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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Rock




"Cincinnati Stand Out Band Acarya Releases New EP"

“This band achieves the almost impossible ­ a new and original
take on this thing called Rock and Roll. Is it Rock? Is it Pop? It is Acarya.” -

"This Is Tribal Rock"

The name Tribal Rock suits them perfectly, from the earthy sound of Davidson’s acoustic guitar and percussive strumming patterns to the unique integration of ethnic hand drums in Liz’s custom made kit. The music is driving, dynamic and dramatic, resulting in an amazing richness of texture. - Cincygroove Magazine

"Acarya interviewed on WVXU's "Around Cincinnati" show"

Ron Esposito interviews Wes Davidson and Liz Wu about Acarya's first EP release - WVXU


Still working on that hot first release.



Acarya is a Cincinnati-based music project with founding members Wes Davidson (vocals, guitar, percussion and lotsa other stuff lol) and Liz Wu (drums and percussion) joining with the wonderfully melodic bassist Jack Youngblood, guitarist extraordinaire Max Patrick and the lively dancing violist Hannah MacNeal (come see the Hannah banana shuffle!).  

Beginning in 2009 when Wes met Liz while studying music in college they instantly clicked and became best friends over their shared love of serving the community.  This early passion continues today with the organization Wes and Liz started called “The Stone Soup Collective” (a portion of all the band’s proceeds going to various charities and individuals who need help).

One day Liz heard the music Wes was writing to help tell the stories of a great loss he suffered and was trying to cope with.  Never really intending for the music to leave the basement Liz talked him into playing as a duo for a few years and helping others to heal with the stories of family and togetherness.  Meeting so many new friends along the way, gifting Wes and Liz with their stories of struggle and triumph, the two decided to expand their duo to a family of musicians - even extending the opportunity to play to members of the audience. After traveling the United States including stops everywhere from Austin’s SXSW to California, New York, Nashville and Orlando the duo came back to Cincinnati and added Jack, Max and Hannah to the Acarya family. 

Helping the music soar to new heights Acarya’s stories have never been as full of life as they are today.  The quintet decided to release their first full length, self-produced studio album suitably titled “The Way Home.”  With Wes engineering, mixing and mastering everything the band was able to realize the vision they set out to share.

Sharing stories through songs and friendship, Acarya hopes to bring people together to dance, laugh and share stories of their own.  

Please remember to take care of each other…

Band Members