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A Numbers Band Show from September 24th, 1976. Make sure to read the fantastic description of the band during that era.
05/28/2020
15 60 75 Numbers Band

A Numbers Band Show from September 24th, 1976. Make sure to read the fantastic description of the band during that era.

Ok here is another real treat for you all. This is part 1 of a newly surfaced recording of The Numbers Band performing at Pancho Villa's in Kent on Friday, September 24, 1976. This is another audience recording captured from the original cassette master so it's pretty rough but once your ears get used to the quality you'll be transported right back to this time and place. This venue was literally at the very end of North Water Street in Kent. Later it was known as The Stuffed Mushroom and then even later The Avenue. It had a few other names in its day. The building was demolished around 2010 and there's a bridge in its place these days.

A couple of interesting notes about this performance. This is the only known recording of a full show featuring Chris Butler on bass who would later become much more well known as a member of TIn Huey and then the mastermind behind The Waitresses. Also The Numbers Band almost broke up while they had this regular gig here at Pancho Villa's. A few months earlier they lost their gig at JB's when a fire gutted the place. They then moved their operation to the Robin Hood which got closed down after about a month for health violations and then they settled in here at Pancho Villa's.

They had a regular gig here for maybe two months playing several times a week. In that time they saw their audience dwindle and their salaries get slashed. This place was also kind of a biker bar and the regular bikers at this place were none too happy that this new band had suddenly taken over their space. These were tough times for 15-60-75.

Bob Kidney has a story that at one point noted Cleveland rocker and journalist Peter Laughner showed up for one of their gigs here with WMMS's Murray Saul. On a setbreak Bob and Peter went out back to talk some shop and Bob confessed to Peter that he was seriously considering calling it quits because he could feel the walls closing in. Peter then asked Bob to do him a favor. He asked Bob to hold out on making a decision like that for 6 months because he felt there was something better on the horizon for the band. Bob agreed --- within about a month of this conversation they were asked to come back to JB's where they ended up keeping a regular residency for the next 20 years.

BIG THANKS to our friends over at the Mr. Stress Blues Band page for unearthing this gem. They will be unleashing Part two of this show next week so stay tuned!

15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)

Pancho Villa's, Kent

September 24, 1976

Part One

Recorded by Doug Morgan

1. Walking Blues

2. Done Somebody Wrong

3. Don't Start Me To Talkin'

4. Sea Cruise

5. Messin' With The Kid

6. Money

7. Thief

8. Memphis, Tennessee

Robert Kidney -- Guitar and Vocals

Jack Kidney -- Sax, Harmonica, Keys and vocals

Terry Hynde -- Sax and Keys

Tim Maglione -- Sax

Michael Stacey -- Guitar

David Robinson -- Drums

Christopher Butler -- Bass

The Listen Project is yet another sister project making sure the music of our area gets remembered and celebrated. I act...
05/28/2020
New Music Showcase

The Listen Project is yet another sister project making sure the music of our area gets remembered and celebrated. I actually met Chris Noga when I was working on a book for Twinsburg Ohio's Centennial. And then I found out he was running this project!!!!!! Tracey Thomas Shepard and the Number's Band great new albums are currently being featured among other cool Ohio acts.

Every day at 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Listen Project Radio presents New Music Showcase. The New Music Showcase is an opportunity for you to hear new music from some of the best NE Ohio bands and artis…

05/28/2020
Time Traveler Records

We are blessed with a couple of great record stores in Akron, actually more than a couple. But only one of them, Time Traveler Records, celebrated their 40th Anniversary last weekend. And I have never seen So much quality used Vinyl in that store is there is right now.

One of Northeast Ohio's longest-running independent record stores-- selling vintage vinyl, a variety of new and used music, CDs, and rare collectors items.

So going back to work Saturday has caused to be lac on my posting and we missed a couple of big deals for Akron the last...
05/28/2020

So going back to work Saturday has caused to be lac on my posting and we missed a couple of big deals for Akron the last few days. First, it was Buzz Clic of the Rubber City Rebels and currently Los Angeles' Buzz Clic Adventure's birthday. Buzz, like so many others, has been a lot of help to the museum if you just remember him from Akron's Bold Chicken, King Cobra and the Rubber City Rebels check out the Buzz Clic Adventure. They have a couple of great albums.

