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Ward 5 Fest - three days of music and worship begins today

By Malcolm Abram Published: August 7, 2015

Say, do you live in Akron's Ward 5?

Neither do I, but dagnabbit if Councilwoman Tara Mosley Samples (presumably of Ward 5) and her crew haven't put together in inviting weekend of activities including a concert by R&B crooner Case, local gospel star Jennifer Mekel, the University of Akron Gospel Choir and more along with some outdoor church..

It's all happening  at The Mason Community Center Field this weekend
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"See Rock City" Short film offers glimpse into early 70's Kent artist scene

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 30, 2015

Hey kids!

Were you a living, breathing hip and happening Kentian (Kentite? Kentonian?) back in the early 1970s?

Do you wish you were?

Do you miss the days when porn staches were common, three-two beer was a still a thing and everybody's pants were just a little too tight?

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Little Big Town cancels concert at Medina County Fair due to surgery

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 29, 2015

Sorry, LBT fans, the band ain't gonna make it due to singer Jimi Westbrook recently repaired vocal chords.

After briefly suggesting they could find a suitable replacement that would allow them not to refund ticketholders' money, Fair officials have come to their senses.

Go here to see the various hoops needed to get your dough back

And here is LBT apologizing for missing shows.

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Joe Walsh's fall tour begins in Warren in September

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 27, 2015

Joe Walsh takes a break from shaking the Eagles money tree to hit the road for a short jaunt that begins at Packard Music Hall in Warren on Friday, September 18

Walsh's most recent solo album was 2012's reasonably well received Analog Man. But Walsh's back catalog is strong enough that new music only gets in the way of a potentially hit-filled setlist

What: Joe Walsh
When: 8 p.m., Friday, September 18
Where: Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren,
Tickets: $59.50-$99.50
Information:, 800-349-8000


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Rock Hall opens Alternative Press exhibit in time for A.P Awards show

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 17, 2015

..also the APMA's (yeah, that's how cool they've become) take place on Tuesday at The Q with a bunch of bands and presenters....but here's some stuff about the exhibit

From the digitial desk of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Musuem


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Celebrates 30 Years of Alternative Press with New Exhibit

Exhibit Opening to Feature Sonic Sessions Performance with New Politics & Vinyl Theatre

Download “AP at 30” App for Exclusive Exhibit Content

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Janet Jackson returns to Cleveland for 2015 "Unbreakable" World Tour

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 13, 2015

Hopefully, this announcement for show happening next year will provide enough lead time for dedicated J.J. fans to save up their pennies to purchast the tickets which start at $55.




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Ralph Carney offers a "Lament for Charleston"

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 30, 2015

Native Akronite and versatile horn man Ralph Carney (of Tin Huey, uncle of Patrick Carney, former Tom Waits sideman) wrote a song for the nine people murdered in Charleston.


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The Arcs (Dan Auerbach & friends) release second single "Outta My Mind"

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 29, 2015

So The Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach and his (side)band of music makers The Arcs have released Outta My Mind, the second single from their debut album Yours, Dreamily due in early September

It's gotta 60s garage-rock feel and I think it's a stronger single than Stay In My Corner and sounds like this:


Here's some official spiel!:

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Saturday night's Larry Graham concert moved inside to The Akron Civic Theatre

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 25, 2015

Just so ya know.

The Larry Graham concert scheduled for Lock 3 Live Park on Saturday has been moved next door to the Akron Civic Theatre becaused Ohio weather is a mean, uncooperative sunnuvagun

Here's the official word from the Lock 3 Live Park folks


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Neil Young tells Donald Trump and all political candidates to cease and desist using his music

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 18, 2015

Here's a message from Mr. Neil Young..



Yesterday my song "Rockin' in the Free World" was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.


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