Singer-songwriter Roger Hoover
has been a fixture on the local scene for at least the past decade. Now, he’s announced a residency at Kent’s Venice Café. He’ll perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from July 14 through August 25.
“Kent has always been a calming place for me,” says Hoover in a press release. “I first came to Kent when I was 15. I used to watch Patrick Sweany, Andy Cohen and Mike Lenz perform and would glean everything I could from them. I moved away from Kent in 2001, toured for a few years with the Whiskeyhounds and Magpies, had moderate success, and moved back to Kent in 2011. I have played only a handful of shows since then. I have been in a mode of rebuilding, in music and my personal life. I have been able to look back on my early musical years with more wisdom, gratitude and humbleness. I'm moving forward with a renewed sense of place and creative purpose.”
Hoover already curates the jukebox at the Venice Café, so it makes sense that he’d pick the place for his residency.
“Roger is an unheralded, highly-respected songwriter that settled down and quit touring. But he's back with a vigor and direction that I've never seen from him,” says Vince Cafe owner Mike Beder. “He has been one of Ohio's best-kept secrets and hasn't performed much in the past few years. When we heard he was working on new material we felt like the Venice would be a perfect venue for him to perform at. "
Prior to the start of the residency, Hoover will open for singer-songwriter Charlie Parr on July 7 at the Beachland Ballroom. Hoover is currently working on a new album, so you can expect to hear some new tunes at these shows.
“I'm writing songs that reflect the best and worst parts of the human experience," he says. "I'll be performing those songs — and others — at the Venice.”