Getting front-row seats to a concert often requires fans to overpay scalpers or name their firstborn child 93.1 FM. See a show on your terms with this GrouponLive deal to see Joe McBride on Saturday, March 2, at the Akron Civic Theatre at 9 p.m. For $7, you get one ticket for onstage cabaret seating (a $15 value). Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Despite—or perhaps because of—the degenerative eye disease that stole his sight as a young man, Missouri-born Joe McBride was utterly undaunted in his quest to become a world-famous jazzman. Besides his own releases, the pianist has lent his agile fingers and velvety voice to collaborations with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Grover Washington Jr. On his latest album, Lookin’ for a Change, McBride entertains with uniquely smooth covers of rock, pop, and R & B songs such as Cameo’s “Word Up,” Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” and Coldplay’s “The Scientist.”
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E.J. Thomas Hall
Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.