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Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:46 PM
— It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit!
There are some upcoming holiday-themed concerts and plays, including A Christmas Story, Dayton Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and 98 Degrees at Christmas that can help you do just that.
Here’s a list of some of the area’s hot-ticket holiday shows.
“TIMELESS MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS”
Nov. 1-Dec. 31: 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.
A CHRISTMAS STORY
Dec. 12-17: 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
CHRISTMAS WITH JENNIFER NETTLES
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Scythian is based in the Washington, D.C., area, but the members are no strangers to the Gem City. The band — performing at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24 — has been a yearly fixture at the Dayton Celtic Festival since making its first appearance nine years ago.
“Dayton is like a second home to us, so we’re glad to be going back there,” Danylo Fedoryka said. “Over 1,100 people came to our show at Victoria Theatre last year. For us, to be almost 500 miles from home and sell out a venue like that was incredible. The Victoria was awesome. It was such a cool experience for us but we got a lot of feedback from people wishing they could get up and dance.
>> PHOTOS: Dayton Celtic Festival 2017
“This year we decided to do two nights where there was a little more room for people to let their hair down,” he said. “The shows will be more intimate and we have the freedom to make each night a little different.”
Scythian has always been a family affair with Danylo, his brother, Alexander, and their sister, Larissa. The siblings took it a step further with the side project, Cake for Dinner. The group, which recently released its second children’s album, also features the vocals of Alex’s new bride, Catie.
“It’s been almost eight years since our last children’s album,” Danylo Fedoryka said. “We’re super excited about that, especially because Alex’s wife, Catie, sings on the record. She’s incredible. Her voice is like an angel’s voice. Catie is super high quality so it’s really rewarding to work with, not just my brother’s wife, but this incredible professional.
“It’s great because it’s my brother and his wife and my sister, Larissa, too,” he continued. “The songs are for kids but it’s great for adults too. We mixed it up. It was really a rewarding project for us because we got to do the full gamut from kid stuff to adult stuff you could hear on a Top 40 radio station.”
Dayton fans will get a chance to hear Catie’s voice in person this weekend. She’ll be opening the shows with Mountain Duo, her new project with Larissa.
WANT TO GO?
Who: United Irish of Dayton presents Scythian with Mountain Duo
Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s Memorial Center, 500 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day of the show. Children 6-12 are $14 in advance, $18 day of the show. Free for kids younger than 6
More info: www.unitedirishofdayton.org
Artist info: www.scythianmusic.com
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:41 AM
— The band that had everyone feeling like a creep in the ‘90s will play shows at an arena close to you.
Radiohead announced its North American tour dates to promote its latest album, “A Moon Shaped Pool.”
The tour includes a show Monday, July 23 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, and on Wednesday, July 25 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
Tickets for both shows go on sale 10 a.m. this Friday, Feb. 23.
The English rock band’s hits include Creep, Karma Police, Fake Plastic Trees, High & Dry and The Bends.
Its album OK Computer was reissued last year for its 20th anniversary.
The complete list of North American stops is below.
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: @radiohead – July 23rd @TheSchott.— The Schott (@TheSchott) February 20, 2018
Tickets GO ON SALE this Friday, Feb. 23 at 10AM through https://t.co/QjyYA8Aqtp online or the ticketmaster mobile app.
There will be NO ticket sales at our box office or charge by phone. pic.twitter.com/SFXj2PklZL
Chicago — United Center — Saturday, July 7
New York — Madison Square Garden — Tuesday, July 10
New York — Madison Square Garden — Wednesday, July 11
New York — Madison Square Garden — Friday, July 13
Montreal — Bell Centre — Monday, July 16
Montreal — Bell Centre — Tuesday, July 17
Toronto — Air Canada Centre — Thursday, July 19
Toronto — Air Canada Centre — Friday, July 20
Detroit — Little Caesars Arena— Sunday, July 22
Columbus — Schottenstein Center — Monday, July 23
Cincinnati — U.S. Bank Arena— Wednesday, July 25
Pittsburgh — PPG Paints Arena — Thursday, July 26
Boston — TD Garden — Saturday, July 28
Boston—TD Garden —Sunday, July 29
Philadelphia — Wells Fargo Center — Tuesday, July 31
Philadelphia — Wells Fargo Center — Wednesday, August 1
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
Mick Blankenship was lead vocalist for War of Change from 2011 to 2016. More recently, the Middletown native fronted Stone Temple Pilots tribute band STP2. He channeled those experiences and more into his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” being released at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Blankenship answered a few questions about the album.
Why select Bogart’s for your release show?
I’ve played there a few times in the past couple years and had a lot of success. With STP2, we teamed up with other tribute bands and actually hit capacity. All the people there are super cool and I have a great relationship with them. A lot of artists and bands want their big debut to be huge. I guess I just dream big. I planned every move to get to where I am now. I have a plan in place to play Rock on the Range, and I’ll execute them the same way. I’m very determined.
The new album was recorded primarily at your home studio and you played most of the instruments. Why take that approach?
I wrote the album 100 percent on my own on purpose. Although I had a few guest players perform on select tracks, I wanted to do this on my own. I had something to prove to myself. I stopped relying on others for my success. I rolled up my sleeves and put good old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears into this project.
What did producer John Moyer bring to “Crown of Apathy”?
The most important thing was taking me from just a guy who sings to being a singer. I spent years imitating other singers and had yet to find my own sound. That’s not something that just happens, it takes years to develop. I didn’t want to sound like anyone else. I want people to hear my music and go, “That’s Mick Blankenship,” without even thinking about it. John did exactly what I hired him for and I’m grateful for that. He’s really good at what he does.
Want to go?
WHO: Mick Blankenship with Lift the Medium, Livid and Dear Agony
WHERE: Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Cincinnati
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Doors open at 7 p.m.
MORE INFO: 513-872-8801 or www.bogarts.com
ARTIST INFO: www.mickblankenship.com
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:29 AM
— Former Talking Heads mastermind and solo artist David Byrne’s new tour will include stops in the Dayton and Cincinnati area.
The world tour in support of Byrne’s forthcoming solo record American Utopia includes a stop at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Saturday, Aug. 11 and PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 12, both venues announced this morning.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Byrne will perform songs from the new album, which will be released March 9, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads.
A 12-piece band will also join Byrne on stage.
Tickets for the Huber Heights show went sale to the public beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.Rosemusiccenter.com. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Prices will range from $23.50 to $93.
Tickets for the Cincinnati show went on sale to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.PNCPavilion.com. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will range from $23.50 to $175.