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 2013

Fundraiser!

Winter Jam with Chris Logsdon

Columbus area musician, singer/songwriter, entertainer and guitarist, Chris Logsdon will join us for a fund raising concert at the Tecumseh Commons on Sunday, January 27, 2013 beginning atChrisLodgsonLogo5PM (doors open at 4PM).  Chris has been performing his own unique version of acoustic rock favorites for audiences across the state of Ohio for 30 years now. In the tradition of such live performance icons as Jimmy Buffett and Pat Dailey.

Logsdon has forged his own reputation as a true “live”  entertainer. Chris puts on a fun, interactive show that you have to experience to appreciate.   An evening with Chris Logsdon is more than just great music…it truly is real entertainment!

Chris has friends in the Shawnee area and played here at several venues early in his career.  He returns to join with old friends and make new while supporting the Tecumseh Common’s on-going operation and the Tecumseh  Theater’s restoration.

The Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 114-116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.  Food and beer will be available for sale during the concert.

Tickets On Sale!

Ray Bond & The Black Diamond Band

Saturday Evening, July 13

Ray Bond & The Black Diamond Band will visit the Tecumseh Commons at 7PM on Saturday evening, July 13 for the fourth in a series of Tecumseh Theater fundraiser concerts this year.  This is our first outreach to Country music fans in the region and we look for a good crowd.  Bond hails from Lancaster, Ohio and has ties to Shawnee, adding local interest to this event.

The band raised eyebrows on the country music scene with its 2012 release Can You Feel Me and are in the recording studio again this year with additional original music in the works.  A number of the band’s songs are available at www.reverbnation.com/raybond. 

Ray BondRaymond has been nominated for  awards fby Mr. Cliff Ayers chairman of the Entertainers Indi-association and has performed in various venues in Nashville including the Hall of Fame Lounge, Gabes Lounge, Legends Corner, Nashville Palace, and The Second Fiddle.   Members of the Black Diamond Band are Craig Gillman (Lead/Mandolin/Banjo/Keyboard), Jim McAvoy (Bass), Lee McCuistion (Rhythm/Backup), Susan Cunningham, and Lydia McAvoy (backup Vocals)

The concert series is helping the building’s owner, the non-profit Sunday Creek Associates, to keep up with mortgage payments, make equipment improvements to the first floor Tecumseh Commons, and lay the groundwork for the restoration of the main opera house style theater located upstairs above the Commons space. Come early to the concert for a tour of the upstairs space as well as to enjoy good food and cold beer.

Tickets are $10 in advance available on-line through Pay Pal. If you don’t have a Pay Pal account just hit the “Don’t Have A Pay Pal Account” option and a screen will appear where you enter your credit card information. All major credit cards are accepted. We do not mail tickets. They will be available in your name at the gate the evening of the concert. Advance tickets are also available at Dodson’s On Broadway and Newlon Tire in New Lexington, Hannah Furniture, the Tecumseh Commons and the Community Exchange Gift Shop in Shawnee.

Tecumseh Theater Friends would like to thank everyone who attended the January concert with Chris Logsdon, the March concert with Cliff Cody and the May concert with Sweet Misery. Each were very successful with the May concert being our first sold out event! We would also like to thank these musicians who contributed their talents to the events!

Consider getting involved in the effort to save this historic building by visiting the Tecumseh Theater Friends link on this website!

The Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 114-116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio. Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County. For more information call us at 740-394-2660. Food and beer will be available for sale during the concert. Doors open at 6PM.

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Hayley Watson Concert September 27

Powerful Voice, Huge Talent

Our year of fundraising  concerHayley Watsonts continues on Friday evening, September 27 as the talented Hayley Watson visits the Tecumseh Commons.  Hayley’s powerful and engaging voice captures audiences of all ages and musical interests delivering powerful cover songs from Adele, Lady Gaga, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline, Sugarland and KISS along with her own original music.  Purchase tickets on-line here for this not-to-be missed concert.

Hayley’s music career began and 14 and she has since dedicated 16 years of her life performing this year alone at over 185 different public and private events.  The Zanesville, Ohio native has opened shows for various country stars including Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippon, Tracy Byrd, Michael Peterson, David Kersh, Trent Tomlinson, The Eli Young band, Easton Corbin, Tom Cash, Sunny Sweeney, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Confederate Rail Road, Ken Mellon, T. Graham Brown, James Wesley, Richochet, Savannah Jack, Eden’s Edge, The James King band, David Ball, and Neal McCoy.  Her amazing voice has also landed her the honor of performing the National Anthem at the Great American Ballpark for The Cincinnati Reds.  Along her journey, this 30 year-old mother of two has recorded eight albums.  She has been featured 4 times in “The Best Of Country Music” magazine.  Lean more about Haley at www.facebook.com/hayleylwatson1205
Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.   Advanced Tickets are available through Pay Pal (no account needed, all major credit cards accepted) or from Newlon Tire and Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington and at Hannah Bros. Furniture and the Community Exchange Gift Shop in Shawnee.  Doors open at 7PM with concert beginning at 8PM.  As always, Cold Beer and Good Food will be available.  The Tecumseh Commons is located at 116 West Main Street in Historic Shawnee reached via State Routes 155 & 93 in southeastern Ohio’s Wayne National Forest.  Thank you in advance for your support our on-going effort to maintain and restore this historic venue for future generations.

