Best Place for Live Music: Readers' Choice

Be it a rock 'n' roll band, solo violinist or jazz trio, live music energizes your outing.

There is no music like live music ... a live performance can be the background to a pleasant dinner or the focal point of an evening out.

This week we want to know: where in town is the best place to hear live music? Is there a restaurant with strolling mariachi band? Or perhaps a harpist that plays at tea. Or maybe a rollicking rock venue that's a great place to socialize.

Beginning today -- Sunday, May 20 -- and through 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, we'll be asking for your recommendations for places to hear live music.

Give us your recommendation in the comments section below. With your help, we'll put together a list of nominees. Then look for our poll on Thursday, May 24 and vote! We'll select a winner at 5 p.m. Friday, May 25 and announce it in a story on Saturday, May 26.

In judging, we'll consider comments, poll votes and reviews in our complete directory of local businesses. Be sure to check out our contest rules in the PDF at right.

Lynne May 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Water Street Tavern
Kyle Klever May 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
The Kent Stage, without question.
Robert Elliott Ingersoll May 20, 2012 at 02:42 PM
What makes a good place to hear live music? For me it is a venue that values the music and musicians. Bob and Monica at Riverside Wine & Imports have a variety of artists every Saturday and support those artists with a decent deal. They plan ahead, do publicity on the shows, encourage their customers to come hear the music, and clear a nice space for the stage both inside and outside. When a venue just wants musicians to show up and have a "jam-for-free jamboree" it devalues the music and the listening experience. Setting up the venue so the performers are compensated raises the standards with regard to the listener and the quality of the music.
Cheryl May 20, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The Kent Stage!!!
EdB May 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Without a doubt, it's The Kent Stage.
Gabe May 20, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Stone Tavern
Melody Herman May 20, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Ohio Guitar Shop and Stage! (AKA Ohio Music Shop and Stage) The big jazz orchestra, Danjo, and Azjazz are world class. For real jazz, there is no place like it. They also feature an eclectic mix of more traditional bands and up and comers.
Walter Hamilton III May 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Rays Place Kent Stage Water Street Tavern
Dan Schweitzer May 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM
So many great places for live and local music in Kent. Kent Stage is great. Enough said. Ohio Music has a nice stage and stadium seating. You can get a beer and also look at instruments and amps for sale. The jazz bands are great, and sometimes you get to hear Reil Young rehearsing. Stop by on a Tuesday and catch the Danjo jazz ensemble. Zephyr is a good intimate setting, especially on Tuesdays with Blues by Ian Penter. Music is good, crowd is a mixture of all ages. Zephyr makes you feel welcome. Checkers and Trophies is off the beaten path. They have a decent stage and a lot of good local music.
Debra-Lynn Hook May 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM
For some of the best acoustics not just in Kent, but anywhere: Kent Stage.
chris May 23, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Kent Stage! Good music, good times.
Ethel Wupperman May 23, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Ohio Guitar Shop and Stage is number one in my book! I enjoy Danjo on Tuesdays for an evening of jazz. Thursday's open mic night is always full of surprises! It's great to have a beer, shoot the breeze with musicians and shop, too.


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