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Music Bach’s Concert Series: David Davis 11:30 am
Music Bach’s Concert Series: David Davis @ University of Findlay Alumni Memorial Union
Sep 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
David Davis, a multitalented musical artist with a soulful voice, will perform at the University of Findlay on Friday, Sept. 7 as part of the free Music Bach’s Concert Series. His Alumni Memorial Union show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Davis explains his artistry is characterized by natural talent and “radical vulnerability” that was nurtured at a young age. For as long as he can recall, he has been fixed on a music career. Chicago-born and surrounded by eight siblings, he captured attention by belting out Motown classics, performing in church, and always finding his way to a stage. He perfected his piano and performance skills while studying in the nationally renowned Belmont University music program, drawing inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and Adele. Davis has recorded with legendary producers, from RedOne (Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and One Direction) to Aaron Sprinkle (One Republic and Eisley). He has garnered a wide range of awards and reviews, has had songs featured on hit TV shows, and has performed more than 500 shows in the past two years throughout the country. He has played to sold-out clubs and festivals, both as a headliner and as an opening act for the likes of Jon Bellion and John Legend. Davis’ voice, arrangements, and productions have been featured on chart-topping records, commercials for major brands and networks, and across hundreds of stages internationally. For more about David Davis and to hear some of his music, visit www.justdaviddavis.com The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by Student Activities Board, “your source for diverse edutainment.” For additional information, call 419-434-4606.
Friday Night Live 6:30 pm
Friday Night Live @ 50 North
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
50 North has announced its summer season of Friday Night Live, featuring a variety of local talent including: • Friday, 6:30-8 p.m., Indoor steel drum show with Tim Mattis: Enjoy the talents of retired Findlay High School Band instructor and director of Pantasia, Tim Mattis, during a live steel drum performance and outdoor picnic. Registration and a $10 fee are required by Monday. • Aug. 3, 6:30-8 p.m., 50 North Cabaret with Celia Stockton: Through live vocals and piano stylings, Celia Stockton takes participants on a sentimental journey called “Try to Remember.” Participants will enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Registration and a $10 fee are required by July 30. • Sept. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Karaoke Night: Bring your voice and willingness to participate. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and awards will be offered for the best singers. Registration and a $7 fee are required by Sept. 3.
Session Americana 7:30 pm
Session Americana @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm
Session Americana will draw the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts into its musical circle at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 as part of the Live@Armes series in the center’s Roy and Marcia Armes Hall. General admission tickets are $15, bistro-style tabletop seats are $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org The Live@Armes Series, presented by Blanchard Valley Health System, provides attendees with an up close and personal experience with the artists, complete with banter and laughs, that is tailor made for Session Americana’s style, which Rolling Stone says “expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion.” The Somerville, Massachusetts musical collective prides itself on never performing the same show twice, describing its concerts as “rowdy, freewheeling modern hootenannies” designed to surprise the performers as well as the audience. The show is a familial gathering of musicians seated at a round cafe table with ambient mics tuned to catch the complete sound of the voices and instruments. Players swap songs and instruments: a suitcase drum kit, an old electric bass, a field organ and a collection of acoustic instruments. Although the musicians face each other, they want to draw the audience into the circle with their camaraderie, playful musicality and original compositions. The collective assembled in 2004 around the idea of applying a traditional Irish music session approach (where musicians sit around in a circle and play fiddles) to Americana music, giving the group its name. Session Americana started haphazardly with no rehearsals, doing traditional country songs, band songs, and Boston community songs, going from a rag-tag jam at a local pub to a regional institution. For more information, visit www.sessionamericana.com
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Quiet Riot 6:00 pm
Quiet Riot @ All American Rock House
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm
People 21 and over can come to Findlay and feel the noise when Quiet Riot comes to town with special guests Saturnine Hello and SnakeSkin Saints. The influential headliner’s other metal tunes include “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” and “Slick Black Cadillac.” Saturnine Hello is a motley crew of Toledo and Detroit rock ‘n’ rollers who bring a modern touch to glam and punk, and SnakeSkin Saints’ Facebook page boasts of a band that pays tribute to the Hollywood glam scene of the 1980s by delivering arena-style music performances.
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Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library continues at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24 at the Bluffton Public Library. This is a song-circle style jam session that anyone is welcome to join. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Symphony Storytime 6:30 pm
Symphony Storytime @ Putnam County District Library, Ottawa
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm
The Lima Symphony Orchestra will present a free “Symphony Storytime” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Visitors will be encouraged to enjoy books such as “Pete the Cat,” “Peter Rabbit” and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” accompanied by classical masterworks performed by a string quartet.
