Thursday, February 19, 2015


Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 13. “We will bring the luck of the Irish to Friday the 13th, celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a fund raising party featuring Irish music, food, and a beer tasting; as with all of our fund raisers, we promise a good time for a good cause,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees can count on a diverse choice of beers; six tastes and a commemorative beer glass are included in the price of admission. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available; Irish-themed food prepared by Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox will also be provided.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “They'll tear through peppy Irish reels, play haunting Gypsy fiddle tunes, and render soulful airs, leaving the audience breathless and begging for more,” Rawlins said.

The musicians who make up Lone Raven, Craig Markley, Kara Markley, Elizabeth Blickenstaff, Neil Jacobs, and Sid Omasta, play a broad variety of instruments including keyboard, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, whistle, and percussion. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, The Andersons Marathon LLC, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased on-line at Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

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