Kent State University at Stark’s Guitar Weekend is a three-day festival celebrating all styles of guitar playing.

This free event is open to guitar enthusiasts at any level. Join us for exciting, intimate concerts performed by some of the most respected guitarists in Ohio and from across the country.

GUITAR WEEKEND

Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2019
Kent State University at Stark
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720


Schedule

 
Fine Arts Expansion Open House
Thursday, Oct. 31

6 p.m.
Fine Arts Building
Kent State University at Stark

Before the show, tour the brand new, state-of-the-art Fine Arts Expansion. Music Technology students and faculty members will be on site to answer questions and show you around the beautiful recording and tracking studios as well as Rehearsal Hall, private practice spaces and classroom computer labs.

 
The Dan Wilson Trio

Thursday, Oct. 31
7 p.m.
114 Fine Arts | Rehearsal Hall
Kent State University at Stark

Lead guitarist Dan Wilson has performed with the legendary Van Morrison, three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend Joey DeFrancesco, as well as many other nationally and internationally recognized musicians.

 
Jim Campilongo, Luca Benedetti and The Shootouts

Friday, Nov. 1
7:30 p.m.
The Auricle
201 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton

Celebrate First Friday in downtown Canton with a free show featuring guitar legends Jim Campilongo and Luca Benedetti, as well as honky-tonk rockers The Shootouts.
 
Telecaster master Jim Campilongo has been performing since the 1970s with wide variety of notable artists, including Norah Jones, Bright Eyes, Cake, Nels Cline and Gillian Welch.
 
Luca Benedetti performs in a wide variety of roots, jazz, country and Americana-inspired projects, including his collaboration with Campilongo: Jim Campilongo & Honeyfingers. Their latest album, “Last Night, This Morning”, was hailed by Vintage Guitar as “a brilliant record with magic and artistry” and by Guitar Player magazine as “...a hoedown throwdown that looks to be one of the top guitar records of the year.”
 
The Shootouts, headed by Ryan Humbert, blend high-energy honky-tonk and traditional country music mixed with touches of Americana and western swing. They marry a blend of Roy Orbison and Bob Wills with the barn-burning sounds of Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Dwight Yoakam. The combination offers a welcome throwback to sounds that flowed out of Nashville, Texas and California in country music’s golden years.

 
Community Concert

Saturday, Nov. 2
12 p.m.
114 Fine Arts | Rehearsal Hall
Kent State University at Stark

The Community Concert features Kent State Stark students and Canton McKinley High School Guitar Program students under George Dean.

 
Duende // Krystin O'Mara and Ethan Miller

Saturday, Nov. 2
7 p.m.
114 Fine Arts | Rehearsal Hall
Kent State University at Stark

Join us on the final night for Duende, a collaboration of guitarist Krystin O’Mara and saxophonist Ethan Miller. A unique duo representing a fresh, new direction in contemporary classical music, Duende performs traditional classical repertoire with influences from Spanish, flamenco, jazz, Brazilian and world music, as well as commissioned works.


Contact

Erin Vaughn, M.A.
Lecturer of Music
evaughn1@kent.edu
330-244-3361
121 Fine Arts