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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.

2014-15 Concert Schedule

Light refreshments will be available at all shows.

Ryan Humbert seatedSunday, December 14th, 2014

Ryan Humbert

Hailing from the Akron-Canton area of Ohio, Ryan’s energetic, crowd-pleasing shows and loyal fan base have made him a local music staple for over a decade at such notable venues as Playhouse Square, Blossom Music Center, The House of Blues, The Beachland Ballroom, Scene Pavilion at Nautica, The Akron Civic Theatre, The Canton Palace Theatre, The Kent Stage, The Tangier, Lock 3 Live and more. The Cleveland Free Times claimed “Humbert is a dynamo…eager and rapid-fire…a catalyst for and enthusiastic supporter of the Ohio music scene.”

Zach at microphone

Zach

“We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get,” Zach professes his life’s philosophy on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years.

…The Antidote, reflects his vocation and passion for creating a better world. He hopes it can “inspire people to their highest goodness, to encourage us all to manifest this goodness in some way in our lives.” This idea echoes in “Ignite the Soul,” when he sings, “Give, give, the gifts you give. Ignite the soul.” With themes of believing in our own power for kindness (Manifest), peace building (Peace By Piece), social politics (Ohio Breaking), and veganism (Plants), this record is a spiritual journey and social statement. One song takes on fracking (I Want a Future Too), which has been a winner in the Artists Against Fracking Video Contest, chosen by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon; while songs like “Hymn” remind us that, “when the world comes to drag you down, light your smile, it keeps the darkness out.”

Brick Road RamblersSunday, November 9th, 2014

Brick Road Ramblers

Named for the turn-of-the-century brick roads of Akron, Ohio’s Highland Square where the group first began playing together, the Brick Road Ramblers began performing for folks of all ages in 1996.

Today, the four-member string band can be heard playing traditional, folk, old-time, popular, and original tunes at festivals, parties, cafes, and, on warm summer nights, a fine porch with great acoustics. Come out and see us when you get the chance… we’re sure you’ll enjoy the mix of strong vocal harmonies and acoustic string band music as much as we do. The show will include some of the holiday tunes featured on the new CD: Ramblers’ Holiday!

Mara LevineSunday, October 12th, 2014

Mara Levine

Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin,  Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally as a member of various ensembles and as a hired harmony vocalist since 2002. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as “golden-voiced,” while Michael Stock calls her voice “full, rich and soothing.” Mara was nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference.

Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is received stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013. The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, the album was on the official Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album, 2013, and Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60’s folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Bob Harris and Caroline Cutroneo.

Gathering-Time

Gathering Time

Voted best band runner-up (and top folk band) in the 2011 Long Island Press readers’ poll, Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America mixed in; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as “getting a whole beehive-full of buzz” on the northeast regional folk scene.

No less an authority than WFUV’s John Platt has written that they are “among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival,” with “harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages.”

Showtime: 6:30; Tickets: $7.00; Location: Roy Smith Shelter House in the Fred Fuller Park.

We’ll be adding acts for the 2014-15 season soon; mark your calendars!

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

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