Letter from the Editor: What do you know about music in Stark County? | November 2012

My musical ability ended with my screeching attempt at the clarinet back in middle school. Actually, I’m pretty sure it ended long before that, but it took me until my eighth grade year to convince my parents that it just wasn’t going to work out for me.

My musical ability ended with my screeching attempt at the clarinet back in middle school. Actually, I’m pretty sure it ended long before that, but it took me until my eighth grade year to convince my parents that it just wasn’t going to work out for me. I’m guessing it finally just got to the point where they couldn’t bear to listen to me try anymore.

But regardless of our individual musical abilities — or disabilities, as the case may be — music has the power to connect us in a remarkable way. Our perceptions of music may be different, but the way it impacts our emotions can be quite powerful.

In About’s first-ever music issue, we wanted to feature people making a mark in the music business right here in Stark County. It didn’t take long for the ideas to start flying — there’s certainly plenty of noteworthy talent here.

We chose 8 people (or groups) that we think you should know. I bet you’ve heard of most of them — if not by name, then certainly by their group or organization.

I love how they are all so unique — and tied to the music industry in different ways. From a young Blues band to nightclub owner brothers to a happening deejay, each are making their way in their own niche.

One of the musicians featured this issue is Tasha Addessi, a vocalist with the emerging local band Via Lotus. Tasha and Via Lotus have garnered plenty of buzz lately. I was finally able to hear them in person and can understand why people have been talking. They performed at Rocktoberfest, a fundraiser for the Foundation for Community Betterment (those are the amazing Betterment board members at the fifth annual Rocktoberfest in the photo above).

Tasha, with her angelic voice and her band certainly lived up to the buzz — and I’m thrilled to feature her on these pages.

So while my musical pursuits may not have worked out so well for me, I think I know a good act when I see one. And in Stark County, I think you’ll agree, we certainly are gifted with many. Let me know what you think.

Blessings,
Darla A. Brown