'All-star' concert coming Saturday to the Kent Stage

By Kelly Maile| Staff Writer Published:

Get ready to rock 'n' roll. An all-star lineup of musicians and artists are coming to Kent this weekend.

All-star band to back Neil Zaza

At 8 p.m. Saturday finds Northeastern guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza and a special lineup of top industry legends live at the historic Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., for a one night only special concert, which will be filmed for an upcoming multimedia documentary release later in the year.

The highlight of the documentary will be the special live "all-star" concert, featuring Zaza, Todd Sucherman, the drummer for arena-rock band Styx, Bill "The Buddha" Dickens, a legendary bass guitarist, Todd Rogers, renowned keyboardist and producer and Nick Greathouse, who played guitar with Neil Zaza for more than a decade and is a member of the JamPlay staff.

More than just a concert film, this documentary will give Zaza the opportunity to showcase music from throughout his entire career and profile Zaza on and off the stage.

The documentary will be filmed by multi-award winning photographer and film maker, Bill Frakes, his partner Laura Heald and their team at Straw Hat Visuals. Bill is an award winning American photographer and film maker who has been on the masthead of Sports Illustrated since 1993.

Tickets are specially priced at $20 and are available online at thekentstage.com.

"Capture: Photographs by Drew Smith" at the Downtown Gallery

The Kent State University School of Art's Downtown Gallery, 141 East Main Street, will present "Capture: Photographs by Drew Smith" from May 22 through June 15. Smith, an Akron-based artist, has recently discovered a new range of possibilities by going digital.

From capturing stillness and tranquility within landscapes to documenting dynamic urban cityscapes, Smith's photographs capture an array of subjects and themes in this current exhibit.

The gallery will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit dept.kent.edu/art.

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