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Library's atrium hosts eclectic musical blend


The Grandview Heights Public Library's Music in the Atrium concert series is a gig musicians are eager to book.

"Musicians love playing here. They love to perform in the atrium space," said Canaan Faulkner, the library's coordinator of adult programs and web content.

"It's a beautiful intimate space with terrific acoustics," Faulkner said. "You don't need much amplification to really fill the space with your music."

The concert series also is a popular attraction for library patrons, and not only those who come expressly for the music, he said.

The evening concerts are held once a month.

The upcoming slate includes:

* Jan. 17 -- Jack Wilce, a finger-style guitarist who was part of the 1960s California music scene and recorded with David Crosby, Gram Parsons and Jackson Browne, among others.

"He's been a local guy for a long time and works at the Guitar House Workshop on Chambers Road," Faulkner said. "He's played with some interesting musical figures and has some interesting stories to tell."

* Feb. 28 -- Canned Goods, which plays old-time jazz, blues and country on a variety of unusual instruments, including ukulele, banjo and musical saw.

* March 14 -- Ohio State University professor Ryan Skinner, a longtime student of Malian kora master Toumani Diabate and children's book author and illustrator. Skinner will perform on a 21-stringed West African harp.

"We're really excited about having Ryan Skinner, who will be including an educational element to his concert," Faulkner said. "We try to present a mix of styles and genres in our atrium series and try to introduce people to some things they might not have heard before."

* April 18 -- the guitar duo of Jim Lynch (the Conspiracy Band, Sam & Dave Revue) and Charlie Bleak (longtime Columbus musician) will perform covers and original songs.

* May 9 -- Cowboy Bob and JoJo performing acoustic country favorites.

"Cowboy Bob Hummel used to be a member of the Rainbow Canyon Band. They had a song years ago called Franklin County Woman, which mentions a lot of sites around Columbus," Faulkner said. "You can still hear it occasionally on the radio."

Concerts begin at 7 p.m.