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Steve Grand, with Karen Williams, to perform at Akron Civic Theatre

Published: August 12, 2016 12:00 AM
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Steve Grand, along with special guest Karen Williams, will be featured on the Akron Civic stage Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. This concert is part of Flair Fest and is sponsored by the city of Akron.

Singer-songwriter Steve Grand remembers the first time he realized how powerful music could be. At a young age, riding in the car with his dad, listening to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys, he saw how a song could transport someone through time and space to a moment in the past.

It's a feeling he's now given countless people himself with the 2013 release of "All American Boy," his debut single. Pegged as a "gay country artist" by the media, his song depicts a situation familiar to many people--an unrequited crush of someone out of reach, that burning desire for someone you can never have. It's a universal truth, but Steve's story was even more affecting, because he was telling that story from the perspective of a gay man who had a crush on a straight man.

Opening for Mr. Grand will be comedian, Karen Williams. As a single lesbian mom living in Berkeley in the 1980s, Karen Williams started doing stand-up comedy "because it was something I could do that didn't cost anything." Known for her quick repartee, insightful commentary and audience rapport, Williams is a comic craft master, a gifted actor, a multitalented writer, and an inspirational lecturer.° Armed with her "heal with humor" philosophy, she gives humor workshops specifically designed to build self-awareness and Tickets are available at the Akron Civic Theatre box office, by calling 330-253-2488 or online at www.akroncivic.com.

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