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news release The Akron Art Museum Brings the Sounds of Summer Back to the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden with Downtown@Dusk’s 34th Season

For Release: May 1, 2018

Akron, Ohio—The Akron Art Museum presents its 34th summer of music with its iconic concert series, Downtown@Dusk, featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, roots rock and Americana and Akron Sound rock from local legends. The free, outdoor concerts will be held on Thursdays at 6:30 P.M., from June 28 through July 26, 2018, in the art museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

Akron Art Museum Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman said, “The atmosphere is really relaxed and fun. The garden is a beautiful place to spend a few hours with friends enjoying the music and a cool drink. There isn’t another venue like it.”

Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

The June 28 concert features 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.

Upcoming concerts showcase local legends, 15 60 75 The Numbers Band, 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), roots and Americana rock from Anne E. DeChant with opening act Shivering Timbers, and Latin jazz orchestra leader Sammy DeLeon.

The 2018 Schedule, by date:

June 28 • Curtis Taylor • Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Trumpeter

July 5 • 15 60 75 The Numbers Band • Original Blues, Jazz, Rock

July 12 • Purple K’nif • Surf Rock, Ghoulardi-Inspired

July 19 • Shivering Timbers and Anne E. DeChant • Indie and Roots Rock

July 26 • Sammy DeLeon • Latin Jazz

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

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

For more information about Downtown@Dusk at the Akron Art Museum, visit the museum at Share your Downtown@Dusk experiences on social media with #DowntownAtDusk, and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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