Alex Bevan & David J. Young

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Alex Bevan & David J. Young

Brent Kirby

Fri, May 17, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Alex Bevan & David J. Young
Alex Bevan & David J. Young
Alex Bevan and Dave J. Young

Once in a while… magic happens…. in the musical world it sometimes happens like shafts of sunlight through a steel plate sky illuminating a patch of green somewhere up ahead and calling you to quicken your steps and inhabit that place before it disappears….

Alex Bevan and Dave J. Young approach that kind of event horizon with years of friendship, talent, effort and emotion. These two Northern Ohio originals started working together in 1992 on an “Environmental Fairy Tale” titled, “Who Killed the Dragon?” and continued to create and perform together in various contexts leading up to the highly acclaimed “BOOMER” recording released in 2016.

May 17th at 8pm on the Historic Kent Stage… Alex and David will bring the simple tools of their collaboration to bear. An acoustic guitar, a piano, one journeyman’s approach to songcrafting and another’s pursuit of melody and sound will gather the strands of twenty-seven plus years of collaboration and lead you toward brighter realms in an otherwise darker landscape.

Brent Kirby will open the show…. Rumor has it that he will be joined by Ray Arthur Flanagan on guitar and Jack Flanagan on keys. Brent is a nationally recognized songwriter, member of the Jack Fords, member of the New Soft Shoe and creator of the 10 X 3 Songwriter Showcase at the Brother’s Lounge in Cleveland which just celebrated it’s tenth successful year.

Fun Fact: In 1969 when the Kent Stage was still a movie theater, Alex taught guitar at the Kent Music Mart next door. … If you would like the details… just ask Alex… it turns out he loves to tell stories about Kent, Ohio back in the day!

If the name Alex Bevan means anything to you.. it probably begins with the song “Skinny”… the 1976 Summer Anthem that filled the airwaves of radio station WMMS and brought the Cleveland folksinger’s career into sharp focus “back in the day”.
Perhaps too, it might conjure the melody of “The Grand River Lullaby”, Hearkening back to lost years of innocence and first love in a simpler and more romantic time… a time when the Woodstock Generation found it’s rhythm in the album oriented rock infused soundtracks that still echo in the rivulets and streams of Spotify and iTunes music delivery systems.

Alex Bevan has been picking up his guitar and performing fin front of audiences for over forty eight years… singing primarily songs of his own crafting and supported mostly by his deft guitar picking and agile improvisational wit…. In short… he is a troubadour of the journeyman class who brings a fresh perspective and unabashed enthusiasm for storytelling to each and every member of the the audience he interacts with. A truly analog entertainer for a digital time!

David Young is a full time professional musician who enjoys a multi-faceted career. He grew up in Findlay, Ohio, and attended the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University School of Music for his formal music education. David combines his keyboard performance skills with a strong knowledge of computer and music technologies and utmost professionalism to be in high demand with clients from around the world…. David currently works with Michael Stanley and the Resonators, Is the synth programmer for the Cleveland Orchestra. Worked with Emerson, Lake and Palmer (synth programming) and in his younger (no pun intended) years developed game sounds and music for Sega (Yes! Sonic the Hedgehog!)

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Brent Kirby
Brent Kirby
One of the Plain Dealer's "25 Acts to Watch"
Brent Kirby is a night's stroll with a rock n' roll romantic. This does not mean Kirby's merely a smitten troubadour, or a bard for the wayward but colorful life of musicians. Though his own songs bring up those immortal topics, Kirby's romanticism is much bigger than that. His songs start with the introspective stir of strum and voice, but just like his performances, quickly move outward and embrace the listener. Kirby, who grew up in Wisconsin and has lived playing music in places as varied as Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cleveland, has acquired a keen narrator's eye. Playing bars and clubs since his early teens, his lyrics dictate life in the moment, not as nightly grinds, but as places where dreams really come to life in gritty color.
Brent Kirby’s been called by many of his peers one of Cleveland’s hardest working musicians and his actions prove that. In 2013, Brent Kirby was voted “Best Singer” and also “Best Male Vocal” by the Cleveland Scene, and 2012, he was voted “Best Musician”. When he is not playing solo or with his band, called His Luck, he writes the tunes and fronts the Jack Fords (2007, 2009 Best Rock Band Cleveland Scene), leads the monthly revival of Gram Parsons with his band The New Soft Shoe, and plays drums for the talented Cleveland holiday band, the Ohio City Singers. His 10 x 3 Songwriter showcase weekly series at Brothers Lounge has created an encouraging, vibrant original music scene.

In addition to all of the awards garnered by all the other groups Kirby has been a part of, he has been individually nominated multiple times by the Free Times and Cleveland Scene for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Male Vocalist. This has led to sharing the stage with Elizabeth Cook, Edwin McCain, Jorma Kakounen, Ellis Paul, Michael Stanley, Will Hoge, John Eddie, Band of Heathens, Southside Johnny, Bottlerockets, Augustana, Devon Allman, The Yayhoos, James Gang, Marah, The Trews, Dave Alvin, Paul Thorn, Elephant Revival, American Aquarium, Bobby Keys, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, among many others.

Fueled by an arsenal of songs in the spirit of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, to the more recent Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, and Wilco, Kirby delivers a charismatic performance with a heartfelt sincerity that's been honed by countless gigs and a sheer desire for perfection.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240