Rhythms Concert Series: Previous Concerts

2016 Season

Moustache Yourself
November 18, 2016
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Tropical Jazz Band
Part of The Big Read, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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2015 Season

Roger Hoover
May 14, 2015
To view a video of Roger Hoover's Rhythms Concert performance on May 14, 2015, click here.
Click here for his website.

Austin Walkin' Cane
October 24, 2015

2014 Season


Blues Against Child Abuse with Long Tall Deb

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Concert at 7:00pm

The Museum will collaborate with Jobs and Family Services to present Blues Against Child Abuse with Long Tall Deb.

Long Tall Deb’s Texas-Mexico border roots are never far from her songs.  She brings to the studio and the stage a one-of-a-kind sound that goes beyond “my-man-done-me-wrong” songs to tell stories that are deep, full-bodied, and reflective of her own life. 

Her honey- and molasses-soaked voice has been likened to the best mix of Koko Taylor’s heart and Etta James’s soul. Her keen, nuanced songwriting blends experience with a hint of mysticism.  She assembled a who’s who of BMA- and Grammy-worthy talent to showcase her songs on her VizzTone debut, “Raise Your Hands,” which is generating serious buzz, worthy of an artist on the rise. To learn more, visit longtalldeb.com.

Steven Greenman (Jewish and East European folk music)

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Doors open at 7:30pm, Concert at 8:00pm

Josh Rzepka (classical trumpet and innovative jazz)

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Doors open at 7:30pm, Concert at 8:00pm

Tickets ($12.50; $10 for Museum members; $7 for students with ID)
Available in person, by phone: 330.833.4061 x114, online below.

The versatile young Northeast Ohioan has performed across the country at venues including Severance Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s NightTown, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Knitting Factory in New York City.  He has presented recitals and concerts ranging from the baroque, to the modern, to original jazz.

Rzepka, who earned his undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a double major in classical and jazz trumpet performance, received a Master of Music degree at Boston University in 2010.  This will be his second performance at the Massillon Museum.

To learn more about Josh Rzepka, visit JoshRzepka.com or find him on facebook https://www.facebook.com/JoshRzepka.

Tickets will be sold at the door if seats remain at concert time.  Wine may be purchased in the lobby prior to the concert and during intermission.

2013 Season

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm
Celebrate the Year of the Snake, from the Chinese Zodiac. Here traditional Chinese music from a wide variety of exotic instruments, singing, poetry recitation, and a demonstration of martial arts.
Click here to visit their website.

You can purchase tickets at the Museum, or by phone: Emily Vigil, 330-833-4061 x114.

Lighthouse Visions Gospel Experience

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm
Celebrate the beauty and joy of gospel music with performances associated with the non-profit Lighthouse Visions, an institution that offers life skills training and scholarships to at-risk youth in Massillon.
Click here to visit their website.

You can purchase tickets at the Museum, or by phone: Emily Vigil, 330-833-4061 x114.


Saturday, April 6, 2013
Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm
Love the blues? Then you'll love Redhouse. For one night only, enjoy the blues and soul stylings of Pete Dell and friends, seasoned veterans of the Cleveland Blues scene.

You can purchase tickets at the Museum, or by phone: Emily Vigil, 330-833-4061 x114.

2012 Season

Saturday, February 18
7:30 pm doors open, 8:00 pm concert

Austin Walkin' Cane
Saturday, March 24
7:30 pm doors open, 8:00 pm concert

"Up in the Air"
Saturday, April 14

The Ridges
Friday, May 25
7:30 pm doors open, 8:00 pm concert

2011 Rhythms Season:

Conya Doss
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Doors open at 7:30pm, concert begins at 8:00pm
There’s a reason Conya Doss looks so comfortable onstage, gently swinging her hips like a day lily caught in a summer’s breeze, singing in a voice that’s equal parts honey and hellfire. It’s because she’s used to it. As a teacher of children with special needs within the Cleveland public school system, this thirty something soul songstress faces an audience tougher than most, nearly every day. Of late, this audience has also come to include throngs of R&B and neo-soul aficionados enticed by Conya’s sweet, supple delivery and heartfelt lyrics. Conya possesses an indistinguishable reverence to the soul divas of yesteryears by encompassing invigorating vocals with thought-induced messages that silhouette charismatic, rhythmically charged production that simultaneously blazes a trail for her brand of melodic soul. Her music is not lost among the pantheon of new crooners, but instead invokes the spirits of legendary composers-singers such as Chaka Khan, Betty Wright, Natalie Cole, Me’shell N’Degeocello and Alanis Morisette.


