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Music coming to park near you this summer

5/26/2011 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Area residents enjoy a past Copley Bandstand concert on Copley Circle.
Photo courtesy of the Copley Bandstand Committee
Falls River Square in Downtown Cuyahoga Falls will be the site of Rockin’ on the River this summer.
Photo: Krista Galloway
The Akron Symphony Orchestra will perform free concerts this summer. Shown is a concert at Lock 3 Park last summer.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Symphony Orchestra
GREATER AKRON — Tribute bands, oldies, classical music and even some original tunes will be coming from parks and gathering places throughout the Akron area this summer.

Local communities recently announced their summer concert schedules. Music will begin this weekend on some local stages and last through September.

While budget cuts in recent years may have shaved a week or two off of previous years’ schedules, there are some events that are returning. The Akron Symphony Orchestra (ASO), for example, will perform four free concerts this summer in Akron in addition to its July 4 performance at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron. A new site for the ASO will be Glendale Cemetery in West Akron.

Akron Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth said the city was able to save money for the concerts by scheduling them the same weekends as the Heinz Poll Dance Festival events. The large stage needed for the ASO already will be set up for the dance events, he said.

Also this year, lunchtime concerts in Downtown Akron have been moved to Fridays and will take place at Lock 3.

Norton also has moved its concert series back to Thursdays.

Here’s a rundown of local free concerts taking place in the Akron area.

Hardesty Park

The West Akron park in the Wallhaven neighborhood will feature concerts most Mondays at 7 p.m. For information and schedules for additional Akron parks, go to www.akronper forms.com:

June 6: Howard Street Blues Band

June 13: Midnight Special

June 20: Instant Replay

June 27: Calypso Gypsies

July 11: Colin Dussault’s Blues Project

July 18: Soul’d Out

Aug. 1: Funkology

Aug. 8: The Wanda Hunt Band

Downtown Akron Lunch Hour Concert Series

Downtown Akron Partnership sponsors concerts at 11:45 a.m. on Fridays at Lock 3. For more information, go to www.downtownakron.com:

June 17: Calypso Gypsies

June 24: 4 Us featuring Mary White

July 15: NoMoJo

July 22: Summer Arts Experience Steel Drum Ensemble

July 29: Summer Arts Experience Steel Drum Ensemble

Aug. 5: Summer Arts Experience Steel Drum Ensemble

Aug. 12: Alex Bevan

Aug. 19: Rolando Pizana at Cascade Plaza

Aug. 26: John Perry Jazz Trio

Sept. 2: Flohism

Akron Art Museum

The museum’s Downtown at Dusk series is back this year on Thursdays. Concerts will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the member parking lot adjacent to the museum at 1 S. High St. If it rains, concerts will take place in the lobby. Family activities and free lectures also are offered during these evenings. For more details, go to www.akronartmuseum.org:

June 23: Lost State of Franklin

June 30: The Speedbumps

July 7: Hey Mavis

July 14: Blue Lunch

July 21: Zydeco Kings

July 28: Rudy & The Professionals

Aug. 4: 15-60-75 The Numbers Band

Aug. 11: Robin Stone

Rock the Lock

Free rock concerts will again take place at the outdoor amphitheater at Lock 3 most Fridays at 7 p.m. Most shows feature cover and tribute artists. In the following schedule, the artists being paid tribute to are indicated in parentheses when necessary. For more information, go to www.lock3live.com or call 330-375-2877:

May 27: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac)

June 3: Bargain (The Who)

June 10: Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

June 17: Reil Young (Neil Young)

June 24: Robert Eric’s Piano Man (Billy Joel)

July 1: Bad Medicine (Bon Jovi)

July 8: Separate Ways (Journey)

July 15: The Alabama Blues Brothers

July 22: Hells Bells (AC/DC)

July 29: Evil Ways (Santana)

Aug. 5: Hollywood Nights (Bob Seger)

Aug. 12: The ONE (U2)

Aug. 19: Mr. Speed (KISS)

Aug. 26: The Machine (Pink Floyd)

Sept. 2: Zoso (Led Zeppelin)

In addition, Lock 3 also will feature the following free concerts on Saturday nights:

June 18: Hotel California (Eagles)

July 2: Bruce in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen)

July 16: Draw the Line (Aerosmith)

July 23: Touch (Motown sound)

July 30: Four Swedes (ABBA)

Aug. 6: Brass Transit (Chicago)

Aug. 13: Terry Lee Goffee (Johnny Cash)

Lock 4

Akron began offering free music events on Wednesdays at this gathering area last summer as part of the Lock Bottom Blues & Jazz Club. To access the area, from Lock 3 walk behind the Akron Civic Theatre. It’s also accessible from Bowery Street and Level 2 of the Cascade Parking Garage. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m., with refreshments available for purchase:

