Performing Arts Center Becomes Listening Lounge for Come Hear Series
The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas brings the Come Hear Series back for another year and invites you to experience and discover tunes, songs and artists you didn’t know you loved and expand your musical horizons and connect with the music.
“We’re attempting to fill a void in the area,” said David Mitchell, general manager of the Performing Arts Center. “Typically to hear new music, an individual needs to go to a local bar or winery. Those experiences are great, however the music is sometimes secondary in those environments. For the Come Hear Series, we’re turning our 1,100 seat venue into an intimate listening lounge so you can really “Hear” the music and connect with it a little better. Seating is general admission so you can get up and close with the artists.”
“I’m extremely excited to have WJER Radio sponsor the Come Hear Series this season,” added Mitchell. “Songs from all three artists are currently being played on WJER so the local audience can get an idea of what to expect to hear when they come to a show.”
Another aspect of the series is spotlighting local musicians. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve always had local musicians playing in the lobby prior to performances,” continued Mitchell. “We’ll continue that with Max Beal entertaining guests in the lobby before these shows. I think this series also lends itself to showcasing local talent on our main stage as well so we will have three local acts open the shows.”
The series begins on October 6 with The Vindys, one of the most sought after bands in Northeast Ohio. Their unique blend of pop, jazz, and rock has been described as “a vibrant slice of vintage pop theatre” and “slinky, sultry, and jazzy”. Through the incorporation of multiple genres into one cohesive sound, The Vindys have the ability to appeal to a wide audience. Opening for The Vindys will be local rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Evan Abood.
The series continues on November 14 with The Suitcase Junket. Hailing from New England, The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz: artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, and the wild double pitches of throat singing working the border of Americana and rock. The Kodochrome Babies, a local sister duo will open the show.
The sister duo of Adelee & Gentry closes out the series on March 30. They are quickly developing a reputation as one of the fastest rising acts in music today. Harmonizing together flawlessly with angelic-like vocals, they describe their music as real and honest, pouring their hearts into the songs the play. Opening for Adelee & Gentry will be local singer-songwriter Ren.
Tickets for individual shows in the Come Hear Series are $25. The full series package of three shows can be purchased at a discount for $60. Both individual tickets and packages and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office, 330-308-6400 or online at www.kent.edu/tusc/pac. The box office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Performing Arts Center’s 2018-2019 Season is sponsored by Michael Taylor Insurance and Financial Incorporated, an Allstate Agency.
Free parking is available for all shows. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. N.E. in New Philadelphia.