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7 must-see shows to get you in the holiday spirit 

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED
98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED

It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit! 

There are some upcoming holiday-themed concerts and plays, including A Christmas Story, Dayton Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and 98 Degrees at Christmas that can help you do just that. 

Here’s a list of some of the area’s hot-ticket holiday shows.

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Nov. 1-Dec. 31: This holiday revue features Christmas carols, costumed performers and elaborate sets. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. $61-$75 adults, $30 children 11 and younger. 937-746-4554 or


Dec. 12-17: Victoria Theatre Association presents the beloved holiday story in a Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series production. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. $30-$60. 937-228-3630 or

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Dec. 15: 98 Degrees at Christmas: The reformed pop group with Ohio roots is currently out on a holiday tour. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. 7 p.m. $50.50-$70.50.


Dec. 15: Home Free: The a cappella group, the winner of the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” bring A Country Christmas to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25-$45. VIP packages are $120 and $220. 937-339-2911 or

Dayton Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker is on stage from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Center in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Dec. 15-23: “The Nutcracker”: Dayton Ballet presents this holiday favorite. Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Times vary. $17-$72. 937-228-3630 or


Dec. 17: “Handel’s Messiah”: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents this holiday show with Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Westminster Presbyterian, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6:30 p.m. $31 adults, $29 educators, military and seniors 60 and older, and $14 students. 937-228-3630 or

Jennifer Nettles will perform in a holiday concert on Dec. 19 at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for IEBA)(Contributing Writer)


Dec. 19: Christmas with Jennifer Nettles: The award-winning country singer, who released “To Celebrate Christmas” in 2016, performs at Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $33.50-$64.50. 937-228-2323 or

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Strap on your lederhosen and get ready to polka at this free festival

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

The revolution may not be televised, but it will include polka music this weekend.
Krisanne Johnson
The revolution may not be televised, but it will include polka music this weekend.(Krisanne Johnson)

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.

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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. 

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The Chardon Polka Band plays at the 42nd annual Dayton Art Institute Octoberfest Saturday in Dayton. A variety of domestic and international beers were on tap. Music, food and activities for children rounded out the event which continues Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

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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.

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Please note, pets, backpacks and coolers are prohibited.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Spass Nacht 2018

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

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m.

INFO: website

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5 local country artists to watch — and where you can watch them

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.

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We spoke with Nancy Wilson and James Frye of K99.1FM for the scoop on local country artists and musicians you should know about.

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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.” 

More info: WebsiteFacebookInstagram | Twitter

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Kate Hasting Band


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.” 

More info: WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter

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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!” 

More info: WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter

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Wyatt McCubbin


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.” 

More info: WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter

Ashley Martin


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.”

More info: Facebook |Twitter

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K99.1 FM presenting free concert this weekend honoring veterans

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Kate Hasting Band
Kate Hasting Band

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.

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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.

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The doors open at 4 p.m., and the concert kicks off at 6 p.m. Please note, coolers and umbrellas are prohibited.

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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.

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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.

INFO: Website

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′90s flashback: the Gin Blossoms are headed to town this week

Published: Monday, April 02, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The Gin Blossoms will perform at Rose Music Center near Dayton, Ohio, this summer. CONTRIBUTED
The Gin Blossoms will perform at Rose Music Center near Dayton, Ohio, this summer. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT/Courtesy)

Gin Blossoms with special guests Tonic and Vertical Horizon are set to hit the road for a summer tour, and will be making a stop in Dayton this week.

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They’ll perform a concert at the Rose Music Center on Wednesday, June 13. Tickets are $20.

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The Gin Blossoms will perform at Rose Music Center near Dayton, Ohio, this summer. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT/Courtesy)

The band’s fusion of pop, melodic rock, folk and country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural ‘90s mainstay. 

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From their breakout album through today, they’ve sold over 10 million records. In 2017 the band went back in the studio recording a new album Mixed Reality, which is set to release on May 11.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Gin Blossoms with Tonic and Vertical Horizon
WHERE: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

WHEN: 7 p.m. June 13

TICKETS: 1-800-745-3000 | Ticketmaster

INFO: Rose Music Center 

*While supplies last. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

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