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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 47: Meeting of the Minds

  • The Center 118 West Market Street Akron, OH, 44303 United States (map)

"[The #EPCooker is] an Open Mic where ANYTHING can happen!" – Promoter & Performer Seth Gravatt

Talented minds come together for one epic night of celebration and performance. Join Wandering Aesthetics and Emcees Johnny & Marcel as we converse, create and encourage the arts throughout the 47th addition of the Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret.

Fireworks outside? How about fireworks inside?! Witness firsthand this holiday the performing artists– of all ages and genres– that help make Akron the #CreativeSummit.

***The #EPCooker is a regularly occurring open mic that takes place on the FIRST SATURDAY of every month***

Date: Saturday, July 6th (Doors: 8 PM • Performance: 9 PM)

Location: The Center (Located above Time Traveler Records)

Featured Emcee: Dynamic Duo Johnny Sturdivant & Marcel Dear

Cost: Pay-What-You-Can Donation at the door
($5.00 Suggested Donation)


Continued fundraising for Wandering Aesthetics' #KnightCities project, Bigger than a Breadbox, (Returning late this summer), as well as maintaining this vibrant community event.


Considered by some, "the most EPIC open mic," they've ever attended, the Akron Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau's Zenith AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is a dynamic monthly showcase featuring artistic talent (musicians, theatre artists, dancers, improvisers, standup comedians, and many more...) and "ANYTHING GOES" fun. The #EPCooker "happens" at the The Center, a performance space dedicated to the development of artists, located above Time Traveler Records in West Hill, Akron.

Join Wandering Aesthetics, the #EPCooker Community and emcees Johnny Sturdivant and Marcel Dear at The Center on Saturday, July 6th for a memorable night full of revelry and revelation.


Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 60+ audience members, 20+ performers and 4 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and sign ups for performers begins around 8:00 pm with performances starting around 9:00 pm. ANYONE may sign up for an open mic slot. Performers may also pre-register before the event at

An emcee, various musical instruments, stage, lighting and sound system (with operators) are provided. The environment is like no other open mic in the region!

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, full rock bands, debates, experimental art, puppeteers, dancers, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, storytelling and performance artists. But the sky is the limit; no art is too taboo for the #EPCooker!

ALL levels – from beginner to the most experienced – are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform!) with adult supervision.

The #EPCooker is not just an open mic. It is an open and welcoming community of artists and advocates. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. From comedians to performance artists and even full bands, many wonderful performers have premiered at the #EPCooker.


There will be water, soda, coffee, wine, and beer available. Outside food and beverages are also permitted.