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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.

Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:11 am

Aquabear Legion’s dedication to spreading the Ohio music gospel continues this weekend as the Aquabear County Fair returns for an eighth year.

The event, which features 15 acts from Athens and around the state, takes place this Friday and Saturday at The Union Bar & Grill, with a Saturday afternoon in-store show at Haffa's Records.

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 2:49 pm

Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites at the 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival (photo: Jasmine Beaubien/WOUB)

Stuart’s Opera House continues its Free Summer Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 29 with Akron soulsters Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites.

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 1:33 pm

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Dust off those cowboy boots and shine up that buckle: Casa Cantina is going country this weekend.