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Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:38 am

If you’re heading out of town this week toward McArthur, you may want to stop in and check out the 30th anniversary of the Wild Turkey Festival, which looks to be the most exciting yet.

This year’s festivities will feature multiple nationally known music artists and all the traditions residents have come to love.

The festival opens Thursday, May 1 and carries on until Sunday, with featured entertainment each night and a schedule full of community events, rides and food.

Tue, Apr 29, 2014 4:31 pm

Stuart’s Opera House will welcome Jay Farrar, founder of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, on Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

Farrar will be joined by critically acclaimed U.K. singer-songwriter Peter Bruntnell.

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 12:11 pm

No one is quite sure how long Bruce Dalzell has been managing Open Stage at Ohio University, including Bruce himself. But it’s likely that no one has done more to encourage and nurture young musicians in Athens than Dalzell. His website states he is the "patriarch of the Athens music scene," and this could not be more true.

Wed, Apr 23, 2014 4:45 pm

Bram Riddlebarger is a man with something to say. Not too surprising, considering the countless songs he's composed over the years, plus a novel, Earplugs, published last year.

This week, Riddlebarger was anxious to talk to WOUB about his band, Dead Hand of Man, and their self-titled debut EP, both of which will be found this Saturday night at Casa Cantina.

Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:53 am

Athens' Central Venue came alive Friday, April 18 with local artists and music veterans--including a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--all in aid of an important community support organization.

"Community Illumination" was part arts exhibit, curated by Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheed of Collaborative Art International, and part concert, featuring legendary singer/guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and local favorite Laura Nadeau, as well as contributions from The Gathering Place Music Ensemble and Voices of Poetry.

Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:16 am

A three-decade gig is apparently long enough for teacher and former band director Terry Robb.

Robb spent 31 years as a band director, finishing his career at Nelsonville-York City Schools after moving to town from the Toledo area with his wife, Cheryl.

It’s the music that brought him through his career, and he plans to keep up his art after retirement.

“I coordinated District 17 honor band, I’ve been an Ohio Music Education Association judge and an all-county jazz band,” Robb said. “You could say I like to promote the arts.”

Fri, Apr 18, 2014 2:02 pm

Sharell Arocho of Athens may be behind a computer screen during the day, but when she’s not at work, she has a powerful singing voice that turns heads.

It’s that strong voice that landed Arocho as a top 100 finalist on the third season of American Idol.

How long have you lived in Athens County?

I’ve lived in Athens a little over seven years. I moved here for family and a new job at the university.

What do you do for a living?

I am an IT specialist for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University.

Fri, Apr 18, 2014 1:37 pm

The Ohio University Lancaster Guitar Orchestra is about to hold its first concert. 

The guitar orchestra, a group made up different kinds of guitars, stems from Music Instructor Paul Young’s Music 1651 class, Classic Folk Guitar for Non-Majors.

"We are preparing for our concert next week," said Young. "The concert is the final project for the class."

The class is a studio class, which means it has a hands-on course design where students learn the guitar by playing it.