Cy Harp
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Doors open at 7:30pm, concert begins at 8:00pm
$15 ($12.50 member) or $10 student
*Please note that the performer has changed. We are excited to add Cy Harp joining our Rhythms Concert Series lineup!

Cyrus “Cy Harp” Harper is an very deep and soulful artist with simple thoughts of changing the selfish thinking methods of individuals. Cy Harp’s mother abused harsh drugs, brother in prison for murder, while his father wasn’t around. Yet he doesn’t look at any of this in a negative manner. With Cy Harp finishing college with an marketing degree he has became the positive silhouette for young adults. Cy Harp’s harsh adolescent years blended with his bachelor’s education, makes him the perfect orator for motivational music!


Josh Rzepka
Saturday, March 26, 2011
26-year-old rising trumpeter and composer Josh Rzepka has been described as “a musician who doesn’t believe in limits” by the Tribune Chronicle, and as being “gifted” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has been heralded not only for his jazz playing and composing, but for his classical trumpet playing as well.

With his debut classical CD, Josh Rzepka: Baroque Music for Trumpet, he has made a bold follow up to his critically acclaimed debut jazz CD Midwest Coast, released less than a year ago in the fall of 2009. Quickly establishing himself as one of the most versatile upcoming performers in classical and jazz music, Josh has performed across the country at famed venues including Severance Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s NightTown, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Knitting Factory in NYC. As a soloist Josh has presented recitals and concerts ranging from the baroque, to the modern, to original jazz.


The Hastily Assembled Blue Grass Band
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The Hastily Assembled Bluegrass Band began years ago like many other bands because a group of friends loved the music. SInce then, the band has evolved into a close association of musicians who strive for authenticity, accuracy, grit and sensitivity and who lean towards the blues edge of bluegrass. Set lists feature songs from the icons of traditional bluegrass as well as originals done in that style. While the same faces will not always be seen in this band, led and founded by Jeanne Wieland and Jon McDonald, the same high quality of musicianship will always be heard.


Hillbilly Idol
Thursday, May 12, 2011
In concert and over the radio airwaves, Hillbilly IDOL continues to capture new audiences with their catchy and exciting, roots influenced repertoire. Hillbilly IDOL draws from the deep, rich well of American music to blend an original hybrid sound - "Town and Country."

Since 1991, and continuing with their 1999 Egg Records release, "Town and Country," Hillbilly IDOL remain dedicated to infectious beats, heartfelt harmony singing, crisp instrumental picking, and solid songwriting about timeless themes. It's simple music that's easy to take, hard to fake, fun to make - and fun to listen to. It's acoustic and electrifying, uptown and down-home, new yet familiar.

Hillbilly IDOL, it ain't your Grandpa's country music - but he'd probably approve.


2010 Rhythms Season:

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Austin Walkin' Cane
Doors 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm
Live from Akron, Austin will perform original and classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and baritone vocals, creating a blues gumbo repertoire that blends in jazz, folk, soul & rock 'n' roll.
Visit His Website

