A Council of Beards to convene in Kent

by Conner Howard | reporter Published:

It's with a heavy heart that I type these words, here at the end of an era. That's right, dear Weekender readers. This will be my last column.

Since May 2012, it has been my pleasure to inform all you weekend warriors of the many great ways to kill time that Portage County has to offer. Unfortunately, after accepting a full-time reporting position with our sister publication, The Twinsburg Bulletin, I'm afraid I simply don't have the time to do the column justice anymore.

Fret not, for I leave you in capable hands. Effective next week, Kelly Maile, who filled in my position following my promotion in November, will take over column duty as well. For old time's sakes, let me walk you through your weekend entertainment options one more time.

Council of Beards

One of the more active and prolific music venues in Kent, The Stone Tavern at 110 E. Main St. is known for a variety of musical acts almost always presented free of charge. Not to mention a solid beer selection. That said, we're all invited to the Tavern's second anniversary showcase -- the Council of Beards music marathon.

Kicking off tonight at 8 p.m. and going till 1 a.m., the music picks back up Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with a final stretch Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

With about 18 bands taking part, expect to hear everything from avant-garde and garage rock to gypsy jazz and heavy metal. The lineup includes local favorites such as Ohio Joe, Mutt's Revenge and Ravenna Arsenal. Can't make it on one night? You've got three chances.

Rock the cradle

Delivering some blistering licks for no cover charge at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Water Street Tavern is area blues/rock band Memphis Cradle.

These guys made it to the semi-finals of the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, so you know they've got some chops.

Bringing down the House

They're young, they're talented and they're from right here in Portage County. Teenage rockers Noize From the Basement present a vibrant and ambitious alt-rock sound -- a sound that has netted the group awards and recognition aplenty. They've performed on many prestigious and iconic stages, including the Cleveland House of Blues.

And that's where they'll be playing Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for the 2013 Tri-C High School Rock Off. Join me in wishing luck to Noize From the Basement in this competition.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9423

or choward@recordpub.com

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