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Kickstarter campaign under way for documentary on beloved Dayton band

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Former Daytonian Eric Mahoney is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for his documentary on the career of Brainiac, pictured here circa 1996. (Left to right): Tim Taylor, Tyler Trent, John Schmersal and Juan Monasterio.
Michelle Fong
Former Daytonian Eric Mahoney is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for his documentary on the career of Brainiac, pictured here circa 1996. (Left to right): Tim Taylor, Tyler Trent, John Schmersal and Juan Monasterio.(Michelle Fong)

As a producer and director, former Daytonian Eric Mahoney has worked on narrative films and documentaries. For his latest project, the Brooklyn-based filmmaker is revisiting the short but powerful career of Brainiac.

The beloved Dayton band was on the verge of signing a major label deal when frontman Tim Taylor died in a car accident in May 1997.

To help cover some of the expenses, Mahoney has mounted a Kickstarter campaign for the documentary. At press time, he was halfway to his goal of $40,000. The deadline to contribute is 11:45 p.m. Thursday, May 4.

Mahoney recently discussed the movie.

INNOVATION CITY

“I’ve always had a fascination with Dayton. I’ve always been really proud to be from a town known for such a copious amount of invention, like the cash register and flight, and it’s the same for Dayton’s artistic and musical output. That has always been a source of pride and fascination for me. Frankly, I don’t know of any other towns that size where this amount of creative genius has sprung from it. That has always resonated with me.”

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Tim Taylor, lead singer for Brainiac, pictured in 1995 at Lollapalooza. Taylor was killed in a car accident in 1997. (ARCHIVE IMAGE)(Contributing Writer)

SWEAT EQUITY

“I’ve shopped the film to distribution companies and they all gave me the same feedback. They thought it was a great project and it had great people attached to it but it’s a little niche. Because I’m not a famous director, they aren’t able to write me a huge check to do it at this point. If I can deliver on the interviews, they said they would take a very serious look at the project. I have to do some of the heavy lifting up front but it’s something they’ll definitely look at. I decided to keep plugging along and the further I got into it the more emotionally attached I got to the story.”

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CROWD FUNDING

“Right now, from a financial standpoint this had been a one-man operation. That’s why I decided to launch the Kickstarter to try to finance all of these interviews. I’ll be moving at that speed until we get fully funded and I can bring some more hands on deck so we can really get rolling on this thing.”

Tim Taylor, lead singer for Brainiac, pictured in 1995 at Lollapalooza. Taylor was killed in a car accident in 1997. (ARCHIVE IMAGE)(Contributing Writer)

PASSION PROJECT

“This is a dream project. I feel really fortunate they’re trusting me with their story. I feel a great sense of responsibility to handle this in an artful and appropriate way. I want to get it right and have all the central people be proud of the documentary. I feel that weight a little but I couldn’t be working on anything I feel more passionately about.”

Info: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1955677038/brainiac-documentary.

Tickets going quickly for some of these big-name acts at Ohio State Fair this week

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 7:45 AM
Updated: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 9:57 AM

We visited the Ohio State Fair in 2016 and tried some pretty crazy deep-fried treats, including bugs!!

It’s state fair week! And some of the best concerts are summer are part of the fun.

The Ohio State Fair entertainment lineup includes something for everyone with country stars — veterans and up-and-comers — kid-focused entertainment, comedy, pop, a cappella and more.

But tickets are selling fast for some of these, so don’t wait too long. 

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The 2017 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 - Aug. 6. Plan a quick escape around one of these top music events.

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THE CONCERT SCHEDULE:

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 includes a stop at the Ohio State Fair on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Tickets are $15. CONTRIBUTED

 

The KIDZ BOP Kids: Best Time Ever Tour 

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

$15 

Buy tickets here.

 

BWB Jazz Jam starring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown is headed to the Ohio State Fair for a concert on Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. CONTRIBUTED

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

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

$25 

Buy tickets here

 

Alabama will perform in concert at the Ohio State Fair on Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55/$40. CONTRIBUTED

Alabama 

Saturday, July 29, 7 p.m. 

$55/$40 

Buy tickets here.

 

All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir Concert 

Sunday, July 30, 1 p.m. 

Free (no tickets required) 

 

Gabriel Iglesias will bring his FluffyMania: 20 Years of Comedy Tour to the Ohio State Fair on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Tickets are $35/$25. CONTRIBUTED

Gabriel Iglesias FluffyMania: 20 Years of Comedy Tour 

Sunday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. 

