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Music Blog

Sat, Nov 22, 2014 10:11 am

photo: Scott Winland

Bars sometimes have their own niche of clientele, but for The Union Bar & Grill's regular patrons there is no niche — everyone is welcome.

Mon, Nov 24, 2014 1:22 pm

Country music legend Merle Haggard has been booked to appear at the Nelsonville Music Festival in May.

On Friday, Stuart's Opera House made its first round of lineup announcements for the festival, including Haggard.

Others to appear at the festival are art-rock guitar virtuoso St. Vincent and rising Americana act Trampled By Turtles.

Tue, Nov 18, 2014 12:38 am

The Athens music community was rocked by Sunday's news that a section of West Union Street was consumed by fire, impacting longtime music venues The Union Bar & Grill and Jackie O's Pub & Brewery.

While Jackie O's Brewpub plans to reopen soon, The Union's future is uncertain.

WOUB reached out to current and former Athens musicians and Union regulars to get their thoughts on Sunday's fire and one of the region's most storied music venues.

Fri, Nov 14, 2014 5:42 pm

Rio Grande Jazz Ensemble (photo provided)

The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Jazz and Rock Ensembles will host concerts next week, with the Jazz Ensemble performing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, followed by the Rock Ensemble on Nov. 20.

Fri, Nov 14, 2014 4:34 pm

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson visited Athens last night as part of her "Lights Out" tour, entertaining an audience of nearly 1,000 at Ohio University's Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Michaelson, perhaps best known for her 2012 album Human Again and singles "The Way I Am" and "Girls Chase Boys," is currently touring in support of her recent album, Lights Out.

The show was presented as part of Ohio University's Performing Arts Series.

Photos by Jasmine Baubien

Thu, Nov 13, 2014 10:42 am

Stuart's Opera House welcomes North Carolina country/roots group The Honeycutters this Friday at 8 p.m.

Mountain Xpress describes the band as "old school country in the truest sense, free of twang and 10 gallon hats but full of real emotion, family history, quick wit and strong liquor." 

Since the release of their first album (Irene, 2009), The Honeycutters have performed throughout the U.S., sharing the stage with such Americana giants as Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Donna The Buffalo and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Wed, Nov 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Ten-year-old YouTube sensation Emi Sunshine will perform an eclectic mix of Americana, blues and gospel at ARTS/West on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The singer-songwriter’s Appalachian ballads, hymns and self-penned originals have drawn inspiration from artists such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

Hailing from Madisonville, Tennessee, Sunshine regularly performs a mix of her own songs while also covering some of her favorite singers. More than two million people have viewed her YouTube videos.

Thu, Nov 6, 2014 10:15 am

Tickets for the 2015 concert season at Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Station are now on sale.

The series, which offers a variety of music styles performed by dynamic musicians, will feature rare performances and concert pairings.

Scheduled performers include Oliver Mtukudzi, David Lindley, GE Smith, Corey Harris and many others.