“I’m always amazed how talented the musicians are and many of them do not read music. They learn to play at the feet of their relatives and their ancestors, and they have become excellent musicians, playing totally from memory, and many of them have created their own music and written their own songs, and of course, many of them have gone on to become very well known,” Vaughn said.
The next “Down Home, Downtown” will be May 3.
Other regular monthly in-person music programs include “The Music Café,” “Creativa Convergence” and “SongFarmers,” which are open-mic type programs that have a regular following.
“These programs give people in the community a chance to come in and be performers. They sign up for time slots and they can try out various acts, whether it be music, or other talents. In the case of ‘Creativa Convergence,’ we’ve had someone show Yoga poses and teach people. We’ve had comedians. These are regular programs that highlight people in the community and their talents,” Vaughn said.
“SongFarmers,” is an acoustic jam session with an audience that meets monthly on select Wednesdays. Participants can bring their own non-electric instruments and join the performance. They can bring a flute, or a trombone, and it generally features acoustic guitar and stringed instruments. The session is open to beginners as well as seasoned performers. Led by Jim Richardson, about 10-12 participants get together each month.
Offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month, “The Music Café,” is a performance opportunity for musicians of all experience levels. Each show consists of four 25-minute sets. Performers should sign up in advance to perform. The Music Café” started as a “poetry slam” at the Fitton Center several years ago. The program was born out of a love of bringing local music to the community and it features a variety of solo performers to bands.
“Creativa Convergence,” a program that’s been going on for many years, covers a wide range of talents and skills. It gives community members a chance to share a variety of talents including comedy, poetry, music, filmmakers, and more. The next “Creativa Convergence” program will be held on Sat., Apr. 9. Sign up will begin at 7 p.m. and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m.
Miami University Regionals Downtown Hamilton will continue to present a number on-going education and enrichment opportunities for members of the community.
“It’s our way of reaching out into the community from the campuses and sharing what we have to offer,” Vaughn said.
He said, “We established the Downtown Center with the idea of bringing people downtown before there was anything downtown. A lot of storefronts were empty, and it’s all changed since that time, and that’s good.”
The programs are offered at no cost to participants. For more information, contact John Vaughn, coordinator, Miami University Regionals Downtown Hamilton at (513) 785-1821, or by email at vaughnjh@MiamiOH.edu.