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Local bands will perform on Saturday at 7 p.m

“The Up Beat”, a student project, concert series, and TV show created and produced by Ohio University Southern students Trent Pekkala and Jeremy Holtzapfel is having the second of three free concerts Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Shaffer Courtyard on Ironton’s campus. In case of bad weather, events would be moved inside the Riffe Mains Rotunda.

One of the students, Jeremy Holtzapfel said, “We just really want to give teenagers something fun and free to do on a Saturday night. I know I never had that option when I was younger. It’s free and gives the community some great bands, and those bands a great oppurtunity.”

Originally, a TV show about local independent music in the Tri-State area eventually turned into a vast multimedia project. The concert series will consist of 3 separate events, spanning 6 weeks.

The first event will showcase the likes of local bands Bedtime, from Ashland/Lexington, Ky., Belle La Femme, from Portsmouth, The Buttonflies, from Huntington, W.Va., and Chris Delawder, from Russell, Ky.

Bands scheduled to play at the last concert will be named later. T

The concert will be videotaped and will air on Ohio University Southern’s OKTV channel 25, and Time Warner Cable’s River Cities channel 24. The event will start at 7 p.m. at Ohio University Southern, in Ironton, in the Shafer Courtyard.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Proceeds from refreshment sales go to the United Way of the River Cities. Concert goers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to the outdoor concert.