Carsie Blanton @ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall at Marathon Center for Performing Arts
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Carsie Blanton will kick off the 2017-2018 Live @ Armes Series at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Blanton grew up in Virginia, left home at the age of 16, and is based in New Orleans. She has toured the United States, Europe and Australia with several of her musical heroes, including Paul Simon, The Wood Brothers, Loudon Wainwright III, John Oates, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies and Anais Mitchell. She also enjoys Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Erykah Badu, Nick Lowe, Tom Waits, Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday.

She writes on her website that she loves songs, but not genre categorization. Her eclectic list of influences is reflected in her discography, which spans several styles of music.

Her latest record, 2016’s “So Ferocious,” is a playful indie-pop record with lyrics exploring themes of pleasure, ferocity, and female empowerment. Her 2014 album, “Not Old, Not New” contains classic jazz music; “Idiot Heart” and “Rude Remarks,” her 2012 and 2013 albums, tackle Americana and rock styles; and 2009’s “Buoy” features folk and pop.

In addition to her five full-length albums and two EPs, Blanton has gained popularity for her blog (which tackles questions of love and sexuality) and music videos (notably for Hot Night and Baby Can Dance).

The Live @ Armes Series is meant to create an intimate, jazz club atmosphere, featuring general admission theater-style seating on the main floor or general admission bistro-style tabletop seating, with four seats per table. The main floor tickets cost $25, the tabletop seats are $35 and they can be ordered by calling the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787, and visiting the box office in person at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Customers can also visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” button underneath the Carsie Blanton photograph.

For more information, call the box office, visit the Marathon Center website or go to

Decades Rewind @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Decades Rewind plans to take the audience back to the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s when it brings its national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

The show’s setlist features medleys of disco, rock, funk and Motown hits, including favorites from Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Van Halen, Katrina and the Waves, Queen, Earth, Wind and Fire, Parliament, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, and more. The production will feature non-stop historical videos corresponding to each decade, in addition to more than 100 costume changes.

Tour manager Sandy Gatti told The New Jersey Stage the show was conceived when her husband, keyboardist Peter Gatti, and his friend, drummer Mark Blinkhorn, would play ’60s, ’70s and ’80s tunes in Florida, while sometimes adding props and costumes to their performances.

“Decades Rewind is the same thing “Š– except on steroids!” she said. “It features 120 tunes “Š–“Š not to mention over 100 costumes”Š — “Šand the songs are done in reverse order”Š — ‘”Š80s, ’70s, and then ’60s “Š–“Š which is great because even though we have very diverse audiences, everyone stays for the ’60s!”

The production has grown to feature Coya Jones, Ashley Renee, Calvin Johnson, Frank J. Edmondson III, Wade Whiskey and Monica Cox on vocals; Al Owen and Jimmy Delisi on guitar; Jeff Stoddard on bass; Ryan Redden on saxophone; Jimmy Blount on trombone; and Patrick McKenzie on trumpet.

The performers have played music with stars like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Reba McEntire, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, Dickey Betts and Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow; and their backgrounds span opera, rock, musical theater and R&B music.

Tickets range from $42 to $47 and they can be ordered by calling the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787, visiting the box office in person at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, or an hour before the performance.

Customers can also visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” button underneath the “Decades Rewind!” logo.

For more information, call the box office, visit the Marathon Center website or go to

Soul Shine Blues Festival @ Meadowbrook Park Ballroom
Sep 23 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Step Healthy Family Resource Center will host the 22nd annual Soul Shine Blues Festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, 5430 Ohio 18 West, Bascom.

Mike Guldin and Rollin’ & Tumblin’ will headline the festival. The Reece Lincoln Band; Phillips & Mercer; and Bud Mowery & the All Star Blues Band are also on the bill.

Presale tickets are $20 and can be obtained by calling First Step at 419-435-7300. Tickets cost $25 at the door.

All proceeds go to help the resource center provide shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, along with a 24-hour support line, advocacy and outreach with support programs for men, women and children.

The festival will offer a variety of food, including Main Street Deli’s seafood jambalaya, red beans and rice; and Hawg Sauce Catering owner Jason Carter will donate ribs, chicken and pulled pork barbecue. Guitars, including a handmade cigar box guitar donated by Roger Jones, and gift baskets will be raffled. Raffle tickets are available at First Step, located at 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, or the day of the show.

