Devil’s Dozen: July 2016


Our picks for this month’s music events

by Hillary Martter


If These Trees Could Talk: photo courtesy of the band
If These Trees Could Talk: photo courtesy of the band

If These Trees Could Talk

Saturday, July 9 at Musica, 7 pm

Since 2005, Akron’s own If These Trees Could Talk has seen widespread success. After the release of their critically acclaimed, self-titled EP a decade ago, they followed with three studio albums. The most recent album, The Bones of a Dying World (released June of this year), boasts some of the best selections of their haunting and mesmeric post-rock instrumentals yet. The quintet will bring their current tour home to Akron where they will captivate audiences from the Musica Stage. Recommended: If These Trees Could Talk’s new single, “Solstice,” streaming at Pre-sale tickets are $10 and available online through TicketWeb or for purchase at Square Records in Highland Square and at Urban Eats (located just next to Musica).


Puddle Splasher, Curtis Cooper, Ulysses

Saturday, July 9 at It’s a Kling Thing! House, 7 pm

Alternative venue It’s a Kling Thing! House will be offering a line up of touring bands mixed with local acts. Located in a house on The University of Akron’s campus, the self-described “Punk/Indie/Emo/Metal/DIY” music spot boasts an impressive list of eclectic bands. This show will feature New Jersey-based band Puddle Splasher; Curtiss Cooper of Philadelphia, PA; and Akron natives Ulysses. Doors open at 7:00 pm with bands starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. Visit for more information on the bands, suggested donations, house rules and more.


Mike Forfia: photo courtesy of McKenzie Beynon Photography
Mike Forfia: photo courtesy of McKenzie Beynon Photography

Mike Forfia Quartet

Tuesday, July 12 at BLU Jazz+, 8 pm

“Akron to NYC Sendoff Concert & Fundraiser”

Akron-native Mike Forfia is gearing up for a move to New York City to work with the revered Saint Peter’s “Jazz” Church, which is recognized in the Jazz world as a groundbreaking sanctuary for social change. Forfia, a talented bassist,  will serve on the media and production side of the well-known congregation. This “sendoff fundraiser” will highlight Forfia’s own talents as well as showcase his influences and inspirations. Three of his closest friends contribute their instrumental skills as they round out the quartet. General admission is $15 with discounts available providing a valid student ID.


Shivering Timbers, The Del Rios, Wesley Brite

Saturday, July 16 at Akron Art Museum, 6 pm

Akron Art Museum’s public dedication of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

Downtown Akron Art Museum serves as the ideal backdrop for this unique, inspiring and family-friendly event. Local artists entertain with performances in music, dance and more. Interactive art activities are offered to help cultivate creative minds. Children’s events kick off at 2 pm. Live entertainment The Del Rios, Shivering Timbers and Wesley Bright go on at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm, respectively. Admission is free.


Digable Planets

Sunday, July 17 at Musica, 9 pm

Keepers of the Art kick off their 2016 Music Showcase Concert Series at Musica with a performance from Grammy Award winning alternative hip-hop trio Digable Planets. Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira, Craig “Doodlebug” Irving and Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler have reunited, and nostalgic fans, 90s-philes and even those unfamiliar with this group won’t want to stop swaying to the beat of their lyrical, funky, jazz-fusion raps. Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 the night of the show and are on sale now via Tickemaster. This show is 21 and over.

The KOTA Music Showcase Concert Series is an inspirational and thought-provoking meeting of progressive minds designed to provide heightened stimulation through underexposed artists and their music. The focus of this venue is to socialize and entertain the masses through soulful meetings that showcase soul music and next level hip-hop music. The KOTA Concert Series has the ability to embrace any specific urban professional demographic, all while concentrating in a certain region/market/city.



Wednesday, July 20 at The Goodyear Theater, 8 pm

Do not miss LA-based folk-rock band Dawes at this beloved venue. Joining them is Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit. Tickets start at $28. Visit for ticket and seating information.


Vans Warped Tour

Wednesday, July 20 at Blossom Music Center, 11 am

A throwback to your favorite early 2000s pop-punk bands with performances by Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Four Year Strong, etc.

Also, note: Atreyu and Mayday Parade!  Many bands comprise the lineup for this tour that has become a Northeast Ohio tradition. for more information on tickets, charitable opportunities and the Rally Bus transportation services.


Jeremey Poparad & Brandon Coleman Quartet

Thursday, July 21 at Pub Bricco, 7:30 pm

Head to Merriman Valley for an evening eclectic and soothing mixes of various Jazz-infused musical genres lead by Akron-native and University of Akron alum Jeremey Poparad on guitar. Poparad is joined by the talented Brandon Coleman, who hails from Cincinnati. Both are heralded for their unique compilations and “cinematic and personal” music. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in person or by calling the Pub at 330-869-0035.   


The Record Party

Friday, July 22 at Jilly’s Music Room, 8 pm

“Vintage Pop Music Live!” states Akron-based cover band The Record Party. Dave Ashley (drums), John Doscher (guitar) and Tren Houseman (bass) offer an upbeat evening of pop tracks from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Visit for more information.  


Ahi-Nama: photo courtesy of McKenzie Beynon Photography
Ahi-Nama: photo courtesy of McKenzie Beynon Photograph


Friday, July 22 at Nuevo, 7:30 pm

Akron’s premier eight man Timba band will set the mood at the downtown restaurant. Pianist and founder Alex Hoyt began the ensemble in Akron in 2013 after a move back to his hometown from Miami. Enjoy beautiful views on Nuevo’s rooftop patio and the tantalizing rhythms of this modern, blended Latin music band. Reservations are recommended. Call 330-762-8000.


R.ariel, dicpic, Voller Licht

Tuesday, July 26 at Hive Mind, 7 pm

Akron’s diverse community art space, Hivemind, hosts two musicians and a performance art videographer. R.ariel is a multifaceted touring musician from Arizona. Akron’s Voller Licht will perform selections of their experimental electro sounds, described as allowing listeners to ignite “inward contemplation and expansive realization.”  And Clevelander Amanda Lee will showcase her newest intriguing musical/video performance. Suggested donation is $5.


Tower of Power, Get on Up

Saturday, July 30 at Lock 3, 7 pm

Join “Urban Soul” group Tower of Power and Funk band Get on Up for a night of dancing and soulful vibes at Akron’s foremost outdoor music venue. Tickets are $10 at the gate, which opens at 6 pm.


But wait, there’s more…


Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar: photo courtesy of Nuevo
Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar: photo courtesy of Nuevo

Tuesdays on the Patio

Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar has live music on the rooftop patio every Tuesday this summer, weather permitting, from 7-9:30 pm. Here’s what they’ve got lined up for the rest of July:


July 12
The Stingers
Soul Infused Latin and Smooth Jazz
July 19
Steel Hip Blues Band
Old School Blues, Classic Rock and Jazz


July 26
James Marron and Kurt Reed 
Flamenco, Latin and Classical Guitar Experts


Live @ Lock 4

Gretchen Pleuss: Photo by Rachel Peterson
Gretchen Pleuss: Photo by Rachel Peterson

Gretchen Pleuss will be performing at this month’s Live at Lock 4 event on July 21. Check out her album “From Birth, to Breath, to Bone,” which can be purchased on vinyl, CD, or as a digital download at her website, The vinyl is also available at Square Records.


(Featured image courtesy of Digable Planets)