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Concerts on the Green Returns for Another Season

For many Worthington residents, summer just wouldn't be summer without the wildly popular Concert on the Green series. You'll be glad to hear that this year's lineup is bringing some pretty incredible talent to the stage. In fact, you're sure to find something every member of your family will enjoy.

If you’ve never been to one of these events, you’re in for a treat. Most concerts take place on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green. Simply bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or lawn chair, and settle in for a special evening of live music. The concerts, which are hosted by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department, feature an eclectic variety of musical styles ranging from singer/songwriter to big band, jazz, swing and Americana. 

“We’re excited for another summer of great music,” said Melissa Hindman, marketing and community outreach supervisor. “We’re proud of the talent we’ve been able to attract year after year and are incredibly thankful for the many partners and sponsors who make it possible.

Here’s a look at some of this season's highlights:

  • Back by Popular Demand: Occasionally, Concerts on the Green hosts a show that’s so good, it has to be repeated. In this year’s ‘back by popular demand’ category, you will enjoy the reggae/rock sounds of the Andy Shaw Band on July 10, the superb vocal harmonies of the Irish singing group, Ladies of Longford, on July 24, the sights and sounds of Eric Gnezda’s nationally syndicated show, Songs at the Center, on July 31 and the always exciting Ohio 122nd Army Band on Saturday, August 6. 
  • New to the Stage: On July 17, the award-winning, horn-driven New Basics Band will make its long-awaited debut on the Concerts on the Green stage. And on this year’s tribute band night, you'll love singing along to all of your favorite Paul McCartney songs when The McCartney Project lights up the stage on August 14.
  • T-shirts and Posters For Sale: Show your support for Concerts on the Green and purchase this year’s exclusive concert t-shirt or poster, designed by local Worthington artist Will Ruocco

Good to Know:  

  • Parking is available at Kilbourne Middle School, the Griswold Center, the Worthington Library, Huntington Bank and the Worthington Presbyterian Church.
  • In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be cancelled.
  • For a full list of this year’s concerts, including a few Saturday evening shows, visit www.worthington.org.
New Season, New Time Slot and National Syndication for Songs at the Center

2016 has arrived, and Songs at the Center, the locally produced TV series that showcases songwriters, has earned national distribution. American Public Television (APT), the second-largest distributor of public television programming, is offering Season One of the series to public television stations nationwide. That's big news for Central Ohioans and Worthington residents since all but two of the 26 artists featured in Season One are either based in Central Ohio or have close ties to the area.

“APT’s decision to pick up Songs at the Center has been personally thrilling for me,” said Eric Gnezda, Columbus-based songwriter, host and co-creator of Songs at the Center. “I’m excited to get to see Worthington on the national stage highlighting the amazing talent that has grown out of this community.”

New Season and Time Slot

Building on the success of Season One, Songs at the Center will premier its second season on February 13 in a new, earlier time slot. The show will air on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. preceding Austin City Limits. “The new time slot is huge for us. It’s truly a tribute to WOSU’s commitment to our show and to how the audience has embraced it," Gnezda said.

Gnezda, co-creator and co-producer Andy Herron, and Alan Beavers of Alba Productions are thrilled with the show's success at both the local and national level, and they're working tirelessly to improve upon that success. Season Two will feature some big names, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates, Grammy Award winner Don Henry, and Folk/Americana legend Tom Russell.

“With great opportunity comes great risk and great responsibility,” Gnezda said. “We’re trying to make each season bigger and better than the last, while still keeping it fun for everyone.”

The Next Taping

If you missed previous opportunities to watch a live taping of Songs at the Center, you now have another chance. The last television shoot of Season Two takes place Sunday, January 17 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the McConnell Arts Center. The free concert will feature a number of outstanding singer/songwriters including:

  • Columbus blues-rock legend Willie Phoenix
  • Savannah Buist and Katie Larson of The Accidentals
  • Nashville comedian Steve Goodie
  • Multi-instrumentalist, singer and author Korby Lenker
  • Two dynamic songwriting duos: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay of Austin, Texas, and Kathy Redwine and Hollie Brogunier of the Red Wine Effect

For more information about Songs at the Center, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Songs at the Center Returns
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11879090_968821746497866_8599224714446004463_oSeason Two Promises Big Names, Exciting Announcements Since premiering their first season this past January, Worthington native Eric Gnezda and the team behind Songs at the Center (SATC) could not be more pleased with the local music show's rave reviews. Each show, which features three or four singer-songwriters performing in the round and sharing the stage with the audience, is taped and then broadcast on WOSU-TV.

