WOUB Music Blog

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Wed, May 2, 2012 9:47 am

The Ohio University Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the OU New Music Ensemble to present an afternoon of 20th and 21st century music at the First United Methodist Church in Athens, Ohio, on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. 

Featuring the winners of the Student Soloist Competition, David Crider and Laura Smith, the orchestra will be performing Creston’s Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra and Martinu’s Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra

Sat, Apr 28, 2012 4:38 am

In 2011, Ohio University students Cynthia Robinson and Allison Maloney came up with an idea for an edgy magazine that would be one part social commentary, one part art and one part sheer wit.

Over the past several months, the magazine--titled RASCAL--has come closer to publication than ever before. However, one rather substantial roadblock stands in the way: funding.

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 11:55 am

This Saturday, Casa Cantina will lend its stage to the 5th annual Bob Dylan Night. 

Featuring a variety of local musicians covering selections from Dylan’s catalog, the event is a fundraiser for March of Dimes, a national charity organization dedicated to rooting out the causes of premature birth and increasing the number of healthy births across the country.

For organizer and local musician Liz Pahl, the idea of a Bob Dylan Night was a no-brainer. 

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 11:26 am

At first glance, Donkey Coffee may not seem like the premier spot in Athens to catch fresh beats and sharp rhymes.

This Saturday, several hip-hop dynamos from Columbus plan to shatter that misconception with the UDrop Entertainment Showcase. 

"It’s a more intimate setting, closer to the crowd," said UDrop's Terence Robertson.

"It’s like they can actually hear you, can actually understand and feel you. Usually you’re on a stage five or ten feet higher than the audience and they’re all looking up at you, and there isn’t that connection," he added.

Thu, May 17, 2012 11:19 am

Charles Bradley’s break has been a slow train coming.

The 63 year-old soul singer has been performing for audiences for over 40 years--the last 20 as a James Brown impersonator under the stage name "Black Velvet."

Performing day-in and day-out in New York City nightclubs to scratch out living, Bradley’s extraordinary talent and soul was finally recognized by Gabriel Roth, co-founder of Daptone Records.

Mon, Apr 23, 2012 5:02 pm

Last summer, Stuart's Opera House closed its outdoor concert series with a stellar performance by the Brooklyn, N.Y., retro-country ensemble the Sweetback Sisters.

The band returns to our region with a performance at ARTS/West in Athens on Wednesday, April 25.

Zara Bode and Emily Miller are a pseudo-sister, close-harmony duo, influenced by the great sibling and family singing groups of the 1930s through the '60s, with a heavy dose of the legendary Davis Sisters.

Mon, Apr 23, 2012 3:47 am

WOUB student photographer Sydney Good captured the orchestral folk-rock band The Ridges during a special in-store performance at Haffa's Records on April 21.

The band was promoting their Record Store Day single "The Insomniac's Song (Live With The Sleepless Singers)," an Ohio-exclusive release sold at record stores in Athens, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

For more information, visit www.theridgesmusic.com.

Wed, Apr 18, 2012 11:34 am

It's hard to say what Barry (Jack Black's cantankerous character in High Fidelity) would think of The Ridges, but it's a good bet he'd admire the band's love of Record Store Day.

The local orchestral folk-rock band will give an in-store acoustic performance this Saturday at Haffa's Records, and singer-songwriter Victor Rasgaitis is looking forward to it.