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Ghost of the Little Cities Event October 31

Sure to Delight Any Age

Ghost stories told by historical figures, traditional Halloween games, a haunted theater and a hayride are on tap for the second annual “Ghost of the Little Cities” event set for Thursday evening, October 31 right after trick or treat at the Tecumseh Commons located on the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater in the historic southern Perry County mining town of Shawnee.

Event organizer Dayton Willison promises, “There will be stories that are sure to delight any age, along with other haunting spectacles!” An actor, Willison is spending his second year as a Serve Ohio- Ohio History Americorps associate with non-profit community development organization Sunday Creek Associates (SCA).  SCA owns the Tecumseh Theater and is sponsor of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council which shares the historical, cultural and natural assets of the Hocking Valley Coalfields.  His work will emphasize development of heritage and cultural arts programing for the Tecumseh Commons, located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater, and for the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council. He encourages townspeople and visitors “to experience spooky things that creep and go bump in the Ohio hills!”  He adds,  “Who knows?  You may also run into a few visitors from the other side!”

The event begins 7PM and is expected to last two hours.  The Tecumseh Commons is located at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee.  Content will be appropriate for all ages.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  A suggested donation of $2 for children, $3 for adults, or $5 for a family of three or more is asked, although no one will be turned away for lack of admission fee.

Sweet Misery Returns November 9

Another Sell Out Expected!

SweetMiseryPromo2Our year of fundraising concerts continues on Saturday evening, November 9 as Sweet Misery returns to the Tecumseh Commons for a Fall Jam!  We had by far our largest crowd (a sellout!) of the year for their visit in May, and we expect the same this time.  The group’s hard driving rock and roll covers and originals traverse the decades so that all ages are up and dancing.  High energy, great fun!  Sweet Misery returns!

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (if available). Purchase tickets on-line here for this not-to-be missed concert.  Please note that a Pay Pal account is not needed to purchase tickets.  Just hit the “don’t have Pay Pal account” button and you can use any major credit card.Advance tickets are also available at Dodson’s On Broadway and Newlon Tire in New Lexington and Hannah Bros. Furniture, the Community Exchange and the Tecumseh Commons in Shawnee.

Doors open at 7PM.  Music begins at 8PM.  As always, Cold Beer and Good Food will be available.  The Tecu mseh Commons is located at 116 West Main Street in Historic Shawnee reached via State Routes 155 & 93 in southeastern Ohio’s Wayne National Forest.  Thank you in advance for your support our on-going effort to maintain and restore this historic venue for future generations.

A Busy Summer!

This Place Rocks

The Tecumseh Commons has had a busy summer to date with concerts, tours and youth activity keeping us hopping.

Youth participating in the Improv: Theater @ The Theater! Youthshop masquerade in their self-made props.

We began the season with a sold out May concert featuring the rock and roll music of Sweet Misery.

In June, the Commons became home base for the Southern Perry County Youthshops program.  Week long workshops for area youth have included Improv: Theater @ The Theater, Dance and Flags, Ships Ahoy Matey!, and Artists @ The Theater.  The final Youthshop to be held at the Commons will be Passports & Paint Brushes beginning on Monday, August 5.

We’ve hosted visitors from a variety of tour groups this summer including the Study of the Unites States Institute which brought 18 journalists from around the world to our town.  They are attending a six week workshop hosted by the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.  Thanks to Judy Fankhauser and Cindy Hartman for preparing a great luncheon and to Sandra Landis who gave them a fine overview of community development activities in the Little Cities of Black Diamonds region.

Our Summer Jam concert featured the country and western music of Ray Bond and the Black Diamond Band on July 12.  Concerts are becoming an important part of our annual calendar.  Thanks to volunteer George Biggs for leading the concert effort!

Journalists from around the world visited the Tecumseh Theater in July

Stop by and see the saved and restored medicine bottle display in the Commons.  These bottles were from the old Blaire Drug Store in Shawnee and have been stored in the top floor of the building for over 30 years, many with outdated syrups and medicines still in them.    The restoration of these bottles and many other artifacts, including stage scenery backdrops, has been undertaken by Ohio History Corps member Dayton Willison and other Ohio History Corps members from the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus.  We thank them for their effort!

As you can see, there are many uses for our space.  Consider getting involved in the effort to save this historic building by visiting the Tecumseh Theater Friends link on this website!

The Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 114-116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio. Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County. For more information call us at 740-394-2660.

2014

He’s Back!

Winter Jam with Chris Logsdon January 11th

ChrisLogsdon2014PicColumbus area musician, singer/songwriter, entertainer and guitarist, Chris Logsdon returns to the Tecumseh Commons for his Second Annual Chris Logsdon Tecumseh Theater Fundraiser Concert on Saturday evening, January 11, 2014 at8PM (doors open at 7PM).  Chris has been performing his own unique version of acoustic rock favorites for packed audiences in Ohio and beyond for 30 years now in the tradition of such live performance icons as Jimmy Buffett and Pat Dailey.  His unique friendship with Shawnee allows us to bring Chris back to town at an affordable price on the anniversary of his inspiring performance that opened our first ever Tecumseh Commons Concert Series in January 2013.

