Shuffle

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Shuffle is WKSU's weekly spin through Northeast Ohio's music scene.  Join Morning Edition host Amanda Rabinowitz every Thursday as she checks on what's going on in Rock, Folk, Rap, Classical... you name it. If it's got a beat, you'll get a chance to learn more about it on Shuffle.

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Rob Kovacs

A classically trained Cleveland pianist is creating masterpieces out of classic video game music.

Rob Kovacs is a composer and piano teacher who grew up a gamer in the 1980s. In addition to starting piano lessons when he was around 6 years old, his family had about 10 classic arcade games throughout their home. He evenutally got Atari and Nintendo consoles. 

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JOHN STURSA

A teenager’s hobby has turned into the go-to website for showcasing Cleveland’s hip-hop scene. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to John Stursa about how his site, ImFromCLeveland.com, is helping the city's hip-hop community find its identity.

Amanda Rabinowitz

This year's Highland Square PorchRokr Music and Art Festival is Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It features about 130 musicians and artists performing on about 20 porches and at Highland Square businesses. 

The festival shifts each year to one of four different sections of Highland Square. This year, the main stage will be on Beck Avenue behind Fifth Third Bank.   

WKSU contributor Brittany Nader has her top picks:

Akron’s five-piece hip-hop band, Red Rose Panic, will headline this year’s Highland Square PorchRokr Music and Art Festival Saturday.

Self-described as “dynamic hip-hop,” the group’s sound is an eclectic blend of rap, funk, pop and jazz highlighted by improvised live performances where no two shows are quite alike.

Cory Grinder
Cory Grinder

The Cory Grinder Band will drop its debut album, “Cahoots and Other Favorites,” Aug. 17. The release contains 13 original tracks, which frontman Cory Grinder describes as “hillbilly music that’s easy to play, fun to dance to and goofy.”

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