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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— There’s a new way to spend your Friday lunch breaks.
A new lunchtime music series at the Dayton Metro Library offers a mid-day escape for downtown workers and visitors.
The free, live performances will begin Nov. 24 and take place on Fridays in the Main Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third St.
“The Eichelberger Forum is a wonderful space for music and other events,” Main Library Manager Kimber Fox said in a news release. “With comfortable, casual seating, people can bring their lunch, a friend or a book and enjoy a musical interlude in their day.”
Performances are Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24 — DC Ensemble
The vibe: The Dianne Coble Ensemble entertains and inspires with their lively gospel sound. Since 2012 this choir has been sharing a message of joy through their music.
Friday, Dec. 1 — Duante Beddingfield, featuring The Randy Villars Trio
The vibe: Collaborating with pianist Randy Villars, Beddingfield creates a crowd-friendly act that makes jazz both accessible and inventive. Matt Wiles (bass) and Jeff Mellott (drums) round out the band.
Friday, Dec. 8 — Eric Loy
The vibe: Guitarist Eric Loy plays a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to classical to rock. He’s recorded nine instrumental albums since the 1970s, playing classical, steel-string, electric and harp-guitar.
Friday, Dec. 15 — The Corndrinkers
The vibe: A Saturday night tradition at square dances in Southwest Ohio, The Corndrinkers are a toe-tapping, old-time country string band featuring twin fiddles, banjo, guitar and bass.
Friday, Dec. 22 — Trey Stone
The vibe: Pianist Trey Stone served for 15 years as music director at The Second City, the famed comedy institution in Chicago. He leads his group Trey Stone and the Ringers, tours internationally, and recently was a presenter at TEDxDayton.
Friday, Dec. 29 — DJ Basim
The vibe: Funk music is front and center with DJ Basim, host of WYSO’s “Behind the Groove.” Basim produced an award-wining documentary, “Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music in Dayton,” and he is production coordinator for Dayton Youth Radio.
For more information on these or any Dayton Metro Library event, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-2665.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:29 AM
— 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.
Tickets for the Huber Heights show will go on 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 will go 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.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
— “I left my heart in San Francisco,” might be the name of one of his most popular songs, but with this most recent concert announcement, we have reason to believe he may have left of piece of it in Dayton.
Nineteen-time Grammy Award-winning musician Tony Bennett, whose music spans over six decades, will perform at the Fraze Pavilion this summer on Thursday, June 21.
Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. and are available for purchase on the Fraze’s website.
It will cost $86 per ticket for plaza seats, $76 for orchestra and $46 for lawn and terrace seating. The prices will increase by $5 each on the day of show.
There is a limit of 4 tickets per person on the first day of sale.
With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence.
His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes 19 Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
His initial successes in the early 1950’s included such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches,” and a remake of Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including: “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?” and his signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” which garnered him the first two of his Grammy Awards.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It’s been more than a year since the last concert at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles.
After hosting Lita Ford in December 2016, owner Steve Barhorst was sidetracked by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a massive collection of vintage motorcycle parts and accessories. However, the venue is returning to live music in 2018 with Warrant with special guest Steelheart on March 10.
“I’ve been doing buyouts like this but this was so much larger,” Barhorst said. “Harry Denune from Dixie Distributing passed away in 2013 and he was one unique individual. There is nobody on the planet like him. He had old buildings in eight or nine states packed full of vintage motorcycle items, mostly for Harley Davidson and Indians.
“Harry had pallets of pistons for 1945 Harleys, still in their World War II crates,” Barhorst continued. “We’re still fumbling through stuff. The quantity is just ridiculous.”
The entire haul of merchandise — including 20,000 rims, 30,000 motorcycle tires and 30,000 vintage helmets all still new in the box — filled 180 semi-trailers, which Barhorst either sold, trashed, warehoused or temporarily stored on the BMI track.
“I’m storing 50 semis full of stuff in Mississippi from a warehouse in Florida,” he said. “We’ve been selling items online but we also had to pitch some leather jackets and helmets that were damaged. I scrapped 12 semi loads of batteries and four semi loads of pistons.
“We weren’t doing any races or concerts while those items were stored on our track,” Barhorst continued. “I’m going to liquidate everything, and I don’t know how many years it will take, but we finally got the track all cleared out.”
The race track reopened on January 16 and there are other concerts on the horizon after Warrant.
While the 1,200-seat venue is currently negotiating a few other acts, Barhorst has also booked the Oak Ridge Boys for May 5 and Queensryche with special guests the Iron Maidens on June 23.
“Live music is a tough market but like anything we’re hoping to make it work,” Barhorst said. “With the facility we need to have multiple things going. Even with racing and concerts, it’s very tough, but taking a year off from booking was actually a good thing. I was able to go to concerts at different venues and see how they did things.
“I really believe the environment at BMI is 100 times better than any place I went,” he added. “We’re still in the experimenting mode but we’re going to give the concerts a go again and see what happens.”
WANT TO GO?
Who: Warrant with special guest Steelheart
Where: BMI Speedway, 791 E. Main St., Versailles
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 at the door
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
— Here’s a concert for the kid in all of us.
The KIDZ BOP summer tour will include stops at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights and PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati.
KIDZ BOP is a music brand for kids, with kids putting their own spit on popular music hits. The tour will include performances of chart hits and a ‘90s lip-sync contest for parents.
Last year’s “Best Time Ever” tour sold out multiple shows across the country. The “KIDZ BOP Live 2018” tour announcement coincides with the release of KIDZ BOP 37, the latest album in the best-selling music series. The tour includes a stop at PNC Pavilion on Sunday, June 24, and a stop at Rose Music Center on Friday, Aug. 17.
Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.
KIDZ BOP has sold over 18 million albums and generated over 1 billion streams, since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart. For more information, visit kidzbop.com.