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Fri, Feb 21, 2014 11:36 am

Frank McDermott had no intention of owning a music store when he came to Athens, but has owned Blue Eagle Music on Court Street since 2006.

"Initially I taught guitar and worked at Blue Eagle. When the opportunity to purchase the shop came up in 2006, I bought it," McDermott recalled. "I never did have any interest in, or intention to own, a music store, but sometimes life throws you a bone."

When he came to Athens in 1995 from West Chester, Pa., his goal was to buy a chunk of land and perhaps an old farmhouse and live back in the woods.

Fri, Feb 21, 2014 8:50 am

The Muskingum University Department of Music will host a performance by the Muskingum Jazz Group on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel, located on campus. 

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

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.  

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 10:47 am

This Sunday, Americana troubadour Alejandro Escovedo will perform with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck at Stuart's Opera House. Longtime fan Joan Butcher looks back at Escovedo's career, plus Mark Hellenberg talks with the acclaimed singer-songwriter via phone.

Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:19 pm

The multi-day music festival Hoopla in the Hills slated for next month will be changing locations from Poston Lake in Stewart to The Venue on Route 56 in Athens. The relocation announcement was made Friday.

The Hoopla in the Hills Music and Arts Festival will be held March 27-30 at The Venue, the location that has housed Number Fest in recent years.

Thu, Feb 13, 2014 2:28 pm

ARTS/West will welcome classical sitarist J.J. Gregg for a concert on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., with a question-and-answer session to follow.

Born in central Illinois, Gregg began his musical training with the piano at age eight, followed by French horn and piano in school jazz bands and orchestras, and years of writing and performing with his experimental rock band. 

Tue, Feb 11, 2014 2:12 pm

The Ohio University School of Music will present a concert by the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

This concert will feature Ohio University School of Music faculty members Sean Parsons (piano) and Roger Braun (drums), along with guest artist Steven Heffner (bass) on an arrangement of The Beatles' "Blackbird." This arrangement for jazz trio was created by pianist Shelly Berg, dean of the College of Music at the University of Miami.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014 12:05 pm

Alternative rock legends Dinosaur Jr. and up-and-coming Americana star Jason Isbell are among the latest acts to be added to this year's Nelsonville Music Festival, scheduled for May 29-June 1 at Hocking College.

The festival, now in its 10th year, will feature more than 40 national, regional and local bands on multiple stages, along with camping, art vendors, children's activites and more.

Dinosaur Jr. and Isbell join an already impressive lineup that includes The Avett Brothers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Pokey LaFarge and Shakey Graves.

Fri, Jan 31, 2014 2:02 pm

Rock singers aren't known for their stability.

But stability is exactly what Christopher Vincent, 27, has found through his band Qiet.

The ensemble, once large enough to field a football team, is smaller than ever but is gaining big attention.

Fans delight in Qiet's strange blend of gypsy music, rock, jazz and punk. They are playing shows all over the East Coast, their upcoming album Pet Driftwood is getting good reviews and they were recently featured on West Virginia Public Radio's Ecclectopia.

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