Cait McCoy


I came across the coolest concept today — a traveling music, art and theater showcase that visits different Akron neighborhoods allowing local artists to perform their talents. Why hasn’t this been done in the past? Oh, wait, it has!



A vaudeville show is a type of entertainment popular in the U.S. in the early 20th century featuring a mixture of specialty acts such as burlesque comedy, singing and dancing. In the 1920s and 1930s, our dear Akron, Ohio, believe it or not, was a hotspot for such shows. Wandering Aesthetics arts company is bringing this concept back to life in 2016 with Bigger Than a Breadbox, a quarterly vaudeville show that could be coming to your neighborhood next.



Wandering Aesthetics, Knight Arts Challenge winners, has been behind several smaller arts and music projects in the Akron area. Its successful Electric Pressure Cooker (stylized as #EPCooker) is an award-winning “anything goes” cabaret that takes place monthly at None Too Fragile Theater inside Pub Bricco in the Merriman Valley. The company is keeping the “anything goes” concept with Bigger Than a Breadbox, but taking the show on the road and encouraging new talents to join in the fun. Any neighborhood, and any venue, could be the next host.



The Knight Arts Challenge has given Bigger Than a Breadbox a matching grant, which means the organization will need to raise enough money to match the amount given. Wandering Aesthetics encourages people to attend its monthly Electric Pressure Cooker event at Pub Bricco, where there is a $5 cover charge to get in the door to help match the grant.



As great as this sounds, I am having one heck of a time trying to find more information on where the vaudeville show has traveled so far and where it might be traveling next. Something tells me I will need to attend the next Electric Pressure Cooker event to find out, so stay tuned.



In the meantime, if you have any information on the whereabouts of Bigger Than a Breadbox, send me a tweet @caitahontas_ !