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Each year Kent joins forces with dozens of cities around the world to celebrate the music, and message, of The Clash.  This year, we spotlight Ohio's first chapter of Jail Guitar Doors, and are raising money to support music equipment donation and songwriting workshops at Grafton Correctional, Lorain, OH.  

2020 Event calendar


2/6/20 11 am - 2 pm -Mass Incarceration & The Arts Mini Conference. Governance Chambers, Kent State

11-12:15 - Panel - Mass Incarceration: Historical Roots, Contemporary Policies. 

Elaine Frantz Parsons - Associate Professor, Kent State University Department of History / Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice.

Melekte Melaku - Organizing Manager, ACLU of Ohio

Eric Gardenhire - Activity Therapy Administrator II, Grafton Correctional Institution.

12:30-1:45 - Panel - The Arts in Incarceration: The Work and Impact of Arts Programs for the Incarcerated.

Zachary Thomas - Writers in Residence Program / Anisfield-Wolf Fellow

Jessie Glover - Visiting Assistant Professor Otterbein University / Ohio Pison Arts Connection

Christopher Dum - Assistant Professor Kent State University Department of Sociology / ID13 Prison Literacy Project

Evan Rausch - Music educator - Jail Guitar Doors, Ohio.

2/6/20 6pm - Liberated Verses: An Art Exhibit by ID13 and Glyphix Studio. The Zephyr Pub 106 W. Main

Upstairs at the Zephyr, visitors will be able to view the exciting visual representations / interpretations of poetry written by the incarcerated as part of the ID13 Prison Poetry Project. Through 2/8 only.

2/6/20 - doors 6:30, show 7-10 Film: "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" presented by 91.3 The Summit.

At The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. Kent 

Daniel Johnston was a singer-songwriter and visual artist regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. He released more than 20 albums, and toured with the Preservation All Stars, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Built to Spill. the documentary"The Devil and Daniel Johnston" chronicles his life, with an emphasis on his mental health battles. The movie won the Documentary Directing Award at the 2005 Sundance Frestival. "A fascinating and lovingly crafted musical documentary" - Entertainment Weekly.

***This event is presented by public radio station 91.3 The Summit as a Members Movie Night, but due to the generosity of this community operation (and embracing the spirit of International Clash Day) it is FREE and open to the public. There will be reserved seating and special giveaways for Summit members, and opportunities to become a supporter of The Summit, a valuable resource in the region.***

Doors 6:30; Show 7pm-10pm

The Kent Stage. 175 E. Main St. Kent

2/6/20 10pm to 2am Free Black! (Floco Torres & HR3), Cherry. The Zephyr Pub, 106 W. Main St, Kent.

Free show featuring new music from Akron's Floco Torres's new band Free Black!. Local punx Cherry support.  Chances to win an Earthquaker Devices Pedal.  What a way to kick off Clash Day 2020! 

2/7/20 5pm - 7pm Clash Day Art Walk, with Troppus Projects, Standing Rock Cultural Arts, & The Zephy

Troppus Projects - 141 S. Water St, Kent

Let Me Tell You / I Didn’t Want To Tell You, featuring Roger Hoover and Chad Cochran. Photo series aimed at normalizing the conversation around mental health. Photographs are of musicians accompanied by their stories. 

Roger Hoover performing acoustic set: 5 PM

Standing Rock Gallery - 300 N. Water St, Kent

Fever Dreams: The Early Drawings of Daniel Johnston. Featuring never-before exhibited sketches from Daniel Johnston's youth, prior to relocating to Texas. Powerful images reflect a beautiful and tormented mind. 

The Zephyr Pub: 

Liberated Verses: An Art Exhibit by ID13 and Glyphix Studio

Upstairs at the Zephyr, visitors will be able to view the exciting visual representations / interpretations of poetry written by the incarcerated as part of the ID13 Prison Poetry Project. 

2/7/20 7pm-10pm Concert: The Boys from County Hell Clash Tribute Set!

Water Street Tavern 132 S. Water St, Kent

Legendary Clash Tribute sets from The Boys from County Hell.  NOT TO BE MISSED!  These guys are amazing as a Pogues tribute group most of the time, but we are lucky to snag another rare catch for them to perform their Clash sets!  Free show!

2/7/20 10pm - 2am Concert: Kill The Hippies / Modem / Fringe Candidate at Euro Gyro.

 The Euro Gyro, 107 S. Depeyster St


Come close out the official International Clash Day 2020 with this set Strummer and the gang would certainly have attended! Legendary punx from Kent/Cleveland Kill the Hippies join hometown powerhouse Modem and you don't want to miss Fringe Candidate. Trust us. Free show!

2/8 1-5pm "Flea-YI" at The Zephyr, 106 W. Main St, Kent

Support your local artists and vinyl collectors!  Live DJs, and "Jail Guitar Doors Hazy IPA" on tap, specially-brewed by MadCap Brewing for Kent Clash Day 

2/8/20 4pm-6pm Films: Pens to Pictures Documentary Showcase / Q & A with Filmmakers.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts 300 N. Water St. Kent

For They Know Not

Chronicles a young woman fighting heroin addiction.

Aimee Wissman, a Cincinnati native who is passionate about art and advocacy, makes her directorial debut with this film. As part of the Pens to Pictures project, Aimee's film screened at several Film Festivals across the country in 2017.


The story of a struggling mother pushed to desperate measures to protect her children, and is the directorial debut of Kamisha Thomas, a Columbus, Ohio native who has a passion for film making and art. 

Both films were produced as part of a pioneering project that teaches incarcerated women the art of filmmaking (Pens to Pictures). The film was originally screened at several festivals and events in 2017, including the 41st annual Cleveland International Film Festival and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

2/8/20 6pm-8pm Concert: Inside/Out Gig, feat Modem, The Crew, Rich N Glory, and Contra Band.

Grafton Correctional Institution, Lorain

Kent's Modem joins 3 bands of incarcerated men from Grafton Correctional - The Crew (Jazz Fusion), Rich N Glory (Gospel Rap), Contra Band (Metal). Showcasing the powerful work of music therapy programs, the bands are a selection of those that Jail Guitar Doors, Ohio will be working with thanks to proceeds generated from Kent Clash Day 2020 events and programming. Free and open to the public, but please contact if you wish to be in attendance; there is some brief paperwork to fill out in order to streamline the entry process into the facility for the performance.

2/8/20 6pm-8pm - LIVE STREAM: Inside / Out Gig at Grafton Correctional Institution

Standing Rock Cultural Arts, 300 N. Water St, Kent

Kent Clash Day & Black Squirrel Radio Present: A live stream of the Grafton gig! Can't make it to Grafton to watch the gig live? Join us at Standing Rock Cultural Arts!

2/8/20 9pm - 2am - Concert: Clash Day Finale with Harvey Pekar, Garter Shake, Muppethead, & The Katy

Clash Day Finale at The Dome!  166 Currie Hall Pkwy, Kent

$5 door

Harvey Pekar (Clev Hardcore/punk); Garter Shake (Pitt-Clev alt/indie pop-rock); Muppethead (Northeast Ohio comedic and serious punk.); The Katy (Clev. indie trio)

2020 News

Kent Clash Day would like to give a very special

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kent Clash Day is possible due to support from Akron's 91.3 FM The Summit, Earthquaker Devices, MadCap Brewing, Bent Tree Coffee, The Kent Stage, The Dome, The Zephyr, Water St. Tavern, Euro Gyro, Standing Rock Cultural Arts, Troppus Projects, Bob Burford, Chris Dum, Jay Geldhof, Logan Thyr, Evan Rausch, & Bengt George