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

LXM 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 

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Here is the lineup for Sunday, May 3.  

The Leo 2014-15 season is filled. We won’t start booking next season until this summer, but if you are a band or musician looking for a gig at the Leo, start by reading our Guidelines for Booking a Set at the Leo Coffeehouse.

 View and download a PDF of the whole 2014-2015 Leo Season. 

May 3, 2015
Emcee: Alana Johnson
5:30 PM Open Jam: All welcome.
Celtic Jam: All welcome. 
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
Three sets, each set is ten minutes or two songs, whichever comes first.
2ND SET (7:30PM) Cheryl McKinney
Cheryl McKinney is Heartenstone and she will  be presenting some of her original songs and her interpretations of folk songs, Celtic tunes, and roots music.
3RD SET (8:15PM) Honey & Houston
Honey & Houston is comprised of singer/songwriters Lauren Houston and Heather Turner (of Tupelo Honey) lead instrumentalist Mark Cretcher,  and Daniel Peterson on drums. Their original folk/americana music blends country and blues influences with sweet “sister” harmonies —  and a little taste of gypsy on the side.

ArtsWave Performers

On April 8, several Balladeers represented the organization in concert at Cincinnati City Hall on behalf of The ArtsWave.

Performers included Jody Knoop, Ed Stapleton, Dean Vamvas, Chris Bier, and and Judy & Warren Waldron. They entertained Vice Mayor David Mann, employees of City Hall, and students from Woodward High School.

Thanks, guys for so ably representing QCB.

 ArtSong Support

Thank you, ArtsWave!

Arts WaveThe Queen City Balladeers is proud to announce that the ArtsWave has awarded our organization a grant in the amount of $2,000 to support our 2015 ArtSong Summer Concert Series! This is the QCB’s 51st year of summer concerts.

The ArtsWave’s mission is to be a leader and regional catalyst working to advance the vitality and vibrancy of Greater Cincinnati by mobilizing the creative energy of the entire community. (Learn more about ArtsWave.)

This year’s ArtSong series will be at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fath Auditorium. The free concerts start at 8:00 P.M. on the Friday nights of July 10, 17, 24, and 31, so mark your calendars!

Sponsorship Possibilities

We also welcome individual and business sponsors to help support the concerts. .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

 Currently, we have thew following sponsors at the Guthrie level:

  • K. Boniface
  • Stan Boric
  • Trustway Properties

Of course, we also welcome any level of support, both financial and as a volunteer. 

To learn more or offer to become a sponsor, contact President Pete Armstrong or Vice-President Chris Bieri via the Contact Us page.

 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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