Photo by Shane Wynn
Plain Folk Cafe, 10177 State Route 132, Pleasant Plain, OH
7:30pm show, Free
Northcoast Americana band “Hey Mavis” was formed in 2010 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Christmas compilation CD and went on to produce their first two albums, both of which hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and amassed favorable reviews across the globe. Hey Mavis’s third release, produced by Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala, received similar accolades and has outsold its predecessors by a factor of two.
Hey Mavis’s latest project, funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is a book/CD of original songs and illustrations based on stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal, in collaboration with nationally-acclaimed artist Leandra Drum. Slated for release in October, 2018, preliminary reviews have ranged from “unconventionally beautiful” to “startlingly original.” A traveling gallery exhibit accompanied by Hey Mavis performances is currently being scheduled in cities throughout the Midwest for the 2018-2019 season, including appearances with the Muncie Symphony and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic.
Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR’s Whad’ya Know?, and PBS’s Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio. In 2017, Melissa Etheridge saw Hey Mavis perform at a benefit concert and recruited the group to perform as one of seven headliners (including Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan) on her 2018 music cruise.