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Chris Brown coming to Blossom in August

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 9, 2015

Hey everybody, here's a new non-country Blossom Show

On Tuesday, August 12 R&B star Chris Brown will bring his "One Hell Of A Nite Tour to Blossom.
Brown's touring his near-chart topping album "X" and collabo album "Fan of A Fan" with emcee Tyga.
Joining Brown on this shed trek will be rappers Kid Ink and Fetty Wap along with singers Teyana Taylor and Omarion (hey, remember Omarion? self-proclaimed "King of Dance?" now opening for Chris Brown & couldn't sell a record if he was giving them away)
Tickets for the Blossom Show go on sale Friday morning.

What: Chris Brown: A Hell of a Nite Tour
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 12
Where: Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Rd. Cuyahoga Falls
Tickets: $32-$96.75

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Video: Two Guys Talkin' about musicians who have made three good albums in a row

By Published: June 4, 2015

Rich Heldenfels and Malcolm X Abram are back to talk about music artists who have put out three great albums in a row. There aren't as many as you may think. They also examine what it takes for a musician to have a great run of music.

What is your favorite three-album run by a musician or group? Check out a few from readers . Email and and let them know your picks.

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Todd Rundgren returns to The Akron Civic to perform with the ASO in September

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 4, 2015

So, you missed all three of Rundgren's N.E. OHio shows with Dam Funk and are now wondering how to get your annual live Runt fix?

Just wait....Todd will come back around in September to perform once again with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

The promoters  promise that the 2015 show will feature plenty of songs not performed at his previous ASO/Rundgren performance and a different set each night

Plus, more colorful outfits.

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The Black Keys reveal their early days in Akron basement for Rolling Stone mini-doc

By Malcolm Abram Published: May 13, 2015


The Black Keys take Rolling Stone back in time to their humble and accidental West Akron beginnings


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Huntertones, contemporary jazz group with local ties, to perform Thursday at Blu Jazz+

By staff Published: April 28, 2015

They couldn't stay away for too long. 

The Huntertones, featuring Ohio State University graduates  — trombonist Chris Ott, saxophonist Dan White and trumpet, sousaphone player and Akronite Jon Lampley, will return to Northeast Ohio on Thursday for a performance at Blu Jazz+. 

MORE: Take a look at the feature about the band by Malcolm X Abram. 

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"The Ville" Memorial Day Festival announces 2015 lineup

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 22, 2015

‘The Ville’ Announces Initial Lineup for Memorial Day Festival, Held at Clay’s Park in NE Ohio

Continuing a tradition of Memorial Day weekend events since its original inception over 20 years ago, CLP proudly announces today the initial lineup for The Ville Music Festival. Held May 21-24, 2015 at Clay’s Park - approximately 45 minutes south of Cleveland, Ohio - the spacious, family-friendly venue located in North Lawrence, Ohio is complete with wooded and field camping, a grass covered dance area and a beautiful water park suitable for adults and children of all ages.   

With more acts still to be announced, the initial lineup for The Ville Music Festival includes:
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac and Nick Gorvrik)
ekoostik hookah
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Blue Moon Soup
Broccoli Samurai
Plus more to be announced

The Ville is a truly grassroots event featuring music throughout the weekend on two different stages, as well as offering a long-standing tradition of high end audio production, sound and lights for an extremely reasonable and affordable ticket price. A limited amount of Early-Bird tickets are available now at  where a 3-day pass is $80, 4-day pass including Pre-Party Thursday with Papadosio is $100. Children 12 and under are free with parents holding festival tickets.

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Rock Hall induction: Follow Malcolm X Abram for updates from the Hall of Fame festivities

By staff Published: April 18, 2015

Follow along with Malcolm X Abram as he tweets live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction festivities. 

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Two guys talkin': Dear White People

By staff Published: April 9, 2015

Beacon Journal pop music writer Malcolm X Abram and pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels take on an recent article claiming that white actors are at a disadvantage at the recent diversity in Hollywood.  



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Green Day to play House of Blues Cleveland during Rock Hall Induction week

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 1, 2015

This show will sell out in seconds, so don't wait!

What: Green Day with Jesse Malin
When: Thursday, April 16
Where: House of Blues, Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Tickets: $75 -$125 Reserved (two ticket limit per order)
Onsale Date: 10 a.m., Friday, April 3

                                              CREDIT CARD ENTRY ONLY
Buy your tickets using a credit card online, at the House of Blues Box Office or by phone.
Bring the credit card used to purchase your tickets and a valid government issued photo ID to the venue. Go directly to the door with your guest, present your ID and swipe your credit card for entry night of show.

Tickets available at, House of Blues Box Office, and Charge by Phone: 800.745.3000.

Only a handful of bands get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year they're eligible these days. When Billie Joe Armstrong learned that Green Day were one of them, he could barely process the news. "I had to go for a walk," he says.

"I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, 'Oh my God. No way.' It just took some time to sink in. We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. It's just incredible."

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