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Mon, Mar 3, 2014 1:55 pm

Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville will present an evening of banjo music from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m.

The two musicians have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet, with performances embracing a surprising diversity coming from just two banjos and one voice.

Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner who has collaborated with Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, Earl Scruggs and the Cleveland Orchestra, may be the most prominent banjo player in the world.

Fri, Feb 28, 2014 10:20 am

The streets of Athens might be quiet during OU's spring break, but it will be a different story upstairs at 18 West Union Street.

On Tuesday, March 4, The Union will present an evening of live music with up-and-coming indie act Water Liars, supported by some of Athens' best talent.

Fresh from the release of their self-titled third LP on Fat Possum's Big Legal Mess label, Mississippi's Water Liars will be joined by local acts Supernobody, Adam Remnant and Dead Winds of Summer.

Fri, Feb 28, 2014 8:23 am

A musical fund-raising endeavor in Chillicothe is extending its impact in a manner that strikes a chord with area youth by utilizing higher education to open doors for prospective students.

The Rock for Tots, Inc. OU-C Scholarship Endowment, housed within The Ohio University Foundation, will provide financial support for an incoming Ohio University-Chillicothe freshman students from the region who demonstrate financial need and academic aptitude. 

Tue, Feb 25, 2014 10:07 am

The Ohio University School of Music's Chamber Orchestra will be embarking on a special East Coast tour to take place during OU’s spring break, March 1-4, kicking off with a Feb. 27 performance in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Mon, Feb 24, 2014 12:21 pm

It may have been a sleepy Sunday night for some folks in Athens County, but the audience at Stuart’s Opera House was wide awake.

"This is going to be kinda loud," announced Peter Buck, whose fuzzed-out garage rock paved the way for Americana legend Alejandro Escovedo, who joined Buck's band for a spirited set of original classics and between-song stories.

Fri, Feb 21, 2014 11:36 am

Frank McDermott had no intention of owning a music store when he came to Athens, but has owned Blue Eagle Music on Court Street since 2006.

"Initially I taught guitar and worked at Blue Eagle. When the opportunity to purchase the shop came up in 2006, I bought it," McDermott recalled. "I never did have any interest in, or intention to own, a music store, but sometimes life throws you a bone."

When he came to Athens in 1995 from West Chester, Pa., his goal was to buy a chunk of land and perhaps an old farmhouse and live back in the woods.

Fri, Feb 21, 2014 8:50 am

The Muskingum University Department of Music will host a performance by the Muskingum Jazz Group on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel, located on campus. 

Selections for the performance will include classic ballads, swing, Latin-American jazz, bebop and blues.

Led by trumpeter Don Kason, the group's members include Len Thomas, piano; Dave Jacobs, bass; Kenny Joseph, electric guitar; Bill Armstrong, drums; and Steve Johnson, saxophone.  

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 10:47 am

This Sunday, Americana troubadour Alejandro Escovedo will perform with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck at Stuart's Opera House. Longtime fan Joan Butcher looks back at Escovedo's career, plus Mark Hellenberg talks with the acclaimed singer-songwriter via phone.

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