by Christian Odadzin
Mike Mills is not an Akron native. Much like a certain local publisher who shall remain nameless, Mike is from Macon, Georgia, but he has deep ties to NE Ohio. Mike came through the area numerous times while touring the world as the bassist/musical assassin for the band that Rolling Stone magazine called “America’s Best Rock & Roll Band,” R.E.M. He recently toured with one of Akron’s favorite sons, Joseph Arthur, stopping at Tangier for one of Joseph’s famous Thanksgiving week shows.
The Rock Hall inductee graciously agreed to autograph a guitar to be raffled off at this year’s Highland Square PorchRokr Music and Arts Festival, to be held on Saturday, August 19. The raffle will benefit the Highland Square Neighborhood Association, which in turn supports one of our most vibrant neighborhoods.
He has signed a lot of guitars over the years, but he’s never signed one like this!
Thanks to the generosity, imagination and talent of the Highland Square based artist Matt Miller, the guitar for this year’s PorchRokr raffle is one-of-a-kind. Matt is a young, up-and-coming artist whose work has recently been on display at the Mustard Seed Market in Highland Square. He has also recently worked with Elisa Gargarella to lead a mural painting for Art Bomb Brigade. He chose a Garden of Eden-meets-Akron theme for the guitar and then hand-painted it in his distinctive style. The finished guitar is truly a work of art.
We would like to recognize the generosity The Guitar Department in Kenmore hooked us up with a great deal on the guitar and Matt Miller put in the work to make this one amazing, Akron-centric piece of art!
Tickets will be sold at PorchRokr and other events leading up to the festival. At only $5 per ticket (or 5 for $20) we hope you’ll take the chance to own this truly unique instrument.