Our picks for music events in September
by Michelle DeShon
Agent Orange with Counterpunch
Thursday, Sept. 8 at Musica, 8 pm
Agent Orange formed in 1979 in Orange County, Florida and is still going strong today. They’ll bring their distinct sound, a combination of surf and punk rock, to downtown Akron to shift September into high gear. Agent Orange will be joined by Counterpunch, a four-piece punk band from Chicago. Come see them at Musica for an up-close-and-personal show at this intimate venue. General admission costs $15.
Downtown@Dusk: JD Eicher & the Goodnights
Thursday, Sept. 8 at Akron Art Museum, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
JD Eicher & the Goodnights will put on the last show of this year’s Downtown@Dusk concert series at the Akron Art Museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. JD Eicher & the Goodnights, a quartet fronted by Eicher, are a pop and indie group from Youngstown, Ohio. Their music is full of soothing guitar and vocals. The outdoor show and admission to the museum galleries are free.
Colin Shoff & Co. (album release show)
Friday, Sept. 9 at Musica, 8 pm
Colin Shoff & Co. will perform at Musica for the release of their new full-length LP. Their sound is a blend of blues, funk and folk. The band has been performing for years and recently played at another hometown venue, Jilly’s Music Room. General admission tickets are $6 each.
Florida Georgia Line Tour
Friday, Sept. 9 at Blossom Music Center, 7 pm
Grab your cowboy boots and hat and head to Blossom Music Center to see Florida Georgia Line on their Dig Your Roots 2016 Tour. Hear hits like “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll” in person, and experience the pure energy the duo, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, put into a live show. Tickets in all available sections are $65 each, and lawn seats are $52 each. Tickets can be found on Livenation.com.
Friday, Sept. 9 at Jilly’s Music Room, 5:30 pm
Roxxymoron is an Akron-based eight-piece rock cover band with a “full horn section, tight vocals and harmonies, witty banter [and] ridiculous costumes for Halloween,” according to their Facebook page. The group will share the stage with Tracey Thomas, Ralph Carney and other artists. Thomas is a jazz musician and a staple of Akron’s music history, having played a major role in bands such as Unit 5, Persona 74 and Gone To Egypt. She has also had a successful career as a solo musician with albums like “Standing Alone,” “The Poet Tree” and “Lights.” Ralph Carney – yes, you heard that name right; he is the uncle of The Black Keys’ Pat Carney – is one of the founders of another Akron band, Tin Huey. How can you pass up a free show with musicians that have shaped Akron’s music history? Admission is free.
Shakusky, The Promise Hero, Everyone Leaves
Sunday, Sept. 11 at Hive Mind, 8 – 11:30pm
Hive Mind is a community art space that showcases film, music and art. Shakusky, an indie rock quintet from Massachusetts, will be joining Cleveland pop rock singer, Bobby Vaughn, of The Promise Hero. The third act of the night, Everyone Leaves, is an alternative rasp/angst band from Columbus. Suggested admission is a $5 donation at the door, but you will not be denied access if you do not have money.
Thursday, Sept. 15 at BLU Jazz+, 8 pm
Wave Magnetik, featuring musician Donald Malloy, is releasing its 4th EP, “Abstract Compulsion.” Their sound is a curious blend of jazz and electronic dance music. Come see Malloy perform at BLU Jazz+ for a night of drinks, fine dining and the energy of live jazz music. Tickets are $10.
Thursday, Sept. 15 at Musica, 8 pm
Two Nashville natives, Amanda Shires and Rusten Kelly, will hit Musica’s stage mid-September. Shires will bring her voice and violin to the 330, alongside Kelly, an indie rock singer, as part of Shires’ 2016 tour. General admission tickets are $15. Attendees under 21 pay additional $2. (Photo courtesy of liveatmusica.com)
Filthy Kangaroos with The Hurt, TBA
Friday, Sept. 16 at Jilly’s Music Room, 8 pm
Akron’s own Filthy Kangaroos will join The Hurt, a band that has been well known for years in the local music scene. Filthy Kangaroos are an alternative blues and hard rock band, and The Hurt describe their genre as “over-the-top rock and rumble.” The Hurt will perform at 8:30 pm and Filthy Kangaroos will perform at 10 pm.
The Funkyard Experiment
Friday, Sept. 16 at BLU Jazz +, 8 pm
The Funkyard Experiment began in Cleveland in 2013, when founder Steve Johnson brought together nine musicians to fuse funk, pop, rock, jazz and gospel into their own unique sound. They will release their first single later this year. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the door.
Friday, Sept. 30 at Thursday’s Lounge, 9:30 pm
Tennessee indie-rock band, Royal Bangs, will join Akron surf-rock band, The Beyonderers at Thursday’s Lounge to celebrate the release of The Beyonderers’ 5th album, Fourth Wave. Hang loose with two solid, exciting groups at Thursday’s on a Friday. Admission is free.
Friday, Sept. 23 at Akron Civic Theatre, 8 pm
Alice Cooper brings his Shock Rock show to our historic Akron theater. Be forewarned – his shows typically include electric chairs, fake blood and other tricks sure to shock the audience. If you’re a diehard fan, the Diamond Insanity Package will get you as close to the stage as possible for $650. Balcony seats are available for $39.50. Reserve your spot now through Ticketmaster or the Civic Theatre’s box office.