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Halim El-Dabh
Doors 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm
To celebrate African American history month, El-Dabh will perform original compositions and traditional pieces using African folk instruments. Egyptian born El-Dabh is a world renowned musician, composer and ethnomusicologist, to view his full and impressive resume please visit his website, at 87 years old El-Dabh is a living treasure whose performance should not be missed!
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Steven Greenman
Doors 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm
In association with “The Big Read,” part of the National Endowment for the Arts campaign for reading, and our book The Shawl, which tells the story of a Holocaust survivor, musician and composer Steve Greenman will perform and lecture on Eastern European folk music. Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners of traditional Jewish klezmer violin.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Doors 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm
Jazz trio Sobriquet features saxophonist Andy Meyer, guitarist Eli Kahn, and percussionist Arthur Schroeder.
South Bend-based trio, Sobriquet, have come together to write, perform, and stimulate the minds of listeners. This trio, which is made up of saxophonist, Andy Meyer, guitarist, Eli Kahn, and percussionist, Arthur Schroeder, began to come together in the early spring of 2009. The group went through many personel variations in its infancy before setteling into the current line up. The trio's instrumentation, while somewhat fluid, is based largely around each member's abilty to multi-task. Guitarist, Eli Kahn, regularly pulls a 'double-duty,' as he performs primarly on a seven-string guitar, made up of five guitar strings as well as two bass strings. Kahn has also been known to incorporate bells, and a heathy supply of electronic manipulation into his sound. More textures become availble to the group through Meyer's frequent use of multiple saxophones, clarinets, and flute.
Focusing primarily on original composition, the group has come to call their unique aesthetic 'adult-melodic,' which lies somewhere in the fertile ground between jazz, post-rock, and nu-jazz. This self-defined amalgam of sounds borrows and blends often contrasting elements of form, melody, and texture, with passionate improvisation and collective interplay. Live electronic sampling and short phrase looping mixes with longer format composition and an urbane sense of melody to create this eclectic blend. In addition to original material, Sobriquet have been known to rework tunes by the likes of radiohead, nirvana, and more traditional jazz composers into their unique, instrumental mix.
Visit Their Website

2008-2009 Rhythms Season:

Jill Colucci
with special guest Tim Thompson
Saturday, October 18, 2008

J. Blues Duo
with opener Jeff Poulos Blues Revue
Saturday, November 29, 2008
(this concert was previously listed as Kristine Jackson but the schedule has changed)

Marti Jones & Don Dixon
with opener Saturday Nigh Fish Fry
Saturday, January 31, 2009

Michael Searching Bear and friends
Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dominick Farinacci and quartet
Saturday, March 28, 2009

2007-2008 Rhythms Season:

Patrick Sweany
Friday, October 19, 2007
A native of Massillon, Sweany is a traditionalist with the eclectic spirit of blues music from the Mississippi delta to the windy streets of Chicago.

Loudon Wainwright III
Friday, November 30, 2007
Since the 1960s, this folk singer/songwriter has performed unabashedly frank and autobiographical music. A return performance by popular demand. Loudon Wainwright III has recently been seen in films like "Knocked Up," "40-Year-Old Virgin," and "Big Fish."

Susan Werner
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Susan Werner on NPR

The Biddies
Thursday, February 28, 2008
To learn more about The Biddies, visit www.thebiddies.net.

Richie Havens
Thursday, March 27, 2008

2006-2007 Rhythms Season

James Kalal and Sylvia Gallo
October 19, 2006
Afro Cuban Salsa

Breakfast Salad
November 16, 2006
jazz improv and experimental
Opening Act: Zoomvoodoo

Carla Gover from Zoe Speaks, with special guest Diane Timmons
January 13, 2007
contemporary Appalachian Folk
Opening Act: Kev Rowe,

Les Delices,
February 24, 2007
stylish renderings of French Baroque Masterpieces

Malcolm Holcombe,
March 24, 2007
folk and blues
Opening Act: Lisa and Heather Malyuk
Guitar and dulcimer


2005-2006 Rhythms Season

Get Out and Push
November 17, 2005

Kenneth Be
December 8, 2005
Renaissance Lutenist

Loudon Wainwright III
January 21, 2006
folk music

Tracey Thomas
February 16, 2006
Local Bluegrass

Michael Schneider
March 23, 2006
classical concert pianist

2004-2005 Rhythms Season

Randall Avers
October 2004
Classical guitar

Andy Meyer
January 20, 2005

Robert Lockwood, Jr.
March 24, 2005
Legendary Bluesman

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