05/26/2020
Wombats live at the Mantis in Kent Ohio

And Just so we dont get accused of favoritism after 7 straight Bizarros post. Some Wombats at the Mantis from February of 1995.

1995 Recording of Garage Band the Wombats at The Mantis in Kent, Ohio

05/26/2020
Don Parkins of the Bizarros Interview by the O.H.M.S. Archives in 2004

An Interviews with Don from 2004. Just an Fyi Don has been a real friend to the museum and donated a lot of Bizarros items and always supported us. Actually Nick, Jerry, Martin and Terry Have been very supportive, but especially Don.

Don Parkins of the Bizarros Interview by the O.H.M.S. Archives in 2004. Short but with some great pictures

05/24/2020
The Bizarros Live On February 6th, 2015

So somebody, that being me, went to work today for the first time since March 10th. So I May not being posting as much items as I had. Largely as I'm not processing and many donations as I had. But still. It's BIzarros day,

The Bizarros Live at the Akron Civic Theater February 6th, 2015. Video by Verne Davis.

And of course a little Somantics
05/23/2020

And of course a little Somantics

A little Sub-Terraneans, at least according to Wayne's folder I located them in but I'm told it's really all Dave Matern...
05/23/2020

A little Sub-Terraneans, at least according to Wayne's folder I located them in but I'm told it's really all Dave Materna.

I know I put up this poster a while back, but while processing a box of donations I found a cleaner copy.
05/22/2020

I know I put up this poster a while back, but while processing a box of donations I found a cleaner copy.

Interesting promo design.  In the bottom left corner it issues a warning that this record contains backwards masking. We...
05/22/2020

Interesting promo design. In the bottom left corner it issues a warning that this record contains backwards masking. Well on the EP "I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts" A backwards message was inserted in the middle of the track "The Smartest Person I Know." Singer Patty Donahue says: "Anyone who worries about subliminal messages on pop records is a fool. Everyone else have a nice day."

05/22/2020
My Roots Are Showing, by Tracey Thomas

Tracey Thomas Shepard (Unit 5 and a really cool varied solo career) has her new album available on Bandcamp. You should buy it as it's really good.

12 track album

This looks like a club that booked some cool acts. Im thinking the UK?
05/21/2020

This looks like a club that booked some cool acts. Im thinking the UK?

Some New Releases from Clone Records back in 1980, I have them both. What About You?
05/21/2020

Some New Releases from Clone Records back in 1980, I have them both. What About You?

Here is an interesting little Notice I found in Scene Magazine in the March 9-15, 1978 Issue. And on the flip side a pre...
05/21/2020

Here is an interesting little Notice I found in Scene Magazine in the March 9-15, 1978 Issue. And on the flip side a pretty cool show going on in Akron on a far too short lived venue.

Klaus Nomi’s lime tart recipe
05/20/2020
Klaus Nomi’s lime tart recipe

Klaus Nomi’s lime tart recipe

  Certainly one thing that can be said of Klaus Nomi—as a little gay German dude born during World War II who had a passion for opera and a voice to match—is that he marched to the beat of his own drum. On paper, he doesn’t particularly sound like anyone who would become the object of admirat...

Again, there are some images here that have gone up lately. But these are the images we put up in our physical  museum s...
05/20/2020

Again, there are some images here that have gone up lately. But these are the images we put up in our physical museum space when we did a tribute to Ralph Carney.

I know I've posted a few of these the last few days, but these are fliers/posters promoting bands that were included in ...
05/20/2020

I know I've posted a few of these the last few days, but these are fliers/posters promoting bands that were included in the Akron Sound Book, which if you don't have you should.

Diamond Kites announce new EP, livestream release show May 23 - Akronist
05/20/2020
Diamond Kites announce new EP, livestream release show May 23 - Akronist

Diamond Kites announce new EP, livestream release show May 23 - Akronist

Akron band Diamond Kites announces a new EP, titled “Working Life,” featuring three songs recorded before the pandemic and finished during the quarantine. The EP will be released Friday, May 22 on all digital platforms, with a livestream release show Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m., on the group’s...

