Troy-Hayner’s summer series turn up classics, new hits

Photo: Honey Blue perform at Troy-Hayner July 18

By Matt Clevenger

From ’80s metal to classic country and blues, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s summer music schedule offers a little something for everyone.

The popular Fridays on Prouty concert series will return this year, featuring free shows at Prouty Plaza on the square in downtown Troy. A summer tradition for more than 10 years now, the concert series kicks off June 16 with a special appearance by Funky G & the Groove Machine.

“This group has a great sound,” says Program Coordinator Terrilynn Meece. “They’ll be doing funk, R&B, and hip-hop.”

On July 7, the second concert in the series will be a unique tribute show featuring the music of two legends.

Silky T’s band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, revives the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, and Geri Ciacchi’s five-piece band, Ball and Chain, swings in with the music of Janis Joplin.

“It’s just going to be a really interesting experience, and something kind of exciting and fresh to do out there on the square,” Meece says. “To me, it’s just a really exciting way to kind of relive those years and also to introduce Jimi Hendrix to young people, because they have this really burning curiosity about this era and about all the creativity and all the genius that was happening in those days.

“The interesting thing is there’s just not many Jimi Hendrix tributes going around,” she adds, “because who can do Jimi Hendrix? So Silky T is really getting a name for himself, performing Jimi Hendrix’s sound and his style, and he just does a beautiful job.”

The concert series returns to the present July 14, for a show featuring the popular Lima-based rock band Brother Believe Me, which presents modern favorites like Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, and Maroon 5.

The next concert in the series, country/blues act Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys will perform July 21. Brown, a music teacher, travels to Troy with her stand-up bass in tow.

“She has an absolutely amazing voice—it’s just beautiful and soulful,” Meece says. “She can do anything from George Jones to the Rolling Stones and make it hers.”

At her Hayner performance last year, Meece says, “Everyone just fell in love with her.”

On Aug. 4, Canadian fiddling/step dancing act Everything Fitz will bring their family-friendly show to Prouty Plaza. “They call it Ottawa Valley step dancing,” Meece says. “It’s quite an exhibition. Their dancing is a lot like Irish dancing, with the clogging, but it’s Canadian.”

The concert series wraps up Aug. 18, with an appearance by ’80s metal cover band 1988 Rocks. “It will be really interesting to see that one out there,” Meece says. “They do head-banging classics by Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Scorpions, and that sort of thing.

“I’m hearing the most interest from young people who weren’t alive in the ’80s, who are excited about this concert.”

In addition to Fridays on Prouty, the Hayner will also continue its Lucky Lemonade concert series, which offers free performances in the Hayner courtyard throughout the month of July—and yes, homemade lemonade is available at every concert.

“Seating is limited,” Meece says, “but it’s a more intimate concert experience than going downtown on Prouty.”

Shows never get rained out, because they move inside the venue when bad weather calls.

The first Lucky Lemonade concert of the year will be an appearance by singer/songwriter Joey Hebdo on July 11. “He has the most beautiful style: he calls it ‘adventure-folk,’” Meece says. “He’s just a very creative person and his music, he’s such a storyteller with his music.”

Hebdo’s music is rooted in Appalachian tradition, infused with rock, Meece says.

Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber of Columbus-based duo Honey and Blue will perform in the Hayner courtyard July 18. Honey and Blue blends pop, blues, and Americana, according to Meece.

Corky Siegel performs the third and final Lucky Lemonade concert of the year on July 25, also featuring wine by the glass supplied by Brandeberry Winery in Enon. Meece assures that lemonade will still be available.

“We’re just really fortunate to have [Siegel] here,” she says. “He is quite a guy, and this is just going to be a crazy fun concert.”

In addition to the summer concert series, the center will also offer a long list of classes, art exhibits, and workshops throughout the season. Dayton Printmakers Cooperative and Mythic Silver Studio bring Fabricated Images, a three-dimensional exhibit, to the center next.

From Jimi Hendrix to quilting, there’s always a little something for everyone at the Hayner.

 

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 W. Main St. in Troy. For more information on upcoming concerts, exhibits, or classes, please call 937.339.0457 or visit TroyHayner.org.

 

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