Kent Rocks Music Fest kicks off Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Kent’s parks, restaurants and bars will be alive with music on Friday during the Kent Rocks Music Festival.

Produced by the Crooked River Arts Council and presented by Wayside Furniture, the festival features free live music from 25 bands and artists at over 20 venues.

The first Kent Rocks Music Fest, formerly the ‘Round City Music Festivalbegins at 4:30 p.m. and will continue until after midnight.

The event will feature performances by 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band); among the willows; Backstreet Blues band; Bethany Joy Trio; Dany Christian; Gaetano Letizia & The Underworld Blues Band; Greg Garwood; Jim Zeller; Jon Mosey; Josee McGee; Mike Elersi; Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings; nervous tonic; Open Mic hosted by Pat Vaughn; Obsolete view; Randy Horvath; Sean Benjamin; Strums and drums; The brakes; The Ohio Weather Band duo; The Paris Agreement; The Railshakers Twistoffs; Tom Brady; up to 4; and Wallace Coleman

The full program, along with artist biographies and more, are available at the event website.

“This festival continues Kent’s tradition of supporting the arts and enhancing the town’s reputation as a destination for entertainment, education, dining, shopping and culture,” said Mike Beder of the Crooked River Arts Council. .

Festival-goers can hop on location to enjoy an assortment of music, including Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings performing classic rock hits from the past four decades, Jon Mosey’s contemporary roots blues rock, Jim Zeller’s Dylan-esque folk , or the utterly unique sounds of the legendary 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band).

The Crooked River Arts Council produces four music festivals a year – the Kent BeatleFest, American Roots (Americana, bluegrass and country), the Kent Blues Fest and the new Kent Rocks event.

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