The annual Acoustics for Autism fundraiser will kick off Friday to the funky sounds of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. The hall of fame band leader and his P-funk allstars will headline the concert at Fallen Timbers, which benefits families affected by autism. Funds will help with information, resources, and financial assistance for those affected. Toledoan and acoustic rocker Dave Carpenter will open the show at 5:30 p.m., followed by Flabongo Nation, a Toledo based cover band, at 6:30 p.m. Arctic Clam will take the stage at 7:45 p.m., and Clinton will close out the show. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available at a number of locations, including Village Idiot in Maumee, Doc Watsons, Cock n Bull, and Ye Olde Durty Bird in Toledo. Doors open at 5 p.m. and guests of all ages are welcome. For a complete list of places to purchase tickets, visit: acousticsforautism.com.
The entire Toledo community is invited to rock out Friday at Music Fest 2013, an open-air concert and pep rally at the University of Toledo. The festival serves as the opening ceremony for UT's first home football game of the season on Saturday. The free concert will begin with local rock band The Lonely Friends and conclude with the mash-up/remix duo The White Panda, with performances from all genres in between. The Lonely Friends, a rock band from Maumee, won the Local Band Challenge to kick off the event. Music Fest 2013 will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight in the grassy area near Memorial Field House on the UT Main Campus. A pep rally with special appearances by Rocky, Rocksy, the Rocket Marching Band, cheerleaders, and head football coach Matt Campbell, will take place at 5:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. country singer Josh Gracin will perform some of his hit songs, including "Nothin' to Lose" and "Stay with Me (Brass Bed)." The Michigan native earned a fourth-place finish in the second season of American Idol. Motown originals, the Contours featuring Sylvester Potts and smooth jazz legend Alexander Zonjic will also perform. Information: www.utoledo.edu/musicfest/.
The second annual Barrio Latino Festival will feature diverse Latino entertainment, including live music and dancing. In addition, food from many Latino countries and children's activities will be available. Art work, crafts, and jewelry will be on display. There will also be a car show, Jalapeno eating contest, Zumba party, and a DJ tournament. The festivities will run Saturday from noon to midnight at the Believe Center, 1 Aurora Gonzalez Way, Toledo. Mayor Mike Bell and Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez are scheduled to speak at 12:05 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. Festival admission is $5 and $2 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds from the event will support Nuestra Gente Community Projects, Inc., Organization of Latino Artists (OLA), the Believe Center, and the Toledo Seagate Foodbank.