Hard-rock bands still reminisce about the days when riffs cost a nickel and gentlemen took off their hats whenever the Grim Reaper walked by. Cue up timeless tunes with this GrouponLive deal to see Skid Row at the Akron Civic Theatre on Thursday, August 2, at 8 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $20, you get two tickets for side rear-orchestra seating (a $40 value, including all fees).
- For $29, you get two tickets for center rear-orchestra seating (a $58 value, including all fees).
- For $39, you get two tickets for front-orchestra or front-loge seating (a $78 value, including all fees).
When a friend calls you and asks if you would like to start a band with him and a man named “Snake,” your only question should be, "When is rehearsal?" So is the story of heavy-metal legends Skid Row, whose guitarist, Scotti Hill, received such a call in 1987 from his buddy and current band mate, bassist Rachel Bolan. Just two years later the trio added frontman Sebastian Bach and released a self-titled album that sold more than five million copies. The debut featured "18 and Life," a narrative track that taps into adolescent rage and its consequences, as well as "I Remember You," a ballad that recalls the electrifying feeling that Benjamin Franklin felt the first time he was struck by lightning. The band followed up with 1991's Slave to the Grind, which hit the Billboard charts at the No. 1 spot, largely propelled by the single "Wasted Time."
After parting ways with Bach in the late '90s, the band landed Johnny Solinger, the charismatic Texan who still helms the mic to serenade crowds with the band's catalogue. Akron band 11After, the "Bad Girls of Rock 'n’ Roll," open up the show. In songs like "Choose Me," lead singer D Cruise coyly explains the reasons why listeners should elect her to Congress.
The medieval carvings, European antiques, and Italian alabaster sculptures at the Akron Civic Theatre absorb the evening's scaling harmonies. Built in 1929 to resemble a Moorish castle, the venue has maintained much of its historic charm, including the exceedingly rare atmospheric ceiling, in which stars twinkle and clouds float by as mesmerizingly as the last few corn flakes atop a bowl of milk.
E.J. Thomas Hall
Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.