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Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:52 am

Athens County is well known as a hotbed of musical activity, with dozens of local bands releasing CDs and downloadable tracks on a regular basis. But few area songwriters have captured the feel of the region as well as Chris Keesey on his debut EP Dyin' Town.

The former drummer-turned guitarist/songwriter assembled an local all-star lineup for his first CD, featuring songs about his rural Ohio upbringing.

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 2:47 pm

The Muskingum University Department of Music will host a performance by its Musical Theatre Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel.

Selections for the performance include "Ain't It Awful, The Heat?" from Street Scene, "Ohio" from Wonderful Town, "Raise Your Voice" from Sister Act, "Abbondanza" from Most Happy Fella, "Anything Goes" from Anything Goes, "Turn It Off" from The Book of Mormon and "Champagne's Delicious Bubbles" from Die Fledermaus.

Tue, Oct 21, 2014 1:55 pm

Women have played a significant role in rock music history, according to Madeleine Toerne, a Margaret Boyd Scholar at Ohio University.

"When I imagine rock-n-roll without the influence of women, it is an empty, monotonous past," she said. "Women have a voice, and a darn good one at that."

Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:04 pm

Mississippi band Water Liars returns to The Union on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. with opening sets from Athens singer-songwriter Adam Remnant and Lancaster trio Orson Frontier.

Fresh off the release of their self-titled third LP on Fat Possum's Big Legal Mess label, Water Liars' Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant are being joined by bassist GR Robinson on their current tour.

Fri, Oct 17, 2014 9:29 am

Stuart's Opera House is set to deliver a one-two punch this weekend with shows featuring "America's sharpest musical storyteller" and one of Rolling Stone's "Top 20 guitarists of all time."

Todd Snider will perform on Friday, followed by Richard Thompson on Sunday, and seats are filling up fast.

Mon, Oct 13, 2014 10:20 am

The Muskingum University Wind Ensemble will present its fall tour performance, American Visions, on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel, located on the campus.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Wind Ensemble at Muskingum is the university's premiere instrumental ensemble, comprised of students from all academic majors.

Under the direction of Dr. David Turrill, American Visions features historical and patriotic works for wind band that relate to the ensemble's tour destinations in Gettysburg and Philadelphia.  

Thu, Oct 9, 2014 2:49 pm

For many Ohio University alumni, Homecoming Weekend is a chance to reconnect with old friends, relive past glories and return to a town they called home for four years (possibly more, in some cases). For orchestral folk-rock band The Ridges, it means a few different things.

The group got their start in Athens, took their name from a local landmark and the members are made up of OU alumni and current students. This Saturday, they hope to reconnect with old friends and make new fans during a homecoming show at Casa Nueva.

Wed, Oct 1, 2014 11:30 pm

Stuart's Opera House closed out its Free Summer Concert Series on Sept. 26 with a show from Portland, Oregon band Quiet Life.

WOUB's Marlena Scott caught up with Quiet Life front man Sean Spellman and filmed part of the band's set.