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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
After I popped Mudbone’s Rivers & Roads, Part One in my CD player (yes, I still play those shiny discs), I spent some time trying to figure it out. Is it blues? Is it country? Folk? It’s all of the above, plus bits of gospel and bluegrass. Basically, it’s “American music” – a description that… Read More
After lying dormant for 30 years, a historic Marietta theatre is back, and if recent shows are any indication, its staff has hit the ground running. Hot on the heels of a well-received performance by comedian Paula Poundstone, the recently renovated Peoples Bank Theater will welcome Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea for an “Acoustic Living… Read More
The Athens community and art aficionados around the world were saddened to hear of the passing of David Hostetler, 88, early this morning. Hostetler’s work was the subject of a 2008 documentary, The Last Dance, directed by Casey Hayward and produced by Keith Newman. In 2011, the film won four Emmys at the 47th annual… Read More
From its humble beginnings as a rooftop party at the Parking Garage to its current status as a multi-venue end-of-summer blowout, the Athens Community Music Festival (ACMF) has become one of the county’s must-attend events. The annual celebration of local music returns this Saturday, featuring nearly 30 acts at Jackie O’s (both sides), Casa Cantina,… Read More
Rolling Stones fans are invited to get their ya-ya’s out–and raise funds for a good cause–this Saturday at Jackie O’s. The 5th annual “Keithfest” gets underway at 8 p.m., featuring a who’s-who of the local music scene covering Stones favorites and paying tribute to the late Bryan Keith Winland, an Athens native and brother to… Read More
Ohio University’s Performing Arts Series is set to kick off its 2015-16 concert series with rock band Third Eye Blind, Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Since 1997, Third Eye Blind has recorded four albums and assembled a “best of” collection. Dopamine, their first studio collection in six years, was… Read More
Marietta will welcome some of the world’s top powerboat racers this weekend for the annual Riverfront Roar, kicking off Friday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon. Held the second weekend in July, the free event features superleague powerboat racing and live music, plus attendees can check out the boats up-close and meet the drivers and… Read More
The Athens Municipal Arts Commission is ready to give the green light to some aspiring local artists. The “Athens Art Outside the Box” project is seeking up to 10 designs to be applied onto vinyl wraps, which will cover traffic control boxes throughout Athens. Think of it as putting “the graphic at the traffic.” The… Read More
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
Boogie on the Bricks, Athens’ free community music and arts festival, returns this Saturday to Court Street, featuring more than dozen local, regional and national bands, artist vendors, a beer garden and more. It’s also an opportunity for thousands of people to let their hair down and enjoy an event that’s uniquely Athens, according to… Read More
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
This weekend, thousands of people will converge on the little town of Nelsonville, Ohio, for one of the nation's best music festivals. This year's Nelsonville Music Festival boasts one of the best lineups yet, with headliners Wilco, John Prine, Cat Power and Gogol Bordello joining over 50 other acts on three stages.
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
Festival season is well underway in Athens County, with big bashes and street soirees taking place every weekend. But of all of the famous (and infamous) fests in our neck of the woods, there’s only one that swings: The Athens Jazz Festival. The annual music fest returns this Friday through Sunday, kicking off at ARTS/West… Read More
The life–or lives–of an infamous Ohio man may be coming to a screen near you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to portray Billy Milligan, the first person to use multiple personality disorder as a legal defense. The film, titled The Crowded Room, is based on Daniel Keyes’ award-winning 1981… Read More
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
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
Not everyone gets to celebrate their birthday with a bluegrass blowout at Casa Nueva. Then again, Adyn Bucher isn’t your average Athens girl. This Friday, Casa Nueva and Cantina will host the Adyn’s Dream String Band and Birthday Benefit Show and 10 (soon to be 11)-year-old Adyn will be front and center. The Jakob’s Ferry… Read More
"Rise of the Phoenix," the latest in a series of benefits to aid fire-damaged businesses on West Union Street in Athens, is scheduled for Dec. 18, featuring 20 local acts at four uptown venues.
WOUB talked with organizer Hil Hackworth, who set up the event to assist The Union Bar & Grill's rebuilding efforts.
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.
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
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.
Organizers of the Uptown for the Holidays Gingerbread Competition are gearing up for another impressive contest, with entries to be displayed at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum and in Court Street storefronts beginning Dec. 2. “We are pleased that we have more entries this year, so it has grown,” said Jan Hodson, who… Read More
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.