Akron Art Museum announces Midwinter Tunes, A Free Celebration of Music

The Akron Art Museum announces Midwinter Tunes, an evening of musical acts, visual arts, community partners, and activities on March 5, 2022. This year’s Midwinter Tunes will be an indoor and outdoor music festival that celebrates the creative community in Akron and utilizes the entirety of the Museum’s footprint. Midwinter Tunes is free and open to the public. The event is drop-in-style and will take place from 4:00 pm–8:00 pm.

“We’re excited to bring Midwinter Tunes back to the Museum in-person this year. In addition to celebrating the wonderful musicians, artists, and organizations from our community, we are thrilled to offer this unique event in a safe, socially-distanced manner,” Jon Fiume, Interim Executive Director, said. “By utilizing the Museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces, we’re hoping to cater to the different needs of our community, allowing everyone to take part in this special celebration.”

Throughout the evening, musical acts, visual artists, community partners, and activities will be featured across the Museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, and galleries. Seven musical artists will play back-to-back during the event. Some will perform outside in a covered, heated tent and others will perform inside the lobby. In addition, other elements such as ice carving, festive lighting, and games will add to the celebration of the winter season. Food from Fabi’s Taco Truck will be available for purchase during the event.

Owner and operator of Akron Recording Company, Benjamin Patrick said, “Akron Recording Company is looking forward to partnering again on Midwinter Tunes this year, it is such an exciting opportunity for local musicians to perform in an environment with amazing art, and we are happy to make sure they are sounding their best. The musicians that perform are definitely some of the best in the area!”

Music Schedule:

4:00–4:30 pm: The Buffalo Ryders (Homegrown riffs with raw blues influence)
4:30–5:00 pm: Lea Marra & The Dream Catchers (Folk-pop wearing Bluegrass perfume)
5:00–5:30 pm: Matt Kurtz (Hazy, lo-fi, folk-rock)
5:30–6:00 pm: Chanelle Kazadi (Rustbelt trip-hop with a snap snare)
6:00–6:30 pm: The Katy (Indie soul trio with sweet vocals at the helm)
6:30–7:00 pm: MuAmin Collective (Lyric-heavy, conscious rap with neo-soul infusion)
7:00–7:45 pm: Nathan-Paul + The Admirables (Brassy, jazzy soul funk)

Featured Community Partners:

Akron Recording Company
Chef Gina’s Bake Shop
The Nightlight Cinema
OH SNAP Photo Lab
Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board

Midwinter Tunes is made possible with support from ACME Fresh Market, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc, and Clear Gold Audio and Lighting. Media sponsorship is provided by 91.3 The Summit.