Devil’s Dozen | June 2018

Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month


Friday, June 8

Peter Mulvey w/ David Mayfield

Rialto Theatre, 1000 Kenmore Blvd., Akron

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm
Peter Mulvey is an iconoclastic singer and songwriter who began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, before landing his first record deal and leaping into full-time touring all over the globe in the early 90s. His 2015 song, “Take Down Your Flag”, written to honor the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston became an online benefit concert when songwriters like Ani DiFranco, Keb’ Mo and Paula Cole re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. David Mayfield is the NE Ohio hometown hero who’s performed with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Whether in the intimate environs of the Rialto or on stages as big as Bonnaroo, you feel his charisma, heart and comedy at every performance. Tickets available at


Sunday, June 10

Gypsy Caravan: An Akro-centric Flea

Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat, 451 W Market St


If you thought Thanos was powerful with all those Infinity Stones, just imagine what happens when The Devil Strip buddies up with The Square Scullery and Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat! If you guessed “Lots of swears” you’re right, but not at the Gypsy Caravan. No, that’s our kid-friendly flea market and food fest where we celebrate and support Akron’s innovative and eclectic entrepreneurs. The event is jam-packed with entertainment and awesome items from local vendors plus delicious local grub, fun and lotsa good vibes. Wanna contribute your uniquery? Get the info and find our application at


Same Country, Different World

“My Life as a Black Woman”

First Christian Cuyahoga Falls, 2253 3rd St.


A community forum on race with keynote speaker Kenyona “Sunny” Mathews. The topics of the forum include cultural sensitivity, criminal justice and conflict resolution. Matthews is a motivational speaker focusing on diversity, inclusion an anti-racism. Matthews has an extensive background with training organizations on diversity and inclusion policies and speaking on social justice issues. Her resume includes co-founding Dimensions of Isms. The organization’s mission is to bring awareness and progression to societal issues through training in corporate environments, speaking engagements and other civil and social organizations. The event is free and open to the public. More info at


Wednesday, June 13

Drink Tank

Jilly’s Music Room

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

We’re like Johnny Cash. We’ve been everywhere, man. We’ve been everywhere. Or at least that’s the plan. Every month we’re criss-crossing Akron to check out and hang out in our favorite local bars and venues. This time we’re going back home where Drink Tank began almost two years ago: Jilly’s Music Room. Each Drink Tank is a little different but we always have a good time catching up with old friends and making new friends. When you come out, introduce yourself to one of us, we’ll buy you a round and introduce you to some of the coolest folks we know. For more info, visit


Thursday, June 14

Coffee Talk with Vanessa Michelle: Entrepreneurs Uncensored

Compass Coffee, 647 E. Market St.

6 – 9 pm

If you’re considering whether to start your own business or you just like to know what happens behind the scenes, come hear the unvarnished truth about entrepreneurism from four relentless business owners who’ve faced failure and experienced victory, sometimes too fleetingly because there’s always another challenge around the next corner. Hosted by Vanessa Michelle, this panel features Carmella Williams (Carmella Marie), Cristina Gonzalez-Alcala (Not Yo Daddy’s Hot Sauce), Denise Debo (Saint Augustine and Suds) and Wesley Ian (Akron Honey Co.) More information and tickets available at


Friday, June 15

Drink Beer. Do Good

The Well Community Development Corporation, 647 E. Market St.

5:30 pm

A fundraiser to help raise awareness to work being done in the Middlebury neighborhood. The Well Community Development Corporation is an organization that helps create affordable housing and improves the Akron community. So, come to the fundraiser thirsty and ready to do some good for your community. Local breweries, such as R. Shea Brewery will be attending the event. It costs $30 for a beer flight of four 4-ounce glasses and appetizers. For designated drivers, tickets are $20, with appetizers included. Full beers are $5 and available to purchase at the event. IDs will be checked at the door. Purchase tickets at


Saturday, June 16

Akron Antique Roadshow

The Vintage Vault, 1900 W. Market St., Suite M

9 AM – 3 PM

Have you puzzled over the value of that old soda bottle passed down from your pappy’s pappy or some cool painting you picked up on the cheap at a vintage store? Puzzle no more, my friends! The Devil Strip is buddying up with The Vintage Vault for our own take on the Antiques Roadshow so you can have your treasures evaluated for their fair market value without the ugly pressure of having to appear on television. (Everyone wasn’t made for that PBS limelight!) Bonus: Arnie’s Public House will be there to satiate your hunger needs. (Note: Though the Vintage Vault buys antiques, collectibles and memorabilia, they only do so Monday through Friday. This is about satisfying your curiosity, not getting an insurance appraisal.)


Wednesday, June 21

Charity Tap & App

Craft Beer Bar, 1846 Front St Unit G, Cuyahoga Falls

5 pm

Life Is Good No Matter What is an area nonprofit that grants Escapes to adults with cancer so they and their families can get away, even briefly, from the treatments, bills and everyday worries. And all you have to do to support them is drink some beer — the Masthead IPA — and eat some appetizers — the Baked Pretzel. Craft Beer Bar is donating the proceeds from those items to Life Is Good No Matter What. Learn more at


Dave Kasper & The Friendly Ghosts

Blu Jazz, 47 E. Market St.

8 pm

Admit it. You’ve been wondering where you can hear some music that swings between Dixieland jazz, soul and funk. Good news, daddy-o. Get whatcha need with Dave Kasper & the Friendly Ghosts (see what he did there?) in the cozy, cool confines of Blu Jazz. Tickets are available at


Sunday, June 24

How to Be a Good Ally

The Big Love Network, 1111 Carey Ave

3:30 pm

We’re living in a fraught time but for civic leaders who want to use their privilege to empower marginalized groups of people. The workshop explores how microaggressions, implicit biases and institutionalized oppression stand in the way of becoming culturally competent and having accountable relationships with people of different ethnicities. Tickets for the workshop are from $17-$34 but  guests can enter to receive a scholarship for the event or The Big Love Network’s other workshops.


Thursday, June 28

Rachel Roberts, Curtains and ShiSho

Live at Lock 4 (FREE)

Lock 4, downtown Akron

6-10 pm

It’s like a street party had a baby with a music festival at a happy hour. Makes sense, yeah? Thought so. You asked for more live local music and that’s what The Devil Strip is giving ya every month this summer, starting with a killer lineup that features Rachel Roberts (Sultry Retro Rock), Curtains (Party Rock/Pop Punk) and ShiSho (Quirky Indie Pop on accordion, guitar and ukulele). The Square Scullery returns with their gourmet food truck goodies and they’re bringing their buddies in the Funky Truckeria too! Wash it down with some ice cold local brew from Thirsty Dog, Hoppin’ Frog and more! Learn more at


Friday, June 29

Vinyl & Vinyasa: Lauryn Hill

Yoga Squared, 764 W. Market St., Suite B

There are so many reasons to rejoice that Yoga Squared’s Vinyl & Vinyasa events are back, starting with the fact they’re collaborating with two other local businesses: Square Records and Mustard Seed Cafe. But c’mon. Lauryn Hill on vinyl? Yeah, we’re here for that. Join instructor Maria Varonis for a flow through “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” (just ahead of the 20th anniversary of its release) followed by a short trip to the MSM cafe for a smoothie, beer, glass of wine or cocktail. A wee $20 investment covers your class, drink and of course, loads of fun. More info at