A lineup of artists from northeastern Ohio will perform at the Summit County Historical Society’s Sweet Sounds of Equality Concert on Sunday at the John Brown House grounds at 514 Diagonal Road in Akron.
The Outdoor Concert is a fundraiser that will benefit the Statue and Sojourner Truth Square outside United Way Headquarters in downtown North High Street and John Brown House, Phase III, ” accessible to everyone “. The latter is a restoration and renovation project that will provide an easy entry to the house, including a new paved parking lot, a sidewalk, an ADA ramp at the back of the house and an ADA washroom.
The doors will open at 1 p.m. and the concert will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Performers will include Anne E. DeChant, a native of Avon Lake, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, songwriter and recording artist. She’s won the Cleveland Singer-Songwriter of the Year award five times and has performed with everyone from Melissa Etheridge to Stevie Nicks.
Also playing is Serrin Joy, singer, songwriter and actress who graduated from Akron School for the Arts at Firestone High School and the American Musical Dramatic Conservatory in New York City. Now based in Atlanta, Joy is a recording artist who has over 1,000 streams.
The women of The Rhondas will reunite for the concert, including Jen Maurer, Leigh Ann Wise and Sarah Benn. Maurer plays guitar, piano and vocals; Wise plays banjo, ukulele, guitar, percussion and vocals; and Benn offers double bass and vocals.
Saxophonist Justin Tibbs, originally from Akron and a graduate of Firestone High School and Akron University, will perform with JT’s Electrik Blackout, including Andru Dennis, Jared Lees and Holbrook Riles III. Michael “MaxHeat” Mosley will be the master of ceremonies. The Copley High School and UA grad is also a singer-songwriter.
General admission for the concert is $ 18.59, for the year Abolitionist Brown led the raid on Harpers Ferry. VIP tickets cost $ 101, for 101 years of women’s suffrage. See https://bit.ly/3A4he5b or call 330-535-1120.
Tickets at the door will cost $ 25. Spectators must bring their own chairs or blankets. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.
The Center for Applied Drama and Autism is excited to announce its Next Stage Comedy Project, a new online comedy troupe of 10-15 actors with autism and other disabilities. The new project is funded by an ArtsNEXT grant from the Ohio Arts Council awarded for innovative and experimental programming.
Professional comedian and improv artist Ruben Ryan and John Lynch, a former CADA student with autism who is now a CADA teacher, will lead the nine-month pilot program. Members of the troupe will be selected through auditions and interviews to develop material, rehearse and perform.
Auditions will take place on Tuesday or September 23 for those 16 and over. Go to www.signupgenius.com/go/508094daaa92ca0fb6-cada to register.
Troop members, who will receive stipends for their performances, will work virtually until it is safe for all to perform live. The Next Stage Comedy Project will feature a showcase in December and feature monthly shows online from January through May.
Alexandra Houser Vukoder is the new Director of Advancement at Akron Art Museum, responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts, membership, museum events and the visitor experience. She has over 18 years of nonprofit experience, including previous roles in public relations, campaign management, and community engagement with the local, regional and national American Cancer Society.
“I believe Alex will be a great addition to the management team and to our promotion department. With her vast experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization, and I look forward to working with her, ”said Executive Director Jon Fiume in a prepared statement.
“The museum is uniquely positioned to strengthen our community by breaking down barriers and bringing people together. To have the opportunity to share the history of the Akron Art Museum and to invite others to support our efforts in this way is a real privilege, ”said Vukoder.
Vukoder, a longtime northeast Ohio resident, lives in Bath with her husband, Phil, and their three children. She is the Grapevine columnist for the Bath Country Journal.
New severance pay policy
The Cleveland Orchestra began on Wednesday requiring all who come to concerts and events at Severance Hall to present full proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before entering. Customers can use contactless verification with the CLEAR app or show their original vaccination card or a photo of it on a mobile phone, along with a valid driver’s license or other issued photo ID by the government.
All members of the public must wear masks inside Severance Hall, regardless of their vaccination or testing status. Children under 12 who cannot be vaccinated must provide proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of the date of the performance and wear a mask.
See www.clevelandorchestra.com for full COVID-19 health and safety updates for the 2021-2022 season.
Artistic writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]