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The Local Girls to perform at Ohio University Lancaster Campus

LANCASTER, Ohio (March 4, 2004) -- The Local Girls from Athens, Ohio, will bring their three-part harmony and engaging delivery to the stage in Wagner Theatre at Ohio University Lancaster Campus at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 14.

"Their performance is, in part, our way of celebrating Ohio University's Bicentennial," said Interim Lancaster Campus Dean John Furlow. He saw The Local Girls in concert a couple of months ago, heard their tribute to Ohio University and was so impressed that he invited them to the Lancaster Campus.

The three singers ? Brenda Catania, Gay Dalzell, and Mimi Hart ? hail from Athens, where they share their love for music and affection for Ohio University. Their music focuses on the swing tunes of the 30s and 40s, such as those performed by The Boswell Sisters and the Jimmie Lunceford Trio, as well as their own arrangements of western, bebop, blues and standards.

Mimi Hart toured and recorded with the Allman Brothers and sings backup for David Bromberg. She also toured with the Hotcakes, the Paula Lockhart Band, and the Bopcats.

Gay Dalzell records for radio, TV, and film and was a member of the Appalachian Green Parks Project. She is featured on the Patrick Street album and performs with her husband, Bruce, as a jazz/folk duo.

Brenda Catania, of Nuclear Beauty Parlor and Monster Girls, has toured the Boston and San Francisco areas and has shared the stage with Etta James and Bonnie Bramlett.

The Local Girls have opened for Chubby Checker and have performed in Lancaster and at the White House, as guests of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and provided music for two award-winning series which aired on NPR and PBS-TV.

They are accompanied by guitarist Mike McGannon, who has toured with The Drifters, The Coasters, and Steely Dan, and by bassist Bill Watson, who can be heard with Billy Idol and who is an alumnus of the Numbers Band, the Bopcats, and many more.

Admission to The Local Girls is free and sponsored by Ohio University Lancaster Campus cultural events programs.

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