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Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— There are plenty of logistics involved with a multi-venue event like Dayton Music Fest. It’s a lot of work, which has meant a series of curators have overseen the festival since it started more than a decade ago (including a five-year stint by this writer).
After two years piloting the ship, Conor Stratton recently turned the wheel over to Nathan Peters of the local band Lioness, who has streamlined the event.
Dayton Music Fest 2017 is presented at Blind Bob’s and the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4.
This year’s lineup features the 1984 Draft, the Raging Nathans, the Nightbeast, Oh Condor, Moira, the Nicky Kay Orchestra, Human Cannonball and many more.
Peters recently answered some questions about the festival.
Q: How did you come to be the caretaker of DMF?
A: “I’ve been talking to Conor about some different ideas to bring DMF back to a more Dayton-focused festival. I was planning on helping out when Conor asked me if I could take it over. I was inspired to do it because I wanted it to happen still, and if I didn’t step in this year the festival wouldn’t have happened this year.”
Q: When did you take over the reins, and what has been the hardest part of organizing the event?
A: “I agreed to take over in August, its been difficult getting everything together in such a short amount of time. I am really looking forward to this year, but I’ve already started planting some seeds for next year.”
Q: What does DMF mean to you?
A: “It is a celebration of Dayton music history, its current and its past. We have so much amazing music in this town, it’s a way each year to see many of the amazing groups in town.”
Q: What makes you the right person to organize an event like this?
A: “I hope I am the right person. I’ve been playing and promoting shows for 18 years now. I understand the complexities of putting on such a large event. I’m hoping things go very smoothly this year.”
Q: What changes did you make to the festival this year and why?
A: “Well, I decided to scale things back. I focused on Bob’s and Yellow Cab, I made it a solid two-day festival and extended the start time on Saturday. I also tried to get a wide variety of groups — DJs that will spin hip-hop in between bands at Bob’s, different groups that span different scenes. I also lowered the price in hopes to attract more showgoers.”
WANT TO GO?
What: Dayton Music Fest with the 1984 Draft, the Raging Nathans, Oh Condor, Moria, the Nightbeast and others
Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, and Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton
When: 7 pm. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4
Cost: $8 per venue, $15 weekend pass
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:27 AM
— 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 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.
AN INTERVIEW WITH A MUSIC LEGEND
Tony Bennett turns 92 in August, but the elder statesman of the Great American Songbook isn’t sitting around reminiscing about the past. The recipient of 19 Grammy Awards is still recording and performing.
Bennett recently answered a few questions.
>> PHOTOS: Concerts we can’t wait for at Fraze Pavilion
What elements make a song right for Tony Bennett?
My premise has always been to create a hit catalog and not just go after hit records, which often can be novelty songs that hit it big for a few weeks and then are forgotten. So, I’m always looking for a song that has a timeless quality and that I can communicate effectively. I have to say to myself, “I understand what the composer is saying here and I know I can convey that to an audience.” And if that’s the case, then I know it’s a good song to sing.
You’ve done duets with a variety of artists. What current singers would you like to work with?
Well, I still love working with Lady Gaga. We get along so well and she just keeps getting better and better. I met Beyoncé backstage at the Grammys and she said she would like to do something together one day so I hope that happens as she completely understands how to perform for an audience. She may have 30 dancers on the stage with her but she grabs your full attention.
When can fans expect a new album?
We have a few new projects in the works but it’s a bit too early for me to say anything just yet but soon we will announce.
What is some basic industry advice you received that still applies to current artists trying to create lasting careers?
The first piece of advice I got was from Pearl Bailey, who along with Bob Hope gave me one of my first big breaks in the business. Pearlie Mae said to me, “Tony, I can start you out but it’s going to take you 10 years just to know how to walk on stage correctly.” And what she was really saying is, artists have to develop and find their own way. If they get caught up too much in trends or what a producer or record label is telling them to do then they move away from their own authenticity. Performers like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have found themselves and keep their own vision of what kind of artists they want to be — and that’s the key to longevity.
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: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:01 AM
— It’s time to break out the lederhosen, and get ready for Spass Nacht (″fun night”) at Fraze Pavilion, celebrating Austrian food, entertainment and more.
In honor of Kettering’s sister city Steyr, Austria, Fraze Pavilion has a night of Eastern European fun planned for families at Lincoln Park. The free festival will feature authentic Austrian food, beverages, polka music and live entertainment.
The Chardon Polka Band will hit the stage at 6 p.m. with their energetic take on polka. The group has an extensive catalog of traditional polkas, and aren’t afraid to bring their own tunes into the mix along with polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
Please note, pets, backpacks and coolers are prohibited.
Want to go?
WHAT: Spass Nacht 2018
WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
WHEN: Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 10:07 AM
— The Dayton-area is home to a slue of talented individuals -- some of whom now claim the Hollywood hills as residence. But many have remained (or returned) home, and country music stars are no exception.
We spoke with Nancy Wilson and James Frye of K99.1FM for the scoop on local country artists and musicians you should know about.
Hometown: Covington, Ohio
Hit songs: “Track 9,” “3 Wishes” and “Friday Nighters”
Tour dates: Click here
What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Clark is definitely a ‘hometown boy!’ He has worked hard at his craft since his teenage years and has garnered a huge following, not just in the Miami Valley, but across the country. I like how he never forgets where he came from.”
HASTING & CO.
Hometown: New Carlisle, Ohio
Hit songs: “Behind the Bleachers”
Tour dates: Click here
What K99.1FM’s Frye Guy says: “She has amazing vocal ability and is amazing on stage. The guys that play with her are top-notch musicians. Truly a great show to see.”
Hometown: Centerville, Ohio
Hit songs: “Mama’s Porch,” “Lovin’ You” and “Gone”
Tour dates: Click here
What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Alexis is truly an amazing diverse talent. You can find the barefoot beauty singing at local clubs and events, and a normal fixture at her church on Sundays. She is not only gifted but brings a fresh sound to country!”
Hometown: South Charleston, Ohio
Hit songs: “Back Where I Come From,” “Where the Lonesome Wind Blows” and “Where Corn Don’t Grow”
Tour dates: Click here
What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Wyatt’s down home, soulful voice is a throwback to the early days of country, with a modern take. Wyatt knows exactly who he is and is someone who country music needs.”
Hometown: Springboro, Ohio
Hit songs: “Heartbreak Machine,” “Bless Her Heart,” “He’s Mine” and “Hello Lonely”
Tour dates:Click here
What K99.1FM’s Frye Guy says: “This girl can bring some attitude when on stage. She has a really strong presence on stage. She hits a broad spectrum with her lyrics, but is one of those acts you wont forget seeing.”
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— This Saturday, June 16, K99.1 FM will help honor local veterans with a special concert.
The Ford Oval of Honor Veteran’s Hero Concert at Buckeye Harley Davidson in Dayton will feature Hasting & Co. and Mitchell Tenpenny in back-to-back country music shows after an honorary color guard performance.
This all-ages concert is free, and no ticket is required for entry. Food trucks and sponsor Budweiser will be on site selling food and beverages.
The doors open at 4 p.m., and the concert kicks off at 6 p.m. Please note, coolers and umbrellas are prohibited.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing to military families during medical care. According to their website, Fisher Houses have provided more than 8 million nights of lodging since 1990.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: K99.1 FM presents Ford Oval of Honor Veteran’s Hero Concert
WHERE: Buckeye Harley Davidson, 7220 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton
WHEN: Saturday, June 16 at 4 p.m.