Logsdon has forged his own reputation as a true “live”  entertainer with a fun, interactive show that you have to experience to appreciate.   An evening with Chris Logsdon is more than just great music…it truly is real entertainment!  Tickets for the concert are available on-line via Pay Pal by clicking here.  Pay Pal accepts all major credit cards, you  need not have a Pay Pal account.  Just click “don’t have a Pay Pal account” button and you can use your credit card.  Tickets will also be available at Dodson’s On Broadway and Newlon Tire in New Lexington and Hannah Brothers Furniture in Shawnee the week before the concert.  Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (if seating is available).

Proceeds from the concert support on-going operational expenses of the Tecumseh Theater building, including mortgage payments for the renovation of the first floor Tecumseh Commons space.  Last year’s concert series was cruciChrisLodgsonLogoal in keeping the bills paid and this space available for many events for the community and region.

The Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.  Food and beer will be available for sale during the concert.  No outside beverages or food are allowed in the concert hall.

He’s Back!

Spring Jam with Cliff Cody April 6th

CiffcodyicSinger/songwriter Cliff Cody returns to the Tecumseh Commons for his Second Annual Cliff Cody Tecumseh Theater Fundraiser Concert on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014 at 7PM (doors open at 6PM).  Celebrating storytellers and song writers is one of the dreams of those working to restore the Tecumseh Theater and Cody brings that dream to reality.  A resident of Perry County whose talents have gained him national recognition, Cody is a favorite among crowds in Columbus, Nashville and Key West with a unique blend of music that crosses several music genre’s from country to rock to alternative.

This concert serves as the second fundraiser of the season for the Tecumseh Theater building, with Cody providing his gifts for the benefit of this century-old opera house style theater building where the completed first floor now hosts events in the Tecumseh Commons.  “I love the opportunity to share my own music,” says Cody. “Many of my songs are inspired by people and events in Perry County where I make my home.”   Cody’s songwriting resume includes a strong presence on the Nashville country music scene and a growing list of on-stage performances with greats in the industry.

Tickets for the concert are available on-line via Pay Pal by clicking here.  Pay Pal accepts all major credit cards, you  need not have a Pay Pal account.   Tickets will also be available at Dodson’s On Broadway and Newlon Tire in New Lexington and Hannah Brothers Furniture in Shawnee.  Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (if seating is available).  Doors will open at 6PM with the concert beginning at 7PM.

Proceeds from the concert support on-going operational expenses of the Tecumseh Theater building, including mortgage payments for the renovation of the first floor Tecumseh Commons space.  Last year’s concert series was crucial in keeping the bills paid and this space available for many events for the community and region.

The Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.  Food and beer will be available for sale during the concert.  No outside beverages or food are allowed in the concert hall.

Coffee House Sessions

Singer-Songwriter Aubree Riley Here May 4

Aubree RileyThe Tecumseh Commons will premier a new format on Sunday evening, May 4, with a Coffee House Session concert featuring the powerful voice of young singer-songwriter Aubree Riley of Athens.  A native of nearby Corning, the 13-year old talent has been taking the sophisticated Athens music scene by storm for over a year with her performances at Donkey Coffee and other venues.

Don’t expect an evening of cover songs or teeny-bopper music.  When Riley takes the stage, she will feature dozens of songs she has written , ranging from pop to country,  many with a serious tone.  Aubree’s music is directed at audiences of all ages.  “She has a raw, unrefined songwriting that’s honest, bright and sometimes heartbreaking,” said Troy Gregorino, booking agent at Donkey Coffee and Espresso, in Athens. “When people see or hear about her, they expect her to be an image or a novelty act, but once she starts playing and singing, you realize you’re really watching something special.”

Aubree’s concert will begin at 6pm with doors opening at 5pm.  Unlike past concerts, high-end coffee will be the featured beverage rather than alcohol.  Food will be available for sale, as well.  Tickets are $5 and available on-line by clicking here, or available at the door on a first-come, first serve basis.  Pay Pal accepts all major credit cards, you  need not have a Pay Pal account.  Pick up your on-line tickets at the door the evening of the concert.  Youth tickets will be available at the door for $3 each.

Proceeds from the concert support on-going operational expenses of the Tecumseh Theater building, including mortgage payments for the renovation of the first floor Tecumseh Commons space.  Our concert series are crucial in keeping the mortgage paid and this space available for many events for the community and region.

The Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.   No outside beverages or food are allowed in the concert hall.

Café Dessert Theater

Mary Todd: A Woman Apart

The Cast of Mary Todd June 2014

The cast poses on the stage of the main theater in the Tecumseh Theater building, hoping that restoration efforts some day move future plays from the 1st Floor Commons upstairs to the main opera house theater.

The Tecumseh Theater and The Perry County Historical Society will present Mary Todd: A Woman Apart, a play in two acts on Saturday evening, June 7 at the Tecumseh Commons.  This is the first café dessert theater performance at the Commons, the restored first-floor space in the Tecumseh Theater building. Ticket prices are $12.50 per person or $20.00 per couple.  Doors open at 7pm and the play begins at 8pm.  Seating is limited and reservations are suggested.