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Norm Lewis 7:30 pm
Norm Lewis @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm
Groundbreaking theater, television and movie star Norm Lewis will be the next University of Findlay Donnell Broadway Concert Series guest artist. Lewis, with award-winning Broadway musician Phil Reno accompanying him on piano, will perform Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for senior citizens and $10 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.com Admission will be free for UF students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID. Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.” Other Broadway credits include “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Les Misérables,” “Chicago,” “Armour,” “The Wild Party,” “Side Show,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Who’s Tommy.” He made history in 2014 as the first African-American Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” Off Broadway, Lewis has performed in hits such as “Dessa Rose,” for which he received a Drama Desk nomination and AUDELCO Award; Shakespeare in the Park’s “The Tempest,” and “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Holliday. On film, he has appeared in “Winter’s Tale,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Confidences,” “Preaching to the Choir” and “Magnum Opus.” Most recently, Lewis was seen as Caiaphas in the Easter Sunday 2018 television film, “Jesus Christ Superstar” that aired on NBC with John Legend, Alice Cooper and Sara Bareilles. His solo debut album, “This is the Life,” can be found on Amazon. For more information about Norm Lewis, visit www.normlewis.com. Reno, originally from Tiffin, is the musical director and vocal arranger for the smash hit, “Something Rotten!,” a Tony Award-nominated musical comedy that opened on Broadway in 2015. Reno received two Grammy nominations for his work on the “Something Rotten!” cast recording. His first Grammy nomination was for the cast recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Reno’s other Broadway work has included “The Producers,” “Promises, Promises,” “Thou Shalt Not,” “Cats” and “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” He has also contributed orchestrations for the television show, “Broadway Under the Stars,” and the film adaptation of “The Producers.” The Donnell Broadway Concert Series enables noted Broadway artists to visit campus each academic year in the fall and spring. The series provides in-concert entertainment for students and community members, as well as opportunities for UF musical theater students to learn from accomplished professionals in master classes. University of Findlay music professor emeritus Micheal Anders, Ph.D., organizes each concert series.
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Michael Feinstein 7:30 pm
Michael Feinstein @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm
Michael Feinstein will bring the music of the Great American Songbook to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ main stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets run between $45 and $85 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org Feinstein has built his career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe — he’s appeared at the White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House — his work as an educator and archivist has cemented him as a formidable musical force. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Feinstein started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 and the widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in 1977. He became Gershwin’s assistant for six years, earning him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. He also has become an esteemed interpreter of music legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren. He was named principal pops conductor for the Pasadena Symphony in 2012 and made his conducting debut in June 2013. Under Feinstein’s leadership, the Pasadena Pops became a premier orchestral presenter of the Great American Songbook with definitive performances of rare orchestrations and classic arrangements. While there is no consensus among critics and music fans as to what songs belong in the Great American Songbook, it encompasses several early 20th century songs and jazz standards. Feinstein, who founded the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2007, gave his own opinion to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 2013: “It is songs that stand the test of time.” He told the Florida newspaper that newer artists like Billy Joel have written music that can stand up with artists like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter and others. The Great American Songbook Foundation is doing its part to educate the musical talent of the future about its storied history through master classes and the annual High School Songbook Academy, an intensive summer program with graduates that went on to record acclaimed albums and appear on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He also serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage. For more information, visit www.michaelfeinstein.com
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Scott Lavender and Jim Young 6:00 pm
Scott Lavender and Jim Young @ Secor Building's Registry Bistro
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Local Wall of Famer Scott Lavender will display his road-tested piano chops while Toledo physician Jim Young sings along Thursday at the Secor Building’s Registry Bistro, 144 N. Superior St., Toledo. “Doc and Scott” will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra’s Black & White Transportation Bistro Series. Tickets are $35, which includes light hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar available. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Valentine Theatre at 419-242-2787. Lavender, a Findlay native, is Johnny Mathis’ musical director. He also worked with Glenn Yarbrough and Toni Tennille. His experiences were recognized last year when he was inducted into the Fifth Third Bank Wall of Fame at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Lavender plans on sharing stories about his career, which will cover his time with Mathis as well as conducting the San Francisco Symphony at the debut of his original composition, “Overture to Tomorrow.” Lavender and Young started performing together in 2012, when the emergency room physician contacted Lavender to take jazz piano lessons. This morphed into “Doc and Scott,” with Lavender on piano and Young on vocals, performing in clubs around the Findlay and Toledo area. Both have musical history on the West Coast, as well. Young was a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, playing bass in local bands before he decided to practice medicine. As for Lavender, he was living in Los Angeles when he met a man through softball that happened to be Mathis’ librarian. Lavender and his wife struck up a friendship with the librarian and his wife, and they let him know when the piano/conductor position opened up in 1990 so he could go audition. Mathis tunes will be in the rotation for Thursday’s show, which is an eclectic mix of jazz and pop standards that include Henry Mancini, Michael Franks, Al Jarreau, the Beatles and more. For more information, visit http://toledojazz.org
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Blue Oyster Cult with Mark Farner 7:30 pm
Blue Oyster Cult with Mark Farner @ The Ritz Theatre
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
Riff-heavy and hook-laden, Blue Oyster Cult’s songs inspired psychedelic jam bands and arena rockers alike, which include the smash singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You” and “Godzilla.” Special guest Mark Farner was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts, and today he is a platinum recording artist 30 times over.
