Live Music

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 Such great live music events throughout the year!  

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   The Kent Stage

175 E. Main St.
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An award winning historic theater and intimate venue that dissolves the barrier between the musicians and their audience. The Kent Stage brings sounds such as blues, folk, reggae, and classic rock as well as comedy and theater performances to downtown Kent.



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Venice Cafe

163 W. Erie St.
(330) 968.4603

The Venice Cafe on the corner of Erie and Franklin is one of the original and most iconic bars in the storied city of Kent. Since 1941, generations of residents, students and visitors have enjoyed the Venice Cafe for its authentic ambiance, great drinks, delicious food and more. Its noir-ish mahogany atmosphere and hued Italian murals have provided a unique backdrop for many a fun night out with friends and family.








Water Street Tavern

132 S. Water St.
(330) 677-0700

Water Street Tavern is the premier venue in Kent and beyond for live music, drink, and fun! Featuring a rooftop patio, a private party room, 20 HDTV’s, a stage with free live music 3 times a week, Water Street Tavern has something for everyone.


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Every February enjoy FREE live Beatles and British Invasion music throughout the downtown. Brought to us by our friends at Crooked River Arts Council and presented by Wayside Furniture. Stay up to date on this great event at

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Spring in downtown Kent brings the American Roots Music Festival, a FREE festival with Americana, Bluegrass and Country music. Brought to you by our friends at Crooked River Arts Council. Presented by Wayside Furniture.


blues fest






FREE live blues music at over 20 venues in downtown Kent! This annual event happens in July. Visit for event schedule, map, and musician bios. Brought to us by our friends at Crooked River Arts Council and sponsored by Wayside Furniture and Acorn Alley.