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Miami University Regional Artist Series Lineup

Miami University Regional Artist Series Lineup

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The Miami University Regional Artist Series presents concerts on the Hamilton and Middletown Campuses of Miami University. Concerts on the Hamilton Campus are presented in Parrish Auditorium while those on the Middletown Campus are in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium.

Middletown Shows:

Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester – Sept. 25, 2015
“This is something I’ve been waiting my whole life to do,” veteran Dobro master Jerry Douglas says of The Earls of Leicester, the all-star dream team combo that he has assembled, organized and produced. They are this years winners of the Grammy Award in bluegrass music. 

Arlo Guthrie’s 50th Anniversary Tour of Alice’s Restaurant - Oct. 14, 2015
Legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie embarks on a 18-month North American tour launching January 21, 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired the seminal song, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree". A musical monologue running more than 18 minutes, "Alice's Restaurant" has become a Thanksgiving holiday anthem to families across the globe and it all originates from Guthrie's experience on Thanksgiving in 1965. 

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anais Mitchell –March 18th, 2016
Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin joins forces with Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Anaïs Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting and performance. More than just a three-act show, this special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening. 

Southern Troubadours in the Round – Paul Thorn, Ruthie Foster, and Joe Ely –April 9, 2016
Grammy Award winner Joe Ely joins Grammy nominee and fellow Texan Ruthie Foster and Mississippi Raconteur Paul Thorn, all Americana chart-toppers, in a night of southern tale-telling in the round.

 Hamilton Shows:

Sharon Isbin – October 24th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center,

Holly Williams / Heather Maloney November 14th, 2015
Holly Williams - Hailing from one of the most famous lineages in American music would surely create challenges for most artists to create their own identity, but not for singer-songwriter Holly Williams. The granddaughter/daughter of Hank Williams, Sr. & Hank Williams, Jr. respectfully, makes her independence evident on her third studio album – The Highway – released on her own imprint, Georgiana Records, in 2013. Co-produced by Williams and Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), The Highway contains 11 original tracks written or co-written by Williams and features guest vocals from Jackson Browne (“Gone Away From Me”), Jakob Dylan (“Without You”), Dierks Bentley (“’Til It Runs Dry”) and Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow (“Waiting On June”).

Heather Maloney is an American singer-songwriter who has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. Critics are quickly discovering Maloney's talent with No Depression raving "Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking... while Blurt Magazine wrote "Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I‘ve heard in some time."

Sam Baker / Gretchen Peters   February 27, 2016
Sam Baker is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. His website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of gray. Baker turned inward, to relearn the use of his body and brain after a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. It’s taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in art, poetry, and music.

 

Gretchen Peters Blackbirds follows Peters’ 2012 album Hello Cruel World, which NPR called “the album of her career” and Uncut said “establishes her as the natural successor to Lucinda Williams.” If anything, though, Blackbirds truly establishes Peters as a one-of-a-kind singer and songwriter, one in possession of a fearless and endlessly creative voice.

The Steeldrivers –April 16th, 2016
Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie "Get Low". The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song "If It Hadn’t Been For Love" in her live performances. Her opinion of The SteelDrivers is: "They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant." They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

Tickets are available by calling 513 529-3200 or online at http://www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice  tickets may also be purchased at the Miami University Middletown Cashiers Office (513 727-3412).