September 15, 2023 - Downtown, Kent OH
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Schedule

There have been some updates to the schedule. Please keep up on the latest by checking back here, or by visiting the Kent Rocks Music Festival page on Facebook.

Danny Christian
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

101 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall
115 North Willow St.
Kent, OH 44240

If you don’t know me, first and foremost I love songwriting. In fact, music is what this page was created for, but then I used it to raise awareness for cancer as I went through chemo in 2018. Now it’s back to music! Thanks for all your support!

Michael McFarland
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

157 Lounge
157 S. Water Street
Kent, Ohio 44240

Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in musical architect Michael McFarland’s refreshing take on indie rock. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock acts such as Weezer and Bastille to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon and Elton John, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever. Performing live-looping acrobatics as a…

Jake Friel Band
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Barflyy
100 E Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Jake Friel is a young artist with songwriting and performance abilities far ahead of his years.  Jake has been playing live on stage for almost 15 years. The last 10 of those years he has toured the U.S. as well as internationally. Friel is considered by many as one of…

Josee McGee
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Battleground Taproom and Mexican Kitchen
425 Cherry Street
Kent, Ohio 44240

Josee McGee is a singer songwriter from Canton and- like many in their early 20’s- is in search for life’s meaning. Using music to think-out-loud & make sense of it all, she produces soulful acoustic jams that remind us of what it means to have each other and the importance…

Cats On Holiday
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Bell Tower Brewing Co.
310 Park Ave
Kent, Ohio 44240

This Roots-based, Swamp Pop band 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. Come on out and dance some!

Jon Mosey
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant
135 East Erie Street
Suite 202
Kent, OH 44240

New roots music, contemporary, but firmly grounded in tradition. Mosey’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.

Meganne Stepka
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bistro On Main
1313 W. Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Meganne Stepka is an independent Musical Artist and a multi-disciplined creative. Inspired by the social & human sciences, mythology, and film her work is interwoven with universally conscious concepts. She writes, records and produces her own music. She released 2 LPs: Little Waves by Glass Audrey, (2011) and ALITD (2012) a solo video/audio album.…

High Temperature – The Wallace Coleman Band
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Brewhouse Pub
244 N. Water St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Wallace Coleman is still recovering from some issues, and is making excellent progress. But he still needs more time to heal and is unable to perform this year. The good news is that Wallace’s fine group of backing musicians – dubbed High Temperature – will perform at Brewhouse Pub from…

Randy Horvath
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bricco
210 South Depeyster Street
Kent, OH 44240

Randy Horvath still plays his grandfather’s guitar he listened to as a child, and carries on his family’s love for music. His inspiration in songwriting comes from a range of life experiences–like many writers–but his ability to breathe passion and driving melodies into each song is like none other. With…

Mississippi Wheelhouse
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Buffalo Wild Wings
176 E Main St
Kent, OH 44240

These veterans of the Northeast Ohio music scene have combined forces to form MISSISSIPPI WHEELHOUSE. The combination of Great Songs, Harmonies and Dual Guitars gives the band their unique sound. MISSISSIPPI WHEELHOUSE performs well known songs that are not the usual cover songs but ones that have been in everyone’s…

Twisted Whiskers
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dan Smith Park Stage
E Erie St.
Kent, OH 44240

Good music, played adequately. Give us a try. Available for parties, reasonable rates.

Socrates and the Philosophers
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dominick’s Pub
147 Franklin Ave
Kent, Ohio 44240

We are 4 dudes who live to rock out and eat pizza. Come to a Philosophers show and you’ll hear anything from Aerosmith to Alice in Chains. Tom Petty to Tool. If it rocks, the Philosophers will play it!

Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hometown Bank Plaza
203 N Water St
Kent, Ohio 44240

Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings have been rocking Cleveland since 1998 and feature the classic rock hits of the last four decades and much more.

Becky Boyd
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240

Becky Boyd has been playing the Cleveland club scene for 40+ years. Her vocals are outstanding, combining great tone, with tremendous feel. In addition to singing with many bands over the years, Becky has opened for such acclaimed artists  as The Outlaws, Brownsville Station, Marshall Tucker Band, Fairport Convention, Buddy…

Ben Gage
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kent State Hotel and Conference Center
215 S Depeyster St,
Kent, OH 44240

Ben Gage is a songwriter from Akron, OH blending folk and roots blues. Ben Gage grew up in the rust belt of Northeast Ohio, spread out in the countryside along the great Lake Erie. His roots run deep alongside the hard working blue collars that Ohio has to boast. That…

Chris Hatton
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Laziza
195 East Erie Street
Kent, OH 44240

25 years playing and writing music 150-200 one-man-band gigs a year Full length albums: The Beard Album, Into the Universe EPs: Womown, Sugarface Bands played in: Phat Ruckus, Babyman, League of Proper Musicians, Antonelli Band, Chris Hatton and ISM In 2019 started Hatton Entertainment, DJ and Live Music service for…

Frankie Starr featuring Natalie Stamper
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

