September 15, 2023 - Downtown, Kent OH
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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.

The Paris Accord
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

The Paris Accord is a project by singer/songwriter Scott Paris. The full length debut album, A Glorious Waste Of Time, was released in late 2021 with two more EPs in 2022. The live group consists of Sean Paris, Andy Bors, and Kevin Six along with Scott.

Tom Brady
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

157 Lounge
157 S. Water Street
Kent, Ohio 44240

I am in the band Rock Brigade, WTF and I also play acoustic shows.

The Ohio Weather Band Duo
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

100 E Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

The Ohio Weather Band is a 3-piece rock and roll outfit from Akron, OH. Over the past few years, the band has released two full-length albums, embarked on several national tours, and shared the stage with bands such as Collective Soul, Bastille, and Bon Jovi at the Q Arena. “The…

Strums and Drums
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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

Strums & Drums formed in 2016, by Jeff & Adreanne Foos, in Warren, OH. In July 2021, the duo became a trio with the addition of Mike Pinto on bass guitar. The trio performs a variety of music, focusing mostly on writing original music and always entertaining crowds with fan…

Jon Mosey
8:00 pm - 10:00 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.

Greg Garwood
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Wallace Coleman
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

It was at the Cascade Lounge that Coleman caught the ear of Robert Jr. Lockwood who had heard about this harp player and had come to hear him play. Lockwood called Coleman over and, on the spot, offered him a position in his band. A flattered Coleman said he had…

Randy Horvath
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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…

Outdated View
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Buffalo Wild Wings
176 E Main St
Kent, OH 44240

Formed in 2015 Outdated View is the culmination of four individuals coming together sharing the love of playing and creating. Since their inception of playing covers of old blues and rock songs in the basements of Kenmore Ohio, Outdated View has created an exciting blend energetic alternative rock, strong blues…

The Railshakers
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Veteran musicians Michael Harvan, Kristine Jares, Adam Dellinger, Ron Gero, and Christian Celleghin – five great friends who enjoy making uplifting and good-spirited original Americana music together. Country with a classically-trained violinist. Folk with a Bonham-inspired drummer. Rockabilly with a tattoo-deficient guitarist/singer. Rock with a bassist who’s a churnin’ urn…

Among The Willows
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dominick’s Pub
147 Franklin Ave
Kent, Ohio 44240

A rock and roll blues band from Cleveland, Among the Willows (formerly the Blue Collar Coalition) was formed in November 2017 by Cody Schilling and John Loeffel. With the addition of Cody’s brother Eric Schilling on bass in April 2018 the power trio came to life. They combine a fiery…

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.

Bethany Joy Trio
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

Bethany Joy is an indie-folk singer and guitarist out of Cleveland. She started releasing music in 2015 with a self-titled solo EP recorded in Nashville. Bethany then joined locally acclaimed group The Speedbumps in 2016, touring the Midwest singing backup vocals and playing keys. Bethany plays a range of instruments…

Sean Benjamin
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Last Exit Books and Cafe
124 E Main St, Ste 1
Kent, Ohio 44240

Singer/Songwriter and Alternative artist Sean Benjamin is known for his smooth and seductive vocals over genre-bending songs that draw influence ranging from Peter Gabriel and INXS to G. Love and Jack Johnson to Wilson Pickett and Dean Martin.

Open Mic Hosted By Pat Vaughn
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Last Exit Books and Cafe
124 E Main St, Ste 1
Kent, Ohio 44240

Got music? Come play! Your host Patrick Vaughan’s blues-driven rockabilly that’ll kick-start your pulse, melody-rich ballads of love and loss, and an array of jangling, pump-your-fist protest cries for overdue change in our world’s state of affairs. If he’s not daydreaming out loud, recalling happiness or heartache, then he’s painting…

Josee McGee
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

195 East Erie Street
Kent, OH 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…

Danny Christian
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Backstreet Blues Band
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Cleveland’s Backstreet Blues Band has been rocking packed houses all over town with their hot brand of hard-driving, house-rockin’ blues. The quartet met at Cleveland Blues Society jams and knew they had something special. Up front are Backstreet Brantt Hamilton’ searing harmonica and Jimmy Lee’s rocking blues guitar. Adriane Bennett…

Nerve Tonic
9:30 pm - 12:30 am

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

Nerve Tonic is a power throw-back funky-rocky band born in northeast ohio tucked in between Cleveland, Akron and Kent.  The pocket is solid and the grooves are known to go astral.

Mike Elersic
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Pub
401 Franklin Avenue,
Kent, OH 44240

𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗼 𝗔𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿 🎤⁣ 𝗦𝗟𝗔𝗣|𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗨𝗠|𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗣⁣ ⁣ 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗛𝗶𝗿𝗲 🤑⁣ 𝟭/𝟮 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗔𝗕𝗨𝗟𝗢𝗨𝗦 𝗢𝗠𝗚𝘀 𝗗𝘂𝗼⁣ 𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 🤩

Gaetano Letizia & The Underworld Blues Band
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Rays Place
135 Franklin Ave.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Gaetano Letizia & the Underworld Blues Band was formed in 2010 by guitarist/composer Gaetano Letizia to play a style of progressive blues that combines it with funk, rock, jazz and soul. Desiring to stand on the shoulders of the blues greats, the band strives to produce creative, new blues music…

Jim Zeller
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Taco Tanto’s
123 Franklin Avenue
Kent, OH 44240

Jim began performing in the 50s at piano recitals, playing cornet as well as piano. He started learning Peter Paul & 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…

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 - 8:30 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…

The Twistoffs
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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

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.

The Brakes
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Zephyr Pub
106 W Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

A blues Rock band based in Cleveland, The Brakes combine a mix of original music and their own takes of popular covers ranging from music by Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath to Childish Gambino and Prince.

15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) Venice Cafe 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Among The Willows Dominick’s Pub 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Backstreet Blues Band North Water Brewing Co. 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Joy Trio Kent State Hotel and Conference Center 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Danny Christian North Water Brewing Co. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gaetano Letizia & The Underworld Blues Band Rays Place 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Greg Garwood Bistro On Main 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jim Zeller Taco Tanto’s 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jon Mosey Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Josee McGee Laziza 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mike Elersic The Pub 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings Hometown Bank Plaza 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nerve Tonic Panini’s Bar and Grill 9:30 pm - 12:30 am
Open Mic Hosted By Pat Vaughn Last Exit Books and Cafe 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Outdated View Buffalo Wild Wings 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Randy Horvath Bricco 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sean Benjamin Last Exit Books and Cafe 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Strums and Drums Bell Tower Brewing Co. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Brakes Zephyr Pub 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Ohio Weather Band Duo Barflyy 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Paris Accord 101 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Railshakers Dan Smith Park Stage 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twistoffs Water Street Tavern 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tom Brady 157 Lounge 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Up ‘Til 4 Water Street Tavern 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wallace Coleman Brewhouse Pub 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm