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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic 7:30 pm
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will bring their blend of New Orleans blues, jazz, rock, pop and gospel to Lima. Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s psychedelic rockers. His influence continues today, winning his first Grammy for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
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Music Bach’s Concert Series: Jeff Parker 11:30 am
Music Bach’s Concert Series: Jeff Parker @ Alumni Memorial Union
Feb 2 @ 11:30 am
Bluegrass musician and composer Jeff Parker, along with a few of his band members, will kick off the University of Findlay’s spring Music Bach’s Concert Series on Friday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. The concert is free and open to the public. Parker learned to play guitar from his father, Vester, when he was 6 years old. After tackling the guitar, he moved on to other instruments. At age 12, he was inspired by Harold Russell of the Russell Brothers and Doyle Lawson to play mandolin. Soon after, Parker joined his dad and other family members, playing at area churches and radio stations. They became known as the Sounds of Gospel. For 10 years, Parker served as a member of the staff band at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Mount Vernon, Kentucky, as a utility/lead and harmony vocals musician. During his tenure there he received numerous awards for his musicianship. In 2001, he toured with the award-winning Lonesome River Band, serving as their lead/tenor vocal and mandolin player for five years, releasing three records, touring across the country and performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. For the past decade, Parker has been touring with Grammy nominees and Grand Ole Opry members Dailey & Vincent, who performed at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in 2016. During this time, the group released six records, “Dailey & Vincent Show” DVDs and instructional vocal DVDs. He can also be seen on “The Dailey & Vincent Show” that airs on RFDTV, along with Bill Gaither gospel shows, Country Music Hall of Fame shows, Country Music Fan Fest, and more. When not touring nationally and internationally with Dailey & Vincent, Parker writes and performs his own music, co-producing four of his solo records, including a Christmas album. For more information on Parker, visit www.jeffparker.com. The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by the university’s Student Activities Board. For additional information, call 419-434-4606.
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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan 7:30 pm
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan will put a brand-new spin on a centuries-old tradition when they bring “Chousensha — The Challengers” to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. Founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993 by Masa Ogawa and three other members, the group debuted at a Shinto shrine festival with their original composition, “Hyu-ga (The sunrise).” The group expanded to 20 members (with Ogawa serving as artistic director) and has brought the style of taiko (Japanese for “drums”) to 54 countries through 3,500 performances and counting, using Japan’s traditional wadaiko drums. Their latest program, “The Challengers,” draws its name from the members’ willingness to push their bodies and spirits to their absolute limit, while having fun in the process. The performance begins with the boom of a taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree, with the group members moving their entire bodies to strike the drums, the drummers’ press release states. These drums include the beer-barrel shaped miya-daiko; the hira-daiko, with a diameter that’s taller than most people; the portable okedo-daiko, often used in Japanese theater; and the bronze chappa cymbal, often used in religious services. To accompany the drums, the group utilizes the shamisen, a long-necked three-stringed instrument often played for traditional dance and folk; the koto, a stringed instrument built from hollowed-out, 40-year-old Paulownia trees; and the shinobue, a flute made from shino-bamboo. The performers’ dedication to their craft doesn’t stop on the stage, either. Beginning their days with a six-mile run, the group’s members live together in a community and create everything themselves, including the musical compositions, lighting design, choreography, performance techniques, makeup, stage settings and props such as the bachi (sticks) used in performances, according to the press release. For more information, visit www.yamatodrummers.com.
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Findlay City Schools All-City Orchestra Festival 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools All-City Orchestra Festival @ Findlay High School gymnasium
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools’ annual All-City Orchestra Festival, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, will showcase string players in grades six through 12 from Glenwood and Donnell middle schools along with Findlay High School. The concert will be held in the gymnasium of Findlay High School and is free and open to the public. The Sixth-Grade Beginning Orchestra, directed by David Brax, will perform two selections: “String Explosion” and “Bloosy Woosy.” These 53 beginning string students started playing their instruments back in August. The Seventh-Grade Orchestra, also directed by Brax, will perform “The Russian Music Box” and “Mama Don’t ‘Low.” The Eighth-Grade Orchestra, directed by Ken Pressel, orchestra department chair, will perform “Blue Ridge Run” and “The Code.” The concert will conclude with the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra performing “Chant and Joyous Dance” and “What’s Up at the Symphony.” Pressel directs the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, and Brax serves as assistant director.
