Strengthening the Fair Family

In less than a week, I’ll be trading in my OLG swag for my Allen County Fairgrounds Board of Directors t-shirt. I’ll spend my week bringing joy to families by running countless events during the Allen County Fair—like Kids Day, the hot air balloon flight and glow, Art & Music Night and Little Miss coronation. There’s just something about the county fair that makes my heart light up. It was always hard for the board to put into words exactly what it meant to attend the fair. With some help [...] Read More

It’s Gonna Get Harder, Before It Gets Easier

Close your eyes. Warmth. Wonder. Optimism. They’re intrinsic to our wellbeing. To our ability to see—and feel—the light in dark times. They fuel whispers of hope; add luster to our worn boots that make moving forward, possible. Open your eyes. Do you see it?—the marigold. The marigold symbolizes hope, which is something we’ve all desperately needed over the last year, as the coronavirus pandemic stripped our lives of these sought-after, intimate moments. At least, we thought it did, at first. For many of us, these moments define our experience. The [...] Read More

The House Band

OLG’s “house band” is The Legendary Trainhoppers, an American band from Fort Wayne. (Full disclosure: Matt Kelley plays guitar and mandolin and writes songs in the band.) The band writes, rehearses and performs in The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar, the small listening venue within our office. Over 2019–2020, the band released three EPs, and during the pandemic wrote and recorded five new songs. All of that material has been compiled on the double-album Hard Times, which features 18 songs over two discs, along with a bonus DVD featuring a [...] Read More

Uncover the Gold: David Wax Museum

In 2017, OLG presented David Wax Museum at the Middle Waves Music Festival. The band had previously played two stripped-down concerts at our own B-Side; the first as a trio, and the second as a duo with band leaders David Wax and Suz Slezak, who are married. David and Suz’s commitment to their art—and to being incredible parents to their young children—inspired us. For the Middle Waves set, the band brought their full seven-piece power—and, as they were debuting new songs from the forthcoming Line of Light album, asked if we might [...] Read More