Ashland bandshell

Ashland Area Community Band performs at the Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell in 2017. 

ASHLAND -- The 71st annual Guy C. Myers Memorial Bandshell released a revised version of its summer concert schedule on Sunday, June 29.

Concerts are held from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and Thursdays and Sundays in August through August 9. Those seeking further information can call the event hotline at 419-281-3018 after 5 p.m.

According to coordinator Judith Webster, the event will follow recommended guidelines for social distancing.  Every other row of benches will be blocked. Donation buckets will be available but will not be passed through the audience. Patrons will pick up programs rather than staff handing them out.  Staff will wear masks.

The schedule is as follows.

Thursday, July 2HEY MAVIS:  For nearly 10 years this North coast Americana band has been weaving a musical tapestry, most recently in their latest release and book Silver Ribbon Dream; Songs of the Ohio & Erie Canal.  With heartfelt vocals, honest songwriting, blazing instrumental solos and onstage musical chemistry, this quartet defines great Americana music.

Sunday, July 5SEMER & KASTRAN BAND:  The group is led by two very talented and well known area singer songwriter, musicians, Roger Semer and Dean Kastran.  The band features a beautiful mix of two and three part harmonies accompanied by intricate acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar.  They offer an eclectic assortment of classic rock, folk and country featuring hits from the 50’s through the 80’s.

Tuesday, July 7THE REED CHAMBER TRIO presented by the Ashland Symphony Orchestra The Reed family lives in Ashland and has performed extensively with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.  Tom Reed, clarinet & saxophone, is Professor of Music and Chair of Music & Theater at Ashland University.  Jane Reed, violin and piano, teaches music at Ashland University.  Charlie Reed, cello, is a student at the Julliard School of Music in New York and is a graduate of Ashland High School, the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music.  Gershwin, light classics and patriotic selections are included in the group’s musical presentation.

Thursday, July 9:  NESSA Celtic inspired World music with classical and jazz influences while incorporating sounds and rhythms from the Caribbean, Africa, India, Irish traditional and folk genres, give a hint of what this group has to offer. Kelly McDermott’s songs tell a story enhanced by her beautiful flute playing and the bands outstanding musicianship. 

Sunday, July 12:  CREOLE STOMP This group has captured Louisiana music fans across America.  Led by French speaking fiddler and accordionist Dennis Stroughmatt, the band keeps listeners enthralled with a mix of contemporary blues, swamp pop and traditional Creole and zydeco tunes. 

Tuesday, July 14KROC CENTER BIG BAND:   Under the leadership of Music Coordinator Neil Ebert, the KC Big Band was formed in 2009 and is the premier performing group at the Ashland Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corp. Community Center. The Band samples many different artists such as Count Basie, Michael Buble’, Frank Sinatra and many more.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Thursday, July 16: FALCON PUNCH:  A jazz combo focused on video game music & jazz arrangements.  These local musicians include Michael Spalding- sax, Nic Serrano – drums, Cole Garrison-bass and Bandshell Stage Manager Satch Garlock- keys.  Due to the pandemic several events were cancelled.  This group has stepped up to take their spot and entertain us. 

Sunday, July 19: CRABGRASS:  The band comes with impressive lead vocals, superb harmonies and an undeniable talent for creating music.  Covering forms from traditional to modern bluegrass, their sound resonates with listeners of all ages, leaving a lasting impression on all of those who get the chance to see them live.   

Tuesday, July 21:        THE DIAMOND PROJECT BAND: Dedicated to performing a true replication of the musical styling of a live Neil Diamond concert, the band strives to incorporate, the excitement, energy and musicianship that only a live show can provide. Gary Gomez becomes Neil Diamond for 90 minutes and audiences love his performance.  thediamondprojectband                                                           

Thursday, July 23:  NORTHWEST TERRITORY:  This group has been preforming its own unique style of music since its first performance in 1989.  That style includes bluegrass, folk, country & gospel. The quartet of musicians has a harmony blend that is sure to please with a variety of duets, trios & lead vocals framed by outstanding musicianship. 

Sunday, July 26: CINCINNATI TRANSIT AUTHORITY:  This eight piece band pays tribute to the great horn driven sound of Chicago Transit Authority.   The Band consists of some of the areas best Rock, Jazz and Blues musicians.  The group takes great pride in performing spot on renditions of iconic Chicago Transit Authority tunes.  Expect to hear many of Chicago’s greatest hits.  

Tuesday, July 28:   AFTERMATH:  Delivering the sights, sounds and period costuming of the 60’s, through this group, the audience will relive the eralistening to the Beatles, Byrds, Stones, Turtles, Strawberry Alarm Clock and many more 60’s icons. 

Thursday, July 30: MID OHIO BARBERSHOP QUARTET NIGHT:  Three outstanding barbershop quartets will share the Bandshell stage. These foursomes will provide soaring acapella harmonies on a variety of familiar songs, both old & new. Featuring “Rerouted” from Columbus, a top ten finalist at the 2020 Barbershop Harmony Society’s International competition.  They will be joined by ”Top Shelf”(Columbus) & “Call Time” (Cleveland) each top 10 District finalists. The evening will be capped off with a triple quartet finale’.  Rusty Cates, long time Barbershop singer, will act as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Sunday, August 2 form 7 – 7:45 Valerie Salstrom:  One of America’s busiest swing dance teachers will be on hand to give a lesson to interested Band Shell patrons.  Participants must wear a mask or face shield. Valerie teaches all over the US, Canada & Europe and has a dance studio in Cleveland, Get Hep Swing. After the lesson, dance to the music of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra @ 8 along with Valerie and her partner.

Sunday, August 2: CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA: Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice for 33 years led by Paul Ferguson, promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms with gifted musicians, arrangers, composers and educators.  CJO aims for worldwide recognition in cooperation with gifted guest artists and looks to guide young musicians toward the future of jazz.  Dr. Scott Garlock of Ashland University is a member of CJO. 

Thursday, August 6: GRINGO STEW:  This group serves up American music with a touch of Southwestern spice.  Whether performing their unique originals or renditions of works by great American artist, one critical ingredient is authenticity.  Their songs feature real life and honest emotions backed up by outstanding vocals and multi instrumental talent.  

Sunday, August 9: ASHLAND REGIONAL BALLET: Sarah Cyders, Artistic Director Our traditional final event of the concert series, ARB presentsperformances in a wide range of styles including ballet, modern, jazz and tap offering great entertainment for the entire family and a richer artistic atmosphere in our community. 

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