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United Way of Hancock County Campaign Kickoff Luau 5:00 pm
United Way of Hancock County Campaign Kickoff Luau @ Elks Lodge at Northridge
Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
United Way of Hancock County has announced this year’s campaign cabinet and plans for the 2017 campaign kickoff, a public luau featuring a hog roast, live music and cash bar. The luau will be held from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Elks Lodge at Northridge. Cost is $15, with registration available at http://liveunitedhancockcounty.or/luau-united or by calling 419-423-1432. Included in this event will be an inspirational rally for all workplace campaign coordinators from 3:30-5 p.m. Those attending the rally get free admission to the luau.
Gospel Singing and Dinner 5:00 pm
Gospel Singing and Dinner @ South Side Restaurant
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gospel singing and dinner will be held Sept. 9 at Findlay’s South Side Restaurant, 3050 S. Main St. Dinner is at 5 p.m., followed from 6-8 by singing. Performers include Latter Rain, Jake Reel and Chris Baldwin. Call Mark Glick at 419-934-5456 for more information.
City Mission Masquerade Gala 6:00 pm
City Mission Masquerade Gala @ Findlay Country Club
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm
A Masquerade Gala to benefit the City Mission will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Findlay Country Club. Sponsorships are still available, and tickets are on sale at www.findlaymission.org. For more information, contact Joy Barger at 419-423-9151.
Quarry Farm Jam 6:00 pm
Quarry Farm Jam @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music of all kinds will fill the air Saturday as The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm, Pandora, hosts its annual jam from 6-9 p.m. People of all ages are invited to this free family-friendly event. Bring a lawn chair and spend a sweet late summer evening with music under the outdoor pavilion’s big red roof, alongside the calls from the nature preserve. The farm is located just north of 14321 Road 7L. Visit www.thequarryfarm.org or call 419-384-7195 for more information.
America 8:00 pm
America @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Sep 16 @ 8:00 pm
Founded by Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and former member Dan Peek, America combines melodic pop rock, folk jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and traditional country rock. The classic rock band’s songs include “A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “I Need You” and “Tin Man.”
Ragtime and Classical Masterworks 4:00 pm
Ragtime and Classical Masterworks @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm
The Full Sound Chamber Group will return to Findlay to perform “Ragtime and Classical Masterworks: timeless music of the ages.” The show will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 128 W. Hardin St. Admission is free, with a freewill offering accepted. The show features American ragtime and classical selections, with Mikhail Glinka’s “Grand Sextet in E-Flat” as the featured composition. The group of five brothers has been performing for six years, and consists of: Shalem Loritsch, violin; Chesed Loritsch, violin; Chayah Loritsch, viola and piano; Racham Loritsch, cello; Tsidqah Loritsch, double-bass and piano. All of the Loritsch brothers perform in the Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra, and in the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra in Delaware as needed. For more information, visit fullsoundchambergroup.com.
Faith Prince 7:30 pm
Faith Prince @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm
Musical theater performer Faith Prince, winner of both the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Miss Adelaide in the 1992 Broadway revival of “Guys and Dolls,” will perform on Sunday, Sept. 17 as part of the University of Findlay’s Donnell Broadway Concert Series. She will be accompanied by Phil Reno, a Grammy-nominated Broadway conductor and musical director who is currently the musical director and vocal arranger for the Tony-nominated smash hit, “Something Rotten!” The 7:30 p.m. performance will be held at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $11 for non-UF students. They can be purchased at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. They can also be purchased at the door on the night of the concert. Admission will be free for UF students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID. Prince, a University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate, has also been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for her rendition of Ella Peterson in the 2001 revival of “Bells are Ringing.” In film, she has appeared in “The Last Dragon,” “Dave,” “Picture Perfect,” “It Had to Be You,” and “Material Girls.” On television, she had featured regular roles in “High Society,” “Now and Again,” “Spin City,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Huff,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Melissa & Joey,” and “Modern Family.” Her guest appearances have been seen in “Remington Steele,” “Frasier,” “House,” “Monk,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Mad Men,” and more. Prince works often with the Boston Pops, Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and Philly Pops. Prince enjoys offering personalized coaching and guidance for aspiring and working actors who are seeking to expand their skill sets. She will be teaching a master class for University of Findlay theater students. For more information on Faith Prince, visit her website at www.faith-prince.com. Reno is originally from Tiffin. Prior to “Something Rotten!” his work included “The Producers” (2001-2007), the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises” (2010), “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Thou Shalt Not,” “Cats” and “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” He has also contributed orchestrations for the television show, “Broadway Under the Stars” (CBS, 2002-2006) and the film adaptation of “The Producers” (2005). Prince and Reno’s UF performance will feature Prince singing various musical theatre songs, accompanied by Reno on the piano.