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Soul Shine Blues Festival 4:00 pm
Soul Shine Blues Festival @ Meadowbrook Park Ballroom
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Step Healthy Family Resource Center will host the 23rd annual Soul Shine Blues Festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, 5430 Ohio 18 W, Bascom. Maurice John Vaughn and Shirley Johnson are the event’s headliners. The Soul Shine Blues Band along with Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band complete the bill. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by calling First Step at 419-435-7300. They are also available at the door the day of the event. 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 and red beans and rice; and Hawg Sawce Catering’s Jason Carter will provide pulled pork barbecue. The year’s guitar raffle will feature a limited edition Fender Standard Stratocaster in seafoam pearl with a hard case. There will also be two handmade cigar box guitars donated by Roger Jones, one inspired by Ohio State University with the other a tribute to Vietnam veterans. There will also be a Top Hat raffle and gift baskets. Raffle tickets are available at First Step, located at 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, or the day of the show. Winners do not need to be present at the event. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Maurice John Vaughn is a triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals. Raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style of his own. In the 1980s, Vaughn released his debut solo album, “Generic Blues Album,” and followed that up with 1993’s “In the Shadow of the City” and 2001’s “Dangerous Road.” Raised in Virginia, Shirley Johnson is a gritty, big-voiced blues singer who can also handle soul and gospel. She got her start in her church’s gospel choir at the age of 6 before developing a taste for secular blues music, later landing opening slots for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, Z.Z. Hill, and other well-known artists passing through Virginia. Eventually, she found a home in the Chicago blues circuit, recording albums like 1996’s “Looking for Love,” 2002’s “Killer Diller,” and 2009’s “Blues Attack.” The Soul Shine Blues Band will perform traditional blues, drawing on influences like John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt and Reverend Gary Davis along with the Chicago blues of Howlin’ Wolf. The group features Dave Phillips, Otto Mercer, Rusty Campbell, Jay Albright, Pete Hill and Jameson Newhouse, the first four of which have been in the Findlay area music scene for decades. Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band was formed specifically for Soul Shine, featuring Mowery, Glenn Roddy, John Whitlow, Steve Wilson, Dave McNary, and Gary Burns. The bandmates carry decades of experience from local bands, with a repertoire featuring everything from B.B. King and Muddy Waters to more contemporary artists like Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonamassa. For more information, go to: http://soulshineblues.com/ or check out First Step’s Facebook page.
Quarry Farm Jam 6:00 pm
Quarry Farm Jam @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music of all kinds will fill the air as the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm hosts the organization’s fifth annual jam. Whether you play an instrument like a virtuoso or just like to pretend, sing along or listen, people of all ages are invited to spend a late summer evening with music under the outdoor pavilion’s big red roof. Light refreshments, including homemade cookies, are available.
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Mitch McVicker 10:00 am
Mitch McVicker @ Salem-Cass United Methodist Church
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am
Mitch McVicker will bring his Dove award-winning music to Findlay for a 10 a.m. show Sunday, Sept. 23, at Salem-Cass United Methodist Church. The show is free, but tickets are required. They can be picked up at the church, 4699 Hancock County 236; or Findlay Christian Book and Gift Store, 438 Tiffin Ave. With 10 albums, a DVD and over 1,800 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries to his name, McVicker began his career in 1995 as support for Rich Mullins, a Christian musician who wrote the song, “Awesome God.” The two traveled, performed, wrote and lived together before a car accident killed Mullins and badly injured McVicker. While McVicker was still deep in a lengthy and difficult recovery period, the two were awarded a Dove award for the song, “My Deliverer.” While McVicker’s style is distinct from Mullins, he acknowledges Mullins’ influence on his life, with a pursuit of simplicity and a desire to say real things with his music. He is touring on the heels of his latest album, “The Acceptance of And,” which he describes as a gradual shift and refinement of his sound. McVicker said he appreciates the intimate vibe that goes with the larger-than-life sound a church can provide for music, adding that audience energy is what makes a concert special. Those who attend the show can witness McVicker’s unique stage show, which bandcamp.com has described as “MacGyver meets Mark Twain.”
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Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library continues at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24 at the Bluffton Public Library. This is a song-circle style jam session that anyone is welcome to join. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Micky Dolenz
Micky Dolenz @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 28 all-day
Former Monkees vocalist and drummer Micky Dolenz performs at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 28.
BulletBoys with Enuff Z’Nuff 6:00 pm
BulletBoys with Enuff Z’Nuff @ All American Rock House
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm
Formed in 1988 during the peak of the Los Angeles glam movement, BulletBoys boasts a roster of musicians who played in groups like King Kobra and Ratt along with a sound that fuses hard rock and blues, which is demonstrated on its cover of “For the Love of Money.” Chicago’s Enuff Z’Nuff formed in 1984 and cranked out more than 20 albums, including 1991’s “Strength” and 1993’s “Animals with Human Intelligence.”
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