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Wed, Mar 14, 2012 3:49 pm

The Smiling Skull may be one of the cozier venues in Athens, but the actual music experience there is more like a stadium show.

Its intimacy is of a different kind than that of a place like Donkey Coffee; the fact that the stage is eight feet in front of the onlookers only makes the guitars screech louder and the drums crash harder.

Thu, Mar 15, 2012 10:06 pm

The 6th annual Aquabear County Fair returns to Athens on March 9 and 10. This year, the event will be spread across four venues: Donkey Coffee, Casa Nueva, The Union and O’Betty’s Red Hot (on Union). The schedule includes 16 acts and admission is free.

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 3:50 pm

In this centennial year of Woody Guthrie's birth, several tributes are being planned for the iconic American activist and folk singer. There are at least a half-dozen books slated for publication this year, and Smithsonian Folkways is releasing a box set titled Woody at 100.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:38 am

Nelsonville's Stuart’s Opera House will host renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka on March 2 at 8 p.m. 

Often lauded as a cornerstone of the “New Folk” movement, Gorka’s career has spanned 11 albums. 

"John Gorka is someone who has been carrying that torch of traditional folk music for over 25 years," said Stuart's Opera House Marketing and Promotions Coordinator Brian Koscho.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:39 am

The David Wax Museum will be the opening act for The Carolina Chocolate Drops this Sunday at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio. 

Formed in 2009, the Boston-based band is essentially David Wax and Suz Slezak, who are occasionally joined by horn players, accordionists and other musicians. Since their breakthrough at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival (where they won a contest for a performance spot), The David Wax Museum has been receiving rave reviews from the public and the press.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:40 am


Legendary reggae/dub musician and producer Lee "Scratch" Perry and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird have been added to the 2012 Nelsonville Music Festival lineup, according to a Stuart's Opera House email sent today.

The two artists, along with Texas country singer-songwriter Hayes Carll and Columbus, Ohio, indie-rock band Time and Temperature, join other acts such as Iron and Wine, M. Ward and Roky Erickson at this year's fest, to be held May 18-20 at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:41 am


Hip-hop artist Jéan P had one of the biggest performances of his career over the weekend, but he isn’t just a rapper: He's also an Ohio University student.

Junior Jean Johnson, AKA "Jéan P," won the Black Student Cultural Programming Board's (BSCPB) Battle of the Emcees contest on Jan. 28. His prize was an opening slot for Dom Kennedy and Big K.R.I.T. at BSCPB's Sibs Weekend concert last Saturday.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:42 am

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Glidden Recital Hall at Ohio University will fill with music from some of the most well-known jazz artists of the 20th century.

“Mingus–Monk–Morgan” begins at 7:30 p.m. and features the two OU Jazz Ensemble Combos, as well as Jazz Spoken Here.  

The combos, led by John Horne and Alex Burgoyne, feature OU students, while Jazz Spoken Here, led by School of Music Director Michael Parkinson, is made up of OU faculty and staff, including Guy Remonko, Terry Douds, Jeremy Schaffer, Matt James and Graham Stewart.