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Trace Adkins returning to Dayton for summer concert

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

Trace Adkins returning to Dayton for summer concert

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.

Bluegrass blowout: Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            Bluegrass blowout: Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival

“Timing is everything with this festival,” said Joe Mullins, organizer of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival. “So many artists we have are all in the spotlight nationally for having new albums out or special projects going on so it’ll be a great bluegrass gathering.”


The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival returns to the Roberts Centre in Wilmington on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day and music begins at noon.

“There’s no place like home, and the Roberts Centre is home,” Mullins said. “It’s always like a family reunion when the Radio Ramblers invite some of our favorite nationally-known artists to entertain our regional fan base.”


This installment of the twice-yearly event features Dailey & Vincent, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Flatt Lonesome, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, the Gibson Brothers, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and others.

“We have the Gibson Brothers returning for the first time in years,” Mullins said. “They’ve been entertainer of the year for the IBMA a couple of times and they just released a brand new CD a few weeks ago. We’re in the final two weeks of the 25th anniversary tour for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. He’s the most awarded male vocalist in the bluegrass genre. Dailey & Vincent just became the newest members inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. They’re one of the hottest acts in all types of music and they’re headlining our show on Saturday night.

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“Flatt Lonesome is back on Friday night and they’re the hottest young act in bluegrass,” Mullins said. “I bet the average age of everybody on their stage is only like 25, but they have quickly produced two or three of the top-selling albums in bluegrass the last few years. Their most recent album won album of the year last year and song of the year and vocal group of the year too.”


Heidi and Ryan, the husband-and-wife duo from Kentucky, is among the acts making their debut appearances at the festival this weekend. Other first-time performers include Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, which produces a live concert in the style of an old radio program, and Sideline, a super-group featuring Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and other pickers from North Carolina.


The fall installment of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is Nov. 10 and 11. Rue Farms Rustic Potato Chips is the presenting sponsor of the event and Mullins’ Classic Country Radio is the media sponsor.

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What: The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival with Dailey & Vincent, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Flatt Lonesome and others

Where: Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road, Wilmington

When: Noon, Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Cost: Advance general admission tickets are $35 per day or $65 two-day general admission, $75 two-day reserved seating. Tickets at the door are $40 per day, $70 two-day general admission, $75 two-day reserved seating. $10 two-day child reserved seating in advance and at the door. General admission tickets for children 16 and younger are free.

More info: 937-372-5804 or

Your favorite artists from the ‘90s headed to Dayton on summer concert mega-ticket

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 10:36 AM

1990s hip-hop and R & B nostalgists will be over the moon when the I Love The 90s tour makes its way to Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion this summer.

This marks a return of the 1990s nostalgia concert to the venue, but this year featuring an entirely different lineup. TLC (”Waterfalls”), Color Me Badd (”I Wanna Sex You Up”), Coolio (”Gangsta’s Paradise”) Rob Base (”It Takes Two”) and C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams (”Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now”)) will hit the outdoor stage, Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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Last year’s tour included Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Tone Loc, Young MC and All For One.

Tickets for the concert go on sale, Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. with a limit of four per person that day. Prices range from $52 to $77 and will go up $5 on the day of the show.

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What: I Love The 90s

When: Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $52-$77 (prices go up day of show)


Tribute to female music legends to feature Broadway actress

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            Tribute to female music legends to feature Broadway actress

British artist Helen Welch, an accomplished vocalist and musical theater actress who appeared on Broadway in “Smokey Joe’s Café,” salutes The First Ladies of Song Tuesday, March 21, at Centerville High School courtesy of the Miami Valley Community Concert Association.

Born and raised in Norwich, England, Welch grew up admiring such musical legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Karen Carpenter and Judy Garland. She remains grateful to her late father for introducing her to singers that would ultimately have a profound impact on her life, particularly in terms of appreciating the enduring quality and appeal of The Great American Songbook.

“As a little girl, it was a treat for me to sit down and listen to the records or watch the movies of so many legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland,” Welch said.

