The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, host to the 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, is pleased to present an Urban Appalachian Showcase on Saturday, April 7, 7:30 – 9:30 PM,  at the Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut Street. Join us for an exciting program featuring the best of greater Cincinnati’s urban Appalachian singers, musicians, writers, and spoken word artists, including:

  • Bluegrass legend, writer, and radio personality Katie Laur , a perceptive voice about Appalachian life in Cincinnati is joined by Ma Crow and Company including special guest Memphis “Bec” Gentry, an old-time country blues singer;
  • The old-time ensemble, the Rabbit Hash String Band belting out old-time harmonies, and sharing a tall tale or two along the way;
  • Songwriter (and basketball legend) Jean Dowell with Mike Oberst of the Tillers, whose musical collaboration has thrilled folk and bluegrass audiences around the region;
  • The multi-generational Tellico Family Band with original and traditional Appalachian songs that tell stories of land and family, love and loss, changed ways of living and working;
  • Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel and Weatherford Award winner Richard Hague reading poems of migration and home by contributors to the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative’s journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel;
  • WordPlay Cincy’s Desirae Hosley accompanied by young spoken word artists from WordPlay, Oyler High School and more performing collaborative poems on heritage, family and identity.


Quilts by the late fiber artist Maxine Groves adorn the stage. Storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku serves as emcee.


The Urban Appalachian Showcase is supported by Cincinnati Arts Association and ArtsWave. Miami University Regionals Appalachian Studies serves as co-sponsor. Check out our Facebook event here: Information and tickets at