A Philadelphia-area blues band with a tight sound and high-energy presence, Mike Guldin and Rollin’ & Tumblin’ promise to deliver some “butt shakin’” music. The two-time International Blues Challenge finalist band’s roadhouse rhythms are influenced by blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King as well as more contemporary artists such as the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones.

Guldin began honing his stinging guitar and soulful vocal style at the age of 16, and his band features C.J. Clark on bass, Tim Hopper on keyboards, Alan Howe on guitar, and Matt McNally on drums.

A 2007 Western Ohio “King of the Blues” Gibson/Guitar Center winner, The Reece Lincoln Band was one of 27 bands chosen nationwide to compete in the “Living Room … LIVE! Battle of the Bands” on CBS’ “The Early Show.”

Lincoln describes his original music as “high octane gospel fuel for the soul,” and his band will pay homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble by playing several of their hits.

The trio features Lincoln on guitar and vocals, Brad Willison on bass and Keith Cozart on drums.

A decades-long staple of Findlay’s music scene, Phillips & Mercer will perform country blues that draw on Mississippi John Hurt and Reverend Gary Davis.

Dave Phillips has played in several bands, studied classical guitar and music composition with some of the greats, and teaches traditional fingerstyle blues, classical guitar, voice, and bass guitar.

A seasoned musician, Otto Mercer’s band memberships include Thick & Thin, Slick Black Cadillac, and the Rock Crushers. He currently performs with the Midnight Riders.

Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band was formed specifically for Soul Shine, with members carrying decades of experience from local bands. The band’s music features everything from B.B. King and Muddy Waters to more contemporary artists like Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonamassa.

The band features Bud Mowery on guitar; Glenn Roddy on vocals; John Whitlow on keyboards; Steve Wilson on harmonica; Dave McNary on bass; and Gary Burns on drums.

For more information, go to: or check out First Step’s Facebook page.

Rodney Carrington @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Comedian, actor, singer and writer Rodney Carrington has recorded eight major-label comedy albums, and has been one of Pollstar’s top 10 highest grossing touring comedians for the last 10-year period. He also co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in “Beer for My Horses.” The show is geared toward mature audiences.

Toledo Symphony Ensemble Performance @ First Presbyterian Church
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm

One of the Toledo Symphony’s most popular small ensembles will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 24 in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., as part of the church’s 2017 artist series. The ensemble credits its popularity to its wide range of repertoire, bold sound, and its fun and interesting presentations. Handel, Sousa, ragtime and Dixieland are just a sample of what you might hear. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received. Contact Brent Neuenschwander at 419-423-2112, ext. 24, for more details.

Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band @ Bavarian Haus
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Northwest Ohio’s Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band will perform from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Deshler’s Bavarian Haus as a memorial to its first trumpet player and co-founder Kent Harris, who died suddenly in August.

The previously scheduled performance will now be a fundraiser for Bowling Green State University’s Polka Preservation Fund, with 100 percent of proceeds from CDs sold at the concert going to the organization. Additionally, an anonymous donor will match the amount raised.

The band plays “old time” polkas, waltzes and two-steps. For more information, contact band member Todd Harris at

Ethereal Connections @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm

The Lima Symphony Orchestra will fuse modern and traditional music in an outer space-themed season opener, Ethereal Connections. Mason Bates’ electrifying and magnetically charged contemporary piece “Mothership” carries a techno dance-pulse that merges with traditional symphonic style; Lima Symphony’s Artistic Director, Crafton Beck, composed the tender and thoughtful “Passages”; and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” is at times contemplative, serene, and benevolent, juxtaposing forceful, tempestuous musical waves and evocative visual images. Single tickets available online Aug. 31.

Barbara Lister-Sink @ First Presbyterian Church
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm

Barbara Lister-Sink will present a concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church as part of its 2017 Artist Series. A renowned pianist and artist-in-residence at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she will play pieces from the solo piano genre, including many favorites from Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt. Known for her tone and musicianship, reviews describe her as “extraordinary” and “masterful.” A free-will offering will be received.

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 25 all-day
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Nov 2 all-day

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