Summer playlist

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.

The Ohio Weather Band | Hot Rockers

The forecast just keeps looking brighter for the Ohio Weather Band. The young Alliance-based group has been collecting critical praise for its self-titled debut album, released in early April.

Yankee Bravo | Hot Rockers

"This is our hometown, and we’re very happy to be playing Taste of Canton,” said Benjamin Payne, lead singer of Yankee Bravo. The 3-year-old group is growing its reputation for playing a folksy blend of music at 30 to 40 area gigs a year.

Hey Monea! | Hot Rockers

An active trio for a full decade, with plenty of hometown shows and regular touring up and down the East Coast, Canton’s own Hey Monea! got a major career boost in 2012.

Come Wind | Hot Rockers

“Hopefully what draws people to Come Wind is a shared experience. Anytime you create something, whether it’s musical or otherwise, you put yourself out there. You take a part of you, you take an idea you resonate with or you take a feeling you’ve had and you try to put it into some form that others can identify with."

Night out in Stark County | Music

There’s nothing like an anthem from Journey to kick off a night out—unless it’s a live set of serious musical talent. These Stark County venues regularly substitute live gigs by local and visiting acts for self-proclaimed jukebox heroes.

Stark County musicians you should know

Nick and Josh Brewer, brothers and big music fans, own and operate the Auricle Club in downtown Canton, which showcases national headliners and fresh local bands. Here, Nick talks about the place.