5th Blackout Cookout set at The Outpost

By Kelly Maile | Staff Writer Published:

Area bands weigh in on the importance of family tradition with the fifth annual Blackout Cookout on Saturday at The Outpost, 4962 S.R. 43 in Brimfield.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Doors open and food is served at 3 p.m. Music starts at 4:15 p.m.

The day long event attracts hundreds in the community to come out and celebrate the summer with food, family, friends and music.

Lead vocalist of local heavy metal band The Ravenna Arsenal, Ken Royer hosts the event every year.

"It started out as just a bunch of my friends in bands playing together and having my friend, Aaron, cook and pretty much just having a big party at The Outpost," Royer said. "I bring in different bands from out of state every year. We still try to keep it with people we all know so we can get together and have a good time."

This year's lineup will include Columbus-based band Lo-Pan, Vulture, Mockingbird, Fully Consumed, Foul Spirits, Pittsburg's Lycosa, The Ravenna Arsenal and Cleveland hardcore band Ringworm.

"Ringworm has been around for 20 plus years," Royer said. "We're really excited to have them come out and play. There's two stages. As soon as one band finishes another one starts on the other stage. These are some of the best bands in the area as far as I'm concerned. There's no filler to this show. Every band is a headlining band. It doesn't matter what time you come. From the very beginning, you're going to see good bands consistently through the entire day."

The food -- all-you-can-eat barbecue ribs, beef, chicken and all kinds of summer cookout sides -- is courtesy of Schultz's Smokin Pit.

"My friend Aaron runs the Smokin' Pit," Royer said. "He basically backs his smoker into the back by the patio. We'll have ribs, chicken, beef on the grill. It's going to be the cookout of the summer."

The Outpost has become home to many area bands like The Ravenna Arsenal.

"The Outpost is one of my favorite venues I've played at," Royer said. "I'm really close to all the staff that works there. I've known them a long time. It just seems like the best place."

The Ravenna Arsenal released a new EP, "Beast Manufacturing," in July.

"It's a play on East Manufacturing," Royer said. "We're all from Randolph, Ohio, which is the home of East Manufacturing. They make truck trailers. We'll be playing all of the new songs at the show."

Everyone is family at this summer's Blackout Cookout on Saturday at The Outpost.

For tickets and more information, call 330-678-9667 or visit outpostkent.com

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