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.

2017-18 Concert Schedule: Upcoming Shows

Light refreshments will be available at all shows.

Showtimes: 6:30; Tickets: $7.00.

Last Exit Duo

Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

photo of last exit duo james knight and nancy petersLast Exit Duo is an acoustic band featuring guitar, harmonica, percussion (cajon, djembe, etc...) and vocal harmony in a fun, upbeat fashion We do many folk rock classics and great songs of the 60's on up, always seeking to engage our audience!

Nancy (Rogers) Peters is a classically-trained percussionist with Masters degrees in both Music Education and Percussion Performance. Originally from Michigan and spending over a decade residing in Georgia, she also spent time in New York state while a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, and in Illinois while attending grad school. While much performing experience during this time was in the "classical" music field, she became enthralled with rock music at a young age, and has also performed on drum set for many years, from jazz and r&b groups to folk and "indie rock".

James Knight developed a love of music at a very early age, which started with Rock and Doo Wop songs as early as the late 50's even though he was not even five years old. Probably one of the greatest gifts he received as a child was a transistor radio for Christmas in the very early 60's.

Still recalling the first time he heard a Beatles song, the British invasion and the explosion of diversified music that ensued, he was forever hooked on music. With a deep passion for music of most any type, in the 60's/70's he started to learn guitar on his own.

After marriage in the mid 70's, and kids, the music was placed on hold but not forgotten! As he neared retirement, with more time to pursue his passion, out came the guitar, and the start of his participation in open mics. Tom Ball was very influential at these early open mics, offering much encouragement, as did the music community. He began to join several small acoustic bands and duos, most notably, Summer Daze. His latest effort, Last Exit Duo with Nancy Peters is part of a musical journey that continues with performances at wineries, festivals, and local bars/eateries.


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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