‘Spirits and Soul’ concert series at Southeast Ohio History Center

New Florida Blues Band

From local reports

ATHENS — The Southeast Ohio History Center will be launching its “Spirits and Soul” concert series on Jan. 5 from 8-10 p.m. featuring the New Florida Blues Band.

The evening of music and wines will be held on the first Friday of each month through June at Southeast Ohio History Center, 24 W. State Street in Athens, Ohio. The cost is $10 for the general public and $8 for history center members.

There is free parking on the Congress Street side of the building.

The concert series is designed to promote regional music and showcase local wineries, brewers and distillers, according to a news release from the history center.

Robin Barnes will be the master of ceremonies for the first concert.

The New Florida Blues Band leans on the old blues songs. “They don’t just tickle ’em. They play them for all they’re worth, and for all the band’s worth,” said Burr Beard, who was instrumental in getting this concert series off the ground and works sound for the bands.

“Noah Shull plays guitar, Andy Cohen plays guitar, mandolin or fiddle. Barry Chern quadruples on guitar, mandolin, harp and clarinet, and they all sit on Tom de Limbarde’s tubistic (tuba) shoulders. And they lean on it. Hard,” according to Beard.

Dutch Creek Winery will be the first showcased winery in the concert series. The winery is locally owned and located at 15657 Dutch Creek Road in Athens.

Alcohol will be available to those 21 and over and snacks will be served.

Next up in the concert series will be Michael and Carrie Kline with their guest Jack Wright.

For more information contact Bosha Green at 740-592-2280 or visit the website athenshistory.org.