Shawnee, Ohio (2016): Live Music, Images, Recordings October 29th

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Purchase Tickets Here for October 29th Show

A unique multi-media experience is coming to the Tecumseh Commons on Saturday evening, October 29 Shawnee, Ohio (2016) is a compilation of live music, projected images, audio and history that catches a glimpse of life in the Little Cities of Black Diamonds region past and present.  Created by Columbus artist Brian Harnetty, the show will touch the senses and demonstrate how art can provoke thought and emotion about place and people.  The event will come to Shawnee after a two-day run at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus on the previous evenings.

Performed with sampled archives, field recordings and live musicians, Shawnee, Ohio (2016) critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history to ask: What are the sounds of mining? Of fracking? Of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline? These sounds are recorded as compositional material reflecting layers of history and memory in Appalachian Ohio. Shawnee’s history includes coal, gas and clay extraction, and the formation of early labor unions. The town’s downturn and partial restoration act as an ethos of the struggles and hopes of the larger region. Shawnee, Ohio considers these histories, evokes place through sound, and listens to the present alongside traces of the past.

The show begins at 7PM. Tickets for the October 29th event at the Tecumseh Commons are available for $10 per person in advance by clicking here or can be purchased from Hannah Furniture in Shawnee, Newlon Tire and Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington, Insea Sound Shop in Nelsonville, A New View in Corning, and Haffa’s Records in Athens. Tickets are $15 at the door.   Seating is limited and advanced tickets are highly recommended.  All tickets purchased on-line will be available via will-call at the door the night of the event.  No tickets will be mailed in advance.  Complimentary legal beverages will be available with contributions for such welcomed. 

A pre-concert pot luck supper will also be available beginning at 5:30pm in the Tecumseh Commons where ticketed attendees can meet Harnetty and the orchestra he has assembled for this event.  Bring a dish or dessert to share and (preferably) your own zero-waste table settings.

Shawnee is located in southern Perry County in the Wayne National Forest at the intersections of State Routes 93 & 155, 65 miles southeast of Columbus, 15 miles east of Logan and 25 northeast of Athens.  The Tecumseh Commons is located at 114 West Main Street, Shawnee, Ohio  43782.

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Harnetty befriended Shawnee in 2010 while working on his doctorate in fine arts at Ohio University immersing himself in the study and relevance of sound.  He assisted the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council in producing a sample audio for visitors to listen to while visiting different sites in the area, funded by a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Although the project is still on hold seeking full funding, his interest and investment in the the Little Cities region has remained active.  Beyond the charm of the place and people, Harnetty also has reason to feel grounded here as Shawnee is the ancestral home of his mother’s family, the Williams while nearby Junction City is the ancestral home of the Harnetty side of the family.

Expect an artistic experience, unique to audiences everywhere when you attend this event.  So unique, Harnetty work has been co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, Duke Performances at Duke University, and the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati). Shawnee, Ohio is a project of Creative Capital. It will premiere at the Wexner Center on October 27 and 28, 2016. It will be released on Dust-to-Digital Records in April, 2017.

Tickets for the Saturday, October 29th event at the Tecumseh Commons are available for $10 per person in advance by clicking here or can be purchased from Hannah Furniture in Shawnee, Newlon Tire and Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington, Insea Sound Shop in Nelsonville, A New View in Corning, and Haffa’s Records in Athens. Tickets are $15 at the door.   Seating is limited and advanced tickets are highly recommended.  All tickets purchased on-line will be available via will-call at the door the night of the event.  No tickets will be mailed in advance.  Complimentary legal beverages will be available with contributions for such welcomed. 

A pre-concert pot luck supper will also be available beginning at 5:30pm in the Tecumseh Commons where attendees can meet Harnetty and the orchestra he has assembled for this event.  Bring a dish or dessert to share and (preferably) your own table settings.

Proceeds from Shawnee, Ohio 2016 at the Tecumseh Commons benefit the on-going maintenance and restoration of the treasured Tecumseh Theater landmark building in Historic Shawnee.  The Tecumseh Theater/Tecumseh Commons thanks Harnetty for his generous provision of this event to the regional community at no cost and as a fundraiser for our organization!

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