Thursday, January 5, 2017

First Night Akron

I shot Akron's First Night - a family friendly New Year's Eve event organized by Downtown Akron Partnership - on Saturday night. This was the 21rst year for First Night but the first time I had ever been there. I had an itinerary of different performances and activities to cover at multiple venues throughout the night. Most of the action was centered on High Street but Lock 3 and The Civic Theatre on Main Street were part of the night too. It was fun and challenging to get around to so many different things. I could definitely see returning to First Night in the future.

I shot nearly a thousand photos and edited over 300 for DAP. Here is a sampling of the night:

Window Pane art activity at the Library

Nuance - UofA's a capella group in the Library Auditorium

Boy=Girl on the first floor of the Library.

Neil Jacobs in the Stray Dog Cafe

Ice sculptures on the Museum Garden

DJ Roger Riddle in the Museum lobby

The Princesses

Summit Metro Parks Community Art Project

Annal hosting Pechakucha in the Museum

Ice Sculpture demo

A couple of my friends enjoying the Square Scullery food truck


Chess - outside of the Knight Center

Ben and Kristi in the Silent Disco

Silent Disco

Selfie Station - though, for the record, it is not a selfie if you don't take it yourself.

Graig Woodson percussion room

Decked out volunteers

Steel Drum Band

Food Court at Knight

Radio Free Akron

Confucius Institute

Elec Simon

Keven Smalley - painting in a store front

The Main Stage on Mill Street

Curtis Taylor Quartet at Greystone

Fireworks at Lock 3 round 1(9 o'clock)

The Michael Weber Show at the Civic Theatre

The Civic

Carson Barnes Quartet at Zion Church

The Chardon Polka Band at Knight.
(my personal fave from the evening)

Yiddish Cup

More Main Stage action

Wesley Brite and the Honeytones at the Civic

The Civic is such a gem - how lucky we are that it is one of the few amazing buildings in Akron that has been spared the wrecking ball.

Hey - look at this great crew out on Main Street!

Oh - and there is Brad!


Suzie and Kelli from DAP

Smokey Akron

Happy 2017!

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