In the cultural and entertainment industries everybody is always angling for their niche and a bigger piece of the proverbial pie. From sports to music, there’s money in them thar’ hills and communities are digging like crazy to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. One of the pots that Kent owns is the annual Kent State Folk Festival. Folk music continues to have a loyal following and the annual pilgrammage to Kent is set to run November 5th through November 14th. It’s a great week to showcase new and proven talent — in the comforts of downtown Kent’s intimate music venues.
Folk music legends and rising stars too numerous to count will make the journey to Kent for the Kent State folk festival running from Thursday November 5th through Saturday November 14th. 2009 marks the 43rd year of this festival which offers a mix of musical events. Over the years an array of legendary artists have made appearances including Roger McGuinn, Bob Dylan, Doc Watson and Donovan.
Although the event brings out some legends the best part is showcasing new talent. The emerging artist scene represents a lot of new indie bands that attract people in their 20s and 30s.
The 10 day concert line-up brings 16,000 guests to Kent and features Folk Alley ‘Round Town which is one night of admission free performances scattered around 35 different venues in downtown Kent, ranging from bars and coffee shops to galleries and bakeries. Folk alley is a free flowing folk music extravaganza.
Kent has a rich history of music performances and the Folk Festival adds to the lore year after year. Don’t miss it.
Here’s the official web site for the event: Folk Festival