Past Events

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Friday, June 15th, 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 7pm, 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!

Strawberry Jam-boree Weekend!
June 16th and 17th

Mark your calendars for our annual Strawberry Jam-boree! This is our festival to celebrate all things strawberry, which we hold with our sister business, Rittman Orchards. With tons of strawberries (including u-pick), live music, food trucks and other activities, it’s sure to be a good time for everyone in the family! Some of the events occurring at particular times are listed below.

Saturday, June 16th:

8am-6pm U-pick strawberries (Latest entry to fields is by 5:30)
10am-2pm Adoption event with the Wayne County Humane Society. Give a forever home to a pet in need!
11am-3pm Glitter tattoos with Suzan from 5-Star Talent
Noon-5pm Up In Smoke BBQ
Noon-8pm Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food
1pm-3pm Tom Evanchuck performs at Bent Ladder
6:30-9pm Ben Gage performs at Bent Ladder (21+ after 7pm)

Sunday, June 17th:

11am – 5pm U-pick strawberries (Latest entry to fields is by 4:30)
11am-3pm Origami with Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier
Noon-5pm Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food
Noon-5pm Up In Smoke BBQ
1pm-3pm Restless Root performs at Bent Ladder

Bent Science: NASA and Future Human Exploration of the Solar System
Thursday, June 21st, 7pm

This presentation by NASA scientist Bryan Palaszewski will be an overview of NASA’s past and current plans to send humans to the planet Mars. Other ambitious plans from corporate and international partners will be described. The objectives of the program, mission overview, Earth-Mars transit space propulsion systems (chemical propulsion and nuclear thermal and nuclear electric propulsion), space environment concerns, how people would live on the Martian surface, and potential colonization plans will be covered. The availability of water in the solar system will be discussed. Other future human exploration of the solar system will also be addressed.

Please note that all guests must be 21+ at Bent Ladder after 7pm.

About Bryan:
Bryan has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field since 1989 and is currently directing research on high performance propellants and atmospheric entry. He conducts analyses for the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist investigating nanometer-scale propellant additives for metallized gelled fuels for many space mission applications. Recently, he led work related to human Mars entry, descent, and landing (EDL) where supersonic retro-propulsion (rocket deceleration) is planned for the final descent to the planet’s surface. He is also investigating the mining of outer planet atmospheres and the challenges and benefits for future ambitious space missions. Another past focus of his research is in nanoparticle metal additives for gelled liquid fuels, and solid hydrogen for atomic propellants for launch vehicles and interplanetary missions. For six years, he led many studies of advanced space systems for orbital and interplanetary travel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. He was also the lead propulsion subsystem engineer on the Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX) for three years, as well as being involved other flight projects such as the Galileo Mission to Jupiter and the Cassini Mission to Saturn.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Scott Paris
Friday, June 22nd, 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 7pm. Zydeco Bistro will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30pm with delicious cajun and creole cuisine. Don’t miss their jambalaya!

Sip and Paint: Monet’s Water Lily Bridge
Saturday, June 23rd, 1pm

Paint your own version of Monet’s Water Lily Bridge on canvas. Connie Kramer will show you how, painting along step-by-step. Learn about the life and times of Claude Monet, too! $40 includes a glass of cider or wine and appetizers. All materials are provided. Register online here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ty Kellogg
Saturday, June 23rd, 6:30pm

Ty Kellogg and his guitar

Join us as we welcome Ty back to Bent Ladder! Ty Kellogg has shared his booming and crooning baritone voice and country-gospel-blues-folk stylings all over Ohio and western Pennsylvania since 2007. Whether he is playing in a local nursing home, or at the Ohio State Fair, crowds are drawn to the sincerity and subtle tongue-in-cheek humor which he displays through his wide repertoire of originals and old-time songs.

No cover charge, but you must be 21+ after 7pm. Waffle-O-Waffle will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with some amazing entrees as well as sweet dessert waffles. Everything they make is great!

