The City of Oxford recently announced the schedule for the 37th Annual Uptown Music Concert Series. Every Thursday night at 7 p.m., June 1-August 31, those attending will be treated to a free concert in the Uptown Parks. There will be a talented lineup of musicians each week, ranging from local favorites to regional talent.
Bring your friends and family, blankets, and lawn chairs, and prepare to spend every Thursday night listening to music (concerts go until 9:30 p.m.).
(Note: Summer weather isn’t always sunny, unfortunately. In case of inclement weather, concerts may need to be canceled. We’ll update our Facebook page and change our voicemail on the day of a concert if we decide there needs to be a cancelation. To access voicemail, dial (513) 523-8687 and press “2” for “Event” updates.)
(Information provided by www.enjoyoxford.com)
June 1st – Tom the Torpedoes, The Music of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Opening the 37th Annual Concert Series will be Tom the Torpedoes, The Music of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. We’ll be swinging the music you love most with plenty of room for dancing in the grass to GREAT big band music.
Upon the tragic and unexpected death of Tom Petty in October 2017, Tom the Torpedoes were born – Florence, Kentucky. After some lineup changes and hard work, they now have the magic ingredients to nail that genuine vintage and signature Tom Petty sound. This is not the usual tribute show. Rather a professional rock and roll band following a true calling.
These guys are super players and have their own look without pretense (no wigs). The band is as follows: Brad Dance – lead vocals and bass guitars, Don Lord – guitar and vocals, Michael McIntire – guitar, 12-string, harmonica and vocals, Taylor James O’Brien – drums, Richard Scott – Yamaha piano, Hammond organ, Roland synthesizer and vocals.
June 8th – Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute in Concert
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Summer Brass Institute offers exciting enrichment opportunities for advanced brass musicians. Housed at Miami University’s Oxford, Ohio campus, this week-long institute provides pre-professional and area high school brass players with high-level instruction and mentorship by musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brass section and Miami University brass faculty. Performing this evening will be several quintets and large brass groups.
June 15th – The Lady Joya Band
The Lady Joya Band is the latest project for Cincinnati favorite Lady Joya. Backed by five seasoned musicians, she delivers R&B favorites with the style and sizzle that took her to Memphis as the vocalist for The Juice, representing the Cincinnati Blues Society in the 2013 International Blues Challenge. Her exuberant stage presence and powerful, soulful voice continue to delight audiences with her interpretations of the great R&B tunes from the likes of Etta James, Nina Simone, Koko Taylor, and many others. To see Lady Joya perform is to know that joy is not only part of her name, it’s who she is.
June 22nd – Miami University Steel Band
The Miami University Steel Band was founded in 1994. Under the leadership of founder and director Chris Tanner, the program has grown to encompass two separate ensembles with a combined enrollment of over sixty members, and twenty-five university-owned instruments. The ensemble is very active, performing in a number of settings including on-campus concerts, summer park venues, and in-school outreach programs.
The goal of the Miami University Steel Band is to present excellent performances of quality literature in the steel band idiom, with a special emphasis on original music by contemporary composers.
The Miami University Steel Band has produced five recordings since 2001, the latest being 20 (2014), produced in celebration of the group’s twentieth anniversary. Music is available through Pan Ramajay Productions, and through online services including the iTunes Music Store. As the art form of pan grows in the 21st century, the Miami University Steel Band aspires to be one of the leading programs in exemplifying excellence in performance, and in expanding the repertory for this unique ensemble.