July 6: Aces & Eights

July 13: The Wanda Hunt Band

July 20: Ian Ross Trio

July 27: The Underworld Band

Aug. 3: The Stingers

Aug. 10: Howard Street Blues Band

Aug. 17: Peggy Coyle Jazz Trio

Aug. 24: Blue Lunch

Aug. 31: Jack Schantz Quartet

Sept. 7: Wallace Coleman


The ASO will perform throughout the Akron area this summer on selected Sundays. The free concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.:

July 24: Hardesty Park

July 31: Firestone Park

Aug. 7: Glendale Cemetery

Aug. 14: Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Firestone Metro Park

Children’s activities will be offered from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by an hour of live music by the Akron Pops Orchestra June 9, July 7 and Aug. 11. All events will take place at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion, 40 Axline Ave. Friends of Metro Parks will serve free dessert from Acme Fresh Market while supplies last. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the following Thursday. Call 330-865-8060 for the concert’s status after 4 p.m. if wet weather is in the forecast.


All concerts will take place at the Copley Bandstand on Copley Circle at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will take place at the Copley Community Center, 128 Sunset Drive, behind the police station. For more details, go to www.copleybandstand.com:

June 12: La Flavour

June 19: Marlins

June 26: Northwest Territory

July 3: Freedom Brass Band

July 10: New Odyssey

July 17: Rick Kay and the Allnighters

July 24: Barbershop Harmony Spectacular

July 31: Tailor Made Classics

Aug. 7: Smokin’ Fez Monkeys

Aug. 14: Belairs

Aug. 21: Instant Replay

Aug. 28: Voices of Ohio

Cuyahoga Falls — Rockin’ on the River

Rockin’ on the River returns this summer to Falls River Square in Downtown Cuyahoga Falls. To celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary, organizers plan giveaways each week, including trips, weekend getaways, concert tickets, gift certificates and personal electronics. Also new this year will be two 9-by-12-foot screens lowered from the top of the stage. Concerts will take place most Fridays from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Many of the acts are cover or tribute bands. In the following schedule, the artists being paid tribute to are indicated in parentheses when necessary. For more information, go to www.rockinontheriver.com:

May 27: Separate Ways (Journey) with Lock 4

June 3: Broken Road (Rascal Flatts) with Caliber and The Blue Ticks

June 17: Zoso (Led Zeppelin) with Red Sun Rising

June 24: Big Brother and the Holding Co. and The Swamp Boogie Band

July 1: Fins to the Left (Jimmy Buffet) with Uptown Cats

July 9: Almost Queen with Skinny Moo

July 15: Seven Bridges (Eagles) with Blue Lunch

July 29: Atomic Punks (Van Halen) with That ‘80s Band

Aug. 5: Strutter (KISS) with Harlow

Aug. 12: Vicious Cycle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) with Stacie Collins

Aug. 19: Bad Medicine (Bon Jovi) with Jukebox Heroes

Aug. 26: Thunderstruck (AC/DC) with Stranglehold (Ted Nugent)

Cuyahoga Falls Recreation Department

The city presents Monday night concerts by the 50-member Cuyahoga Falls Community Band at parks in the city throughout the summer. If it rains, concerts will take place inside at the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave. All concerts will be at 7:30 p.m.:

June 6: Quirk Cultural Center

June 13: Linden Park

June 20: Newberry Park

June 27: Oak Park

July 11: Keyser Park

July 18: Lions Park

July 25: Valley Vista Park

Aug. 1: Peninsula Shelter at Water Works Park

The Akron Pops Orchestra also will perform in Cuyahoga Falls with concerts at 7:30 p.m.:

June 23: Valley Vista Park

July 21: Oak Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Music in the Meadow concert series is back on selected Wednesdays at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road. Picnicking is encouraged (no alcoholic beverages are allowed). Preconcert activities for families will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the music will start at 6:30 p.m. A ranger-led walk will take place after the concert. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be cancelled. Call 330-650-4636, ext. 228, after 2 p.m. for updates. For more details, go to www.cvnpa.org:

June 1: Mo’ Mojo Mama

June 15: Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band

July 6: The Speedbumps

July 13: HeartBEAT Afrika

Aug. 3: Copus Hill

Aug. 17: Keith McKelley & Audible Distraction


The Friday Night Summer Concert Series will take place in Bicentennial Park, 3486 S. Smith Road, most Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m.:

June 10: Southbound

June 17: Acid Raincoat

June 24: Cold Blue Steele

July 1: Phil ‘n The Blanks

July 8: 45 RPM

July 15: Elixer

July 22: Calypso Gypsies

July 29: The Stingers


Norton’s Warm Up for the Weekend concert series is back for the third year. This year, concerts return to Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., unless indicated, at Columbia Woods Park, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive:

June 9: The Speedbumps

June 23: A Band Named Ashes

July 7: Celebration (6 to 8 p.m. with Cruise-In car show)

July 21: Blue Lunch

Aug. 11: Wayne Tomsic Combo (at Norton Community Center, 6 to 8 p.m.)

Aug. 25: Kerosene with Karri Fedor

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