A group of Kentites just finished up their first official tour as a band and are back playing gigs in Northeast Ohio.
The Hive Robbers just finished a three-show stint on the east coast, and once again you can find them in local venues like the Brewhouse Pub downtown.
Hive Robbers is Aidan Bailey Williams (songwriter, vocals, guitar, banjo), Jimmy Dykes (songwriter, vocals, guitar, mandolin), Meredith Yeager (bass), and Sam Langstaff (drums). Williams, Dykes and Langstaff all grew up in Kent, and Yeager, who grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, attended Kent State University.
The band's first official tour included shows at the Hellgate Social in Queens, NY, on Feb. 22; the Chatham Hall Winter Dance Performance in Chatham, VA, on Feb. 26; and Al's Bar in Lexington, KY, March 1.
Langstaff said friends of the group helped arrange the shows.
"Our friend, Pat Childers, a Kent-native and fellow musician, arranged (the New York) gig for us," Langstaff said.
The Kentucky show was a dance and live-music collaboration between the band and fellow Kentite Brittany Jackson.
The three-show tour marked a milestone for the young band, which formed in the summer of 2010.
"We first booked the dance performance in Virginia, and then booked more dates around this," Langstaff said. "This tour got our foot in the door as far as playing out of state goes, and attempting to gain a more widespread audience."
The drummer called it a learning experience for the group.
"We spent 35 hours in the car and drove around 3,000 miles," he said. "We are looking forward to booking more tour dates in the future."
Since coming back to Kent the group has already played a few local shows, and you can catch them again Saturday at Lemon Grove in Youngstown with Demos Papadimas.
If you can't catch them Saturday, you can find the band online via their website or their Facebook page.