Ox Summer Music Series ends; fall series to start this week


OXFORD — Oxford’s Summer Concert Series officially came to a close during the Community Picnic (formerly known as the Pig Roast) on Thursday, Aug. 31.

However, the music does not stop there as Enjoy Oxford, with the support of Miami University, has decided to extend the concerts through September for the Fall Concert Series.

The community picnic is a yearly uptown event to welcome back Miami University students and create a space for them to engage with Oxford locals, also referred to as a Town and Gown event.

“This is our first Town and Gown event. We want the students to interact with residents and residents to interact with students,” Enjoy Oxford Director Jessica Greene said. “It’s about building a bridge between the university and the town and developing a sense of community. This has been going on for a long time so it is very popular.”

At the celebration there was plenty of free food including hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and chips. People were invited to eat, socialize, attend the many tents and vendors, and listen to Robin Lacy & DeZydeco.

According to Greene, the band hasn’t played in Oxford for over 30 years. The six-piece group has been performing since 1989 with unique instrumentation which includes the accordion, saxophone, and rub-board. The group performs a mixture of Zydeco, Blues, Old School Country, and Roots Rock.

Greene added, this year’s celebration had a record crowd. She added, “If its not a record year, it is darn close to it.The summer concerts have been great this year. We’ve had a really good lineup and really good weather. We only had to cancel one due to inclement weather, so it has been a great year. Normally this would be the last concert of the entire season, but this year we’re starting a new series with the September Concert Series.”

Following the September Concert Series, Enjoy Oxford and its committee has to quickly start planning for next summer’s series. They will start by accepting band submissions in December and in January the committee comes together to pick the bands.

Sponsors for the last summer music concert and the Community Picnic included: Visitors Bureau Hueston Woods Region, Oxford Chamber of Commerce, Great Clips, LCNB National Bank, Jeff Pohlman Tire & Auto Service Inc., Coldwell Banker College Real Estate, Oxford Real Estate, Stateline Medical Equipment, Glenwood Energy Oxford, Miami University and Community Federal Credit Union.

“If you want to be a sponsor these are the most quickly sold out sponsorships,” Greene said. “We only take 10 and the letter goes out in January. If you’re a nonprofit, you’re welcome to come as a nonprofit and you bring your own stuff. If you’re a sponsor, we provide you with food and that sort of thing.

“Thank you to everyone who makes it possible to put into it” she added. “Without lot of support and a lot of volunteers, we couldn’t do it. This is truly a community event.”

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Enjoy Oxford, in collaboration with the Oxford Police Division, held the annual Community Picnic on Thursday, Aug. 31. The concert served as the last of the Summer Music Series, but don’t panic now — the series will be extended through September for a Fall Summer Music Series.
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The entertainment for the night was Robin Lacy & DeZydeco. The six-piece group has been performing since 1989 with their unique instrumentation that includes the accordion, saxophone, and rub-board. The group performs a mixture of Zydeco, Blues, Old School Country, and Roots Rock.
http://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2017/09/web1_1Picnic10.jpgThe entertainment for the night was Robin Lacy & DeZydeco. The six-piece group has been performing since 1989 with their unique instrumentation that includes the accordion, saxophone, and rub-board. The group performs a mixture of Zydeco, Blues, Old School Country, and Roots Rock.

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By Kelsey Kimbler

kkimbler@registerherald.com

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