A Woman Apart tells the troubling story of Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. She is one of the most complex and misunderstood figures in American History.  “I would rather marry a man of mind…with a hope and bright prospects ahead for position, fame and power, than to marry all the houses of gold,” proclaimed the genteel and aristocratic Mary Todd, shortly before her controversial marriage to the humble, but amitiouos lawyer, Abaham Lincoln, in Springfield, Ill., in 1842.  Now, more than 150 years later, the life of Mary Todd is the subject of this new play.   Marry Todd poster! Shawnee (1) The play is produced and directed by regional actor and Ohio History Corps member Dayton Willison who has been on staff with the Tecumseh Theater and the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council over the past two years. Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of admission.  Call (740) 394-2660 or purchase on-line at by clicking here for individual tickets or clicking here for our discounted couples ticket.  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. Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.

Steve Sabo: The Caffeinated Voice of Reason

Steve-Sabo-460x295The Tecumseh Theater with support from Desperado’s Neighborhood Bar & Grille brings adult comedy to the Tecumseh Commons on Saturday Evening, July 12.  Comedian Steve Sabo reports “No props, no juggling balls or silly songs–just a man with a microphone, and attitude to spare.  Sabo has been seen on HBO, Comedy Central and E! and is heard regularly on XM Sirius Satellite Radio and has just released his 4th cd entitled “Mental Fornication.”  According to laugh.com his show is considered, “One of the top twenty comics working the road today.” 

Food will be provided by Desperado Grill at the Commons and available for sale beginning at 7pm.  Legal beverages will also be served. Show starts at 8pm.  This is the first comedy performance at the Commons, the restored first-floor space in the Tecumseh Theater building.  Since the content of Sabo’s show includes adult humor, admittance is limited to those 18 years and over.

Ticket prices are available on-line at $10 per person in advance by clicking here or can be purchased from the Desperado and Hannah Furniture in Shawnee, Newlon Tire and Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington. Tickets are $15 at the door if tickets are still available. Seating is limited and advanced tickets are suggested.  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.

Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.

Beloved Folk Rock Artists Here September 20

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Boley and Finck Return to Shawnee

Get ready to engage your 70’s and 80’s rock ‘n roll karma as Perry County treasures Boley and Finck return to Shawnee on Saturday evening, September 20  for a 3-hour performance at the Tecumseh Commons (we checked, no OSU or OU football games that evening to distract)!  The folk rock duo’s musical offerings cross the decades since the 1970’s with roots in the music of the Eagles and CNY&N that seamlessly branches off into a variety of pleasingly diverse selections from the baby boom to millennial generations.

The early days of the Tecumseh Theater restoration project date back to the 70’s when a group a optimistic young 20-somethings in Perry County saved the building from wrecking ball via a variety of fund-raising musical events that helped put a roof on the building, replace dozens of broken windows, and clean up the debris from over a decade of water damage.  Shawnee’s Concerts in The Park was the anchor of these events.  Staged from the gazebo in Shawnee’s Saltlick Twp. Park on summer Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons beginning in 1977, Mike Boley and Steve Finck were among the regulars.   From those early days the duo has launched a successful music career, becoming a regular staple on the Columbus, Ohio music scene while never forgetting their southeastern Ohio roots making periodic trips “down home” for signature events. 

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Boley and Finck, circa 1993

Ticket prices are available on-line at $10 per person in advance by clicking here or can be purchased from the Desperado Neighborhood Tavern and Grill and Hannah Furniture in Shawnee, Newlon Tire and Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington and Baker’s Family Restaurant in New Straitsville. Tickets are $15 at the door if still available. Seating is limited and advanced tickets are suggested.  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.  Food will be provided by Desperado Grill at the Commons and available for sale beginning at 7:30pm.  Legal beverages will also be served. Show starts at 8pm.

Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.

Rock, Roll and Dance for Kids Programs!

Sweet Misery Returns November 15

Top notch contemporary rock is on tap for Saturday evening, November 15  as Sweet Misery returns to the Tecumseh Commons.  This is the third Sweet Misery Concert at the Commons since we opened in 2013 and our first in 2014.  It once again promises to be a sell out.  Sweet Misery New LogoThis concert will raise funds to offset the costs of kids programs at the Tecumseh Commons.  For the past two years our organization has sponsored Halloween and Christmas programs for area children as well hosting workshops for the Southern Perry Summer Youthshops program. 

Tickets are available on-line at $10 per person in advance by clicking here or can be purchased from the Desperado Neighborhood Tavern and Grill and Hannah Furniture in Shawnee, Newlon Tire and Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington. Tickets are $15 at the door, if still available the day of the event.   Seating is limited and advanced tickets are suggested.  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.  Doors open and food will be available for sale beginning at 7:30pm.  Legal beverages will be served.  Show starts at 8pm. Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.

