Past Events

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Friday, August 4th, 6:30 pm

Jim Gill with his guitar

It’s true that Jim Gill was a finalist in the new song competition at Kerrville’s Music Festival in Texas. It’s also true that he was the first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter competition and has toured throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. It would not be a lie to state that he has shared stages with artists as renowned and varied as John Gorka, Michael Stanley and Tommy James and the Shondells. Nor is it a fallacy to divulge that he has seven sisters and no brothers. (I’ll let that sink in.) But perhaps most notably, Jim Gill may be most proud for winning a coloring contest in fourth grade. (It’s been discovered that the other kids in the class weren’t trying all that hard!)

Oh, and he sings and plays a guitar.

You can view Jim’s music website at www.JimGillMusic.com

No cover charge. BBQ will be available from the Up In Smoke from 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather is questionable, Jim will play inside the cidery. But if it looks good, he’ll be outside…feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case the outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ray Flanagan
Saturday, August 5th, 6:30 pm

Ray Flanagan playing his guitar

Ray Flanagan is an American musician who was raised in rural Medina, OH and is making an artistic home for himself in the urban Midwest cities of Cleveland and Akron. His tunes showcase a rustbelt grit paired with a thoughtful sensitivity, often just as agitated as they are sweet. Intentional and deliberate, even in times of improvisation, Ray’s music showcases the power of tradition met with forward thought.

You can find out more about Ray on his website.

No cover charge. Food will be available from Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food from 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather’s questionable, Ray will be playing inside the cidery…otherwise, he’ll be outside. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Sip and Paint – Palette Knife Technique
Thursday, August 10th, 6:30 pm

Butterfly abstract painting

Learn to paint your own masterpiece — including the use of the palette knife technique. Connie Kramer of Art Break will give friendly, no-pressure instruction — beginners welcome and encouraged! Relax, learn, and have a great time with friends old or new.

$40 includes all painting materials: 16 x 20 canvas, paint, palette, easel, smock, a complimentary glass of your favorite cider–up to six varieties of hard cider to choose from –and one appetizer-sized serving of cheese, bread and dipping oil.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Gretchen Pleuss
Friday, August 11th, 6:30 pm

Gretchen Pleuss Promo Photo

“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics.” – Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

Photo credit goes to Rachel Martin. Find out more about Gretchen on her website.

No cover charge. Some great cajun and creole food will be available from Zydeco Bistro from 5:30-8:30 pm, so come hungry! Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with The Ohio Weather Band
Saturday, August 12th, 6:30pm

The Ohio Weather Band guys

The Ohio Weather Band is a 3-piece rock and roll outfit from Akron, OH. They’ve performed at SXSW, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Canton Palace Theatre with Collective Soul and at Quicken Loans arena with Bon Jovi.

Find out more about them on their website.

No cover charge. Dinner and snacks will be available from Lobster Louie’s from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case the outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Restless Root
Friday, August 18th, 6:30pm

Justin Wallace & Dave Hider, both of Wayne County, Ohio, make up the duo team of “Restless Root.” Specializing in variety, you might expect to hear folk, blues, country, rockabilly, and bluegrass music all in one set. Both have performed regularly throughout the area for many years at various venues such as The Wayne County Fair, The Wayne County Ribfest, and the Great Trail Festival. Justin plays various stringed instruments and sings lead vocals, while Dave sings harmony and plays upright slap and bow bass. Both are also part of an alternate local band called The Twang Cats.

Find out more about Restless Root on their Facebook page.

No cover charge. Food will be available from Up In Smoke BBQ from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ryan Humbert
Saturday, August 19th, 6:30 pm

Ryan Humbert with his guitar

Ryan Humbert is a Northeast Ohio based singer-songwriter, leading the pop/rock Ryan Humbert Band and honky-tonk group Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts. As heard on Sirius XM, The Summit FM and The330.net and seen with Chris Isaak, Zac Brown Band, Elvis Costello, Marty Stuart, Pete Yorn and more.

A 2016 Ystark/Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce “20 Under 40” recipient and recently seen on the cover of the May 2016 issue of About Magazine! For more information, visit www.ryanhumbert.com / www.shootoutsmusic.com

No cover charge. Food will be available from Get Stuffed Mobile Eatery from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Rebekah Jean
Friday, August 25th, 6:30pm

Rebekah Jean

Rebekah Jean is a smooth, powerful voice and honest, pointed lyrics. Raised within earshot of Cleveland, she cut her musical teeth on her father’s classic rock while singing “I’ll Fly Away” in her family’s southern Pentecostal church long before the soundtrack from O Brother, Where art Thou? swept listeners into an Americana obsession.