Avital Handler 8:00 pm
Avital Handler @ Moore Musical Arts Center, Bryan Recital Hall
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Avital Handler is the principal tuba player of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Opera’s resident orchestra. She serves on the faculty of Jerusalem’s Academy of Music and Dance, the Levinsky College of Education and the Israel Conservatory of Music.
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Casino Royale Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Casino Royale Fundraiser @ Camden Falls
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm
The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services’ Casino Royale Fundraiser features heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a photo booth, a reverse raffle and live music by Jersey — The Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band. Each reverse raffle ticket offers a chance to win $2,000 and admits two people into the fundraiser. Admission is $100 for one reverse raffle ticket; $500 to reserve a table for eight with four tickets; $1,000 to sponsor event with special table, four tickets and a chance to win an additional ticket.
Elks Beach Bash 7:00 pm
Elks Beach Bash @ Findlay Elks Lodge banquet hall
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Findlay’s own Reunion Band will bring its style of ’60s and ’70s rock and roll to the Elks Beach Bash concert that will benefit many Findlay-based charities. The event includes several raffles, with attendees encouraged to wear flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts.
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East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance 3:00 pm
East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance @ TLB Audiorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay’s free pops concert, “East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance,” will be presented at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the TLB Audiorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary.
University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Pops Concert 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Pops Concert @ TLB Auditorium of Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present their annual Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in the TLB Auditorium of Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Under the direction of Jack Taylor, professor of music, the band will be partnering with Hiroaki Kawamura, chair of the UF Department of Language and Culture. This performance will be part of the community-wide Japan Week in Findlay, along with a wide variety of cultural activities in Hancock County. The music at this concert will mix popular music from the United States and Japan. Colleen Abrams, instructor of clarinet and saxophone at UF, will be the featured soloist, performing on the soprano saxophone and bass clarinet. Another featured guest is Michie Joyama, who will perform in two selections of traditional Japanese dance, wearing a kimono dress to go with the Japanese culture theme. The musical production will also feature other surprises for the audience, and senior members of the band will be honoring selected UF faculty and staff members during the concert’s intermission. The February Pops Concert is free and open to the public but tickets are still required. To reserve a ticket, contact the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at www.marathoncenterarts.org or call 419-432-2787.
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Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Thursdays at Yoder: Love is in the Air 6:00 pm
Thursdays at Yoder: Love is in the Air @ Yoder Recital Hall lobby, Bluffton University
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This “Thursdays at Yoder” event will feature live music by Bluffton University’s faculty and students; hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by the Bluffton University Nutrition Association; and complimentary child care.Two seating options, 6 and 8 p.m. Seating is limited.
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Bluffton University Concert Band 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Concert Band @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 18 @ 2:30 pm
The Bluffton University Concert Band will host an instrumental concert featuring original and arranged compositions, including Brian Sadler’s “Action Brass”; Gordon Jacob’s wind-band composition, “An Original Suite”; and Brant Karrick’s “They Shall Run and Be Free,” inspired by his visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
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Jammin’ Instructional 6:00 pm
Jammin’ Instructional @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Diamond Rose Ball 7:00 pm
Diamond Rose Ball @ Lima Knights of Columbus
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
The Lima Noon Sertoma Service Club and Delta Zeta Sorority at Ohio Northern University are collaborating on the second annual Diamond Rose Ball on Saturday at the Lima Knights of Columbus, 810 S. Cable Road, Lima. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with music by Exploit Trio. There will also be a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets for the black-tie-optional fundraiser are $45 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased by calling Michele Hicks at 419-234-1706. Ticket sales will support various scholarships and the Delta Zeta Sisters’ charity
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Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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