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The Musica Complex - 51 e. Market St, Akron (comprising of Musica, Uncorked, and Urban Eats)
Over 20 musical acts, plus poets, dancers, yoga, meditation, multi-media, healthy living workshops and community building workshops, art installations, community art, vendors, vegan food, zero waste, and so much more!
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In March 2013, Zach collaborated with 14 other singer/songwriter friends to co-write 15 songs and 2 other collaborations for a project called Provenance. This record is meant to highlight the talent in the region, and features Randi Driscoll, Charlie Mosbrook, Emma Shepard, Maurice Martin (of Winslow), Rachel Roberts, David Ullman, Colin John, Scott Franklin, Ryan Humbert, Brent Kirby, Kristine Jackson, TM Gottl, Charlie Trenta, and Diana Chittester. Proceeds from this CD/download go to Akron nonprofits to help create and sustain programs aimed at educating and cultivating nonviolence in our community. The official release date is Aug 20th.
Here is a behind the scenes look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVG0MENe33Y
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What could be better than talented artists performing for you and your friends in the comfort of your home? Let Zach play in your house.
Ignite the Soul at the Civic Theater!
Ignite the Soul will be presented at the Civic Theater in Akron!Read more...
Yoga and Music Video
Yoga and Music Video.Read more...
The Antidote to Be Released Dec 6th!
The Antidote to be released on Dec 6th!
Zach and The Bright Lights’ latest album inspires, provides The Antidote
AKRON—No matter what ails you, The Antidote is coming on December 6.
After 15 years of recording, Akron-based singer-songwriter, Zach, will release his 15th record, The Antidote, which is also his fifth record with his backing band, The Bright Lights.The title of this latest album derives from Zach’s personal journey through depression to emerge with even greater optimism. He speaks of music as his own personal cure. “Music is so powerful. It can touch a soul at such a level as nothing else can,” Zach said.
But The Antidote is also a band album, and this latest offering from The Bright Lights is a new step in the evolution of the band. Michael Marotta (keys), Charlie Trenta (lead guitar), Neil Keating (bass), and
Chris Maneri (drums) combine with Zach’s impassioned songwriting and vocals to sculpt a sound akin to the singer/songwriters of the ‘70s, mixed with touches of Bon Iver and ‘80s pop, a healthy helping of soul, and a layer of crisp Americana.
The Antidote also ventures thematically into new territory for The Bright Lights: modern-day social ills, and curing them. Zach said he wants this album to “inspire people to their highest goodness, to
encourage us all to manifest this goodness in some way in our lives.” This idea echoes in “Ignite the Soul,” when he sings, “Give, give, the gifts you give. Ignite the soul."
In the past few years, Zach’s become as equally known for the kinetic energy of his live performances as he has for his community activism, being named “Humanitarian of the Year” by Akron Life Magazine.
This album reflects that vocation and passion. Songs like “Ohio Breaking,” the anti-fracking anthem “I Want a Future Too,” and the environmentally-conscious “Pledge” raise awareness, while songs
like “Hymn” remind us that, "when the world comes to drag you down, light your smile, it keeps the darkness out."
“I Want a Future Too” has already gained recognition from some other songwriter-activists as a winning entry in an Artists Against Fracking contest judged by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.
And anyone who’s seen Zach perform live will recognize “Manifest,” the song he professes as his life’s philosophy, with the chorus, “We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get."
Zach and The Bright Lights release The Antidote on Friday, December 6 at the new Jilly's Music Room (111 N Main St, Akron) at 10pm. A number of all-star guests will also join The Bright Lights on stage.
The evening will make for an energizing and enlightening performance. No cover. However, donations will be accepted for Zach's new Love Initiative Fund, a fund to help Akron-area nonprofits create programs to educate and inspire nonviolence in the community.
Provenance Released Today!
Provenance is officially released world-wide today!Read more...
Videos featuring several of the artists involved in the Provenance project!Read more...