Act Like You Know | The Nightcrawler’s guide to the best nights in the 330


sofa king killer reunionSofa King Killer reunion show at Annabell’s
with special guests Thelma & the Sleaze and Album
Friday, Nov. 6 at 10 pm
These sludge metal giants from Akron enjoyed a decade-long run, which included national tours and album releases on Tee Pee Records, Shifty Records, At A Loss Recordings and Retribute Records, before breaking up in 2009. Now, they’re reuniting for two nights—the first at Annabell’s and the second in Cleveland—with opening sets by Nashville’s Thelma & the Sleaze and Album from Rogers, Ohio. SKK’s

Elektric Friday at Thursday’s Lounge
Two-year Anniversary Celebration
Friday, Nov. 6 from 9 pm to 2:30 am
Free glowsticks and Capri Pizza will flow like wine at Thursday’s in celebration of the two-year anniversary of Elektric Friday. And if not like wine then like whatever happy liquid accompanies the kind of fun you can have with glowsticks and pizza while dancing to this “fire local line-up,” which includes DJ TOK!, DJ D-Zilla, Werdna, DJ Bunnie Beatz, Nick Duve, Jay Whomp and Glydetime.

Preston Lacy of “Jackass” at the Rialto Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm
The actor and writer from “Jackass” you most likely remember seeing in his undies chasing Wee Man down the street is coming to Northeast Ohio for two shows, the second of which is at the Rialto. He, of the prodigious bouts of rage, will be performing stand-up (likely fully clothed) as part of his Fat Chance Tour.

slide jamSlide Jam at the Akron Art Museum
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 pm
As if it weren’t enough that the Akron Art Museum took parts of its collection outside to adorn our neighborhoods, now they’re coming back to share what they learned in the process by giving the platform to six artists, community organizers and business owners involved with making this happen. Slide Jam is a chance to hear about their communities and organizations, and what makes each neighborhood unique. It features Dave Massary from Akron Bike Party (Downtown), Cristina González Alcalá from Not Yo’ Daddy’s Mexican Hot Sauce (North Hill), artist and naturalist Danette Rushboldt from Summit Metro Parks, Brent Wesley from Akron Honey Company (West Hill/Highland Square), artist and gallery owner Amy Mothersbaugh of Studio 2091 (Cuyahoga Falls), and The University of Akron’s NASA Robotics Team.

JD EicherJD Eicher & the Goodnights at Jilly’s Music Room
with special guest Steve Everett
Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 pm (Doors at 7 pm)
This Youngstown/Pittsburgh-based quartet’s soaring and graceful pop-rock songcraft has garnered the group favorable comparisons to Keane, The Script, The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie. Nationally, Alternative Addiction named them one of the top 10 unsigned bands. They’ve shared the bill with Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Pete Yorn, Anberlin, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson and Cartel. Their “Thanksgiving Show” at Jilly’s, presented by 91.3 The Summit with a portion of proceeds benefitting Akron’s Mobile Meals organization, provides the proper showcase for Eicher’s blue-eyed soul falsetto.

mighty soul nightThe Mighty Soul Night at Uncorked
with special guest DJ Roger Riddle
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 pm
In our opinion, this is downtown’s best kept secret, but we’re betting it won’t stay that way long. Started by three of Akron’s best DJs–El Prezidente, Ben Crazy and Forrest Getem Gump–it’s an all-vinyl night of music for people who aren’t afraid to dance to something they’ve never heard before. In fact, it’s a night of music for people who WANT to hear something new, especially when it’s old or overlooked by the mainstream. These intense record collectors welcome our buddy Roger Riddle, who you may remember from Porch Rokr’s Silent Disco, as they take turns digging deep into their crates for some of the freshest soul, jazz, Latin, disco and afro-beat ever put on wax. Then in December, when we publish the story behind the name of this event, you’ll be way ahead of the pack.

funky knucksThe Funky Knuckles at BLU Jazz
with special guests Acid Cats
Monday, Nov. 16 – Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8 pm
Know all those body-moving, mind-shaping, ass-shaking songs you love by Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli and The Polyphonic Spree (to name just a few)? Well, the Funky Knuckles are some of the musicians who made that happen. This is about the sidemen coming in from the shadows to bring some soul-soaked jazz to the Rubber City with support from our own Acid Cats.




