Nashville, TN’s Los Colognes are headed to perform this Friday on Nelsonville’s Public Square during the Final Friday celebration in Nelsonville. (Submitted)

Stuart’s Continues Free Concert Series With Los Colognes This Friday

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Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio continues their FREE Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. with Nashville’s Los Colognes.

Nashville, Tennessee’s Los Colognes released their second full-length, Dos, in September 2015, the album follows their critically acclaimed 2013 debut, Working Together.

The band dates back some 15 years, to Chicago, where Mortenson, Rutherford, and bassist Gordon Persha began playing both together (and apart) in a series of “church bands, punk bands, high school bands, and any other kind of band,” learning the language of playing music with other people from a young age. Mortenson and Rutherford eventually departed from Chicago to Nashville, in search of an atmosphere that supported spontaneous music creation, where oppressive weather and overpopulation wouldn’t make it difficult to get musicians in the same room on a regular basis.

The band’s history of playing in rotating bands proved useful as a number of Nashville singer-songwriters needed temporary backing bands for local gigs and tours, making Los Colognes “working musicians,” having graced the stag with the likes of Caitlin Rose, Nikki Lane, Kevin Gordon, Johnny Fritz and RayLand Baxter. With Dos, the band doesn’t shift gears away from the Cale and Prine songwriting they have idolized, but, rather, try to refine their skills, develop their sound, and further incorporate influences that include the live incarnation of the Grateful Dead. Still, the album does sound refreshing, and part of that is the retro sound and unabashed display of music that scoffs at ideas of trends or hipness.

Instead, Los Colognes make music for the barrooms, for dusty music halls, and for the road.

The event is free and takes place right on Nelsonville’s Square! On the last Friday of each month from June through September, Stuart’s hosts FREE music out on Nelsonville’s historic Public Square complete with a beer garden. This event takes place during Nelsonville’s Final Fridays on the Square so be sure to come early and check out all the great art openings and more around the square starting at 5:30 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. More information is available at (740) 753-1924 or online at