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Pomeroy’s annual Rhythm on the River concert series returns this Friday with Detroit soul band Laura Rain and The Caesars. This year’s free weekly series, which takes place at the Riverside Amphitheater, is featuring a mix of blues, soul and Americana from national and local acts. WOUB’s Mark Hellenberg caught up with Jackie Welker, Rhythm… Read More
Solas, the premier traditional Irish-American band, has been touring this country for nearly two decades. This month, the group will make a stop at The Adelphia Music Hall, located in Marietta. Multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, who had won the prestigious All–Ireland competition on four different instruments before he was 20 years old, founded the band in… Read More
International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Grammy Award-winner Tim O’Brien returns to the stage of The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 13. The prolific multi-instrumentalist has more than a dozen solo albums, several duo releases with singer-songwriter Darrell Scott and a half-dozen with his bluegrass outfit Hot Rize, a band that… Read More
This completes our series of year-end blog posts by WOUB staff, volunteers and contributors. Check out all of this year’s lists at this link. 2014 was another interesting year in music. This entry is the final submission to our annual series and I must say, I truly enjoyed reading my colleagues choices as well as… Read More
Several times a year, Stuart’s Opera House teams up with Ohio University’s Performing Arts Series, African Studies Program and Arts for Ohio to present performances by outstanding African artists. This Thursday, Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, the son of acclaimed afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, will perform at Stuart's with his late father’s band, Egypt 80.
July is a busy month for Los Angeles-based world music group Fishtank Ensemble. After playing several dates in the Midwest, the band travels to our region this Thursday for a show at the Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta.
Listen to a live performance and interview, recorded in the WOUB studios.
Australian guitar virtuoso Geoff Achison is no stranger to Southeast Ohio, having been invited to teach and perform at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch every year since 1998.
This week, Achison returns to the region for two performances: a solo show in Jackson on Thursday, and group performance at Uncle Buck's in New Marshfield. WOUB's Mark Hellenberg talks with the award-winning guitarist.
Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville presents two very different musical performances this week: Americana string band The Steel Wheels on Thursday, April 3 and Saharan blues band Tinariwen on Friday, April 4.
WOUB's Mark Hellenberg has a preview.
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings released their long-delayed fifth album on Jan. 14. Give the People What They Want was set for an August 2013 release date but ended up being postponed when Jones was diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer.
Now Jones is back with a vengeance, promoting the upcoming global tour and the new album, which, according to WOUB's Mark Hellenberg, is another winner from the Brooklyn soulsters.
WOUB Music Director and Crossing Boundaries host Mark Hellenberg shares his top music picks of 2013, including albums by The Wood Brothers, Bombino, Valerie June and Laura Marling.
The Southeast Ohio Dulcimer Festival returns to the Federal Valley Resource Center in Stewart, Ohio, Oct. 18-20, featuring workshops and performances by recording artist Esther Golton (pictured left) and festival founder and dulcimer-builder Jerry Rockwell.
On Sept. 18, 2013, WOUB Music Director Mark Hellenberg set out for Nashville, Tenn., home of the annual Americana Music Festival. Over the course of four days, he took in numerous performances and industry panel discussions, squeezed his way into over-capacity clubs and dodged thousands of pre-teen Taylor Swift fans (and their mothers). Here is… Read More
Stuart's Opera House continues its Free Summer Concert Series this Friday with a show from noted singer-songwriter and blues revivalist Corey Harris. Harris is a musician whose projects link music of the African diaspora, from American blues to reggae to West African roots.
This Saturday, The Union Bar & Grill will host modern-day Americana legends The Handsome Family with special guest Danny Barnes. While both acts have performed in Athens on separate occasions, this pairing promises to be one of the best local shows of the summer.
Ohio native Patrick Sweany has been performing his brand of roots/blues/rock music since the 1990s, with shows throughout the U.S. and several critically acclaimed albums under his belt. This Friday, he returns to Marietta's Adelphia Music Hall. WOUB's Mark Hellenberg talked with Sweany about the show and his new album, Close to the Ground.
Over the past few years, there have been a number of 30-something artists emerging into solo careers after the breakup of the successful string bands of their youth. The Watson siblings and Chris Thiele from Nickel Creek come to mind, as do Mike and Ruthy from the Mammals, and most recently, Aoife O'Donovan from Crooked… Read More
Texas-born, Columbus-based singer-guitarist Hadden Sayers recently stopped by WOUB to perform a few songs and chat with Crossing Boundaries host Mark Hellenberg.
Sayers' latest album, Rolling Soul, is a mix of blues, R&B, roots rock and Memphis soul, à la Al Green.
Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen returns to the Ohio Valley in early May for a series of concerts with Parkersburg’s own Todd Burge. WOUB's Mark Hellenberg talks with Burge about the duo's upcoming shows.
Stuart's Opera House will host a high-energy evening of Latin music on Tuesday, April 16 with Nelsonville Fest veterans Bomba Estereo (pictured) and Grammy Award-winners Grupo Fantasma. A limited number of free tickets are available to Ohio University students and Nelsonville Music Festival ticket holders.
Wayne "The Train" Hancock, the king of juke-joint swing, will perform at Marietta's Adelphia Music Hall this Thursday. WOUB's Mark Hellenberg has a preview.
Singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell's new album Child Ballads, a collection of traditional songs from the Anglo-American folk tradition, is a collaboration with her friend Jefferson Hamer.
However, these aren't children's songs. In fact, most of these dark tales would send a child into therapy for a lifetime.
In his four-and-a-half decade-long career, Richard Thompson has never rested on his laurels.
Like Neil Young, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen or Bonnie Raitt, Thompson's output continues to stand comfortably alongside the hundreds of songs in his catalog, and most importantly, he continues to look forward and take chances.
Portland, Oregon's Vagabond Opera will roll into Marietta's Adelphia Music Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 5, performing a lively mix of Balkan music, Klezmer and Parisian hot club jazz.
Mark Hellenberg talked with the group's leader, Eric Stern, about the ensemble's unique approach to music. (AUDIO)
How does an indie-rock band stay together for 30 years?
Much of the lyric content on Yo La Tengo's 13th release, Fade, deals with growing older and keeping things together through the passage of time.