North Water Brewing Co.
101 Crain Ave.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Stamper Starr is a Cleveland based music duo that brings you traditional blues with a fresh twist. Natalie and Frankie met in 2018 at a jam night. Since then, they have brought us their unique approach to blues and other styles. Combining Natalie’s powerhouse vocals, Frankie’s commanding guitar style, with…

Susan Marie Project (SMP)
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

North Water Brewing Co.
101 Crain Ave.
Kent, Ohio 44240

The Susan Marie Project represents a stellar guitarist/vocalist that changes the atmosphere of a room, whether intimate surroundings or a coliseum filled to capacity. Backed by a solid rhythm section, the Susan Marie Project (SMP) generates a unique, ambitious nod to their roots of bluesy rock, funk, folk and dance,…

Billy Morris & The Sunset Strip
9:30 pm - 12:30 am

Panini’s Bar and Grill
295 S Water Street
Kent, Ohio 44240

The Sunset Strip is a tribute to the golden age of the 1980’s.

Taylor Lamborn
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Loft Tavern
112 W Main Street
Kent, Ohio, 44240

Taylor Lamborn credits her sound to years spent immersing herself in Cleveland’s diverse music scene. Lamborn didn’t begin performing her original material until she was in her twenties, but since then she has been it’s been no looking back. She has released a number of albums and live singles, toured internationally, and…

Dougie and Jess
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Pub
401 Franklin Avenue,
Kent, OH 44240

Dougie & Jess are an all occasion acoustic duo from Cleveland, Ohio! ‘70s – Now!

The Upside of Down
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Pub
401 Franklin Avenue,
Kent, OH 44240

Hello! We are The Upside of Down, a funky/psychedelic/alternative instrumental jam band.

Mike Lenz and Anthony Papaleo
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tree City Coffee & Pastry
135 East Erie St.
Kent, OH 44240

Mike Lenz performs solo on guitar, vocals, harmonica, and amplified stompbox. He is influenced by everything from Delta and Piedmont blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller to Jug Band stomps and rags of the 20’s and 30’s to classic 50’s and…

Alan Greene Band
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rays Place
135 Franklin Ave.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Award Winning Guitarist Alan Greene and his band of veteran musicians.

15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Venice Cafe
163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) has been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications since the beginning of their 30 years of live performances and recordings. Many fans are under the impression that the band remains obscure by choice. In fact, they have never been offered a…

Up ‘Til 4
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Water Street Tavern
132 S. Water St.
Kent, OHIO 44240

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…

Jon Finley
6:00 pm - ?

Zephyr Pub
106 W Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

The Zephyr Pub has three different acts lined up for this Friday’s Kent Rocks Music Fest presented by Wayside Furniture. Beginning at 6pm, enjoy beat maker Jon Finley, the manic rawk and roll of Chum Lord, and the ‘60s-inspired garage rock of White Lighter.

White Lighter
6:00 pm - ?

Zephyr Pub
106 W Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

The Zephyr Pub has three different acts lined up for this Friday’s Kent Rocks Music Fest presented by Wayside Furniture. Beginning at 6pm, enjoy beat maker Jon Finley, the manic rawk and roll of Chum Lord, and the ‘60s-inspired garage rock of White Lighter.   Dan Matthews, Rob Mandujano, and…

Chum Lord
6:00 pm - ?

Zephyr Pub
106 W Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

The Zephyr Pub has three different acts lined up for this Friday’s Kent Rocks Music Fest presented by Wayside Furniture. Beginning at 6pm, enjoy beat maker Jon Finley, the manic rawk and roll of Chum Lord, and the ‘60s-inspired garage rock of White Lighter.

Artist
Venue
Time
15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) Venice Cafe 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Alan Greene Band Rays Place 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Becky Boyd Kent Free Library 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ben Gage Kent State Hotel and Conference Center 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Billy Morris & The Sunset Strip Panini’s Bar and Grill 9:30 pm - 12:30 am
Cats On Holiday Bell Tower Brewing Co. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chris Hatton Laziza 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Chum Lord Zephyr Pub 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Danny Christian 101 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dougie and Jess The Pub 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Frankie Starr featuring Natalie Stamper North Water Brewing Co. 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
High Temperature – The Wallace Coleman Band Brewhouse Pub 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Jake Friel Band Barflyy 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jon Finley Zephyr Pub 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Jon Mosey Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Josee McGee The Battleground Taproom and Mexican Kitchen 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meganne Stepka Bistro On Main 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Michael McFarland 157 Lounge 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mike Lenz and Anthony Papaleo Tree City Coffee & Pastry 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mississippi Wheelhouse Buffalo Wild Wings 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings Hometown Bank Plaza 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Randy Horvath Bricco 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Socrates and the Philosophers Dominick’s Pub 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Susan Marie Project (SMP) North Water Brewing Co. 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Taylor Lamborn The Loft Tavern 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Upside of Down The Pub 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Twisted Whiskers Dan Smith Park Stage 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Up ‘Til 4 Water Street Tavern 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lighter Zephyr Pub 6:00 pm - 12:00 am