Akron, Ohio, and its surrounding cities may not be best known for their ideal weather or for having paramount sports teams. But what they lack in sun and record-breaking seasons, they more than make up for in the music arena. This city loves music. And the encouraging atmosphere that it has toward music creates the perfect environment for aspiring artists to thrive in and succeed. The following Akron-grown and raised artists are making giant waves in the music industry. I’ve highlighted must-see 2014 shows of theirs below; you aren’t going to want to miss these!
- Get On Up considers itself to be Northeast Ohio’s new funk authority. Their music is enthusiastic and alive and has a soulful, jazzy nature. If you’re looking to dance and completely let loose, Get On Up will get you there. Don’t miss them at Musica in downtown Akron on Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are only $5.00! Visit Live at Musica for more details.
- Hey Monea! (pronounced “moh-nay”) is a rock n’ roll band that made a name for itself after opening for Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band at Hard Rock Calling in 2012. They have since released their first album, Cheap Souvenirs, and are currently touring all over the US. Catch them opening for the Doobie Brothers at the Akron Civic Center on Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $64.00. Buy yours today at Hey Monea! Events.
- Mark Leach is the only name you need to know if you’re looking for a great country concert in Akron. He and his band put on a tremendous show that features both flawless cover songs and original compositions from their album, With Love from Tennessee. Sing along with him at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown on Saturday, July 19. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but stay posted at Mark Leach Music.
In addition to the incredibly talented local artists, billboard topping musicians will also be serenading Akron this year.
- Billy Joel is packing the Quickens loan arena for his 8:00 p.m. performance on Tuesday, April 1. Tickets are on sale now and range from $49.50 to $119.50. Seating and purchasing options are available at the Q Arena.
- Perhaps the most anticipated show (or should I say shows) for this summer, is Luke Bryan at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Fans will get not just one, but two chances to see him shake it on stage in those perfectly fitted jeans. Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22 are dates to remember. Follow Luke’s Tour to stay updated on when these tickets go on sale.