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Live Music Industry Struggles to Stay Afloat Throughout Pandemic

Rap duo Atmosphere performs at Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY in Jan. 2020, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Musicians and venues are trying to find a common ground in hopes to keep the music industry alive during these uncertain times.
November 16, 2020

Many industries across the globe have been struggling from the impact of COVID-19 but none have been hit quite like the music industry. From cancelled stadium shows across the world to Wednesday night...

The Vindys Perform at Music Box Supper Club to Sold-Out Crowd

Band members John Anthony, Ed Davis and Jackie Popovec performing to a sold-out crowd.
In their first performance in the upper room of the Music Box Supper Club, this popular Youngstown band had a full house.
November 5, 2019

The Vindys proved themselves more than capable of providing guests with a spectacular experience on Nov. 1 during their performance at Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland. According to guitarist John...

Way Down Wanderers Performing at Happy Days Lodge

The band consists of songwriters Collin Krause and Austin Krause-Thompson, jazz percussionist John Merikoski, classical upright bassist John Williams and banjo player Travis Kowalsky.
Often classified as bluegrass, the Americana band is hard to categorize due to their penchant of blending a multitude of styles together.
October 29, 2019

Looking for something to do on Oct. 30? The Way Down Wanderers is performing at 7 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge, 500 W Streetsboro St, Peninsula, OH 44264, on Wednesday Oct. 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hailing...

Youngstown Based Band Performing at Music Box Supper Club

Members of The Vindys from left to right: John Anthony, Ed Davis, Jackie Popovec and Rick Deak.
The Vindys flirt with the styles of pop, jazz and rock giving them their particular sound.
October 22, 2019

The Vindys, a band based out of Youngstown, will be performing at Music Box Supper Club, located on 1148 Main Ave in Cleveland, at 8 p.m. on Nov. 1. Doors open for those in attendance at 6 p.m. All...

Original Song by UA Student to be Performed in Local Church

Judy Schwager (right) looked to collaborate with The University of Akron as one of her first tasks as Trinity United Church of Christ’s director of music.
Junior Witt Cooper says his piece “Kyrie” will show the community that classical music is still alive and young.
October 15, 2019

An original song titled “Kyrie” by a student from The University of Akron will be performed by a choir accompanied by an organ and small chamber orchestra at Trinity United Church of Christ on Nov....

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra 2019-20 Season Begins Next Month

Vinay Parameswaran leads the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra during the 2018-19 season.
Under the direction of Vinay Parameswaran, around 100 youth musicians will perform a three-concert series.
October 8, 2019

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will begin their 2019-20 season on Nov. 15 under the direction of Vinay Parameswaran as part of their continued efforts to nurture young musicians and unite the...

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Visits Akron, Showcases Unique Musical Processes

The Jazz fusion band that celebrated a birthday bash for Scales on Sept. 14, includes (left to right) Elon JD, Jonathan Scales and Maison Guidry.
The innovative steel pannist, his bassist and his drummer came to BLU Jazz+ on Sept. 14.
September 26, 2019

To celebrate his 35th birthday, Jonathan Scales and his Fourchestra made a last-minute stop at BLU Jazz+ on Market Street in Akron, their self-proclaimed “favorite city in Ohio,” on Sept. 14. Scales...

Akron Symphony Orchestra to Explore Art of Russian Music

One of the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s performances in early 2018.
The orchestra’s 2019-20 season will begin on Sept. 21 with a look into the influence of Russian composers and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
September 16, 2019

The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season will begin on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall with an exploration of music pieces from four composers of Russian descent. Starting with two shorter...

Independent Singer-Songwriter Shawn James to Perform at Musica

Shawn James, an up and coming blues and soul music artist, will visit Akron on Sept. 26.
James’ distinctive blend of rock, blues, gospel and folk commands attention when mixed together with his euphonious voice.
September 16, 2019

Once the soulful notes Shawn James sings reach your ears, his Mississippi delta roots by way of his upbringing in the South Side of Chicago, are more than apparent. His latest album, The Dark &...

