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From Athens to Adelaide: a Talk With Sxip Shirey

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Composer/producer Sxip Shirey is a busy man. Although his latest album, A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees, was just released, he’s already started work on its follow-up. That is, when he’s not working on yet another project — The Gauntlet: Fredrickstad, a piece to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Norwegian city. Shirey composed… Read More

Aethelred Eldridge Mural restoration

Beloved OU Mural Gets a Facelift

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A much-loved Ohio University landmark is receiving a little TLC this summer. Two OU printmaking students, Amanda Morris and Barry O’Keefe, have restored The Aethelred Eldridge Mural, located outside Seigfred Hall. “You always worry when somebody else besides the artist is touching up or putting new paint on an original artwork,” said School of Art… Read More

Pokey LaFarge at Gladden House, 2014

2015 NMF Gladden House Schedule Announced

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A partial list of the Nelsonville Music Festival’s Gladden House Sessions was announced today, with several acts to be confirmed during the festival, scheduled for May 28-31 at Hocking College. “We’ll have more announcements throughout the weekend, so people should keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, woub.org and on-site postings for updates,” said Josh Antonuccio,… Read More

Josh Antonuccio and Valerie June

Gladden House Sessions Returning to NMF

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The Gladden House Sessions, a video series produced by WOUB and Ohio University’s School of Media Arts & Studies, is returning to the Nelsonville Music Festival. Launched during last year’s fest, the series features artist interviews and stripped-down acoustic performances on the porch of the historic Gladden House, located near the back of the festival… Read More

The cast of "It Gets Better" (photo provided)

“It Gets Better” Tour Visits Athens For Performance, Local Outreach

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The It Gets Better Tour has set up shop at Ohio University this week, connecting with college and high school students and fostering conversations with community leaders and educators. And don’t forget tonight’s acclaimed stage show, featuring members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium…. Read More

No BS! Brass Band

Critically Acclaimed Brass Band Returns To Nelsonville This Weekend

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Following a well-received set at the 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival, the Richmond, Virginia-based No BS! Brass Band is returning this weekend for a backstage dance party at Stuart’s Opera House. The 10-piece group specializes in New Orleans-inspired, horn-driven dance music, with touches of rock, jazz and, according to a press release, “a kung fu sound.”… Read More

John Lennon

Jackie O’s, Casa To Host 14th Annual Lennonfest

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Many wondered what would happen with Athens' annual Lennonfest after the Nov. 16 fire that destroyed The Union Bar & Grill's upstairs room and several other businesses along West Union Street, including Jackie O's Public House.

Eric Leighton, who founded Lennonfest 14 years ago, wants to assure everyone that a splendid time is still guaranteed for all. Casa Cantina agreed to co-host this Saturday's event and Jackie O's Public House, which recently re-opened, is ready to rock once again with dozens of local musicians performing Beatles classics.

PHOTOS: Stuart’s Opera House Winter Fundraiser

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Many of Athens County’s most talented performers entertained a receptive audience last night during the Stuart’s Opera House Winter Fundraiser. The annual concert featured classic songs, holiday favorites and comedy skits performed by Alex Couladis, Sharell Arocho, Andy Stone and Bill L’Heureux, Cecilia Rinaldi, Angela Blair, Giles Lee, Celeste Parsons and the Legends Band. In… Read More

Local Group Partners With Wayne National Forest To Promote Arts

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Representatives of the Athens Area Citizens for the Arts and the Wayne National Forest gathered Tuesday for a signing of a partnership agreement to contribute to a "culture of health."

The purpose of the gathering was to demonstrate the importance and value of the arts in rural economic diversification and cultural resource conservation in forest and/or natural resource-dependent areas.

Upstairs at The Union

More Than Just A Bar: Performers, Patrons Reflect On The Union

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The Athens music community was rocked by Sunday's news that a section of West Union Street was consumed by fire, impacting longtime music venues The Union Bar & Grill and Jackie O's Pub & Brewery.

While Jackie O's Brewpub plans to reopen soon, The Union's future is uncertain.

WOUB reached out to current and former Athens musicians and Union regulars to get their thoughts on Sunday's fire and one of the region's most storied music venues.