Portage Parks Concert w/ Up Til 4 and Rio Neon

The Kent Stage welcomes

Portage Parks Concert w/ Up Til 4 and Rio Neon

Sun, April 13, 2014

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


Up Til 4
Up Til 4
.. Up 'Til 4 started out as a trio, but is now a full 5 piece band (6 when Jammin' Paul can make it). They cover music from the folk/rock singer/song writer era, plus a few originals. Influences include Crosby, Stills, Nash, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Carol King, and other classic rock music are all on the menu at any gig.

Karyn Morgan has performed in the Akron and Cleveland area with a variety of bands. Rock music with Contraband, Celtic music with Liafail, acoustic music with Rivers Edge. She also has two original CD's and a host of recording credits. Karyn has opened for national talents Stevie Nicks and Lord of the Dance. Karyn continues to perform in other musical collaborations, most recently folk female trio, Martha's Mistake.

“John Weniger has brought his talents to Up Til 4 and has played with many musicians over the past 25 or so years in the northeast Ohio area covering the likes of Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffet, Jackson Browne, James Taylor. John has also written many original songs. John still plays out with his long time collaborator, and partner in musical crime, Gerry Simon as Weniger/Simon a duo that has endured for some 25 plus years in the North East Ohio music scene.

Carl Sweigert has played in the Kent area with rock and blues band Ed Head, and folk country Blue Dog String Band. Muscians often refer to him as the “petulant rock star”. Difficult to get along with but valuable to a band.

” Paul has played everywhere, with everyone, knows every song, and has been called Garcia and Santa Claus in the same breath. Prior and current bands include Iron Henry, Roller, Superstition, and The Cordobas. Paul is a founding member of the band, but recently health conditions have moved him into more of an alumni role.

Up 'Til 4 is a band dedicated to acoustic / rock music from the singer-songwriter era of the 60s and 70s through the modern indie-folk music of today. The group covers the music of Buffalo Springfield, Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Eagles, James Taylor, Sheryl Crowe, Jonie Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Grateful Dead, Traveling Wilbury's as well as original music. This is a group that puts special emphasis into its vocal harmonies.
Rio Neon
Rio Neon
Rio Neon has played our unique blend of distinctly American music for over 10 years. We’re rooted in the American folk and string band traditions: two guitars that bring distinct voices; mandolin and ukulele to add high notes, melody and accents; a bass that doesn’t just maintain rhythm or play the roots of chords, but becomes an integral part of the melody and solos as well; percussion to add rhythmic support, and more importantly color and spice. Add three lead singers with distinct vocal colors and a wonderful ability to combine for harmonies that go well beyond simple chords. The arrangements are tight and tasty, and always fun!

Original songs and arrangements of other artists’ works make up our shows. From local songwriters like Guy Pernetti to icons like Bob Dylan, from the vocal jazz catalog of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross to traditional folk and jug band tunes, the band has “Rio Neon-ized” songs to place our own stamp on well-known standards and obscure gems. We call our music “folkjazz”, all of the members are rooted in these two American traditions. Folk, swing, Celtic, jug band, gospel, old time string band and an undercurrent of good old rock and roll, that’s Rio Neon.

This is what others say about Rio Neon

About our 2012 CD, Coffee Love:

Bob Burford, Kent Patch, December 1, 2012:

“Rio Neon’s music incorporates elements of country, folk, swing, jazz and bluegrass.”

“The band simply refers to its sound as “folk jazz,” and that’s an apt moniker. The CD’s 12 tracks feature a number of complex and challenging harmonies, which they navigate quite well.”

“Coffee Love also includes a couple of bonus tracks, or “seasonal beverages” as the band refers to them. North Pole Jamboree, which was first heard on WKSU’s Ornaments and Icing program in 2006, is an up tempo swing number, and all of the vocalists take turns on A Kiss for New Year’s Eve, a fun plea to Santa for some holiday romance.”

“Coffee Love is a fine representation of Rio Neon’s music – distinctly American and rooted in folk and string band traditions.”

About our CD – Midnight Surprise

Peter Chakerian, Cool Cleveland
December 13, 2006

“On its swinging business card that accompanied Midnight Surprise, the four-piece folk-jazz outfit Rio Neon bills itself as "A unique band featuring swing and traditional music." Fact is, this local group's sound is like something straight outta Lake Wobegon and "A Prairie Home Companion". Eat your heart out, Garrison Keillor. Note to Keillor: book these guys for the show the next time you're in Cleveland.”

About our show

Jay Minkin, Mimi Vanderhaven,
January 14, 2008

“Their sound will take you back in time with the flavor of Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, early jazz and swing, and a touch of ‘60s Peter, Paul and Mary harmonies. Along with Red on guitar and Sally on ukulele and percussion, the band consist of some exceptional craftsmen including former Boulder Junction employee Roger Phillips playing guitar and mandolin, and Bob Smith handling the bass guitar.”
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240