Akron’s about to get Punk as F**k.
And we can thank Chrissie Hynde.
BBC Arena approached Hynde to do a documentary in which they would follow her around for one summer, and she thought she could use the opportunity to give back to her city by developing a week of celebration around punk music.
Initiated by Hynde, ‘Punk Week’ has taken off in Akron. Festivities take place between July 7th and July 13th at various Akron venues, including The Akron Art Museum, 22 High Street Gallery at Uncorked Wine Bar, Hive Mind, the Nightlight Theater, Annabell’s Lounge, and Musica.
It all begins with Jill Furmanovsky’s free artist talk about her career photographing some of rock’s biggest and most notorious names at Akron Art Museum on Thursday, July 7. Chrissie Hynde will join Furmanovsky, who photographed her for many years. The talk coincides with the opening of Chunk of Punk, Furmanovsky’s exhibition of photographs that will open at 22 High Street Gallery on July 8.
Thursday July 7th-
-Jill Furmanovsky Artist Lecture at the Akron Art Museum from 6:00-7:30 which is free to the public (the museum is also free that night). Rock and roll photographer Jill Furmanovsky will lecture in the auditorium for an artist talk on Thursday, July 7 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, during which she will be joined by Chrissie Hynde. The talk coincides with the opening of Chunk of Punk, Furmanovsky’s exhibition of photographs that will open at 22 High Street Gallery.
-“Soft opening” at 22 High Street Gallery to follow for attendees of the lecture and will feature Matthew Fenney host of Annabells “Punk Night” & Larry Gargus, an Akron punk rock musician of over 20 years spinning punk vinyl from 8:00-10:00.
Friday July 8th-
-“Grand opening” of Chunk of Punk, Furmanovsky’s exhibition of photographs from 6:00-10:00. Her Exhibition will run from July 7th-30th at 22 High Street Gallery at Uncorked Wine Bar.
-Featuring live music by Time Cat from 7:30-10:00.
Sunday July 10th–
– Hive Mind (375 West Exchange Street) will host the band SPACE CAMP!, a queer-punk band that is currently on tour from Connecticut. Local bands playing include Ride or Die (also queer-punk) and Lu (bedroom pop). Experimental musician SaladSalad (California) will also be stopping by to play. Hive Mind supports artists who question political, social, and gender norms, which is one of the reasons why they love punk! They are a DIY space and we suggest at least a $5 donation at the door for the bands. This show is open to people of all ages.
Monday July 11th–
– Free screening of WHO IS POLY STYRENE? At the Nightlight Theater at 7:00pm. Limited seating. ** Free Admission ** Exciting news for Akron –– Chrissie Hynde is spearheading a city-wide celebration of Akron’s role as the original home of punk! “Akron Punk Week” is bringing Chrissie’s city back and The Nightlight is chipping in with Who Is Poly Styrene?
Tuesday July 12th–
-Akron Punk Night at Annabell’s Lounge, Akron Punk Night started sometime in 2007. It is primarily a DJ night but books and promotes live shows constantly under the banner of Last Resort Productions. They are also in the early stages of fundraising for a vinyl compilation LP of Akron Punk acts. Akron Punk Night is held every Tuesday from 9pm until close at Annabell’s Lounge (784 W. Market St.).
Wednesday July 13th-
-PUNK NIGHT at Musica featuring live music by local punk groups FEDS and Feral Children. Doors at 8:00, show at 9:00. $5.00 cover charge.
(Featured image by Luce Strummer)