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.

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
Get the Led Out @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 2 all-day
U.S. Army Field Band @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 5 all-day
God and Country @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

The Sojourner Quartet will perform a Veterans Day concert, “God and Country,” with the help of Susan Kayser on the piano. The quartet is a southern gospel group that sings with professional musician tracks recorded at Chapel Valley Studios in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee.

Members are Isaac Steinhour (tenor and Findlay High School graduate), Mark May (Findlay native, baritone and member since 1992), Larry Counterman (bass and Indiana resident), and Jeff McGlade (lead and Findlay resident since 1984). The concert will include patriotic favorites like “America The Beautiful” and “God Bless America” along with a tribute to the armed forces. Veterans will be admitted free and their seats can be reserved.

Brent Neuenschwander @ First Presbyterian Church
Nov 12 @ 3:00 pm

Brent Neuenschwander, First Presbyterian Church director of music, will present a concert of organ music in the church sanctuary as part of its 2017 Artist Series. The concert will feature music from composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles-Marie Widor. In addition, Neuenschwander will perform a special variation set on the national anthem. A free-will offering will be received.

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