Email news letterfacebooktwitterflickryoutube

JUNE 23rd-25th, 2017 ENTERTAINMENT

2017 Lineup 


 

Cats On Holiday - Friday, June 23rd 6pm - 9pm

(Swamp Pop)

Cats On Holiday is a hard rockin', swamp poppin' outfit serving up a healthy dose of American influenced roots, country, Cajun and blues. Reigning from the Cuyahoga River Valley on the shores of the great Lake Erie, this band has been pleasing crowds from bar rooms to outdoor festivals and concerts over the last 15 years. Armed with an arsenal of well-crafted original tunes and an eclectic blend of party songs, it's hard for most listeners not to swing and sway. With a constantly full itinerary, it's easy to catch these guys tearing up some bandstand around town.... and it's highly recommended!

catsonholiday.com


 

The Nate Jones Band - Saturday, June 24th 10am - 1pm

(Blues/folk)

 

The Nate Jones Band is a soulful folk-rock ensemble from Cleveland, OH. No gimmicks; just great songs, powerful lead vocals, and popping harmonies. Nate's voice blends seamlessly from gritty to delicate, with an astonishing range that elicits comparisons to Ray LaMontagne, Don Henley, and a young Elton John. Mixing elements of rock, blues, funk, and Laurel Canyon folk-rock, the Nate Jones Band makes modern music in a decidedly old-fashioned way--with mature lyrics, catchy melodies, and spot-on vocal performances. NJB has shared stages with the likes of Marc Cohn, Tab Benoit, Eric Hutchinson, Houndmouth, Missy Higgins, and the Rebirth Brass Band.

natejonesband.com


 

Justin Tibbs Trio - Saturday, June 24th 2pm - 5pm

(Jazz)

Justin Tibbs is a saxophonist from Akron OH. A native from Akron, Justin attended Firestone High School and was part of their Visual and Performing Arts program. After graduating in 2006, Justin attended The University of Akron where he studied Mass Media Communications Radio & TV, Public Relations, and Jazz Saxophone Studies. While attending The University of Akron he studied saxophone with Rich Shanklin and Jazz with Jack Schantz. Justin has played with such musical groups/musicians as: George Mraz, Jiggs Whigam, Four Corners Jazz Quartet, The Brothers' Band, Branches of the Same Tree, The Ryan Humbert Band, New Wave Nation, The Tracey Thompson Quintet, The Angie Haze Project, The SpeedBumps, The Mike Lenz Group, Hayden's Calling, The Jared Lee's Project, and Acid Cats.

More about Justin Tibbs


 

Kevin Martinez Trio - Sunday, June 25th 10am - 1pm

( Jazz )

A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Kevin earned his Bachelor's degree at Columbia College Chicago and his Master's in Jazz Composition/ Performance at DePaul University. Upon completing his studies he continued performing and
composing in Chicago where he gained experience playing all styles of music and toured nationally with The Chicago Afrobeat Project.

Since returning to Ohio Kevin has started his own Jazz group Reclamation. Kevin also performs as a member of The Speedbumps, appearing on their last 3 records including 2015's "Soil to the Seed".  You may also know him from his work with NEO-based singer songwriter Roger Hoover, as well as his orchestral compositional collaborations with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Joining Kevin today are Theron Brown - Piano & Holbrook Riles III - Drums.


 

Crooked River Stompers - Sunday, June 25th 2pm - 5pm

(Folk Orchestra)

The Crooked River Stompers are a folk orchestra in the grand style of the classic string bands of the 1920's and 30's. The three members, Jack DiAlesandro, Jon Mosey and John Reynolds, have been playing this music individually for more than forty years. Together they've formed one of the most exciting groups to come out of Ohio in decades. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Martin, Bogan & Armstrong, Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, the Memphis Jug Band, the Dallas String Band and the Quintette Of The Hot Club of France, the Stompers swagger confidently through a lexicon of early 20th century music with a flair and confidence born of their vast, intimate knowledge of the styles.

Revisiting their blues and ragtime roots as well as playing with musicians capable of exploring the challenging and sophisticated material has excited Reynolds, Mosey and DiAlesandro's enthusiasm as artists, giving these three marvelous musicians the opportunity to display their skills on a wide range of instruments. Strutting joyfully through classic rags, blues rags, originals, medicine show tunes, jug band songs, virtuoso old-time fiddle tunes and other bombastic material, an evening with the Crooked River Stompers is guaranteed to be entertaining.