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15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)

The Numbers Band has been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications since the beginning of their 40 years of live performances and recordings.

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Abby Rose

Abby Rose is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio but currently resides in Kent. Her musical stylings are comparable to that of Regina Spektor. Her talents are influenced by Joe Purdy, Damien Rice, Ray LaMontange, The Speedbumps.

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Babies in Black

Babies in Black is singer-songwriter Rachel Roberts, and Dr. Beth Hiser (music professor at Baldwin Wallace). The duo, Roberts on guitar and Hiser on upright bass, plays 50-60s rockabilly and pop songs, including original compositions resembling the doo-wop era.

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Brady’s Run

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Brent Kirby & His Luck

In addition to all of the awards garnered by all the other groups Kirby has been a part of, he has been individually nominated multiple times by the Free Times and Cleveland Scene for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Male Vocalist.

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Brett Davis

Hear the fingerstyle country blues of Brett Davis. Thoreau Hawk is a stage name coined by Davis after living in Thoreau, New Mexico. He also performs in bands such as The Muskrats, The Progressives, Ricky Frets and The Cowboys, and High Class Carnival.

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Cats on Holiday

Cats On Holiday is a Roots-based, Swamp Pop band that has been pleasing audiences for nearly 20 years with their own special blend of Texas and Louisiana inspired Blues, Rock, Roots & Zydeco, infused with healthy doses of original songs and poetry about urban life.

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City of Invention

They’re friends. They’re brothers. They’re construction workers and bartenders. They get together and make real life music. It’s what they do. It’s what they love.

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Colin Schoff And Co.

Colin Shoff & Co. is a rock/roots/folk band from Akron, Ohio.

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Dale Galgozy

Galgozy will play Americana and country blues. He teaches guitar, too, so if you pay attention, you might learn a thing or two.

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Dan Socha

Dan Socha is a member of Flowerpot Records. They are an Ohio-based Indie label made up of talented musicians from all around the country.

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Diana Chittester

ArtVoice Magazine calls Diana Chittester “A Complex Guitar Acrobat.” Come!

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Helen Welch

A native of England, Helen is well-known throughout the United Kingdom for her musical theatre roles and 1-woman shows. Her unique talents for choosing songs that stand the test of time and making them her own, and her ability to intimately engage her audience, quickly earned her a large and devoted following.

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Iris Isadora

This teen-aged singer/songwriter is sure to delight.

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Jim Zeller

Jim began performing in the 50s at piano recitals, playing Cornet as well as piano.  He started learning Peter Paul and Mary songs on guitar from his older brother in the 60s, some of which he performs even today in his live shows.  Bob Dylan has been an obsession since 1970, and Jim has also penned a few songs along the way.

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Joe Moorhead Band

Ready for a musical trip? An around the world escape that is sure to free your mind and move your body? Then you’re ready for Joe Moorhead.
Like a rum-soaked cool breeze off an island shore, Joe Moorhead offers a musical escape from the daily grind.

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John Patrick Halling

Halling (of John Patrick & The Outside Voices) released his solo debut Boy in the Water in March 2015, receiving praise for having an “Americana folk-rock sound that evokes the more countryside of Ryan Adams and some of the early albums from M.Ward (The Equal Ground).”

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Jon Mosey

New roots music, contemporary but firmly grounded in tradition.

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Ka De Dunna

Ka De Dunaa (To Join the Universe) plays mostly traditional songs from West Africa. Baba David Coleman is their spiritual and musical director. Their roots are in the Kent African Drum Community founded by Brian Klempp. They lost Brian to a fight with cancer, but were grateful when Brian’s former Mentor Baba David Coleman returned to Kent and took them under his wing.

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Ka De Dunna

Ka De Dunaa (To Join the Universe) plays mostly traditional songs from West Africa. Baba David Coleman is their spiritual and musical director. Their roots are in the Kent African Drum Community founded by Brian Klempp. They lost Brian to a fight with cancer, but were grateful when Brian’s former Mentor Baba David Coleman returned to Kent and took them under his wing.

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Laurie Michelle Caner and Ed Caner

Laurie Michelle Caner and Ed Caner are from the Appalachian Americana band, Hey Mavis.

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Low T

Low T is a three piece acoustic garage band, a spin off of a four piece electric garage band called Three Car Garage. Together since 2001, when they previously performed as Mid Life Crisis. Their repertoire is eclectic and appeals to their Baby Boomer peers. Today they perform mainly for charity events, donating earnings to breast cancer research.

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Margot Milcetich and the Om Out Loud Kirtan Band

Joe Culley on Tabla, Margot Milcetich on harmonium and vocals, with guest musicians.

Traditional kirtan and original songs with the accompaniment of thrilling classical Indian drumming.