2015

Lodging/Shuttle Special Offered

Chris Logsdon Returns for V-Day Concert

A Central/ChrisLogsdonPortraitSoutheastern Ohio legend returns to our stage on Saturday evening, February 14  as Chris Logsdon visits the Tecumseh Commons for his 3rd Annual Chris Logsdon Tecumseh Theater Fundraising Concert.  Logsdon is a Columbus area musician, singer/songwriter, entertainer and guitarist who has been performing his own unique version of acoustic rock favorites for packed audiences in Ohio and beyond for 30 years now in the tradition of such live performance icons as Jimmy Buffett and Pat Dailey.  His unique friendship with Shawnee allows us to bring Chris back to town at an affordable price on the anniversary of his inspiring performance that opened our first ever Tecumseh Commons Concert Series in January 2013. Logsdon has forged his own reputation as a true “live”  entertainer with a fun, interactive show that you have to experience to appreciate.   An evening with Chris Logsdon is more than just great music…it truly is real entertainment!

Tickets are available on-line at $10 per person in advance by clicking here (see below for ticket with hotel shuttle) or can be purchased from the Desperado Neighborhood Tavern and Grill and Hannah Furniture in Shawnee, Newlon Tire and Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington. Tickets are $15 at the door, if still available the day of the event.   Seating is limited and advanced tickets are suggested.  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. 

Doors open and food will be available for sale beginning at 7:00pm the evening of the concert.  Beer will be served.  Show starts at 8pm.

Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County.    For more information call us at 740-394-2660.

Holiday Inn Express Logan Room & Shuttle Package
This year’s Logsdon concert offers a new package for out of town guests (and local lovers) as we are offering shuttle service to and from the concert for guests of the Holiday Inn Express in Logan, as well as a reduced room rate of $89 (+tax).  To take advantage of the reduced room rate concert goers should call the hotel directly at (740) 385-7700 and ask for the Chris Logsdon/Tecumseh Theater Show Rate.  This rate is available both Friday and Saturday evenings February 13 and 14. Reservations made on-line or through other booking services will not provide the reduced rate.  You must call the hotel directly.  All rooms are Non-Smoking with 2 Queen Beds allowing a maximum of (4) four occupants per room, and include a Hot Breakfast.

To reserve a ticket with a seat on our shuttle van from the Holiday Inn Express in Logan for $12 per person ($10 ticket plus $2 for shuttle–driver tips accepted), please click here.  Shuttle service is based on a first come/first serve basis.   Pick up at the hotel lobby is 7pm.  You must book a shuttle seat in advance.  Deadline for room rate deal and shuttle pick up is Friday, February 13.  We have no guarantee of room availability so early reservations are suggested.

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Broken Chain In Concert July 11

Featuring The Martindale Sisters

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Sisters, Angie and Jenny Martindale grew up with music in their blood influenced by their dad singer/songwriter Tom Martindale, who has played music for nearly 40 years.  The band name Broken Chain is sadly inspired by the loss of Angie and Jenny’s little brother who passed away in December of 2012 at the age of 29.  Angie began pouring her heart and soul into writing songs in her garage and feel they needed to be heard.  Get ready, because the coming out party is set for Saturday evening, July 11th here at the Tecumseh Commons.

Broken Chain plays a variety of music ranging from Fleetwood Mac, Miranda Lambert, Tonic, Matchbox 20, Cheap Trick to Imagine Dragons, 4 Non Blondes and Adele.  They also sneak into each set one or two heartfelt originals written by Angie.  The amazing chemistry of this band is like no other.  Each band member is married with families that always come first.  It is a challenge sometimes to make time for practice – but when they do……they work hard……with lots of laughs in between songs.

Aaron Elekes , a long time family friend of the Martindale’s joins the sisters.  He previously played alongside Tom Martindale in “Martindale and Friends” with Angie and Jenny as backup vocals.  They had talked about getting something started together musically over the years, and now that time has come.  In 2013, Aaron briefly played with band Mend the Broken with Chris Phelps and Jerry Love.  Mend the Broken decided to take some time off.   That is where this fivesome began.  Ironically, Chris Phelps was the drummer in Angie’s first band.  With 15 years slipping by, they picked up right where they left off. The first few gigs consisted of an acoustic show with no bass and Chris playing congas and bongos.  A few people – including Tom Martindale – insisted they needed a bass player.  It was an easy decision to ask Jerry Love – who had played beside Chris Phelps for almost ten years.  After a couple gigs with Jerry, it was evident they needed Chris to bring his full kit of drums out.

Show starts at 8:00 pm, with doors opening at 7:30pm.   The show is being  video recorded professionally.  Cold beer and light snacks will be available for purchase.  Click here to purchase tickets online, or purchase at Hannah Furniture, Newlon Tire and Dodson’s On Broadway.  Tickets will be $15 at the door.

Shawnee is located at the intersections of State Routes 93 and 155 in southern Perry County.  The Commons is located at 116 West Main Street, Shawnee, 43782.  All proceeds from the concert benefit the operation and restoration of the Tecumseh Theater.  Tours of the main opera house are available before the concert.

 

Summer Nights Series

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Comedian Gene Merola

Opening Act: Aubrey Riley

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Using high-energy comedy that features audience participation, music and creative improvisation, Gene Merola is one of today’s funniest comedians. Armed with a guitar, a flashlight, and a lightening-fast wit, he is a hit with every audience.  He quips “I’m the best entertainer you have never heard of–if you’ve watched the Comedy Channel, HBO or Showtime–so have I!”  Actually, Merola comes to Ohio from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with an impressive resume, having performed with Larry the Cable Guy, Melissa Manchester, Jerry Seinfield, Paula Pondstone and Dave Mason and at Bally’s and the Tropicana in Vegas and for Carnvial, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  Merola is visiting family and friends in Ohio and has agreed to do this special show on Friday evening, August 14 to help support the operation and restoration of the Tecumseh Commons and Tecumseh Theater.