After nearly two years of touring as the tambourine-shaking, bass-climbing backup vocalist and manager for the David Mayfield Parade, Rebekah Jean stepped back from Mayfield’s project in 2013 to make a home in Ohio and forge a career out of her own compositions. She’s been winning hearts in Ohio and regionally ever since.

You can find out more about Rebekah on her website.

No cover charge. Food will be available from the Lobster Louie’s from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Tom Evanchuck
Saturday, August 26th, 6:30pm

Tom playing his guitar

Coming from the Midwest, Tom Evanchuck never strays too far from his roots. You hear it in the raw guitar, and Tom’s ability to both croon and crank out a harder song at a moment’s notice on stage to provide a true experience, and a chance to envision the early days of folk, blues, or rock ‘n’ roll.

You can find out more about Tom and listen to some of his music on his Bandcamp website.

No cover charge. BBQ will be available from the Up In Smoke from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

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Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Friday, September 1st, 6:30 pm

Jim Gill with his guitar

It’s true that Jim Gill was a finalist in the new song competition at Kerrville’s Music Festival in Texas. It’s also true that he was the first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter competition and has toured throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. It would not be a lie to state that he has shared stages with artists as renowned and varied as John Gorka, Michael Stanley and Tommy James and the Shondells. Nor is it a fallacy to divulge that he has seven sisters and no brothers. (I’ll let that sink in.) But perhaps most notably, Jim Gill may be most proud for winning a coloring contest in fourth grade. (It’s been discovered that the other kids in the class weren’t trying all that hard!)

Oh, and he sings and plays a guitar.

You can view Jim’s music website at www.JimGillMusic.com

No cover charge. Delicious (and eccentric!) food will be available from Quite Frank from 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather is questionable, Jim will play inside the cidery. But if it looks good, he’ll be outside…feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case the outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please. No outside beverages are permitted.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ray Flanagan
Saturday, September 2nd, 6:30 pm

Ray Flanagan playing his guitar

Ray Flanagan is an American musician who was raised in rural Medina, OH and is making an artistic home for himself in the urban Midwest cities of Cleveland and Akron. His tunes showcase a rustbelt grit paired with a thoughtful sensitivity, often just as agitated as they are sweet. Intentional and deliberate, even in times of improvisation, Ray’s music showcases the power of tradition met with forward thought.

You can find out more about Ray on his website.

No cover charge. Some great BBQ will be available from Up In Smoke from 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather’s questionable, Ray will be playing inside the cidery…otherwise, he’ll be outside. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please. No outside beverages are permitted.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Gretchen Pleuss
Friday, September 8th, 6:30 pm

Gretchen Pleuss Promo Photo

“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics.” – Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

Photo credit goes to Rachel Martin. Find out more about Gretchen on her website.

No cover charge. Some great cajun and creole food will be available from Zydeco Bistro from 5:30-8:30 pm, so come hungry! Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Tom Evanchuck
Saturday, September 9th, 6:30pm

Tom playing his guitar

Coming from the Midwest, Tom Evanchuck never strays too far from his roots. You hear it in the raw guitar, and Tom’s ability to both croon and crank out a harder song at a moment’s notice on stage to provide a true experience, and a chance to envision the early days of folk, blues, or rock ‘n’ roll.

You can find out more about Tom and listen to some of his music on his Bandcamp website.

No cover charge. Some delicious food will be served up by Swagger’s House from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

One Year Anniversary Weekend!!!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Shelby Olive
Friday, September 15th, 6:30 pm

Shelby Olive

Shelby Olive, an Akron native, is a songbird at heart. She got her first ukulele for Christmas in 2009 because her hands wouldn’t fit around a guitar comfortably and from that moment on, it was history! She grew up with a strong musical theatre background that later morphed into heavy jazz influences. Every style of music Shelby has encountered seems to be incorporated in her songwriting, resulting in a blend unlike any other. She is one half of the nationally-renowned ukulele duo, Recipe of Life, and has spent the past two years as the vocalist for Kent State University’s Big Band. With Recipe of Life, she has released two albums and has gone on two tours across the Midwest. Her songwriting comes from a place of honesty and purity. Whether she is singing about young love, heartbreak, growing up, or moving on– her lyrics are ones all of us can relate to. She is set to release her debut solo album this fall.

Find out more about Shelby on her website.

No cover charge. Some great food will be available from Quite Frank from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

One Year Anniversary Tour and Sampling
Friday, September 15th at 6pm and Saturday, September 16th at 5pm and 7pm

Views around the production areas

It’s Bent Ladder’s one year anniversary, and we are offering three tours of our cider/wine making facility. Grab this chance for a look behind the scenes at the cider and wine making process capped off with a sampling of a few of our handcrafted ciders and wines. Tours are $5 per person and are limited to a maximum of 20 guests. Friday’s tour begins promptly at 6:00pm; Saturday’s tours begin promptly at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

All participants must be 21 years of age or older – please bring ID. To register, click the photo above or here.

