Traysh Island is August 1-2 at 8550 Ohio in Chesterhill

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Traysh Island II: Burning Mang is this weekend, August 1-2 at 8550 Ohio just outside of Chesterhill. Lots of incredible bands and people, you should go.

The second installment of Traysh Island (titled Burning Mang) comes to 8550 Ohio this weekend August 1-2 just outside the little Appalachian town of Chesterhill. One of the more interesting gatherings of artists and musicians I’ve been at in the absolutely drop-jawed gorgeousness that only Southeast Ohio can bring, Traysh Island features live music and more for two days. The full schedule is waaaay below, but features everyone from Aquabear-ites and Ohio’s own Weedghost, Sport Fishing USA, and Speaking Suns to national acts like Kansas City’s Quadrigarum and Chicago’s Cooper Crain. 8550 OHIO ST RT 377, $10 admission (cash only) // $20 per tent (rsvp @ 8550OHIO@gmail.com).

Aquabear had the chance to ask a few questions to 8550 Ohio’s Jason Ajemian who filled us in on how a bunch of guys from various big cities ended up in the middle of Southeast Ohio.

How did Traysh Island get started?
Jason Ajemian: TRAYSH ISLAND was initiated last spring as a ribbon cutting ceremony for Conrad Freiburg’s Woodshed, the first permanent sculpture at 8550 OHIO, where we have been holding artist residencies for nearly ten years. More recently we developed TRAYSH NEW YORK at the Knockdown Center in Queens, which will be an annual effort. We are also thinking of introducing a Chicago edition in 2015.

How did 8550 get started? What brought the whole thing to Chesterhill?
8550 OHIO was born out of Harold Arts, a not for profit organization founded in Chicago by Jaimie Branch, Joe Jeffers and Nick Wylie. Joe Jeffers is the grandson of Harold and Elizabeth Jeffers, who raised a 3200 acre tree farm in Chesterhill. Jeffers and his team rented this property for a few months every summer in order to host a juried group of emerging and mid-career artists and musicians to gather in the hills for the purpose of interdisciplinary production. The organization became two organizations in 2010, Wylie and others founding ACRE in Wisconsin, while Jeffers moved (literally) to 8550 OHIO (state route 377), which continues to offer residencies for artists and musicians. 8550 OHIO is now run by me, Rebecca Beachy, Joe Jeffers, Frank Van Duerm, with a lot of help from the artists who visit us.

How did you guys all start working together?
Joe and I started working together in 2007, at that time I was working @ Harold as a producer, making records for others and of course developing my own projects. We met in Chicago at various places you might see experimental music.

What kind of things are going on at 8550 year round?
Not much unfortunately, the property is available for rent.

What are the plans for the future? 
Next year will be the tenth year we’ve hosted artists out here, so we are taking that pretty seriously.
I dont want to say too much, but on the 8550 residency tip we plan to return to working with cultural partners to produce thematic residencies. We’re also hoping that Kelly Kaczynski’s stage may be done in time for TRAYSH ISLAND III : THE LEGEND OF MOLD MANG.

What band are you most excited for this weekend?
Im most excited for QUADRIGARUM, a Kansas city based group led by J Ashley Miller, will be building a “chariot” for their performance, which is a medieval looking device that strums two guitars with two captain’s wheels. Its probably the most spectacular thing on the menu.

Anything else?
TRAYSH ISLAND II: BURNING MANG is free for civil war reenactors. Here’s a radio interview we did for T-NY: http://clocktower.org/show/traysh8550-ohio

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY AUGUST FIRST

5pm     Chesterhill Singers with Milton Robertson (OHIO)
1am     TRAYSH COLLECTIF  (GLOBUS)
SATURDAY AUG SECOND
6pm      Jentle Ben presents Shy Music (Hamburg/Chicago)
10.5      Exotic Dancer (Chicago/Los Angeles/Athens)
1am      High, Lonesome and Broke: Campfire(New York/Los Angeles/Chicago)

More Bands Added to 8th Annual Aquabear County Fair

Joe Anderl and his band The 1984 Draft join the County Fair lineup from Dayton, Ohio

Joe Anderl and his band The 1984 Draft join the County Fair lineup from Dayton, Ohio

