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Music coming to park near you - SSNL

6/2/2011 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Bob Gardner with the Juke Hounds band is shown on stage at Springfield Lake Park in the Gazebo this past summer. The Juke Hounds will perform at the park July 22.
Photo: Lew Stamp
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 begins this weekend on some local stages and lasts through September.

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will perform free concerts this summer. Shown is a concert at Lock 3 Park last summer.
Photo courtesy of Akron Symphony Orchestra
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. A new site for the symphony will be Glendale Cemetery in 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 will already 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.

Another new addition this year is the concerts scheduled in Green. In June, the focus will be on music for children and their caregivers in pre-lunchtime events. In July, evening concerts will take place on Thursdays.

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

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: No Mojo

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. In case of rain, concerts will take place in the lobby. Family activities and free lectures also will be offered during these evenings. For information, 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

Akron — Rock the Lock

Free rock concerts again will take place at the outdoor amphitheater adjacent to the Akron Civic Theatre in Downtown Akron 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 details, go to www.lock3live.com or call 330-375-2877:

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 many 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 site last summer as part of the Lock Bottom Blues & Jazz Club. The area is located behind the Akron Civic Theatre. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments are 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

Akron Symphony Orchestra

The symphony will perform throughout the Akron area this summer on selected Sundays. The free concerts 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. 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 status after 4 p.m. if wet weather is in the forecast:

June 9: Akron Pops Orchestra

July 7: Akron Pops Orchestra

Aug. 11: Akron Pops Orchestra


On Thursday mornings in June, a Children’s Summer Concert Series will be held at the Freda Hunter Bates Pavilion at Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Road, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is geared to children and caregivers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and a blanket or chair:

June 9: Stockdale Band

June 16: Hall Walker

June 23: David Henterly

June 30: We Joy Sing

In addition, the city’s free Summer Concert Series will take place at East Liberty Park, located at 471 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road (state Route 619), on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in July. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy these outdoor concerts. Concessions will be available:

July 7: Aquarius Rising

July 14: J.D. Eicher & The Goodnights

July 21: Cats on Holiday

July 28: Smooth Operation


Norton’s Warm up for the Weekend concert series is back for the third year. This year, concerts will 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


The Springfield Rocks concert series will take place Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Springfield Lake Park in the Gazebo, located on Canfield Road. Call 330-794-1739 for cancellations due to inclement weather. Aug. 12 is a rain date. Concerts are free, but patrons can purchase a $5 “I support the concert” button to help defray costs to the township:

June 10: Power Company

June 17: Marshal Law Band

June 24: New Sunset Band

July 1: Rudy and The Professionals

July 8: Greased Lightning

July 15: Midnight Special

July 22: Juke Hounds

July 29: Remember When

Aug. 5: 45 RPM

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