05/19/2020
stiv bators i'm not tha way anymore tv 80

Frank Secich shared this on another page. Cool performance.

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Couple Items from the March 4-10, 1982 Scene Magazine
05/19/2020

Couple Items from the March 4-10, 1982 Scene Magazine

05/19/2020
F Models - Brainwash

F Models - Brainwash

F Models - Brainwash - written by Robert "Ig Nition" Morningstar- Live at JB's Down in Kent, Ohio 1982 recorded to a cassette tape recorder -source a live bo...

Hmmmm, we do not have all of these.  Nice Collection, thanks for Sharing Kevin McGarry
05/18/2020

Hmmmm, we do not have all of these. Nice Collection, thanks for Sharing Kevin McGarry

Found some of my 45s tucked away.

I usually dont post much in the way of articles we have. But while Scanning last night I thought this was pretty Interes...
05/18/2020

I usually dont post much in the way of articles we have. But while Scanning last night I thought this was pretty Interesting. Its from a Entertainment Paper called Goodtimes. Published on August 28, 1978 its a review of Television, and their opener Tin Huey, at the Bottom Line.

A good read and a great night musically. I never really knew Mark other than maybe a hand shake and love your band comme...
05/17/2020
Rockers Rally Round

A good read and a great night musically. I never really knew Mark other than maybe a hand shake and love your band comment. But Im told by many people he was one hell of a guy.

Akron's new wavers dust off their skinny ties to help a friend.

05/17/2020
ASO Radio Hour: Sounds of the Sea

Taking a slight turn into Left Field, but great Music out of Akron is great Music Out of Akron, the Akron Symphony recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on February 9, 2019. Music Director Christopher Wilkins leads them in Debussy’s La Mer, along with the Northeast Ohio premiere of Stella Sung’s Oceana.

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on February 9, 2019. Music Director Christopher Wilkins leads the Akron Symphony O...

So Rumor Has it that the Akron Sound Museum Doors will be opening the 28th. If you havent been down recently please do s...
05/17/2020

So Rumor Has it that the Akron Sound Museum Doors will be opening the 28th. If you havent been down recently please do so. Buy some T-Shirts or our book and help keep us going. This is what it looked Liked a few months. And will continue to do for another month or so.

About two years we did a Devo Exhibit at the Museum Space. These are the images we used. most we have hard copies of, so...
05/17/2020

About two years we did a Devo Exhibit at the Museum Space. These are the images we used. most we have hard copies of, some we were authorized by Devo's Gate Keeper. If the image is yours, I assume some are Janet's, please let us know.

And lets throw up a couple F-Model pieces while we are at it
05/16/2020

And lets throw up a couple F-Model pieces while we are at it

Most, if not all, of these Tin Huey Images from Wayne' Beck's Removable HD images have been shared on here, arent hard t...
05/16/2020

Most, if not all, of these Tin Huey Images from Wayne' Beck's Removable HD images have been shared on here, arent hard to come by and hard copies are part of our collection. But as I process through Wayne's HD I've been sharing. So.....

Tin Huey, and a little Half-Cleveland

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Found some of my 45s tucked away.
I am researching a band my grandfather played in popular in Akron area in the 1920’s. Szeyller’s band and orchestra. If you have any records of this band I would love any information thanks.
Tomorrow, Monday May 4, 2020 at noon, tune into Listen Project Radio for a tribute to the Kent music scene spanning from the late 1960's through the early 2000's featuring music from the James Gang, Devo, 1-60-75, F-Models, The Party of Helicopters and others.
Found some more!
Found this when cleaning out the attic.😀
I’m looking for info on this record and noticed you posted a video of them
BRAND NEW FROM AKRON'S The HiFis. "HOPE YOU LIKE IT AND ADD IT TO YOUR CHRISTMAS ROTATION!"
Found behind my basement couch.
Found in my basement...
Down stairs JB's 1980 the band is called Eyes in the trees
This a totally bitchin’ space.
Sent a dropbox invite with a bunch of old photos from JB's to your email.