The Gladden House Sessions, a video series produced by WOUB and Ohio University’s School of Media Arts & Studies, is returning to the Nelsonville Music Festival this weekend.
Launched during last year’s fest, the series features artist interviews and stripped-down acoustic performances on the porch of the historic Gladden House, located near the back of the festival grounds. The production crew is made up entirely of OU MDIA students who handle all aspects of video production, editing, audio multitrack recording, live sound production, artist relations, and stage management.
The new performance area became a popular attraction last year, with artists such as Valerie June, Pokey LaFarge and Ray Wylie Hubbard drawing big crowds. OU MDIA students 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.
A partial list of the Nelsonville Music Festival’s Gladden House Sessions (WOUB)
Gladden House producer/host and MDIA instructor Josh Antonuccio is looking forward to this weekend’s sessions and hopes to build on last year’s success. “We’re really excited about this year’s lineup as it takes shape. As with last year, we’ll highlight both regional and national artists, undiscovered and renowned,” he said.
This year’s line-up will feature another stand-out lineup with confirmed performers including The Black Lips, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Tim Easton, Elephant Revival, and Mandolin Orange. As well, there are more announcements to come through the weekend and updates will be posted on site, as well as through WOUB Public Media “As with last year, we’ve got a lot of surprises and are excited about some of the artists that may stop by for an interview and performance,” Antonuccio said.
The series was started last year by Antonuccio and developed with Stuart’s Opera House Executive Director Tim Peacock and Marketing Director Brian Koscho, who were also involved with planning this year’s production. “The festival is already one of the best in the Midwest, so it wasn’t like there was a notion that something needed to be changed,” explained Antonuccio.
“It’s more that we wanted to create a space that could give more publicity to the festival and the artists, with videos distributed through WOUB, produced by Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies students. Plus, it provides a place where fans could hear directly from musicians in a live interview-and-performance format while being a part of a live video shoot.”
The response from last year’s NMF attendees, coupled with the number of YouTube views (13,000 for the Pokey LaFarge clip alone), ensured The Gladden House Sessions would return for 2015.“The feedback we got from fans was overwhelmingly positive,” said Antonuccio. “The sets were intimate, engaging, and for many, became a highlight of the festival programming. Tim Peacock and Brian Koscho were really encouraged by the reception this new space has received and have been really big supporters.”
WOUB Public Media will provide schedule updates on its new Nelsonville Music Festival coverage page and via Twitter and Facebook. Videos of the sessions will be posted on woub.org in the weeks following the Nelsonville Music Festival. Click here for a playlist of last year’s Gladden House Sessions videos.