News Release: MassMu’s September Rhythms Concert Features Austin Walkin’ Cane
The Massillon Museum’s Rhythms concert series will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, when bluesman Austin Walkin’ Cane takes the stage. The Cleveland-based musician plays original and classic Delta-style blues featuring soulful vocals and slide guitar. The Washington Post said, “If you like Muddy Waters go see Austin Walkin’ Cane.”
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and galleries will remain open until the concert starts in Gessner Hall. A cash bar will be available. Tickets ($12 each or $10 per member) can be purchased at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets, in person, or by phone at 330.833.4061. Membership will be verified at the door; memberships can be purchased at any time.
The musician walked with a cane due to a malformation at birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a man called out “Hey Walkin’ Cane—got some spare change for a brother?” Austin took that as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger and without need of a cane.
A blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitarist, Austin Walkin’ Cane has performed twice at the Massillon Museum among his international concerts. He has released nine solo albums to date.
Local musician Cody J. Martin will open the Rhythms concert with his resonant vocals, eloquent lyrics, and expert guitar playing. Influenced by Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan, Martin is finalizing his third album.
Chaired by Dan Kane, the Rhythms concert series provides an intimate and accessible atmosphere for enjoying top-notch entertainment. The Massillon Museum is also grateful for operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, ArtsinStark, Visit Canton, and the citizens of Massillon. This concert is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator – 330-844-1525