Blues Traveler Rock The Kent Stage!

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Kent, Ohio- The historic Kent Stage played homage to the delta blues , old fashioned rock n’ roll and modern American songwriting last weekend when seminal 90’s band Blues Traveler  made a stop in Kent, Ohio.  The venue was packed with all ages being present from teens to folks well into their 60’s and 70’s .Someone once said good music is good music no matter what your age.  I was highly anticipating this show as I have never seen the band before but did have on occasion to meet John Popper ( lead singer and harmonica player ) at some events  over the years and I remarked that I hope to see them someday and last weekend was that someday.

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The band took the stage to the shouts , claps and whistles from the fans cheering on one of their favorite bands. The set started with ” Things Are Looking Up” and continued on with ” Castaway ” and many many more .One of the most popular Blues Traveler songs is ” Hook ” to which it was a standing ovation. I am really glad they decided to tour in our area as this has been on my bucket list a long time and they did not disappoint.

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Currently, the group comprises singer and harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill, bassist Tad Kinchla, and keyboardist Ben Wilson. Tad Kinchla and Ben Wilson joined the band following the death of original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999.

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A special note for Gene Evaro Jr, who is on tour with Blues Traveler and di a great job getting the audience warmed up and put on a great show. His style is hard to describe but the words ” modern retro ” is as close as we can get . All in all it was a great night of music and if you see Blues Travelers coming anywhere near you , make sure you catch them live.

From last night in Kent Ohio , Gene Evaro Jr
  Gene Evaro Jr

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Stephen Pearcy of Ratt Delights Kent Audience

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Kent, Ohio- The Kent Stage , located in Kent ,Ohio is normally associated with indie music , jams bands and some country shows however that myth was displaced the other night . The 1980’s metal icon Stephen Pearcy made his debut at the venue and the audience, staff and band could not have been happier. Stephen sounded better then ever as he proudly took the stage with a new found zest for life as a sober man .The look and sound brought back the memories of a by gone era and he proved Rock N Roll was not dead and that you can still rock out even past your 20’s. The set included a hit by hit list of  songs from his catalog including a very cool Judas Priest cover and it is not easy to do Halford. My favorites of the night were ” Wanted Man ” ” Round & Round ” and ” Lay it Down “. The band was top notch   music industry  veterans  rockstars in their own right including a former member of White Lion on drums Mr Greg  D’Angelo .The lighting and sound were some of the best around , along with staff a true professional organization at the Kent Stage and I look forward to seeing another show there ! If you get a chance to see Stephen Pearcy coming to a city by you , make sure you go ,the time is now , the moment slips away !

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