John Cowan and friends to kick off MUH Artists Series


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In support of John Cowan’s new album entitled “Sixty,” Cowan performs with Doobie Brothers bandmate and album producer John McFee.

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 pm in Parrish Auditorium!

John Cowan, one of the most legendary voices in roots music, will soon release a album entitled “Sixty.” Cowan recently completed putting the finishing touches on the project which promises to be the celebrated singer/bassist’s most ambitious and compelling solo release to date.

Working with Doobie Brothers band mate John McFee, who expertly helms the producer’s chair, Cowan has assembled an impressive list of guest artists (friends), including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bonnie Bramlett, Jim Messina, Huey Lewis, Ray Benson, John Jorgenson, Chris Hillman, Andrea Zonn, Sam Bush and others on the way to creating what is shaping up to be a cross-genre musical celebration of his 35+ year career.

John Cowan, universally known as “The Voice…

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Tickets for all shows go on sale July 15th through the Box Office in the Shriver Center

You can purchase tickets for all of the upcoming shows on the Hamilton and Middletown Campuses of Miami University beginning July 15th. Tickets may be purchased in person at the H.O.M.E. Office in the Shriver Center, by phone (513 529-3200) or through the internet, Fees will vary according to the method of purchase.

Season tickets for either campus are available by mail only. Email the Series Director at for a mail order form.

Acts appearing this season include John Cowan, John McFee, and Friends, Pokey Lafarge’s Central Standard Time Show, The Quebe Sisters, Tim Shelton, Richard Thompson (solo acoustic), Hot Rize, Balsam Range, Helen Highwater, Carlos Nunez, April Verch Band, Huun Huur Tu, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Gibson Brothers

Let the buying begin!!!

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Richard Thompson (solo acoustic) to perform at Miami Middletown on October 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists by Rolling Stone Magazine, Richard Thompson has dazzled audiences all over the world since his days as a member of Fairport Convention. This promises to be a special evening. All seats are reserved and cost $35.

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Pokey LaFarge’s Central Standard Time Tour and Hot Rize with special guests, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers open Miami Middletown Artist Series this Fall.

Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour -a self-contained, traveling festival of American music – will be cutting a trail through the Midwest and Upper South, USA this September 10-24!

It’s not just your average show, folks; The Central Time Tour is an evening revue of various American musical styles. Special guest and master of ceremoniesDom Flemons (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) guides an evening of performances by Pokey LaFarge and his band, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége and the Cajun Country Revival, The Tillers and The Loot Rock Gang. This diverse lineup presents styles ranging from string ragtime to country blues to Appalachian folk to Cajun dancehall music and beyond!

“I’ve always been inspired by the revue tours of the mid-twentieth century. These tours sent a caravan of musicians, often from the same record label, to towns across America-big and small-for an evening of music and dancing. My vision for the Central Time Tour rests on this tradition, but presents a wider variety of music, a really well-rounded night of entertainment. I hope it will bring a stronger awareness to the original music of the Midwest, which I believe is often overlooked or under-appreciated. I chose four incredible bands to travel with us-bands that are a bit more underground, write original music, and perhaps our audiences have not yet heard of or seen live. With the Central Time Tour, I want to broaden the appreciation of what it is that makes the Midwest a special place. I want to turn people on to quality music they wouldn’t likely hear on the radio. I want to celebrate our diverse American traditions, and above all, give the good people of the Midwest no choice but to dance, sing and put their minds at ease when the Central Time Tour comes to town.”

~Pokey LaFarge

Hot Rize has marked over 30 years in the bluegrass history book. Following the untimely passing of guitarist Charles Sawtelle in 1999, the band reorganized in 2002 with Bryan Sutton on guitar and has continued to play several shows each year, delivering its high-energy, soulful, and unique sound to fans old and new. Though many years from its full-time touring period of 1978-1990, Hot Rize has kept its legend growing by delivering first-class music and entertainment as only it can.

Hot Rize with special guests, Red KNuckles and the Trailblazer will appear at Dave Finkelman Auditorium on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

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John Cowan, John McFee and Friends open Miami Hamilton Series for 2014-15

Here’s the lineup:

John Cowan, John McFee and Friends -Saturday, September 13, 2014

John Cowan, the voice of Newgrass and current member of the Doobie Brothers is joined by Doobie Brother, John McFee and TBA Friends with music from John’s new album, “Sixty”.

The Quebe Sisters with special guest, Tim Shelton -Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tripple fiddles and gorgeous harmonies are provided by the three sisters from Texas. Bob Wills meets the Andrews Sisters might be the best way to describe them. New Found Road lead singer, Tim Shelton kicks off the evening with a solo set.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Date to be announced.

We have had to postpone this show until the Spring of 2015. Look for an update soon.

Huun Huur Tu – Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Unique throat singers from Tuva. Native costumes, cool instruments, and singing that must be experienced.

Balsam Range and Helen Highwater String Band -Saturday, February 28, 2015

IBMA 2013 Album of the Year and 2011 IBMA Song of the Year winners Balsam Range bring their high energy bluegrass to Parrish auditorium. Featuring three lead singers and exquisite playing, they are the not to be missed bluegrass band on the circuit today.

Helen Highwater features four of the the top players on the acoustic music scene. Missy Raines,7-time IBMA bass player of the year, Mike Compton (Nashville Bluegrass Band), David Grier (three-time IBMA Guitar player of the year), and Shad Cobb (also of John Cowan Band). This should be a treat!!

Season tickets for the Hamilton Series are $120, $110 for Miami Faculty, Staff, and Seniors, $80 for Students and children 12 and under.

email for an order form. NO FEES on mail orders. Single tickets will go sale at the Miami box Office in Oxford on about July 15th.



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Miami University Hamilton will announce their 2014-15 Series lineup on Thursday, June 5!!

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Keb Mo’ show on April 12th and Goo Goo Dolls -The Otis Midnight Sessions on April 25th are SOLD OUT!!

Thanks for your support. Look for 14-15 season announcements soon.

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Maria Muldaur and the Campbell Brothers perform at Miami Hamilton on Saturday, March 1.

This will be a unique opportunity to see one of the legends of Americana music with some of the hottest steel guitar players in the world. Don’t miss it. Tickets will be available at the door. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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The Goo Goo Dolls Coming to Miami University Middletown on Friday, April 25th for the Otis Midnight Sessions

We are thrilled to announce that the Miami Regional Artist Series has been selected to host one of the shows on the The Otis Midnight Sessions tour with the Goo Goo Dolls.

River Runs North opens the show at 7:30 p.m.

The public sale of tickets will begin on Friday, February 14th at 9:00 a.m. Call 513 529-3200 for tickets. (There will be a separate pre-sale for Miami University students,faculty, and staff on February 11th.

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Miami University Regional Artist Series performers garner 4 Grammy nominations

Sarah Jarosz received two (Best Folk Album and Best Americana Song), Della Mae (Best Bluegrass Album, and the Milk Carton Kids (Best Folk Album. In addition 14 Grammy nominations went out to previous Regional Artist Series performers.

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