Oktoberfest Pageant 7:00 pm
Oktoberfest Pageant @ Findlay Room at Alexandria’s
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm
The Oktoberfest Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Findlay Room at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St., with rehearsal held Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the same location. Age divisions are: Wee Oktoberfest Princess, ages 4-6; Little Oktoberfest Princess, ages 7-9; Petite Oktoberfest Princess, ages 10-12; Oktoberfest Princess, ages 13-15; Oktoberfest Queen, ages 16-18. Contestants must reside in Findlay/Hancock County geographical boundaries or attend a school within the boundaries. Winners and two runner-ups will be selected from each division; all contestants will receive gifts. Winners of each division will be named to the Findlay/Hancock County Oktoberfest Court and will crown next year’s winners; the queen and princesses will be introduced as the reigning court at the main Oktoberfest event on Sept. 23. The Queen age division also offers a $500 scholarship for post-secondary education or training, which this year is being donated by the First Federal Bank. Wee, Little, and Petite contestants will model “dress up” clothing; and walk in a pattern from back to front with poses both on the entry floor and also on the stage. Princess contestants will model either a short or long “dress up” clothing using same pattern as above and answer a randomly selected question individually in 30 seconds or less on stage. Queen contestants will model using long formal wear and have up to two minutes to answer a question they will be given at rehearsal. The pageant co-chairs, Kathy Siebenaler Wilson and Shelly Naugle Pahl, said the pageant offers opportunities for youth to get involved in the community. Past winners have participated in community events including the Halloween parade, the holiday Christmas tree lighting, and the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. The event has roots in the Miss Flag City pageant that was for older girls only, and the Oktoberfest Pageant was developed to offer several age groups opportunities to demonstrate their talents, poise and self-confidence, the co-chairs said. Registration costs $20 if received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 (first 15 contestants in each division will be accepted), and $25 if received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Make cash or check payable to: Hancock Historical Museum. To register, pick up an entry form at Hancock Historical Museum or visit http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/oktoberfest-pageant/ and detach and complete the bottom portion of the entry form attached at the bottom of the page and mail or hand-deliver with a nonrefundable entry fee and a wallet-sized head-shot photo to: Hancock Historical Museum, Attention: Lauren Etler, 422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay 45480. For more information or questions, call 419-722-0248 (leave a message, calls will be returned after 5 p.m.).
Carsie Blanton 7:30 pm
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 http://marathoncenterarts.org/event/carsie-blanton/ 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 www.carsieblanton.com.
Decades Rewind 7:30 pm
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 “– except on steroids!” she said. “It features 120 tunes “–“ not to mention over 100 costumes” — “and the songs are done in reverse order” — ‘”80s, ’70s, and then ’60s “–“ 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 http://marathoncenterarts.org/event/decades-rewind/ 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 www.decadesrewind.com.
Soul Shine Blues Festival 4:00 pm
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: http://soulshineblues.com/ or check out First Step’s Facebook page.
Rodney Carrington 7:00 pm
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 3:00 pm
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 4:00 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner on Broadway 5:00 pm
Dinner on Broadway @ Broadway Street, Findlay
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The American Cancer Society will present Dinner on Broadway, an urban dinner with local fare, from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 30. The one-of-a-kind dinner will host 150 people seated at one long table stretching along Broadway Street in downtown Findlay. Guests will enjoy a meal prepared by local chefs, paired with wine selected specifically for the dish. Musical entertainment, an auction and a raffle will round out the event. Tickets are $100 each, with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Suzie Reineke at 567-207-7377 or email Suziereineke@gmail.com.