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Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:25 am

Brooklyn's Shilpa Ray brings her unique blend of blues and punk to The Union this Saturday, along with fellow New Yorkers She Keeps Bees as the opening act.

If Ray's past Union shows are any indication, this should be a night to remember.

Indeed, the event's Facebook page reads: "Shilpa Ray is a wailing, fire-breathing cyclops. She tornadoes everything in her path: small towns, big cities and children's dreams."

If that doesn't inspire local music fans to come uptown, not much else will.

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm

The Ohio University Concert Series has announced the addition of Ingrid Michaelson with special guest Rogue Valley on Thursday, Nov. 13 in OU's Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. 

Over the past two years, Ingrid Michaelson--who released her sixth studio album, Lights Out, in April--has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to a bona-fide pop star.

Her 2012 release, Human Again, debuted at #5 on the Billboard album chart (plus the #1 slot on iTunes).

Mon, Sep 15, 2014 5:51 pm

Stuart's Opera House will welcome two rising singer-songwriters this week when Sean Rowe and Catherine MacLellan perform special backstage shows on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 18, respectively.

Tickets are still available for the performances, in which the audience sits on stage with the artists. Visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org for details.

Fri, Sep 12, 2014 12:43 pm

In Africa, there is no word for traditional music in any language. The African tradition of music is ancient, rich and diverse—it's a way of life.

"In the western world, we isolate conceptually what we call music. For example, dancing, drumming, or singing. But in Africa, we bring all those categories together. We have to eat everything in the bowl to enjoy the salad," said Paschal Younge, an Ohio University professor of music education.

Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:31 am

Afrobeat met Appalachia last night when Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 performed for a packed house at Stuart's Opera House.

Seun, son of the legendary Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, led his father's former band through a set that incorporated jazz, funk and blues to create his own unique blend of afrobeat.

Thu, Sep 11, 2014 9:45 am

Haffa's Records transformed into a concert venue on Saturday, Sept. 6 when Aquabear Legion moved its 8th annual County Fair activities across West Union Street for the afternoon.

The two-day event, mostly held at The Union Bar & Grill in Athens, featured more than a dozen acts from around Ohio.

Saturday afternoon's show included Athens musicians Chris Biester and Adam Remnant, along with Joe Anderl of Dayton band The 1984 Draft.

Wed, Sep 10, 2014 1:29 pm

Motel Beds (photo provided)

While it's tempting to say "you snooze, you lose" when referring to Motel Beds, the truth is you'll be kicking yourself if you miss this Friday's show at Central Venue.

Wed, Sep 10, 2014 3:46 pm

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.