Winter is (finally) over and spring showers are well under way. This means that long summer days are just around the corner, and with them comes Oxford's Annual Uptown Concert Series. Every Thursday* night at 7:00 PM, June - August, you'll be treated to a FREE concert in the uptown parks. There will be a talented lineup of musicians all summer long, ranging from local favorites to big names from out of state.
Bring your friends and family, blankets and lawn chairs, and prepare to spend every Thursday night listening to music under under sunny skies** and stars (concerts go until 9:30 PM).
* The first week in July, the uptown concert will take place on a TUESDAY (July 2nd) to coincide with the Freedom Festival Parade. Every other concert takes place on a Thursday.
** Summer weather isn't always sunny, unfortunately. In case of inclement weather, concerts may need to be canceled. We'll update our Facebook page and change our voicemail on the day of a concert if we decide there needs to be a cancelation.
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Kicking off the concerts this summer is Coastal Club, an indie-pop band from Cincinnati whose upbeat sound will be perfect for ushering in summer vibes. These four talented friends have been to Oxford before so we're excited to welcome them back. You can listen to them on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and more. (They enjoy post-concert milkshakes. Maybe after their show you'll see them at Graeter's or Spring Street Treats!)
This night made possible by Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
90 Proof Twang is a fun mix of country, hillbilly rock, and bluegrass. Inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash and ZZ Top, 90 Proof Twang was voted Best Country Band in Cincinnati (by City Beat Magazine) in 2015, 2017, and 2018. All of their songs from their first two EPs are available on both iTunes and CDBaby.com.
This night made possible by Veteran's Lawn Care Service.
Lisa Biales is a well known name here in Oxford and beyond. A town local, Lisa is known for her crystal clear vocals and blusey, folk rock sound. With a high quality music video and over five albums available on CDBaby.com, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy her music. Come see her as she once again joins our summer lineup. You won't be disappointed!
This night made possible by Century 21 Thacker & Associates, Inc.
We can't wait to welcome J Pope and the HearNow to Oxford for the first time ever. An exciting addition to the summer line up, J Pope and the HearNow will bring a unique mix of alt-soul, hip hop, and funk. Based out of Baltimore, this band has been asked to open for famous musicians such as Esperanza Spalding. You can listen to their entire album, Soul Searching, on their website.
Opening for J Pope is Nosebleed, a band from Talawanda High School. Having performed at various events around town, including the Oxford Sings event at the Oxford Community Arts Center, Nosebleed is quickly becoming a local favorite. We're glad we get to see these young musicians perform so one day we can say We knew them when...!
This night made possible by Buffalo Wild Wings and Oxford Kennel- Boarding, Daycare, Grooming
After the founding members of Elk Creek (who grew up together in Trenton) reunited in Cincinnati after college, they immediately began making music together again. Thus, Elk Creek was born. This rock/blues/Americana band already has both an EP (Greenfield Project) and an 8-song self-titled album (Elk Creek) under their belt.
THIS IS A TUESDAY NIGHT CONCERT. The Freedom Festival Parade takes place at 6:30 PM. Come for the parade, stay for Elk Creek! They'll begin performing at 7:00 PM.
The Ark Band is touring all over the midwest this summer and we're happy to be one of their stops. This dynamic reggae band will be bringing us the perfect summer sound by performing a mix of original songs and classic reggae covers. The group is based out of Columbus with members hailing from St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and the U.S.A. They have records dating back to 1993, which you can listen to here.
This night made possible by the Animal Care Clinic, Coldwell Banker College Real Estate, Bagel and Deli, US Bank, and Graeter's Ice Cream.
The Accidentals are a talented indie folk rock power trio who have been named among Yahoo's "Top 10 Bands to Watch" in 2017. Based out of Michigan, The Accidentals are coming to Oxford as part of a long summer tour that includes several shows in the United Kingdom. You can listen to them on Spotify and Souncloud and watch their music videos on Youtube.
This night made possible by the Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford Seniors, RE/Max, and Chuck's Electric.
Queen City Silver Stars was in our music lineup last summer but they never made it to the stage due to rain! We're happy to welcome them back this year with fingers crossed for a sunny afternoon. Their Caribbean/Reggae sound is fun and energetic, with instruments ranging from guitars to steel drums. You can listen to them on Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.
This night made possible by Hueston Woods Visitor's Bureau.
The United States Air Force Band: Flight One is an ensemble that's part of the Air Force Band of Flight. Made up of active military members, this talented group provides quality musical entertainment for both the community and official military events. Flight One features a wide range of popular cover songs that you're sure to recognize and enjoy.
This night made possible by Primary Health Solutions.
John Kogge and the Lonesome Strangers are a folk band that Oxford knows and loves. Their bluesy, Americana sound is inspired by musicians like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. They are no strangers to the pavilion stage, having played previous uptown concerts here in town. We look forward to welcoming these beloved Oxford locals back to the stage!
This night made possible by McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth.
The Butler Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1951 (it was then known as the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra) and has been going strong ever since with some of the finest musical talent in the region. The 75 member orchestra regularly performs concerts to a packed house and we're sure that the uptown park this summer will be no exception.
This night made possible by Ernst Bever.
Linus Tate is a three-person pop rock band based near Cincinnati. With an eclectic selection of new and classic tunes, their performance will have a little something for everyone to enjoy.
Smokestack Lightning is a local Oxford band who's played at the uptown concert series in previous years, as well as at various local venues including our town's oldest pub, Mac and Joe's. A self-titled "college bar band", you'll love Smokestack Lightning's rock and blues.
Opening for Linus Tate and Smokestack Lightning is The Palmers, an up-and-coming rock band from Talawanda High School. This will be their first time performing in the uptown concert series so make sure to come out and support our young, local talent!
This night made possible by the Wildberry Factory.
Son Del Caribe will be wrapping up our concert series this summer with high-energy salsa music. A last hoorah to summer, this concert takes place during the annual Community Picnic. Both the picnic and concert will begin at 6:00 PM. Bring your friends and dance on the grass to Son Del Caribe, then enjoy free food, games, and more. The Community Picnic is the perfect way for townies and students alike to come together and enjoy all that Oxford has to offer.
This night possible by LCNB National Bank, Kent's Harbor/Sagamore Resort, Miami University and Community Federal Credit Union, Oxford Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Fey Bruder Insurance Advisors, Three Valley Conservation Trust, Hueston Woods Visitors Bureau, The Urology Group, The Apple Tree, Mini University, Great Clips, Primary Health Solutions.
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