Just in time for Halloween, Jilly’s Music Room is hosting a spooky fun evening full of haunted dance punk and pirate rock tunes. Extra Spooky, which specializes in creating interesting musical arrangements and high-energy performances, is playing in their hometown of Akron before taking off on their first U.S. tour. Joining the lineup are garage soul rockers The Dreemers and Akron’s own Actual Form. There is no cover, and this event is 21 and over unless accompanied by an adult. Visit jillysmusicroom.com for more information.
Stevenson, Leaner, Posture
Sunday, Oct. 16 at It’s A Kling Thing!, 7 pm
Be a part of Akron’s own underground music scene growing near the University of Akron’s campus. A network of DIY concert venues, It’s a Kling Thing! House hosts a Mecca of punk, alternative, indie, emo and metal bands both touring and from Northeast Ohio. This show will feature Canadian pop group Stevenson, known for their catchy melancholic ballads; alternative fuzz-rock band Leaner and Kent’s own mellow alt-pop duo, Posture. Doors open at 7 pm, with the show beginning at 8 pm. The cover is a $5 suggested donation.
Secret Stuff, Hodera, Ghost Slime, Nic Adkins
Sunday, Oct. 16 at Fool Mansion, 7 pm
Yet another alternative venue, Fool’s Mansion — part of the Akron DIY concert scene — hosts local and touring bands of various genres. This line-up showcases Secret Stuff, an emo-alternative band from Nashville; an indie-alternative group from New Jersey called Hodera, as well as Ghost Slime from Akron and Nic Adkins from Kent. Doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm.
Melted, Who Hit Me, Krelboyne
Wednesday, Oct. 19 at The Overlook Venue, 7 pm
A self-proclaimed “chill place,” The Overlook Venue is a house turned concert venue supporting local and touring artists. All the way from California, the hardcore-punk trio Melted will be playing songs from their album “ZIPTRIPPER.” Who Hit Me, a four-piece metal-punk group from Cleveland, and Krelboyne, a group from Lorain known for covering Pearl Jam songs, will also be playing. For more events, visit facebook.com/theoverlookvenue. Bands will begin playing at 8 pm, and a donation is suggested at the entrance.
Feel healthy and enjoy some good tunes at the Mustard Seed in Highland Square, when The Blackberry Bushes, an acoustic duo with strong Americana roots, performs in Akron. The group is made up of Seattle singer-songwriter Jes Raymond and musical backer Jacob Breitbach, and they play songs that “connect the day-to-day wonder with the muses of wonder and myth.” Joining the duo for this special performance is Akron’s own Jason Willis on upright bass. For more information on the show, visit theblackberrybushes.com/tour-2
Human Petting Zoo, Your Heart Breaks
Thursday, Oct. 27 at Hive Mind, 8 pm
One of the most active DIY venues in Akron’s underground music scene, Hive Mind is hosting the film screening of stop-motion animated film “Torrey Pines,” along with live performances from two bands. Your Heart Breaks will be scoring this film, as it tells the “queer punk coming-of-age tale” of Peterson, who was raised by a schizophrenic single mother. Opening the show before the screening, Human Petting Zoo will perform some of their ukulele punk selections. The cover is a suggested $7 donation.
Hookahween: ekoostik hooka, Jones for Revival
Thursday, Oct. 27 at Musica, 7 pm
Celebrate the scariest time of the year at Musica’s Hookahween event, featuring performances that will definitely be a treat. The lineup includes ekoostik hooka, an Ohio-based trio that blends improvisational elements with psych rock, bluegrass, funk, blues and jazz. Also on the bill is Jones for Revival, a psychedelic funk-rock band hailing from the old steel town of Youngstown. Tickets are $15 dollars, and those under 21 pay an extra $2 at the door.
Bad Dudes, The Bizarros
Friday, Oct. 28 at Jilly’s Music Room, 8 pm
Head down to one of Akron’s best concert venues and enjoy a true rock ‘n’ roll performance by two head-banging bands. Heavily influenced by classic rock legends like AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses, the headlining band, Bad Dudes, will remind listeners what classic rock should be with their self-proclaimed “whiskey-fueled” performance. From Akron, The Bizarros, a group that rebels against “mainstream rock ‘n’ roll,” will also be performing. There is no cover, and this event is 21 and over unless accompanied by an adult.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters
Friday, Oct. 28 at Akron Civic Theatre, 8 pm
New Wave legend Elvis Costello hits the Civic Theatre stage with backing band The Imposters — essentially all the original members of The Attractions, but with a different bass player — for the Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour. The musicians will perform selections from Costello’s hit sophomore album, “Imperial Bedroom,” along with “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse.” Tickets range from $49.50 to $95. For more information visit akroncivic.com.
E.J. Thomas Hall’s Up Close and Personal Series presents: Theron Brown Trio plus Special Guests
Friday, October 21 at 8 pm
Akron-based jazz pianist and fan favorite Theron Brown never fails to bring the jam. Usually performing solo, this is the first time that Theron will be playing with his trio. This night will make the music move you with the addition of some surprise special guests.
Influenced at a young age by Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, & Art Tatum, Brown has played with musicians such as Dan Wilson, Sean Jones, just to name a few. Brown’s style is all his own. Tickets are on sale now. All seats are general admission and are $20, $10 for UA students, faculty and staff. Tickets for E.J. Thomas Hall events may be purchased by phone at (330) 253-2488 and in person at the E.J. Thomas Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets may also be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, Oct. 8 at Musica, 9 pm
Keepers of the Art presents their 3rd installment of the 2016 KOTA Music Showcase Concert Series with a performance from Hip-Hop pioneer and turntable royalty Grandmaster Flash. Also performing is the WuTang Clan’s own The GZA and Diggin’ in the Crates’ own O.C. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb. Tickets are $15 for pre-sale, and $20 the night of the show. Doors open at 9pm.
Also on Saturday October 8 from 1 – 3 pm at Square Records located at 824 W. Market Street, and part of the International Hip-Hop Preservation Project, KOTA presents our inaugural Respect da Architect Turntable Education Series, which is a live and interactive workshop series featuring some of the most influential and best Djays in order to share the history, theory, mechanics, technology and technics behind the Hip-Hop element of djaying.
Daikaiju, The Beyonderers
Saturday, Oct. 8 at Annabell’s, 10 pm
Deep in the underground music Mecca of Annabell’s, Daikaiju and The Beyonderers performance will blast rock ‘n’ rollers out of this world. Outlandish Daikaiju will blow minds with psychedelic guitar reverberations and interstellar space beats. With a unique intergalactic-rock sound, The Beyonderers “create sonic experiments based on the instructions from an ancient amulet.” Tickets are $5 and the show is 21 and over.
Duchess, My Buddy Josh’s Band, The Horse Traders
Saturday, Oct. 8 at The Barn at Wolf Creek, 4pm
Primarily a wedding and event venue, this refined-rustic Barn is switching it up and hosting a country and acoustic music showcase, the inaugural “Wolf Fest.” The classic-country band Duchess, a funny singer-songwriter who sings about his own life experiences in My Buddy Josh’s Band and the country-rooted Americana band called the Horse Traders, hailing from West Virginia, join together in this eclectic show. The Barn is a part of Wolf Creek Trading Co. in Copley, which is a community of local artists and craftsmen selling their creations.
(Featured photo of Ekoostik Hookah by Frank Lanza)