Akron ,Ohio – The municipality known as the Rubber City played host to one of the best rising bands on the current music scene this weekend . Chicago’s own Emperors and Elephants made a stop on Sunday night to the musical Mecca known as Ripper Rock House . I personally have waited over a year to finally see this band perform live . I reviewed the album “ Devil In The Lake “ almost a year and a half ago so now I anxiously awaited to see if this band could perform up to their hype . (To be honest I helped create some of the hype , this disk rocks by the way . ) Sunday night is always precarious for a band to perform and a holiday weekend to boot along with the singer Jesse Andrews birthday I was not sure what to expect . Well two syllables and one word “ Impressed “ is what I have to say about it . The eleven song set won over the crowd one of which was from Bakersfield, California visiting family for the holiday weekend but heard about this band from his own neighborhood club . The night started with the song “ Bring It Down “ and continued the musically onslaught for over an hour with some great personal insights almost a story tellers version of the band songs and life on the road . Up next was “ Your Will “ and “ Dead Sleep “ which really got the fans smiling . The duel lead guitar attracts really showcase what gifted musicians can accomplish with out over playing and excellent song writing is the key .The performed a cover Chris Isaak ‘s “ Wicked Game” giving it an edgier sound and their land mark song “ Man of God ‘ . The song “ Change “ was a slow but powerful song for which the band released a music video for a little over the month ago . Up next was “ Ghost “ which gave us plenty to think about and the remake of “ Simple Man “ by Lynyrd Skynard brought a tear to many an eye . The final song was “ Who You Are “ and with that they closed the night . The band was gracious enough to sign some autographs well past midnight for the diehard fans who waited around for them . The bands consists of Jesse Andrews – vocals ,Jason Meudt :-drums ,Jeph Stiph -guitars ,Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper- guitars ,Ron “Stoppable” Vanders – bass. This is one tight unit with beautiful melodies , striking guitar work and a back section that keeps is all together . Their current release is available on Pavement Entertainment and also on their official website at http://www.emperorsandelephants.com/ and I recommend whole heartily , this is one band to watch out for !