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Appalachian music festival scheduled at Shawnee State University

PORTSMOUTH — The annual Appalachian music festival “Scioto Saturday Night” is scheduled at Shawnee State University beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

“This concert will feature the talents of some of your favorite Appalachian musicians from right here in Scioto County,” said Michael Barnhart, assistant professor of music media.

The concert features a string band, bluegrass, ballads and country music from local and regional musicians. Bands include the Dr. John Simon Band, Poverty String Band, Home Remedy, and an invitation to the audience to participate in a square dance.

The music fest is in conjunction with the Appalachian Studies Association Conference that is convening at SSU that weekend.

Although admission is free and open to the public, tickets must be picked up in advance at the McKinley Box Office at the VRCFA or call (740) 351-3600, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Appalachian Music Festival is funded by a gift from the Anna Margaret Daehler Stillwell Music Fund through SSU’s Development Foundation.