Come see 15 60 75 The Numbers Band perform live at the Akron Art Museum Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm as part of the museum’s popular Downtown@Dusk concert series. Also enjoy a lecture from Interim Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph, ArtCamp@Dusk for the kids, hot dogs and a cold beer from Elevator Brewing for adults.
Simply called The Numbers Band by their fans, band founder Robert Kidney said the band name is taken from a Numbers Racket, a method of analyzing dreams as number sequences then used to place bets popular in Harlem in the 1950’s, mentioned in Paul Oliver’s book, “The Blues Fell This Morning.”
Much like their unconventional name, The Numbers Band’s music stands outside society’s traditional expectations and definitions of Rock ‘n Roll. The majority of the band records were financed by friends who loved their music. Even after 30 years and eight records, The Numbers Band has never been offered a contract from a recording company.
One of the most challenging and exhilarating aspects of working with the art of El Anatsui is that it does not come with any instructions. Anatsui wants his works to be different each time they are installed, reflecting his embrace of the ever-changing nature of life. Hear about the process of envisioning and installing the works in Gravity and Grace, including false starts, re-do’s and improvisations.
Bring the kids down for the first ArtCamp@Dusk! Children7-12 years old will explore fun and wacky hands-on art making in the museum classroom. Registration is required for members and nonmembers. Sign-up today at http://akronartmuseum.ticketleap.com/artcampdusk/#view=calendar.
Concert goers may also visit the museum galleries to view Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Robert Stivers: Veiled Image and The Anniversary Show: Commemorative Art Through the Years during the evening. Gallery admission is required. For detailed information on this and other museum events, visit the calendar of events at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar.
Downtown@Dusk 2012 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.
ArtTalks@Dusk are made possible by a gift from the Sam & Kathy Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron.
ArtCamp@Dusk is made possible by a gift from the Harris-Stanton Gallery.