Sarah Hays Plays Showcase Concert in Barnesville

The Sarah Hays Band

The third concert of the Showcase Summer Concert Series will feature the Sarah Hays Band of Wheeling at 7 p.m. Thursday at Community Arts Place in Barnesville. The band will perform a mix of originals, blues, country and classic rock.

The Hays band features lead vocals by St. Clairsville native Sarah Hays, who also plays percussion. She has performed at various events and clubs throughout the Ohio Valley, including the Heritage Music BluesFest, the Belmont County Fair, the St. Clairsville summer concerts, Wheeling summer concerts, Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, OglebayFest, Seven Springs AutumnFest and more.

Rhythm guitar, bass and vocals are provided by St. Clairsville native Mike Schumacher, who also plays ukulele, six-string banjo and mandolin. He has been playing music for 45 years.

Lead guitar and vocals are provided by Bob Mizell of Wheeling, who has played bass in several bands for more than 30 years and has worked with blues guitarist Bob Margolin and Louisiana blues man John Mooney. He has opened for acts such as Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, The Nighthawks, The Robin Thompson Band and Roomful of Blues.

Manning the drum chair is Bob Gibb, who also brings 30-plus years of experience playing professionally. He has performed from Nashville to Atlantic City, Pittsburgh to Columbus, and throughout the Ohio Valley.

On bass guitar is Dan Parsons, another veteran player of 40-plus years. He was a member of The Smokin’ Section Band has opened for such artists as Confederate Railroad, Luke Bryan, Bucky Covington, B.J. Thomas, Restless Heart, Trailer Park Choir, Trent Tomlinson, Zac Brown Band, Exile and many others. The Smokin’ Section Band is also the backup band to artists for The Colgate Country Showdown and The Texaco Country Showdown.

The program will feature poetry by local writer Elsa Crooks Harper of Raven Rocks near Beallsville.

Those coming to the musical programs should bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, events will be moved to the Little Rocks Learning Center (former Grange hall) on Shamrock Drive.

A food stand will be open during the evening. Donations are appreciated.

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