Buckeye Hills Career Center will be featuring live entertainment at their annual EXPO on April 14 and April 15 to be held each day from Noon until 5:00 pm on the Buckeye Hills campus. The scheduled entertainment is as follows:
Saturday, April 14th Sunday, April 15th
1:00 Open Rail 1:00 The Gospel Strings
3:00 Red Brush Band 3:00 Jenny Henchey
Open Rail formed from a group of friends who enjoyed playing a style of music branded as Bluegrass, but is far from your grandpa’s bluegrass music. Band members are Don Titus (banjo), Mark Kinney (guitar), John Caldwell (mandolin), Brian Ison (guitar) and Jeff Fields (bass). The instruments are the same as the music that began in the hills of Kentucky, but this band blends a mix of traditional, modern, gospel, and original material that gives the band its flare. Open Rail served as the Ariel Theater’s house band in 2010 and 2011 working hard to establish themselves as a solid band instrumentally and vocally. They placed second and third at the Mountaineer Opry band competition in 2010 and 2011. They placed 9th at SPBGMA’s 2011 International Band Competition, and have added such great venues as the Wheeling Jamboree, The Bob Evans Farm Festival and the Renfro Valley Barn dance to their tour. 2016 became the year for recognition for the band. First, they won the Blazing Bluegrass Band Contest in Whitley City, KY and then named 2016 IMEA Bluegrass Band of the Year in Nashville, TN. They have a solid stage show that puts the crowd at ease and encourages them to be a part of the show. Currently the band has four recorded projects, consistent radio airplay in the region as well as online radio, and has established a fan base that travels and supports the band at many of their shows. Remember Open Rail when planning your event for your entertainment needs. Open Rail Proudly Endorses Eddie Gray Guitars, Fields Guitars, BBB Music Center and COBA (Central Ohio Bluegrass Association).
The Red Brush Band formed in 1995 by brothers Dwight and Allen Daugherty along with Harry Kuhn. The band started with the idea of doing a wide variety of music. Even though the band has lost founding member Dwight, the boys are still going strong today with Allen on guitar, Harry on bass, Mike Vogue on fiddle, David Coriell on banjo and Jeremy Sharp on mandolin.
The Gospel Strings is a local Gospel group, playing live music in a combination of Southern, Bluegrass and Contemporary styles. The group consists of Rebecca Overstreet (key board), Belinda Dean (vocals), John Dean (fiddle and guitar), Brenda Price (mandolin) and Bob Price (bass and guitar).
Jenny Henchey has been onstage since she was seven years old. She is really a country girl but has sung various styles including funk, reggae, pop and rock. She has opened for artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Chris Jenson, and had the opportunity to work for bands like The Guess Who, 38 Special, Jake Owen, Dustyn Lynch, and Taylor Swift. Jenny works at the University of Rio Grande, is the proud mom of three grown children and has three grandchildren. She and her husband Russell live on The Merry Farm in Rodney.
Activities for the weekend include business/industry exhibits, vendor display of services, craft show, antique tractor show, classic car show, motorcycle show, new car display, lawn and garden equipment demonstrations, health care checks, cosmetology services, games and bounce houses for the children and food sales. Numerous prizes will be given away daily.
Plan to visit the secondary and post-secondary career-technical programs; Career Center staff will be available to answer questions and provide program demonstrations.
More information on the EXPO is available by calling 740-245-5334.