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Kenfest 2015: The Action Janssen LP Release Show and Fundraiser

Project Format: Pre-Order Campaigns, 12 inch Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Vinyl + Digital
Genre: Garage Punk, 60s Garage, Punk, Rock


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Kenfest 2015: The Action Janssen LP Release Show
Saturday May 30th at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

Pre-Sale Details

Your donation amount indicates your reward level. Please specify shirt size.

$10 - Ticket to Show May 30

$15 - Vinyl Only

$25 - Concert Ticket + Action Janssen LP

$35 - Concert Ticket + Action Janssen LP+ Stow House Records T-Shirt

75 Max Dinner Reservations
Please specify in comments if you are requesting a ticket to the Pre-Show Dinner at the Beachland.

Food Donors: Grovewood, Chili Peppers, Scotti's, Brothers Pizza

$50 - Dinner + Ticket
$65 - Dinner + Ticket +Vinyl
$75 - Dinner + Ticket + Vinyl + Stow House Records T-Shirt

*If you are unable to attend your merchandise will be mailed to you.

Show Details

Saturday May 30th

Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
(216) 383-1124

7 p.m. - Pre Show Dinner (75 tickets available)
9-11 p.m. - Pool Party and Live Karaoke
11 p.m. – D.J. Alr!ght (Tom D., Secret Soul Club) and D.J. Ryan Orvis (Stow House Records)

Ballroom - starting at 8 p.m.
Exploding Lies
Kill the Hippies
Charles Hill Jr.
New Planet Trampoline
Vista Cruisers/It*Men/Hot Rails Blow Out

About This Event

When Ken Janssen passed away on New Year’s Day 2015, it caught us off-guard, although we all knew it was coming eventually. It was obvious in the days and weeks that followed how much Ken meant to so many people. He left a legacy of friendships that spans the globe. It's still hard to process that he is actually gone.

Stow House Records was created as a response to Ken’s diagnosis. Starting a record label was a way for him to continue promoting Northeastern Ohio music as he had done from his days in Burton, to Kent, and finally Cleveland. 

This year, we are turning the spotlight on Ken to pay tribute to his musical legacy one last time. The Action Janssen LP is a collection of unfinished songs, outtakes, live, and studio recordings highlighting Ken at his best. His powerful voice, charismatic stage presence, and self-deprecating wit are on full display. 

The money generated through this pre-sale campaign will be used in two ways:

Initial funds will cover the cost of producing The Action Janssen LP, and further Ken's efforts to establish Stow House Records.

The remaining money will be donated to Ken's nurse Megan, to help contribute to the cost of nursing school. Please read Kathy's personal note below. 

Additionally, the Northeast Ohio ALS Society will be at the event to provide information on ALS and the Strikeout ALS walk at Progressive Field in September.

Other information about the people behind this campaign:

A personal note from Ken's wife, Kathy Kerstetter Janssen:

During Ken’s illness, he had care and support from many friends, family, doctors, nurses, and therapists. However, there was one person who went above and beyond normal expectations of a nursing aide. Her name is Megan Jones, and she was Ken’s home health aide for the last 6 months of his life.

Over the course of those 6 months, Megan provided a level of care for Ken that I will be eternally thankful for. She came in early, stayed late, and worked on days she was supposed to have off. No matter how bad Ken was feeling, she could always make him smile.

Megan is working full time while putting herself through nursing school and raising two young sons. Ken was constantly encouraging her to continue her education. She made the Dean’s List this year, and I know Ken would have been extremely proud of her.

When Megan finishes nursing school, wherever her path leads her, I know she will be successful because of the care I saw her give my husband. In Ken’s honor, I would like to donate funds to help her continue and finish her nursing degree.

Everything else:

Stow House Records co-founders Ryan Orvis, Matt Cassidy and Charles Druesedow would like to thank you for your support in helping us further develop the record label that we began with Ken. 

Ken was adamant that Stow House be used to promote charitable causes. We will continue to organize benefit concerts, and explore other ways of raising funds and awareness for individuals in need.

We look forward to paying tribute to our friend at the Beachland on May 30, and can’t wait to see you all there.

May 9, 2015 - Exploding Lies and Unreleased Vista Cruisers Song!

Hello Supporters!

We have some exciting updates to share with you.

Check out the campaign page for an exclusive preview of "Die Like a Dog" by The Vista Cruisers! This is one of the previously unreleased songs that appears on The Action Janssen LP, featuring Ken Janssen on vocals. You can also see the cover art for the album, designed by Ron Kretsch with a front cover photo by Kristin Cassidy.

We are excited to announce that Exploding Lies have been added to the bill! (This is Antarctica unfortunately had to cancel.)

Please help share the campaign, and thanks again for your support. We look forward to seeing you on May 30th at the Beachland.

It Don't Quit!

May 29, 2015 - Devil with a Blue Dress and Pre-sale Tickets

Hello Supporters!

The show is one day away. We're excited, and hope you are too.

We still need to hit the halfway mark in order to use the money from the campaign, so please continue to spread the word.

Pre-sale tickets for the show May 30 can be purchased for $10 via the campaign page.

Check out an ultra-rare live recording of The It*Men covering "Devil with a Blue Dress On," with Ken Janssen taking care of business on vocals here.

Thanks again for all your support, and as always:

It Don't Quit!

May 24, 2015 - A New Song by The IT*Men!

Hello Supporters!

The third single from The Action Janssen LP is a new song by The It*Men, featuring Fred Gunn from Hiram-Maxim on vocals.

Ken Janssen was working with the band on two new songs, but unfortunately became too ill to record the final vocals. Fred stepped up to the plate with a performance that channels Ken's spirit (and his growl).

Check out the campaign page for an exclusive preview of "Givin IT 2 U:"

We have nine days left...thank you for your support, and thank you for helping to spread the word!

It Don't Quit!

May 17, 2015 - The Hot Rails - Dealbreaker

Hello Supporters!

The second single from The Action Janssen LP is an early version of “Dealbreaker” by The Hot Rails. You can hear the track now on the campaign page:

May 30th is just two weeks away. We have raised over $2,000 so far, which is amazing. Thank you all for your support! Please continue to help share the campaign and spread the word.

See you at the show...

It Don't Quit!