Adding to the draw of Merola’s show is opening act Aubree Riley.  A native of Corning and resident of Athens, young Riley has taken the region by storm with her singing talent.  Her first cd Head First is soon to be released.

Show starts at 8:00 pm, with doors opening at 7:30pm.    Cold beer and light snacks will be available for purchase.  Click here to purchase tickets online, or purchase at Hannah Furniture, Shawnee,  Newlon Tire or Dodson’s On Broadway in New Lexington or at A New View in Corning.  Tickets will be $15 at the door.  Tickets purchased on-line will be available at the door.  We do not send tickets in mail. 

Shawnee is located at the intersections of State Routes 93 and 155 in southern Perry County.  The Tecumseh Commons is located at 116 West Main Street, Shawnee, 43782.  All proceeds from the concert benefit the operation and restoration of the Tecumseh Theater.  Tours of the main opera house are available before the concert.

 

Cross Solder In Concert November 21

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Kick off your Thanksgiving week with Cross Solder, a hard driving American rock ‘n roll band on Saturday evening, November 21 in the Tecumseh Commons. This high-energy band formed in 2011 and has quickly made a name for itself with its professionally produced videos featured on You Tube.   Their most recent video, Lunatic Fringe, was shot upstairs in historic building’s main theater, complete with its faded patina providing an artistic canvas for the creative production.  Though known for their electric southern style rock, the band will switch to an acoustic show to better compliment the Commons size and acoustic strength.  Band members are Marc Allen, Cameron Grandt, Parker Young, and group founder Anthony Dunn.

Cross SolderShow starts at 8:00 pm, with doors opening at 7:30pm.    Cold beer and light snacks will be available for purchase.  Click here to purchase tickets online, or purchase at Hannah Furniture, Shawnee,  Newlon Tire or Dodson’s On Broadway in New Lexington or at A New View in Corning.  Tickets will be $15 at the door.  Tickets purchased on-line will be available at the door.  We do not send tickets in mail. 

Shawnee is located at the intersections of State Routes 93 and 155 in southern Perry County.  The Tecumseh Commons is located at 116 West Main Street, Shawnee, 43782.  All proceeds from the concert benefit the operation and restoration of the Tecumseh Theater.  Tours of the main opera house are available before the concert.

View other Cross Solder videos here:
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4th Annual Chris Logsdon Concert!

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The legendary Chris Logsdon will visit the Tecumseh Commons for his 4th Annual Chris Logsdon-Tecumseh Theater Fundraising Concert on Saturday evening, January 23!

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Logsdon is a Columbus area musician, singer/songwriter, entertainer and guitarist who has been performing his own unique version of acoustic rock favorites for packed audiences in Ohio and beyond for 30 years now in the tradition of such live performance icons as Jimmy Buffett and Pat Dailey.  His unique friendship with Shawnee allows us to bring Chris back to town at an affordable price on the anniversary of his inspiring performance that opened our first ever Tecumseh Commons Concert Series in January 2013. Logsdon has forged his own reputation as a true “live”  entertainer with a fun, interactive show that you have to experience to appreciate.   An evening with Chris Logsdon is more than just great music…it truly is real entertainment!


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Apple & The Moon In Concert

Saturday, March 12 • 8PM

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Our music promoter George Biggs keeps making connections with some of the region’s finest musicians and bringing them to our special spot in the Tecumseh Commons.  In our fourth season of concerts, we are feeling the momentum!  In that spirit of growth and tradition, the Tecumseh Theater is happy to welcome Apple & The Moon to the Commons on Saturday evening, March 12 with an opening set featuring Andy Brannon

Apple & The Moon originated in 2014 through a common connection at Insea Sound Shop in Nelsonville, Ohio  This group of musicians with superb skills and diverse influences came together to express their uniquely individual sounds and to paint a sometimes smooth but sometimes gritty Rock/Americana style.

Nick Collura, the lead guitarist, brings a rock/blues edge to the band with over 40 years of experience and a passion for original music.  A native of Chicago, bass player Mike Makosky mixes his effortless groove with sounds that come from an experienced pallet of flavors including verything from thrash/metal to free-form jazz with hints of African polyrhythms can be heard in Mike’s playing.  Hailing from Junction City, Ohio, lead vocalist and songwriter Elena Aiello has a vocal style that can be described as bluesy with a hint of old country.  Todd Parish is the steady heartbeat of the band displaying flawless technique on the drums. Todd is also a long time veteran of the music scene who has accumulated many different musical talents from the guitar to the glockenspiel. He is a talented songwriter and vocalist.  Learn more about the unique blend of styles and powerful songwriting skills that this group displays at http://www.appleandthemoon.com.

