The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio has a packed December 2023 line-up of events and shows from holiday themed concerts, to local debuts, and award winning performers check out what is coming next month.
Tickets for all these shows available at kentstage.org
Over the Rhine: An Acoustic Christmas – Friday, December 1st
In 2023, more than 25 years after releasing our first holiday CD, we are still at it. This year, we will be leaning into some harmonies and making an intimate but hopefully holy ruckus. It won’t be all Christmas music: we’ll certainly mix in tunes from many of our records along the way. But hopefully it’s still true: hopefully you haven’t heard anything quite like it.
Maybe a midnight snow will fall and turn each streetlight into its own private snow globe. Maybe, regardless of whatever reality Christmas brings, we’ll hear a faint echo of a song once rumored to have been sung by angels, a song of peace on earth, goodwill toward all… We’ve never heard anything quite like it.
We hope you’ll join us,
Linford Detweiler With Karin close by
Price Range: $27-$40
Alex Bevan and Friends – Saturday, December 2nd
Alex Bevan will return to the Kent Stage to wander through a list of songs spanning the years from 1971 to 2023! The first set will be primarily acoustic visiting the Springboard, Grand River and Watersongs catalog to be followed by a long ensemble set. Joining Alex will be a time tested trio of friends to flesh out the music from the new release “Sparrow” as well as of favorites with a “band” flavor. Dave Young will handle the keyboards, Leonard DiCosimo will be on bass and Tommy Dobeck will be tapping on
the drums. Perhaps there will be a guest or two dropping in, we shall see. If the name Alex Bevan means anything to you.. it probably begins with the song “Skinny”… the 1976 Summer Anthem that filled the airwaves of radio station WMMS and brought the Cleveland folksinger’s career into sharp focus “back in the day”.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas – Tuesday, December 5th
Celebrate the season as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns with A Creole Christmas concert. Join us as the band performs New Orleans classics as well as some of our best-loved holiday selections – with at twist. At a moment when musical streams are crossing with unprecedented frequency, it’s crucial to remember that throughout its history, New Orleans has been the point at which sounds and cultures from around the world converge, mingle, and resurface, transformed by the Crescent City’s inimitable spirit and joie de vivre. Nowhere is that idea more vividly embodied than in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.
Price range: $45-$55
The Clarks [Kent Stage Debut] – Saturday, December 9th
With a highlight reel that includes the Late Show with David Letterman, The Simpsons, and others, The Clarks are enjoying their stage time together now more than ever. “It’s one big extended family,” says guitarist Rob James. “Dave’s son Noah plays on this album, and with us live, so saying that isn’t just a metaphor, it’s fact!” Singing and playing the songs of Madly In Love At The End Of The World has rekindled a fire in The Clarks’ sometimes broken, sometimes mended hearts.
Price Range: $24.99-$30
Tab Benoit and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Wednesday, December 13th
2 Time BB King Entertainer of The Year and Louisiana Hall of Fame Inductee Tab Benoit has had an incredible career spanning over 3 decades. Built on the foundation of the gritty soulful Delta swamp blues, Tab has acquired a legion of devoted fans. Tab has recorded and performed with some of the top names in the music industry like Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, Allen Toussaint, and many more. With over 40 years since they were founded in 1977, the New Orleans based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has blended traditional brass band music with a plethora of genres like Bebop Jazz, Funk, and R&B/Soul, creating a unique sound that can only be described as a “musical gumbo”. This uniqueness has allowed The Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 different continents, 30 countries, and record 12 studio albums. The group has also collaborated with a vast array of artists from the likes of Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and Norah Jones.
Price range: $43-$53
An Evening with Vienna Teng – Thursday, December 14th
In 2002, Vienna released her debut album Waking Hour, landing her on NPR’s Weekend Edition, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the top of Amazon’s music charts. Four more albums followed, most recently Aims in 2013, as well as the music for The Fourth Messenger by playwright Tanya Shaffer. Together with Vienna’s captivating live performances and thoughtful online presence, her work has built a devoted following across generations and continents. Still, other pursuits have always beckoned. Vienna returned to academia in 2010 to study environmental sustainability, which led to a new career working on climate change, energy and waste issues. “We’ve Got You” also marks a new chapter of merging her musical and environmental vocations. In 2022, she launched a “music x climate action” community on Patreon, combining monthly livestream shows with Zoom climate action sessions, and hosting workshops between concerts that participants have described as “life-changing,” “rocket fuel,” and “the perfect antidote to despair.”
Price Range: $25-$35
Vienna Teng’s Climate Action Workshop
“Vienna will also be leading a free climate action workshop from 4:00pm – 6:00pm prior to the show, designed to help people find practical, impactful ways to advance climate solutions that match their interests and talents. Click for more information and to register for the workshop.
Macy Gray & The California Jet Club: The Reset Tour – Saturday, December 16th
Forever full of ear-tugging/eye-popping surprises, ever-eclectic singer/songwriter and actress Macy Gray returns in top form with an inspired new 11-song Moonslice Records album – The Reset – and within a fresh new presentation – fronting her own band, The California Jet Club. Produced by Tommy Parker, The Reset reveals 360 degrees of Macy Gray at her lyrically introspective and vocally exuberant best. The songs move from Macy’s signature vulnerable intimacy on the lead single, “Thinking of You,” the epic orchestral ballad “You Got Away” and the festive, sexy circus of “Bottom to the Top” to the resoundingly rebounding singalong uplift of “Every Night” featuring special guest, rapper Maino.
Price Range: $50-$65
The Summit FM Presents: Red Wanting Blue End of the Year Bash – Friday, December 29th
By gradually morphing from self-sufficient, independent outfit to skirting the mainstream without losing underground cred, Red Wanting Blue earned the right to enjoy the benefits of longevity. The band’s music followed suit. Take melodic heartland rock ‘n’ roll sprinkled with dashes of down-home Americana and dip it in the modern, metropolitan rock world. Then add muscle, from a robust rhythm section to the full-throttle vocals of frontman Scott Terry. The results are truly a music industry story worth telling.
Special end of the year event – Must also have a ticket to the concert.
“VIP Soundcheck Sit-In Upgrade Package”
– Early entry into the venue
– Access to Sit In to watch Red Wanting Blue’s Soundcheck (Times will be emailed closer to the show)
– One Signed Concert Poster
– Early Access to Red Wanting Blue Merch
– Very limited availability
Price Range: $40-$50