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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.

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:30 pm

Blackoutfest, The Union's annual underground rock bash, returns this weekend, featuring three nights of national, regional and local bands.

Now in its 19th year, Blackoutfest is one of Athens County's oldest festivals. It's also become a very special occasion for many music fans, most of all to Scott Winland, who has organized the event since its inception.

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 1:46 pm

The Ohio University School of Music will welcome visiting guest artist pianist Orli Shaham for residency from April 16-18, including a concert on Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glidden Recital Hall. The show is free and open to the public.

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:30 am

Stuart’s Opera House will welcome singer-songwriter Caroline Smith, along with Athens musician Adam Remnant, for a special "backstage" show on Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

Known for merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith's music has taken a turn on her latest album, Half About Being a Woman, a record "about self-acceptance, growing into yourself and going back to the roots of 'feel-good' music," according to a press release.

Thu, Apr 10, 2014 2:33 am

Ohio University Zanesville will be featuring the Rusty Knights Big Band for April’s Third Thursday Event – which has been moved to Monday, April 14, at 8 p.m.

The free concert will feature numbers by the Zanesville High School Blue Knights and the Rusty Knights.

The Rusty Knights Big Band was created to keep alive the tradition of Big Band Jazz in the Zanesville and Southeastern Ohio area and to give area musicians a venue to play traditional Big Band music.

Wed, Apr 9, 2014 4:17 pm

The Athens Jazz Festival returns this weekend, featuring a mix of educational clinics, free public concerts and an appearance by one of the world-renowned jazz drummer Carl Allen. Allen will perform with OU students and faculty during the fest, which runs Friday through Sunday at ARTS/West, Ohio University and Jackie O's.

Sun, Apr 6, 2014 7:26 am

Tuareg blues band Tinariwen returned to Stuart's Opera House on April 4 for a rousing concert that turned into a dance party, with several audience members making good use of the theater's orchestra pit.

We hope you enjoy these photos by WOUB student Brooke Herbert Hayes.