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British band Mumford & Sons bringing major festival to area

Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 @ 3:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 @ 5:43 PM

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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ROCK INSIDER: Cello-drums duo Lung releases new CD

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            ROCK INSIDER: Cello-drums duo Lung releases new CD

Cincinnati-based Lung isn’t your standard rock duo. The drummer is a frizzy-haired, bespectacled guy named Daisy Caplan and the front person is Kate Wakefield, who sings and plays electric cello. Together they make engrossing music that’s powerful, melodic and thoroughly engaging.

The members of Lung recently discussed their stellar debut album, “Bottom of the Barrel,” which was released March 18.


Wakefield: “Daisy’s old project Babe Rage did a residency at one of the bars in town and every week they collaborated with a different musician. They asked me to do it one week and we ended up having a really fun time.”

Caplan: “We tried to get Kate into Babe Rage and then the band broke up but we kept on playing together.”

Wakefield: “Daisy has always been one of my good friends but that’s when we both realized we had a really good time making music together. I had a rough November in 2015. I have a solo project as well and I just started writing some heavier songs that I could hear percussion to. I brought Daisy some of those songs that didn’t quite fit into what I was playing out in public at that moment.”

Caplan: “We started writing together after that.”


Wakefield: “We took two days to record the basic tracks with John Hoffman at The Lodge in northern Kentucky.”

Caplan: “I always think if you like how a band sounds you should record them how they are. There’s no use playing drums to a click track in the studio when we don’t do that live. We didn’t want to layer a bunch of stuff on top because then it gets further away from what’s good about it.”

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Wakefield: We had two long days where we pumped out 11 or so tunes. It was intense but it wasn’t really stressful because we were making music with John, who is one of our good buds.”

Caplan: “We thought we were going to record five songs and we ended up doing 12. Those five went pretty quick so we decided to keep recording.”


Wakefield: “We’ll be ending our next tour at Blind Bob’s in Dayton on April 29 and that’ll be the one year-anniversary of our first show. I’m super happy that our tours are going as well as they are. It’s been really fun to actually quit my job and just tour and make music. It’s surprising how quickly that happened.”

Caplan: “We’ve been having fun, we’re really good friends and we’re playing awesome music together, which rules.”

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Garth Brooks performs surprise St. Patrick’s Day show in Texas

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2:58 AM

Garth Brooks performs surprise St. Patrick’s Day show in Texas

Garth Brooks doesn’t officially take the stage at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, until Saturday, but he capped a day that included a South by Southwest keynote and the reveal of his new single with a surprise acoustic show at the Broken Spoke Friday night.

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Strolling on the stage promptly at 11 p.m. wearing a Lone Star Beer T-Shirt with a flannel and a Garth Brooks hat, the country superstar immediately launched into “Friends in Low Places.”

What followed was a speedy 40-minute set that included 17 songs, mostly his, that the capacity crowd of old fans and young Spring Breakers was all too happy to sing along and dance to.

Brooks looked ecstatic on stage, and some fans in the crowd happily lucked into the St. Patrick’s Day show, arriving without knowing he was even going to be there.

After closing with early hit “The Dance,” he returned to do a quick rendition of “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

“If the honky tonks were like this that I was in, I never would’ve left them,” he said as he left the stage.

Brooks plays Saturday night. Tickets are sold out.

Dayton drummer joins Son Volt on current tour

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            Dayton drummer joins Son Volt on current tour

Mark Patterson started playing drums when he was 10. As a teenager, he developed his chops cutting heads in Colonel White High School’s Red Beret Drum Corps. He played on Toxic Reasons’ “War Hero,” the first punk rock single out of Dayton, before establishing himself as the go-to timekeeper for a variety of bands and rootsy songwriters.

Patterson, who relocated to Austin in 1989, is now on tour as the drummer for pioneering Americana act Son Volt. He was in Dallas recently when he called to discuss his new gig with Son Volt, the role of the drummer and the Dayton music scene.


“We’re still working some kinks out, but Son Volt is a great band. It’s great to play those songs. The new album is a bit of a return to form for the band. I’m hearing from a lot of friends these days that are huge Son Volt fans and a lot of them say this is their favorite record since, ‘Trace.’ I’m building up my calluses again because Son Volt plays a little louder and harder than some of the people I’ve been playing with.”


“I’ve always been drawn to songwriters and people I could help with their vision. I’m a sideman. I’m in a support role. In fact, if I could pick an epitaph it would be, ‘Songwriter’s friend,’ because that’s what I really try to do. I’m not there to solo. I’m not there to do anything but to support the song and make it the best it could possibly be.”


“I’ve been back in Dayton helping out my folks since December. I’ve really enjoyed being back here. I’ve been to see shows at Yellow Cab and Blind Bob’s and been able to catch up with people. I’ve hung out with friends and gone to UD games, which has really been a pleasure.”


“The Dayton music scene is really cool and always has been. There’s still a lot of talent and a lot of good bands. The cool thing, as always, is it’s out of the limelight so people can do what they want without having a lot expectations attached to it. That’s absolutely how we get the distinctive bands that have come out of there. It’s not like there’s a Dayton sound or anything, but being out of the spotlight of major media centers gives people time to develop their own sound. Dayton has always been really supportive of that.”

Rascal Flatts, Cole Swindell, Pentatonix among top acts at Ohio State Fair this summer

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 7:45 AM

Rascal Flatts, Cole Swindell, Pentatonix among top acts at Ohio State Fair this summer

The entertainment lineup for the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus has just been announced. There’s something for everyone with country stars — veterans and up-and-comers — kid-focused entertainment, comedy, pop, a cappella and more.

>> PHOTOS: The acts we can’t wait to see at the Ohio State Fair this summer

The 2017 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 - Aug. 6.

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>> PHOTOS: Summer 2017 concerts at The Rose Music Center

>> PHOTOS: Summer 2017 concerts at Fraze Pavilion


Hometown Sounds featuring McGuffey Lane and Ohio-born musicians

Wednesday, July 26, 7 p.m.

Free (no tickets required) 


The KIDZ BOP Kids: Best Time Ever Tour 

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m.


BWB Jazz Jam starring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown 

Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. 



Saturday, July 29, 7 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. 


All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir Concert 

Sunday, July 30, 1 p.m. 

Free (no tickets required) 


Gabriel Iglesias FluffyMania: 20 Years of Comedy Tour 

Sunday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21, at 10 a.m. 


for KING & COUNTRY with special guest Zach Williams 

Monday, July 31, 7 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. 

>> RELATED: for KING & COUNTRY also coming to Rose Music Center


The Carpenters Tribute featuring Michelle Whited* 

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 1 p.m. 

Free (no tickets required) 


Cole Swindell 

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. 


George Thorogood and The Destroyers / 38 Special 

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. 


Rascal Flatts: Rhythm & Roots Tour 

Thursday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. 


Joe with special guests Ro James and Kevin Ross 

Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. 



Saturday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m. 


Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. 


Sale of Champions Livestock Auction – 50th Anniversary 

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m. 

Free (no tickets required) 



The following options are available to purchase tickets: 

1. Ticketmaster online: Visit 

2. Ticketmaster phone centers: Call 1-800-745-3000 

Concert tickets purchased before arriving at the Fair include Fair admission. Unless otherwise noted, there is a limit of eight tickets per person, per show on the first day of sale. Please note that Ticketmaster no longer offers retail outlets. 


For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at