Jonathan Edwards, McGuffey Lane To Perform Benefit Concert

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Connect Ohio, a technology organization dedicated to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Ohioans, will present Jonathan Edwards, McGuffey Lane and Grassinine in concert, Saturday, Oct. 12 at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville.

The performers, who all have ties to the Appalachian region, are teaming up to host a benefit concert to support the Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative (CABI) Fund. All proceeds benefit the Fund to provide computers and technology training for Appalachian Ohio households in need.

Edwards, a mainstay on the folk and Americana scenes, is on the verge of his fifth decade in the music business, having opened for acts such as The Allman Brothers Band and B. B. King. While studying art at Ohio University, he became a fixture at local clubs, playing in a variety of rock, folk, and blues bands.

Edwards' early hits include "Athens County," and "Sunshine," which was featured in the 2006 film Anchorman. These days Edwards is likely to be found on the road with his longtime accompanist Stuart Schulman on bass, piano, fiddle and vocals, and Taylor Armerding, formerly of Northern Lights, on mandolin and high-tenor vocals.

McGuffey Lane, a country-rock band from Columbus, Ohio, was formed in 1972 by Terry Efaw and Steve Reis. After adding vocalist and guitarist Bobby Gene McNelly, the band took its name after the location of Reis’ Athens, Ohio home.

McGuffey Lane released four albums in the early 1980s. In 2010 the band released its latest CD, 10, with its single "Bartender" reaching #50 on the national country charts.

Grassinine is a "mountain-rock" band, performing equal parts rock, blues and bluegrass. The group, which formed after a neighborhood jam session, includes such instruments as banjo, washboard, spoons and a stringed "gut-bucket," in addition to more traditional instruments.

The mission of CABI is to bring Appalachian Ohio within state and national standards in broadband adoption by 2014. Connect Ohio’s research reveals only 53% of Appalachian Ohio residents have broadband service in their home, significantly less than the state average of 71%.

Saturday's show time is 6 p.m. For tickets, visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org.