Fri 9/14 @ 5PM
Kent’s Round Town Music Festival has its roots in the Kent State Folk Festival, which started in 1966. But it’s gone through so many evolutions, permutations, identities, formats and sponsors that anyone who attended in the late ’60ss wouldn’t recognize it as the same event.
Its current iteration, produced by Crooked River Arts Council and Main Street Kent, offers an evening of music at 30 different venues “around town,” most presenting a single artist for a more relaxed atmosphere than those festivals where you’re running around trying to catch the bands you want to see on a three- or four-act bill.
The music is fairly diverse, representing reggae (Outlaws I&I), singer/songwriters like Gretchen Pleuss and the duo Shetler Jones, Americana from the Railshakers and Roger Hoover with Ray Flanagan & the Authorities, veteran folkie Jon Mosey, rocker Marc Lee Shannon, zydeco party band Mo’Mojo and gypsy/global rocker Angie Haze (pictured). There’s even traditional West African music from Ka De Dunaa. Of course, Kent’s #1 legend, the Numbers Band, perform, and no, they weren’t around for the first festival — they debuted in the summer of 1970.
All venues are free.