Win Yourself a Mini-Martin

PrintThe Queen City Balladeers is proud to announce that C.F. Martin & Co. has donated a Martin LXM guitar for us to raffle in support of ArtSong 2015!

This “Little” Martin is the company’s smallest guitar, but it’s very big on tone, quality and versatility. The LXM model features mahogany high-pressure laminate back and sides with a warm satin finish. It lists for $409 and is ideal for travel, beginning guitar students, and singing around the campfire!

LXM Little Matin

LMX Liittle Martin

Raffle ticket sales will begin in at the Leo Coffeehouse late April or early May (as soon as the tickets arrive) and continue at the ArtSong 2015 concerts. The winning ticket will be drawn at the last ArtSong concert on July 31, 2015.

C.F. Martin & Co. is known around the world for its fine instruments. The “C.F.” stands for Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., who was born in Germany in 1796. Apprenticed to a Viennese guitar-maker at age 15. C.F. emigrated to New York City in 1833, and later set up shop in Nazareth, PA. C.F.’s innovative designs are still being by the Martin Company used today!

Learn more about C.F. Martin & Co. and the LXM Lirttle Martin.

The Leo This Week 

find the leo with borderSpecial Venue One Night Only 

This Sunday, April 12, the Leo Coffeehouse will held be at the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, 536 Linton Street, and not at the United Methodist Church in Mt. Healthy.

April 12, 2015
Emcee: Neville Pohl
5:30 PM Open Jam: All welcome.
Celtic Jam: All welcome.
Songwriters’ Collaborative: Anyone interested in songwriting welcome.
1ST SET (7PM) Just Earth
2ND SET (7:30PM) John Ford
Great guitarist and singer of blues-based tunes. He recorded his latest record in the same hotel room Robert Johnson recorded in. Come get your copy!
3RD SET (8:15PM) Jean Dowell w/ Mike Oberst
Jean Dowell is 70 and grew up in Union Grove NC. She is a magnetic showwoman and has written hundreds of songs about growing up in Appalachia.
Mike Oberst says, “I’ve been supporting her musically because I believe her music to be very true and wonderful and from the heart. Think…the wit and off-the-cuff humor of Cousin Emmy meets the simplistic musical beauty of Sarah Carter. I just want her to be heard.”
A Leo Debut.

Open a Downloadable PDF of the Complete 2014-2015 Season as it’s booked so far. 

 More about the one-night open house

For many months, there has been an ongoing search for a new, more centrally located  location with the right amenities for the Leo Coffeehouse. After many meetings and much discussion, the QCB Board and the QCB Search Team have accepted an invitation to hold an “Open House” Leo Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Church to test it as a potential venue.

Please park in the large lighted parking lot right across Linton Street from the Church. Linton Street is a small, two-lane street, off of Reading Road, near the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati.

For directions and a map, click here.

An “Open House” Leo Coffeehouse

Sunday, April 12th, 2015, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9  p.m. (the usual times)

First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati
536 Linton Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

 ArtSong Support

Do you want the ArtSong summer concert series to continue?  If yes, then the Queen City Balladeers need your help to be able to continue the series in 2015, for its 51st year. 

For many years, we could get the Seasongood Pavilion at no cost, so we did not need any support other than donations we received at the concerts. That is no longer the case. Several years ago the Cincinnati Parks Board started charging more than $2,000 rent for the series.

For a variety of reasons, we now hold the summer concerts in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fath Auditorium. Costs include paying for the auditorium and for security at the museum,  advertising, and food and gifts for the artists (who play for free.)

ArtSong 2014 was financed by grants from the ArtsWave and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, sponsorships by members and local businesses, the Deering banjo raffle, and hours of planning and labor by QCB volunteers.  Continued financial support and increased volunteer participation are vital to continue the summer concert series! 

You can support the summer concerts by becoming a sponsor. We offer four levels.

  • The Seeger Level: $500 and above
  • The Leadbelly Level: $250 to $499
  • The Guthrie Level: $100 to $249
  • The Stephen Foster Level: $50 to $99

Please contact Chris Bieri via the Contact Us page with your thoughts.  We also welcome your suggestions about other projects the QCB could undertake instead of the concert series, such as outreach to schools.

 Spread The Word About The Balladeers

You can be on the Balladeers “Street Team” and help spread the word about who we are and what we do. To learn more about helping to promote the Balladeers (with some links to information about using social media to promote anything) click Help Market the Queen City Balladeers.

Queen City Balladeers Board For 2014-2015

Officers for the 2014-2015 Leo Season were elected at the season-ending potluck. This year’s board is:

  • President: Pete Armstrong
  • Vice-president: Chris Bieri
  • Vice-president: Chuck Black
  • Treasurer: Bev Hansen
  • Historian: Dennis Iverson
  • Secretary: Nonie Muller

The board is responsible for all financial decisions and for setting the direction for the Balladeers for the year in which the officers serve. The board year begins in September, with the opening of the club, and ends the following year when the club opens and a new board is installed.

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