Will Blake, Bringing Audiences and Artists Together
by Claude Christensen
“The average Akronite is pretty amazing,” says Will Blake. Yet that talent is going elsewhere. What if those same amazing Akronites could kick start the kind of artistic revolution that would reverse the outward flow, making Akron a destination to head to, instead of away from?
An Akronite with a degree in music technology from Kent State, Blake wants local artists of all kinds to get exposure and still have the time to “focus on their craft.” One of three core members behind The Cue, it is his mission to create the opportunities to introduce less well known Akron artists to the community.
The Cue has interviewed a number of notables on their YouTube Channel, The Cue Brand, from PJ Morton of Maroon 5 to Kevin Garrett, who co-wrote and co-produced “Pray You Catch Me.” But the channel also includes interviews and live recording sessions with local artists and poets like Ray Manley, whose piece “Esmerelda’s Letter” is lyrically powerful.
Yet what’s most central to The Cue are live events. In the past, The Cue has brought together visual artists and live bands for unique events that have combined elements of an art gallery opening with a three-band show. Blake has gotten a lot of positive feedback about these events, from both patrons and artists. It’s a success he intends to expand upon.
The Cue’s latest upcoming event, “Unplugged; The Denim and White Affair,” is a three-act show on August 19 at Musica featuring the artists Kudzi, Marcus Alan Ward, and the band Red Rose Panic. Go check it out.
Unplugged: The Denim and White Affair
Tickets $25 at the door, currently $10 on ticketweb.com
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8 – 11 pm
Musica, 51 E Market St, Akron, OH
For more information, visit thecuebrand.com
(photos courtesy of Will Blake)
Claude Christensen has a soft spot for speculative fiction. Among his favorites are Stephen King’s It and Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (aka Lilith’s Brood). Not terribly afraid of clowns, he isn’t fond of them either.