Akiva Returns to the Cup to snack and play

Merrick-bred singer-songwriter Akiva’s third studio effort, the 14-song double disc set, “If I Didn’t Work Nights/ The Daylight,” was recorded in Huntington and released last November. You may have heard the catchy first single, “I Keep Calling You,” on local radio station 94.3 WMJC. His songs are a soothing blend of Jack Johnson surf-pop and G. Love soul, with a touch of retro R&B.

The singer, who has opened for acts like Josh Kelley, Toby Lightman and Rusted Root, is playing a solo acoustic show at the Cup CoffeeHouse in Wantagh on Saturday, Jan. 23rd. The Cup was one of the first places Akiva played in 2001, after spending a year studying, traveling and playing abroad.

“It had a really intimate, warm vibe, and it’s a great incubator of talent,” he recalls. “Not to mention the delicious Toll House cookie pie and fantastic teas.” Need we say more? Get thee to the Cup.

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.