Food Bank Funk

Support the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank with beats— and canned beets, if you feel so inclined— during their Northwest Ohio Music Festival. Hear The New Fashioned at 5:30pm, R&B singer and songwriter Tinsley Ellis at 7pm and funk and soul from the Average White Band at 8:30pm. Enjoy food trucks, beer, wine and soda.

Jazzy fundraising at The Summit

Can’t wait until the 3rd annual Great Lakes Arts & Jazz Festival? The fall festival is set for Saturday, September 9, but until then you can celebrate the rich legacy of Toledo jazz through June 29 with festival supporters on Thursday evenings at The Summit in downtown Toledo. Presented with the H-Factor Jazz Show (88.3fm,

Jazz with Ethos: Talking Ear Releases Eponymous Album June 17

Talking Ear, a five piece progressive music ensemble is comprised of musicians and friends Estar Cohen (vocalist), Daniel Palmer (guitarist), Benjamin Maloney (pianist), Ben Rolston (bassist), and Travis Aukerman (drummer). Their first album is set for release on June 17, marking the culmination of years spent collaborating artistically. We chatted with Estar Cohen and Travis

Indie Rock and Donuts: CryFace Releases New Studio Album, Suds, on June 16

CryFace will release a long-awaited studio album, Suds, on June 16, 2017. It marks the Blissfield-based quartet’s first legitimate effort with professionally produced material, with the release heralded by a show at uptown’s Ottawa Tavern. The Toledo City Paper caught up with band members Ian Cotter, Levi Makula, Daniel Cotter, and Robert Neyrinck to discuss

Jazzy fundraising for the Great Lakes Arts & Jazz Festival

Can’t wait until the 3rd annual Great Lakes Arts & Jazz Festival? The fall festival lands on Saturday, September 9, but you can still celebrate the rich legacy of Toledo jazz with festival supporters on Thursday evenings at The Summit in downtown Toledo. Presented with the H-Factor Jazz Show (88.3fm, 4-6pm Sundays), Thursday Jazz @

The Main Library’s Brown Bag Concert series is back!

Downtown is gearing up for summer— the Main Library’s Brown Bag Concert series is back! From 12:15-1:15pm on Wednesdays, beginning June 7 until July 26, head to the library’s north lawn for a free outdoor concert (weather permitting). Bring your own lunch and a chair or blanket— or nothing, if you don’t mind sitting on

Latin strings

Toledo guitarist Hector Mendoza will present a rare treat— a concert outside of his regular open mic performances. Born in Lima, Peru, the acoustic guitarist will offer an evening of Latin, Classical and Jazz music during his first Toledo recital. This fundraising event is to help support Mendoza’s college expenses. 7-8pm. Thursday, June 1. The

Memories of Ella

Celebrate the life and legacy of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald during the next Toledo Jazz Orchestra Bistro Series: Tribute to Ella, featuring vocalist Lori Lefevre. This intimate concert will pair Lefevre, who boasts three decades of jazz performances in NW Ohio, with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra to bring Fitzgerald favorites to Registry Bistro. Nosh on

Smokin’ Good Blues: Third Street Cigar Isn’t Just a Cigar Shop

Saying that Third Street Cigar is just a cigar shop, is akin to claiming that the Declaration of Independence is just a history paper. There’s just so much more going on at this Waterville smoking hub than burning leaves and b-s-ing about politics. Not that those pursuits aren’t noble, but owners John Henry, Dave Webb

The Echoes of Poland Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Since 1967, The Echoes of Poland, now Toledo’s only Polish dance group, have graced Toledo and surrounding areas with award-winning, authentic renditions of traditional Polish song and dance. On Sunday, June 11 they’ll celebrate their 50th anniversary in a performance with the Polish American Concert Band at the Ohio Theatre on Lagrange Street. Humble Beginnings

Maxwell: “blackSUMMER’Snight” in Toledo

“blackSUMMER’Snight,” the second album in a trilogy by soul artist Maxwell, has arrived a mere seven years after the first album in the series, “BLACKsummer’snight.” That’s about par for the course for Maxwell, who over his 20-year recording career has released five studio albums. Part of the reason Maxwell doesn’t crank out albums every other

Journey comes to Toledo on June 25

Journey is back on the road this spring, with Steve Smith returning on drums and with Arnel Pineda singing songs that former vocalist Steve Perry made famous in the late 1970s and early ‘80s (as well as other material). Plenty of people wish Perry would return to Journey. And for his part, guitarist Neal Schon