Sip and Paint with Katie Harding
Saturday, September 16th, 2 pm

Painting of a vineyard at sunset

While sipping on your choice of cider, Katie Harding of IntuArt Studio will take you through turning your blank canvas into an unique vineyard landscape with all the textures and colors of sunset.

$40 includes all painting materials, a complimentary glass of your favorite cider–up to eight varieties of hard cider to choose from –and one appetizer-sized serving of cheese, bread and dipping oil. For more info and to register, click the photo above or here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Restless Root
Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 pm

Justin Wallace & Dave Hider, both of Wayne County, Ohio, make up the duo team of “Restless Root.” Specializing in variety, you might expect to hear folk, blues, country, rockabilly, and bluegrass music all in one set. Both have performed regularly throughout the area for many years at various venues such as The Wayne County Fair, The Wayne County Ribfest, and the Great Trail Festival. Justin plays various stringed instruments and sings lead vocals, while Dave sings harmony and plays upright slap and bow bass. Both are also part of an alternate local band called The Twang Cats.

Find out more about Restless Root on their Facebook page.

No cover charge. Some amazing wood-fired pizzas will be available from Scott’s Fire and Ice from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Bent Science: Weird Things in the Woods
Thursday, September 21st, 7 pm

Some weird things in the woods Jim will discuss

Jim Chatfield, Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist from OSU will lead our first ever Bent Science as he introduces us to weird things in the woods!

Boogie-woogie aphids. Are the ghostly Indian-pipes parasitic on plants and are they even plants? Answer this: what is a lichen – and if you want a prize, be up to date. Is a burl a gall – and what causes the hundreds of specific galls on oaks? What patch was Burl singing about, anyway? Come indulge in a bit of the Bard’s “infinite book of secrecy”. Nature and Nurture at its most mysterious.

Bent Science Salons will be held every third Thursday at 7:00pm in the Bent Ladder Cider and Wine Tasting Room, possibly forever. For more information, click here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jeff Klemm
Friday, September 22nd, 6:30 pm

Jeff Klemm with his guitar

Dubbed the “Hardest Working Man In Akron Show Business” American singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer, Jeff Klemm, based out of Northeast Ohio, best known for his work as MAID MYRIAD’s frontman and guitarist in the now defunct VIA LOTUS. His newest solo endeavor showcases his craft of songwriting and versatility playing all the instruments in the studio while performing live with JEFF KLEMM & THE LETTERS.

Klemm has performed his music all over the country many times over embarking on several national full band and solo acoustic tours averaging out to around 100 shows a year since 2012. His accomplished work as a sound engineer has been showcased prominently in national venues and mainstream radio stations. You can find out more about Jeff on his Facebook page.

No cover charge. Some great Cajun and Creole food will be available from Zydeco Bistro from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Scott Paris
Saturday, September 23rd, 6:30pm

Scott Paris with his guitar

Scott Paris is a Canton native, who performs year long across Ohio. His music can be found on Pandora and Spotify. Style wise, Scott’s music resembles early 90’s Alternative groups like Beck and the Lemonheads.

Find out more about Scott on his website.

No cover charge. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case the outdoor seating is full. Some delicious comfort food will be served by Flamingo Jack’s until about 8:30pm. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Sip and Color
Thursday, September 28th, 6:30pm

Sip and Color: A Drop-In Evening of Coloring

Are you an adult? Do you like to color? If so, please come join fellow adult colorists starting Thursday, September 28th. Bring your pencils, markers, crayons and coloring books to Bent Ladder. Come sit and sip wine or cider while you share in your love of coloring, shading, blending and layering! Never colored before? Don’t have materials? Don’t worry! We will have some for you to try out. No need to sign up or register, just show up and ask about the coloring group! We can’t wait to get started!

Sip and Color will recur on the fourth Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Rebekah Jean
Friday, September 29, 6pm

Rebekah Jean

Rebekah Jean is a smooth, powerful voice and honest, pointed lyrics. Raised within earshot of Cleveland, she cut her musical teeth on her father’s classic rock while singing “I’ll Fly Away” in her family’s southern Pentecostal church long before the soundtrack from O Brother, Where art Thou? swept listeners into an Americana obsession.

After nearly two years of touring as the tambourine-shaking, bass-climbing backup vocalist and manager for the David Mayfield Parade, Rebekah Jean stepped back from Mayfield’s project in 2013 to make a home in Ohio and forge a career out of her own compositions. She’s been winning hearts in Ohio and regionally ever since.

