Acoustic Stage


Kim & Matt Watroba1 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.   Matt & Kim Watroba

Matt & Kim Watroba have been married for 33 years but only started singing together as a duo for the last five. There is something magical about love songs being sung by a couple who actually love each other!



Jim Volk1:25 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.   Jim Volk

The award-winning solo guitarist Jim Volk artfully incorporates traditional fingerstyle and electric guitar techniques and devises for a truly “modern acoustic” presentation while keeping the traditional essence intact.

Video: “The Clap / Higher Ground,” Jim Volk


2 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.   Kate Kooser

Kate KooserKate Kooser performs mostly folk and country music, drawing influences from the Texas songwriter traditions, and contemporary folk artists. She has performed around Cleveland at establishments like The Barking Spider, Brothers Lounge, Nighttown, The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, and the GAR Hall (Peninsula), as well as regionally in Michigan and New York.

Video: “Poem on My Door,” Kate Kooser

Lost State of Franklin2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.   Scott & Tyler Franklin

Pure Americana blend of folk, bluegrass and country spun with poetry and jazz by J Scott Franklin, an award-winning songwriter. In addition to four albums and hundreds of songs and compositions, Scott Franklin and Tyler Postma-Franklin have performed on countless other albums. Their impact on the music scene stretches far beyond Lost State of Franklin.

Video: “Clint Eastwood,” Lost State of Franklin


David Mayfield3 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.   David Mayfield

David Mayfield, a Grammy & Emmy nominated artist, grew up in a family band and has toured & recorded with groups like The Avett Brothers, Black Keys, & Mumford & Sons, and made numerous appearances on television including The Late Show with David Letterman & The Grand Ole Opry. If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll come back for more.

“…the wild man of Americana!”
-The Independent

Video: “The Man I’m Trying to Be,” David Mayfield


Bob Sandham3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.   Bob Sandham

Now a member of the band Long Road, Bob Sandham began playing guitar in the early ‘60s, when his mother brought home a used instrument and connected him with a neighbor, Cleveland folk music legend Dick Wedler, for some instruction.

In the 1970s, Bob played with legendary Ohio singer-songwriters Alex Bevan, John Bassette and Pat Daily, and others in the region, and spent much time recording and performing in concerts, clubs and coffee houses and on radio and TV. In 2006, he joined Bevan and bassist Paul Hamman in a reunion concert at the Kent Stage, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bevan’s Springboard album.


Matt Harmon4 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.   Matt Harmon

“I owe a great debt of gratitude to a little carriage house in the University Circle district of Cleveland. The Barking Spider Tavern was a legendary listening room, where seven nights a week there were at least two musical acts. There was never a cover charge, just an actively passed tip jar. It was here that I honed my skills as a performer. This singer/songwriting business is tricky, you know? You have to learn your instrument. You have to learn to sing and play simultaneously. You have to learn to write words you’re proud enough to sing aloud. And then, as if that’s not enough, you have to shed your anxiety and learn to play to a room full of listeners.”   —Matt Harmon

Video: “We Oughta Know,” Matt Harmon

Bob & Lenora Yocum4:25 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   Bob & Lenora Yocum

Bob and Lenora have been singing together since 2010 and founded the trio Spoon Too Soon. They share songs from years past as well as Bob’s originals.



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