Numbers Band to perform in benefit concert

Staff report


Robert Kidney and members of the Numbers Band will perform next Thursday at the Lemon Grove, 110 W. Federal St., in a show to benefit Peace Action Youngstown.

The Kent-based Numbers Band has been praised numerous times over the years by national music publications but has remained obscure by choice.

Kidney, who received the 2012 Cleveland Art Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, has been leading the genre-defying band for 40-plus years.

“The music industry, the media and the tellsusourvision [TV] are defining for the American public what is good music by only playing and supporting what is profitable,” he said in an interview.

“We are taught to disregard everything that is not familiar. We [The Numbers Band] give the people our best. Our effort goes into being creative, unique and original. We define our own sound. There are no rules because we don’t play the game. We are not in it for the game; we’re in it for the music.”

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the event, which will include a trunk show, with vintage, retro and designer outerwear, accessories, art and gifts. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Reservations for select front-row tables are available for $10.

For reservations or information, call Therese Powell at 330-747-5404, or email

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