Downtown@Dusk: JD Eicher & The Goodnights

Thursday’s Downtown@Dusk concert will feature Light Rock band JD Eicher & The Goodnights from 6:30-8:30 pm. Concert goers can also enjoy Short Films curated by Akron Film+Pixel and food from Old Carolina BBQ while kids make fun and wacky art during the museum’s ArtCamp@Dusk.

Attendees will be delighted by JD Eicher & The Goodnights soft, rich music this Thursday.

The band, comprised of JD Eicher (vocals/guitar), Dan Prokop (keys), Jim Merhaut (bass) and Ryan Kirk (drums/percussion), provides listeners and audiences with exceptional subtle pop music. Combining seasoned vocals, rich melodies and emphatic articulation, JD Eicher & The Goodnights’ likability is sure to please concert goers!

At 7:30 pm, Akron Film Shorts will be screening Short Films in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium for ArtTalks@Dusk. Akron Film+Pixel is a year-round social organization for creators and fans of film and games. It evolved from the Akron Film Festival in 2002.

The theme for this week’s ArtCamp@Dusk is “Pieces and Parts,” where kids 6-12 will use felting techniques to create an artwork inspired by artists who use many pieces to create larger artworks. This class has sold out, but you can register for the last two classes at

The Museum Store and galleries are open during Downtown@Dusk until 9 pm (admission is not required to shop in the store). Museum galleries and exhibitions will be open until 9 pm with paid admission.

Exhibitions currently on view in the museum galleries include Draw Me a Story, Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak, With a Trace: Photographs of Absence and Real/Surreal. For information about these exhibitions and other events, please visit the museum’s exhibitions page and calendar.

Vocalist JD Eicher was kind enough to answer some questions about the band and Downtown@Dusk.

How was the band formed?

I started out as a solo acoustic act, performing mostly in Ohio and PA while attending college at Westminster College. As the music developed and became more of a focus, the full band was formed primarily of fellow WC students, and we continued performing out of college.

Your sophomore album has been well received. What was your inspiration for the melodies and lyrics?

Our sophomore record, Shifting, is a record that explores the ups and downs of change in life and relationships. The overarching themes in our music center on hope and love, and these songs are inspired by people and experiences in everyday life.

Your music has been described as “subtle pop.” Do you agree?

It’s definitely what we’re aiming for! We’ve always made it our goal to create accessible music that also has depth and meaning.

You started a music-sharing project to promote your band and music. How successful has it been for you?

The Pass Along Project was a great way for us to get the ball rolling in the promotion of Shifting, and it definitely helped us generate some interest and support from those who participated. Very grateful that we have received the support of so many amazing people!

After hundreds of performances across the nation, what made you decide to perform at Downtown@Dusk?

Part of the band is from Youngstown, and so that makes Akron practically home. We have always kept our eyes open for opportunities to come to Akron and reach the ears of folks in our own neck of the woods. Truly looking forward to this performance!


Downtown@Dusk 2013 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

ArtCamp@Dusk 2013 is made possible by a gift from The Howland Memorial Fun and the House of LaRose.

ArtTalks@Dusk 2013 is made possible by a gift from the Sam & Kathy Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron.