Group Returns For Performance

ST. MARYS — A French Canadian musical group showcased their talents at a local college campus Monday night, and it will also be performing at a local senior center, as well as various other locations around the area.

For the second year in a row, Mauvais Sort is visiting this area and is holding multiple performances as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT).

Mauvais Sort held a free public performance at Wright State University Lake Campus Monday night, and the group will be holding another concert as part of IMPACT tour this evening at Otterbein Retirement Center.

“It’s a pretty phenomenal of them to provide a performance of that caliber for free,” Arts Place Collective Center Director Hope McKnight said.

According to a news release from Arts Place, Mauvais Sort’s name translates from French to mean “to put a spell on someone.” Mauvais Sort “has a musical style extremely hard to define, yet unique and proper to its generation.”

The group combines “traditional lyrics with contemporary musical compositions or by mixing their own original stories with old, folk rhythms.”

The group describes its genre as “folk ‘n’ roll.”

“‘Folk’ for the inspiration, the foot stomping, the accordion, the fiddle and the guitar and ‘roll’ for the arrangements, the bass, the drum, the percussion and the energy,” according to the release.

McKnight noted the group was what sparked her interest in Arts Place.

“Seeing them was one of my first impressions of the area — I was very impressed,” McKnight

In addition to the performances at Wright State University Lake Campus and at Otterbein, the group will also be performing throughout Mercer and Auglaize counties as part of IMPACT.

“They are also doing some other things,” McKnight said. “They will be performing in some area schools as part of an outreach program.”

Monday afternoon, the group performed at Cridersville School, followed by the 7 p.m. free and public performance at the Lake Campus. Today’s performances include a 1 p.m. performance at Fort Recovery Elementary School, followed by the 7 p.m. free and public performance at Otterbein. Wednesday will round out the performances with a 7 p.m. free and public performance at the St. Marys Community Public Library.

IMPACT was started by the Ohio Arts Council more than 11 years ago to help foster international understanding, community engagement and audience development in communities throughout Ohio, and it is sponsored by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributes from the General Mills Foundation and the Land O’Lakes Foundation. Support for the Mauvais Sort performances is provided by the College Community Arts.