The Kent Stage Will Be Rockin' This Month With
13 Diverse Acts
The Kent Stage, Portage County's best concert venue, has a variety of shows coming up this month that will satisfy a variety of musical tastes.
Here is a list of upcoming shows for the month.
Kim Richey and Radney Foster – Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
Foster co-wrote a Top Ten hit for Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and went on to commercial and critical success as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd. They recorded three albums in the late 1980s, scoring a series of country hits. His solo debut, Del Rio TX 1959, was released in 1992 and featured two Top Ten country songs, including “Nobody Wins,” co-written with Richey. His third solo effort 2017's For You to See the Stars showcases his classic, soulful storytelling. Reserved $30.
Special EFX All-Stars feat Chieli Minucci – Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for more than 35 years. Gold Circle $40, Reserved $30.
Steven Page (former Barenaked Ladies lead singer) Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.
Steven Page is best known for being the primary songwriter and vocalist for Barenaked Ladies, which got its start in the late 1980s. The band had very successful run starting in 1992, with radio-friendly songs such as “Brian Wilson” and “If I Had $1,000,000.” Page is the consummate entertainer, performing music from both his solo career and his BNL years. Gold Circle $32, Reserved $22.
3.2 Featuring Robert Berry – Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.
Robert Berry has managed to survive in the treacherous minefield that is the music business and flourished as a performer, songwriter and producer. While he may be best known as the vocalist/bass player in the ELP spinoff “3,” with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer – Berry’s list of credits includes a stint fronting Ambrosia, and long running affiliations with Alliance, and the December People. The Cuda-Krishna-Cuda band will open the show. Reserved $30.
Kent Stage Music Week – Oct. 20 - 27
Mat Kearney - Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
City of Black & White Revisited Acoustic Tour
Mat Kearney broke out in 2006 with his critically acclaimed major label debut Nothing Left to Lose. His follow up, 2009’s City of Black and White, featured the single “Closer to Love,” which received significant airplay on secular and Christian outlets. Kearney has had five Top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 chart. Gold Circle $47, reserved $37.
Richard Thompson - Monday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
From his start with Britain’s beloved Fairport Convention through his phenomenal solo career, Richard Thompson has he crafted a catalogue of classic albums and performances. He is known for being one of the finest guitarists ever, with a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Gold Circle $40, Reserved $30.
Marti Jones & Don Dixon - Tuesday, Oct 22 at 8 p.m.
Marti Jones and Don Dixon are a shining example of something rare: a beautiful melding of classic songwriting, pop innovation, masterful production and the chemistry of love. Dixon is a record producer, songwriter, and musician – known for producing the early influential records by R.E.M. and many others. Jones issued her acclaimed solo debut Unsophisticated Time in 1985. Between them, Jones and Dixon have released 24 albums, and continue to perform all over the country. Reserved $20.
Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.
Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated Grammy-nominated artist, MacArthur Fellow, a conservatory-trained opera singer, and a multi-instrumentalist with a knack for finding “uncanny harmony among distant generations and geographies of music” according to Pitchfork. Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi has the unique ability to fold early music, pan-Mediterranean melodies, and European flavored jazz into a single repertoire. Tracing the movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, their recently released collaboration there is no Other illuminates the universality of music. Gold Circle $38, reserved $28.
Sam Bush & The Travelin’ McCourys - Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.
Sam Bush is an American original. Early on he developed an interest in music -- encouraged by his parents’ record collection. After playing with the Bluegrass Alliance, Bush left the group and formed the New Grass Revival, who broke new ground in the world of progressive bluegrass. He has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work.
The Travelin’ McCourys, brothers Ronnie and Rob, were born into the bluegrass tradition as their father is among the most influential and successful musicians in the history of the genre. Years on the road with Dad in the Del McCoury Band honed their knife-edge chops, and encouraged the duo to imagine how traditional bluegrass could cut innovative pathways into 21st century music. Gold Circle $45, reserved $35.
Joshua Radin & The Weepies - Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.
Sirius X Coffeehouse Tour
Hailed for his emotive, heartfelt songs delivered via his signature “whisper” soothing vocals, Joshua Radin has been captivating audiences worldwide throughout his long career. His songs have topped the iTunes Charts and have been featured in over 150 films, commercials and television shows. He has garnered critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, ABC News, Elle, Guitar World and The Guardian to name a few.
Indie pop/folk duo The Weepies (singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen) have sold more than a million singles and half a million albums; their engaging songwriting has sent them to the top of the folk charts in a dozen countries. Gold Circle $47, reserved $37.
ekoostik hookah - Saturday, Oct 26 at 8 p.m.
Halloween with Hookah & Friends
ekoostik hookah incorporates many genres of music into their style, from folk to psychedelic rock, bluegrass to blues, extended jams to concise rock-n-roll. The group is known for its live shows and its ability to feed off of the crowd’s energy, using it to fuel the improvised set lists that create unforgettable musical experiences. General Admission. Advance $15, Door $18.
50th Anniversary of the Music of Cream - Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The sons of Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton’s nephew team up for a powerful evening of classic music along with an impressive multi-media show exploring the history of Cream, the world’s first successful supergroup. Gold Circle $45, reserved $35.
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy - Thursday, Oct. 31
Carl Palmer is among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) and Asia. Since 2001, he has been playing with his own power trio, replacing the keyboards with electric guitar. Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy will play nearly two hours of music from a classic band than is sure to be Rock Hall-bound. Drum enthusiasts can expect an evening of compelling percussive skills, from the man who brought the drum set to the forefront of rock and roll. Gold Circle $40, reserved $30.
What a month of shows!!
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