us.   RSVP to the Facebook event page!

Happy to be able to give a last minute stop to this tour in Akron on Tuesday the 30th at The Rialto Theatre.

Tour Includes

• Piece Of Mind
https://www.facebook.com/pieceofmindokhc/?ref=br_rs

• Prowl
https://www.facebook.com/Prowlmtl/

• Low End
https://www.facebook.com/LowEndMKE/

With Local Support From

• Cue Ball
https://www.facebook.com/cueball.rchc/

• Mettagov
https://www.facebook.com/MettaGov/?fref=gc&dti=332710083553625&hc_location=ufi


$5 doors at 6pm.

These bands all rip, are all hustling hard, and are some of the new up and comers in American Hardcore. You do not want to miss this one. Come out and party with us.

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

Martin Furey - 10/27/2018

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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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Arc Iris w/ Sway Cherry Sway, ZOD1AC, Glass Womb - 10/24/2018
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Arc Iris w/ Sway Cherry Sway, ZOD1AC, Glass Womb - 10/24/2018

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Arc Iris

w/ Sway Cherry Sway, ZOD1AC, & Glass Womb

Wednesday, October 24.  Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm.

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This fall, Arc Iris releases Icon of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. Overcoming rebuffs and rejections, Arc Iris has become an unstoppable force out of necessity. On Icon of Ego, they deliver heavily and ask nothing in return.

The group’s two previous albums, Arc Iris and Moon Saloon, were both released to critical acclaim and fervent fan embrace. Originally formed in Providence, R.I., by singer-songwriter Jocie Adams who was coming off a term with The Low Anthem, the group initially embodied an eight-piece rock orchestra, creating innovative dynamics of rhythm and melody with a full color palette. Four years on, Arc Iris are just three musicians: lead vocalist Adams, keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller, and drummer Ray Belli. They have crafted a vividly expressionistic new album that reflects both the group’s protean talents as well as its journey of survival.

Soon after its self-named 2014 debut on the ANTI- label, Arc Iris faced considerable adversity. Critical acclaim, tours with St. Vincent and Jeff Tweedy and festivals like Bonnaroo followed, all creating for Arc Iris the belief that they had beat the long music industry odds. However, the group lost its manager, followed by its booking agent, then was dropped from the label. Band members departed. Opportunities evaporated. Through it all, Adams, Tenorio-Miller and Belli worked with undiminished energy and reinvented themselves as a quartet, which included Robin Ryczek on cello. Within two years, Arc Iris self-released Moon Saloon, in the US while British independent record label Bella Union released the album in Europe. Soon after this release, Ryczek left to teach cello in Afghanistan, and the three remaining members once again set about adapting.

Arc Iris assembled its own promotions team and booked its own shows. Notable is what Arc Iris has achieved completely by itself: tours supporting Kimbra, Gene Ween, a complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchell’s Blue performed at Washington’s Kennedy Center, and a growing, international fan base that has remained dedicated throughout.

Icon of Ego finds a happy middle with a smaller label, a more focused support team, and a stronger, more experienced band. Recording at Providence’s Columbus Theater, home to silent movies and vaudeville during the 20s, the band has evolved into a concentrated pop-prog explosion, mixing styles with disparate elements that captivate and surprise.

In Icon of Ego, the band interrogates the notions of celebrity, fame, and idol worship. What makes an icon? How do people fall under the spell of a charismatic other (or entity?)? What is it like to be that icon? Adams’ poetic, nuanced lyrics provide both inquiry and insight. On “Dylan & Me” Adams sings “changing times / you could not have been / waiting to be remembered / a trophy in so many eyes / a Renoir for the great pretenders.”

The group has always embraced theatricality. Displaying an array of costumes, flare, and light rigs, enhanced by choreographed dance moves, an Arc Iris live performance is a proper spectacle that matches the group’s manifest musical abilities and talents. A whole new live experience accompanies the Icon of Ego performances.