You can find out more about Rebekah on her website.

No cover charge. Some great bbq will be available from Up In Smoke from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Matthew Maruna
Saturday, September 30th, 6:30pm

Matthew Maruna with his guitar

Matthew started out his music career as the guitarist and primary songwriter for the alternative rock group The Fireside Poets. When that group disbanded he started writing songs that would make up Scratchboard’s 2011 debut album Dark Sun as well as future albums Sunrise and Nightfall. Scratchboard features Matt as singer, guitar player, and songwriter as well as friend Josh Wilson on guitar, bass, and backing vocals.

Matthew is set to release three, seven song solo albums in 2017. The albums will focus on the seasons: summer, fall, and winter. Each album will evoke the feel and emotions of that season. Matt will be featured on electric, acoustic, 12 string, baritone, and bass guitars, ukulele, mandolin, lead and background vocals. These albums will also feature members of The Fireside Poets, Brandon and Spencer Hall on bass guitar, cello, drums and percussion bringing Matt’s musical career full circle. The albums will highlight Matthew’s atmospheric and meticulously crafted songwriting as well as deep, heartfelt lyrics that have become his signature.

No cover charge. Scott’s Fire and Ice will be serving up some amazing wood-fired pizzas from 5:30-8:30 pm, so come hungry! Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Sip and Play: An Evening of Board Games
Thursday, October 5th, 6:30pm

Meeples and cider

Here at Bent Ladder, we like games. Especially board and card games. So we decided to start a game night! We welcome all experience levels–from occasional Monopoly players to heavy Eurogame fans. We’ll bring a few games from our collections (probably mostly gateway-ish games that we think are a lot of fun), but you should definitely bring something you’re interested in playing, too. Hopefully we can get a good group together, get some different games going, drink some cider and wine, and have a ton of fun!

Sip and Play will recur on the first Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Friday, October 6th, 6:30pm

Jim Gill with his guitar

It’s true that Jim Gill was a finalist in the new song competition at Kerrville’s Music Festival in Texas. It’s also true that he was the first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter competition and has toured throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. It would not be a lie to state that he has shared stages with artists as renowned and varied as John Gorka, Michael Stanley and Tommy James and the Shondells. Nor is it a fallacy to divulge that he has seven sisters and no brothers. (I’ll let that sink in.) But perhaps most notably, Jim Gill may be most proud for winning a coloring contest in fourth grade. (It’s been discovered that the other kids in the class weren’t trying all that hard!)

Oh, and he sings and plays a guitar.

You can view Jim’s music website at www.JimGillMusic.com

No cover charge. Some delicious cajun and creole food will be available from Zydeco Bistro from 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather is questionable, Jim will play inside the cidery. But if it looks good, he’ll be outside…feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case the outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ray Flanagan
Saturday, October 7th, 6:30pm

Ray Flanagan playing his guitar

Ray Flanagan is an American musician who was raised in rural Medina, OH and is making an artistic home for himself in the urban Midwest cities of Cleveland and Akron. His tunes showcase a rustbelt grit paired with a thoughtful sensitivity, often just as agitated as they are sweet. Intentional and deliberate, even in times of improvisation, Ray’s music showcases the power of tradition met with forward thought.

You can find out more about Ray on his website.

No cover charge. Food will be available from Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food from 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather’s questionable, Ray will be playing inside the cidery…otherwise, he’ll be outside. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jeff Klemm
Friday, October 13th, 6:30pm

Jeff Klemm with his guitar

Dubbed the “Hardest Working Man In Akron Show Business” American singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer, Jeff Klemm, based out of Northeast Ohio, best known for his work as MAID MYRIAD’s frontman and guitarist in the now defunct VIA LOTUS. His newest solo endeavor showcases his craft of songwriting and versatility playing all the instruments in the studio while performing live with JEFF KLEMM & THE LETTERS.

Klemm has performed his music all over the country many times over embarking on several national full band and solo acoustic tours averaging out to around 100 shows a year since 2012. His accomplished work as a sound engineer has been showcased prominently in national venues and mainstream radio stations. You can find out more about Jeff on his Facebook page.

No cover charge. Delicious wood-fired pizza will be available from Scott’s Fire and Ice from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Braden Doty
Saturday, October 14th, 6:30pm

Braden and his guitar

Braden has been playing guitar for 16 years, teaching and performing classical guitar for the past 5 years, and studied under Professor Mathew Dingo at the Wayne Center for the Arts at the College of Wooster. He also enjoys playing and singing old time folk/country music. Braden is currently playing acoustic guitar and banjo for Nashville recording artist Erin Stoll.

No cover charge. Some amazing BBQ will be available from Word of Mouth until 8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.