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

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.

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, and the Rose Music Center box office. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Grammy-winning singer Lucinda Williams to perform at Victoria Theatre

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams, who will release a re-recorded version of her 1992 album, Sweet Old World, this summer, performs at Victoria Theatre in Dayton on Tuesday, May 2. CONTRIBUTED

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams, who is performing at Victoria Theatre on Tuesday, May 2, was home in Los Angeles when she took time for a brief telephone interview.

She discussed her current tour, working with her husband, Tom Overby, and the follow-up to her 12th studio album, “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” released in 2016.


Q: Your last two albums were released on your own label. How is that?

A: “It hasn’t really changed my approach because I’ve always had the freedom I needed in terms of what I’m recording, how the songs go and the production. When you have your own label, the biggest change is it’s a little more open to how many songs you can put there or if it’s going to be a double album or not. You don’t have to worry about how long a song is. When I was recording the ‘West’ album I actually had enough songs to do a double CD but Lost Highway didn’t want to do that. We don’t have to deal with that now because we make all the decisions.”

Q: Did you plan on the last two releases being double albums?

A: “No, that’s just how they shook out. This last one was a double album really just because one track, ‘Faith & Grace,’ was so long. We didn’t want to make it any shorter because we thought it was amazing the way it is. Everything we do is very organic. I kind of go through spurts of songwriting and I come up with some songs. Then I might not come up with anything for a while and then I’ll write a couple of more. We were also going back and pulling from older material that hadn’t been released. That created a bigger catalog of material, too.”

Q: What’s up next, your third consecutive double album?

A: “No, the latest thing is we just re-recorded the ‘Sweet Old World’ album. That’s the biggest news and it sounds like a brand new album. I was hesitant at first to revisit all those old songs but I’m really excited about it. The keys of the songs have changed because my voice is different now than it was in 1992 but we ended up with some amazingly beautiful new arrangements.”

Q: What does Tom bring to the projects?

A: “He worked for record labels, mainly marketing and A&R, so he comes ups with really good ideas. He manages me and he also brings in a lot of creative ideas like re-recording the ‘Sweet Old World’ album.”

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Who: Lucinda Williams

Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2

Cost: $39.50-$49.50

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80s music fans, you will definitely want to know about this concert

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 12:56 PM

Billy Ocean, the Grammy-winning singer of the hits “Caribbean Queen,” “When the Going Gets Tough,” “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry),” “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” and “Lover Boy,” They will be part of the Replay America tour coming to Rose Music Center on Aug. 6, 2017. (Source: Billy Ocean Facebook page)

The excuse you need to rock the side ponytail, leg warmers and bright neon?

Sirius XM Satellite Radio and 80s on 8 presents Replay America — The Ultimate 80s’ Festival starring Billy Ocean, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, The Motels featuring Martha Davis, and Naked Eyes at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Tickets for the Huber Heights show will go on sale to the public beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, April 28 at and the Rose Music Center box office. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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


BILLY OCEAN is best known as the Grammy-winning singer of the 1984 mega-hit “Caribbean Queen.” Ocean has had seven top 10 hits in the US, including: “When the Going Gets Tough,” “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry),” “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” “Lover Boy,” “Suddenly” and “Love Zone.” This is Ocean’s first U.S. tour in 20 years.

STARSHIP FEATURING MICKEY THOMAS – Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship in 1979. In 1985 Starship released the platinum album Knee Deep In The Hoopla that featured top hits “We Built This City” and “Sara.” Starship followed up the success of Hoopla with another #1 single, “Nothing’s Gonna To Stop Us Now.” Videos for the Starship hits permeated MTV and are still popular today.

THE MOTELS FEATURING MARTHA DAVIS hit big with their 1982 album All For One which featured the smash single “Only The Lonely.” The album went gold and rocketed The Motels to the top. The group’s 1983 album Little Robbers yielded the Top 10 single “Suddenly Last Summer” and another Top 40 hit “Remember The Knights.”

NAKED EYES was formed by two college friends in Bath, England in 1982, and rode to prominence with the success of their cover of the Burt Bacharach song “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me.” The hit single entered the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1983 and continued soaring through June. The duo’s second hit was “Promises, Promises,” and other popular songs include “Voices In My Head,” “When the Lights Go Out” and “(What) In the Name of Love.”

Maddie & Tae Girl Scouts night event sells out in first day

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 12:03 PM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

Maddie & Tae to headline Girl Scouts of America night at Rose Music Center on Aug. 3, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

The good news?

Maddie & Tae are coming back to Dayton, this time as a headline act, in Girl Scouts of America night at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.

The concert will also feature Alex Angelo.

The bad news? The concert sold out in its first day.

Rose Music Center announced Friday afternoon that the tickets, which went on sale to general public at 11 a.m., are sold out. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m.

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John Batdorf: 50 years after leaving area, musician returns for show

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

            John Batdorf, who was 15 when he left Beavercreek for California in 1967, returns to the area with a new CD for a hometown show at Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal in Dayton on Wednesday, April 26. CONTRIBUTED

John Batdorf was 15 when he migrated west from Beavercreek with his rock band the Loved Ones in 1967. The folk-rocker recently left his longtime home of Los Angeles but he hasn’t stopped making music.

Batdorf — returning to the area for a show at Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal in Dayton on Wednesday, April 26 — recently answered some questions about his new home and his new solo album, “Next Stop, Willoughby.”

Q: What sparked the move to Oregon?

A: “My son had come up to Bend, which is in central Oregon. My wife and I had been thinking about getting out of Los Angeles and he told us how great it was here. We had been in L.A. our whole lives, and it’s crowded. We moved up here in August 2015 and we love it.”

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Q: What do you like best?

A: “This whole state is almost like a National Park. There are lot of outdoor activities and so much to see. You have the lush forest and the high dessert. The greatest thing about it is the whole state has less than 4 million people as opposed to the 10 million people in L.A. County. The traffic is a lot better. It’s the kind of place we used to go to on vacation.”

Q: When did you start work on the new album?

A: “I got my studio up pretty much right after we moved to Oregon. I had just finished my last record and I didn’t think it would happen so quickly, but songs were coming. Fifteen months later, I have a new CD.”

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Q: You did all the playing and singing on this album. What was the hardest part of that approach?

A: “It took a really long time. When you get a few people in the room to play or sing, you do a couple of passes and you get it done. It’s not like that when you work alone.”

Q: What’s the best part of working alone?

A: “I’ve done so much singing in my life so vocal arranging is one of my favorite things to do. It was really fun to have as much time as I wanted to come up with some really cool vocal parts and counter vocal parts. I didn’t use electric guitar on this. Instead of putting in riffs I wanted to put in more vocals than I normally do. It was a lot of work but, man, so cool to hear them back.”

“Next Stop, Willoughby” is available at iTunes, AirPlay Direct and


Who: John Batdorf

Where: Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal, 130 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26

Cost: $15

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