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If one was to combine the genderless ferocity of T. Rex’s Mark Bolan, the emotional tease and release in the vocal delivery of Love’s Arthur Lee, and the hard-boiled songwriting perfection of Smokey Robinson, one might have something close to Diane Coffee, a project made incarnate by Shaun Fleming. He is childhood friends with experimental… Read More
The best way to learn anything, for most folks, is just to do it. This is no different for the students of Hocking College’s music management program, who have spent the past several months planning and organizing a three-night live music event, known as Benefest, to gain experience in their desired field of work and… Read More
Perhaps Greg Ashley’s most recent album, Pictures of Saint Paul Street, isn’t exactly a glowing review of an existence within the reality we share — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t honest. And, after watching him perform live, solo, on the stage of the Union, it’s clear that if there is anything that Ashley is particularly… Read More
Sharon Udoh grew up playing music for God. For over 10 years her voice and piano echoed softly off church walls in a form of spiritual connection. Her hands would run through Christian melodies in methodic prayer, and with eyes closed, each note would bring her closer the Lord. Her mother, a devout Christian, would… Read More
The Lost Flamingo Company (LFC) will be presenting its 16th annual performance and screening of the 1970’s cult-classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Oct. 19 through Oct. 21 at The Union. The LFC, Ohio University’s only student-run theater company, has made Rocky Horror a routine event shown around Halloween each year. The event consists of… Read More
Fresh off of a summer chock full of shows and a dynamic performance at the Firefly Music Festival, Athens’ own CLUBHOUSE returned to The Union last night, much to the delight of new and old fans alike. Check out these photos of the performance, which was opened up by Columbus-based hip-hop act Label Me Lecter,… Read More
The incredibly young Marcus King has been playing blues music since he was a kid, largely with his father and fellow bluesman, Marvin King. It was at the age of 13 — when so many of his peers were going ga-ga over Twilight and the Jonas Brothers, that King began to find deep, spiritual solace… Read More
Thursday night will mark the opening of the 21st Blackoutfest at The Union, a longstanding tradition of bringing together a kaleidoscopic diversity of underground musical acts to Athens’ own rock ‘n’ roll bar. “It is simply a fun party that I put on each year for the Union extended family past and present, and fans… Read More
ATHENS, Ohio — This summer’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware sports headliners such as Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, and Twenty One Pilots. And for Athens’ attendees, Clubhouse. The Ohio-based indie-pop band won a chance to perform at Firefly through the Big Break Global Contest. A social media voting contest was sponsored by the festival… 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.