When it comes to making plans for Valentine’s Day, or simply a fun, musical evening out, fans won’t want to miss these five concerts that are happening at venues across the region this month. From Amy Grant, Harpeth Rising and the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra to Over The Rhine and Shinedown, there’s something on the calendar for everyone.
Harpeth Rising will be in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, as part of the “Wine, Women & Song” series at the Fairfield Community Arts Center.
Named after a river in Nashville, Tenn., Harpeth Rising is made up of Maria Di Meglio (cello), Jordana Greenberg (violin) and Michelle Younger (banjo). The Fairfield show is a bit of a homecoming for Greenberg, who is based in Cincinnati, and Di Meglio, who lives in Columbus. Younger is based out of Rochester, N.Y.
“For us, this feels like a home gig. That’s so nice, because we can travel all over the world, to Australia and back, but this is a concert that feels like home, and that’s really special,” said Di Meglio.
Harpeth Rising’s music has been described as Chamberfolk; original music as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe.
Tickets are $20 for café seating and $18 for stadium seating. Guests can enjoy a cabaret setting for the concert with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar starting at 7 p.m. For tickets, call the FCAC Box Office at (513) 867-5348 or purchase tickets online at www.fairfieldoh.gov/tickets. Connect with Harpeth Rising online at www.HarpethRising.com.
Six-time Grammy-winning pop sensation Amy Grant will return to the Cincinnati Pops stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, to perform a selection of love songs, songs of faith, and some of her biggest hits including “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love is For” and “Baby, Baby,” among others. The concert will be conducted by Steven Reineke.
Grant has earned six Grammy Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, as well as three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums. S
Grant is also well known for her philanthropy. She and husband, Vince Gill, are tireless in their efforts to support worthy causes. Tickets range from $50 to $125, plus applicable fees. Call the ticketing office at (513) 381-3300, or visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org for more details. For the latest news and tour dates, visit www.amygrant.com.
Butler Philharmonic Orchestra
Led by Maestro Paul John Stanbery, music director and conductor, the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra will take the stage on Valentine’s Day weekend, with a pops-style performance at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. The evening will combine a mix of stunning classics, jazz standards and contemporary favorites. This performance is the perfect opportunity to share an evening with those you love.
The 75-member professional orchestra typically presents 10 to 12 concerts annually at local and regional venues. Led by Stanbery, members of the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus (The BPO Chorus) performed at Carnegie Hall in 2018. Tickets are $27 for Fitton Center members and $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets online at www.fittoncenter.org or call (513) 863-8873, ext. 110. Keep up with Butler Philharmonic at www.butlerphil.org.
Over the Rhine
Ohio-based band Over the Rhine will perform as part of the Miami Regionals Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Parrish Auditorium. Fronted by husband and wife team Linford Detweiler (keyboards, electric bass and vocals) and Karin Bergquist (vocals, acoustic guitar and piano), the band will perform as an acoustic trio.
Audiences can expect to hear Over the Rhine favorites, along with some new songs from their forthcoming release, Love & Revelation, which will be released on March 15. The fan-funded project can be pre-ordered at www.overtherhine.com.
“Our listeners are always hungry for new music. They love albums, so it’s not just about one song. So, it was encouraging to see how incredibly excited they were about being part of this process of making music,” said Detweiler.
Tickets for the concert are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, faculty and staff, students and children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available online at www.miamioh.edu/Regionals/ArtistSeries, or by calling the Miami University Box Office at (513) 529-3200 ext. 1. Tickets are also available at the cashiers’ windows at both the Hamilton and Middletown campuses of Miami University. (The show is expected to sell out.) For more information or questions about tickets, email RegArtistSeries@MiamiOH.edu or contact Perry Richardson, director of the Artist Series at perry.richardson@MiamiOH.edu, or by calling (513) 785-3221.
Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown will perform at Wright State University’s Nutter Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, as part of its 2019 Attention Attention World Tour, which will kick off on Feb. 20 in Estero, Fla. Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria will open the show.
“…You are going to get, essentially, no holds barred, three bands that know how to play in front of big audiences. Ultimately, with that, you need to bring a spectacle, production, and you also need to bring an experience to the public. So, what people can expect when they come into the building that night is to be completely blown away by what we have in store for them,” said Brent Smith, frontman of Shinedown.
Shinedown has been at the top of the charts with the band’s new album Attention Attention. Shinedown’s powerful anthem “Get Up” speaks to overcoming personal struggles of any kind with its offer of hope, empathy and encouragement.
Tickets start at $30, plus applicable ticketing fees. For tickets and more info., go to www.nuttercenter.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Check out Shinedown online at www.shinedown.com.