The 8th annual Aquabear County Fair is September 5-6, 2014 in Athens, Ohio with Connections and WVWhite heading down from Columbus for a FREE weekend of Ohio music. We are excited to announce another round of bands to join the two we have already announced! Dayton’s The 1984 Draft (Joe Anderl in new full band mode) joins Athens acts The D-Rays, The Heartlanders, Supernobody, and Ohio noise supergroup Weedghost. A few more acts still to come and the whole weekend is FREE. Shows will take place at The Union in Athens on Friday (The D-Rays, WVWhite, The Heartlanders, more TBA) and Saturday (Connections, The 1984 Draft, Supernobody, Weedghost, more TBA) and we will also host a special afternoon acoustic showcase at Haffa’s Records right across the street on Saturday afternoon! Joe Anderl (of 1984 NFL Draft) will be playing along with a few more still to be announced. More information on the Haffa’s show coming soon.

This whole weekend is FREE because we want everyone to come out and enjoy Ohio music and have one less excuse on why they are not watching awesome music. But, Aquabear still pays the bands because we think artists should get paid. We’re having our annual fundraiser (and an event I have dubbed “the best day of the year”) the Aquabear Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 10th from 1pm-3pm at UCM in Uptown Athens. All local food from such great partners as Snowville Creamery, Donkey Coffee, Casa Nueva, Shagbark Seed & Mill, Fluff Bakery & Catering, Pierogi Mountain, Fullbrooks Cafe, and many more. $5 in advance (look for tickets at Haffa’s soon, or buy them from us) or $6 at the door for all you can eat pancakes and coffee PLUS $1 upgrades will be available for an exclusive AquaBLUEbear Pierogi Mountain pierogi, local bacon, Casa soysage, and more. Come hang out and eat some killer pancakes.

6 Bs and a P: Special Offseason Late Draft Edition

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6 Bs and a P: Special Offseason Late Draft Edition
Our quarterback of the future is passed out on a giant swan! It’s the Browns offseason! Despite a crazy 2014 featuring new coaches, GM’s, Johnny Footballs, and a movie with Kevin Costner…. we are now in the depths of that offseason. What better time to release an incredibly late special offseason edition 6 Bs and a P! The gang discusses all the changes, the movie Draft Day and how they did not see it, Johnny Football, and more. Listen and get your 6 Bs and a P fix until September rolls around for a third season. Go Browns!

Aquabear Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, August 10 in Athens

 

Aquabear's annual Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, August 10th at UCM in Athens, Ohio

Aquabear’s annual Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, August 10th at UCM in Athens, Ohio

The Aquabear Legion will present our 8th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 10th from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at UCM in Uptown Athens, Ohio (18 N. College Street). All money raised at the breakfast will go to pay bands at the 8th annual Aquabear County Fair which is September 5-6, 2014 at The Union Bar & GrillIt’s the best day of the year. A whole bunch of great local food and pancakes to support a whole bunch of great local music. We will have delicious food from: Snowville Creamery, Casa Nueva, Donkey Coffee, Shagbark Seed & Mill, Fullbrooks Cafe, Fluff Bakery & Catering, and many more!

$5 in advance

Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, August 10th

$6 at the door

*includes all you can eat pancakes made from Shagbark Seed & Mill spelt flour and coffee

PLUS: We will offer $1 UPGRADES for a slice of bacon, Casa Nueva soysage (vegetarian!), choice of lots of sweets + desserts, or special Aquabear exclusive pierogi from Pierogi Mountain

More info coming soon, come out and support Ohio music and eat amazing food. And it’s the morning after the annual Athens Community Music Festival so it’s the perfect thing to do when you roll out of bed the next morning/afternoon.

Connections, WV White, + More TBA for Aquabear County Fair #8 on September 5-6!

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Connections will headline the 8th annual Aquabear County Fair on September 6 at The Union

The Aquabear County Fair will happen for the 8th time (whoa) on September 5-6, 2014 in Athens, Ohio. With this years event featuring two nights of ALL FREE Ohio music at The Union with another surprise or two to be announced. The Aquabear is excited to announce one band for each night already and both hail from up US 33 in Columbus, Ohio: Connections (on Saturday, September 6) and WV White (on Friday, September 5). Lots more bands to be announced as we get closer! And remember: this weekend is FREE cause we want you to come watch Ohio music but we do pay all the bands so donations are welcomed! We will be hosting our annual Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast in Athens this August, so be sure to check back for details on that delicious event. All proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast go to the Aquabear County Fair.