Songfest’s “A Red Carpet Affair” to Commence Sunday

The ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta perform
April 12, 2019

Since 1933, the fraternity and sorority community at The University of Akron has played a role in putting on annual performances with a certain theme while also raising money for charitable causes.   According...

Nelly’s Echo Performs to Inspire Positivity, Originality in Audience

Throughout his performance, Nelly’s Echo encouraged the audience to sing along if they knew the lyrics.
As part of the Rethinking Race Events at The University of Akron, the Residence Hall Program Board had Nelly’s Echo perform at Starbucks in the Taber Student Union.
February 11, 2019

As part of Rethinking Race and the 7:17 events on campus, vocalist and guitarist Nelly’s Echo performed in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Starbucks on Feb. 5. The 7:17 Coffee House series is run...

Lock 3 Charity Concert Features Zoso, Outside Voices

An audience gathers to watch Zoso, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, at Lock 3 in Akron, Ohio.
September 11, 2018

Radio station 97.5 WONE hosted “Rock the Lock” on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at Lock 3, featuring Outside Voices and Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience band. According to WONE 97.5’s...

Local Musician Releases First Album, Shows Life Challenges Through Lyrics

Brenna Lynn created the cover of her album using white Christmas lights and a sheet hanging in her bedroom. (Photo Courtesy of Brenna Lynn)
April 19, 2018

While playing one of her original songs, titled “Arrows,” Brenna Lynn stopped for a moment and thought about ways she could include her passion for music into her busy schedule as a college student. “I’m...

Akron Symphony to Perform Score from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on April 21

(Photo courtesy of The Akron Symphony)
April 19, 2018

On Saturday, April 21,  E.J. Thomas Hall will be hosting the Akron Symphony Orchestra who will be performing award-winning composer and Oscar winner, John Williams’ score from “Harry Potter and the...

Kanga Blue: The Barden Bellas of Akron

Victoria Schurr, the President of Kanga Blue (center) said the group’s name is a play on The University of Akron’s mascot, the kangaroo. (Photo courtesy of Adam Michel)
As the only all-female a cappella group at The University of Akron, Kanga Blue offers female singers opportunities to continue their passion for music.
March 22, 2018

Originally founded in the fall of 2010 by Dr. Dale Mugler, a previous Dean of the Honors College, Kanga Blue is one of the three a cappella groups and the only all-female group at The University of Akron. Dr....

Akron Musician Finds Inspiration in Hometown Influence

(Image courtesy of @LuvAbstract on Instagram)
October 16, 2017

LuvAbstract, is a pop/rap artist who explores all types of genres including electro and R&B. He is an up and coming musician from Akron, Ohio. Not only is LuvAbstract from Akron himself, but the friend...

Akron Symphony’s Opening Night: The Slavic Soul

Guest cellist, Tony Rymer.
September 22, 2017

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will open their 2017-2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8:00 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall with a special concert titled, The Slavic Soul. The Orchestra’s opening concert will...

Tuesday Musical: Prelude! Opens September 16

UA composer, James Wilding.
Tuesday Musical will open it’s 2017-2018 season with a special 130th anniversary concert and party called “Prelude!”
September 15, 2017

Tuesday Musical is an Akron arts organization that presents concerts and performances created by some of the finest classical musicians and also provides meaningful education and engagement programs for...

“Songs for a New World” Coming to Akron in September

E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is slated to host 11 events through the end of October and the first show to start off the fall 2017 semester is “Songs for a New World.”
August 28, 2017

Tony award winner, Jason Robert Brown who is known for “Parade” and “Bridges of Madison County” is bringing his first musical to Akron. Brown’s “Songs for a New World” is very diverse,...

Canadian musician makes his Akron debut

Singer-songwriter Mike Edel promotes his recent album
February 22, 2016

“It’s a lot of hard work and some great music. That's what people want,” said musician Mike Edel. Edel is an indie folk singer-songwriter from British Columbia who is making his debut in Akron...

