Events a plenty for Kent on 4/20
As we cruise through the latter half of April in eager anticipation of summer and it’s coming concert season, Kent is giving you plenty of reasons to drag your crusty, hippie-self off the couch this 4/20 and support local music — or whatever else you like to celebrate.
Kent is marking the day with a city-wide festival appropriately dubbed the 2012 Reggae Meltdown. The festival unofficially lasts all day with more than a dozen ska, reggae and island-themed bands playing around Kent between 6 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday. Nearly every downtown bar has at least one performance to help get you in that feel-good mood, and the best part is each show is absolutely FREE. Some bands participating in the festival you might recognize include Umojah Nation, who play at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Music Shop on Main Street, and local favorites Tropidelic, who perform at 11:30 p.m. at Mug’s on Franklin Avenue. Check back with us tomorrow for a full list of bands and participating venues, or go to the Reggae Meltdown site for more details.
On the other side of town, The Outpost Concert Club is having its own two-day event: the annual Rock is Dead Festival featuring plenty of rock, folk and other bands. Shows begin at 6 p.m. April 20 and last until 1:30 a.m. the next day. The festival kicks back off at 2 p.m. April 21 and goes all day. As it stands now, at least 25 bands are scheduled to play in that two day period. Tickets go for about $14 for a one-day admission and $24 for both days.