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Steve Winwood Coming to Akron Civic in October; Tickets on Sale Friday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 22, 2013


Above, one of my favorite Winwood songs. Ticket prices start at $37.50. The official word: For more than four decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ‘n’ roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements.

Winwood's extraordinary portfolio of music began at the age of fifteen as the driving force of the Spencer Davis Group. The group enjoyed a string of chart success by way of such enduring classics as “Keep On Running” “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m A Man”

 The international success of these singles bolstered Winwood’s confidence and strengthened his resolve to seek out new rhythmic possibilities.

In 1967, Winwood co-founded Traffic. Beloved for their eclectic style and superbly crafted songs, Traffic routinely defied convention to celebrate a host of sounds and influences. Landmark albums such as Mr. Fantasy and John Barleycorn Must Die confirmed their position as one of the most important British groups of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

1977’s solo debut Steve Winwood signaled a bold new artistic direction. Such a shift should hardly come as a surprise for those who have followed Winwood’s distinguished career. Beginning with Traffic and extending through such landmark solo albums as the Grammy Award winning Back In The High Life and Roll With It, Winwood has nurtured a restless creative spirit, mining rich musical traditions such as Delta blues, English Folk, R&B, and West African calypso and merging these influences within his own unmistakable sound.

While rightfully acknowledged for his many achievements, Steve Winwood forges ahead undaunted, continuing to create and perform new and exciting material. He remains one of the most important and influential artists in all of popular music.

A portion of every ticket sold will benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum education activities, which reach audiences from toddlers to senior citizens and give students and teachers alike a deeper understanding of the impact that rock and roll has made on our society. The programs are conducted on-site at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as in classrooms across the world, via distance learning technology.

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Ticket Prices: Gold Circle $85 Reserved $63.50, $47.50 & $37.50
Tickets go on sale Friday July 26th at 10:00 AM and will be available at, all Ticketmaster locations or charge by phone (800)-745-3000
Text “LN APP” to 404040 to download the Live Nation APP All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

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