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Tue, Feb 11, 2014 2:12 pm

The Ohio University School of Music will present a concert by the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

This concert will feature Ohio University School of Music faculty members Sean Parsons (piano) and Roger Braun (drums), along with guest artist Steven Heffner (bass) on an arrangement of The Beatles' "Blackbird." This arrangement for jazz trio was created by pianist Shelly Berg, dean of the College of Music at the University of Miami.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014 12:05 pm

Alternative rock legends Dinosaur Jr. and up-and-coming Americana star Jason Isbell are among the latest acts to be added to this year's Nelsonville Music Festival, scheduled for May 29-June 1 at Hocking College.

The festival, now in its 10th year, will feature more than 40 national, regional and local bands on multiple stages, along with camping, art vendors, children's activites and more.

Dinosaur Jr. and Isbell join an already impressive lineup that includes The Avett Brothers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Pokey LaFarge and Shakey Graves.

Fri, Jan 31, 2014 2:02 pm

Rock singers aren't known for their stability.

But stability is exactly what Christopher Vincent, 27, has found through his band Qiet.

The ensemble, once large enough to field a football team, is smaller than ever but is gaining big attention.

Fans delight in Qiet's strange blend of gypsy music, rock, jazz and punk. They are playing shows all over the East Coast, their upcoming album Pet Driftwood is getting good reviews and they were recently featured on West Virginia Public Radio's Ecclectopia.

Tue, Jan 28, 2014 4:26 am

World-renowned folk musician John Gorka returns to Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Called "the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement" by Rolling Stone magazine, Gorka's songs have been covered by many well-known artists, including Nancy Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Mon, Jan 20, 2014 12:39 pm

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings released their long-delayed fifth album on Jan. 14. Give the People What They Want was set for an August 2013 release date but ended up being postponed when Jones was diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer.

Now Jones is back with a vengeance, promoting the upcoming global tour and the new album, which, according to WOUB's Mark Hellenberg, is another winner from the Brooklyn soulsters.

Fri, Jan 17, 2014 4:25 pm

For decades, Athens, Ohio, has been a hotspot for live music. But to limit the Athens music scene to just performance-based acts would be a mistake. For years, DJ culture has co-existed alongside local live bands, drawing huge crowds and providing an outlet for fans of electronic music.

WOUB's Bryan Gibson caught up with Dave Rave's Brandon Thompson and Dave Alexander to learn more about the Athens DJ/dance scene and how they became one of the most popular acts in town.

Wed, Jan 15, 2014 4:50 pm

Live music fans, record collectors and film buffs will all have something to celebrate this Saturday at Stuart's Opera House.

The Nelsonville concert and arts venue is hosting a full day of music-related activities, including a set by "psychedelic Appalachian" guitarist Daniel Bachman, a screening of the documentary In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey and the ever-popular Record Sale and Swap in the lobby.

Thu, Jan 9, 2014 10:26 am

Stuart’s Opera House is expanding its newly created after-school music program and is accepting applications from students between the ages of 13 and 18 interested in joining, but the deadline is fast approaching.

The new session starts on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15.

The opera house launched the program in the fall with the goal of creating a space where teens could gain confidence, build skills through music and receive hands-on instruction — all for free.