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Song of South Africa

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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Viva Detroit!

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Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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And the beat goes on … for over 80 years

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University of Dayton Arts Series and Cityfolk present “Cuban Connections”  By Joe Aiello When I was in my teens, I had my first run-in with a set of bongo drums. You know, the kind that are in a pair, stave-constructed of wood, about eight inches high, joined together by a small slab of wood, with […]

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Fluid, polished, sleek, and oh yeah … smooth

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Jazz at Gilly’s with Bob Baldwin and Toni Redd By Khalid Moss I’ll admit that I, as a voracious, jazz-hungry, sabre-toothed tiger of the music scene, have tracked all the great pianists, from Vladimir Horowitz to Allen Toussaint. I’ve tried to examine the entire spectrum of the art of manipulating the 88-toothed leviathan. But in […]

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Excitement and fire

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Branford Marsalis brings jazz passion to Schuster Center By Khalid Moss Harlem-born author, James Baldwin, once mused “…There is no music like that music, no drama like the drama of saints rejoicing, the sinners moaning, the tambourines racing, and all those voices coming together and crying holy unto the lord! I have never seen anything […]

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Good medicine

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Fatoumata Diawara brings comforting compositions to Dayton By Tim Anderl Some artists are a jack of many trades, but clearly excel at one.  In comparison, charismatic and versatile talent like Fatoumata Diawara, who at 28-years-old has already had wildly successful careers as a dancer and actress, and who is a rising star in African music, […]

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Breezin’ to Pop Fame

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George Benson’s jazz guitar returns to Fraze By Khalid Moss Some artists, be they in the field of dance, visual arts, literary arts or music, are known for pushing the envelope. Jazz/pop guitarist George Benson, over the course of his 40-year career, has managed to rip the envelope wide open. Benson is a 10-time Grammy […]

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Jazz Central

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Keeping Jazz Alive in Dayton By Khalid Moss Jazz Central, located at 2931 East Third Street, is living up to its name. It is truly the nucleus for jazz in the city of Dayton. That mantle used to belong to Gilly’s nightclub where, for many years, jazz was the centerpiece, the “piece de resistance.” But […]

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Am I Seeing Green?

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Wicked Takes the Schuster Center by Storm By Brian Sharp Dayton gets the pleasure once again of experiencing Wicked – the untold story of the witches of Oz.  The Schuster Center will host this amazing piece of musical theatre for the next four weeks.   The popularity of this musical is nearly cult-like.  There are people […]

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A Unique Twist on A Classic

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Carmen Comes to The Victoria Theatre By Eric Street The Dayton Opera season sweeps to a dramatic close with four performances of The Tragedy of Carmen, a streamlined, contemporary turn on Bizet’s perennial audience favorite.  Dayton’s Victoria Theatre provides an intimate setting for the May 17 thru 20 performances. This version, sung in English and […]

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The Collective Effort of Theatre

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The Laramie Project Continues at Sinclair By Emma Jarman Theater is one of America’s oldest and most effective escapist pastimes. We watch movies and attend plays to put our own troubles behind and become absorbed in the fantastical yet fictional dilemmas and perfectly timed resolutions of the characters onscreen or stage. But what if there […]

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Pure Imagination

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Michael Bashaw, Sō Percussion and DECA Students Collaborate for One-of-a-kind Performance By Tim Anderl Walking through the dusty hallways of the a former sewing machine factory, the more than a century old building where Michael Bashaw keeps his studio, it is difficult to imagine the wondrously inventive sculptures, installations, collaborations and music that have taken […]

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Victoire Visits Dayton

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Five Friends Blend Compositional, Musical and Performance Skills By Joe Aiello Victoire. It’s the French feminine of Victoria. And since the name doesn’t provide a clue to the group’s music, I listened. The female quintet’s latest CD is Cathedral City (New Amsterdam Records). The cut “A Door in the Dark” features a laconic keyboard line […]

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Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz

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Celebrating and Promoting Music Education By Khalid Moss Beavercreek, Ohio is a medium-sized mid-western town, incorporated in 1980, that boasts a population of more than 37 thousand hardworking folks. Like most cities, times are tough. Voters routinely reject school levies and additional budget cuts have already been announced as a way of preparing for the […]

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Dayton Opera Presents a Timeless Classic

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Romeo and Juliette, with Veleta Tempranillo By Eric Street Looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion? The Dayton Opera offers one of the hottest tickets in town with Charles Gounod’s lushly romantic Romeo and Juliet. Get your tickets now — performances are Friday, February 24 at 8p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at […]

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Everything Old is New Again

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DPO presents Wizard of Oz with Orchestra By Joe Aiello   “Dreams can come true again, when ev’rything old is new again.” So goes the refrain from the song “Everything Old Is New Again,” as featured in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]