AKRON, Ohio — The City of Akron has declared April 1 “Devo Day” to promote fan votes for the Akron group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Formed in 1973 in Akron by two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs and the Casales, along with Alan Myers, Devo is one of 16 nominees on the ballot.
“The City of Akron has an unbelievable sense of pride, especially when it involves the success of our people,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “We are, and will continue to be, immensely proud to be the home of Devo and will be rallying this great community to help them achieve the recognition they deserve.”
During the month-long promotion, 50 Energy Dome Sculptures, inspired by the band's signature red hats and created by recycled tires, will mysteriously pop up over Akron. The sculptures will feature QR codes that will link to a website where fans can vote.
The city of Akron said the downtown corridor will become a location for fans to interact with life-size cutouts of Devo.
There will also be an interactive experience for viewers in a storefront window at The Bowery. Horrigan will be featured in a “DEVOtional” video with entertainers Jack Black, Fred Armisen and Tony Hawk.
“Devo is of course one of my favorite bands,” said former Akron resident Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. “It was a huge thing for me as a teenager to know a band from Akron as cool and weird could strike a chord (no pun intended) that resonated so massively around the world.”
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