“I’m so proud of the fact that we have been instrumental in cultivating an audience that appreciates this kind of music,” said Gnezda, who got his inspiration for the show from many years on the road as a speaker and singer-songwriter. Piggybacking on the success of the McConnell Arts Center's (MAC) First Tuesday Songwriter Circle and the growing number of outstanding singer-songwriter acts at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza & Live Music, Gnezda thought the time was right to create Songs at the Center.

The Next Taping

On October 23, fans will have the opportunity to attend the program’s next taping, featuring the internationally acclaimed trio American Gypsy, with master violinist Arkadiy Gips. The show will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the MAC and will include the taping of four episodes for the upcoming season.

An All-New Season

Folks who loved the first season of SATC are in for a treat this time around. Here are just a few of the reasons to watch a live taping.

  • High-Level Talent - Thanks to the success of season one and to the growing popularity of Worthington's music venues, Songs at the Center is particularly excited about the level of national talent that will be featured on the show this season, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist John Oates, Grammy award winning writer Don Henry and Americana/folk legend Tom Russell.
  • Same Great Show, Evolving Format - While the original concept behind the show remains, the format continues to evolve. This season, instead of featuring three to four artists per episode, at least three of the episodes will devote the entire half-hour program to one performer. A few instrumentalists will be featured in this year's lineup.
  • New Venues – In addition to the MAC, Songs at the Center is also filming at other locations throughout the city. The team recently taped a show at Gerber LLC, a business consulting firm in downtown Columbus. Nicknamed Songs at the Office, the show was a big success. “If you think about it, music is a part of everything we do and everywhere we go – even our offices,” said Gnezda. “Opportunities like this allow us to reach out and connect with new audiences who may not normally have this experience.”
  • Community Outreach – In addition to taping shows and recruiting talent, Songs at the Center is also focused on community outreach. “We want to bring the energy that we feel to people all over Columbus,” said Gnezda. In addition to organizing performances at events like Concerts on the Green and the Columbus Arts Festival, SATC has been involved with fundraising events for the Worthington Resource Pantry and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Gnezda is also thrilled to announce that the group will be speaking and performing at the TEDxColumbus conference in November.

For more information, check out Songs at the Center on FB, and sign up to receive the organization's newsletter at www.songsatthecenter.com.

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

6 Places to Hear Live Music in Worthington
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Located just north of Columbus in a comfortable neighborhood setting with a beautiful historic downtown, Worthington is a small-town destination with big-city fun. In addition to restaurants, shopping, historical sites and festivals, this also includes a wide range of music venues that regularly feature national, regional and local acts. In this blog post, we take a closer look at these venues so you can make plans for your next outing to hear some great live music. Concerts on the Green

Looking for a great way to end your weekend on a high note? Look no further than the Concerts on the Green, which take place at the Worthington Village Green on Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Hosted by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department, these free outdoor concerts cater to a wide range of musical interests, from classic American standards to cabaret, blues, big band and rock. That means there's something for everyone to enjoy. Simply bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinner, or arrive early and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in Old Worthington. Then relax and let the music fill the air.

Best tip: Two great marching band concerts take place in August: The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni on August 9 and The Ohio 122nd Army Band on August 15.

Dewey's Pizza

The patio at Dewey's Pizza comes alive with the sounds of acoustic and light rock music on Wednesday (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and Friday (6 to 9 p.m.) evenings throughout the summer. Younger, local talent is featured on Wednesdays. So gather your friends and family, order enough pizza for the whole gang and kick back to some familiar tunes. The outdoor patio is conveniently located in the middle of Old Worthington, with plenty of tables and chairs arranged around a backdrop of beautiful flowers.

Best tip: Dewey's is known for its wide selection of beers from around the country, but they also support local breweries whenever possible. Like it says on the website: "We change our beers quicker than most bands change drummers."

McConnell Arts Center

The McConnell Arts Center, better known as the MAC, is a contemporary, multidisciplinary facility located in the center of Worthington that presents and promotes the performing, visual and digital arts. And that includes plenty of live music. From folk and string quartets to jazz ensembles, singer/songwriters, rockabilly, Songs at the Center video shoots and the MAC Chamber Orchestra, there truly is something for everyone. Most of it takes place in the 213-seat Bronwynn Theatre, a comfortable, acoustically sound performance hall.

Best tip: All rotating art exhibitions at the MAC are free, so arrive early and enjoy the visual arts as well.

Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza & Live Music

If you're looking for a serious music venue with world-class acts, Natalie's is the place to be. This intimate venue is ideal for both the artists and the audience, and that's because the music is always respected. In addition to featuring a wide range of music on a specially designed stage with high quality sound, lights and video, Natalie's is also a full-service restaurant and bar. The old world New York-style pizza cooked in a high-temperature, coal-fired oven is every bit as good as the music and an equally big draw.

Best tip: Many of the shows have advance ticket sales, and some sell out in advance, so plan ahead by checking out the upcoming schedule of performers at nataliescoalfiredpizza.com or visitworthingtonohio.com.

The Worthington Inn

Good food and good music go hand in hand on Wednesday (except in June and July) and Friday evenings in the Pub at The Worthington Inn. From jazz guitarists to piano players to younger artists making their way in the music scene, there are plenty of reasons to make this your go-to destination for live music. Choose from a menu of pub sandwiches, salads and burgers—or order dinner from the regular restaurant menu and enjoy popular entrees like Beef Worthington and Alaskan Halibut.

Best tip: Since there are no table reservations in the Pub, arrive early, around 6 or 6:30 p.m., so you can order food and stake your claim to a table before the music starts at 7 p.m.

Worthington Libraries

Live musical performances take place at the Worthington Libraries throughout the year. It all begins in February with the February by the Fire Series at the Old Worthington Library, which features small-group or single performers in a cozy fireplace setting. During the summer months, the music heads outdoors for the Summer Concert Series at the Northwest Library. These concerts happen during June and July, attract crowds of anywhere from 100 to 300 people, and feature everything from bluegrass to brass. So bring a lawn chair and get ready for some toe-tapping fun.

Best tip: Check out the list of upcoming events at worthingtonlibraries.org.

 

The McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, courtesy of the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

 

Concerts on the Green: The Perfect Worthington Evening
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964692_592827814070092_1455362558_oIf you're searching for a relaxing, family-friendly weekend event, look no further than Worthington’s popular Concerts on the Green. Hosted by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department and sponsored by The Laurels of Worthington and Worthington Dental, the free concerts are held on the Worthington Village Green on Sunday evenings throughout the summer months. Since the concerts cater to a wide range of musical interests, from classic American standards to cabaret, blues, big band and rock and roll, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy. “We’re really excited about this summer’s lineup,” said Melissa Hindman, marketing and community outreach supervisor with the Parks & Recreation Department. “We’ve brought back a few of last year’s favorites and are thrilled to have added some fantastic new acts as well.”

While food will be available for purchase from a different local eatery each month, guests may bring their own picnic dinner or stop by one of Worthington’s amazing restaurants for some delicious take-out.

Here are a few more reasons to check out Concerts on the Green this summer:

 

  • Walk Worthington – Interested in a little exercise before the concerts? Join Walk Worthington, a program of the Worthington Resource Pantry, for a two- to three-mile walk prior to each concert. Walks begin at 6:10 p.m. at the northwest corner of High Street and SR 161 and include a stop at Graeter's Ice Cream before returning to the Village Green.

 

  • Frozen in July – Concerts on the Green is excited to host a screening of Disney’s wildly popular movie, Frozen, on Saturday, July 25. Bring the kids, cozy up on a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars.

 

  • Songs at the Center – Piggybacking on the success of Worthington native Eric Gnezda’s popular TV program, “Songs at the Center," the July 26 Concert on the Green will feature three singer-songwriters: Donna Mogavero, Jasey Schnaars and Zachariah Whitney — as well as a few surprise guests.

 

  • Teeny Tucker – Concerts on the Green is excited to welcome Teeny Tucker to the stage on Sunday, August 16. An Ohio native and daughter of the famous Tommy Tucker, Teeny has won awards at blues festivals around the world and has quickly established herself as one of the best blues acts in the business today.

 

  • Marching Bands – Don’t miss your chance to hear two of Ohio’s most exciting marching bands: The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni on Sunday, August 9 and The Ohio 122nd Army Band on Saturday, August 15.

 

If you go...

 

  • Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green, located on the corner of High Street and SR 161 (Dublin-Granville Rd.)
  • Parking is available at Kilbourne Middle School, the Griswold Center, the Worthington Library, Huntington Bank and the Worthington Presbyterian Church
  • In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be cancelled
  • For a complete schedule of the Concerts on the Green, visit worthington.org or visitworthingtonohio.com

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.