Miami mixes it up with concert series

Shows set for Hamilton and Middletown in 2014-15.

The 2014-15 Miami University Regionals Artist Series starts next weekend at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium. The series also includes shows at Miami Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium.

John Cowan, John McFee and Friends will kick off the series on Saturday, Sept. 13, in Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium. Cowan, who was in the New Grass Revival back in the 1970s, and McFee are bandmates in the Doobie Brothers.

“John Cowan first played here 25 years ago. We had one of the last New Grass Revival shows, so John’s been a favorite over the years. We’re excited to bring him back with John McFee, another member of the Doobie Brothers,” said Howard Epstein, director of Miami’s Regionals Artist Series. Epstien started doing shows in Hamilton more than 35 years ago.

Other performances scheduled as part of this year’s lineup at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium include the Quebe Sisters with special guest Tim Shelton on Sept. 27. The Carolina Chocolate Drops will play on Oct. 24. Huun Huur Tu, throat singers from the Russian Federation republic of Tuva, will perform with their native instruments and authentic costumes on Nov. 15. Balsam Range and Helen Highwater will perform on Feb. 28.

Parrish Auditorium is at 1601 University Boulevard.

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Artist Series performances at Miami Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium include Pokey LaFarge Central Time Tour on Sept. 16, Richard Thompson doing a solo acoustic show on Oct. 18, Hot Rize with special guests Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers on Nov. 22, Carlos Núñez and The April Verch Band on March 14 and The Travelin’ McCourys and the Gibson Brothers on April 11.

Miami Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

Epstein said, “We have a lot going on this year. With each show, I go, ‘Wow.’ The most popular show in terms of sales so far is Richard Thompson, as we’ve advertised, he’s listed on Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time. … The Pokey LaFarge show is pretty neat, too, it’s like a festival in an evening. It’s hard to pick out just one show to highlight.”

Often, with sold-out shows, the artist series is something that the community and beyond will support, he said.

For more information or to order tickets, go online to www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice or call (513) 529-3200.

Contact this contributing writer at gmwriteon@aol.com.

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