Brian’s picks – July 6

These days, I seldom mention to people the musical artists that shaped my youth, lest I date myself as one out of touch with the contemporary scene. But I couldn’t help but mention recently to one artist that my brothers and I loved the folk-pop material of Harry Chapin. “Thanks for … remembering my Dad!” Jen Chapin responded kindly. The jazzy-style folk artist with more-polished vocals than her father and with lyrics laden with as much potency will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St. in Edinburgh. Tickets are $10, and available at the door. Information: the

The Farmer’s Market of Hope brings its lively, small-town charm back to the breezy historic Hope Town Square from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. It unfolds as truly a shady affair under wonderful old trees that cool the surroundings even on the hottest of evenings. In June, nine varied vendors, classic cars and a tractor cruise-in made it a happy, homespun gathering that attracted more than 100 people. Organizers are hoping for an even bigger following as summer progresses. Information: Facebook page for Farmers Market of Hope.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.