Downtown@Dusk

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.
Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

Downtown@Dusk: Curtis Taylor (Member Appreciation Night!)

June 28, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for the kick-off of the Akron Art Museum's Downtown@Dusk concert series, featuring Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter Curtis Taylor, accompanied by Akron’s Theron Brown. 

Downtown@Dusk: Curtis Taylor (Member Appreciation Night!)

June 28, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Concert Free & Open to All

Join us for the kick-off of the Akron Art Museum's Downtown@Dusk concert series, featuring Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter Curtis Taylor, accompanied by Akron’s Theron Brown.

Taylor has performed with pianist Cyrus Chestnut at the Kennedy Center (recorded for NPR’s Jazzset), played engagements at Dizzy’s Club in New York City and toured extensively around the world. He has also performed and recorded with rising jazz star Gregory Porter.  

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*Member Appreciation Night! 5:30 – 7:30 pm*

Calling all Akron Art Museum members!

Kick-off your summer concert season with us in the Art Oasis in the Upper Grove of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and pick-up some tasty treats and special offers!

At 6:30 pm relax and enjoy the music of Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Trumpeter Curtis Taylor at the first Downtown@Dusk concert of 2018! Taylor will be accompanied by local jazz pianist, Theron Brown.

Free for Members • Register online to attend

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Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

Downtown@Dusk: 15 60 75 The Numbers Band

July 5, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The fireworks aren't over after July 4: check out local original blues, jazz and rock legends The Numbers Band at Downtown@Dusk 2018. 

Downtown@Dusk: 15 60 75 The Numbers Band

July 5, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

The fireworks aren't over after July 4: check out local original blues, jazz and rock legends The Numbers Band at Downtown@Dusk 2018.

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15 60 75 The Numbers Band has been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications since the beginning of their 45+ years of live performances and recordings.

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

Downtown@Dusk: Purple k'niF

July 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Get ready for originals and classic surf rock covers on vintage instruments, from Akron Sound pioneers Purple k’niF. 

Downtown@Dusk: Purple k'niF

July 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

Join us in the garden for surf rock from Akron Sound pioneers Purple k’niF (featuring Chris Butler from the Waitresses, Bob Basone from the Walking Clampetts and Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites, and Johnny Teagle and Ted Lawrence of the Walking Clampetts).

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About the band

Purple k'niF plays maximum surf and twang, all-instrumental surf / hot-rod / juvenile delinquent rock n roll. Imagine The Ventures with Keith Moon on drums! 

Purple k'niF collects and plays only vintage instruments, so there will be nothing on stage made after 1965…including the band members.

Their name comes from a catch phrase used by our 1960’s local horror movie host (Ernie Anderson a/k/a “Ghoulardi”) who successfully polluted the band's minds at an early age. (The “K” is hard and k’niF is Fink spelled backwards). They play a mix of originals, and cover tunes ranging from obscure Australian beach music to chart-topping British and American guitar-based hits. And the band proudly has no CD’s, merch or web pages—if you want to hear Purple k'niF, you’ll just have to come to a show!


Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

Downtown@Dusk: Shivering Timbers and Anne E. DeChant

July 19, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant, along with indie and roots rock from opening act, Shivering Timbers. 

Downtown@Dusk: Shivering Timbers and Anne E. DeChant

July 19, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

Enjoy an evening of roots and Americana rock with Anne E. DeChant, along with indie and roots rock from the Shivering Timbers.

Anne E. DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. She has shared the stage with such well-known performers as Stevie Nicks, Nora Jones, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the Clinton White House to such storied listening rooms as Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, the Evening Muse in Charlotte, Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Kimbro’s in Franklin, TN, and Frog Pond in Silver Hill, AL.

Shivering Timbers is an internationally-touring band hailing from Akron Ohio, who's toured with and the likes of Shovels and Rope, Kenny Loggins, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Alejandro Escovedo, and who's debut album was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Anne E. DeChant Photo: Shane Wynn

Shivering Timbers Photo: Chris Rutan

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

Family Day: Outdoor Movie Night

July 19, 2018, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Rally for your favorite race car under the stars with Lightning McQueen in the 2017 Disney adventure-comedy film, Cars 3.

Family Day: Outdoor Movie Night

July 19, 2018, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Running low on creative fuel? Fill up your tank with an all-star lineup in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden that’s sure to rev up your engine. Buckle your seatbelts for Downtown@Dusk from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, rev up your hands-on-artsy side from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, and rally for your favorite racecar under the stars from 9 – 10:30 pm, starring Lightning McQueen, in the 2017 Disney adventure-comedy film, Cars 3.

6:30 – 8:30 pm • Downtown@Dusk concert (Shivering Timbers & Anne E. DeChant)

7:30 – 8:30 pm • Hands-On art activities for kids & families

9 – 10:30 pm • Film Screening (Cars 3) in the garden

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

Rain date: Thursday, July 26

Photo: Chris Rutan

Family Day events are designed for children ages 0-12, with an adult caretaker. Event-related activities are free. Admission to the galleries is also free for adult members and ALL children (age 17 and under with an adult). Regular admission applies to non-member adults.

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Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Outdoor Movie Night is sponsored by the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

Downtown@Dusk: Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Orchestra

July 26, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of Latin Jazz from one of Northeast Ohio's most recognized bandleaders, Sammy De Leon. 

Downtown@Dusk: Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Orchestra

July 26, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

Enjoy an evening of Latin Jazz from one of Northeast Ohio's most recognized bandleaders, Sammy De Leon.

De Leon's discography includes “Que Lindas Son Las Mujeres” with Orquesta Charambó (1985), “Un Nuevo Estilo” with Impacto Nuevo (1995), “Algo Para Ti” Roberto Ocasio Latin Project (1998), and “Sammy” with Sammy De Leon Orchestra (2003). He regularly mentors young musicians from Oberlin College who want to learn Latin music. His friends jokingly call his band “Sammy Salsa College” because his band has been a rite of passage for many upcoming players.

Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

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