Trace Adkins returning to Dayton for summer concert

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Trace Adkins performs at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Saturday, July 16, 2011. STAFF FILE PHOTO
Trace Adkins performs at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Saturday, July 16, 2011. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Great news for country music fans.

Trace Adkins returns to Dayton this summer for a concert at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Friday, July 7.

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Adkins has had over 11 million in album sales, three Grammy nominations, and dozens of major motion pictures and television credits to his name, Trace Adkins always has something going on. The tour will support Something’s Going On – his 12th studio album – scheduled for release on March 31.

Trace Adkins performs during CRS 2017 Day 1 on February 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CRS)

The show will feature support by Parmalee and Jordan Rager.

Tickets for the Huber Heights show will go on sale to the public beginning 11 a.m. Friday, March 24 at www.Ticketmaster.comwww.Rosemusiccenter.com, and the Rose Music Center box office. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

What to expect when one of top Christian music acts heads to town

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

Leader Mark Hall (center) brings his Grammy Award-winning Christian group Casting Crowns to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED
Leader Mark Hall (center) brings his Grammy Award-winning Christian group Casting Crowns to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED

Casting Crowns, performing at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, Aug. 19, is one of the most successful Christian music acts working today. The Grammy Award-winning outfit has sold more than 10 million albums since its self-titled debut in 2003, and the group achieved that success while ministering fulltime in their respective churches.

Leader Mark Hall, who is a youth pastor, recently answered some questions from his office at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Q: How long has youth pastor been your calling?

A: I’ve been here at Eagle’s Landing for 15 years. I’ve been a youth pastor for 25 years. I started when I was 21 or 22. My goal is to be the world’s oldest youth pastor.

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Q: How has that work changed over the past 25 years?

A: Everyone’s base needs are the same, but kids want approval. They want to be loved and they want purpose, like we all do. The enemy has always been attacking the family so the family is a mess in a lot of homes. Usually one of the biggest struggles is kids not having a dad in the house. That’s something we deal with a lot. A lot of time, youth pastor is Papa No. 2 for a lot of kids. With the way media is now, everything is so much more accessible. Things are faster and more available. When you were a teenager and I was a teenager, you had to jump through a lot of hoops to do something really bad. You had to really work on it and now the world is literally in your pocket. It’s a tough world for kids.

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Q: What do you get from Casting Crowns that you can bring back to the youth?

A: It’s really the other way around. The songs I write come out of what I teach here throughout the year and then message sort of simmer up out of those. The ones that rise to the top become songs. If it wasn’t for the church, I wouldn’t have the songs. Casting Crowns is more the overflow of what’s happening in the church. Then on the road, we’re just a blip on the radar to a person. We’re just a couple of hours one night in their life. Our goal there is to encourage people and give them a break from the world for a little while and point them toward Jesus.

WANT TO GO?

Who: Casting Crowns with opener Zach Williams

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Cost: $30-$45 in advance, $35-$50 at the door

More information: 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com

Artist info:https://castingcrowns.com

Garth Brooks announces concert a short drive away, and here’s how to get tickets

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Gather up your friends from their low places. Country music icon Garth Brooks and his equally talented wife Trisha Yearwood are bringing their world tour near Dayton. The duo will perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with tickets going on sale Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m.

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Tour organizers say this is the closest to this area that Brooks and Yearwood will get before the tour ends. Brooks, named by the Recording Industry Association of America as the top-selling artist of the 20th century with 148 million units sold, returns to Indianapolis for the first time in 21 years. Songs like “Friends In Low Places”“The Dance” and “Thunder Rolls” have made him an undisputed giant in country music. 

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Brooks famously retired in 2001 before returning to the studio and the road nine years later.

Yearwood, a superstar in her own right, is a three-time Grammy and Country Music Association winner, as well as the holder of two Academy of Country Music awards. Known for songs like “She’s in Love with the Boy”“Walkaway Joe” and “How Do I Live?” are among her huge hits over a 12-album career. 
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Tickets are $74.98 and all seats are sold on a best-available basis. There is a purchase limit of eight tickets.

WANT TO GO?

What: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

When: Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis

Ticket Info: Ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks | 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000

David Payne: New solo EP “Cheaper Than Therapy”

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


            David Payne of roots rockers the New Old-Fashioned releases a new solo EP, Cheaper Than Therapy, at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED
David Payne of roots rockers the New Old-Fashioned releases a new solo EP, Cheaper Than Therapy, at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED

David Payne is usually associated with his smoking hot roots rock band the New Old-Fashioned but he performed solo for years before the group formed in 2011. He returns to his roots with the new EP, “Cheaper Than Therapy,” getting its official release at the Yellow Cab Building in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 19.

