British band Mumford & Sons bringing major festival to area

Updated: Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 4:26 PM
Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 @ 5:43 PM
By: Amelia Robinson - Staff Writer

Mumford & Sons will bring its 2013 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour to Troy on Aug. 30 and 31, the band’s bass player Ted Dwane told us today.

The Miami County community is one of five stopovers in the band’s festival-like series that includes performances in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. The concert will be at Troy Memorial Stadium.

Dwane said his band’s small-town stopover concerts are all about “making people feel really welcome, making it a great, positive atmosphere.”

The stopovers include a Friday night concert followed by an all-day Saturday event headlined by Mumford & Sons and featuring other music acts.

“It shouldn’t feel like an invasion. It should feel like a collaboration,” Dwane said before a performance in Boston Tuesday. “We are really excited Troy is up for it.”

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday and are $109. Tickets can be purchased at the tour’s page. Three-night camping passes are $40 per person and can be purchased along with tickets.

About 20,000 fans are expected to participate in the festivities. The London-based band incorporates local vendors and local businesses will be used.

Troy council president Marty Baker said the city’s size, layout and location on the Great Miami River helped it land the concert.

The city has about 25,000 residents.

“It is an exciting opportunity for Troy,” Baker said. “It will have a major impact on the city.”

Officials contacted their counterparts in cities where the tour has been in the past and received positive feedback.

Baker expects festival-goers to use area local lodging, restaurants and other amenities.

She admits she didn’t know much about the band before its team scouted the city last year. Her children were fans, and Baker has since become one.

“I think it is really good music, and I think it appeals to a cross-section of ages,” she said.

Roughly four yet to be determined bands will play Friday night. Eight or so will play the second day, Dwane said.

Bands already announced include Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros; Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason and Bear’s Den.

Troy Main Street is expected to share more details about the event, as well as projected economic impact, at a news conference Wednesday.

Mumford & Sons released its second album, “Babel,” in September. It was the follow-up to 2009’s Grammy-winning “Sigh No More.”

The band formed in 2007 and includes lead singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett on keyboards, accordion, drums, Winston Marshall on banjo, guitar, resonator guitar and Ted Dwane on string bass, drums, guitar.

The group’s hits include “I Will Wait,” “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave”

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Prince died of fentanyl overdose, autopsy report released

Updated: Friday, December 09, 2016 @ 2:03 PM
Published: Thursday, June 02, 2016 @ 2:48 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Prince died of fentanyl overdose, autopsy report released
The Prince You Didn't Know

Officials may now know what killed Prince.

Law enforcement official told The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.

The official spoke with The AP on the condition of anonymity because he's not permitted to speak to the media, ABC News reported.

KSTP is reporting that multiple sources claim fentanyl was found in his system.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office also released the autopsy results.

The results confirm that Prince self -administered fentanyl and died of fentanyl toxicity, ruling his death an accident.

The singer was found dead in his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, in April.

He was 57.

His dead was a week after a private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois, CNN reported.

Officials said Prince was found unconscious on the plane and was given Narcan by first responders, ABC News reported. Narcan is used in suspected opioid overdoses.

Prince had been cremated just days after his death.


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Ryan Stevenson to perform at John Legend Theater in Springfield

Updated: Friday, December 09, 2016 @ 12:18 PM
By: Michael Tyler - Staff Writer

Ryan Stevenson to perform at John Legend Theater in Springfield
Courtesy of H2O Artist Agency

Ryan Stevenson is making his presence known in the world of contemporary Christian music and will be back in Springfield on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

He has written and co-written several hit songs. Stevenson is currently on tour with the Newsboys and will be touring with TobyMac beginning in January. In between the tours, he’s making a stop here to do a benefit concert on behalf of the Nehemiah Foundation and the nonprofits they represent in Clark County.

Stevenson also serves as worship leader at Vertical Church in Boise, Idaho. Prior to his full-time music career, Stevenson spent seven years as a paramedic. He has performed at Creation West, Fish Fest and Lifest, among other top Christian festivals around the country, and has toured with such artists as Group 1 Crew and Rachael Lampa.

Stevenson will be in concert in Springfield on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 pm. The concert will be hosted in the Springfield City School District’s John Legend Theater housed at the former South High School, newly renovated and named the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome. The old high school auditorium has been transformed into a state-of-the-art performing arts center with contributions from Legend and many other donors.

