Carson Slade Shover is a singer-songwriter from Akron that plays original material as well as covers of popular songs. With the guitar, bass, piano and drums, he has been playing and writing songs for 8 years. He also has experience with acting and theatrical productions, which creates an engaging and charismatic stage presence.
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Mary Krege is a 14 year old singer/ songwriter from Barberton Ohio. She is self taught on the ukulele and guitar, and enjoys playing and singing both covers and her own originals. She has performed at many local coffee shops and open mics in the area and is excited to play at Artisan!
Derek Russell Fimbel is a folk artist from New England. In 2013 Derek founded the indie folk group The Doodads & Don’ts with whom he released two albums. When The Doodads disbanded for family reasons Derek put his focus on his own music. In 2017 he released ‘The Company You’re Keeping’, a duet album with vocalist Vanessa Hale, followed closely by his single ‘Bigger Than Me’.
Alayna (Layna) grew up in Alliance, Ohio. Finding peace in music, she taught herself piano, guitar, and anything else she could find to play. Since a young age she loved to write music and perform. In March of 2019, she released her EP 'From Our Conversations' and the single, ' I Caught Feelings'. You Can Stream Layna's music NOW on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, And more!
Singer and guitarist Steve Bauman has performed in half the states of the union, as well as in Canada and Europe. His music covers many different genres in a light jazz style, with a relaxed and engaging vibe. Come and enjoy some of your favorite songs with a jazz twist!
Julie Hufstetler is an artist, songwriter & pianist. As a Northeast Ohio native , Julie has performed extensively in the region, most notably with the Cleveland Pops Charismatic Combo, at The Alive Festival, and for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner and Queen's Pageant.
Her song “Speak What I Believe” won grand prize in the Write About Jesus Songwriting competition. She has songs published by LifeWay Christian Resources, Worship Today and Word Music. Julie has two full albums of original songs as well as recorded singles. Her music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, iHeart Radio and other internet sites.
When Julie is not singing, playing or writing, she is usually hanging out with her family or digging in her gardens.
Jim Sauter and David Allin have been preforming music in various musical groups for over four decades! They met in Akron three years ago and began making acoustic music together. Their playlist includes favorites from Jimmy Buffet, Neil Young, John Prine and others. They also like to pepper in some well-crafted originals.
The Cave Twins is David Mayfield & Abby Rose. Identical twins separated at birth and reunited in song. 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. Abby grew up alone. With no one to hear her cries. She eventually turned those cries into "songs" and toured extensively with Northeast Ohio supergroup "The Speedbumps" until she found out that she had a long lost twin brother. However, It's not their sordid pasts or even the chilling tale of their separation and journey to find each other that makes them special. No, it's their unique blend of playing instruments and singing words that really sets them apart. Their music has been described as "A nice mix of short cute little songs & shorter cuter littler songs" Make a point to go see them in a cave near you!
Trumpeter/vocalist Tommy Lehman is a native of Akron Ohio and a graduate of Firestone High School. He has been playing professionally in the Midwest and along the East Coast the past 6 years, performing regularly with some of the area’s best. Upon completion from the renowned Jazz studies program at Cuyahoga Community College, Tommy transferred to The prestigious Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut—from which he recently graduated. During his college years he studied with seasoned veterans such as Javon Jackson, Steve Enos, Steve Davis, Ernie Krivda, Freddie Hendrix, and several others.
This concert will feature some original music as well as some holiday favorites you’re bound to recognize!
Jenny Baird is a music storyteller. Addicted to hooky, singable melodies and rich lyrics, those are the foundations Jenny strives to build on in her songs. Acoustic guitar and piano are her songs’ current best friends, but they’re not cliquey – they’re always open to some slick vocal harmonies joining the party, graciously accommodate the sometimes socially awkward glockenspiel, and are even rallying for a mandolin to join the gang.
Jenny has been writing songs for 15 years, and has released a full-length album (Impossible Is Not, 2012) and two singles (Austin, 2013; Love Does Something, 2013). She is busy crafting a slew of new songs for a hopeful future album.
