Sharon Isbin, Premier Classical Guitarist, and the Steeldrivers bluegrass band on tap for 2015 -16 Miami Hamilton Artist Series

Sharon Isbin – October 24th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and many others. She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), her own series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. She is a frequent guest on national radio programs including All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She has been profiled on television throughout the world, including CBS Sunday Morning and A&E. She was a featured guest on Showtime Television’s hit seriesThe L Word, and was the only classical artist to perform in the 2010 GRAMMY Awards. She performed as featured soloist on the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film, The Departed. Among her other career highlights, she performed at Ground Zero on September 11, 2002, for the internationally televised memorial, and in concert at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama in November 2009. She has been profiled in periodicals from People to ElleThe Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as well as on the cover of over 45 magazines. A one-hour documentary on her titled Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, produced by Susan Dangel, will be presented by American Public Television for broadcast on nearly 200 public television stations throughout the US this November-December 2014, and released on DVD/Blu-ray by Video Artists International.

The Steeldrivers – April 16th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”

Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie “Get Low”. The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” in her live performances. Her opinion of The SteelDrivers is: “They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.” They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

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Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary, and Patty Griffin highlight Miami Middletown 2015-16 Season

Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester – September 25, 2015

The Earls of Leicester, a tribute to legendary bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, will be released by Rounder Records on September 16, 2014.

“This record is something I’ve been waiting my whole life to do,” veteran Dobro master Jerry Douglas says of the self-titled debut by the new all-star dream team combo that he has assembled, organized and produced.

The six-man band encompasses Douglas plus acclaimed writer, producer, and solo artist Shawn Camp on lead vocals and guitar, renowned Nashville banjoist Charlie Cushman on banjo and guitars, veteran songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Hot Rize member Tim O’Brien on vocals and mandolin, second-generation fiddle phenom Johnny Warren, and Barry Bales, Douglas’ longtime bandmate in Alison Krauss and Union Station, on vocals and bass.

The new group is the product of Douglas’s lifelong passion for the music of bluegrass pioneers Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and their band the Foggy Mountain Boys, whose seminal work in the ’50s and ’60s created the template for what we know as contemporary bluegrass, and transcended traditional genre barriers to popularize the music with an unprecedented mass audience.

The punningly-titled The Earls of Leicester revisits 14 timeless favorites from the Flatt and Scruggs songbook, infusing such rousing numbers as “Big Black Train,” “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down,” “Shuckin’ the Corn,” “Dig A Hole in the Meadow” and “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke” with fresh energy, while maintaining the same emotional authenticity, instrumental expertise and vibrant creative spirit that made the original versions such enduring classics.Note: Tim O’Brien is not currently touring with the band.

Arlo Guthrie –Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour – October 14th, 2015

Legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie embarks on a 18-month North American tour launching January 21, 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired the seminal song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree“. A musical monologue running more than 18 minutes, “Alice’s Restaurant” has become a Thanksgiving holiday anthem to families across the globe and it all originates from Guthrie’s experience on Thanksgiving in 1965.

“I didn’t think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ again,” Arlo Guthrie says with a smile. “It was a quirky kinda thing to begin with. Nobody writes an 18-minute monologue expecting fame and fortune. The initial success of the song really took me by surprise more than anyone else. The fact that I have contended with it for five decades either by having to learn it again or by not doing it, has been an interesting balancing act. I’m surely looking forward to adding it to the repertoire though for the 50th anniversary tour.”

“Alice’s Restaurant’s” hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo Guthrie from military service (1966) became a platinum selling record (1967) and full-length motion picture (1969) at the outset of his lauded career. Interestingly enough, the song’s lyrics reference the number 50 several times (i.e. “…there was five police officers, and three police cars, being the biggest crime of the last 50 years… I had to pay $50 to pick up the garbage…”), and here we are 50 years later commemorating the lengthiest hit single in music history. Due of its length, Arlo has only added the complete “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” to his touring menu on the 10-year anniversaries.

For the last five decades, Arlo has carried on the Guthrie family legacy of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classics to audiences far and wide. “The Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour” brings together an ensemble of fine musicians never to grace the stage together at one time. Arlo’s deft band includes Terry Hall(drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren Todd (guitar), and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards). Each show is also curated with a special multi-media presentation featuring previously unseen images from the Guthrie archives. More than 75,000 photos have recently been digitized, and selections will be projected along withPeter Star’s claymation film depicting Arlo’s “Motorcycle Song”.

