Civic Marquee

Joe
presented by The City of Akron
- A Lock 3 Extra Inside the Civic -
in conjunction with Zip City Entertainment 
featuring Akron’s Real Deal and 3X Amateur Night at the Apollo winner,
Tiffany Bynoe

 

Joe
presented by The City of Akron
- A Lock 3 Extra Inside the Civic -
in conjunction with Zip City Entertainment 
featuring Akron’s Real Deal and 3X Amateur Night at the Apollo winner,
Tiffany Bynoe
Friday Dec. 30, 2022 at 8:00pm
Akron Civic Theatre

Joe is an accomplished vocalist of smooth and sultry R&B productions with occasional hip-hop beats, and an extensive background in gospel music. A native of Georgia, he was influenced early on by gospel stars like the Winans, Commissioned, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Joe grew to love soul legends Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye plus contemporary stars Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat.  Joe signed to Polygram and in 1993 released his album debut, Everything. Joe also appeared on the soundtrack to Don't Be a Menace to South Central While You're Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and moved to Jive/RCA for his second album, 1997's All That I Am. The single "Don't Wanna Be a Player" hit the Top 40, thanks to its exposure on the soundtrack of Booty Call. While All That I Am went platinum, Joe remixed a duet by Tina Turner and Barry White, "Never in Your Dreams"; he also produced and wrote for the debut albums of Ideal and Deja Groove.

In 1999, Joe appeared on Mariah Carey's "Thank God I Found You" single (from Rainbow) and caught yet another break from a soundtrack appearance, this time with "I Wanna Know" from The Wood. Released as a single in the fall, "I Wanna Know" languished in the lower reaches of the charts until suddenly catching fire in early 2000; the single reached the R&B Top Five in March, setting the stage for Joe's next album, the multi-platinum My Name Is Joe. Despite never achieving that level of sales again, his five albums through the remainder of the decade, from Better Days through Signature, were solid. From a chart perspective, they fared well. Each one reached the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B chart.

During the early 2010s, Joe continued to release relatable, mature R&B albums. The Good, the Bad, the Sexy (2011) featured four productions from Brandon "B.A.M." Alexander. Fantasia and Too Short made guest appearances on Doubleback: Evolution of R&B (2013), on which Joe and Derek "DOA" Allen split up much of the production work, while Stargate contributed to "Compromise." Bridges (2014) featured Kelly Rowland on "Love and Sex, Pt. 2." His 12th proper album, #MyNameIsJoeThomas (2016) was preceded by four disparate singles, including "Happy Hour," featuring Gucci Mane, and "Our Anthem," a retro-soul belter with an Otis Redding interpolation.

The Akron Civic Theatre thanks these
foundations and corporations for their support:

Knight Foundation
GAR
PNC Bank
Akron Community Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Peg's Foundation
Corbin Foundation
Lehner Family Foundation
Thomas & Lisa Mandel Family Fund
Akron Civic Commons
Huntington National Bank
City of Akron
Welty
County of Summit
ICF Foundation
Orr Family Foundation
Thomarios
Akron Civic Theatre Women's Guild
DFA
Knox Marketing
Sisler McFawn Foundation
Ohio & Erie Canalway
Synthomer Foundation
FirstEnergy Foundation
Burton D Morgan Foundation
Dominion Energy
M G O'Neil Foundation
Wayside
Roetzel
GPD Group
Printing Concepts
Vorys
Calhoun Charitable Trust
Akron Childrens Hospital
Greer Family Foundation
GOLO
Harwick Standard
Steere Enterprises
Hilton Garden Inn
Northern Ohio Golf Charities
Sattler Machine Products
The Berroteran Group
Cohen & Company
DAP
Ernst & Young
Feth Family Foundation
Great Lakes Honda
Greater Akron Chamber
Leaf
Malco Products
Maynard Family Foundation
McAfee Tool and Die
Metis Construction Services
Metro RTA Akron
Nova Title Agency
Oriana House
Rubber City Arches - McDonald's
S.A. Comunale
State & Federal Communications
Stifel
Summa Health
SummaCare
United Way of Summit and Medina
The University of Akron
Wichert Insurance
Akron Pride
Fed Ex Custom Critical
Stage Left
Summerville
Gay Community
Acme Fresh Market
Advanced Insurance Designs
Akron Summit CVB
Baird
BFG Federal Credit Union
Crystal Dental Lab
First National Bank
Fifth Third
Lake Erie Electric
MS Consultants
SeibertKeck Insurance