45th Kent State Folk Festival A Hit
The 45th Kent State Folk Festival, which was held at Kent State, featured Grammy Award winners the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
This year’s line-up was made even more exciting with the addition of these notable opening acts: David Wax Museum and Sleepy Sun who both appeared on Saturday, Sept. 24, in addition to rising stars The Low Anthem, and Seth Glier on Sunday, Sept. 25. Folk legend Peter Yarrow headlined the festival on Sunday at the Kent Stage. Local favorites Mo’ Mojo got the crowd warmed up for the hot sounds of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Kent Stage on Thursday, Sept. 22.
David Wax Museum caused an unexpected stir at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Taking the smallest stage as the result of a contest win, the band brought down the house and was invited to the main stage for this year’s event in Newport. Sleepy Sun blends vocal harmonies and a folky psychedelic sound that might evoke Donovan – or the sound of the future.
Like the songs of Peter, Paul & Mary, Seth Glier uses his music to tell stories and inspire the audience to consider its relationship with the world. A Berklee-educated singer/songwriter/pianist, Glier has played at the prestigious Falcon Ridge and Kerrville folk festivals and appeared with his idol, James Taylor.
The line-up for the 45th Kent State Folk Festival (all concerts at the Kent Stage unless otherwise noted):
Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops (Kent State’s University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall) – $25 reserved, $15 Kent State students
Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Mo’ Mojo – $25 reserved, $15 Kent State students
Friday, Sept. 23 (various times)
Folk Alley ‘Round Town (36 venues throughout Kent) – Free
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Workshops (Kent Student Center) – Free
Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.
The Low Anthem with Sleepy Sun and David Wax Museum – IN ADVANCE: $20 reserved, $15 students, $10 Kent State students. AT THE DOOR: $23 reserved, $18 students, $13 Kent State students
Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Peter Yarrow with Seth Glier – $35 gold circle, $25 reserved, $15 Kent State students
Festival support is provided by Kent State University, the City of Kent, Marc’s and Kashi, Cascade Auto Group, Dominion East Ohio, Audio-Technica, Seagram’s Smooth, Lehman’s, PARTA, Fifth Third Bank and Great Lakes Brewing Company.
For more information on the Kent State Folk Festival, visit www.KentStateFolkFestival.org.
The Numbers Band participates in the Folk Alley ‘Round Town concert series, offering an acoustic set in the lobby of the Kent Stage in downtown Kent during a prior Kent State Folk Festival.