Mountain Rose Concerts

The Mountain Rose is a small-hall concert series featuring local and regional artists with more talent than exposure. We pride ourselves on presenting high-quality performances to an audience that really LISTENS. That is the beauty of a concert setting. Our performers are primarily acoustic artists, mostly in the folk, traditional, and singer-songwriter categories. The concerts are run in Kent, Ohio, with the normal season running October through May. We occasionally (twice a year) produce all-day festivals at the Happy Days Visitor Center in The Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

2016-17 Concert Schedule: Upcoming Shows

Light refreshments will be available at all shows.

Showtimes: 6:30; Tickets: $7.00.

Rick Bruening

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

Rick Bruening holding guitarRick has seen over 60 calendar changes in his lifetime. Self-employed through the majority of those years he has experienced times of plenty and seasons of loss.

Soon after the advent of the new millennial Rick felt a major tugging at his heart to recommit his efforts back into the creative end of the music industry. Many new ballads have since been added to his repertoire of life stories.

An unexpected calling to ply his trade in more than one hundred senior communities throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Maryland keeps him on his toes and well rehearsed for bringing his music to venues such as the Mountain Rose stage.

Having been touched and impressed with the many stories told by local legend Merle Mollenkopf, Rick weaves an occasional story into his performances to add a little down home flavor.

Rick was invited to share his lifetales in music at the 2016 Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, held each year in Pittsburgh, PA. You are invited to spend an evening with Rick as he weaves his stories through many of his original compositions which are reflective of so many wonderful years of living.

Upriver Duo

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

Upriver Duo with guitar and banjoUpriver plays a mixture of traditional and original folk music in the Celtic and Appalachian traditions. Their vibrant music is woven together with stories and legends to deepen your understanding of its rich heritage.

Dan Moorefield is featured on guitars, piano, fiddle and vocals. His musical roots go back to the County Waterford, Ireland. Dan mixes his research on the history of the Irish people and their music with his life experiences as a farmer, school teacher, father and businessman. He brings both music and education to our shows. Dan has a Masters degree in education.

Teresa Morrison brings to the music a variety of instruments which include the Irish whistle, alto recorder, banjo, mandolin, guitars and vocal. Her family roots are deep in the Scots Irish heritage and she feels a soul connection with the music that has crossed the ocean, the Appalachian mountains and the generations. Teresa teaches music at the Wayne Center for the Arts.



Previous Shows/2016-2017 Season


Mark Heddleson

Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

Mark Heddleson with guitarSinger/Songwriter sideman from Tuscarawas, Ohio, Mark plays Blues, Ballads, Covers, and Originals, featuring Straight and Blues Harmonica. Mark plays local pubs, wineries, and Farmers markets. Currently a solo Artist, but also does shows with Rock Salt and Nails folk trio. Come give a listen,you will leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

Mark & Andrea Orchard

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

Mark and Andrea Orchard in hippy clothesThe Orchards have been playing music together since they met in college in 1981…Andrea fell for Mark as soon as she saw his handsome face…Being married to Mark has taken it's toll & she joined the Priesthood in 2016…He drives a truck (think Elvis) and dreams of being big star, but it had better happen pretty soon…

Think one guitar & two vocals…Cause that's what they do…They're not for everybody, but then, they don't try to be…

If you are lucky enough to hear them, you will hear plenty of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, James Taylor, etc. etc…

They won the Kent State Folk Festival in 2004, 2005, or 2006…You see we are quite old & forgetful…But we do remember that we sounded quite good (at least to our beer numbed ears) & were awarded a jar of honey & the opportunity to open for Doc Watson…

If you want to hear more, you'll just have to come the the gig on February 12th!

Scott & Hallie

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

Scott Evans and Hallie BowieScott Evans and Hallie Bowie met in 2008 and started playing music in coffee houses and restaurants in the Akron area. Hallie had been singer in the church choir since her youth. She has also sung with a local Irish, Sibeag Simour group. Scott, originally from Kalamazoo Mi, had played bass in many bands over the years. In addition to playing with Hallie, Scott currently plays bass with local songwriter Keith Bachman. Scott & Hallie perform a variety of styles of music from pop, country, folk, and oldies. "We just play music we like and we like a lot of different kinds of music."

