Storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku will serve as emcee and quilts by the late fiber artist Maxine Groves adorn the stage 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.

  • Bluegrass legend, writer, and radio personality Katie Laur , a perceptive voice about Appalachian life in Cincinnati is joined by Ma Crow and special guest Memphis “Bec” Gentry, an old-time country blues singer;
  • The old-time ensemble, the Rabbit Hash String Band belting out old-time harmonies, and sharing a tall tale or two along the way;
  • Songwriter (and basketball legend) Jean Dowell with Mike Oberst of the Tillers, whose musical collaboration has thrilled folk and bluegrass audiences around the region;
  • The multi-generational Tellico Family Band with original and traditional Appalachian songs that tell stories of land and family, love and loss, changed ways of living and working;
  • Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel and Weatherford Award winner Richard Hague reading poems of migration and home by contributors to the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative’s journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel;
  • WordPlay Cincy’s Desirae Hosley accompanied by young spoken word artists from WordPlay, Oyler High School and more performing collaborative poems on heritage, family and identity.

The Urban Appalachian Showcase is supported by Cincinnati Arts Association and ArtsWave. Miami University Regionals Appalachian Studies serves as co-sponsor.


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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.