Music

Remembering James Ingram, an Akron-born R&B legend

by Jimmy Smooth It would be selfish to say the death of Akron-born and raised musician James Ingram is a loss to Akron. It is a loss to the world, especially if you love music. Cancer claimed Mr. Ingram...

G.S. Schray sculpts landscapes on ‘First Appearance’

by Kyle Cochrun G.S. Schray sculpts landscapes. On his latest ambient record, First Appearance, Schray conjures airy vistas of sound with reverb-laden synthesizers, guitar, horns and who knows what else. Th...

Song Premiere: G.S. Schray, ‘Gabriel at the Prewindow’

by Floco Torres One of Akron’s most talented and mysterious musicians, G.S. Schray, is back. He’s getting ready for his new album, First Appearance, which is set to release on January 25th via London based ...

Six questions with Akron musician Kofi Boakye

If you’ve listened to 19-year-old Kofi Boakye’s music, you already know he’s incredibly talented. At 15, Kofi was the youngest African-American pianist to ever be accepted into a collegiate-level jazz program ...

All are welcome at Umojah Nation’s reggae shows

Late on a Wednesday night in November, the Mustard Seed Cafe in Highland Square is filled with attendees for an Umojah Nation show. Every seat is occupied. The dance floor is just as packed as the bar. Trac...

Meet Crisis M. Banks, Akron’s 28-year-old media mogul

by Jimmy Smooth It wouldn’t be fair to put Crisis M. Banks in just one lane. For those who may not be familiar with Crisis, allow me to introduce you to the 28-year-old Akron media mogul in the making. You ...