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Wed, Oct 1, 2014 1:00 am

Octubafest, Ohio University's month-long celebration of the tuba and euphonium, is kicking off tonight at 8 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall.

Since 1974, the annual event has become a mainstay at hundreds of universities around the world. It's marking its 16th year at Ohio University, due to the efforts of Jason Smith, OU associate professor of Tuba, who will be performing tonight.

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 4:00 am

A dozen high school marching bands from around the region will compete in the 40th annual Athens Invitational Marching Festival at Athens High School on Oct. 11.

For the past 40 years, the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Athens, the Chauncey-Dover Lions Club, and the Athens Band Boosters have sponsored the event.

In addition to the host school — Athens High School — bands from as far away as Sarahsville and Byesville in Ohio and Ellenboro, West Virginia, will compete for the awards which include best music, best general effect, best percussion and best auxiliary.

Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:44 pm

Ohio University Lancaster's Scott Minar (center) shares some tunes with OUL students (photo: OUL)

Fri, Sep 26, 2014 9:02 am

It's Parents Weekend at Ohio University, which means swarms of OU moms and dads will be looking for activities around town.

One returning alumnus is joining them--and plans to provide tonight's entertainment.

Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery is hosting Alex Vaughn with former members of his group The Big Idea, along with a special surprise guest.

Virtuoso pianist David Lessing, from the platinum-selling, internationally acclaimed group Blessid Union of Souls, will take the stage alongside Vaughn to showcase his skills on the ivories. Tonight's show kicks off at 10 p.m.

Thu, Sep 25, 2014 10:27 am

Stuart’s Opera House wraps up this year's Free Summer Concert Series this Friday at 7 p.m. with a performance from Portland, Oregon band Quiet Life.

In addition, Stuart's will host opening night for the poetry exhibit Water Visions: Close Writings in the 1879 Gallery.

Wed, Sep 24, 2014 1:46 am

Described as a "gathering of like-minded, motivated, music loving individuals,” the first ever Resonance Music and Arts Festival will feature two nights of performances from former Athenians Papadosio, as well as Greensky Bluegrass, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Dopapod and more.

The three-day festival will be held Oct. 2-4 at Frontier Ranch, 8836 York Road, Pataskala in Licking County.

Fri, Sep 19, 2014 4:09 pm

The Ohio University Performing Arts Series will present The Turtle Island Quartet on Sept. 22 in Baker Center Theater.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning group will debut their new movement, Birth of the Cool, and album, Confetti Man, both paying homage to the jazz era with new arrangements of old standards by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and other legends.

Fri, Sep 19, 2014 8:11 am

Front & Center, a free monthly music event for area school-aged children, kicks off its new season tomorrow at ARTS/West with guest pianist Ed Kruse.

Front & Center is held on the third Saturday of each month, September through May.

The only exception this year is December, which will be the second Saturday due to the holiday season.

Each Front & Center will start at noon with a different special guest, with the second half hour dedicated to an open stage for any kids to share instrumental or vocal music.