Brent Kirby's 10 x 3 Songwriter/Band Showcase Will Expand to Akron in 2018


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Local singer-songwriter Brent Kirby began his 10 x 3 Songwriter/Band Showcase in June of 2011. Modeled after the showcases Kirby had played in Nashville when he lived there, the weekly event that takes place at Brothers Lounge has been a hit. In the past six years, some 1500 individual acts who have performed their original songs.

“This is about original music,” Kirby states in a press release announcing the showcase’s expansion to Jilly’s Music Room in Akron. “There has been a huge investment in sports, food, and breweries, but music has not found the same level of support. It’s time for that to happen in Northeast Ohio."

Ten performers play three songs each, two are required to be original, and the third can be an original or cover.

“It’s a performance opportunity, a place to try new songs, invite others onstage, and create some musical moments that are the whole reason us musicians write and play,” says Kirby. “Over the years, I have seen relationships made at the 10 x 3 between musicians and supporters that have spilled over into other aspects of what people do. It’s about connecting people, which is why I think the Akron/Cleveland kinship is so important.”

Kirby will host the Akron 10 x 3 on the first and third Wednesdays while local songwriters Jason Meyers and Ray Flanagan will trade off hosting the Cleveland 10 x 3.

The first show at Jilly's will take place on Jan. 3 with Kirby as the host.

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