RipperNicko McBrain & the McBrainiacs at the Akron Civic Theatre
with special guest Tim “Ripper” Owens and Son of Sam
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 pm
You may know Nicko McBrain the drummer for Iron Maiden, but as he rocks out with his own outfit, The McBrainiacs, he’ll show just why he’s thought of as one of the best drummers in the industry. He’ll be joined by Akron’s own heavy metal star, Tim “Ripper” Owens, the former lead singer of Judas Priest. Together, they’ll be paying honor to 30 years of Ronnie James Dio’s legendary rock career.

Copneconic at It’s A Kling Thing House
feat. Ola Mesa (Medina), Oops, Oh No! (Akron) and Wallcreeper (Akron)
Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 pm (doors at 7 pm)
An “okay punk band” from Fenton, Michigan, Copneconic becomes one of the latest touring acts to stop in Akron thanks to the It’s a Kling Thing House, an ongoing labor of love of live music that gives the donations it gathers at the door back to the bands. As important as it is to give bands on the road a place to get some gas money, the Kling House also means a place for local acts to get their start. This time, it’s Wallcreeper, performing its first show. Medina’s math/prog rockers Ola Mesa joins the Rubber City’s Oops, Oh No! somewhere in the middle.

gage bros_retro peacockThe Gage Brothers at Empire Concert Club
feat. The Help and The Hands, The Baker’s Basement, The Few & The Far and Iris Isadora
Friday, November 20 at 8 pm
Sometimes the lineups at The Empire are like a clown-car, except instead of fall-down follies in make-up and big shoes, they’re packing in as many indie rock acts as a stage can fit. On a night like this one, you’ll get no complaint from us as some of Akron’s finest are getting time in the spotlight. The Gage Brothers, an Akron-Americana act, headlines the show with support from gypsy jazz/folk act locals The Help and The Hands fresh off their gig at the Masque of the Red Death, as well as The Baker’s Basement and The Few & The Far—both from Cleveland—and Rootstown songstress Iris Isadora.

joe arthurJoseph Arthur at Tangier
Wednesday, November 25 at 8:30 pm
Do you like Peter Gabriel? What about REM’s Michael Stipe? It isn’t that the Akron-bred musician sounds like either, but that they both love our native son’s work. Seriously. Whatever we write here would pale in comparison to guys with chops like theirs. Gabriel says, “When I first heard Jo’s music, his lyrics jumped out at me. I love his words, love his music. It’s great to see some of his best written work assembled. His words rattle and rumble and pries open the cage.” Stipe says, “Wow. Joseph Arthur writes, builds, paints, draws, and creates because he has no choice. It is our luck that he does so.” More luck still: Joseph Arthur is swinging into town from Brooklyn just before Thanksgiving and you can catch him at Tangier for this annual show. Tickets available online at (If you’re looking for a laugh, see if you can still get tickets to comic Lisa Lampanelli’s show at Tangier on Friday the 13th.)

The Devil Strip’s Black Friday Family Reunion at Musica
Friday, November 27 at 8 pm
Who’s going to be there? What the hell is it? Wouldn’t you like to know? We’re putting together a real wang dang doodle for the friends and family of The Devil Strip, and you’re invited to join us if you’re ready to hang out with the kind of family you choose instead of the ones you’re stuck with. Expect a low-key, casual event with live music and some laid-back, harmless shenanigans for an outing where you’ll probably meet a few new folks while you’re catching up with people you already know you like. Best yet, we’re raising a little folding money for a couple of the awesome local nonprofits featured in this issue.

12065681_10153219950900754_1779228088923325945_nRoxxymoron at Highland Square Mustard Seed Café
feat. F5
Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8:30 pm
With a full horn section, tight vocals, great harmonies and lots of wit, Roxxymoron is as close to a party-in-a-box as you can get considering they’re all humans with full lives and obligations who can’t afford to be—and likely wouldn’t enjoy being—stuffed in a box. Seriously, don’t try that. What I’m getting at here is that they bring the party and it’s as easy as just letting them plug in. Boom: instant party. As an audience member, all you need to do is don’t hate fun. Be open to a good time and it will find you. You’ll probably even dance. Don’t fight it. In fact, get warmed up with the classic rock stylings of F5 while you’re at it.