Tickets are available on-line for the A&M Concert at $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 and A New View in Corning. Tickets are $15 at the door, if still available the day of the event.   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

Doors open and food will be available for sale beginning at 7:00pm the evening of the concert.   Show starts at 8pm.  A fine selection of ice cold beer will be served.  Proceeds benefit the on-going maintenance and restoration of this treasured landmark building in Historic Shawnee.   

 

Jesse Henry

WoodSongs!

WoodSongs! is a unique collaboration where local and natural history come to life through song here in the Appalachian Foothills.  Join Columbus area singer-songwriter Jesse Henry for two events this Spring where the beauty of our natural and built landscapes will transform into song.
A free guided experience on Saturday afternoon, April 2 beginning and ending here at the Tecumseh Theater, will take participants on an walking tour through historic Shawnee, Ohio, the premier Little City of Black Diamonds, and into the Wayne National Forest which surrounds the town.  This guided experience will feature picturesque Tecumseh Lake and a hike on the Buckeye Trail led by a forest ranger and trail experts who will share the natural history, flora and fauna of the area.   After the 1-1/2 mile hike the group will kick back at the scenic lake to enjoy a short music concert put on by Henry,  who is known for his lead singer role in the Columbus area band known as the Spike Drivers.  Following the concert Jesse will lead the group in a collective songwriting session.   He will help foster lyrics and creativity with the group to complete a song about the shared experiences and inspiration of the day through the words of participants.  The day will be documented through video, photographs, and an audio recording, shared online and sharable with your friends.
Jesse will return to the Tecumseh Commons in Shawnee on Saturday evening, June 11th with equally inspired musician friends for a concert at the Tecumseh Commons in Shawnee.  Advanced tickets arrangements will be posted soon!

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Jesse Henry & Stephanie Jeffreys In Concert June 11th!

Columbus area singer-songwriter Jesse Henry and Americana folk-country performer Stephanie Jeffrey’s visits the Tecumseh Commons Saturday evening, June 11 at 8pm.    Henry is best know around the Columbus and Athens music scenes as lead singer for the Spike Drivers, a long-standing popular rock and roll staple in Ohio’s capital city.  The Spike Drivers held their final concert earlier this year and Jesse is now embarking on a new path which includes more time in the Appalachian Foothills of southeastern Ohio.  Jesse will bring young talent  to the stage with him on June 11th.  Expect an eclectic mix of hard driving rock-n-roll, folk rock and acoustic music throughout the evening.  Henry’s contagious smile and engaging personality will leave you energized and alive!

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Join Henry and guides at 5PM for a pre-concert hike on the Buckeye Trail in the Wayne Forest passing by Tecumseh Lake.  This hike will include a tour of the upstairs opera house portion of the Tecumseh Theater above the Commons.  This space awaits restoration and the June 11th concert benefits that process.  Contributions for the guided hike will go to the Buckeye Trail Association whose headquarters are located in Shawnee.

Henry will feature the song and video, Old Shawnee, that was written earlier this Spring during a WoodSongs! songwriting experience that he hosted in Shawnee.  Tickets for the June 11th concert can be purchased on-line here, or a ticket outlets at Hannah Brothers Furniture in Shawnee, Dodsons on Broaday and Newlon Tire in New Lexington, A New View, Corning, Insea Music, Nelsonville and Hoffa Records Athens.

Doors open at 7:30pm.  Cold beer and food will be available for sale.  Minors accompanied by parents are welcome.  No outside alcohol please!

The Tecumseh Commons is located at 114-116 West Main Street, Shawnee, Ohio 43782.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne Forest at the intersection of Ohio State Route 93 & 155 in southern Perry County–60 miles southeast of Columbus and 25 miles north of Athens.

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Becoming Legit…The Sign is Lit!

Thank You Cameron Blosser!

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The left hand side first floor of our three-and-one-half story skyscraper (where our concerts a big events take place) was once the “little stage” of the Red Men’s Hall (as it was known in the day), serving as home to the Linda Theater movie house, operated by Louie Hatem until 1960.  The fading marquee for the movie theater was saved when the building was saved from the wrecking ball in 1977.  Over the years, the multiple light sockets were be post-operational, and the admired sign a relic of the past.   Little did we know that one of our faithful Tecumseh Theater Friends, Mr. Cameron Blosser, of nearby New Straitsville, had been eyeing the sign and imagining what it would be like to see it lit again.  Dreaming is one thing, action is another.  This winter Cam took on the task of restoring the electrical wiring for the sign.  He found the old wiring to be in remarkably good shape as he tested each socket.  A few internet searches later, perfect matches were found for the long-lost light bulbs and we now have the glitz of dazzling marquee to enjoy.  The debate as to where the sign’s final location will be in the theater is underway, but until then, Cam has built a sturdy stand on which the sign now hangs.  Expect it to be lit at upcoming events, and if you stop by, we’d be glad to plug it in for you!  Thanks so much Cam!

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Join us Saturday, August 20th 2016,when Apple & The Moon return to Tecumseh Commons in the Historic Tecumseh Theater, Shawnee Ohio!

Apple & The Moon originated in 2014 through a common connection at Insea Sound Shop in Nelsonville, Ohio  This group of musicians with superb skills and diverse influences came together to express their uniquely individual sounds and to paint a sometimes smooth but sometimes gritty Rock/Americana style.

