|Location||175 East Main Street
Kent, Ohio, USA
|Opened||1927 as Flannigan and Steele Theater
2002 as Kent Stage
|Owner||Western Reserve Folk Arts Association|
|Capacity||642 (since 2002)|
In 1927, it opened as the Flannigan and Steele Theater, a movie theater, and has been a place for entertainment in Kent for 83 years. The Western Reserve Folk Arts Association, a non-profit organization, opened the Kent Stage in 2002, primarily holding various musical performances by nationally known performers at the venue.
Many well-known artists have performed at the Kent Stage, including such names as Bo Diddley, Joan Baez, Stephen Stills, Kris Kristofferson, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, Melanie, Loudon Wainwright III, The Kingston Trio, Leo Kottke, John Gorka, Leon Redbone, Al Stewart, Pete Best, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Vassar Clements, Rosanne Cash, The Wailers, Little Feat, Nickel Creek, India.Arie, Machine Gun Kelly, Tim O'Brien, and many others. The venue has also hosted the Children's Musical Theater of Kent, the Kent Blues Festival, Up From The River Music Festival, and since 2002 the Kent State Folk Festival.
- Murphy, Chad (December 31, 2009). "The Kent Stage: one of decade's success stories". Record-Courier. Retrieved January 23, 2010.