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Third Friday Artworks Around Town

Photo Provided Jazz duo of Matt Hill and Aaron Carey will take center stage at the Third Friday event at Artworks Around Town on Sept. 20.

WHEELING — After a brief summer hiatus, Third Friday makes its return to Artworks on Sept. 20 with the jazz duo of Matt Hill and Aaron Carey. They will be presenting their latest collection of jazz, pop and classical music featuring the electric and classical guitar and flugelhorn. Accompanying them as a special guest drummer will be Ryan Hill from the Dream Big After School Music Program.

Hill and Carey began performing together as a jazz duo in 2018. They regularly perform a variety of jazz styles as well as pop hits and Christmas music throughout the Upper Ohio Valley and Pittsburgh area.

Matt Hill studied music education at Shepherd College and West Liberty State College. He is founder and executive director of the Dream Big After School Music Program. He teaches children weekly throughout the Ohio Valley as well as performing and directing music for the Community Made Serenade program in Wheeling. He has performed in jazz clubs and concert venues in the United States and Italy. Past performances include playing for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups such as The Impressions, Little Anthony and The Tymes. Additionally, Hill’s jazz combo performed at the White House for President Clinton during the Candlelight Tours.

Guitarist Aaron Carey has been teaching and performing for over 20 years both locally and nationally. He earned a master of education from Bethany College and a bachelor of arts in music from West Virginia University. A Bethany College music faculty member since 2005, Carey also teaches at CA House Music in St. Clairsville and J&K Musician’s Workshop in Washington, Pennsylvania. He is active as a solo performer and is in several groups. Carey frequently releases original music through Bindrune Recordings in North America and Nordvis Produktion in Europe.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge but donations are welcome and all proceeds go to the performers. There will be light snacks available for purchase. Artworks is located in the Historic Centre Market at 2200 Market St., Wheeling. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with closing at 6 p.m. on Fridays.

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