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Akron's PorchRokr Goes Virtual: Plan Your CouchRokr from the Comfort of Home

Akron's popular annual Porchrokr festival has been adapted to a virtual format in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Akron's popular annual Porchrokr festival has been adapted to a virtual format in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The popular Highland Square PorchRokr Music and Art Festival, celebrated annually during August in Akron, has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The large, in-person festival was reimagined this year as a virtual event called CouchRokr. The concert will be available to view on Facebook Saturday, Aug. 15 starting at 1 p.m.

The festival traditionally features vendors, a beer garden, activities and more than 100 performers playing music on house porches across Highland Square. The virtual event will still spotlight the West Akron neighborhood, with 12 Northeast Ohio musicians performing filmed sets across six Highland Square locations.

Akron hip-hop artist Floco Torres performs as part of the duo Free Black!
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Akron hip-hop artist Floco Torres performs as part of the duo Free Black!

The local businesses that opened their doors to provide performers a place to play include Oakdale House, Square Records, Annabell’s Bar & Lounge, , and Zen Space by Yoga Squared.

Each set was filmed in advance by Alternative Attic, a film crew that works to provide a platform for musicians in the Akron area with an online music video series and recurring events.

Viewers can kick off the event by participating in online Zoom yoga with Yoga Squared at 11 a.m. Saturday. After the performances, there will be a virtual Zoom dance party, with DJ Vinny G and Precious, from 8-10 p.m.

WKSU Shuffle Producer Brittany Nader helps you plan your viewing of the concert from the comfort of home with these picks—and an accompanying Spotify playlist of standout tracks from each CouchRokr performer:

 

Genre: Original, acidic jazz funk

Members: Cameron Bickley, Tommy Lehman, Justin Tibbs, SmokeFace, Andru Dennis

Alomar

Genre: Acoustic emo

Members: Eddie Gancos

Hear WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz’s Shuffle interview with Gancos

Genre: Retro, garage-rock supergroup

Members: Benjamin Patrick, Jeri Sapronetti, Samantha Grace, Justin Tibbs, Robert Keith, Nate Bucher

The Beyonderers

Genre: Instrumental surf thrash-rock

Members: Dave Rich, Andrew Rich, Anne Lillis

Hear WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz’s Shuffle interview with Rich

The Bizarros

Genre: Punk, the original “Akron sound”

Members: Nick Nicholis, Don Parkins, Jerry Parkins, Martyn Flunoy

Genre: Youthful rock ‘n’ roll

Members: Luke Konopka, Elliott Carter, Evan Cox, Fritz Dannemiller

Free Black!

Genre: Hip-hop

Members: HR3, Floco Torres

Hayden Gilbert and The Ruckus

Genre: Soulful blues-rock

Members: Hayden Gilbert, Ben Gravatt, John BonTempo

Genre: Dynamic hip-hop

Members: Luminari, Styxx, Reo Dinero, SMOKEFACE, Lou

Hear WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz Shuffle interview with Luminari and Styxx

Stems

Genre: “Future-past” indie rock

Members: Justin Seeker, Joel McAdams, Michael Voris, Joshua Weiss

Hear WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz Shuffle interview with Seeker and Weiss

Genre: Rock ‘n’ roll

Members: Jeri Sapronetti, Jammin Sam, Colten Huffman

Zach & The Bright Lights

Genre: Soulful pop-rock

Members: Zach Friedhof, Neil Keating, Charlie Trenta, Michael Marotta, Drew Thornberry

Hear WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia’s Shuffle interview with Friedhof

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