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The Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret

  • Pub Bricco 1841 Merriman Rd Akron, OH 44313 (map)

The #EPCooker is one of the area’s hottest events. Started in the basement of a flower shop, it is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 30 performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

Registration for performers begins at 7:30 pm. Performances begin at 8:00 pm. Anyone may sign up for a 10-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at

An emcee, house drum kit and sound system (with operators) are provided.

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, devised work, full rock bands 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. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist.

Pub Bricco has a full bar and a wide selection of food. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.

All proceeds will go to:

The Electric Pressure Cooker presents... Bigger than a Breadbox, one of Akron's 58 finalists for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge Grant. If Bigger than a Breadbox is selected, Wandering Aesthetics will need to raise $75,000 in matching funds. Winners will be announced in April.

About Bigger than a Breadbox:

Building on the success of Wandering Aesthetics’ reoccurring Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, Bigger Than a Breadbox (BTB) draws inspiration from Akron’s historic ties to vaudeville. Using this vaudevillian blueprint, BTB will be a dynamic quarterly event that celebrates artistic excellence and unites audiences through affordable access to a revolving lineup of high quality performers. BTB will tour Akron; each “bill” will be comprised of acts selected from the #EPCooker and the neighborhoods where BTB events are held.  Acts will reflect a diverse array of talent and receive a performance stipend.

#EPCooker Pre-Registration
#EPCooker Cover Charge (BYOB)