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The John Legend Theater can be reached from the Clifton Avenue entrance to the Springfield Center for Innovation located at 700 S. Limestone St. Parking is available around the facility. The facility is handicap accessible.

Tickets are $20 for general Admission for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger. Signature sponsorships are available for $1,000, including six free tickets, program advertising and a meet-and-greet with Stevenson before the show. Partner sponsors at the $500 level include four free tickets, program advertising and a meet-and-greet with the performing artist. Patron sponsorship at $100 include two free tickets, program mention and meet-and-greet with Stevenson. All proceeds support the work of the Nehemiah Foundation in equipping leaders, resourcing nonprofits and building community in Springfield.

Call for tickets at 937-325-6226 or online at Stevenson.

K99.1 FM throws Country Bands Together concert

Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:56 PM
By: Don Thrasher - Contributing Writer

K99.1 FM throws Country Bands Together concert
A Thousand Horses, part of the lineup in Country Bands Together, presented by K99.1FM, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the Nutter Center. CONTRIBUTED

Just over 7,000 music fans turned out last year for the first K99.1 FM Country Bands Together concert at the Nutter Center, featuring Little Big Town and Big & Rich. The second annual concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, features headliners The Band Perry and special guests Frankie Ballard and A Thousand Horses.

Proceeds benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“This concert is really to help build awareness for what Dayton Children’s Hospital does in the Miami Valley,” said Nick Roberts, vice president of marketing for Cox Media Group Ohio. “A lot of people don’t realize how many kids come through that hospital every year. This show is also a chance to have some fun. Country music is still kind of family oriented so the whole family can come out, and you can’t really do that with a lot of shows.

“You can bring the kids and it’s good, clean family entertainment,” Roberts said. “A lot of the young kids like it because it’s kind of Top 40-ish but on the other hand it is still has that family-friendly vibe to it.”

Siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid of The Band Perry honed their craft for a decade, doing grassroots tours in the family motor home before signing a major-label deal in 2009. Republic Nashville released the band’s self-titled debut in 2010. It reached platinum status and spawned the hits “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and “All Your Life.”

The Band Perry’s 2012 follow-up, “Pioneers,” was the group’s first No. 1 album and yielded the No. 1 country single, “Better Dig Two,” plus two other Top 10 hits and one single that topped out at 20.

“The Band Perry has won so many awards from the ACM and CMA,” Roberts said. “They won a Grammy earlier this year, the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Country Group. They’ve had seven Top 10 singles, which is a lot, and a couple of those crossed over to the Top 40 charts.”

Earlier this year, the Band Perry left Republic Nashville for a joint deal with Interscope Records and Mercury Nashville. Although rumored to be taking a cue from Taylor Swift and transitioning from country to pop on the next album, that isn’t true according to band reports. The group’s first single is “The Comeback Kid,” and is definitely a country song with crossover potential. No release date has been announced for the third album.


What: K99.1 FM Country Bands Together concert with The Band Perry and special guests Frankie Ballard and A Thousand Horses.

Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25-$78.

More info: 937-775-4789 or

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Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies

Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 10:37 AM
Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 6:56 AM
By: Natalie Dreier - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies
Former Beatle Ringo Starr performs live with Greg Lake (of Emerson Lake & Palmer) and the rest of his All-Starr Band at The Rio Hotel & Casino September 1, 2001 in Las Vegas. (Photo by  (Scott Harrison/Getty Images)

Guitarist Greg Lake of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died.

His death was announced on his website by friend Stewart Young

Young posted that Lake lost a long battle with cancer on Wednesday and has asked for privacy for his family.

Lake was a founding member of King Crimson before he met Keith Emerson and eventually drummer Carl Palmer to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

According to Lake's official biography, one of their first performances together was during the Isle of Wight Festival. Their debut self-titled album was issued in 1971 and eventually went platinum. It featured a song written by Lake called "Lucky Man." 

Lake is also known for a Christmas song "I Believe in Father Christmas."

Emerson Lake and Palmer has sold more than 48 million records over their four decade career.

Gregg also teamed up over the years with other big names of the music world, touring with Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band, and performing with Roger Daltrey and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Earlier this year, another member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer died. Keith Emerson passed away in March.

Carl Palmer is still touring. He is currently performing with the band Asia.


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