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Christmas already?! It’s not too early to grab these holiday concert hot tickets

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED
98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED

It may be a little too soon for some people to get fully immersed in Christmas. There’s still Halloween and Thanksgiving to take care of first. 

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However, there are some upcoming holiday-themed concerts and plays that are such highly-anticipated events, including Martina McBride at Hobart Arena, Dayton Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and Mannheim Steamroller at the Schuster Center, so you’ll want to get tickets early.

Here’s a list of some of the area’s hot-ticket holiday shows.

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“TIMELESS MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS”

Nov. 1-Dec. 31: “Timeless Memories of Christmas”: This holiday revue features Christmas carols, costumed performers and elaborate sets. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. $61-$75 adults, $30 children 11 and younger. 937-746-4554 or www.lacomedia.com.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform on Nov. 14 in a holiday show at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ROBB D. COHEN(Contributing Writer)

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA

Nov. 14: Brian Setzer Orchestra: SiriusXM presents the retro rock band’s Christmas Tour. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. $32-$52. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Victoria Theatre Association presents "A Christmas Carol" at Victoria Theatre in Dayton on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28 and 29. CONTRIBUTED

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

Nov. 28 & 29: “A Christmas Carol”: Victoria Theatre Association presents this Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series production of the holiday classic. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Victoria Theatre Association presents Mannheim Steamroller in concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED

A MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

Nov. 29: A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: Victoria Theatre Association presents the Projects Unlimited Star Attractions Series program featuring Ohio native Chip Davis and expansive band. Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. 7:30 p.m. $57-$77. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Country singer Martina McBride will perform in a holiday concert at Hobart Arena in Troy on Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

MARTINA MCBRIDE

Nov. 29: Martina McBride: The country singer brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 8 p.m. $32-$75. VIP packages are available. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.

“THE LITTLE ANGEL”

Dec. 1 & 2: “The Little Angel”: DCDC presents this holiday show. University of Dayton, Kennedy Union Boll Theatre, 300 College Park, Dayton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $25 adults, $22.50 military and seniors 60 and older. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its Winter Tour 2017 to the Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State University for two shows on Dec. 2 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.). CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Dec. 2: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The symphonic rock group presents “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn. 3 and 8 p.m. $40-$74. 937-775-4789 or www.nuttercenter.com.

CHRISTMAS COTILLION

Dec. 2: Christmas Cotillion: The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus presents this holiday concert. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6 p.m. $20. www.daytongaymenschorus.org.

SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

Dec. 3: “Sweet Sounds of the Holidays”: The Bach Society of Dayton presents its annual Christmas concert with the Kettering Children’s Choir Chorale, Kettering Advent Ringers and accompanist R. Alan Kimbrough. Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering. 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 active military, $10 students. 937 294-2224 or www.bachsocietyofdayton.org.

A SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Dec. 8 & 9: “A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration”: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents this SuperPops Series center concert. Schuster Center, Dayton. 8 p.m. $13-$79. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Dec. 12-17: “A Christmas Story”: Victoria Theatre Association presents the beloved holiday story in a Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series production. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. $30-$60. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

98 DEGREES AT CHRISTMAS

Dec. 15: 98 Degrees at Christmas: The reformed pop group with Ohio roots is currently out on a holiday tour. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. 7 p.m. $50.50-$70.50. www.cincinnatiarts.org.

HOME FREE

Dec. 15: Home Free: The a cappella group, the winner of the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” bring A Country Christmas to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25-$45. VIP packages are $120 and $220. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.

Dayton Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker is on stage from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Center in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 15-23: “The Nutcracker”: Dayton Ballet presents this holiday favorite. Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Times vary. $17-$72. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Dec. 17: “Handel’s Messiah”: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents this holiday show with Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Westminster Presbyterian, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6:30 p.m. $31 adults, $29 educators, military and seniors 60 and older, and $14 students. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Jennifer Nettles will perform in a holiday concert on Dec. 19 at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for IEBA)(Contributing Writer)

CHRISTMAS WITH JENNIFER NETTLES

Dec. 19: Christmas with Jennifer Nettles: The award-winning country singer, who released “To Celebrate Christmas” in 2016, performs at Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $33.50-$64.50. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Another star joins the lineup for Country Concert ‘18

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th
David Moodie
Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th(David Moodie)

It might be months away, but excitement is building for Country Concert ‘18. 

