Music Section :: Page 10

  • A change of key for the chorus

    After 31 years, Ruth Bent is ceding her directorship of the Community Chorus to conductor James Johnston. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Over the past 31 years, the name Ruth Bent has become synonymous with the Yellow Springs Community Chorus. And it was no small concern for Bent, when her eyesight began to fail, that the chorus continue with a strong and dedicated leader.

  • New creative cycle for musician

    Longtime local musician Carl Schumacher, who grew up in Yellow Springs, has launched the New Schu band, a new creative endeavor that plays at the Emporium the first Friday of every month. (photo by Sehvilla Mann)

    With a couple of old projects winding up and several new ones budding, local musician Carl Schumacher says he finds himself at the beginning of a “new creative cycle.” Interest is building in his recently-formed band New Schu, a “new configuration” of the previous Carl Schumacher Band.

  • New band Kuan defies labels

    At a band practice in Dayton, from left, Kuan’s drummer Brett Nagafuchi, guitarist Charles Heck, guitarist Paul Larkowski and bass player Bryan Wright played tracks from their latest album, “Colors.” (photo by Megan Bachman)

    Kuan’s brand of experimental instrumental rock music breaks all the rules. More art than entertainment, the local band’s addition to the already-diverse Yellow Springs music scene is rock that’s both highly composed and free jazz-inspired. Recently returned from a 32-day, 30-city nationwide tour and with a new EP album,“Colors”…

  • I’ve got the Blues

    Musicians will wail into the night at the 15th annual Blues Fest, Aug. 23-25. (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

    The AACW Blues Fest went off without a hitch last weekend at the Antioch Amphitheater.

  • 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.

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