1) The Evens, 5:30 p.m. today, Musica, 51 E. Market St. Akron, $6, www.akronmusica.com, 330-375-9244
This sociopoliticized musical duo consists of singer/baritone guitarist Ian Mac Kaye and singer/drummer Amy Farina. MacKaye has been better known as guitarist for inactive seminal hard-core/punk bands Minor Threat and Fugazi while Farina was in Mister Candy Eater and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, among others. The couple have three very good albums, the most recent being 2012’s “The Odds,” easily the band’s loudest and most musically accomplished and varied record. The show starts early on the holiday evening and there is no opener, so be there on time.
2) 38th annual Rib, White & Blue Festival — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today-Saturday, South Main Street, Akron. Free, www.akronribfestival.org
The annual celebration of carnivorous gluttony is always a good time for meat lovers, with 10 rib vendors from around the country sharing their best meat. There will also be plenty of live music from longtime local favorites The TwistOffs, the hard-working University of Akron Steel Drum Band, a pops concert by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and of course there will be fireworks on the Fourth.
3) Stone Soul and Rock ’n’ Roll Music Festival, 4 p.m. Saturday, Firestone VFW Pavilion, 690 W. Waterloo Road, Akron, $10 in advance, $15 day of show. 330-762-4076, 330-869-0023 or 330-701-3946.
Local musician Gary Oliver returns with another gathering of local bands playing rock, soul, funk, blues and a few other genres. This year’s performers include Swizzle Stick, Been a Long Time, Midlife Crisis and of course, Oliver’s own Relatively Jammin’ Blues Band.
4) Eighth Annual Vino Italia: A Taste of Italy, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. $65. 330-253-2488, www.akroncivic.com.
It’ll be a fancy evening at a fancy theater featuring wine from Gruppo Mezzacorona and Prestige Wine Imports. It’s also a benefit with proceeds going to the Council of Italian-American Scholarships and the Arc of Summit and Portage Counties.
5) Tall Ships Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., ship boarding 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday, Port of Cleveland, downtown Cleveland, $14, www.clevelandtallships.com
Big boats! There will be 10-12 replicas of historical vessels in the Port of Cleveland and folks will be able to board them, hang out with the crews and visit the festival village. Check the schedule online and get there early as your desired ship may fill up with fellow ship lovers.