July 17, 2021 - Downtown, Kent OH
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Schedule

More bands are being confirmed; please check back as we get closer to festival time!

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

157 Lounge
157 S. Water Street
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…

Becky Boyd & the Groove Train
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Acorn Alley / Acorn Plaza
138 E Main St.
Kent, OH 44240

Becky Boyd has been playing the Cleveland club scene for more than 40 years. Her outstanding vocals combine great tone, and tremendous feel. Boyd has opened for such acclaimed artists  as The Outlaws, Brownsville Station, Marshall Tucker Band, Fairport Convention, Buddy Miles, Robert Lockwood Jr., and Todd Rundgren. Boyd was…

Blue Moondogs
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Acorn Alley / Acorn Plaza
138 E Main St.
Kent, OH 44240

Acoustic duo playing your favorites from the 60s and 70s and beyond.

BC Hudson & Sonny Leach
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Ten years ago, BC & Sonny met at a jam night in Cleveland. From there they went on to become part of the Skip Werke Band playing honky tonk blues and blues rock. BC has played in the Kent Blues Fest for five years, first with the 9 Volt Hot…

John Markovic
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

John Marković has been playing the Northeast Ohio blues scene for more than 25 years. His influences include Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon,  Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Hendrix, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Wes Montgomery. His set list includes covers of these influences, as well as original compositions and even some…

Mississippi Wheelhouse
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Wallace Coleman
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Robert Jr. Lockwood said he would never hire a harmonica player, but then he heard Wallace Coleman play. That about says it all.

Raw Sugar
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bricco
210 South Depeyster Street
Kent, OH 44240

Acoustic guitar trio playing live music in and around Akron, OH. , Chris Edwards and Jackson Boling are sure to satisfy any musical sweet tooth!

Memphis Cradle
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Buffalo Wild Wings
176 E Main St
Kent, OH 44240

Memphis Cradle has always been about the blues. Whether you like your blues hard and hot or soft and cool, Memphis Cradle’s versatility allows the listeners to enjoy all aspects of the genre with both their original compositions and covers.

Erin Nicole Neal & The Chill Factors
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Eclectic Cleveland band Erin Nicole Neal & The Chill Factors explore Blues, Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Gospel, and Reggae. The group, formed in 2015, plays all over Northeast Ohio for private and public events. They play a mix of originals and covers by artists such as Aretha Franklin,…

The Greasy Boys
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

The Greasy Boys play blues. Raw, and real.

Blackcat Roberts
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dominick’s Pub
147 Franklin Ave
Kent, Ohio 44240

Making their debut at the Kent Blues Fest, Blackcat Roberts keeps their promise to audiences  simple: “Stone cold blues – straight outta Cleveland!”

Clapton Tribute: Evolution
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hometown Bank Plaza
203 N Water St
Kent, Ohio 44240

EVOLUTION features hits from The Yardbirds, The Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos, and Eric Clapton’s solo career. Chris Wintrip – guitar/vocals: Professional guitarist, vocalist, recording artist, and producer. Mr. Wintrip has enjoyed a successful music career performing with Joe Walsh, Frampton’s Camel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roger McGuinn,…

Ray Flanagan Trio
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Kent Sportswear
125 S. Water St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Musical chameleon Ray Flanagan can be found delivering his own songs intimately in dynamic solo performances, rocking and rolling with his band The Authorities, or playing sideman to any number of bands and artists around town. To date, he has opened for artists such as Train, Dennis DeYoung, Tim Reynolds,…

Luther Trammell
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

The award-winning acoustic blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Luther Trammell brings his dynamic voice and guitar style to the forefront of his brand of Blues. Whether rocking out with a full band, a duo or as a solo act, he is a true authentic bluesman.

Blues Open Mic
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Got a song to sing? A tune to play? It it’s blues, be there! Hosted by Jackson Boling.

Colin John
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laziza
195 East Erie Street
Kent, OH 44240

“This is what Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like had he abandoned the rat race, moved to Hawaii, taken up surfing and let the sun and waves bestow their laid-back highs.” -Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine

The Jon Mosey Trio
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

The Jon Mosey Trio is an all-star original blues/rock band featuring: Jon Mosey, Toussaint “Tb Player” English, and Erik Diaz. Lahdy, lahdy!

