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First Friday Concert & Artist Series :::

First Friday of Each Month*

Free Concert @ Noon
2017 Schedule


JANUARY 6 | JIMMY ROGERS

One of the most frequent performers in our series over the years, the audiences keep wanting more. Hear Jimmy in his high-energy, hard-drivin’ style of blues and old time rock and roll. Winner of the 2014 Cincinnati Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo Category.


FEBRUARY 3 | BACHANNAL STEEL DRUMS

Back in the area after a national Broadway Tour, this great band returns to our line up to transport us to the lands of sunny skies and umbrella drinks! No passport needed!


MARCH 3 | THE JEWISH SOUL TRIO

Originally the “Cincinnati Klezmer Project”, this group honors the legacy of it’s founder, guitarist Steven Stuhlberg, bringing life to his passion for the stirring music of the Eastern European Jewish culture. Always a moving experience!


APRIL 7 | TRIBUTE TO LAS VEGAS STARS    

Last year Mike Davis “shook us up” with the greatest Elvis show this side of Vegas! This multi-faceted singer  “flies us to the  moon” with the songs of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and more!


MAY 5 | SCHOOL OF THE ARTS JAZZ BAND

Come hear the start of a career! Celebrate with the students of Butler Tech’s Music Program as they experience performing a variety of great styles for us. Support young local talent right in our own backyard and encourage the next generation of great talent!


JUNE 2 | SMOOOTH

Nope, that’s not a typo! This group is smoother than smooth so they needed and extra letter in their name! Inspired by early R&B legends of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, with their harmonies, precision choreography, and classic Soul and Doo-Wop sound, this group can’t be missed!


JULY 7 | MY BROTHER’S KEEPER

From the very first note, we knew this group would be a favorite!  Fresh, intense, and fun, this bluegrass band brings acoustic folk, bluegrass, and gospel to a new generation. Many of their original songs already sound like bluegrass/gospel standards! Here’s your chance to hear them again!


AUGUST 4 | THE FAUX FRENCHMEN

Back by popular demand, this eclectic group of musicians brings the feel of an intimate French café to downtown Middletown!  Hot Club-driven gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stefan Grappelli will have you searching the skyline for the Eiffel Tower when you leave the concert…


SEPTEMBER 1 | YUN KIM HUGHES

A nationally known concert organist, Yun brings her unique brand of programming to First Friday. She’s been known to play everything from ragtime to Phillip Glass  in her concerts. What will she bring us this year? Come and find out!  You won’t be disappointed!


OCTOBER 6 | MIKE HEMMELGARN

A front row seat could get a little scary when the bowling balls start to fly…or the knives. PLUS, meet Mike’s cast of ever changing characters that magically emerge from his bag of tricks! Audience participation guaranteed!


NOVEMBER 3 | OXFORD ARTS TRIO

Tangos, Classics, and Cole Porter all wrapped up with strings! A TRIO of strings to be exact if you count the pianist! You will be in awe of the precision and musicality of this popular group from the Oxford area.


DECEMBER 1 | HARP DUET

Two members of last year’s performing group “Harps of Grace” return to play amazing duets to celebrate the season along with classics in harp repertoire. You will recognize Leslie Stratton, who is the founder of “Harps of Grace” and has been the principal harpist for the Dayton Philharmonic since 1995. Enjoy beautiful music amidst a lovey Christmas backdrop!


*This concert series would not be possible without the support of the Middletown Community Foundation, the Barnitz Fund, the Miriam G. Knoll Charitable Foundation and the congregation of First United Methodist Church, Middletown. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for helping us make downtown Middletown a destination for the arts!