Past Events

Sip and Play: An Evening of Board Games
Thursday, May 3rd, 6:30pm

Here at Bent Ladder, we like games. Especially board and card games. So we started 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. We’ll get a 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. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged, but you must be 21 or over.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Josh Ferro
Friday, May 4th, 6:30pm

Josh Ferro

Josh is a singer/songwriter who grew up outside of Cleveland and currently lives in Canal Fulton, Ohio. He writes and performs original tunes based on his life experiences covering topics from frogs to condoms and everything in between. His songs might make you laugh, or they might make you cry, but his performances are always a guaranteed good time. Josh will be joined by banjo and guitar extraordinaire DJ Buell.

No cover charge, but you must be 21+ after 6pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Zach
Saturday, May 5th, 6:30pm

Zach

Zach is the troubadour of peace. Touring the country for 20 years, he brings his uplifting soulful folk-esque music to audiences of all types. Named Best Performer, Humanitarian of the Year in Akron and recently award the John T Looney Award for Justice and Peace, Zach’s performance will bring a smile to your face. His 17th CD, Voice in the Wilderness is available now, and his 18th (featuring his band, the Bright Lights) will be out this spring. He is also the Executive Director and co-creator of the Big Love Network, which oversees the Akron Peace Project, Akron City Repair, Yoga Summit, Summit of Faith and Hands on Sustainability 2025.

Join us as we welcome Zach to Bent Ladder for the first time!! Tonight also kicks off our food truck season! No cover charge, and Up In Smoke BBQ will be onsite from 5:30-8:30 with delicious pulled pork, lots of fixins and other barbecue goodness. Must be 21+ after 6pm.

Evening Blossom Walk
Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, 6:00pm

Peach blossoms in the orchard

Spring is here, and the trees are blooming!! This year we’re hosting some farmer-led blossom walks through Rittman Orchards. This past weekend we were able to catch some of the peaches on the tour, and the cherries were in full bloom. For this upcoming weekend, the cherries and peaches will be just about finished, but the apple trees will be gorgeous. And we have a lot of apple trees.

Matt or Chris will guide you around the orchard and finish up back at Bent Ladder for some cider or wine. Tours will be offered at 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday evening and are limited to 20 guests. $15 will include the orchard tour and a drink (or two non-alcoholic drinks if you prefer) at Bent Ladder. Please note that this is a walking tour. Participants will need to be prepared for hills and uneven ground. Register online here. Must be 21+.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Alexis Antes
Friday, May 11th, 6:30pm

Join us as we welcome Alexis Antes to Bent Ladder for the first time! Hailing from Cleveland, Alexis has opened for artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, to name a few. She’s also played at Lilith Fair, and headlined her own sold out shows in the Cleveland area. As Chuck Yarborough noted in The Plain Dealer, “Singing is a gift. Songwriting is a gift. Playing is a gift. It’s not uncommon to find an artist who does one of the three well; it IS uncommon to find one who does all three well. Add Cleveland’s own Alexis Antes to the final list….” You won’t want to miss it!

No cover charge. Up In Smoke BBQ will be onsite from 5:30-8:30pm, serving up some delicious pulled pork, brisket, mac and cheese and tons of fixins. Must be 21+ after 6pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Shelby Olive
Saturday, May 12th, 6:30pm

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. Shelby just released her debut solo album.

No cover charge. Fire and Ice will be onsite from 5:30-8:30pm serving up delicious wood-fired pizzas. Must be 21+ after 6pm.

Bent Science: Bees in Your Ohio Backyard with Denise Ellsworth
Thursday, May 17th, 7pm

Denise in her garden

Many gardeners know a honey bee when they see one, but how about the other 400+ species of bees that call Ohio home? This program will focus on some of the most common bees, including their fascinating biology and life histories. Why do bumble bees vibrate their wing muscles to the tone of a middle C? How uncommon are queens in the bee world? Why do leafcutting bees cut discs from leaves and petals? And how important are these native bees to pollination and biodiversity?

About Denise:
Denise directs the honey bee and native pollinator education program through the Ohio State University Department of Entomology on the Wooster campus. In this outreach position, Denise supports and teaches beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and others across the state through a variety of workshops, webinars, written materials and electronic resources. In addition to chasing bees, Denise enjoys gardening, yoga, photography and hiking the towpath trail along the Tuscarawas river with her husband and dogs.

For more information on bees, visit OSU’s BeeLab here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Braden Doty
Friday, May 18th, 6:30pm

Braden and his guitar

We’re excited to have Braden Doty back at Bent Ladder! Braden has been playing guitar for 17 years, teaching and performing classical guitar for the past 6 years, and has 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. He’s currently playing acoustic guitar and banjo for Nashville recording artist Erin Stoll.

No cover charge, but you must be 21+ after 6pm. Up In Smoke BBQ will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with delicious pulled pork, brisket, and all the fixin’s.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Saturday, May 19th, 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, but after 6pm, you must be 21 or over. Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with amazing tacos, burgers, hot dogs, and more. Don’t miss their truffle fries!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Scott Paris
Friday, May 25th, 6:30pm

Scott Paris with his guitar

Please join us as we welcome Scott Paris back to Bent Ladder! Scott 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. You won’t want to miss him!

No cover charge, but you must be 21+ after 6pm. Zydeco Bistro will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30pm with delicious cajun and creole cuisine. Don’t miss their jambalaya!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Matt Miller
Saturday, May 26th, 6:30pm

Matt Miller was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He started writing songs as a teenager with early influences in 90’s alt-rock. Upon honing his craft in Nashville, he’s expanded upon his sound through entwining multiple genre’s from R&B to Neo-Soul to create something familiar yet uniquely refreshing in the rock-world. Vulnerable and slightly unorthodox, his songs seek to evoke an emotional well-spring while integrating groove and tightly syncopated rhythms.

We will also have the Waffle-O-Waffle food truck starting at 5:30pm for the first time at Bent Ladder! Make sure to come out and enjoy some delicious food!!

All guests must be 21 and over after 6:00pm. Thank you!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ray Flanagan
Friday, June 1st, 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.

No cover charge, but please note that Bent Ladder is 21+ only, after 6pm. Up In Smoke BBQ will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30pm with delicious pulled pork, brisket, and all the fixins!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ryan Humbert
Saturday, June 2nd, 6:30pm

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, but you must be 21+ after 6pm. Waffle-O-Waffle will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with amazing waffle sliders and delicious dessert waffles. You won’t want to miss them!

Sip and Play: An Evening of Board Games
Thursday, June 7th, 6:30pm

Here at Bent Ladder, we like games. Especially board and card games. So we started 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. We’ll get a 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. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged, but you must be 21 or over.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Shelby Olive
Friday, June 8th, 6:30pm

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. Shelby just released her debut solo album.

No cover charge. The Cookery Food Truck will be onsite from 5:30-8:30pm serving up delicious food! Must be 21+ after 7pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Josh Ferro
Saturday, June 9th, 6:30pm

Josh Ferro

Josh is a singer/songwriter who grew up outside of Cleveland and currently lives in Canal Fulton, Ohio. He writes and performs original tunes based on his life experiences covering topics from frogs to condoms and everything in between. His songs might make you laugh, or they might make you cry, but his performances are always a guaranteed good time. Josh will be joined by banjo and guitar extraordinaire DJ Buell.

No cover charge, but you must be 21+ after 7pm. Fire and Ice Pizza will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30pm with amazing wood-fired pizzas!