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Modbilly Comes to Franklin

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For a self-proclaimed “accidental” actor, Billy Bob Thornton is enjoying the fruits of small and large screen success. As a kid, he wanted to be a musician. In his younger days, Thornton spent time working as a roadie and assisted acts like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Johnny Paycheck. The jobs let him be […]

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The Handmades’ Tale

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Handmade Moments, the folk-jazz duo originally from Arkansas, are excited to be playing in Dayton for a number of reasons. “There’s this amazing Randy Newman song called ‘Dayton, Ohio’” cheers Anna Moss, then sings “A real nice way to spend the day in Dayton, Ohio… I love that song so much.” Turns out she even […]

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New alternative rock beats on old stomping grounds

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There is a first time for everything. This time it’s the first year for a psychedelic new wave of alternative rock, punk, and indie rock, rolling through virgin bucolic farmland with all the excitement and anticipation of a blank canvas. The Bellwether Music Festival debuts on the same grounds occupied by the Ohio Renaissance Festival […]

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Gratitude is the attitude

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Fans who get tickets to see JJ Grey & Mofro August 10 at Rose Music Center at the Heights are likely to see a version of the band that’s a bit less unpredictable with their show than in years past. Where earlier outings generally found Grey mixing up the set list from show to show, […]

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A Cincinnati band’s positive message

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There’s more than enough negativity in the world today, in my opinion. Turn on the nightly news, check in with your preferred social media platform, or pick up the latest issue of your favorite magazine—does anyone still do that?—and you’re likely to find mayhem, chaos, anger, and sorrow galore, right at your fingertips. What has […]

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Just a Rock and Roll Band

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When Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down were booked to co-headline a tour this summer, it brought together two bands that Collective Soul singer/guitarist Ed Roland feels have plenty in common—including an elusive quality that gets to the core of the music the two bands make. “You know, they’re Southern boys, like us. We have […]

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Sixties hit-makers are Happy Together

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In 1959, Dick Clark launched his “Caravan of Stars” tour in which a variety of singing stars of the day would travel from city to city by bus, doing sold-out shows for the bobby soxers and teenyboppers. Soon after, dozens of imitators launched “package tours” of various combinations playing ballrooms, theatres, county fairs, and so […]

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Channeling the best of the ’60s

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Picture a tidy house in a suburban neighborhood, on the surface one that fits in with all the neighbors. Adults. Homeowners. Parents. Employees. Salvadore Ross is made of these. “In 2016 we were struggling to find an appropriate fit for a bass player,” says guitarist Kyle Byrum. “Scheduling or talent was always the problem.” Drummer […]

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Living the dream

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Brandon Lancaster is living the dream—literally. The frontman of LANCO has seen the hit single, “Greatest Love Story,” top the country charts. But having the hit single isn’t the dream he’s talking about. It’s what he sees on stage night to night, as an outgrowth of the single’s success, that has Lancaster smiling.

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Nothing but a good time

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Bret Michaels is everywhere these days. He’s the face of Life Rocks, a foundation that raises money for diabetes (Bret was diagnosed as a child). He had a product line with PetSmart called Pets Rock. He’s done reality TV (and won Celebrity Apprentice). He hocks candles on his website. He does guest spots on TV […]

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The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British rock band The Cult, definitely remembers the whole thing. And with his band’s current “Revolution 3” summer package tour selling tickets in 21 cities all across the country, Duffy is obviously excited about going out […]

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What the funk?

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“If some people don’t like funk music then it’s just the wrong time for them. They will get it. It’s addictive,” George Clinton recently told The Guardian. “That’s why they call it dope. It gets you. If you’ve got a booty and you can shake it, you’ve got the funk.” George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic is […]

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The 22-year strong original lineup

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O.A.R. has reached its 22nd year as a band doing something many acts that manage to last two decades don’t achieve. This group from Rockville, Maryland, has reached this milestone without a single change in its band lineup. “What some people might not know is that a few of us had actually been playing together […]

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When jazz and stars align

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Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz is as humble as he is gifted. The reason? He gets by with a little help from his friends. A native of the San Fernando Valley, Koz honed his saxophone playing skills early. “I started out as an ensemble player because I was far too ‘coordinated’ to play and march in […]

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Latin funk by way of New Orleans and Motown

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Bernardo Lopez started his musical journey playing in a variety of other bands throughout Cincinnati. Whether playing the Latino music of his homeland Mexico or other genres, a desire to create his own artistic statement steadily grew. Started in mid-2016, Levee has taken blues, soul, funk and R&B, crafting it into their own style under […]

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Jesse James rides back to Dayton

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Jesse James, the wild west outlaw, turned outlaw in part because a gang of Pinkerton private detectives threw torches into his mom’s house thinking the infamous James brothers were inside. They weren’t, but immediate explosions killed their younger half-brother and blew their mom’s arm off. That’s the sort of thing that tends to activate a […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]