The Ohio River Minstrels—(John and Gwenn Noftsger) celebrate our American heritage in story and song on Friday, July 15th at the Clifton Opera House. As musicians, singers, historians, and composers, they highlight persons, events and experiences that have helped shape our country's history and its culture. Since 1990, this duo has presented musical Americana programs at festivals, community events, fairs, churches and historical societies throughout the mid-Ohio Valley.
John Noftsger - A veteran of several Bluegrass, gospel and old-time music groups, John accompanies himself on the guitar, banjo, mandolin and/or harmonica as he sings a wide variety of traditional and original songs. Recently, he was featured as Burl in the Miami Valley Dinner Theatre production of the gospel musical comedy "Smoke on the Mountain."
Gwenn Noftsger - Gwenn, who plays the acoustic bucket bass in the duo, comes from a very musical family. Her grandfather, Elza Stone, taught all eleven of his children to play music, so Stone family gatherings were filled with the sounds of the fiddle, banjo, guitar and piano. For several years, in addition to her musical performances, Gwenn has portrayed showboat captain and performer, Callie French, in the role she developed for "Steamboats Remembered in Story and Song" at the Hoosier Theater in Vevay, Indiana.
The box office opens at 6:30, show starts at 7:30pm. Suggested door donation $7.00 The auditorium is air conditioned and comfortable. The Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Call 937.342.2175 for information.