Austin Walkin’ Cane
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Veteran Northeast Ohio performer Austin Walkin’ Cane calls his music “Damn Fine Blues.” He plays original and classic Blues featuring his superb slide guitar and soulful vocals. Cane offers a Blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of Highway 61 and the Delta blues experience.  He has toured…

Jen Maurer Duo
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Jen Maurer and Bill Lestock have been favorites in the Northeast Ohio music scene for decades. Both play in the high-energy group, Mo’ Mojo. Maurer is known for her passionate vocals, accordion and guitar playing, and infectious spirit. Lestock is  play lead fiddle and mandolin. The two are masters at…

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

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

Cleveland-based guitarist Alan Greene is a veteran of the Northeast Ohio Blues who has entertained audiences for decades. He has played with major artists including Humble Pie, Michael Stanley, Donnie Iris, and Pere Ubu. Greene’s favorite local artists include the James Gang, the late Glenn Schwartz (a Kent Blues Fest veteran), Mr. Stress Blues Band,…

Little Steve-O Blues Duo
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Pub
401 Franklin Avenue,
Kent, OH 44240

Little Steve-O (Steven V. Fine) is a blues vocalist and songwriter who excels plays harmonica and acoustic guitar. His award-winning Blues Duo “Bongo Joe & Little Steve-O,” made it to the International Blues competition in Memphis, securing a number of top honors. Steve-O performs four to five nights a week…

Taylor Lamborn
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Pub
401 Franklin Avenue,
Kent, OH 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…

Gaetano Letizia & The Underworld Blues Band
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

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…

Mike Lenz
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Taco Tanto’s
123 Franklin Avenue
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…

Tom Evanchuck
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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

Tom Evanchuck is a storyteller on stage, weaving through tales of love and heartbreak, friendship and the allure of the Midwest. But this is also a musician that seems born from another era. Drawing on the influences of the likes of Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Neil Young and even the…

Guy Pernetti & Joe Hill
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Pernetti and Hill is a dynamic partnership formed in 2016 comprising two guitarists of exceptional quality, each with extensive performance careers of their own. Now together, they form an act combining their extraordinary talents. They present unique and interesting music with a full and original sound. Pernetti on vocals and…

15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

15-60-75 can’t be defined or categorized. Robert Kidney explains: “The music industry, the media, and the ‘tellsusourvision’ (TV) are defining for the American public what is good music by only playing and supporting what is profitable. We are taught to disregard everything that is not familiar. We give the people…

Armstrong Bearcat
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Once you experience the searing brand of hard-driving, in-your-face classic rock and blues of Armstrong Bearcat, you will understand their demand. Scene Magazine describes Armstrong Bearcat this way: “With half the musicians but more than twice the talent of the Marshall Tucker Band, The Armstrong Bearcat Band wasted no time…

The Zydeco Kings Duo
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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

The Zydeco Kings are a spicy mixture of old school rhythm & blues infused with the spirit of New Orleans. The duo will be Kevin Okey on guitar & Bob Corlett on keys. They’ll be steeped in gumbo boogie woogie, with a dash of Caribbean soul.

The Bluestones
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Inspired by a dream, the Bluestones were founded over twenty years ago by Jim Fox. Jim continues to manage and lead the band as a vocalist and guitarist. The coining of the name Bluestones came from the combined influences of the Blues Brothers and the Rolling Stones. We are serious…

Among The Willows
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Zephyr Pub
106 W Main St.
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…

Jarred Goldweber and The Park Brothers
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Zephyr Pub
106 W Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

These talented and seasoned musicians deliver a show for a new generation. Finalists for best band in the Hot list, they are members of the Chicago, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and Memphis Blues Societies. They tour extensively along the Blues Highway from Cleveland to the Mississippi Delta, as well as Chicago,…

Artist
Venue
Time
15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) Venice Cafe 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Among The Willows Zephyr Pub 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Armstrong Bearcat Water Street Tavern 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Austin Walkin’ Cane North Water Brewing Co. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
BC Hudson & Sonny Leach Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Becky Boyd & the Groove Train Acorn Alley / Acorn Plaza 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Blackcat Roberts Dominick’s Pub 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Blue Moondogs Acorn Alley / Acorn Plaza 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blues Open Mic Last Exit Books and Cafe 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Clapton Tribute: Evolution Hometown Bank Plaza 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Colin John Laziza 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erin Nicole Neal & The Chill Factors Dan Smith Park Stage 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gaetano Letizia & The Underworld Blues Band Rays Place 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Guy Pernetti & Joe Hill Tree City Coffee & Pastry 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jake Friel Duo 157 Lounge 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jarred Goldweber and The Park Brothers Zephyr Pub 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Jen Maurer Duo North Water Brewing Co. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
John Markovic Bistro On Main 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Little Steve-O Blues Duo The Pub 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Luther Trammell Kent State Hotel & Conference Center 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Memphis Cradle Buffalo Wild Wings 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mike Lenz Taco Tanto’s 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mississippi Wheelhouse Brewhouse Pub 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Raw Sugar Bricco 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ray Flanagan Trio Kent Sportswear 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Taylor Lamborn The Pub 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Alan Greene Band North Water Brewing Co. 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bluestones Water Street Tavern 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Greasy Boys Dan Smith Park Stage 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Jon Mosey Trio The Loft Tavern 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Zydeco Kings Duo Water Street Tavern 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tom Evanchuck Tree City Coffee & Pastry 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wallace Coleman Brewhouse Pub 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm