Arts & Entertainment: Music Venues
Formerly the Akron Scorcher's and the Tap House, the sport-and-rock-themed Ripper Owens' Tap House now has the former Judas Priest singer as a partner. When he's not on the road, he makes appearances.
The system still booms at the onetime Club Atlantis, where rock videos now spin on flat screens, and the stage hosts tough-as-nails local bands and national acts on the way up or down.
The city’s top metal and hardcore club gives fans their money’s worth: Most shows include at least four bands, and usually many more. The venue also includes the Pirates Cove side stage and upstairs Rockstar bar.
R/E is now a book-it-yourself rock club; each BYOC (Bring Your Own Crowd) night varies according to the acts playing, but odds are you'll encounter a hard rock or metal band. Or three.
Weekends, this rock café hosts punk, emo, and metal shows.
In the former Snickers building, this warm room has ornate wooden fixtures, and feels like a Victorian tavern -- but with red lights, a cool jukebox and a spicy menu.
Patrons get a unique perspective of the musicians who play the Rhythm Room: The stage is in the basement, with the crowd perched above on the main floor. Rappers and reggae acts are the stars here.
If the complimentary wi-fi connection isn't enough to keep you busy on the rare nights that the Riverfront Coffee Mill doesn't host a live act, the coffeehouse also offers an impressive selection of board games. Yahtzee, anyone?
New ownership has revived the former Hive/Jigsaw Saloon. While hard rock still dominates — it’s in Parma, after all — booking has become more eclectic. The restaurant next to the large music room offers upscale pub food to fuel a night of music listening.
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