$35/$25 

Buy tickets here

for KING & COUNTRY will perform at the Ohio State Fair on Monday, July 31, 2017, with special guest Zach Williams. Tickets are $30/$20. CONTRIBUTED

for KING & COUNTRY with special guest Zach Williams 

Monday, July 31, 7 p.m. 

$30/$20 

Buy tickets here

The Carpenters Tribute featuring Michelle Whited will take place at The Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

The Carpenters Tribute featuring Michelle Whited* 

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 1 p.m. 

Free (no tickets required) 

 

Cole Swindell will perform at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Tickets will be $37/$27. CONTRIBUTED

Cole Swindell 

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. 

$37/$27 

Buy tickets here.

 

George Thorogood and The Destroyers and 38 Special will perform in concert at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Tickets are $32/$25. CONTRIBUTED

George Thorogood and The Destroyers / 38 Special 

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. 

$32/$25 

Buy tickets here.

 

Rascal Flatts: Rhythm & Roots Tour will include a show at the Ohio State Fair on Thursday, August 3, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

Rascal Flatts: Rhythm & Roots Tour 

Thursday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m. 

$85/$65/$45 

Buy tickets here.

 

Joe will perform at the Ohio State Fair on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, with special guests Ro James and Kevin Ross. Tickets are $25. CONTRIBUTED

Joe with special guests Ro James and Kevin Ross 

Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. 

$25 

Buy tickets here.

 

Pentatonix — SOLD OUT

Saturday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m. 

$55/$40 

Buy tickets here.

 

Sale of Champions Livestock Auction – 50th Anniversary 

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m. 

Free (no tickets required) 

>> EEEWWWW! We ate deep-fried bugs at the Ohio State Fair

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HOW TO BUY TICKETS 

The following options are available to purchase tickets: 

1. Ticketmaster online: Visit www.ticketmaster.com/OhioStateFair 

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 ohiostatefair.com

Gwen Stefani gets mani-pedi at Oklahoma mall nail salon

Published: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21:  Singer Gwen Stefani introduces a performance by Cher during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer Gwen Stefani introduces a performance by Cher during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Customers and staff at Luxury Nails in Medill, Oklahoma, got a big surprise this week.

Music superstar Gwen Stefani stopped by the salon on Thursday. The owners of the salon posted a photo of her on Facebook.

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Technician Dung Nguyen said he didn't realize who Stefani was until a customer told him.

The salon is about 20 minutes outside Tishomingo, where Stefani's boyfriend, Blake Shelton, owns a ranch.

Nguyen said on Facebook that Stefani received a manicure and pedicure, choosing a neon orange shellac.

Jennifer Lopez releases music video for new single ‘Ni Tu Ni Yo’

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 8:52 PM

Jennifer Lopez released a music video for her latest single,
Jennifer Lopez released a music video for her latest single, "Ni Tu Ni Yo."(Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Jennifer Lopez has new music and this time, it’s ahead of her second solo Spanish album.

Billboard reported that the singer has released a music video to accompany her single, “Ni Tu Ni Yo.”

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The video features Lopez flirting with a photographer after being introduced to him by her manager, who is played by Marc Anthony, her ex-husband. People reported that since their split, the two have continued to work together. It had been previously announced that Anthony is producing Lopez’s new album, which is set for release later this year..

In between glamour shots and photo shoot scenes, Lopez can be seen dancing and having fun in the video’s island setting with Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona, who is also on the single.

Rolling Stone reported that “Ni Tu Ni Yo” is a follow-up single to “Mirate,” the lead single for her upcoming album, which does not yet have a title.

It’s been 10 years since Lopez released a Spanish album. Her last one, “Como Ama una Mujer,” was released in 2007 and was also produced by Anthony. 

Watch the music video below.

Prince's former drummer John Blackwell Jr. dies at 43

Published: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 2:32 PM

Prince's Former Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies At 43

John Blackwell Jr., a drummer best known for his work with Prince, has died at the age of 43.

His wife announced his death Tuesday on Instagram.

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Blackwell was diagnosed with brain tumors in 2016, according to his wife, who posted on his social media accounts.

Blackwell began playing drums at the age of 3, inspired by his father, who was also a drummer. Blackwell performed with Patti LaBelle before joining Prince's band, The New Power Generation, in 2000. He played with Prince for 12 years before taking on other creative projects.

GoFundMe account was established last year to cover Blackwell's medical expenses.