THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF STANDING ROCK CULTURAL ARTS' AROUND THE WORLD MUSIC SERIES kicked off on Saturday, October 10, 2015, with an engaging family concert by master African drummer and drum builder Baba Jubal of Cleveland, who took audience members on a journey through the history of the drum from Africa through the Caribbean to the U.S. Along the way, he shared fascinating stories and folk tales, ending the program by inviting everyone in attendance to play and sing along for a delightful collaborative finale. The series, which is coordinated by SRCA Executive Director Jeff Ingram and curated by Kent State University-trained ethnomusicologist David Badagnani, will present excellent performers from around the globe — most based in Northeast Ohio or western Pennsylvania. The new, intimate theater space of SRCA’s North Water Street Gallery (300 North Water St., Suite H, across the street from the old location), which features a small stage, sound system, and sustainable bamboo floor, provides the perfect setting for such concerts, allowing for an ideal connection between performer and listener.

 Upcoming performances in the 2017 – 18 season update coming soon!

Here was last years lineup:

● Sat., October 8, 2016 - The Five Islands (stylish calypso instrumentals from the golden age of Trinidadian music, played by a 5-piece acoustic band)

● Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Paul Stranahan solo and Lisa Miralia/Paul Stranahan Duo (imaginative and otherworldly improvised soundscapes performed on Chinese gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and home-built electronics)

● Saturday, November 12, 2016 - The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble (Yiddish classics of yesteryear sung by one of the tradition's foremost interpreters, accompanied by violinist Steven Greenman and accordionist Walt Mahovlich)

● Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Druk Fusion Band (traditional and popular music of the Himalayas, performed on familiar and exotic instruments by an ensemble from Akron's Nepali Bhutanese community)

● Saturday, April 8, 2017 - Journeywork (traditional music played by three of the area's finest Irish performers: uilleann piper Brian Bigley, guitarist/singer Ruairí Hurley, and flutist Brian Holleran)

● Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Yahya Golestan and Dariush Saghafi (timeless classical music and poetic songs of Persia, played on tar and santur) 

Meet and Greet Reception, featuring food and drinks (often culturally specific to the program) begins at 7:30 pm with concerts immediately following at 8 pm. All concerts are Saturday dates.

All ages are welcome and a donation of $10 is suggested.
For more information about the Around the World Music Series, visit or

"The city of Kent, Ohio has long been known as a gathering place for musicians and music lovers.

In the 1940s, the night club and dance pavilion at Brady Lake brought in famous big bands. But it was in the 1960s, when Joe Shannon opened The Fifth Quarter, and shortly following that, The Deck and The Townhouse Lounge, that Kent became a musical hotbed. Walter’s Café, The Kove, JBs, Mother’s Junction, Water Street Saloon, The Dome and many other clubs served as a magnet, bringing people into Kent for quality local performers and national touring acts.

Kent’s entertainment scene has certainly continued to change with the times, but the city has remained a destination for music lovers of all kinds. Today many restaurants and clubs regularly feature live music. The city of Kent has been known as a destination for musicians and music fans for decades, and that rich history continues today.

Venues such JBs, Water Street Tavern, Mugs Brew Pub, Ohio Guitar Shop, Brewhouse, Zephyr Pub, and, of course, The Kent Stage, offer live music regularly. The newly opened Bar 145, part of the town’s recent renewal, is committed to presenting live music as part of its mission. Kent State University’s School of Music on campus brings in talent from all over the world." Deborah Frazier

Kent and Northeast Ohio have always been a relevant part of music history. Music festivals, live music and great venues around Kent are keeping the tradition strong.
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