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.
2015-16 Concert Schedule
Light refreshments will be available at all shows.
Roy Smith Shelter House in the Fred Fuller Park.
Enjoy the first show of 2015 with Andy Cohen & Friends!
Andy Cohen & Friends
Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Rev. Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, America's great musical fountainhead.
Andy calls his current show "a sort of Country Blues 101. It's broader than that, of course, covering material from before the twenties to about the fifties, and ranging over the several states to which Memphis is adjacent. I grew up during the Sixties Revival in Massachusetts, but I'm a Southern boy at heart. I made a point of acquainting myself with all the blues players I could, on record and in person. In my shows, I do material by Rev. Davis, John Hurt, Big Bill, Gus Cannon, Frank Stokes, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White, Barbecue Bob, Charlie Patton, Ted Bogan, Henry Spaulding, or any of a hundred other blues people."
Fred Fuller Park
Concerts are in the (heated) Roy Smith Shelter House at 497 Middlebury Rd in Kent, Ohio. Middlebury Rd. is the third light west of Water St. off Haymaker Parkway (Rt. 59).
Fundraising concerts and other event locations will be announced.
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.