1. Album release party: Local singer/songwriter Gretchen Pleuss will hold an album release party at 8 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre in Kenmore. Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda are also on the bill. Tickets are $15 at www.therialtotheatre.com.
2. Revolutionary musical: “Hamilton” wasn’t the first show to present the Founding Fathers bursting into song. Ohio Shakespeare Festival opens its production of “1776” at 8 p.m., continuing through May 5 at Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. Tickets are $15-$33 at www.showclix.com/event/edward-stone-1776.
3. Bottom's up: The Medina Beer Fest runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. Tickets are $35, $45 for VIP. For more details and list of participating breweries, go to: www.mainstreetmedina.com/beer-fest.html.
4. Oldies concert: The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and the Platters will fill the Akron Civic Theatre with harmony at 7 p.m. You’ll hear favorites like “Stand By Me,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Poison Ivy,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “The Great Pretender” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Tickets are $35-$68 at www.akroncivic.com.