Music at the Arboretum: Hot Potatoes! Blues and Swing with a Big Easy Touch

Friday, August 19, 2022 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, OH 44691

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its collaboration with the Friends of the Secrest Arboretum with Hot Potatoes! Blues and Swing with a Big Easy Touch on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691

The program is free, but registration is recommended.

About the Musicians

Kerry Kean (lead guitar, fiddle, vocals) grew up in southern Ohio. His fascination with music led him to study piano technology. He opened a piano service and rebuilding business and served as Kent State University’s resident piano technician for 16 years. Over the years he has performed in various groups including folk trios, dance and show bands, as well as jazz ensembles. In recent years blues, ragtime, folk tunes and writing his own music have become his primary focus.

Bobby Patetta (rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals) is a singer-songwriter specializing in blues, rock and folk, and has been performing and recording on guitar, harmonica and vocals for over 50 years. Born and raised in New Jersey where he started out singing and playing in rock bands, he has also worked extensively along the Gulf Coast of Florida, playing harmonica and washboard with Rosie O’Grady’s Dixieland Band in Pensacola, guitar and blues harp in the greater Tampa area and in Ohio since 1990. He is currently performing with the Hot Potatoes band, as well as making many solo appearances. He is also known for making a joyful noise on Sunday mornings at many Unity and UCC churches in the area.

Tim Akin (upright bass, vocals), based in Hudson, has played with many bands including The Legends Band, The Descendants, The Akin Family Band, The Reunion Band and Akin for Jazz. He can be seen regularly performing throughout Northeast Ohio and has been a staple at many ORMACO performances over the years. Tim studied music at The University of Akron and with many private teachers over the years.

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