“This came about on accident,” Payne said. “I was writing songs faster than the band could put them together. They started piling up and I didn’t have demos of them. Half of them weren’t even written down so I locked myself in my front room one day and cut six songs.”

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The recording is raw and unvarnished, which fits the simple presentation of one man with an acoustic guitar and a mournful voice.

“It was just one microphone and one take just to get them down,” Payne said. “I didn’t do any overdubs or add anything. After I recorded them, I went and listened back. It was kind of bare but I got good takes of everything. I sent them out to a few people to see if they were any good. I got a few positive responses so I decided to put it out. Micah Carli mastered it and it was done.”

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“Cheaper Than Therapy” is being released while the New Old-Fashioned work on the follow-up to 2015’s “Low Down Dirty Summer Nights” at Patrick Himes’ Reel Love Recording Studio in Dayton.

“I’m really excited to work with Patrick again,” Payne said. “We’re tracking live to tape for the first time and I never want to do it another way. That’s our big focus right now. It took a while to write these songs and we’re taking our time on the record so it won’t see the light of day until next year. We wanted something in between but we didn’t want to take time away from the album. This solo EP is a good stop-gap release between the New Old-Fashioned releases.”

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Payne is excited for Saturday’s release show, which also features a photo exhibition with work by Bill Cunningham, Chris Corn, Jennifer Taylor and Jay Woessner.

“It’s going to be a great night,” Payne said. “We’ve got the photographers and a songwriting night with Tod Weidner, Tim Pritchard, Harold Hensley and Joe Anderl, who are some of my biggest songwriting influences. I e-mailed them all and I figured I’d get a couple of them but they all happened to be available. This is one of my favorite songwriter bills I’ve ever been on.”

WANT TO GO?

Who: David Payne with special guests Tod Weidner, Joe Anderl, Tim Pritchard and Harold Hensley

Where: Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Cost: $5

More information: www.yellowcabtavern.com

3 things to expect at 3 Doors Down concert this week at Fraze Pavilion

Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Singer Brad Arnold (center) and 3 Doors Down, on the road supporting its 2016 album, Us and the Night, performs at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, Aug. 17. CONTRIBUTED
Singer Brad Arnold (center) and 3 Doors Down, on the road supporting its 2016 album, Us and the Night, performs at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, Aug. 17. CONTRIBUTED

Guitar rock isn’t trendy. Acts like ZZ Top and Parquet Courts aren’t topping the pop charts these days, but rock ’n’ roll never goes out of style.

If you look at the schedule for any venue, you’re going to see a large number of guitar-centric acts like 3 Doors Down, returning to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, Aug. 17.

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Here are 3 things to expect at the 3 Doors Down show:

1. GUITAR ROCK

“Guitar rock is one of the most established genres of American music,” said 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold, speaking over the telephone from his adoptive home of Murfreesboro, Tenn. “To me, it’s almost better when everybody’s not doing it because, for the people that want that, it leaves you out in the open for them to hear you, rather than being amongst the fog of everybody doing the same thing.”

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It has been 21 years since 3 Doors Down formed in Escatawpa, Miss. Today, the group is rounded out by Chris Henderson (rhythm guitar), Chet Roberts (lead guitar), Justin Biltonen (bass) and Greg Upchurch (drums).

2. NEW MUSIC

The group’s latest album, “Us and the Night,” was released in 2016.

Singer Brad Arnold (center) and 3 Doors Down, on the road supporting its 2016 album, Us and the Night, performs at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, Aug. 17. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“As much as we try, I don’t think we’ll ever get away from guitar rock,” Arnold said. “On ‘Us and the Night’ we really left it open to go in different directions but as much as we can aim to the right or the left, the top or the bottom, but our sound is always going to get pulled back toward the middle. That’s always who we’re going to be and that’s cool with me because I don’t really know anything else.”

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3. MORE FUN

For Arnold, the biggest change was his decision to get sober in January 2016.

“I was never too much into drugs, but I drank too much,” he said. “There wasn’t anything traumatic that led me to that, it’s just I started playing in bars when I was 16 years old. I started drinking then and I got out here and started living this life. You just wade a little deeper in the water and a little deeper and then, all of a sudden you’re drowning. Going to treatment is the best thing I’ve ever done.

“I think our show has gotten a little bit better in the last year in and a half or so because everybody in the band is now completely sober,” Arnold added. “We have more fun and we put more into our shows. Not that we were always trashed out there, but I think you can definitely tell the difference in the shows. We just do better now.”

WANT TO GO?

Who: 3 Doors Down

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17

Cost: $30-$60 in advance, $35-$65 at the door

More info: 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com

Artist info:www.3doorsdown.com