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7 questions with ZZ Top before Dayton concert this weekend

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

ZZ Top, (left to right) Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, return to the area for a concert at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer
ZZ Top, (left to right) Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, return to the area for a concert at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

ZZ Top, performing at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24, is one of most enduring American bands of the rock ’n’ roll era. Since 1969, the Texas group has featured the same three musicians: Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass) and Frank Beard (drums). 

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Gibbons recently answered some questions about the group known for hits like “I Thank You” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”

Q: What’s going on today?

A: “Up to the same old stuff as usual — just finished a mega tour of Europe and now chilling out in Spain in anticipation of coming back home and rockin’ it all over again.” 

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Q: If you could only play one guitar for the next five years, what would it be?

A: “And what crime would I have been convicted of to receive a sentence like that? OK, if it’s gotta be just one, it’s gotta be the one and only ‘Mistress Pearly Gates,’ the magic ’59 Les Paul that’s been a key part of our ‘guitarsinal’ since even before ZZ Top’s first album.”

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Q: How well does your latest release, is “Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World,” represent the live ZZ Top experience?

A: “We waded through hundreds of hours of tapes to the find the definitive performance of each of the songs. It’s a great representation of ZZ Top being the best possible ZZ Top. We released it because, well, because it seemed like a good way of keepin’ the groove goin’ even when we’re off the road — a rare circumstance, to be sure.” 

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Q: I know the live album was released just a year ago but what are the plans for a new ZZ Top studio album

A: “We’re actually in the process of wrapping the latest recording aimed for release as a free-standing collection. We may release it in dribs and drabs or, possibly, in drabs and drips. Stay tuned.”

Classic rockers ZZ Top, (left to right) Dusty Hill, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

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Q: What is the status of guitar rock in 2017 and what are its prospects for the future?

A: “As far as ZZ is concerned, it’s alive and well because it’s all based on the blues and, as we’ve all been taught, the blues will never die.”

Q: It’s only two years until 2019, the 50th anniversary of the band forming. How will ZZ Top celebrate that milestone?

A: “Remember, we mentioned we’re into the same stuff as usual. That but, perhaps, more of it.”

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Q: What’s next for ZZ Top?

A: “We’re gonna get out there and turn it up and make things loud. That’s definitely next.”

WANT TO GO?

Who: ZZ Top with Black Stone Cherry and The Summit

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $53, $66, $77

More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com

Artist info:www.zztop.com

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.

Kenny Chesney new tour to feature stop at Columbus Crew’s stadium

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:14 AM

Kenny Chesney’s new tour featuring Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay includes a stop June 16, 2018, at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. CONTRIBUTED
Kenny Chesney’s new tour featuring Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay includes a stop June 16, 2018, at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. CONTRIBUTED

Country mega-star Kenny Chesney announces a new stadium tour — part of his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour — that includes a stop at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, home of the Columbus Crew, on June 16, 2018.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.

The tour kicks off April 21 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and also features Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist and Country Music Association and ACM Single of the Year winner Thomas Rhett (“Die a Happy Man,” “It Goes Like This,” “Craving You (feat. Maren Morris)”), good time band Old Dominion (“Break Up with Him,” “Song for Another Time”) and newcomer Brandon Lay.

Kenny Chesney’s new tour featuring Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay includes a stop June 16, 2018, at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. CONTRIBUTED

“There’s nothing like a stadium full of people coming together to remind you what life’s about,” Chesney says in a news release. “The energy, the moments, the fun. Every single one of these artists who’re coming out with us for Trip Around the Sun live their lives the exact same way: they work hard, they appreciate what they’re given and they love music every bit as much as they love life. I, personally, can’t wait to see this show hit the road.”

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Tickets for the Trip Around the Sun will be available at www.kennychesney.com/events and Ticketmaster. Listen to K99.1FM all next week for the Kenny Chesney Song of the Day and you could win tickets before you can buy them.

What you need to know about this Grammy-winning band before Dayton show

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Living Colour — (left to right) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun — performs at Oddbody s Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 21. CONTRIBUTED
Living Colour — (left to right) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun — performs at Oddbody s Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 21. CONTRIBUTED

For the new album, “Shade,” Living Colour puts a modern spin on the history of the blues. The material includes a handful of blues-rock originals and diverse covers like Robert Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues” and Notorious BIG’s “Who Shot Ya?”

Corey Glover (vocals), Vernon Reid (guitar), Doug Wimbish (bass) and Will Calhoun (drums), currently on tour supporting “Shade,” perform at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 21.

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“The blues is part of our lives,” Calhoun said recently. “It was inspired by doing the 100th anniversary of Robert Johnson at the Apollo. We got a standing ovation that night and we didn’t expect that kind of response so we decided to use that song as the impetus to put together a new record.”

“Shade,” released in early September, is the band’s sixth studio album and its first release since 2009’s “The Chair in the Doorway.” While most of the new songs are just the four longtime members of Living Colour, the sessions included a few special guests on organ and horns.

“We wanted to include some friends so we called on some people,” Calhoun said. “When you’re making music, the music dictates what you need. Marc Cary, my friend from D.C., played an organ solo on one song. Corey and Doug go to Jazz Fest every year in New Orleans and they’ve become allies with Big Sam Williams and some of those guys and we sent them a track.

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“A lot of it is compadres coming to the table,” he continued. “Chuck D did some things, some of them made the record and some of them didn’t. We like to work with other people because the magic can happen at any time and then we just keep what works for the project.”

Living Colour performs at Oddbody s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Living Colour formed in 1984 and released its debut, “Vivid” (1988), which spawned the Grammy-winning hit “Cult of Personality.” The band took a five-year hiatus in 1995 but has been performing and recording since reforming in 2000.

“We perform in usual rock venues but with the climate we have now, it’s important we display the music on different platforms,” Calhoun said. “We’re not a typical rock band. We get into different kinds of covers that make it a really unique live experience. I’m biased because I’m the drummer in the band but that’s what I feel.

“Next year is the 30th anniversary of our first record,” Calhoun added. “We’ll celebrate that with a tour but right now we’re looking forward to coming out and playing the new music.”

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WANT TO GO?

Who: Living Colour

Where: Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

More info: 937-813-4272 or www.oddbodys.com

Artist info:www.livingcolour.com

Brantley Gilbert coming to the Nutter Center, and here’s how to get your tickets

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Good news, country music fans.

Brantley Gilbert is coming to the Dayton area for a concert on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Wright State University Nutter Center, K99.1FM announced this morning, Monday Oct. 16, on air.

Gilbert is a chart-topping country rocker and songwriter. Hits include “Kick It In the Sticks,” “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,””My Kind of Crazy” and “G.R.I.T.S.”

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Brantley Gilbert brings his latest tour to the Nutter Center at Wright State University on April 26, 2018. CONTRIBUTED

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Ticket prices will be $59.75, $45, $34.75, $29.75.

Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Nutter Center box office. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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