Devo Playing Rare Akron Show For Obama
Devo will play a rare show in its hometown of Akron, Ohio, next weekend, with proceeds to benefit the Summit County Democratic Party’s efforts to elect Barack Obama as president.
The event is set for Oct. 17 at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster. Devo last played the Akron area as part of Lollapalooza in 1996 but apparently hasn’t done a headlining show there since 1979.
Devo formed in Akron in 1973, with materials for its early stage outfits having been provided by the city’s Portage Broom & Brush. The group has long been based in California, but decided to focus its energies on the battleground state of Ohio as the Nov. 4 election draws near.
“We all have a vested interest in what happens here — our families and friends who have been hurt of the nonsense of the past eight years,” group member Mark Mothersbaugh says. “We hope to make an impact with this concert, and raise consciousness to what’s happened in Ohio in the past — and what will happen again if people are not made aware of what their vote means.”