The Southern Ohio Museum will open its doors for a special Sunday morning brunch with The John Simon Band and special guest Kathy Copas Hughes. This final concert of the “Cream of the Concerts” series will be in the Southern Ohio Museum, Aug. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. and will focus on locally inspired music. The concert occurs at the closing of the “Cream of the Crop” exhibit, which is now on display. Admission is $12 ($10 for members) and includes a complimentary brunch of assorted quiche, salads, assorted rolls, danish, and breads, fruit, and breakfast sausage.
The John Simon Band, featuring the talents of John Simon, Tommi Stanley, and Aaron Wolfe, are best known for their commitment to preserving the area’s heritage and will be joined by guest Kathy Copas Hughes for this morning concert. Hughes is the daughter of Grand Ole Opry star Cowboy Copas, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1963 along with Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Copas’ son-in-law, Randy Hughes. She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry from an early age.
Known for his annual Sorghum Festival, Simon has been an avid musician for most of his life. His “Appalachian with dignity” approach to music carries through into his everyday life. Simon has also taught countless students, from children to university students, and authored several books focused on aspects of Appalachian culture.
Stanley comes from a long family heritage of traditional Appalachian music. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she is a singer, songwriter, and fluent performer of many traditional instruments. Besides being a well-rounded musician, Stanley is also a country dance/square dance caller.
The John Simon Band and Hughes will also play a Third Annual Cowboy Copas Memorial Concert on Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at The New Red Barn Convention Center, State Route 32 and 136 in Winchester, Ohio. Tickets are $15 and advance tickets are $10. Advance tickets available at all 1st State Bank locations in West Union and Winchester, and at Prathers IGA in West Union.
The “Cream of the Crop” exhibit is on display until Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public.