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Docs Who Rock

When the question “Is there a doctor in the house?” is asked Oct. 19 at E.J. Thomas Hall, watch out for the roar. That’s when United Way of Summit County will host its 10th annual Docs Who Rock physician talent show, meaning there will be several doctors taking to the stage and scores more cheering them on from the audience.


'Advance Akron' launched

The Greater Akron Chamber's 2008 meeting started out Wednesday evening with rhythm and voice before a crowd of about 800.

The University of Akron's marching band led chamber leaders to the podium at the John S. Knight Center, the Akron police and fire department's color guard presented flags and local recording artist Rachel Roberts sang the national anthem.


Rally to Address Global Warming

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Step It Up Akron Rally, which originally was to take place in front of the Federal Building, now will be held at Buchtel Commons on the campus of The University of Akron (UA).


The Devo Adventure

Rosavelt's Chris Allen opened the show with a short acoustic set, followed by the Black Keys (Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney), who came out and did what they always do: they brought the big, industrial sized can of Rubber City Whoop-Ass. While Chrissie Hynde and Rachel Roberts were performing, I went backstage to interview Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh. I listened as he talked to the guy from Rolling Stone, who kept asking for thoughts on politics and Obama. When it was my turn, Mark seemed happy to change the subject and talk about music. I asked him to compare the show they were about to perform with their last Akron show in 1978, and what the club scene was like for them back then: “There's gonna be a lot of people that were here at the last show – or their kids. (laughs) It'll be a different audience. The band will be somewhat different but we will retain some of the songs from that show, and the look is gonna be quite similar.


Broken Jukebox

Dawes and Sturgill Simpson are at the Bluebird in Bloomington, IN
Rachel Roberts brings her tunes to the Uncorked Wine Bar in Akron, OH
The Breeders and Speedy Ortiz rock the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH

Starlight Girls appear at the Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH
The Time Jumpers bust-down at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN
The Harmaleighs play the High Watt at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN


Featured with Chrissie Hynde

On 17 October 2008, she was an opening act for fellow Akron-area musicians Devo at a special benefit concert at the Akron Civic Theater for the then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. The Black Keys, another Akron-based band, and the then up-and-coming solo artist, Rachel Roberts, performed prior to her.


OurStage: About Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts is currently collaborating with songwriter Ryan Beke, and rechristening their band as SEXIS SIXES. The band consists of drummer Anne Lillis, guitarist and pianist Ryan Beke, and bassist Joe Golden. This power pop group is a vintage mixture of retro pop, soul and funk. It has a sultry lounge appeal, sure to ease the mood and the groove.



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