The EarthQuaker Devices staff will prepare 15 chilis to sample, along with cornbread, hot cocoa and a condiment bar. Attendees will have access to the EarthQuaker mobile demo unit, where they may play the full line of 40-plus effects pedals. Select discounted B-Stock units will be for sale.
The event will feature local celebrity chef judges Chef Charles Sanders (Executive Chef at Cleveland Renaissance), Jessica Starr (Sous Chef at Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar), and some guy named “Dude Fiery.” Music will be provided by DJ Mario Nemr of Thursday’s Lounge.
Chili tasting tickets will be available at the event for a donation of $1 per ticket, or six tickets for $5. All proceeds will benefit the Akron Snow Angels, which provides clothing and toiletries for families in need during the harsh winter months. In addition, there will be a raffle for an EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Resonant Reverberations effects pedal. Raffle tickets are $5.
For info, visit the event’s Facebook page. Facebook Event Page.
Akron Snow Angels is a nonprofit organization founded in 2015 by Erin Victor, whose mission is to “[spread] warmth and [connect] with the most vulnerable in our community by providing basic essentials and fostering compassionate friendships while inspiring others to do the same.”
“Our goal,” Victor says, “is not to just drop off a lunch and a jacket and walk away. The organization’s plan is to connect with the impoverished to determine needs. Our leadership and volunteers take the time to talk with people who are stuck in impoverished circumstances, to see how they can make a difference in their lives along with providing them with the necessary items that they are unable to provide for themselves. We help them to find housing, jobs and anything else they need to get back on their feet.”
EarthQuaker Devices employs 50-plus artists and musicians at their manufacturing facility in Akron, Ohio, where they “. . . make [pedals] one-at-a-time, by hand, the hard way, in the idyllic post-apocalyptic wasteland metropolis of Akron — where the soldering smoke blocks out the sun, and the fiery Cuyahoga River pumps white-hot liquid magma into the steam engine that powers [their] great riff factory in the sky.” Their effects pedals can be seen and heard onstage with artists like Modest Mouse, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Fang, the Black Keys, and many more.