Internet Website is down again!! Call 529-3200 (Oxford Box Office) or 513 727-3412 (Middletown)to order tickets

It is frustrating for us too!!

Email me at with any questions.

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On-line sales are available again at -other options are also available

In addition to internet sales at, you can call 513 529-3200 during normal business hours.

The Cashier’s office on the Middletown Campus has a supply of tickets and will also sell over the phone. Call 513 727-3412 and speak to Diane or Tracy.

Season tickets are still available by mail order. Email the Series Director at for a form (you can also order single tickets through this method as well with NO FEES).

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August 20th, 2014 – Our Internet Ticketing System is down -Alternative ways to buy tickets

1. You can purchase tickets in person or by phone thorough the Cashier’s Office on The Middletown Campus. Call 513 727-3412 and speak with either Tracy or Diane. Credit Cards accepted. No Fees on these purchases.

2. Mail order – Email for a form. Make a check payable to Miami University. Your tickets will be mailed to you. There are NO FEES on these purchases as well.

Sorry for the problems with the ticketing system, but this is the fault of our provider and not the University.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops to appear at Miami University Hamilton on Friday, October 24th, 2014

The date is set. Tickets are on sale now at H.O.M.E. Box Office in Oxford. Call 513 529-3200 to get your tickets. email for a mail order form (NO Fees)

In early 2012, Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops released their studio album Leaving Eden (Nonesuch Records) produced by Buddy Miller. The traditional African-American string band’s album was recorded in Nashville and featured founding members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, along with multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and cellist Leyla McCalla, already a familiar presence at the group’s live shows. With Flemons and McCalla now concentrating on solo work, the group’s 2014 lineup will feature two more virtuosic players alongside Giddens and Jenkins – cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett — illustrating the expansive, continually exploratory nature of the Chocolate Drops’ music. Expect a new disc from this quartet in 2015.
The Chocolate Drops got their start in 2005 with Giddens, Flemons and fiddle player Justin Robinson, who amicably left the group in 2011. The Durham, North Carolina-based trio would travel every Thursday night to the home of old-time fiddler and songster Joe Thompson to learn tunes, listen to stories and, most importantly, to jam. Joe was in his 80s, a black fiddler with a short bowing style that he inherited from generations of family musicians. Now he was passing those same lessons onto a new generation. When the three students decided to form a band, they didn’t have big plans. It was mostly a tribute to Joe, a chance to bring his music back out of the house again and into dancehalls and public places.
With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig—which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. The virtuosic trio’s approach was provocative and revelatory. Their concerts, The New York Times declared, were “an end-to-end display of excellence… They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string- band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.”
Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.” If you ask the band, that is what matters most. Yes, banjos and black string musicians first got here on slave ships, but now this is everyone’s music. It’s okay to mix it up and go where the spirit moves.
“An appealing grab-bag of antique country, blues, jug band hits and gospel hollers, all given an agreeably downhome production. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are still the most electrifying acoustic act around.” -The Guardian
“The Carolina Chocolate Drops are…revisiting, with a joyful vengeance, black string-band and jug-band music of the Twenties and Thirties—the dirt-floor dance electricity of the Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon’s Jug Stompers.” —Rolling Stone
–Michael Hill

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John Cowan and friends to kick off MUH Artists Series


Thanks to HEY! Hamilton! for their support.

Originally posted on HEY! Hamilton!:

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.

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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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