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  Brown Bag Concerts


All Brown Bag Concerts are FREE and open to the public.
Brown Bag Concert SeriesWednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
Riffe Center, Mains Rotunda
Ohio University Southern

Ironton, Ohio





Past Concerts

Kentucky Memories kymemories is led by award-winning musician Michael Garvin and is made up of his family members.  “We come from a long line of musicians.  My dad and cousins play with me, and together we’re carrying on the traditions of our family by playing this old-time Appalachian-style of music.” 

Kentucky Memories specializes in instrumental music; specifically fiddle tunes.  “I’ve studied fiddle tunes and players from all over the Tri-state.  We usually play a song from each area along with some waltzes.  This is similar music to what you would see in a square dance.”  Kentucky Memories have played at the Brown Bag Concert series for several years.  “This is one of the best venues for a local artist to play.  I look forward to doing these concerts every year!”


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Blue Vine bluevine consists of multi-instrumentalist couple Janet Thompson and Michael Garvin.  The concert will be featuring the bluegrass banjo and old-time fiddle tunes along with original songs and covers of country and pop favorites. 

Janet is a graduate of Ohio University Southern and has kept up with the Brown Bag Concert series for over ten years.  “One of my favorite memories from being a student was attending these shows each week.  Now that we get to come back and play them after graduation makes it incredibly special!  The Rotunda is a beautiful place to visit, and each semester they offer such a great and diverse lineup of talent.” 


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Rick Payne participated in the Brown Bag Concert at the Ohio University Southern Campus to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rick was born and raised in Ironton, OH, graduated from Ironton High School, received his BA and BS from Ohio University, and his MA from the University of Dayton.
Regional theatre experience includes Annie Get Your Gun (Ensemble), South Pacific (Commander William Harbison), Hairspray (Seaweed), Godspell (Lamar), Footloose (Chuck Cranston), Company (Peter), Legally Blonde (Sandeep Padamadan/Nikos Argitacos), Camp Rock The Musical (Luke Williams), Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (Gloomy Gus), Back to the 80's... The Totally Aewsome Musical (Billy Arnold), The Outsiders (Jerry), Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel), CATS the Musical (Old Deuteronomy), A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas (Assistant Director), White Christmas (Ensemble), and his current show, Cinderella, where he will play the king at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY on March 20 & 21. He has also been a guest soloist for many regional events.


For more information, contact Nina Queen at or 740-533-4548.