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7 must-see shows to get you in the holiday spirit 

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

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’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.

>> Must-see concerts close to home

“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, (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.

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You don’t have to wait until Celtic Fest to see this beloved band

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton Celtic Fest faves Scythian, (left to right) Larissa Fedoryka, Danylo Fedoryka, Alexander Fedoryka, Nolan Ladewski and Fritz McGirr, returns to town for concerts at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. CONTRIBUTED
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Dayton Celtic Fest faves Scythian, (left to right) Larissa Fedoryka, Danylo Fedoryka, Alexander Fedoryka, Nolan Ladewski and Fritz McGirr, returns to town for concerts at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

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.

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“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.

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“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.

Dayton Celtic Fest faves Scythian, (left to right) Nolan Ladewski, Larissa Fedoryka, Alexander Fedoryka, Danylo Fedoryka and Fritz McGirr, returns to town for concerts at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“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.”

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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.

“On this, tour they’re only with us in two places — Dayton and Pennsylvania,” Danylo Fedoryka said. “They debuted Mountain Duo at Appaloosa, our festival in Virginia, and it was so well received. My sister plays the classical cello, Catie plays the guitar and they sing harmonies together. It’s very mesmerizing.”

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

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Radiohead is making a concert stop in our region -- here’s how to get tickets

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

Thom Yorke  of Radiohead 
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Thom Yorke  of Radiohead (People Magazine)

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.”

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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. 

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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. 

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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

Radiohead

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One-man band: Blankenship puts blood, sweat and tears into solo debut

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 AM


            Middletown native Mick Blankenship played the majority of the instruments on his solo debut, Crown of Apathy, which gets its official release at Bogart s in Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 24. CONTRIBUTED
Middletown native Mick Blankenship played the majority of the instruments on his solo debut, Crown of Apathy, which gets its official release at Bogart s in Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 24. CONTRIBUTED

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.

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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.

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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.

What’s next?

My goal for 2018 is to get myself in front of as many people as possible. I want to play any show I can, meet as many people as I can, sell as many albums as I can and just grow. The next step is to try and get on a national tour. I’m negotiating with a couple different ones now. We’ll see what happens. That’s a huge life decision so it has to be right and it has to make sense.

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.

COST: $10

MORE INFO: 513-872-8801 or www.bogarts.com

ARTIST INFO: www.mickblankenship.com

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Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne announces 2 area concerts this summer

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: David Byrne performs at the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: David Byrne performs at the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)(Theo Wargo)

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.

TICKET INFORMATION

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.

*Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. 

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