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Covered Bridge Ray Wylie Hubbard
June 01, 2015 : Bridge Ambiance Adds to Covered Bridge Music Series Experience
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Texas rocker Ray Wylie Hubbard said the Covered Bridge Music Series outdoor location on the Herrold Hall Lawn was a beautiful spot for a concert and concert-goers agreed.  The show was held May 23. The location was different than past series’ concerts that have been held outdoors because the concert stage was moved closer to the series’ namesake — the John Bright Number 2 Covered Bridge.
“The stage was moved next to the covered bridge and the Lancaster Bike Path. Throughout the evening guests had an opportunity to view the beautiful bridge while enjoying the songs and storytelling of Ray Wylie Hubbard,” said OUL Development Director Mandi Custer. “It was a great night.” 
“During March and April, I worked with Max McGee and festival volunteers on possible electrical solutions and obstacles to placing the stage out by the bridge,” said Lancaster Festival Director Joe Piccolo. “Two 30-amp circuits were installed on the underside of the bridge which we used that night. We also rented a generator as a backup since this would have been the first time that we would be using this location. A permit from Parks & Recreation was obtained to close the bike path for the evening.”
The Covered Bridge Music Series is a joint venture between Ohio University Lancaster CampusCovered Bridge Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Lancaster Festival.  The purpose of the partnership is to showcase fresh and relevant musical talent providing discovery and enjoyment for the campus and Fairfield County communities and the region.  The partnership started in 2012.
The most recent show featured Hubbard with Houston, Texas, native John Evans opening the concert.
“In my experience, the night was fantastic. The weather was perfect, and the setting couldn’t have been better. Attendees leaving the concert praised us for having Ray and John come out to perform. Likewise, the artists felt that we really had our act together and couldn’t have asked for a smoother operation,” said Piccolo. “When guests tell you that they are going to spread the word about their experience, it makes all of the effort and energy expended that much more worthwhile.”
The Covered Bridge Music Series next concert will be held in the fall with Grammy-Nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright set to perform.  It was just a few years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From the Ground Up,’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year’s 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genre’s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt.
The Fullbright show is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2015.  While the spring concerts are held outdoors, shows in the fall are typically held on the Wagner Theatre stage inside OUL’s Brasee Hall. Tickets will go on sale soon.