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.

Pony Up Band

Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

members of the pony up bandPony Up is a 5-piece band from Akron Ohio playing up tempo love songs from the 1920 to present. The members consist of Krsnaa Finch on lead vocals. Krsnaa is a dynamo on stage with theatrical background. Crystal Mancini plays upright bass and occasionally switches to electric bass. Crystal also sings and writes for the band. Max Davidson is our newest member on sax. Max is blessed with a very low vocal range so he handles a lot of the "doo-wops." Mark Bertram plays drums and percussion for us along with back vocal. Kevin Eblen plays guitar, sings, and occasionally hits a few licks on harmonica.

The name Pony Up was taken from a gambling slang phrase used is poker meaning “pay up." Mark and Kevin were members of a high school band back in the early 1970’s. Along with a similar line up of 5 members both male and female, they were the original Pony Up band and performed and recorded for about 6 years.

Presently Pony Up has several tunes streaming on radio stations such as Pandora and Spotify. Please check out Dance Dance Dance and Nuttin But Possibilities. These tunes are easy to find under The Short Lane Jam Band label.

Archie Brown

Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

archie brown guitar player Archie Brown says, "I found that Music was my calling! In the early to late seventies, I played in the Philippines, Thailand, South Vietnam, Iran in the British Clubs in 1978. In 1979, I moved to Texas and started doing a one man country music show. I did the one man show for over 23 years. Played the Hotel Circuit and "Stars of Tomorrow" in Nashville, Tennessee during fan fare. I have taught guitar for the 'Guitars For Heroes' program at the VA in Texas. I am currently starting a new band called, Classic Memories. I will continue to play for years to come."

Keith Bachman

Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park

Keith Lamont Bachman Keith Lamont Bachman was born and raised in Vermilion Ohio. He graduated from Vermilion High School in 1977 where he performed in musicals. From 1967-1977 Keith was a regular on the Gene Carroll Show that was broadcasted throughout Ohio. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. While there Keith received the Richard Levy Memorial Award for outstanding musicianship. Today Keith makes his home in Akron Ohio where he continues to write songs and play area open mics.

Bill Schilling & Rich and Kathy Small

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

Bill SchillingBill Schilling has been singing and playing various folk instruments (at least 20 with variations of several) for over 45 years. He has performed for audiences of all ages in many settings from coast to coast. His high-energy performances may include songs, slide programs, and/or stories selected specifically for your group. His performances often involve members of your group with audience participation songs or activities. Bill often performs with others including Rich & Kathy Small or with Linda Sigismondi with whom he has recorded Songs from Canal Days. Since Bill believes that his music should be inclusive, he is involved in many groups which share music. A few of them are: Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians (Bill is the founder and leader); the annual Dulci-More Festival (Bill is the director); the Canton Folk Song Society (Bill is one of the original members); the Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County (Bill has reorganized and leads this group); Folknet (Bill is a charter Executive Committee Member, past Vice -President, past President, and current Treasurer); and Folk Music at Weatherbury Farm (Bill is one of the originators of this program and a workshop leader). His “Dulci-More Public Domain Songbooks” (in several variations) are used by clubs around the country. Check to find out more.

Rich and Kathy SmallRich and Kathy Small are folk singers and instrumentalists from Canton, Ohio. They have performed regionally at many festivals and events as a duo and as members of the Canton Folk Song Society and Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians. Their harmony singing of Appalachian Mountain Ballads, Civil War Laments, Lively Audience Sing-a-longs, Original Compositions and Folk Songs from all eras is accompanied by traditional old time instruments such as the Mountain Dulcimer, Bowed Psaltery, Autoharp, Guitar, Harmonica, and Tenor Banjo. Before re-locating to Canton, they were the performing hosts for The Old-Time Gospel Fest concert series at the Bluebird Amphitheater in Carrollton, Ohio and directed the Arts of Appalachia Music Camp for children in Carroll County, Ohio.

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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