Gift Jilly's Music Room

Give the Gift of Local Talent at Jilly's Music Room 

Celebrate a decade of bringing Akron talent to the stage by gifting tickets, gift cards or merch from Jilly's Music Room.

By Anthony Nichols

Jilly’s Music Room owner Jill Madden purchased the historic building in Akron’s Northside District 10 years ago, and has continued the history of the building as a hotspot music venue.

According to Madden, the building has been a part of Akron’s downtown for 113 years and has a storied history throughout prohibition, the civil rights movement, and the modern day. It has historically been a jazz, blues, and punk rock venue, but now features music of all genres.

“I love all genres of music and did not want to leave anyone out,” Madden said.

When Madden purchased the building and created Jilly’s Music Room, her vision was to bring in original bands and artists as an effort to provide a place to showcase local talent. 

“We live in a region with incredibly talented people,” Madden said. She wanted to “provide a place for people to gather and have fun.” 

Indeed, providing a music venue for people of all ages to gather and enjoy music is one of Madden’s main goals for Jilly’s Music Room. This goal comes from her love for downtown Akron and the importance of public gatherings in downtown spaces.

“I love being downtown and I think people should be downtown,” said Madden.

She believes that city centers should be vibrant and have plenty of activity. People coming together gives a great sense of community for all, especially during the holiday season.

(left top) Located next to Luigi's, Jilly's Music Room calls the Northside District home.
Photo by Julie Cajigas. (left bottom) Jilly's offers a 100% gluten free menu of tasty tapas and weekend brunch. Photo courtesy of Jilly's Facebook page.

With the holiday season approaching, Jilly’s Music Room provides a great opportunity for people searching for unique experience-based gifts. With a wide selection of gift card options and an official merchandise store for all ages.

In stressing the importance of downtown togetherness, Madden also likes to highlight and promote other businesses in the downtown Akron area. She frequents Akron Glass Works, Akron Soul Train and Peanut Shoppe of Akron for personal and professional shopping and events.

Some holiday events at Jilly’s Music Room include Ladies Night: Swiftmas Dance Party on Friday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and Brunch with Santa and Mr. Jeff on Sunday, Dec. 17 at noon.

Jilly's has an easy-to-use calendar of events on its website that makes buying tickets for upcoming shows easy.

If your gift budget makes it hard to afford holiday cheer, you're in luck. Take a break from wrapping on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. to enjoy Holiday Jazz! With Tracey Thomas & Tim Longfellow and Missile Toe, The World’s Greatest Christmas Band. This concert is free and open to the public.

One event that offers a fantastic gifting opportunity is the Jilly's Music Room 2023 New Year's Eve Party. Gift your loved ones tickets for a night to send the year off on a positive note. This New Year’s Eve party comes with food, drinks, and of course live music.

If you decide to gfit concert tickets, don't forget a gift card for Jilly's 100% gluten free brunch or tapas menu. 

Jilly’s Music Room is located at 111 N Main St in Akron’s historic Northside District. Details about events or the venue can be found at  

Jilly's 'Cheers to 10 Years' logo and a photo of a brunch sandwich from their 100% gluten-free menu.

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