Choral Fest hits all the right notes

Choir director Marie Bucoy-Calavan directs the composite choir of Lakewood high, Lake high, and the UA chorus in the finale of the Vocal Choral Fest Concert.
February 8, 2016

Several local high school choirs were invited to The University of Akron to participate in the annual Vocal-Choral Festival on Feb. 3 at E.J. Thomas Hall. The Vocal-Choral Festival allowed over 200...

Students jazz things up at Guzzetta

Pianist Cedric Talbert and bass player Nick Golina perform at Monday's jazz concert
December 9, 2015

The “Large Jazz Ensembles” concert showcased the many talents of UA’s music students, and included many solo performances, allowing many of the students to have their moment in the spotlight. UA’s...

Lunchtime concert transcends cultural barriers

Ayea Cetin (left) and  Katsuya Yuasa perform at Guzzetta Tuesday, Nov. 24.
November 30, 2015

Music filled Guzzetta Recital Hall on Nov. 24 as the UA School of Music hosted a lunchtime concert for UA students and community members called “Duo Esplanade,” a flute and clarinet recital featuring...

Grammy Award winner teaches class at Guzzetta

Grammy Award winner teaches class at Guzzetta
November 16, 2015

Three-time Grammy Award winner and principal clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony Todd Levy visited The University of Akron to present a master class. Around 20 people attended Levy’s class on Nov....

UA Music Ensemble performs at Guzzetta

November 12, 2015

Kevin Wilson, a graduate of The University of Akron School of Music, had his “Twilight Resound” premiere performance that was composed for the UA Music Ensemble on Nov. 10 at Guzzetta Recital Hall....

Octubafest comes to Akron

Performers play tuba on Guzzetta stage.
October 28, 2015

The night was hallmarked by the robust, resonant sounds of tubas and euphoniums as ensembles and quartets performed pieces ranging from festive folk songs to classics. UA students and music-lovers...

Synchronizing passion into career

Synchronizing passion into career
October 21, 2015

The University of Akron’s School of Music hosted a career day in Guzzetta Recital Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 21 for prospective students, parents, and even current students hoping to change majors. The...

UA gets jazzed up

October 14, 2015

Guzzetta Recital Hall was filled with relaxing sounds of the saxophone, bass, guitar, and many more instruments on Oct. 13. This past Tuesday marked the night of UA’s School of Music small jazz group...

Keyboard Festival thrills at Guzzetta

Oltmanns, Wilding, Reinhuber and Metchkov perform together at the UA/YSU Keyboard Festival.
October 5, 2015

UA’s School of Music has been known for bringing talented musicians to campus for years, and the Oct. 4 concert was no different. The Kulas Foundation sponsored the UA/YSU Keyboard Festival at Guzzetta...

UA’s school of music presents Woodwind Night

April 22, 2015

Classical meets contemporary at UA’s School of Music’s Woodwind Night. Woodwind Night is a vast series of ensemble performances from students ranging from freshmen to seniors across the evening’s...

University Singers perform at Guzzetta

University Singers perform
December 3, 2014

The University Singers conducted by Bryan E. Nichols with Eleanor Kear on the piano performed at the Guzzetta Recital Hall. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the group performed a mixture of folk and classical arrangements...

Faculty quintet “Solaris” performs at Guzzetta

November 17, 2014

The University of Akron School of Music hosted Solaris, The University of Akron faculty Woodwind quintet, on Sunday, Nov. 16th at 3 p.m. in the Guzzetta Recital Hall. Solaris was formed in 1976 and...

Frigid Touch holds CD release show

Michelle Strong and Chris Foldi sing
November 17, 2014

Electro-pop band Frigid Touch released their new album, Swell on Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Empire Concert Club & Bar in Akron. This is their first full album, having only released singles in the past...

Bastille gives lively performance at E.J. Thomas Hall

Singer Dan Smith leads Bastille in their performance at E.J. Thomas Hall.
October 27, 2014

Akron was booming with energy when the award-winning band, Bastille, took the stage of E.J. Thomas Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The English alternative rock band performed songs from their debut album,...

