The 19th annual Oberlin Folk Fest kicks off today at noon with the discussion, "Women in Folk Music." Ethnomusicology professor Jennifer Fraser leads the talk featuring members of Isle of Klezbos. At 7 p.m. at the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, the Pearly Snaps, an old-time fiddle/banjo duo performs along with Isle of Klezbos. The festival resumes at 10 a.m. tomorrow with a harmony singing workshop and a parade at noon at Tappan Square. At 7 tomorrow night at Finney Chapel, Les Poules à Colin and the Grammy-nominated all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache will perform. All events are free, unticketed and open to the public. (Niesel)
Female barbershop quartet competition comes to Cleveland today, with the return of Sweet Adelines International to the Renaissance Hotel's Grand Ballroom. This year's Region 17 competition will draw more than 700 women from Ohio and three neighboring states and feature 21 quartets and 16 choruses. The contests start at 4:30 p.m. today and at noon tomorrow. The competition helps raise money and awareness for local charities and proceeds from this year's competition will be donated to the State of Michigan Breast Cancer Fund Department of Community Health and the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, two organizations that raise funds primarily through the sale of Michigan and Indiana breast cancer awareness license plates. Tickets for the competition are $35, or $10 for students with a student ID. (Niesel)
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Singer Mike Montali and guitarist Jon Bonilla, the main songwriters in the roots rock act Hollis Brown, grew up listening to the classics. That certainly comes across on the group’s 2015 album, 3 Shots. With its hushed vocals and intricate guitar work, album opener “Cathedral” recalls the great singers and songwriters from the ’70s — think Jackson Browne, Neil Young or James Taylor. The band's current single, the uptempo “Run Right To You,” features soulful vocals and a touch of organ. There’s an Ohio connection here too as drummer Andrew Zehnal hails from Cleveland. (Niesel) $10
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