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anais Mitchell –March 18th, 2016

In a highly anticipated national tour, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin joins forces with Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting and perfomance. More than just a three-act show, this special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening.

With a career spanning over two decades, Griffin is the recipient of a Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album,” a Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album,” and The American Music Association’s 2007 “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” awards. In addition to standing out in a crowded field as an incredible vocalist, Griffin is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Bette Midler, as well as most of the material on her own impressive catalogue of recordings.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins, first praised for her work as a founding member of Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, has since established an extraordinary solo career including highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborations with artists such as John Mayer and The Decemberists and has made a name for herself on radio with frequent appearances on A Prairie Home Companion.

Anaïs Mitchell has been compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch for her musical style, sound and performance. Winner of the Kerrville Festival’s “New Folk Award” and nominee for the Folk Alliance’s “Best Contemporary Artist Award”, Mitchell is widely recognized as a unique and impressive young voice in the resurging American folk movement. Her most recent album was largely praised by critics as “genre-defining” and her “second consecutive masterpiece.”

The full season will be announced upon completion. Tickets are currently available for the Earls of Leicester by mail. Please email for details.

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Tickets will be available at the door for the Carlos Nunez and April Verch show on Saturday, March14th at 7:30 p.m.

The Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m. Miami University Middletown accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.

We look forward to seeing you for this unique and exciting double bill.

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Tickets are still available for the Balsam Range/Helen Highwater show tonight at Parrish Auditorium.

We only accept cash or checks at the door.

Don’t miss this great show!!

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IBMA Entertainers of the Year, Balsam Range and Helen Highwater kick off the second half of the season this Saturday, Feb.28th

2014 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, Balsam Range make their first appearance on the Miami Hamilton Artist Series this Saturday night. In addition, they won the Vocal Group of the Year Award and Buddy Melton won the Best Male Vocalist of the year Award.

Helen Highwater is a new group with 4 Bluegrass superstars, Missy Raines (7 time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Mike Compton (also of the Nashville Bluegrass Band), David Grier (3 time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year), and Shad Cobb (formerly of the John Cowan Band).

Tickets will be available at the door and the show start at 7:30 p.m.

Carlos Nunez and the April Verch Band continue the Series in Middletown on March 14th, 2015.

The Travelin’ McCourys and The Gibson Brothers finish the season on April 11, 2015

Tickets can be purchased by calling 513 529-3200 at the box Office in the Shriver Center.

The 2015-16 season begins on the Middletown Campus on Friday, September 25, 2015. Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester. This group won this year’s Grammy Award for the Best Album in bluegrass. Their tribute to Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys is not to be missed. Ticket details to announced soon.

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Hot Rize tickets will be available at the Box Office tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Come out and see the group Garrison Keillor calls “the Lamborghini of bluegrass”.

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Update: Jay Ungar and Molly Mason tickets are all gone! Huun Huur Tu and Hot Rize still available.

All of the Free tickets for Thursday’s Jay Ungar and Molly Mason show at Parrish Auditorium have been distributed. Seats may still available the evening of the performance depending on no-shows.

Huun Huur Tu (Tuvan throat singers) tickets will be available the evening of the show. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton.

Hot Rize with special guests Red Knuckle and the Trailblazers tickets are also still available. Tim O”Brien, Bryan Sutton, Pete Wernick, and Nick Forster will presenting songs from their #1 selling bluegrass album and more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m at Dave Finkelman Auditorium on the Middletown Campus .

Hope to see you there.

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Tickets will be available for the Carolina Chocolate Drops tonight at Miami University Hamilton. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Please be advised that we only accept cash or checks for ticket sales at Miami Hamilton.

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Tickets will be available at the door for the Richard Thompson show on Saturday, October 18th!!

The Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m. There will be approximately 75 tickets for sale. Amanda Shires opens the show at 7:30 p.m followed by Richard Thompson at about 8:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Tickets will be available at the door for The Quebe Sisters with special guest, Tim Shelton, tonight at Parrish Audtorium.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Cash and checks accepted at the door.

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