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  • Damian Goggans, 18, went from picking up an instrument at an after-school program to Oberlin Conservatory of Music in just five years.
  • We catch up with contributor Kenny Averiett, an Akron-based writer, booker for the Highland Square PorchRokr Music & Arts festival and co-manager of the Oakdale House. He discusses the return of local house shows and how the pandemic has affected the area's DIY community.
  • Free Black!, the hip-hop collective developed by Floco Torres and Holbrook Riles III (HR3), released its third album, Black Tuesday! in October. The album explores themes around the economy and working class and includes an assortment of features from Akron-based musicians.
  • Alec Wightman is a corporate lawyer, board member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and author of the memoir, "Music in My Life: Notes from a Longtime Fan." Wightman started his own concert production company, Zeppelin Productions, in 1995. He has spent decades promoting concerts for national singer-songwriter acts in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Musician and Warren, Ohio native Dave Grohl will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the second time with his band, Foo Fighters. Warren residents dedicated Dave Grohl Alley in 2009, and they hope to restore it to its original glory as the rocker puts a new spotlight on the region.
  • We talk with Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel ahead of this month’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions. He shares his views on the class, Devo’s snub and what he learned from his recent interview with inductees, the Go-Gos.
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct its newest class this month. And while the spotlight will shine on icons from Tina Turner to The Go-Gos, the Rock Hall is sharing the stage with the musicians right outside its doors. We look at the evolving relationship between music’s past and present in Cleveland. Music featured in this episode: Sarah Bailey, Uptight Sugar.
  • On Oct. 1, Cleveland indie artist Holden Laurence releases his new EP, 'Floating, Drifting.' The six songs were written and recorded during the pandemic when Laurence was struggling with panic attacks and anxiety. He says finishing the album felt like "a cathartic breakthrough."
  • Cleveland trumpeter Theresa May talks about the challenges of navigating a classical music career for Black women, and a new nonprofit she helped create to break down those barriers. The Chromatic Brass Collective (CBC) is a national group of brass musicians that celebrates, performs, mentors and educates to increase the visibility of racially and ethnically underrepresented women and gender non-conforming people throughout the brass world.CBC recently launched $25,000 fundraising campaign to fund a mentor program, provide concerts, commission underrepresented composers and provide educational presentations. Contributions are being accepted through Oct. 4.
  • Amanda Rabinowitz and Brittany Nader each share the new albums and music they're most looking forward to this fall. Featured in this episode: Free Black! Marc Lee Shannon, Jeff Klemm, JD Eicher, Samantha Grace/Big Pop.