Annual Devo Convention Coming to Beachland Ballroom This Weekend

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DEVOtional, the annual convention dedicated to the Akron new wave band Devo, returns to the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern this weekend. Billed “the world's largest gathering of DEVO fans in the entire world,” it’s a big event. Band members Jerry Casale, Josh Hager and David Kendrick will be in attendance.

The two-day event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday with performances by Eric Nassau, Ultrabunny and Lieutenant Dance. Then, on Saturday, doors at the Beachland open at 2 p.m. Several tribute acts will perform, and there will be a screening of a Devo concert movie and an appearance by original member Gerald Casale.

Also on Saturday, local photographer Janet Macoska will see her famous DEVO photo taken at the Chili Dog Mac in 1978 become a permanent street art installation at 182 South Main St. in Akron, the place that just happens to be the original site of the Chili Dog Mac. The City of Akron and the Akron Civic Committee have collaborated on the project, and the official unveiling runs from noon to 1 p.m. Casale will be on hand for the proceedings. In addition, there will be free chili dogs and tacos.

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