First Night Akron 2017 Artist Guide


Acme Fresh Market Selfie Station
John S. Knight Center – Maidenburg Concourse
6-11 p.m.

Grab a prop and take a selfie with your family. #AcmeFreshMarket

Akron Art Museum
Akron Art Museum – Collections Galleries
6-10 p.m.

View the masterpieces in the museum’s collections galleries and view the following exhibition : Jimmy Kuehnle: Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle. The Museum Collection: Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries and The Museum Collection: C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Galleries.

The Akron Big Band
Greystone Hall – Ballroom
6-8 p.m.

The Akron Big Band has entertained audiences for over 65 years, covering great songs from the swing era. Great music brings back memories and creates new ones.

Akron Derbytown Mens Chorus
Zion Lutheran Church – Sanctuary
6-6:45 p.m., 7-7:45 p.m.

A very active group that performs a cappella music throughout the Akron area for audiences of all ages. If you enjoy vocal music, you'll love them.

Asian Services in Action, Inc.
Karder Terrace, John S. Knight Center
6-9 p.m.

Asian Services in Action will have three local artists who will be providing face painting. Free book marks and fortune cookies.

Bonnie Baughman
Zion Lutheran Church – Gym/Food Court
6-7:15 p.m.

Bonnie sings a familiar mix of songs from show tunes to songs from days gone by, patriotic and gospel. She’s fun to listen and sing a-long with.

The Carson Barnes Quartet
Zion Lutheran Church – Sanctuary
8:15-9 p.m., 9:15-10 p.m.

These performances will give a brief overview of the jazz genre (i.e. blues, Latin, vocals, bossanova).

Kofi Boakye
kron Art Museum – Auditorium
6:15-6:30 p.m., 7:15-7:30 p.m .

17-year-old pianist, Kofi Boakye, performs a mixture of jazz, funk and R&B favorites and original music off of his upcoming album. Stick around to hear his story as a Pechakucha presenter.

Chardon Polka Band
John S. Knight Center - Ballroom
10-11:30 p.m.

The Chardon Polka Band is known for being innovative and extremely adaptive with the ability to please almost any audience. In their twelve years together, the band has made a name for itself by adding a colorful twist to the traditional genre of the polka.

Children's Library Make & Take
Children's Library, Akron-Summit Country Public Library
6-9 p.m.

Help us create "faux stained glass" windows for the Main Library's windows out of wax paper and magic markers, or take yours home.

Confucius Institute
John S. Knight Center - Karder Terrace
6-9 p.m.

UA's Confucius Institute is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture. Ring in the new year by being a part of the Chinese dragon dance.

The Gage Brothers
6:15-6:45 p.m., 7-7:30 p.m.

The Gage Brothers are a high energy Americana roots band from Akron consisting of two brothers and two others, all with a love of music.

Dale Galgozy
Zion Lutheran Church – Gym/Food Court
7:45-9 p.m.

Dale Galgozy has a direct delivery, both vocally and on his old-timey jazz guitar. His lyrics are both heartfelt yet at times have a biting humorous-tongue.

Goodyear Ice Sculpture Garden
Akron Art Museum – Bud and Susie Rogers Garden
7:15-7:45 p.m., 8:15-8:45 p.m.

Stroll through the garden to view abstract ice carvings, or take a picture on the ice throne. Live ice carving demonstrations by Elegant Ice Creations at 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Horse Drawn Sleigh by Carriage Limousine
Main Street
6-9 p.m.

Carriage Limousine Services will offer sleigh rides through beautiful Downtown Akron in a one-of-a-kind eight passenger horse drawn sleigh.

Neil Jacobs - World 12-String Guitar
Akron-Summit County Public Library - Stray Dog Café
6:15-7 p.m., 7:15-8 p.m.

Masterful gypsy, classical, world, and fingerstyle 12-string guitar, featuring mesmerizing original compositions combined with entertaining anecdotes from world travels and experiences.

Jen Maurer & Anthony Papaleo
Akron-Summit Country Public Library - Acoustic Café (Main St.)
6:15-7 p.m., 7:15-8 p.m.

Americana and Bluegrass, featuring originals, traditional and contemporary songs. Duet and harmony singing, with 5-string banjo, guitar (acoustic and electric), upright bass and hi-hat.

Jul Big Green
10:15-10:45 p.m., 11-11:30 p.m.

Jul Big Green is a cross-genre solo artist/band from Cleveland who plays pop-rock, with heavy hip-hop influences.

Magic Mike
John S. Knight Center – Foundations Room
6:15-6:45 p.m., 7-7:30 p.m.

Magic Mike reappears to amaze and astonish children and adults of all ages with interactive magic and illusion.

Magical Theatre Co.
Akron-Summit Country Public Library – Auditorium
7:15-8 p.m., 8:15-9 p.m., 9:15-10 p.m.

Pinocchio, directed by Dennis O’Connell. Humor and hi-jinx of the highest order! The Italian tale of a lonely old man and his wooden puppet who yearns to become a real, live boy is hilarious and delightful. Pinocchio undergoes a series of misadventures that help him discover the importance of love, hard work, and of course, telling the truth.

Matrix Performing Arts
Mainstage and Lock 3
8:45-9 p.m., 11:45 p.m. - Midnight

Follow the Matrix Performing Arts Drum Corps as they make their way from the Mainstage to Lock 3 for the 9 p.m. and midnight fireworks displays.

Neos Dance Theatre
Akron Civic Theatre: 6:15-6:45 p.m., 7-7:30 p.m.
Greystone Hall – Ballroom: 6-8 p.m.

Dance the night away with the Neos dancers in the Greystone Ballroom, or sit back and enjoy their contemporary balletic style at the Civic Theatre.

