Storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku will serve as emcee at the fast-moving Urban Appalachian Showcase on Saturday, April 7, 7:30 – 9:30 PM,  at the Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut Street.

Join the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, host to the 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, for an exciting program featuring the best of greater Cincinnati’s urban Appalachian singers, musicians, writers, and spoken word artists.

Bluegrass legend, writer, and radio personality Katie Laur – a perceptive voice about Appalachian life in Cincinnati – is joined by a cornucopia of performing artists including:

  • the old-time ensemble Rabbit Hash String Band;
  • songwriter (and basketball legend) Jean Dowell with Mike Oberst of the Tillers;
  • the multi-generational Tellico Family Band;
  • Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel and Richard Hague of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative;
  • and WordPlay Cincy’s Desirae Hosley accompanied by young spoken word artists.

The Urban Appalachian Showcase is supported by Cincinnati Arts Association and ArtsWave.


Information and public tickets available beginning February 23 at

In addition to this event, we also invite you to take part in a series of free music, film and literary programs, supported in part by ArtsWave, to be held at downtown and Over the Rhine locations during the Conference,  April 5-8, 2018. Read more on our ASA 2018 Community Entertainment page.