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The Akron Art Museum's Popular Outdoor Concert Series Downtown@Dusk Returns for its 24th Season

For Release: June 2008

Akron, OH – Downtown Akron heats up on Thursdays this summer when the Akron Art Museum’s popular outdoor summer concert series Downtown@Dusk returns for its 24th annual season! From July 10 through September 11, concert-goers will enjoy music, food and art every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Museum’s member parking lot, just south of the museum on High Street.

Downtown@Dusk will feature a live band, along with personalities from 89.7 WKSU. Gourmet picnics will be available for purchase from the museum’s Jazzman’s Café. While the Downtown@Dusk band takes a break, visitors have the opportunity to attend informal ArtTalks@Dusk by museum staff and area artists in the museum’s auditorium.

Throughout the evening, kids and an accompanying adult can become artists by participating in free, hands-on art projects at Family Fun Nights from 6 – 8:30 pm.

Also, stop by the museum's Corbin Family Foundation Gallery to check out Smells Like Teen Spirit, an exhibition of screen printed D@D band posters created by the Akron Art Museum's teen council. Posters will be auctioned off at each concert.

Parking is free in the High Street municipal garage directly across the street from the entrance of the Akron Art Museum. No smoking, pets, bottles, cans, bikes, skateboards, sporting equipment or chalk allowed. In case of inclement weather, concerts will take place inside the museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby.

Galleries are open until 9 pm. Admission fees apply to the galleries. Concerts are free.

For more information, please call 330.376.9185 or visit

Downtown@Dusk 2008 is made possible by the City of Akron and is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

2008 Schedule

Thursday, July 10 – Wanda Hunt Band, Old School Rhythm & Blues
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Concept Cars: Automobile Inspired Art, Director of Education, Missy Higgins

Thursday, July 17 – Akron Art Museum First Anniversary with The Bluestones, Rhythm & Blues meets Classic Rock
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Happy Birthday Akron Art Museum: A Year in Review, Akron Art Museum Director and CEO Mitchell Kahan

Thursday, July 24 – Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band, Roots/Reggae
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Lifestyles of the Rich and Poor: Bill Brandt’s England, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Barbara Tannenbaum

Thursday, July 31 – Patrick Sweany, Rock/Pop
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Akron Art Museum, Portrait Demonstration, artist Dino Massaroni

Thursday, August 7 – Houseguest, Rock/Pop
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, The Art of Devo, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Akron Beacon Journal columnist and Devo biographer David Giffels

Thursday, August 14 – 15 60 75 The Numbers Band, Rock/Abstract Blues
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, The Art of the Cover Band, Kent State University Professor Albert Reischuck

Thursday, August 21 – The Magpies, Rock/Pop
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Artists and Avatars: The Burgeoning Art World of “Second Life”, Curator of Exhibitions Ellen Rudolph

Thursday, August 28 – Horns & Things, Jazz
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Embracing the New: Recently Acquired Artworks, Akron Art Museum Curatorial Assistant Allison Tillinger Schmid

Thursday, September 4 – Hillbilly Idol, Bluegrass
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, London Street Graffiti and Gilbert George’s “Dirty Words”, Frank Spicer, Art Historian

Thursday, September 11 – The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Project, Salsa
ArtTalk@Dusk, 7:30-7:45 pm, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium Akron Art Museum, Paper Cuts: The Photo-collages of John Heartfield, Akron Art Museum Registrar Arnie Tunstall

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