by Brittany Nader & Andrew Leask
Talons, Sam Craighead, Nowhere
Friday, June 3 at Thursday’s Lounge, 9 p.m.
The go-to Thursday-night dance spot also hosts First Friday events each month to spotlight local live music and connect bands with audiences in a fun, relaxed setting. This month, Thursday’s Lounge kicks off its event series by bringing in three Ohio-based experimental acts for an evening of psych rock-infused surprises and delights. Tickets cost $5 at the door.
Florence + The Machine, Of Monsters and Men
Saturday, June 4 at Blossom Music Center, 7:30 p.m.
As part of her 2016 “How Beautiful Tour,” the witchy, ethereal Florence Welch brings her powerful vocal stylings to the nearby outdoor venue. With a flair for dramatics and high-quality production, Welch and her well-oiled ‘Machine’ of musical collaborators are sure to put on an unforgettable show. Joining the lineup is Icelandic indie folk-pop quintet Of Monsters and Men, known for their hit single, “Little Talks.” Ticket prices start at $20 and can be purchased through Live Nation.
Jason Isbell, Hiss Golden Messenger
Saturday, June 4 at The Goodyear Theater, 8 p.m.
A former member of the Drive-By Truckers, Isbell has become best known a solo act, mixing soulful American roots with raw Northern Alabama southern rock. Isbell is joined by folk artists Hiss Golden Messenger at the newly renovated Goodyear Theater on East Market Street. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets prices range from $30 to $45. Learn more at goodyeartheater.com.
The Midwestern Swing
Thursday, June 9 at BLU Jazz+, 8 p.m.
Cincinnati-based jazz band Midwestern Swing takes its inspiration from the Western Swing bands of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Its repertoire, influenced by both country and traditional jazz, features arrangements of songs from the classic Western Swing and Great American Songbooks. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at blujazzakron.com
The Gage Brothers, Tall Tales of Akron, Alexa Mal, Angel Cezanne, Doug Hite
Sunday, June 12 at Hive Mind, 11:30 a.m.
For a weekend change of pace, take part in Hive Mind’s Sunday brunch potluck show. Bring and share some food as you listen to folk and blues band The Gage Brothers, folk band Tall Tales of Akron, singer/songwriter Doug Hite and poets Alexa Mal and Angel Cezanne. Dining begins at 11:30 a.m., and live performances start at 12:30 p.m. Donations taken at the door will benefit Ms. Julie’s Garden, an expansion of vegan restaurant Ms. Julie’s Kitchen. Find out more at facebook.com/HiveMindOH.
Shannon Eller Sextet
Friday, June 17 at BLU Jazz+, 8 p.m.
With her expressive and expansive voice, Shannon Eller has taken on everything from pop to to opera. A versatile artist, Eller has also performed onstage as a dancer and musical theatre actress. On June 17, the Northeast Ohio singer brings her six-piece band to BLU Jazz+ for an evening of jazz and pop melodies. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at blujazzakron.com
The Juke Hounds
Saturday, June 18 at Jilly’s Music Room, 8 p.m.
The Juke Hounds play traditional and original electric blues songs with a defiant “you can’t keep me down” attitude. Since 2006, they have brought their Midwestern take on blues rock to packed houses across Northeast Ohio — and even down to Nashville, Tenn. Catch them at Jilly’s Music Room on June 18. No cover. Find out more at jillysmusicroom.com
Jilly’s Songwriter Showcase, Hosted by Ryan Humbert
Thursday, June 23 at Jilly’s Music Room, 7:30 p.m.
Jilly’s Music Room brings back its songwriter showcase this month, hosted by Ryan Humbert, whom the Akron Beacon Journal has called “one of the hardest-working singer/songwriters on the local scene.” Humbert recently wrapped up his much-anticipated “Tangled Up in Dylan: The Music of Bob Dylan” tribute show at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland. He returns to his hometown to showcase his original tunes for local fans. No cover. Find out more at jillysmusicroom.com
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Friday, June 24 at Akron Civic Theatre, 8 p.m.
Mandatory World Tour
Weird Al’s career has spanned 40 years — way longer than those of most artists whose songs he has parodied for decades. “Mandatory Fun,” his 14th and latest studio album, topped the Billboard 200 chart in 2014 — the first comedy album to do so since 1964. Al’s accompanying “Mandatory World Tour” brings him back to Akron this month. Tickets start at $37.50 and can be purchased at akroncivic.com
Friday, June 24 at Musica, 8:30 p.m.
Local indie-rock favorites, Stiletto!, will perform a special set debuting new songs off of their new EP. The album release show also hallmarks the band’s decade-long career, and to celebrate, the band will bring several surprise musical guests to their performance on June 24. Following Stiletto!’s set, acoustic artist Drake White will hit the Musica stage, fresh off of his opening set for the Zac Brown Band at Blossom that same evening. Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at the door or online at liveatmusica.com.
Like Tyrants, Tropic Bombs, Hell & Highwater, The Shadow Division
Saturday, June 25 at Musica, 9 p.m.
Cleveland post-hardcore outfit Like Tyrants headlines a special evening of local-music goodness. Tropic Bombs, a reggae/funk band, along with indie-rock Akronites Hell & Highwater and The Shadow Division — whose members hail from Cleveland, Los Angeles and the UK — round out the eclectic lineup, the result of which will indubitably be a booming wall of sound enveloping downtown on this particular Saturday night. The all-ages show costs $10, and tickets can be purchased at the door or online at liveatmusica.com.
Dave Hammer and Friends
Wednesday, June 29 at Jilly’s Music Room, 8 p.m.
Back from a prolonged stint busking on the streets of New Orleans, local favorite Dave Hammer returns to Akron with his powerful blues-soaked riffs and inspired songwriting. Hammer has been known as a founding member of bands such as Dave Hammer’s Power Supply and Tall Tales of Akron, and his time spent across the country has, no doubt, bulked up his catalog of tunes and evolved his masterful and enthusiastic playing. Bid June a proper farewell by catching Hammer and friends at Jilly’s for free. Learn more at jillysmusicroom.com.
(Featured photo of Stiletto by Ilenia Pezzaniti)