This summer, Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies students completed work on the third season of the The Gladden House Sessions, a video series produced in partnership with WOUB Public Media at the 2016 Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF).
The episodes of the Gladden House Sessions were shot on location at NMF from June 2 - June 5th. The Gladden House Sessions feature artist interviews and stripped-down acoustic performances on the porch of the historic Gladden House, located near the back of the festival grounds. Gladden House producer/host and MDIA instructor Josh Antonuccio once again led the 10-student team who worked on this year’s sessions. That production team, made up of OU MDIA students, handled all aspects of production, including multi-camera shoots, editing, audio multitrack recording, live sound production, artist relations, publicity, and stage management.
The performance area has became a popular attraction, with renowned artists such as Valerie June, The Black Lips, Pokey LaFarge, My Bubba, and Elephant Revival drawing big crowds in previous years. This year featured another phenomenal lineup of artists, including Lake Street Dive, Eric D Johnson of Fruitbats, Son Little, and The Wild Reeds. The series was started in 2014 by Antonuccio and developed with NMF Director Tim Peacock and Marketing Director Brian Koscho, who were also involved with planning this year’s production.
Each year, OU MDIA students who participate on the production team are given the opportunity to be involved with major artists through the weekend and produce video content that has far-reaching publicity for both the musicians and for the Nelsonville Music Festival. “The response to the past three seasons has been incredible”, Antonuccio said. “We’ve cleared 200,000 views on the Gladden House Sessions and are now searchable alongside of other major music interview and performance series in the same vein, including NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts and KEXP’s Live In Studio episodes. It’s such a great opportunity for our students to receive production credits for a series that is reaching a national audience.” The 2016 season produced 14 episodes which were released via WOUB Public Media from June through July. The 3rd season, along with the entire series archives, can be viewed on WOUB Public Media at Gladden House Sessions.