- Cheri Russo Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Four years ago, Joe Pug was a carpenter. Today, Pug is an up-and-coming folk artist and will play at the Ohio University Lancaster Wagner Theatre May 4. He is the second act to play on campus as part of an expanded relationship between the Lancaster Festival and the Lancaster Campus.
"I'm pleased to help bring Joe Pug to Lancaster. His songwriting is detailed and vivid, easily drawing listeners into his world," said Lancaster Festival Executive Director Lou Ross. "It excited me the first time I heard his music and can't wait for others to discover him, too. With his engaging style, I know he will leave here with a new following of fans."
Pug is a singer/songwriter who is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He quit his job as a carpenter to focus on his music career.Pug attracted the attention of the music scene by giving fans free copies of his songs to share with friends. He would ship copies of his music all over the world for free so that his music could be heard. Pug still makes his music available for free on his website, www.joepugmusic.com.
In the fall, the Festival and Ohio University Lancaster agreed to expand their relationship beyond the traditional summer musical events that made use of the outdoor resources of the campus for more than 25 years. The two organizations are working together to bring cutting edge artists in the fall and spring to the Lancaster Campus' indoor venue, the 500-seat Wagner Theatre.
"The concert in the fall with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires was well-attended and showed us there is a great interest in music and culture in Lancaster and throughout central Ohio," said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. "We think the Joe Pug show will build on that momentum and we're excited to have him perform here."
"We are excited to have Joe Pug playing here and also to be continuing the great partnership between Ohio University and the Lancaster Festival," said Steve Wells, Lancaster Festival board member and chair of the Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Promise Lives Campaign Steering Committee. "We hope people will come out and discover this talented songwriter and artist." One aspect of OUL's fundraising campaign and Mr. Wells' work on the Steering Committee is to enhance features of the campus that serve the students and communities intellectual and cultural interests. Funds raised to enhance and update the theatre and art gallery benefits students and community alike through performances such as with Joe Pug, plays that involve students and community members and the art exhibits of OUL students and community members.
The concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. The doors will open at 7 p.m. The show will begin at 8 p.m. A pre-concert party will be held in the Lancaster Campus parking lot from 6 to 8 p.m. with the Pizza Cottage Food Truck and a hospitality tent featuring a performance by central Ohio band Dying Breed. An opening act will be announced soon.
Tickets go on sale March 27 and are available online at www.lancasterfestival.org or by calling 1-800-LAN-FEST (536-3378). Reserved seats are $20 in advance, $15 for any college student (College email address must be used when ordering). Tickets will be $25 on sale at the door.