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Mick Rogers

Mick plays original music, songs rooted in the Ohio experience. He is a 3 chord musical identity crisis, two fish swimming in opposite directions. A glass half empty, a missing button that has a problem with authority. Doesn’t own shoe polish and prefers cheap guitars, and writes the most interesting lyrics you’ll hear this year.

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Mike Harvan

Michael Harvan is a singer-songwriter out of Northeast Ohio, dangerously wielding an acoustic guitar, harmonica and a need to tell some stories. With a leaning toward Americana/alt-country/folk rock, his songs are typically upbeat and familiar-sounding despite being original. Rest assured for he knows his share of covers, too.

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Mike Lenz Band

Mike Lenz is based in Akron, Ohio and performs on guitar, vocals, harmonica, and amplified stompbox. He is influenced by everything from Delta and Piedmont blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller to the Memphis blues, jug band stomps and rags of the 20’s and 30’s to classic 50’s and 60’s electric Chicago blues of Muddy Waters.

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Outlaws I & I

The story of Outlaws I & I begins with featured lead vocalist Butchie B. His voyage from young gospel singer to R&B performer allowed him to perform on stage with prestigious acts such as The Dazz Band, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Whispers. Butchie B’s talents soon led him to Reggae music, performing with well-known Reggae artists such as Toots and the Maytals, Yellowman, Beenie Man, Culture.

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Raw Sugar

Raw Sugar is a powerhouse coming-together-for-BeatleFest trio of (from left to right) Chris Edwards ,Eric Oswald & Jackson Bolling coming together just for our festival. Prepare to be entertained!

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Ritch Underwood’s Monopoly

Playing professionally since 1963, the Beatles were Ritch Underwood’s first musical love and remain his all-time favorite band to this day. Ritch’s musical pedigree in Kent is great, playing in house bands at storied venues like the Kove and JB’s in addition to a 6-month stint with Joe Walsh and The Measles. Monopoly was formed in 1971 and has been playing with Ritch at the helm ever since.

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Rollin Joe Porter

His live performance can bring a room full of loud distracted drinkers to a hushed silence, hanging on every note. The music primarily consists of Joe’s own arrangements of traditional American folk songs, with a dose of early rural blues and an occasional dash of Celtic flavor as well. The end product is truly unique.

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Rusty Soul Band

Rusty Soul Band’s music often draws comparisons to early 70s rock, heavy on the guitar with the dual lead vocals of Leslie Blanc and Steve Stanley out front belting melodic hooks. The lyrics cover territory of the everyman. There’s plenty of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, but there’s deeper content as well, including exploring the plight of the rust belt, where Rusty Soul Band calls home.

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Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts

Ryan Humbert has brought tradition back to country music through his side-project, Shooter Sharp & the Shootouts. If you’re a fan of Merle, Hank, Johnny, Buck, Dolly, Loretta, Willie, Waylon or Patsy you won’t want to miss Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts.

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Svoboda Band

SvobodaBand is a trio from Kent, OH that is reinventing the roots of music and live performance. Their unique sound mixes blues, jazz, soul, and folk to create something familiar but original.

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The Angie Haze Project

Angie Haze, Hoseff Garcia, David Mayfield, Gina Wilson & Rik Williger play Indie, gypsy, blues, folk, singer-songwriter & vaudeville. Haze says, “With our folk and worldly musical style and rhythm, we make the crowd feel like they’re the ones dancing with bells around their ankles!”

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The Gage Brothers

You will find Zach Gage playing guitar, banjo, mandolin or anything he can slap strings onto. He is also the lead vocalist. Ben Gage is a percussionist who picked up some harmonicas that he honks on now and then. Also a vocalist, he adds harmony to The Gage Brothers’ songs. Together they are a high energy acoustic band.

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Tucker and Davis

Tucker & Davis is a (big breath) jazz-pop-folk-rock-standards-Latin-country (whew!) duo. Like a box of chocolates…

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Up ‘Til 4

Up ‘Til 4 is a band dedicated to acoustic / rock music from the singer-songwriter era of the 60s and 70s through the modern indie-folk music of today. The group covers the music of Buffalo Springfield, Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Eagles, James Taylor, Sheryl Crowe, Jonie Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Grateful Dead, Traveling Wilbury’s as well as original music. This is a group that puts special emphasis into its vocal harmonies.

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Wallace Coleman

As a young man in eastern Tennessee, Wallace Coleman instead captivated by the sounds he heard late at night from Nashville’s WLAC –the blues. The sounds haunted him by day where, he says, “I would be sitting in class and hear Howlin’ Wolf singing in my head.” It was on WLAC where Coleman first heard those who would become Blues Legends and musical influences: Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.

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