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  • Gospel Fest draws appreciative crowd

    The choir of the Church of Jesus of Springfield gave a rousing performance at the 13th annual Gospel Fest at the Central Chapel AME Church on Wednesday night.

    Central Chapel AME Church hosted the 13th annual Gospel Fest on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The event kicked off the annual AACW Blues Fest.

  • Blues, jazz energize village at Fest

    Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11, and continuing through the weekend, AACW puts on the 13th annual Blues and Jazz Fest at the Antioch College amphitheater. This year’s lineup features five bands, including 5YZ Men from Lagos, Nigeria; Memphis bluesman Daddy Mack; Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, from Dallas, Texas; and local musician Nerak Roth Patterson and son Nerak, behind, shown above in 2007. (News file photo)

    The mighty influence of African Americans in American music — from blues, jazz and rock-and-roll to hip-hop and R&B — is annually celebrated at the Blues and Jazz Fest put on by African-American Cross-Cultural Works, or AACW, each fall.

  • Bluesfest a cultural treasure

    DJ Smooth of the Ark Band performs at the 2006 Blues and Jazz Festival, begin held this year from Friday, Sept. 10 to Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Antioch Amphitheater. (Photo by Robert Hasek)

    In its 13th year, AACW’s Blues and Jazz Festival, offers a mix of returning artists and new acts sure to entertain, and educate, audiences.

  • Local musicians, promoters at fest

    The Yellow Springs band Soul Rebels is one of eight local musical groups that will perform at the HighPoint Music Festival at Zane Shawnee Caverns in Bellefontaine this weekend, Aug. 20 to Aug. 22. Shown above are band members Jonathan Stillwell, Ari Harker, Scott Abla and Jonny Dredlocks. The festival is one of two music festivals organized by Mindy and Patrick Harney, owners of Brother Bear’s Coffee House. The second festival, Werk Out, will take place in September at the same location. (Photo by Sehvilla Mann)

    Coffee, hula hoops and transformation are all on the agenda for two upcoming music festivals in Bellefontaine, organized by the local promotion company Funky Bean Productions and featuring local musicians.

  • Tunes from the aloha state

    The Harmony Islanders performed Hawaiian music at the library last Thursday.

  • Rock and Roll

    AJ Warren challenges gravity (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

    The fourth annual Skate Music Fest was a big success this Sunday evening at the skate park.

  • Summer Strings to host concert and musical bake sale

    Christina Brewer, age 14, and Shirely Mullins play the violin part of a Russian folk song during rehearsal on Tuesday.

    Shirley Mullins’ Summer Strings youth orchestra will play its 47th grand finale this Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Kings Yard. The young musicians, who are concluding a two-week camp, can also be heard playing all over the village on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. as part of a musical bake sale.

  • Mayer and friends play for Presbyterian Church

    Brian Mayer and his musical friends performed at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday night. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Musicians shared their talents at “A Summer Spectacular,” concert held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday. A variety of instruments were showcased, including natural horn, trombone, piano, English horn and euphonium, in addition to the vocal skills of a soprano. Listen below for concert excerpts.

  • Juneteenth a Scrumptious Affair

    Juneteenth pies lined up for the judges during the Juneteenth celebration

    Juneteenth celebrations included a pie contest and Motown dancing last Friday night at the Bryan Center.

  • Brian Mayer returns bearing music

    Yellow Springs native Brian Mayer, right, and his classmate Dan Mueller from Northern Illinois University played together in the school’s pep band. They will join their fellow graduates from NIU in a benefit horn, piano and vocal concert at the -First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)

    Yellow Springs raised Brian Mayer to love music. He began playing the trumpet at Mills Lawn, and by junior high he knew that music would be his career. He left the village to pursue that goal, and now plans to give back to the community that helped him find his gift.

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