The top acts for our region’s annual country music festival in Fort Loramie, presented by K99.1FM, were announced in September.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

One more artist just joined the lineup for the concerts July 5-7, 2018:

Carly Pearce is the voice behind "Every Little Thing," which is currently a big hit in country radio.

The lineup also includes headliners Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith as well as Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Jo Dee Messina, Midland, Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina.

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Additional details will be announced soon, according to Country Concert’s website. 

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K99.1 FM. is a Cox Media Group Ohio company. 

Here is a recap of the lineup and schedule so far: 

THE HEADLINERS

ERIC CHURCH 

Saturday headliner, 10 p.m.

Country singer Eric Church(HANDOUT)

 

BRAD PAISLEY 

Friday headliner, 10 p.m.

BRAD PAISLEY(TIME, INC)

TOBY KEITH 

Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.

MORE ACTS

BROTHERS OSBORNE

Saturday, 8 p.m.

COLE SWINDELL 

Friday 8 p.m.

Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED

BILLY CURRINGTON

Thursday 8 p.m.

JO DEE MESSINA

Thursday 6 p.m.

Jo Dee Messina(Contributing Writer)

MIDLAND

Thursday 4 p.m.

Midland performs at the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Tina Phan)

KANE BROWN

Saturday 4 p.m.

LAUREN ALAINA

Saturday 2 p.m.

CARLY PEARCE

Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage

Award-winning country star coming to town to get you in the holiday spirit

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Award-winning country singer Martina McBride brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED
Award-winning country singer Martina McBride brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED

Retail outlets have been in the Christmas spirit since the beginning of November, but for most people the official holiday season doesn’t begin in earnest until the day after Thanksgiving. Put Martina McBride in the second category.

The award-winning country singer, performing at Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29, launches The Joy of Christmas Tour on Friday.

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“We could probably get another couple of weeks in if we started this tour earlier, but I don’t like to start decorating or thinking about Christmas until after Thanksgiving,” McBride said. “I love Christmas but I think sometimes it just starts too early.”

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That said, the holidays have been on McBride’s mind a lot lately. Not only is she rehearsing a 12-piece band for the current tour, she also recently completed her first Christmas album since “White Christmas” was released in 1998.

Award-winning country singer Martina McBride brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“We do the Christmas tour sporadically but it’s really one of my favorite to do,” she said. “It has beautiful Christmas music. It’s a very classic show, like a big Christmas card brought to life. There’s a lot of pretty and interesting footage on a big video screen, I have six costume changes and it snows inside. I don’t want to give everything away, but it’s very visually beautiful.

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“There’s a lot of information,” she continued before trailing off. “I don’t want to say information because that sounds like a TED Talk, but there is a lot of content to take in and then there’s all the beautiful music on top of everything. I go out into the audience and chat with people so it’s all very spontaneous and fun. It’s different from what I normally do so it’s a lot of fun.”

“White Christmas” was comprised of traditional holiday songs. The new album, set for release in the fall of 2018, will be in the same mold.

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“I’m probably a traditionalist at heart,” McBride said. “I love the classics so when I set out to make that first record, I wanted to make one that would stand the test of time. I wanted it to be something that people would want to hear while they’re trimming their tree or cooking with friends 30 years later.

“The new Christmas album is the same philosophy,” McBride added “It’s a very classic sounding record but more in a big band, swing kind of way. I recorded it with a 32-piece orchestra out in L.A. It’s just amazing. I can’t wait to get it finished and get it out there next year.”

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WANT TO GO?

