1) Gerald Albright, 8 p.m. Friday, Tangier Cabaret and Backstage Bar, 532 W. Market St., Akron. $35-$80. 330-376-7171 and www.thetangier.com.
This smooth jazz saxophonist is one of the long-reigning kings of the genre, first appearing as a solo act on the scene in 1987 after filling his resume with tours and session work with artists such as Patrice Rushen, Anita Baker, Ray Parker Jr., Lola Folana, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations, Teena Marie, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston and Phil Collins.
2) A Night of Caribbean Music and Dreams, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Tangier Cabaret and Backstage Bar, 532 W. Market St., Akron. $50, 330-376-7171 and www.thetangier.com.
The Summit Academy Steel Dragons and their counterparts the Steel Spartans join forces for this fundraising concert to purchase more instruments for the school’s continually growing band. The evening’s special guests will be jazz pan player Johnathan Scales and rocker Tracy Thornton. Your $50 ticket gets you dinner, a show and the warm fuzzy feeling from helping out kids who have learning and social disabilities.
3) Kent Comic Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Kent State University Student Center Kiva. $15, $10 for students
This event is ‘‘an educational, cultural and social event dedicated to the art of graphic storytelling’’ — in other words super cool comics and graphic novels will be celebrated as will be several of the folks who produce them, including local cartoonist Tom Batiuk of “Funky Winkerbean” fame and Derf BackDerf whose ‘‘My Friend Dahmer’’ graphic novel about his former classmate and future cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer received reams of praise for its sensitive, empathetic look at the making of a man-eating man.
4) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze!, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 and 25; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27; 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Quicken Loans Arena, Ontario Street and Huron Road, Cleveland. $17, $23, $43, $68 and $85. 888-894-9424 or www.theQarena.com.
It's the circus! Lions and tigers and bears in funny hats and poodle skirts, OH MY! Oh, and clowns, too.
5) Carnival of Horrors — 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 2 at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Full admission to all four events, $19. 330-644-4473 or www.carnivalofhorrors.com
Coincidentally, this annual freak-out fest’s tagline is ‘‘are you afraid of clowns?’’ So watch out for scary clowns as you peruse the Insane Asylum, the Fun House, the Freakshow (in 3-D Terrorvision, no less) and the Wicked Woods.