Canton’s Buzzbin is reborn at Kenmore with punk, metal and other rock shows

Canton’s Buzzbin is reborn at Kenmore with punk, metal and other rock shows
Buzzbin, a former music club in downtown Canton, closed last summer and moved to 952 Kenmore Blvd. in Akron.

Chris Bentley said he found a great new place to continue the legacy of buzz in Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood.

After a run of about 12 years with two different owners, Buzzbin closed at the end of June in downtown Canton. Chris Bentley and his wife Julia have owned and operated the club since 2019.

“It’s going to be the same,” Chris Bentley said of the venue at 952 Kenmore Blvd. “I’m going to make it as cool as it was (Buzzbin in Canton).”

Buzzbin at Kenmore will continue to focus on music, art and concertgoers, the couple said.

“When you’re in a show, it’s like a symbiotic relationship,” said Julia Bentley.

Chris and Julia Bentley in front of their Heart Shaped Box Whiskey Bar in downtown Canton, near the former Buzzbin music club.  The couple closed Buzzbin last summer and relocated it to Kenmore in Akron.

The couple cited multiple factors for the end of the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop in Canton: Repairs needed to the building they rented at 331 Cleveland Ave. NW. The cost of rent. And business never returned to pre-COVID levels despite many loyal and passionate fans and customers.

After being unable to find another venue in Canton or elsewhere in Stark County, Chris Bentley said a musician on the Kenmore scene reached out and they were soon enthusiastically received in the community, including by The Rialto Theaterwhere Buzzbin performed rock shows until his nearby space was ready.

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