What: Martina McBride’s The Joy of Christmas Tour

Where: Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29

Cost: $32-$75. VIP packages available

More info: 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com

Artist info: www.martinamcbride.com

JUST IN: ‘Poison’ singers Bell Biv DeVoe to ‘do’ Dayton 

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Bell, Biv, Devoe perform. Boyz II Men and Bell Biv Devoe entertained a spirited Chastain Park Amphitheatre crowd Friday night, August 28, 2015. .They were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their #1 album,
Bell, Biv, Devoe perform. Boyz II Men and Bell Biv Devoe entertained a spirited Chastain Park Amphitheatre crowd Friday night, August 28, 2015. .They were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their #1 album, "Poison." Robb D. Cohen /.RobbsPhotos.com(Robb D. Cohen/.RobbsPhotos.com)

Dayton, it is time to trust a big butt and a smile

Bell Biv DeVoe, the ‘90s R&B trio that gave the world the songs “Do Me,” “Poison,” and “When Will I See You Smile Again,” will perform a 7:30 p.m. show on Dec. 27 at the Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17

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Tickets will start at $42 and be available at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office by calling 937-228-3630, 888-228-3630 or online at ticketcenterstage.com.

The American Music Award-winning new jack swing band is an offshoot of New Edition. The band features members Ricky BellMichael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe (also known as Ricky, Ronnie and Mike).

“It’s a great Christmas present,” Diane Schoeffler-Warren, a spokeswoman for the Victoria Theatre Association, said of the show that falls between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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The show in promotion of Bell Biv DeVoe’s latest album “Three Stripes” will be opened by Demetria McKinney, a star of the TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” 

Her songs included the 2017 release “Easy.”

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Ill Poetic’s musical journey from Dayton to Cali

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


            San Diego-based rapper Ill Poetic, who started rapping in Dayton at age 15, just released his new album, An Idiots Guide to Anarchy. CONTRIBUTED
San Diego-based rapper Ill Poetic, who started rapping in Dayton at age 15, just released his new album, An Idiots Guide to Anarchy. CONTRIBUTED

Ill Poetic has come a long way since he started rapping at age 15 in Dayton in 1997. The artist, born Tim Gmeiner, spent time perfecting his craft in Cincinnati and Columbus before relocating to San Diego, Calif. in 2014, where he completed his expansive new album, “An Idiots Guide to Anarchy.”

The rapper/producer recently discussed his musical journey.

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Cali vibe: “A lot of things contributed to the move to California. Beyond weather, I couldn’t find the creative inspiration I was looking for in Ohio. Not to say it wasn’t a creative place, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in it. I was being moved by a lot of music coming from the West Coast and wanted to be closer to that vibe of creativity. I also thought there may be more tangible career opportunities in my field out this way.”

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In the barrio: “I help my partner DJ Inform run a record shop, Beat Box Records, in a neighborhood named Barrio Logan. The shop itself is an abundance of inspiration; from digging into music genres I’d never heard to meeting and having genuinely great conversations with musicians, DJs and music fans. The neighborhood is somewhat of a birthplace of Chicano culture and it keeps teaching me so much more than I could ever expect.”

Work is the reward: “I spent way too many nights early on hoping to be rewarded for the sacrifice by having the album become wildly successful. But I can’t control that, and sacrifice really doesn’t play much of a role in how an album connects. So now, I’m just relieved and proud. I spent 10 years working on a project and we saw it to completion. We took these ideas from inside my head and made them a physical thing for sharing with the world. I’ve never been so proud of anything I’ve ever done and I may never be. It’s easily my finest work.”

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Looking ahead: “We have more singles and visuals coming soon. The two-LP vinyl is definitely the centerpiece to it all. I can’t wait to let people experience the record on that platform. I have release parties scheduled out here in San Diego as well as Columbus and Cincinnati. I’ll be touring this album throughout 2018 and possibly 2019, however long it takes to recoup at the least. Beyond hip-hop tours, I also want to be able to tour in other circuits, ideally alongside a legendary funk/soul act like George Clinton, Zapp or RAMP with this project. Overall, I’m open to wherever the chips fall.”

Artist info: www.illpoetic.com.