Bent Trivia!
Thursday, June 28th, 6:30pm

That’s right! We here at Bent Ladder are starting our own Bent Trivia Night! Bent Trivia will be held every fourth Thursday of the month, so keep your eye out! Our host, Gabriel Miller, will have fantastic questions from all sorts of categories so everyone has a chance to play at their strengths! Gather up some friends, think of your team name, get a drink and let’s have some fun! There will be no cover charge BUT first place does get a prize!

All guests must be 21 and over after 7:00pm Thank you!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Gretchen Pleuss
Friday, June 29th, 6:30pm

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

No cover charge, but you must be 21+ after 7pm. Plus, Word of Mouth BBQ will be serving up some amazing pulled pork, baked potatoes, and all the fixins from 5:30 until about 8:30!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Natali Miller
Saturday, June 30th, 6:30pm

Come and enjoy the easy listening of Natali Miller!

Natali Miller graduated from Malone University with a degree in Music Production. She has been writing and playing music since the age of 10. She has been involved in many music ensembles throughout her musical career as well as being a member of a couple different bands. Natali also plays and writes music with her husband Gabriel Miller.

We will also have Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food! They will start serving up their delicious gourmet hot dogs, burgers, tacos and more at 5:30pm!

No cover charge, but all guests must be 21 and over after 7:00pm. Thank you!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Matt Miller
Saturday, July 7th, 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 genres 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.

No cover charge. Waffle-O-Waffle will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30pm with amazing entrees as well as delicious dessert waffles. Must be 21+ after 7pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ray Flanagan
Friday, July 13th, 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 7pm. Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30pm with delicious burgers, hot dogs, tacos, truffle fries and more!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ryan Humbert
Saturday, July 14th, 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 please note that Bent Ladder is 21+ only, after 7pm. Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30pm with delicious burgers, hot dogs, tacos, truffle fries and more!

Bent Science: The PAD Enzyme
Thursday, July 19th, 7pm

We’ve all heard of enzymes. But do you know what they actually do? Or just how important they are to…well…everything? Come join us for this month’s Bent Science, as Diana Barko, Associate Chemistry Professor at Baldwin Wallace, explains the wonderful world of enzymes! Learn how research is conducted on enzymes–from how they are made in the lab to how enzymatic reactions are monitored. Then she’ll take a deeper dive into one particular enzyme, peptidylarginine deiminase (PAD), its effects in the body and its implications in autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Friday, July 20th, 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 7pm, you must be 21 or over. Waffle-O-Waffle will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with their amazing entrees, as well as delicious dessert waffles!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Alexis Antes
Saturday, July 21st, 6:30pm

Alexis Antes has opened the show for many notable artists throughout her career, including: Lilith Fair 1998 at Blossom Music Center, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel, America, and Fleetwood Mac! You won’t want to miss out!

No cover charge, but after 7pm, everyone must be 21 and over. Up In Smoke BBQ will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with their delicious pulled pork, brisket, and all the fixins!

Bent Trivia
Thursday, July 26th, 6:30pm

That’s right! We here at Bent Ladder are starting our own Bent Trivia Night! Bent Trivia will be held every fourth Thursday of the month, so keep your eye out! Our host, Gabriel Miller, will have fantastic questions from all sorts of categories so everyone has a chance to play at their strengths! Gather up some friends, think of your team name, get a drink and lets have some fun! There will be no cover charge BUT first place does get a prize!

All guests must be 21 and over after 7:00pm. Thank you!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Braden Doty
Friday, July 27th, 6:30pm

Braden and his guitar

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 all guests must be 21+ after 7pm. Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with delicious tacos, hot dogs, burgers, and more. Don’t miss their truffle fries!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Scott Paris
Saturday, July 28th, 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 7pm. Fire and Ice will have their delicious wood-fired pizzas available from 5:30 until about 8:30 so come out hungry!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ryan Humbert
Friday, August 3rd, 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 7pm. Up In Smoke BBQ will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with their delicious pulled pork, brisket, and all the fixins!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Restless Root
Saturday, August 4th, 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.

No cover charge, but you must be 21+ after 7pm. Flamingo Jacks will be onsite from 5:30 until about 8:30 with their eclectic comfort food, so come hungry!