Jeri Sparonetti and Sam Caler make up the eccentric and talented Akron rock duo, Time Cat. Sparonetti sings and plays bluesy guitar with the occasional shredding, while Caler plays the drums, adding sophisticated rhythms and originality. The group draws on many classic rock influences such as Led Zeppelin and David Bowie to create a modern rock ‘n’ roll sound full of vibrant guitar work, heavy drum beats and wild vocals that come together to make a groovy combination not commonly found in today’s music.
The band started out late 2011 after the two met at a jam night hosted at Sparonetti’s house. About a year after they met, they began playing together and soon decided they would form a band.
“It was like late 2011 when we started playing together,” said Sparonetti, “and we’ve just been playing tons and tons of shows for the last two years.”
Treat your valentine to a very special evening at Gospel Meets Symphony. Now in its 21st year, Gospel Meets Symphony returns to The University of Akron's EJ Thomas hall on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. For one night only, witness the power of the 200 voice Gospel Meets Symphony Choir as it joins forces with the Akron Symphony Orchestra to perform some of the world's most inspiring gospel and classical music under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, the Akron Symphony Orchestra Music Director, and Chorus Master Jennifer Mekel Jones.
"Gospel is all about good news. Symphony brings musical genius to life. Each can stand alone, but its pure magic to see them come together," said Gospel Meets Symphony Chorus Master, Jennifer Mekel Jones. "If you haven't witnessed it before, I assure you that you won't be able to stay in your seat."
"Plenty of other cities do gospel music concerts with their orchestras, but what's unique in Akron is the emphasis on community," said Maestro Christopher Wilkins. "It isn't just a concert of music from a multitude of traditions. The music is a tool for bringing people together and inviting their wholehearted participation with us. That's the higher purpose of Gospel Meets Symphony."
Maestro Christopher Wilkins returns to lead the Akron Symphony Orchestra on Opening Night of its 2013-2014 season. The Akron Symphony's own Levi Hammer will take the spotlight on the Three Graces Piano for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25. Nelson's Savannah River Holiday will begin the opening concert of the season and Brahms' 1st Symphony will close the program. The Akron Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 15 at The University of Akron's EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall.
"I'm thrilled to start this season with an excursion into lively American waters with Nelson's Savannah River Holiday and the grandeur and mastery of Brahms 1st Symphony, a worthy successor to Beethoven's greatest works," said Akron Symphony Music Director Christopher Wilkins. "But the highlight of the evening is surely having Mozart's most attractive concerto performed by our very talented assistant conductor, Levi Hammer."
Akron has produced some great musicians, with some artists reaching critical acclaim and commercial success. This can prove frustrating for local musicians who seek a strong, close-knit musical community in Akron where artists of all genres support each other and collaborate to make everybody more successful.
One of our own, Damon Leon, recently hit the stage at E.J. Thomas Hall with Lyfe Jennings and Conya Doss. Leon, who has been singing his whole life, says that this recent opportunity has renewed his love for the art form. Leon is a lifelong Akron resident, who studied vocal performance at The University of Akron.
Band hosts CD release show, pre-release listening party
Dave Hammer’s Power Supply (DHPS), a local Akron band best known for their infinitely dynamic creativity and delicately wild music, has likely created their most promising release yet. Heavily sweetened with a blues flavor, the band’s third album, "Greasy," comes Mid-July, with a special CD release show at Musica in Downtown Akron.
Recorded to 2-inch tape and released on thick black vinyl, this album carries the weight of past rock 'n' roll greats that have shaped the direction and growth of this unique band's music. Gritty yet subtly refined, these aren't your average blues rock jams, but any blues fan will certainly enjoy them.
Despite their music’s tough outer shell, it’s no surprise that within Hammer’s Lyrics a beautifully crafted amount of romance is intertwined. In the blues tradition, images of hopping trains, leaving one’s pain behind, simple declarations of love for one’s family, and the spirit created with playing guitar and singing can all be felt within their songs. Dave Hammer describes the album as, "Me and my swampy blues machine: a collection of sounds for people of the world."
Hundreds of tubas trimmed with tinsel, garlands and lights will fill the stage of The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall for the 33rd anniversary of Akron's beloved TubaChristmas on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The performances at noon and 2:30 p.m. are free and open to the public as a holiday gift to the community from The University of Akron's School of Music and E.J. Thomas Hall. Parking is also free.
Beacon Journal columnist Jewell Cardwell will be the guest soloist for both performances.
Girls Night: The Musical is coming to the Akron Civic Theatre, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Share the fun & laughter at this hilarious, feel-good comedy as five girlfriends go from heartbreak to happiness during a wild night of karaoke. Get your girlfriends together and come sing along, dance along, and sip on cocktails as you take in this party of a show!
Girls Night: The Musical has earned rave reviews playing packed houses throughout the United Kingdom since 2003. It premiered in the US in May 2007 and has toured across the country since then. It has been described as "'Desperate Housewives' meets Mamma Mia!" (Applause Magazine), "Part anthem, part confessional and all party!" (Telegram & Gazette), "An infectious, exhilarating sense of intoxication!" (Hollywood Reporter) and "As funny and outrageous as 'Sex and the City'!" (The Advocate).
Pianist "Jingle" Joe Augustine, trumpeter Jack "Frost" Schantz, vocalist "Peppermint" Patty LaNasa and more musicians from The University of Akron School of Music are combining their musical talents for Jingle Jazz on Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., on the UA campus.
The concert will include jolly, jazzy selections from Duke Ellington's "Jazz Nutcracker" by the UA Jazz Ensemble, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" by The Joe Augustine Trio, and other seasonal favorites.
Advance-sale tickets are available at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office and by phone at 330-972-7570. Tickets will be sold at the door if seating is still available. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $6 for non-UA students, and free for UA students when they show their Zip Cards. "Jingle Jazz" is part of the Kulas Concert Series, the UA School of Music's signature concert series that is supported by the Cleveland-based Kulas Foundation.
The Akron Symphony launched its pre-holiday, 3-2-1 tickets sale. Through midnight on Friday, Nov. 30, buyers can save more than 50 percent on tickets for all remaining concerts this season. The 3-2-1 Sale officially runs Nov. 28 - Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the first time, and only during this special event, discount tickets can also be purchased online. The online sale started at midnight on Cyber Monday, Nov. 26 and runs through midnight on Friday, Nov. 30.
"We are pleased to once again offer great tickets at a reduced price just in time for gift-giving or a holiday outing," said Joanne Green, the Akron Symphony's Director of Marketing and Public Relations. "Although we always offer ticket discounts for students, seniors and groups, we hope the 3-2-1 Sale give more community members incentive to come out and experience our fabulous Akron Symphony Orchestra."
The Akron Symphony Orchestra continues its Classics concert series with Gloria, featuring a program of celebratory music, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at The University of Akron's EJ Thomas Hall. The concert will be conducted by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and Akron Symphony Chorus Director, Maria Sensi Sellner.
The program begins with Mozart's radiant Exsultate, jubilate conducted by Maestro Wilkins. It also features a solo by guest soprano, Rebekah Camm. "This piece finds Mozart in a mood of irresistible joy and loving tenderness," said Maestro Wilkins. "It's a fitting piece for November, a month of feasts, giving thanks, celebration and hope."
The concert continues with the Akron premiere of Sukkot through Orion's Nebula, a newer orchestration by composer, James Lee, III. It was co-commissioned by the Akron Symphony through the Sphinx Organization, which supports excellence and diversity in the field of classical music, and first performed in October 2011.