Rising band Grizfolk performs at Akron

The band urges the crowd to clap and sing along.
October 27, 2014

The up-and-coming band named Grizfolk sat down for an interview with The Buchtelite on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Grizfolk opened up for the award-winning band, Bastille when they performed at E.J. Thomas Hall. Lead...

UA Choirs put on “Roots and Wings” performance

UA Concert Choir performing at Guzzetta Recital Hall
October 23, 2014

The University of Akron Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chamber Choir held a concert entitled “Roots and Wings” at Guzzetta Recital Hall on Sunday, Oct. 19 along with their new director, Marie Bucoy-Calavan. Starting...

Langston Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz”

Performers finishing Langston Hughes' work
October 23, 2014

The Langston Hughes Project, along with Ron McCurdy’s Jazz Quartet, came to E.J. Thomas Stage Door on Thursday, Oct. 16 and performed Langston Hughes’ 12-part poem and jazz piece, “Ask Your Mama:...

Jackson Browne comes back to E.J.

Jackson Browne and his band performing
October 23, 2014

Jackson Browne, folk singer turned activist, drew a crowd to a sell-out show at EJ Thomas Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Browne solidified his fame in the ‘70s with his hit singles Take it Easy, co-written...

Pentatonix wows E.J.

The cappella group puts on an amazing performance and gets the crowd on their feet
October 1, 2014

Pentatonix rocked UA's EJ Thomas stage on Sunday, Sept. 28. Pentatonix is a group of five talented singers who take acappella singing to a new level. All of the members of Pentatonix have special talents...

Orchid Ensemble holds workshop for China Week

Members of the Orchid Ensemble play an original for the students and faculty attending the workshop
October 1, 2014

After their performance on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Guzzetta’s Recital Hall, the Orchid Ensemble gave a music workshop as a part of China Week. The workshop was held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and had an...

UA Symphony Orchestra performs at First Congregational Church

Donovan Laughlin and Teresa Bellamy pose for a photo after the evenings performance
October 1, 2014

Family, friends and community members gathered Thursday, Sept. 25 for the first 2014-2015 performance of The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra. Valerie Thorson, Director of Music for the First...

Eastman Trombonist visits UA

Mark Kellogg performing at Guzzetta Recital Hall
September 24, 2014

Trombonist Mark Kellogg performed a set of beautifully composed works that dated across two centuries. Kellogg was accompanied by Joseph Werner on piano and James Albrecht on assistant trombone. Kellogg...

Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players take to the Civic

Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players
September 24, 2014

The Akron Civic Theater has hosted many top names in entertainment, and now Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players (NWFP) are one of them, and gave a taste of the local talent that comes out of Akron. NWFP...

Porch Rokr jams out at Highland Square

The Brothers Band performs on their own porch
September 24, 2014

Highland Square was filled with music and vendors on Saturday, Sept. 20 as the third Porch Rokr Festival went underway. The Porch Rokr Festival is a neighborhood event that uses the collective efforts...

Radio Romance brings E.J. a new twist to country

Two UA Students Take a Selfie with Radio Romance in the Background
September 12, 2014

In the second part of the Rock the Roo Lunchtime series, the up-and-coming band Radio Romance gave students a new spin on country music. The Nashville band performed on Sept. 10 outside of E.J....

Cyrus’ “Bangerz” is fairly awkward but vocally sound

October 15, 2013

2013 is a big year for the 20-year-old Miley Cyrus, whose drastic change in appearance and frivolous behavior has astonished fans all over the U.S. Truly, Cyrus wants to make a point to her audience...

Symphony heard on campus

September 19, 2013

Under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, the Akron Symphony Orchestra had their opening night on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall. Before the performance, every instrument section was tuned...

Country band rocks lunch

September 5, 2013

The music of southern country rock band Parmalee resonated throughout the campus at The University of Akron on Wednesday afternoon for the first Rock the Roo Lunchtime Concert at the EJ Plaza. UA...

The world should be “Tuning In”

August 28, 2013

Composer/lyricist Larry Kass, a doctor who specializes in hematopathology and a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, had a dream to compose a musical and see it come to...

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