SESSION Americana will bring their blend of vintage American roots music styles to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 7 as part of the Live@Armes music series. (Photo provided)

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

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.

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