18 Musical Acts Share the Stage for Canton Rep’s Bicentennial Celebration Concert
by Evan Chwalek
The Canton Repository’s 200th anniversary celebrations will come to a close on March 24, but they certainly will not be wrapping up quietly. Eighteen musical acts will be hosted at the Canton Palace Theatre providing a night of entertainment and local music.
Local performers featured in The Repository’s entertainment guide, Ticket, were considered for the event. Area musician Ryan Humbert, producer and emcee of the anniversary concert, looks forward to celebrating The Repository and local musicians.
No stranger to the Canton music scene, Humbert is experienced with most venues in the Canton Arts District. The local music community is unique to Humbert, saying, “My band and I have played countless First Friday shows and events all over downtown, including at the Onesto, the Cultural Center, The Auricle, the Canton Civic Center, Buzzbin and more. There’s a real passion for music and the arts in downtown Canton that you don’t always find in other small towns.”
Since he produced the event, Humbert has a familiarity with all the artists featured in the show. Still, there are some acts that he is particularly excited to see. “I’m certainly excited to see Lauren Mascitti, who I haven’t seen live before. I always enjoy seeing my friend Cody J. Martin perform as well. Marti Jones & Don Dixon have been friends for a while, but I’ve never had the opportunity to see them live, so that will be great too,” Humbert said. “Everyone brings their best for an event like this, so I expect it to be great evening of music all the way around.”
Humbert hopes attendees can make an evening out of the event and support one of downtown Canton’s restaurants, bars or stores. “From martini bars and breweries to fine dining and a waffle shop, there’s a little something for everyone,” he said. “I encourage folks to come down early, make a reservation or stop into one of these locally-owned business and make a fun evening out of it.”
What musicians and concertgoers alike can look forward to the most is the finale of the show, uniting all 18 acts on stage for a final song. Humbert feels this will be a fitting way to wrap up the celebration, saying, “Everyone was thrilled to be a part of such an awesome event celebrating all that the Canton Repository does for the arts community of the Greater Canton and Stark County area. It will be fun for all of us to share the stage, share in song and all participate in the grand finale together.”
The Canton Repository’s bicentennial celebration concert will take place Thursday, March 24 at 7:00pm, with doors opening at 6:00pm. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets, complete with reserved seating and a cocktail and appetizer reception are $20.