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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 33: Inauguration Protest Station

  • Aqueduct Brewing 529 Grant Street Akron, OH, 44311 United States (map)

Akron's most ECLECTIC and ELECTRIC open mic event returns Saturday, January 20th to the University Park neighborhood's very own Aqueduct Brewing on the anniversary of the presidential inauguration. Featuring Emcee and Performer Karlise Starr Brown, the #EPCooker invites performers across the spectrum of artistic genres to: Congregate - as part of the #EPCooker community. Participate - in the interactive Inauguration Protest Station. Celebrate - the artists that are reshaping Akron and Northeast Ohio.

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at or via phone at 330.612.3090.


Continued fundraising for the second half match of The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox, (premiering in early 2018), as well as maintaining this vibrant community event by compensating #EPCooker artists and team members.

After successfully reaching our Year One match – in large part thanks to the #EPCooker Community – Wandering Aesthetics has started the fundraising process for Year Two of Bigger Than A Breadbox. Bigger Than A Breadbox – launching in early 2018 – is one of the 27 winners of the of the 2015 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Akron. #AkronBreadbox needs to raise $75,000 in matching funds over two years - but only $30,000 over the next 10 months.

For more information (including the up-to-date funds raised) visit or email


The Zenith AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is back for the new year, so get ready to congregate, participate and celebrate! This month's dynamic showcase featuring artistic talent and  "ANYTHING GOES" fun will "happen" inside the historic Aqueduct Brewing.

Featuring the amazing vocals of Emcee Karlise Starr Brown, Aqueduct Brewing's fine craft cider and beer, and the "Inauguration Protest Station" – an interactive "station" where participants can privately express their opinion of the past year – this Electric Pressure Cooker is sure to turn up the heat on this cold January night.


Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 80+ audience members, 20+ performances and 5 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and registration for performers begins at 7:30 pm with performances beginning sometime between 8:00 - 8:30 pm. Anyone may sign up for a 12-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard, stage, lighting and sound system (with operators) are provided. The environment is like no other open mic in the region.
This month's emcee: Performer Karlise Starr Brown

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, debates, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, full rock bands, 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 full bands, many wonderful performers have premiered at the #EPCooker.

Aqueduct Brewing has a quality selection of craft beer, cider and food available for sale. Outside beverages are not permitted. Outside food is allowed.


Karlise Starr Brown...