The Baltimore native and East Nashville resident performs passionate home made songs on guitar, banjo and piano that are mostly roots music. Billy is currently promoting his new record, Another Life. The recording is currently receiving good airplay on folk programs in some major markets. The recording received a nice review from Folkworks.org. https://bit.ly/2IgVgAL
Marielle Kraft is a 22 year old Rhode Island native with a passion for songwriting. Her honest stories take shape through catchy melodies and comfortable arrangements, while her self taught knack for guitar seamlessly compliments her smooth, natural voice. She brings new life to popular covers we all know and love through her acoustic guitar and vocal solo act. Her latest single, "How Far You Feel", is out everywhere now! Check her music out on Spotify.
Strums & Drums is the duo name for Jeff & Adreanne Foos. Jeff & Adreanne are a husband and wife music duo from Warren, OH, that perform original folk music and the hits, new and old, in a folk style. Adreanne sings and plays acoustic guitar, and Jeff plays drums - for smaller venues, Jeff uses hand percussion.
Lauren Brabson is a self-taught singer/songwriter from Barberton, OH. She is currently a student at Kent State University, studying pre-physical therapy. Lauren spent time singing in the school choir and church developing her passion for music and singing. In the past couple of years, she has been found performing in Wadsworth, Barberton, and Akron areas. She released an EP on SoundCloud last fall. Lauren will be performing an acoustic solo set.
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Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts is an Akron Public School that integrates a standard core curriculum with programs in visual art, dance, theater, and vocal and instrumental music. Miller South students take daily classes in their main art interests area as well as receive top academic instruction. The arts are integrated into the curriculum and the arts integrate academics into their classes as well. Miller South accepts students through open enrollment and an audition process with a students entering grade 4-8. Starting in 2018, the music departments have started a national chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Students in band, orchestra, piano and vocal all had the opportunity to apply if eligible. These students have chosen to promote our school and new organization by performing for the community and were excited to present songs in a coffee shop setting. After researching opportunities in the Akron area, the students were all excited to collaborate with Artisan Coffee shop! Come hear what Miller South is all about as these "Modern Music Masters" stand for!
ROBERT HUNTER IS AN AMERICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER, POET, AND AUTHOR OF THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NOVEL RELAPSE, SET FOR RELEASE IN MAY 2018.
KNOWN BEST FOR HIS UNIQUE BRAND OF LYRICAL ALT-COUNTRY-ROCK, ROBERT’S FIRST TWO EP’S AFTERGLOW AND OUTTA MY MIND WERE CELEBRATED CRITICALLY AND DESCRIBED AS “MAGNETIC” AND “HARD WIRING, AFTER A SINGLE LISTEN.”
SONGS LIKE “GONE FOR GOOD” AND “DITTO BABY” FOUND A HOME ON THE FM RADIO, AND HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR FUTURE SUCCESS IN NASHVILLE AND BEYOND.
A THIRD STUDIO EFFORT REVIVAL IS SET TO DROP IN EARLY 2018. IT WAS LARGELY INSPIRED BY HIS WIFE, BECKY, WHO INSISTED UPON ITS RELEASE, AS WELL AS THE PUBLICATION OF RELAPSE, IN SPITE OF HER BATTLE WITH AN AGGRESSIVE FORM OF CANCER.
NOW BECKY IS IN REMISSION. AND WITH A TRIO OF POTENT EP’S UNDER THEIR BELT, ALONG WITH A NEW NOVEL, THE PAIR ARE EMBARKING ON A NATIONWIDE TOUR TO CELEBRATE LIFE, LOVE, AND THE MADNESS OF IT ALL.
Derek Russell Fimbel is a folk artist from New England. In 2013 Derek founded the indie folk group The Doodads & Don’ts with whom he released two albums. When The Doodads disbanded for family reasons Derek put his focus on his own music. In 2017 he released ‘The Company You’re Keeping’, a duet album with vocalist Vanessa Hale, followed closely by his single ‘Bigger Than Me’. Caden Glodde and Alex Castner will open up the night!
Meet Nashville-based artist, songwriter and musician, Eleni Naomi. A captivating vocalist, she began singing at the young age of 4. Her sultry voice beckons listeners to a simpler time as they experience the style she calls, Soul Jazz · A timeless sound with a voice of hope. Eleni recently recorded her debut album with award-winning producer, Loren Johnson, and released a music video for fan-favorite, “Summer Don’t Leave Me.” This exceptional project · Still I Wait · is now available everywhere that music is streamed and sold online: www.eleninaomi.com/buy-the-album.