15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
Some say The Numbers defy description, but perhaps Terry Hynde did just that when he discovered that 15 divided by 15 is 1, 60 divided by 15 is 4, and 75 divided by 15 is 5. In a musician’s world, “1, 4, 5” is referred to as the “universal progression.” So there ya go.
Adam Keeler has been playing guitar for 25 years and teaching for over 10. The passion began with playing electric guitar in the styles of the Rock gods: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson. Inspired after seeing a concert by Phil Keaggy, he switched to acoustic fingerstyle.
Box of Squirrels
Box of Squirrels interprets popular songs with their own squirrely style. A mix of banjo, mandolin, upright bass, harmonica, acoustic guitar, harmonica, four-part harmony and washboard percussion blend for a unique sound and show.
Thoreau Hawk is a stage name Davis coined 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.
Cave Twins is David Mayfield & Abby Rose. Identical twins separated at birth and reunited in song. David Mayfield, a Grammy & Emmy nominated artist grew up in a family band and has toured & recorded with groups (The Avett Brothers, Black Keys, Mumford & Sons) and made numerous TV appearances (The Late Show with David Letterman, The Grand Ole Opry).
City of Invention
Singer-songwriter Craig Rich’s music gives voice to feeling that are otherwise difficult to express; especially for someone who has fought so hard to emerge from him shell. A far cry from his humble beginnings as an introverted dorky high school trombone player.
Dale Galgozy will play Americana and country. He teaches guitar, too, so if you pay attention, you might learn a thing or two.
After first hearing Socha perform, keyboardist Evan Graening says: It’s safe to say that everyone, myself included, [was] blown away by Dan’s performance. He has such passion when he performs. Add that with his raw talent, and it’s something special to witness.”
DenZon & tge Road Doggz
DenZon is a career roots blues singer hailing from the midwest. His dedication to the blues and R&B genre of music has been a relentless quest. The Road Doggz include Joe Walsh and Eagles drummer Joe Vitale, his equally talented son, Joe Vitale, Jr., with crisp horn arrangements by cutting edge jazz trumpter Josh Rzepka and back to church keyboardist and arranger David Thomas with Freddie Salem making appearances on guitars.
ArtVoice Magazine describes Diana Chittester as “a complex guitar acrobat,” as she stands alone on stage with her arsenal of acoustic guitars. Her solo show is brought to life by her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar without the help of loopers or other technological tricks, blended with intelligent and articulate lyrics.
“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves.
Hallam & Delaney
Theda Cranberry Hallam and Mike Delaney are the cello and guitar duo, Hallam & Delaney. Theda plays cello in the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra. Michael plays lead in the Danjo Jazz/Rock Orchestra. They play jazz, popular songs from all decades, the Great American Songbook Beatles, rock, R&B … well, evidently just about everything.
Beneath Chicago songwriter Heather Styka’s “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust.
Jim Casto is a folky rock n’ roll singer-songwriter, with a country influence.
Zeller’s music is solid Americana, and heavy with the music of Bob Dylan and other similar 20th century artists, with an original here and there.
John Patrick and The Outside Voices
2017 brings the release of the band’s full-length debut “Hound Dogs” – recorded at Amish Electric Chair Studios in Athens, OH. The 10 song album is both evocative and hook-filled, with winding ’70s-inspired riffs and “… a pinch of the Ryan Adams / Whiskeytown influence that touches the heart of this new generation of troubadours
New roots music, contemporary but firmly groundedMosey’s guitar playing is Piedmont Blues/Ragtime based, but there’s a healthy dose of old-time and bluegrass flatpicking in there, too. He’s a pretty good singer, too. in tradition.
Ka De Dunna
Ka De Dunaa (To Join the Universe) plays mostly traditional songs from West Africa. Baba David Coleman is our spiritual and musical director. Band members include Dan Susany (Be Well Drum On,) Tom Zocolo, Lynnette Morrow, Amy Unruh, Baba David Coleman, Tom Morrow, Owen Milsaps, and Susan Clark.
What were you doing when you were in high school? Kofi Boakye is an award-winning keyboardist & multi-instrumentalist who has played throughout the United States, as well as Germany and Prague.
Last Exit Duo
James Knight, and Nancy Peters are Last Exit Duo, featuring guitar, harmonica, percussion, and vocal harmony. They encourage audience participation, so you’re welcome to sing along!
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.
Mick Rogers plays original music, songs rooted in the Rust Belt 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, prefers cheap guitars, and writes the most interesting lyrics you’ll hear this year.
Mike Lenz Band
Mike Lenz performs solo on guitar, vocals, harmonica, and amplified stompbox. His live show includes his originals, classic blues and bit of old country, rock, and just about every genre of American music.
Mo’ Mojo is a hard driving, high energy, “Pardi-Gras” band. The female-fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, electric guitar, mandolin, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. Songs are sung in English and French.
Nick Wilkinson was born in the rural parts of central Ohio where he learned to write honestly about wanderlust and love. Through his passionate live performances and charisma on and off stage, Nick has a way of connecting with audiences.
If Americana singer/songwriter, Randy Horvath, knew how good he is, we couldn’t afford him. Treat yourself.
Ray Flanagan and The Authorities
You’ll hear a uniquely progressive blend of rock, powered by a constantly underlying element of soul. Ray Flanagan & The Authorities was established in early 2013 by five musicians who have already performed in a variety of musical outfits from young ages.
Incorporating elements of country blues, Appalachian ballads, dirges and beyond, Roger Hoover creates deliberate and haunting collections of sublimely rendered ballads and rousing dust-shakers that are entirely his own.
Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts
Celebrating the classic country & honkytonk sounds of yesteryear, Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts aim to please fans of REAL country music. Led by award-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert, The Shootouts feature Brian Poston on lead guitar, Dan Nauss on upright and electric bass, and Dylan Gomez on drums.
You may remember Steve from his 80s hit, “Funky Poodle,” with his band, Wild Horses– a “heat seeker” on the Billboard Charts that went on to be a big hit, receiving airplay on local stations, such as WMMS, all the way to KROC in L.A. As a member of Wild Horses, Steve and the band were voted the Number 1 band for 5 years in the Cleveland Area.
“Carano is a student of the blues, immersing himself in the sounds of the Mississippi delta from his homestead bordering on the Cuyahoga Valley.” – Kyle Cohrun, The Akronist
Kent is proud to claim The Bluestones as its own. They’ve been playing the finest in classic blues, country, oldies, and rock to entertained audiences in NE Ohio for over 30 years. Lucky us.
The Juke Hounds
The Juke Hounds play ”blues with feeling,” but not the familiar woe-is-me nobody-loves-me pose. Instead, it says “you can’t keep me down.”
Country with a classically-trained violinist. Folk with a Bonham-inspired drummer. Rockabilly with a tattoo-deficient guitarist/singer. Rock with a bassist that yearns to play “Pig In a Pen”. RailShakers are proof that these paradoxes do indeed exist.
High-energy Ska party band, The Twistoffs, was formed by ringleader Erik Walter (guitar/vocals) in a dank, suburban basement in Kent, Ohio in 1986, The Twistoffs have since performed more than 2,000 shows, tracked more than 150,000 miles and covered over 40 states and three countries.
Robert Jr. Lockwood said he’d never hire a harmonica player…then he heard Wallace Coleman play. Lockwood did hire Coleman for a post he held for 10 years along the guitar great and 20th century architect of delta, traditional, and Chicago blues.