Nick Collura, the lead guitarist, brings a rock/blues edge to the band with over 40 years of experience and a passion for original music.  A native of Chicago, bass player Mike Makosky mixes his effortless groove with sounds that come from an experienced pallet of flavors including everything from thrash/metal to free-form jazz with hints of African polyrhythms can be heard in Mike’s playing.  Hailing from Junction City, Ohio, lead vocalist and songwriter Elena Aiello has a vocal style that can be described as bluesy with a hint of old country.  Todd Parish is the steady heartbeat of the band displaying flawless technique on the drums. Todd is also a long time veteran of the music scene who has accumulated many different musical talents from the guitar to the glockenspiel. He is a talented songwriter and vocalist.  Learn more about the unique blend of styles and powerful songwriting skills that this group displays at http://www.appleandthemoon.com.

Tickets are available on-line for the A&TM Concert at $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, if still available the day of the event.   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

Doors open and food will be available for sale beginning at 7:00pm the evening of the concert.   Show starts at 8pm.  A fine selection of ice cold beer will be served.  Proceeds benefit the on-going maintenance and restoration of this treasured landmark building in Historic Shawnee.

 

October 29th: Brian Harnetty’s Shawnee (2016)

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A unique multi-media experience is coming to the Tecumseh Commons on Saturday evening, October 29 after a two-day run at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus.  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.

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.

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 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.  The show starts at 7pm.    Proceeds from the benefit the on-going maintenance and restoration of the treasured Tecumseh Theater landmark building in Historic Shawnee.  The Tecumseh Theater thanks Harnetty for his generous provision of this event to the regional community!

 

Nov. 19th, 2016 Sweet Misery Rocks Shawnee!

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On Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Sweet Misery will once again bring their high energy rock and roll to the Tecumseh Commons in the Historic Tecumseh Theater. Formed in the spring of 2012, several members of Sweet Misery have worked together on projects contributing to over 30 yrs. of playing experience. Previous bands include: Boneyard Romance, Fast Freddy, Wavelength, Martindale and Friends and Under the Influence. The group’s lineup is full of talent: Led by the gritty and soulful female vocalist Brandy Dusenberry; Tommy Hettich supplies the lead guitar, vocals and piano; Tim Adams is a pro on rhythm guitar, lead and back up vocals; Corey Brown masters the electric and acoustic rhythm guitars; Dave Levering handles the drums; Ned Elliot fills in the low end on bass guitar. Their upbeat blend of originals and classic rock favorites have earned them the reputation as one of the region’s best local groups.

Always a fun and popular event, this show is likely to sell out our intimate venue. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 (if available) at the door, and may be purchased at Haffa’s Records in Athens, Insea Studio in Nelsonville, Hannah Brothers in Shawnee, Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington. Sorry folks, online sales are gone. This show is looking Sold Out!

. Doors open at 7PM, show starts at 8PM. Food and refreshments will be available.

All proceeds from this show go to the continuing maintenance and restoration of the Historic Tecumseh  Theater. Wear your dancing shoes and come ready for a good time!

Valentine’s Dance with the Word of Mouth Jazz Band

 

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All tickets are $15, and may be purchased at Haffa’s Records in Athens, Insea Studio in Nelsonville, Hannah Brothers  or the Winding Road Marketplace in Shawnee, Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington. Tickets for the concert are available on-line via Pay Pal by clicking here.

Doors open at 6PM, show starts at 7PM.The evening will feature the Word of Mouth Jazz Band, a group of top notch performers from the Athens area, as well as a chocolate, wine and (limited) full bar. Admisson is $15 (advance sale or at the door), and includes tokens exchangeable for one beverage and one tasty chocolate morsel; with more of each available for purchase. Also, we recommend checking out the band if you’re not familiar (wordofmouthjazzband.com). They have some great bio information and several songs on their site.

All proceeds from this show go to the continuing maintenance and restoration of the Historic Tecumseh  Theater. Wear your dancing shoes and come ready for a good time!

 

Women Singer-Songwriter Night

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Join us in Tecumseh Commons March 18th for a wonderful night of music featuring women singer-songwriters from right here in Southeastern Ohio. Opening the evening, we’re happy to welcome back Aubree Riley (https://www.facebook.com/Aubree-Riley-530760696963108/); followed by Megan Bee (meganbeemusic.com) visiting us from the Athens area for the first time; and headlining the show, Forcynthia (forcynthiamusic.com), brings sister act Elena (of Apple & The Moon) & Andrea to perform acoustic blues, folk, rock, and country full of soul and sweet harmonies.

. Doors will open at 6PM, Aubree will go on at 7, Megan at 8PM, and Forcynthia at 9. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and will be out to our vendors and available online in a couple of weeks.

Come out, have a cold drink and a bite to eat and enjoy some great music. All proceeds go to the continued restoration and operations of the Historic Tecumseh Theater.

Tickets may be purchased at Haffa’s Records in Athens, Insea Studio in Nelsonville, Hannah Brothers  or the Winding Road Marketplace in Shawnee, Dodson’s on Broadway in New Lexington. Tickets for the concert are available on-line via Pay Pal by clicking here.

 

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