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Fri, Apr 24, 2015 10:32 am

“Think outside the box” always has been the cliché used to inspire creativity. Two Ohio University music students, however, decided to throw away both the expression and the box itself.

Tired of the limitations of conventional instruments, Turner Matthews and Jake Schlaerth began creating their own, composing pieces for them and performing.

Following a warm reception at last year’s Ohio University Student Expo, the two returned to the 2015 event with three novel instruments: a motor controlled harp, propane-tank drums and an interactive ceramic tile instrument.

Fri, Apr 24, 2015 3:51 pm

You can’t always get what you want, but one Ohio University choir has scored the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Ohio University Singers, an elite choral group within the School of Music, will perform on stage with The Rolling Stones when the band visits Ohio Stadium on May 30. (VIDEO)

Fri, Apr 24, 2015 10:48 am

Celebrate New Concord, a summer entertainment series marking its 15th season, has announced its schedule of performances for 2015. 

Tue, Apr 21, 2015 8:25 am

The Muskingum Jazz Group will perform on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel on the campus of Muskingum University. 

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. 

Also featured will be vocalist Abby Guss and percussionist Kurt Wolfe.

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

Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:43 pm

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, featuring an all-star faculty band, high school and college student jazz ensembles and special guests James Moore and Jeff Bush.

Wed, Apr 15, 2015 3:31 pm

Sam Hunt will headline the first Country Night Lights festival on Sept. 26 in Athens, according to Billboard magazine.

The one-day event is promoted by Prime Social Group — which is also responsible for Breakaway Music Festival, Number Fest and Haunted Fest, among others — marking its first country college music festival.

It will be held at the The Venue on Route 56, the same site as the college-music Number Fest, which kicks off Saturday.

The lineup will include more than six acts aside from Hunt, but no other names have been announced yet.

Wed, Apr 15, 2015 1:10 pm

Aquabear Legion, Athens, Ohio's music and arts collective, will present an evening of music this Friday, April 17 at Donkey Coffee.

Oxford, Mississippi’s Andrew Bryant (of Water Liars) will perform songs from his new album, This is the Life. Bryant will be joined by Chicago’s The Gunshy and Athens' own Mike Elliott.

Bryant, who has been making music since he was a child, has released several critically acclaimed albums, both solo and with his band Water Liars, and toured extensively with The Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, The Felice Brothers and Mountain Goats.

Sun, Apr 12, 2015 3:53 pm

The Scripps College of Communication and The School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University will host Jim Eno, drummer and producer for the critically acclaimed band Spoon, on Tuesday, April 14 in Glidden Music Hall.

Eno will visit Ohio University as a part of the Scripps Visiting Artist Series for an onstage and live-streaming interview about his career and the nearly two-decade success of his band Spoon, a band he helped co-found in the mid-'90s. The event is free and open to the public.