Akron Art Museum’s Downtown@Dusk Series Has a Late Start and Goes Virtual

Thu 8/6, Thu 8/13, Thu 8/20 & Thu 8/27 @ 6:30-8:30PM

A lot of people and organizations are playing catch-up, now that they’ve realized that his pandemic isn’t ending any time soon, they’ve figured out the virtual thing, and they want to take advantage of the waning days of summer.

One of those is the Akron Art Museum, which has been doing its outdoor summer music series Downtown @ Dusk for 35 years, typically from late June through mid-August. Its usual announcement would have come as COVID-19 was hitting is stride here in Ohio so it never came — but better late than never. AAM has announced a series of four concerts, taking place on the four Thursdays in August — but you’ll be listening from your home, not from the museum’s Bud & Susie Rogers Garden.

It kicks off on August 6 with Bedford, Ohio-bred jazz trumpeter Curtis Taylor who moved on to get music degrees Michigan State and Rutgers before launching a successful Southern California-based career as a performing musician, sideman and session player. He released the album Snapshot with his Curtis Taylor Trio last August.

Akron soul singer Timi Funk performs on August 13, followed by Cleveland’s Latin jazz maestro Sammy De Leon on August 20. The series closes on August 27 with the Numbers Band, the Kent legends who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, which undoubtedly would have gotten a lot more play if not for the pandemic. Go here for more information.


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