Around The World Concert Series

Up Coming Concerts

Sat., December 12, 2015 - Kostas Revelas and George Papazekos (music and stories of the Greek

islands, played on bouzouki and guitar). 8:00 pm.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Shiva Sastry (Carnatic music of South India, played on veena and

mridangam by a University of Akron professor). 8:00 pm.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Yang Jin (music for pipa, zhongruan, and liuqin lutes by one of China's

leading performers). 8:00 pm.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Frank "Little Elk" Running (songs and stories of the Lakota Sioux Nation). 8:00 pm.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Luca Mundaca (original bossa nova songs by singer/guitarist/songwriter

from Brazil, a local favorite). 8:00 pm.


featuring bouzouki player Kostas Revelas
and guitarist George Papazekos

8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2015

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light Greek food and drinks (dolmades, Retsina, Metaxa, and fruit juices)

Event description:

Traditional music of Greece performed by phenomenal young bouzouki player Kostas Revelas, with guitar accompaniment by George Papazekos. The performance will also feature stories about the origin of the music and instruments, as well as the performers' travels through the Greek islands. The program will begin with songs of the rebetika tradition originating in the Greek communities of Asia Minor, then progress through a variety of more modern styles of bouzouki-based Greek music. Several different types of bouzouki (long-necked lute) will be demonstrated during the performance.

About the performers:

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Kostas (Konstantinos) Revelas is a bouzouki player with a dazzling technique and keen ear for tradition. As a second generation Greek American growing up in a musical family, he was first inspired to learn Greek music from his father, who played many different instruments, as well as family tradition. Learning the bouzouki at the age of 9, he began performing professionally while still in high school. Travels through Greece, including the islands of the Aegean, as well as absorbing music from more senior performers in the area, have enriched his repertoire.

Over the years, he has learned from and worked with such U.S.-based bouzouki players as George Soffos, Iordanis Fillipidis, Costas Charalambous, Leonidas Zafiris, and Simos Nikolopoulos. In addition, he has been influenced by players including Jack Gregory Halkias, Markos Vamvakaris, Vasilis Tsitsanis, Iouannis Pappaiouannou, Manolis Hiotis, Haris Lemonopoulos, Giannis Stamatiou, Manolis Karantinis, Panagiotis Stergiou, and Ioannis and Nikos Tatasopoulos.

Revelas currently leads the Musicians of OLYMPUS-Cleveland Greek Band as well as the cross-cultural group Mira Tamam, giving frequent performances for Greek weddings and other festivities. With his bouzouki/keyboard duo, he performs every Friday at 6 p.m. for the Taverna Nights at Santorini Greek Taverna in Cleveland, which feature Greek cuisine and music in an authentic atmosphere.

George Papazekos is an instrumentalist from New Castle, Pennsylvania. He is a collector of musical instruments of the string family and has made intensive study of traditional Hellenic folk music, focusing on Greek 78-rpm records from the early to mid-20th century. As a member of various ensembles, he has performed in Carnegie Recital Hall and other prestigious venues in the Pittsburgh area.

The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.

The "Around the World" Music Series is a new concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery, conveniently located in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani.



“Around The World” Music Series Concert
- BABA JUBAL  - One World Rhythm: Music, Songs, and Stories from Africa and Beyond
- master West African drummer

Saturday, October 10, 8:00pm
-preceded by a meet and greet with the artist at 7:30pm
The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H, Kent, OH
- $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

-The "Around the World" Music Series is a new concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in the intimate setting of The North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.  The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani.
- An evening of music and storytelling by Baba Jubal, one of Northeast Ohio's most renowned master drummer-griots.  The program, which is suitable for all ages, will include music of the Manding, Yoruba, and other cultures of West Africa and the diaspora, as well as original songs rooted in the heartbeat of Mother Africa.


Baba Jubal has performed with such legendary musicians as Babatunde Olatunji, Baba Chief Bey, Baba Ishangi, Olukose Wiles, Papa Susso, and Bo Diddley.

In August 2015 Baba Jubal was a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council's Ohio Heritage Fellowship, the state's highest award for the traditional arts, and in 2006 he was nominated for a Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio for his work in the field of arts education.

More about Baba Jubal:



Wandering Aesthetics in cooperation with Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

The World Premiere of “Boogers, Witches and Haints: Spooky Stories from Appalachia”
-Wandering Aesthetics is proud to announce the world premiere of our solo storytelling performance, Boogers, Witches and Haints: Spooky Stories from Appalachia.

Friday, July 24 at 8 PM
Saturday, July 25 at 8 PM
Friday, July 31 at 8 PM
Saturday, Aug. 1 at 8 PM

The North Water Street Gallery
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
300 N. Waters St., Suite H
Kent, OH 44240

TICKETS:  Tickets are $15 per person and are available online at

Reservations can also be made by calling 330.990.5138.

Tickets will be available at the door – but seating is VERY limited so pre-orders are strongly recommended.

About the Show:

CLICK HERE for a great review of the show!

In 2013, Wandering Aesthetics’ co-artistic directors completed a thru-hike of the 2,185.9-mile Appalachian Trail. But they didn’t come back alone…

Master Storyteller Kyle Jozsa leads audiences on a spine-tingling journey into the heart of Appalachia. Intertwining real-life experiences with campfire stories collected on their adventure, Jozsa conjures Boogers, Witches and Haints off the AT and into the imagination. There are many chills, thrills, and laughs sprinkled throughout this hour-long solo performance.

About the Kyle Jozsa:

Drawing on a work ethic derived from his path to Eagle Scout, Kyle Jozsa co-founded the physically oriented theatre company, Wandering Aesthetics. Kyle serves as Wandering Aesthetics’ Co-Artistic Director, Education Director and primary Storyteller. His responsibilities include: shaping the vision of the company, devising and performing new pieces of theatre and designing, implementing and teaching curricula. Kyle participated in an intensive summer training program at Double Edge Theatre in Asheville, MA. He recently made the transition to solo performer with Wandering Aesthetics’ “Mountain Cycle” – a series of 3 one-man performances about his hike of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail. Kyle has been teaching children ages 2 - 14 for the past 5 years; they constantly inspire him. One of the most significant influences throughout Kyle’s life journey has been his personal training and study of the actor’s craft.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.


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