Akron-Summit Country Public Library – Auditorium: 6:15-7 p.m.
Roaming: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Nuance is The University of Akron's premier all-male a cappella group. Since their founding in 2004, Nuance's mission has been to provide high quality a cappella music to a variety of audiences.

One T Entertainment DJ Service
Akron-Summit County Public Library – 2nd Floor
6-10 p.m.

Dance your way through the library! Music for all ages provided by One T Entertainment.

Pat Catan’s Mask Making
Zion Lutheran Church – 3rd floor
6-9 p.m.

First Night’s favorite make and take activity is back and in a new location! With sequins, feathers, and beads, you’ll find the perfect combination to create a masterpiece.

Akron Art Museum – Auditorium
6:30-7:15 p.m.7:30-8:15 p.m., 8:30-9:15 p.m., 9:30-10:15 p.m.

At PechaKucha, creatives from diverse disciplines present their work and ideas in a unique format -- 20 slides of 20 seconds each. In these fun and informal events, you'll learn a little about a lot, and leave feeling uplifted and inspired.

Pick-Up Stix
John S. Knight Center – Rotunda: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Main Street: 11:15 p.m.-Midnight

Cleveland based stilt walking company with a wide range of costumes. Their stilts are loaded with high powered LED’s as well as their costumes – also tallest stilters in Ohio.

Radio Free Akron
John S. Knight Center – Karder Terrace
6-9 p.m.

Radio staff will entertain by allowing the public to give shout outs to friends and family, discuss New Year's resolutions, and talk about the good and/or bad for the current year.

Recipe of Life
Akron-Summit Country Public Library – Acoustic Café  (Main St.)
8:30-9:15 p.m., 9:30-10:15 p.m.

Recipe of Life is a ukulele duo made up of two best friends, Shelby and Ariel, who are both full of sunny personalities and sweet voices to match.

Rell Riley
Akron-Summit County Public Library - Stray Dog Café
7-7:45 p.m., 8-8:45 p.m.

Rell Riley is one of Akron’s most respected hip hop artist.

Sensory Space
Akron-Summit County Public Library – Classroom
6-10:30 p.m.

Families who have members on the autism spectrum are invited to drop in our autism-friendly sensory room to enjoy some quiet time and soothing activities such as reading, coloring and playing with puppets. 

Serendipity LED Show
Akron Art Museum – Bud and Susie Rogers Garden
9:15-10 p.m.

Prepare to be electrified with Rachael's LED experience. Observe this multi-talented performer catch eyes with her jaw-dropping, high energy flow arts.

Silent Disco
John S. Knight Center – OMNOVA Solutions Room
6-11 p.m.

Grab a pair of wireless headphones and dance the night away. The Silent Disco features One T Entertainment, DJ Ben Crazy and Neon Tetra.

Elec Simon
John S. Knight Center – Foundations Room
8-9:30 p.m.

Elec Simon, formerly with STOMP and currently with the Cleveland Cavalier’s Q-Stix, has made it his life’s mission to spread his brand of music. It’s a rhythm based off of nature’s oldest drum; the heart, and it’s from the heart that his message flows – teach our children to love one another and the world will grow up with them to be a better place.

The Kevin Smalley Experience
Greystone Hall – Mill Street Storefront
6-11 p.m.

Watch as local artist, Kevin Smalley, creates masterpiece after masterpiece right before your eyes.

Snow Queen and Ice Princess
Akron Art Museum – Bud and Susie Rogers Garden
6-8 p.m.

Get your picture taken with the Snow Queen and Ice Princess courtesy of Party People, LLC.

Summit County Safe Communities
John S. Knight Center – Maidenburg Concourse
6-11 p.m.

Funded by a grant to the Sheriff’s Office from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, program focuses on highway safety issues and the overall safety of the community. Play a game of cornhole and learn about safe driving.

Summit Metro Parks Community Art Project
Akron Art Museum
6-9 p.m.

“Bee and Bee”: Help Summit Metro Parks build a bug condo for the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Stuff the condo with natural and manmade materials along with your written wishes for the new year.

The Curtis Taylor Quartet
Greystone Hall – Ballroom
8:30-10 p.m.

The Curtis Taylor Quartet will perform music from the jazz, R&B and contemporary genres.

Umojah Nation
8:15-8:45 p.m., 9-9:30 p.m.

Northeast Ohio's most inspired reggae band!  Striving for unity, spiritual oneness and a lasting harmony through the powerful force called Reggae Music! 

University of Akron Steel Drum Band
John S. Knight Center – Ballroom
6:15-7 p.m., 7:15-8 p.m., 8:15-9 p.m.

Let the University of Akron Steel Drum Band transport you to Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of the steelpan. Enjoy, learn, and play with the group at this unique performance.

The Michael Weber Show
Akron Civic Theatre
8-9:30 p.m.

The Michael Weber Show is a rock and blues power trio focused around 19-year-old guitar prodigy, Michael Weber. They will blow you away.

Wesley Bright and the Honeytones
Akron Civic Theatre
10-11:30 p.m.

Wesley, the “honey-voiced” front man of this exciting soul band will mesmerize the crowd with this timeless sound and stunning moves

Craig Woodson
John S. Knight Center – Firestone Room
6-8:30 p.m.

Come drum in the new year and make and play your own 'Drumpet,' a combination drum and trumpet. All ages are welcome, all drums are provided including a drum set.

Yiddishe Cup
John S. Knight Center – Foundations Room
10-11:30 p.m.

“Hava Nagila” to the 10th power! This Klezmer band lights up the stage with their eccentric mix of Yiddish music.

Zion Face Painting
Zion Lutheran Church – 3rd floor
7-9 p.m.

Enjoy bright and lively designs such as balloons, flag, flowers, names, numbers and many more multi-colored designs for children of all ages.