Divergent Sounds: Roots Rock/Americana Meets the Symphony

The Canton Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of “Divergent Sounds” on Thursday, October 24th in Foundation Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, featuring Canton natives Yankee Bravo. Yankee Bravo combines Roots Rock influenced music with Americana style blues. This groundbreaking new series has been a huge hit with fans of not only the orchestra and guest bands, but people interested in live, local music in Northeast Ohio.  This concert series is presented in collaboration with 91.3 The Summit and with the generous support of Mark & Beverly Belgya.

Founding members include Benjamin Payne (vocals, acoustic guitar & Guitjo) and Robert Austin (vocals & Mandolin) are often joined by longtime bandmate Brandon Covey (upright bass) as well as Tim Longfellow (piano, organ & accordion), Mark Shengle (pedal steel guitar) and Nick Brewer (drums). Their music is honest, entertaining, and reminiscent of The Avett Brothers and The Lumineers.

All members of Yankee Bravo aid in the Band’s artistic direction; “Everybody in the band writes…Everyone contributes” writes Austin, the lead vocalist. No stranger to combining different musical genres, Yankee Bravo also incorporates folksy hymns and Roots rock influences in their performances.

For this performance, the band will be joined by Koko Watanabe (violin), Laura Keunnen-Poper (viola), Paul Miahky (cello), and Justin Kohan (trumpet). All four instrumentalists are members of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Our Divergent Sounds Series runs from September through May and is an annual concert series. This concert “Roots Rock/Americana” is on October 24th and features Akron group Yankee Bravo.  Our Next Divergent Sounds concert features The Diamond Kites on November 14th, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on October 24th, 2019 are $15 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra Box Office in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

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