Following a sold-out appearance at The Kent Stage in May, legendary Ohio band Glass Harp will return to the popular Kent venue for concert on Sept. 3 at 8 p.m.
"As it turns out, a flurry of texts between the band on Tuesday morning making plans to attend a memorial service for a friend ended up with a show being booked by the afternoon", said Robert Brandt, the group's manager. "We're grateful to Tom Simpson and The Kent Stage for putting together something for us so quickly on virtually zero notice, and are thrilled to have another chance to play for the amazingly loyal and dedicated Glass Harp fans in NE Ohio again this year."
The memorial service that brings the members of Glass Harp together that weekend is for longtime record executive John Awarski, who passed away recently after a long illness. Of Awarski, bassist Daniel Pecchio says "As a person of integrity and dedication to the wellbeing of musicians and their music, John had no peer. He was as sweet and caring of a friend to all who knew him, and will be deeply missed by music lovers in our community".
The concert also acts as an informal kickoff to guitarist Phil Keaggy's extensive fall tour promoting his upcoming album "All At Once". The new rock album is a departure from Keaggy's mainly-acoustic output in recent years, and will be released on CD and vinyl in September.
In addition to playing one-off shows, Glass Harp are currently working on several archival audio and video projects for future release.
Tickets are available through www.kentstage.com, or by calling 877.987.6487. Doors open at 7, and the show starts at 8 p.m.=. The Kent Stage is = at 175 East Main St. in Kent.