With heavy synthesizer work by Tenorio and Adams, and seemingly impossible transitions executed effortlessly by Belli, the songs on Icon of Ego carry a thick, analog electronic sound that harks back to the 70s. Presiding over these are Adams’ powerful vocals that house the energy under pop forms.

Nowhere is this more evident than in “$GNMS,” a complete reinterpretation of “Money Gnomes,” the lead track on the first album. Where the original version carried a folksy looseness, with a banjo and brush drums, the new iteration goes total sci-fi. Any impish charm is wrung out and sculpted into Kraftwerkian logarithms. Plugged-in machines replace acoustic instruments, and the song’s renewal mirrors that adjustment. Witnessing “$GNMS” develop over the years is a rare window into the changing goals of a band, as these played out through the recordings.

Arc Iris is never more self-defined than when faced with difficulty. Icon of Ego is about Arc Iris overcoming adversity and ultimately coming out leaner, sharper, and more fully realized.

 

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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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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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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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Swing Dance & Charleston Lesson - 10/17/2018
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Swing Dance & Charleston Lesson - 10/17/2018

Swing dance on Wednesday, October 17th starting at 8pm 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 7-8pm so you can learn a few moves before the night begins. This week's lesson will be focused on Charleston. Charleston is a form of swing that can be danced solo or with a partner. 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!

7-8pm Charleston lesson led by Rachel Itsell & Mike Arteno ($5)

8pm Dance ($3)

Lesson + Dance ($8)

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The Summit Presents: Ray Goren / Nalani & Sarina / Run Thomas Run - 10/15/2018
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Summit Presents: Ray Goren / Nalani & Sarina / Run Thomas Run - 10/15/2018

The Summit Presents:

Ray Goren / Nalani & Sarina / Run Thomas Run

Monday, October 15th. Doors 7pm Show 7:30pm

Presale Tickets:

Summit Members: $5 (+$2 service charge)

General Admission: $8 (+$2 service charge)


Tickets at the door:

Summit Members: $8

General Admission: $12

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Ray Goren

Singer, songwriter, explosive multi-instrumentalist --Ray Goren is a true triple-threat. Now, at 18years old, the ever-evolving musician has fashioned his own dynamic envelope of sound rooted in pop, hip-hop, rock and soul. Goren is also a world-class guitarist whose virtuosity, coupled with his emotive voice, captivates audiences.

"I'll listen to Johnny Cash on Monday, then listen to Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole on Tuesday," says the musician. "I listen to them for the same reason: their lyrics. They're telling stories. I love that –It’s what I do --It's me telling my own story." Goren sets his lyrics to a soundtrack of soulful hip-hop and pop/rock. Many of his songs are based on an acoustic foundation —a sign that Goren has firmly grown into a songwriter whose lyrics standalongsidehis electric guitar skills.

Goren performs solo --loopinghis guitar, synthesizer and drum beats into his melodies. His show is Performance-Art, a look into his creative process. Mesmerized, his audience witnesses Ray building the groove until that moment of shared recognition when the song truly arrives –an amazing musical experience.


Nalani & Sarina

Getting music fans to agree on anything is next to impossible. That’s why the quick rise to national recognition of identical twin sisters Nalani & Sarina is such an astounding story. These two audacious young artists, from west-central New Jersey, have developed a distinctive blend of traditionalist soul-rock and modern pop likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come. Legendary music critic/Sirius radio host Dave Marsh called their EP, Scattered World, “some of the best music being made”, and fans, critics and taste-makers have echoed his praise.

Nalani & Sarina have all the elements in place for success and stardom. Their captivating look is on display in the video for “Get Away”, a propulsive cut from Scattered World, that was in regular rotation on mtvU and other video outlets. Their smart, kinetic live show, whether as a duo or with their band, has made the sisters favorites on the Northeastern club scene.

They’ve earned the enthusiasm of industry insiders as well, with their newest offerings to be released on Kobalt Music's worldwide digital distribution network in early 2018. In a music landscape largely bereft of Asian-American voices, the twin sisters’ perspective is welcome. Their songs are catchy AND meaningful, their look is dazzling, their message is courageous, and the sky is the limit.

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