Rockin' Robin Montgomery

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Kentway Apartments** (new venue)

Rockin RobinRobert Montgomery, A.K.A. "Rockin' Robin" has been playing music for the past 45 years, be it blues, rock, jazz, folk, country. He began an oldies band, Monopoly, in which he shared the stage with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddiley, both of whom he backed in a concert in Cleveland. Curently he plays piano with the Wallace Coleman Band and does some country and jazz with The Wood Floor band. His previous credits include the Kent State Folk Festival where he met Andy Cohen and went on with acts Cohen and the Barbarians plus various others. He can also be seen at the Stow Community Band and the Deerfield's House Band where he plays for dances the first and third Monday's of the month at Deerfield Town Hall.

Mike Wilsterman and Friends

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 at Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center

Singer Mike WilstermanMulti-instrumentalist Mike Wilsterman headlines the December Mountain Rose concert. A lifelong singer/musician, Mike also hosts an Open Mic every Thursday night at The Kave in Barberton!

Rock Salt and Nails Band

Sunday, November 13th, 2016 at Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center

Rock Salt and Nails BandFormed in 2008, RSN has captivated fans everywhere they've played with their rich acoustic sound. Keith McMahon on lead guitar and mandolin brings an endless catalogue of folk songs from the likes of Utah Phillips, Greg Brown, John Hiatt and Norman Blake and sings them with a smooth vocal delivery.

Priscilla Roggenkamp brings her natural ability to sing sweet harmonies and to deliver her many original songs with clear pure vocals. As a songwriter she spins her lyrics with clever phrasings that are not just impressive but trend setting. And with her thumping upright bass, she provides the anchor for the band’s sound.

Jim Dutter rounds out the trio with the ability to deliver storied songs from the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom T Hall, Steve Earle or Tom Waits. Jim has written and co-written many of the groups songs. His ability to blend the music together with his rhythm guitar playing, and saucy mandolin licks, completes the unique sound this band has created.

Audiences cite the rich sound, sweet harmonies, song choices and the variety that three lead vocalists provide as the reasons they come back to hear RSN time and time again.

Their catalog ranges from bluegrass instrumentals, to meaningful ballads, to original tracks that have their audiences singing along. RSN provides an enjoyable and engaging listening experience that lingers long after the music ends.

Keith Lamont Bachman | Ed Amann

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at Fred Fuller Park

Keith Lamont BachmanKeith Lamont Bachman

Keith Bachman was born and raised in Vermillion, Ohio. He graduated from HighSchool in 1977, where he performed in musicals. He was a regular performer on the Gene Carroll Show where he first appeared when he was 11 years old.

Keith is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While at Berklee, Keith was the recipient of the Richard Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Musicianship. After graduation he stayed in New England for three years, playing in clubs throughout the area.

Keith returned to Ohio in 1985 and currently plays in the Northeast Ohio area. He makes his home in Akron Ohio.

Keith's original music is a combination of jazz, folk/rock, blues and country.

photo of ed ammanEd Amann

Ed Amann, Guitarist, songwriter and folksinger. Oral tradition* folk music, blues, hilljazz (Ed's country with a jazz attitude, old standards with a down home twang.) Ed performs songs from many eras and across several genres. The songs Ed writes are right at home in this wildly eclectic mix.


Roy Smith Shelter House (heated) in the Fred Fuller Park
497 Middlebury Rd
Kent, Ohio.

Middlebury Rd. is the third light west of Water St. off Haymaker Parkway (Rt. 59).

Kentway Apartments
First Floor Community Room
360 E. Summit Street
Kent, Ohio, 44240

Use the west entrance and we'll have signs to the Community Room.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center
330 N. Water Street
Kent OH 44240.


We would like to thank and acknowledge our own board members who volunteer their time to make the Mountain Rose a success. Our goal is to continue to promote local and regional acoustic musicians in concert settings such as those above on a regular basis. We hope you will make plans to support our concerts as well as our excellent local and regional performers.

If you would like further information, please e-mail us or call Tom Ball at (330) 733-8845.

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