Here’s a bunch of uptempo tunes by artists from Stark County that would be the perfect soundtrack for a party in your own backyard this summer. Find them on YouTube, Spotify or iTunes.


1. “Love Train,”  the O’Jays.

2. “Tourist Town,” Marti Jones.

3.“Never Gonna Take You Back,” Hey Monea!

4. “Sadie Hawkins Dance,” Relient K.

5. “Gimme Little Sign,” Don Dixon.

6. “Find My Love,” White Buffalo Woman.

7.“Rocky Mountain Way,” Joe Walsh.*

8.“Halfway Home,” Ryan Humbert.

9. “Feathers & Tar,” Ohio Weather Band.

10. “Get Out,” Macy Gray.

11. “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” 98 Degrees.**

12. “Darwin’s Dog,” Benjamin Payne.

13. “Mandolay,” La Flavour.  

*Co-written by Canton’s Joe Vitale, Walsh’s drummer.

**Group includes Stark County’s Jeff Timmons.

About The Author


Dan Kane is the entertainment editor for The Repository’s Ticket magazine, for which he writes about theater, movies, rock ‘n’ roll, art, classical music, dance, restaurants, festivals and everything else that’s going on. Growing up in Wooster, he always thought of Canton as “the big city.”

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