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Meat Loaf tribute band to play benefit show Aug. 19 in downtown Barberton

Westside Steve Simmons and Kearsten Kopf recreate Meat Loaf’s greatest hits with Paradise.


Gazette Staff Writer

A block of Tuscarawas Avenue will close Aug. 19 and fill with Jim Steinman’s 1970s operatic crescendos as Paradise takes the stage to Rock Cancer.

Paradise is The Easy Street Band’s latest tribute project, bringing to life the music and stage presence of Meat Loaf. Paradise is made up of members of the
longstanding and popular Easy Street Band, itself tracing roots back to a Norton High School garage band called The Rats.

Paradise/Easy Street bass player Bob Martin, the group’s purple-clad token Barbertonian, said the tribute grew out of vocalists Westside Steve Simmons and Kearsten Kopf’s popular Meat
Loaf covers with Easy Street.

“They do Meat Loaf well,” Martin said. “And it’s fun to play, a real challenge.”

This will be the fourth benefit show under the auspices of the 4-Leaf Clover Foundation, founded in 2015 by Ed Sutters, former operator of The Tangier in Akron. The organization helps
support patients and families dealing with cancer; Sutters lost two of his sisters to forms of the disease, prompting him to found the organization.

“They’re the real thing,” Martin said. “Just recently they helped a man with leukemia pay for car repairs.”

Martin and his bandmates played the first Rock Cancer event July 3, 2019 in the middle of West Tuscarawas Avenue in downtown Barberton.
The difference this year will be the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area designated last year.

“This will be the first real test of the DORA,” Martin said.

Paradise is bringing special guests The Woovs that night and the show starts at 7 p.m. at the intersection of West Tuscarawas Avenue and Third Street Northwest.


  1. Robert Martrin on August 7, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for the article! We appreciate it!

  2. Kat on October 30, 2023 at 12:40 am

    Please have someone live stream on you tube Fri night or Saturday night at easy st reunion for fans who can’t attend thanks

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