Hey Mavis


Northeast Ohio’s Favorite Americana Folk Rock Band

“Appalachian Americana” with lyrics focusing heavily on the beautiful imagery of life, the joy and labor of raising children, and the timeless themes of love and heartbreak.

Come early! We’ll stream the Kentucky Derby at 6:30pm, and will feature Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps all night.


Why you should see this show…

The music of Hey Mavis focuses on the beautiful imagery of life, from the joys of raising children to the pain of experiencing heartbreak. These images are able to come to life through the sounds of Appalachian Americana. These Cleveland natives have created a music that breathes new life into an old sound. Detroit’s dynamic Escaping Pavement will open the show.


Hey Mavis Bio
Hey Mavis was born in 2009 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Michael Stanley Christmas compilation CD and immediately agreed to produce their debut album, Red Wine. The CD quickly climbed the national Folk DJ-L radio charts, peaking at #5 for overall artist while the songs “Red Light” and “Red Wine” peaked at #5 and #9. The CD finished the year at #13 in Folk Alley’s “Top CDs of 2010” alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan.

In 2013, Dixon produced their second release, Honey Man, which incorporated a fatter sound with guitar, drums, harmonica, and string arrangements. This appealed to a more mainstream audience, and Honey Man outsold its predecessor Red Wine by a factor of two while continuing to amass favorable reviews from across the globe.

Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala produced their most recent 2015 release, What I Did. Chuck Auerbach, who wrote the lyrics to the Black Keys song Hard Row, co-wrote the title track, “What I Did” with Hey Mavis.

Over the past five years, Hey Mavis has methodically ramped-up touring efforts, moving from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley to successes that include a recent appearance on NPR’s Mountain Stage, two overflow shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and seven consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio.

With songs that effortlessly float from softly orchestrated lullabies to raw and raucous love songs, the music of Hey Mavis is best described as “Appalachian Americana.”



Escaping Pavement Bio
Hailed as “One of the most dynamic Americana groups out of Detroit, Michigan,” Escaping Pavement masterfully blends and blurs the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing allow for astounding, harmony-driven, musical interplay that has earned them slots on bills with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Mountain Heart, and Joan Osborne. With multiple festival appearances scheduled, over 500 shows under their belt, a new EP set to release in 2017 comprised of music inspired by the National Parks, and a non-stop touring schedule, this duo is ready to spread their roots-based message, far and wide. Americana fans will find a lot to love in Escaping Pavement. Find out why Jeff Milo (DeepCutz Blog/Detroit Free Press) said, “Escaping Pavement make sparseness stunning. The acoustic guitar and mandolin crackle together like a mesmerizing bonfire, and the voices of Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz blend together like the azure purple and tawny oranges of vibrant sunset…”