O’Beast (Zack Clements benefit)
Friday, Jan. 8 at Annabell’s, 10:30 pm
Calling out to the Akron punk scene! O’Beast is holding a benefit for Zack Clements has been recovering from burns and carbon monoxide poisoning from a Dec 18 house fire. All proceeds from this concert will go to support Zack’s medical bills. Come have a good time for a good cause!
Sat., Jan. 9 at Mustard Seed Cafe (Montrose)
Do not be surprised if you see Gretchen’s name over and over and over again this year. Her music draws upon Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin and Paul Simon for inspiration and is about to be showcased on a new album so the talk is only going to get louder. Make it out to one of these early shows so you can tell people you knew her way back when.
Weds., Jan. 13 at Blu Jazz, 7 pm (FREE)
Catch one of Akron’s up and coming piano players at BLU Jazz’s Solo Piano Wednesdays. At just 15 years old, Kofi Boakye, a student at Miller South, is already making a name for himself around town. Now go see what the buzz is about yourself.
Thurs., Jan 14 at Old 97 Cafe, 7:30 pm
Yes, it’s Martini Night at one of Akron’s best kept secrets, the Old 97 in Kenmore. If the place itself doesn’t put a smile on your face, the drinks will as you sip one listening to Celtic Rush, formerly the Akron Ceili Band. Post Modern, Failed Astronauts, Old Souls, My Heart My Anchor
Sat., Jan. 17 at Crozberry House, 8 pm (249 Crosby St., Akron)
Feeling the need for some indie rock? The Crozberry House will play host to special guests Post Modern of Columbus, Ohio, and My Heart, My Anchor of Baltimore. They will be joined by Akron’s own Failed Astronauts, and Old Souls from Cleveland. Admission is $5.
Fri., Jan 15 at Max McQs, 9p-12a
If you’ve never experienced Charita Franks, you are in for a treat. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of funk, soul, pop, rock, and much more. Admission is free, and you know you can’t beat that.
I Love Akron
Fri., Jan. 15 at Rialto Theatre, 9 pm – 1 am
Do you love Akron hip-hop? Then make your move to the Rialto Theatre in Kenmore as local Hip-Hop artists compete for a place on a new reality show. Performances from KB the Goddess, Young Lee, Black Buttah, and more. Admission is $10.
Wesley Bright ($10)
Sat., Jan 16 at Sweet Mary’s, 10 pm
Sweet Mary’s? Like the bakery downtown — or is this a new music venue? Yes and yes, kinda. Soul man Wesley Bright has a brand new bag and to kick off his big plans for 2016, he’s hosting two small shows on the same night. The first is invite only. The second will fill-up fast because it’s first come, first served. Doors open at 10 pm and the show starts promptly at 10:15 pm.
Sun., Jan. 17 at Tangier, 7:30 pm
Can you say “Smooth jazz Sunday”? That’s what The Tangier is cooking up with Maysa and her Jazz Funk Orchestra. Performing music from her “Back to Love” album, the Grammy-nominated Maysa, who fronted Incognito and sang back-up for Stevie Wonder, will have you thinking about Valentine’s Day a month in advance.
Tracey Thomas Jazz Quintet (FREE)
Weds., Jan. 20 at Jilly’s Music Room, 7-9 pm
Led by the former singer for Akron new wavers Unit 5, the Tracey Thomas Jazz Quintet will cover jazz standards and songs from the American Songbook. Lovers of the improvisational side of jazz will also feel right at home as these musicians get intimate with their instruments.
Trash Mountain, Wolf Teeth, Cheap Sk8s, Curtail, The Bijous
Friday, Jan. 22 at Hive Mind, 7 PM
(375 W. Exchange St., Akron)
The Books to Prisoners Benefit show will feature Trash Mountain, Wolf Teeth, Cheap Sk8s, and more. Hosted in the city’s newest hub of creativity, this party for a worthy cause is literally one for the books. When you go, be sure you follow the rules: No Racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia/ableism/ fatphobia/hate speech and “no hard drugz”.
um.. feat. Glockwize ($10-$15)
Fri., Jan 22 at Thursday’s Lounge, 8:30 p
EDM.com writes, “You can call the Los Angeles DJ duo, um.., trap music if you like, but that just doesn’t do their style justice. The deep bass and synth heavy melodies put them in a category that Flosstradamus fans will find familiar.”
Mighty Soul Night (FREE)
Sat., Jan. 23 at Uncorked
DJs Forrest Getem Gump, El-Prezidente and Ben Crazy spinning delicious vinyl while Dennis Oliver goes off on those congas. For folks who appreciate a rare groove.
Twin Atomic w/ The Scenic Route, Soulus and more
Sat., Jan. 30 at Empire Concert Club, 7 pm
Local alt rock act whose 2015 included opening for acts like Highly Suspect and Turbowolf, while keeping busy on local stages with friends Goodnight Tonight and Soulus.
Bass Genesis II: Electric Renaissance
Fri., Feb. 5 – Sat., Feb. 6 at The Vortex
Early contender for craziest party of the year: Kamp Komodo presents 16 DJs over 10 straight hours of a raging rave, kicking off with Akron’s Bunnie Beatz and featuring BRUH, N:CODER and headliner Gangsta Fun from Baltimore. The party includes professional go-go dancers, body painting, Anarchy Lighting, Sound & Design, and a bacon n’ eggs breakfast at 5 am. Plus, the event supports Heaven Can Wait, a rescue group that saves pets from high kill shelters. Wear a gas mask and get $5 off.