Happening inside The Stage Door at 224 Putnam Street in Marietta
This project is made possible through the Central Appalachia Living Traditions Folk & Traditional Arts Experiences program of Mid Atlantic Arts.
Born on the banks of the Ohio River, Oyo is a dynamic six-piece roots band that formed in the back of Marietta’s JustAJar Design Press over the course of jam sessions, eventually solidifying original work that utilizes hearty traditional Appalachian instrumentation rife with pulsating rhythm and poignant lyricism. Gathered around a single mic, Oyo’s high-energy performances are equal parts honky tonk and barn dance, with an indie-rock undercurrent. Oyo trades off lead vocals between Aaron Martin (fiddle, mandolin), Cole Adair (guitar) and Michael Bond (guitar, keys, harmonica, spoons), with Bobby Rosenstock (banjo), Drew Tanner (bass), and Joe Ryckebosch (drums, washboard) joining in.
Where does the name Oyo come from?
The Iroquois referred to the Ohio River as Oyo (OH-yo), meaning “beautiful river.”
The CALT Sessions (An Appalachian Music Series)
Grammy Winners, WV Music Hall of Fame Inductees, and regional heroes will join us this summer for this entertaining and informative new series made possible by Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) and the Mid Atlantic Arts!
The artists will discuss how Appalachian traditional music and culture have influenced their contemporary works. All the artists will be performing and taking questions from attendees.
The series will take place inside The Stage Door at 224 Putnam Street in Marietta, in a close, intimate environment. The events will be free to the public, but you must have a ticket. Tickets will be released online two days before each event.