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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David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio to perform at Parrish Auditorium on November 16th at 7:30 p.m.

David Grisman will be making a rare appearance in SW Ohio on November 16th with the Folk Jazz Trio featuring his son, Samson on bass, and Jim Hurst, on guitar. 

Tickets are available by calling 513 529-3200 or at (fees apply).

This is our last show in 2013.

Coming up in 2014:

Blue Highway with special guests, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Maria Muldaur and the Campbell Brothers

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Steep Canyon Rangers and Della Mae this Saturday, October 26th at Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton, Ohio

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Sean Rowe will no longer be opening for the Milk Carton Kids on November 2nd

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New York Times article previews new albums from future (Jarosz) and past (Los Lobos, Corea, Bey, and more) Miami Regional performers

A recent article in the Times provides information about a number of upcoming artists with new albums. They include:

SARAH JAROSZ Now 22, this singer-songwriter has been celebrated as a roots-music prodigy since her teens, mainly for her proficiency on mandolin, banjo and guitar. With “Build Me Up From Bones” (Sugar Hill) her third album, she moves past precocity toward the full bloom of artistry: the singing is more deeply self-assured, and the songs are grounded in truer emotional terrain. She’s also savvy about her borrowings, covering Joanna Newsom as well as Bob Dylan, with cool understatement in each case.

CHICK COREA AND THE VIGIL With “The Vigil,” recently released on Concord Jazz, the keyboardist Chick Corea began another chapter in his fusion odyssey, exploring mytho-cosmic themes with an ace young band.

MARTIN HAYES AND DENNIS CAHILL In their long collaboration, the fiddler Martin Hayes and the guitarist Dennis Cahill have found intriguing possibilities within the traditional Irish repertory — glimmers of jazz, Minimalism and chamber music — without diluting the traditional spirit.

BILL FRISELL: GERSHWIN & BEYOND Jazz at Lincoln Center entrusted the guitarist Bill Frisell with devising a series of concerts. Typically for him, he’s dealing with American music as a broad, interconnected story, containing jazz, Tin Pan Alley, country and early blues as equal parts.

ANDY BEY Solo voice-and-piano records by the 73-year-old jazz singer Andy Bey are not to be missed: they’re transfixing and transforming, revealing slow tempos and strong colors in standards and bebop and his own searching originals.

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Gospel meets indie rock in the latest unexpected collaboration by the venerable Blind Boys of Alabama, a group formed in the 1930s. Their producer on “I’ll Find a Way” (Sony Masterworks) is Justin Vernon, widely known as Bon Iver’s songwriter and Kanye West’s occasional collaborator.

LOS LOBOS Formed in East Los Angeles in 1973, the Mexican-American band Los Lobos drew on decades of its repertory for shows at City Winery, which were recorded for a live album: “Disconnected in New York” (429 Records).

JIM HALL TRIO/CHRIS POTTER’S UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA The career of the great jazz guitarist Jim Hall, 82, describes one long arc of refinement. He upholds his half of this double bill with the bassist Scott Colley and the drummer Lewis Nash, a regular rhythm team. The concert’s other half belongs to the tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and an expanded version of his jazz-funkish Underground band, featuring the guitarists John Abercrombie and Peter Bernstein.

FRED HERSCH AND JULIAN LAGE Mr. Hersch, a precise and lyrical pianist, has a natural conversational partner in Mr. Lage, a young guitarist with a fluent, fastidious style. On the heels of a sparkling new album, “Free Flying” (Palmetto)

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Verdict is in: The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz are a hit with Newport Folk Festival goers


I was also keen on the dry, tongue-in-cheek suit and tie wearing duo Milk Carton Kids, moreso than the Seattle chamber-folk band Hey Marseilles, who were pleasant enough, but they’ve got a long ways to go before stepping outside the Decemberists-Arcade Fire-Death Cab for Cutie box they’ve built.


Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Enquirer Folk Music Critic

Milk Carton Kids – Now this is what we were expecting out of a folk festival: classic sounds that could have come out of Greenwich Village during the Kennedy administration. The Milk Carton Kids specialize in gorgeous vocal and heart-rending melodies, but if the folk thing doesn’t work out for them they’ve definitely got a career in stand-up comedy waiting for them if they want it. But the folk thing will work, if the overwhelming reaction at the Quad stage is any indication.

The rain came early and often – a mist to begin, finding its way to a steady spit. I didn’t even notice at first, to be honest. I was nestled in the center of a large and solid tent, a few rows back, watching the Milk Carton Kids play one of the first and finest sets of Day One at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

“We’ve worn our finest suits,” joked Joey Ryan after the duo’s first song or two. “[We] brought these notes that’ll help us put on the most professional show possible.”

As their set unfolded, Ryan and his songwriting partner Kenneth Pattengale dropped one-liners about the remarkable collection of photographers and the crowd around the tent. No doubt they were marveling at how far they’ve come in the three years since they blended their solo careers into a collaboration so intuitive it often sounds like they’re singing in the same voice, just on different notes. Of course, between jokes, they unleashed the music, with its daringly tight harmonies and heartbreaking lyrics. They pulled mostly from their recent release The Ash and Clay (Anti-, 2013), though a few of the songs reached back farther than that. For many under this tent, though, it was likely all new.

After a day of rain and drenched shoes squishing through mud, the second day of this year’s Newport Folk Festival was beating with sun. Arriving a little late, I took a seat at the back of the crowd around the Harbor Tent for Sarah Jarosz. Backed by Nathaniel Smith on cello and Alex Hargreaves on fiddle, Jarosz moved through material from across her two already-released albums, as well as a couple of selections from her forthcoming disc – due on Sugar Hill Records Aug. 6. She covered Tim O’Brien and shared one she co-wrote with Darrell Scott. It was a lovely set, marked by Jarosz’s remarkably casual dexterity on her instruments…

Kim Ruehl

Sarah will be appearing on the Hamilton Campus of Miami University on Saturday, September 28 and The Milk Carton Kids will be in Middletown at Dave Finkelman Auditorium on November 2.

Tickets are available now by calling (513) 529-3200 or at

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Sean Rowe added to The Milk Carton Kids Show at Miami Middletown on Nov. 2

Sean Rowe will open the evening on Saturday, November 2nd at Miami University Middletown. The Wall Street Journal describes Sean this way, “He is a true singer, and his guitar style is unique to himself.”

Get more information about Sean at his website, 

You can purchase tickets for this show and all Miami University Regional events at or by calling the box office at 513 529-3200 during business hours.

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Milk Carton Kids album, The Ash and Clay. named as one of the best albums of 2013 (so far) by Glide Magazine

Glide Magazine –Best albums of 2013 (so far)

Milk Carton Kids- The Ash & Clay

With obvious comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, this T-Bone Burnett-produced album hits all types of sweet spots: rich vocal harmonies, emotive guitar work and poetic lyrics. Their classic folk revival sound of twin acoustic guitars and matching harmonies never sounds obtrusive or wrong, but instead, like a good Gillian Welch tune, conjures a peaceful easy feeling.

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