All concerts Free and Open to the Public
SUNDAY, JUNE 11- 6 pm - Family Night with Gordon Russ, Magician
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 - The Air National Guard Concert Band
Program times Performances run from 8:00-9:15 pm, except June 11 (Family Night) which begins at 6:00 pm
In Case of Rain
Rain site info: Call 419-281-3018 after 5 PM on concert days
Ashland University's Hugo Young Theater
or Ashland High School's Archer Auditorium
Sunday, June 11 @ 6 PM GORDON RUSS, MAGICIAN. Fun Comedy Magic Show is great family entertainment.
8 – 9:15 LEE MURDOCK & BLUE HORIZON: A musician and storyteller, Lee has wonderful songs with stories about the Great Lakes. A fluent instrumentalist on 6 & 12 string guitar, his music combines ragtime, Irish, blues & folk stylings
Thursday, June 15 DENNIS STROUGHMATT & CREOLE STOMP: This group travels the country carrying the tradition of Mississippi River Valley Creole, Cajun & Zydeco music. Led by accordionist and fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, this infectious music will take you on a musical journey to the land of Mississippi River traditions and upper Louisiana Creole culture.
Sunday, June 18 ASHLAND AREA COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: Traditional Father’s Day favorite, AACCB, led by Ashland University’s Director of Bands (retired) Leonard Salvo, returns. Recognized as one of Ohio’s finest, the ensemble performs a wide variety of music, including Broadway selections, classic marches and masterworks for concert band. Members of this exciting part of the Ashland Community hail from Ashland and the surrounding area brought together by their common interest in concert band style performance.
Thursday, June 22 LONE RAVEN: With more than 20 instruments on stage, the band soars through fiery Irish reels and Gypsy fiddle tunes. The group performs an eclectic selection of traditional Celtic, World music and original compositions. Breathtaking vocals complement the instrumental wizardry.
Sunday, June 25 THE DETROIT PLEASURE SOCIETY: This group keeps the traditional jazz of New Orleans alive & well in the Motor City with a fresh twist. The band features sax, banjo, trombone, tuba, drums and outstanding vocals for a unique musical experience.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28: AIR NATIONAL GUARD CONCERT BAND. SPECIAL EVENT @ 8 PM
Thursday, June 29: John Adams: John Adams provides an outstanding John Denver Tribute and actually performed with John Denver in 1988 during a TV special in Europe. Mr. Denver was amazed at the similarity of their voices. Plans to meet again did not happen due to John Denver’s untimely death. Adams is committed to keeping the music of John Denver alive.
Sunday, July 2 Ashland Symphony Orchestra: The ‘Pops in the Park’ concert returns to celebrate Independence Day with the Ashland Area Chorus and Battery D, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Company to lead the 1812 Overture, Maestro Arie Lipsky conducts.
Thursday, July 6 CHARDON POLKA BAND: Back by popular demand, the group of young musicians brings new life and energy to this traditional music. Mixing it up with their own tunes along with polka –pop covers of popular artists, the Band adds a colorful twist to the traditional genre of the polka, and they are just so much fun!
Sunday, July 9 TIME TRAVELER: A Moody Blues Tribute Band, Time Traveler highlights over 3 decades of material from the legendary group. With amazing energy and spot-on vocals, their performance will transport you to a Moody Blues concert.
Thursday, July 13 DISCO INFERNO: This energetic group formed in 1995 and hails from the Cleveland area. Their vocals and excellent instrumentals will take us back to the glittering days & nights of disco. Be prepared to dance.
Sunday, July 16 GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA: This Minnesota-based group has an eclectic sound that is described as art-rock, jazz-grass, and jazz-rock fusion. They are truly unique with flashy instrumentals and great vocals for a sound all their own.
Tues. – Sat., July 18-22 Ashland Chautauqua “VOICES OF COURAGE”: Ashland’s 18th Annual Chautauqua, features actor/scholars portraying historic characters at 8 PM preceded by Opening Acts at 7 PM and with daytime workshops throughout the county.
Tuesday, July 18 - Rebecca Stone as Rosa Parks, Civil rights icon.
Opening Act: Austin Walkin’ Cane
Wednesday, July 19 - Ilene Evans as Bessie Coleman, First African/Native American pilot
Opening Act: Steve Brown Trio
Thursday, July 20 - Karen Vuranch as Mother Jones, Union organizer
Opening Act: Cece Otto
Friday, July 21 - Elsa Wolff as Maria VonTrapp, Author & matriarch of the Von Trapp family
Opening Act: Cedar Valley Cloggers
Saturday, July 22 - Marvin Jefferson as Dr. Martin Luther King, Civil rights leader,
Opening Act: Ted Yoder
Sunday, July 23 TED YODER: A critically acclaimed musician widely considered the ‘Bela Fleck’ of the hammered dulcimer. A visionary artist in his own right, Ted profoundly reimagined his instrument inventing a fresh musical vocabulary that appeals to music lovers and fans of all ages.
Thursday, July 27 CLASSICAL REVOLUTION: The beautiful sound of stringed instruments comes to the Shell with Cleveland violinist and director Ariel Karas, alongside cellist Andris Koh. This dynamic duo presents classical music for string duo filled with selections from Bach, Gershwin & more.
Sunday, July 30 LONG TIME GONE: Features the music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash & Neil Young. More than a ‘tribute band’ the group explores the music that has involved these four legendary songwriters including The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies & much more.
Thursday, August 3 BROTHER SUN: Joe Jenks, Pat Wictor & Gary Greenway, Brother Sun, celebrates the amazing power of 3 part harmonies singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz & pop.
Sunday, August 6 KRUSH: Local high energy classic rock band is the ultimate tribute to rock & roll music of the 70’s & 80’s. Classic rock performed with precision, an extensive song list of over 300 songs by more than 60 artists and a unique stage show make their performance energetic, entertaining and fun for the entire family.
Thursday, August 10 ALLIANCE CHORUS: The Alliance Chorus of Greater Central Ohio is a men’s barbershop chorus which was formed to promote the singing of four-part barbershop harmony at the highest possible level. This 40 member a cappella chorus entertains with their dynamic voices and stage presence and has medaled in international competitions.
Sunday, August 13 OPUS II & ASHLAND REGIONAL BALLET: Sarah Cyders, Artistic Director. Ashland Regional Ballet developed as an outgrowth of Opus II Dance Studio in 1989. Opus II was founded in 1982. Dancers in both the school and company perform in a wide range of styles, including ballet, modern, jazz and tap, offering great entertainment for the entire family and a richer artistic atmosphere in our community.