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BK happenings for week of Sept. 19th-24th

Cain Park and Music Talent of Cleveland present a songwriter series with Brent Kirby & Marc Lee Shannon

The New Soft Shoe Returns To The Happy Dog on July 29th!
In 2010, a group of musicians decided to show up at the Happy Dog and play some Gram Parsons songs on the 2nd Thursday of the month, and The New Soft Shoe was born. Thirteen years later, the band returns to the Happy Dog for a very special show. J. Wolfe opens the show. 8pm with a $10 cover at the door.
Brent Kirby interviewed for podcast Phil's Tracks
Check out Brent's interview on Phil's Tracks. Phil is shedding light on talented musicians all across Northeast Ohio. They covered a lot of territory in a short amount of time. How Brent arrived in Cleveland, his songs, The New Soft Shoe, The Jack Fords, Doug McKean and The Stuntmen, The Ohio City Singers, collaborations with Zach & Ray Flanagan, Brent's songwriting education, Roots of American Music, the 10 x 3, Songwriter Showcase and his work booking original music in Cleveland.
Check out the interview here on Spotify:


Brent Kirby was awarded Best Folk for the 2022 Cleveland Music Awards.

Brent Kirby Resurrects Cleveland 10x3 Songwriter Showcase

Cleveland Magazine's feature story on the resurrection of the 10 x 3 Songwriter Showcase hosted by Brent Kirby!


Brent Kirby's 10X3 Songwriter/Band Showcase to resume at The Bop Stop

Brent Kirby’s long running 10x3 Songwriter/Band Showcase will make it’s return at The Bop Stop at The Music Settlement on the first and third Wednesdays of the month starting August 3, 2022 from 7pm-10pm. The 10x3 abruptly ended its nine plus year weekly run when the Covid-19 shutdown closed down all music venues in March of 2019. The concept of the 10x3 is a pre-arranged line up with 10 songwriters/bands performing three songs each, two of the them required to be original and the third can be the artist’s choice of original or cover. The Bop Stop is located at 2920 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113.

Ohio Arts Council Awards Brent Kirby With Songwriting Residency at Midview School District

The Ohio Arts Council awarded Brent Kirby and Midview School District (Grafton, Ohio) a continuing grant for a Songwriting Residency for the 2021 fall semester. This will be the fifth consecutive residency for Brent at the school district. He will focus on writing and performing original songs with the choirs, and leading a daily, dedicated songwriting class. The songwriting class will focus on a complete approach to songwriting, including multiple techniques for creative brainstorming, lyrical writing, detailed anatomy of song form, musical terms and theory, listening and analyzing different styles of popular music, Garage Band song creation, historical perspectives, studio production and terms, collaboration, and music business. Brent has documented a curriculum for the class, and is working on refining that for further use. Huge gratitude to the Ohio Arts Council for their support with this project! Please visit for more info on all the incredible programs the OAC supports!


Brent Kirby & Ray Flanagan Perform At The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Brent Kirby and Ray Flanagan performed as a duo for a part of the Rock Hall's 2021 Induction Celebrations. The two performed in the Rock Hall's interactive display "The Garage", which features instruments that visitors can put their hands on and play. The ROCK x CPL event was hosted in partnership with The Cleveland Public Library and is powered by PNC Bank. The virtual event featured music performances from Cleveland musicians, Brent Kirby and Ray Flanagan, music education activities curated by the Rock Hall’s award-winning Education team, activities and stories with the Cleveland Public Library, and an instrument show and tell from Keep Music Alive

Brent and Ray played Brent's songs "I Am Soul", and a brand new tune "The Good Ones". In addition, they partnered on Ray's songs "Only Thing It Takes", "Over The Hill", and "Stupid Sound". Engineer Jim Stewart was there to capture the audio.

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Brent Kirby “I Am Soul”

Brent Kirby “The Good Ones”

Ray Flanagan “Only Thing It Takes”

Ray Flanagan “Over The Hill”

Ray Flanagan “ Stupid Sound”