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“The songs they sung were timeless. They were beautifully crafted songs. I’m also a teacher and I tell my students that these songs are like best friends. They’ll never leave you. Pop tunes are like fair-weather friends. They’ll come and go through your life, they’ll be fun and nice, and you’ll have a good time. But the songs of The Great American Songbook will never leave you. You’ll never get tired of hearing them or singing them.”

Currently residing in Northeast Ohio, Welch frequently serves as a guest artist for such musical organizations as the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Akron Symphony. Her concerts pay diverse homage to the vocally stirring legacies of the aforementioned singers while showcasing her own fun, sophisticated spin on their classic material.

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“It’s great to be able to sing songs from women I admire,” she said. “I go from singing a soulful song by Aretha Franklin or Karen Carpenter to singing a famous scat song Ella Fitzgerald sang called ‘Air Mail Special.’ In my concerts, I’m trying to tip my hat to the style of each song and express so many beautiful lyrics in such songs as Barbra Streisand’s ‘Evergreen’, Etta James’ ‘At Last,’ and Nina Simone’s ‘I Put a Spell on You.’

“The show is a real chocolate box of songs. My goal is to move people, make them laugh, make them cry, and make them have great memories of these songs. I want to bring people a few hours of joy through music.”

If You Go

What: Helen Welch in concert

Where: Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville

When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday

Cost: $30 for adults; $5 for students first grade through college.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (937) 297-0463 or (937) 938-1109 or visit

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FYI: The 2017-2018 MVCCA season consists of vocal troupe The Texas Tenors (Sept. 14, 2017), guitarist/vocalist Pavlo (Oct. 17, 2017), musical comedy team Duo Baldo (March 22, 2018), and vocalists Daniel and Heather Narducci (May 22, 2018).

The Flying Underground: Revamped Cincinnati band to celebrate new CD at Blind Bob’s

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Flying Underground: Revamped Cincinnati band to celebrate new CD at Blind Bob’s

Cincinnati-musician Brian Lovely led The Flying Underground in the early 2000s before the trio went on hiatus for 15 years. After a long search and time working in new singer Kelly McCraken, Lovely recently revived the rock band as a four-piece outfit, which performs at Blind Bob’s in Dayton on Friday, March 17.

“I couldn’t find a singer I was really pleased with, but I didn’t give up,” Lovely said. “I just got on the Internet and started going to sites and looking for singers and looking for bands. I waded through all these people and I finally found Kelly. I don’t even remember the site, but she had good audio clips and a video. She looked great and sounded great.”

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Lovely and McCraken worked on music together for more than two years before he officially reformed the Flying Underground.

“Kelly and I played as a duo for a while and got to know each other,” Lovely said. “I tried out some songs I wrote and she co-wrote ‘Death of Stars’ with me. We did some recordings together. We went out busking and we played some benefits and different events. She was already a really fine, powerful singer but she has just gotten better.

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“I do a lot of production and as it turns out, I work with a lot of women singers in the studio,” he said. “Kelly was very open and hardworking. She was agreeable to suggestions and ways to develop the material and we became really close in the process. Then I put the band back together about a year ago.”

The band, which also features Dave Ramos (bass) and Chris Arduser (drums), released its debut CD, “Death of Stars,” in January.

“At this point, I write the songs and I bring them to the group,” Lovely said. “This is my project and everyone has agreed to that so we sort of follow my vision. Kelly is perfectly fine with me presenting the songs to her because she digs them and it’s a good arrangement. Writing for another singer hasn’t really changed the way I write. I just have to be aware of Kelly’s vocal range.

“I had to do a little bit of study on my part with her recordings and then working with her,” Lovely added. “I’ve learned where she is comfortable, what her sweet spot is and what’s too high and what’s too low. We’re planning on writing more. We’ve got one in the works we haven’t finished so it’s pretty open. There are no rules.”


Who: The Flying Underground with Me & Mountains

Where: Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: 10 p.m. Friday, March 17

Cost: $5

More info: 937-938-6405 or