The Grog is one of the prime places in town to hear hot indie, punk, and pop bands. It’s hosted a ton of buzz bands on their way up, as well as some of the best locals.
This downtown Akron club books bands that never would have found the Rubber City a few years ago — say, Dinosaur Jr. and the Drive-By Truckers. Between the touring acts, original locals take the stage.
Rare is the venue that boasts such warm acoustics as the Kent Stage. It’s why folksingers and singer-songwriters love playing here — and why their fans adore it too.
What separates Pete’s from hundreds of other neighborhood watering holes? It’s the kaleidoscope of sound that pours out of the place on weekends — some of the area’s best jazz, blues, rock, and acoustic musicians.
The city’s top metal and hardcore club gives fans their money’s worth: Most shows include at least four bands, and usually many more. The venue also includes the Pirates Cove side stage and upstairs Rockstar bar.
The city’s best jazz club books headliners from every corner of the genre. The dining room where acts perform — you can have dinner while you listen — was recently redesigned for even better sound and sightlines.
This vintage Akron club hosts everything from indie bands and electronic DJs to punk nights and jam sessions.
Located on the Case campus, the Barking Spider Tavern is best known for singer-songwriter types, but jazz combos, blues groups, and indie rock bands squeeze onto the small stage too.
Brothers has grown away from its funky blues-club vibe of days past. Now it features three rooms: a restaurant/tavern, a wine bar that specializes in acoustic sounds, and the roomy Music Hall, which hosts rock, blues, jazz, and reggae acts.
Sports fans and would be American Idols meet at this popular pub in the heart of West Park.
On weekends, local jazz and R&B bands play on a small stage in the back of this eclectic American steakhouse, which offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Reopened and under new management.
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