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Photos: Target’s hot holiday toys for 2017

What toys will be on your children’s holiday lists? Target says these are the hot toys this year.

REO SPEEDWAGON IS COMING TO HOBART ARENA

REO Speedwagon  with special guests The Steel Woods are coming to Hobart Arena on Saturday, December 2nd at 8:00 pm. Tickets on sale now. Click here for all the details. 

  • Date: Saturday, December 2nd 
  • Time: 8 p.m. 
  • Location: Hobart Arena in Troy
  • Ticket Prices: $175.00-$55.00 
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Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. 

 

Formed loosely in the late ‘60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band. 

 

By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jumpstarted the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity. REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles. 

 

In 1994, when many rock bands of their era had either broken up, or were feeling like their days were numbered, the REO team came up with a co-headline tour concept that breathed new life into the world of touring. The “Can’t Stop Rockin’” amphitheater tour featuring Fleetwood Mac, REO, and Pat Benatar was a huge success and blazed the trail for the very popular co-headline tours that are seen nationwide today. 

 

Today, fully established with songs on the radio in every city and town they ever set foot in, REO Speedwagon still has that Midwest work ethic. The band has gone on stage and in the studio to work– dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, and countless radio spins. Their eyes have always been on the future and on the road – not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn’t perform live, thrilling fans with hit filled sets.

7 questions with ZZ Top before Dayton concert this weekend

ZZ Top, performing at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24, is one of most enduring American bands of the rock ’n’ roll era. Since 1969, the Texas group has featured the same three musicians: Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass) and Frank Beard (drums). 

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Gibbons recently answered some questions about the group known for hits like “I Thank You” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”

Q: What’s going on today?

A: “Up to the same old stuff as usual — just finished a mega tour of Europe and now chilling out in Spain in anticipation of coming back home and rockin’ it all over again.” 

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Q: If you could only play one guitar for the next five years, what would it be?

A: “And what crime would I have been convicted of to receive a sentence like that? OK, if it’s gotta be just one, it’s gotta be the one and only ‘Mistress Pearly Gates,’ the magic ’59 Les Paul that’s been a key part of our ‘guitarsinal’ since even before ZZ Top’s first album.”

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Q: How well does your latest release, is “Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World,” represent the live ZZ Top experience?

A: “We waded through hundreds of hours of tapes to the find the definitive performance of each of the songs. It’s a great representation of ZZ Top being the best possible ZZ Top. We released it because, well, because it seemed like a good way of keepin’ the groove goin’ even when we’re off the road — a rare circumstance, to be sure.” 

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Q: I know the live album was released just a year ago but what are the plans for a new ZZ Top studio album

A: “We’re actually in the process of wrapping the latest recording aimed for release as a free-standing collection. We may release it in dribs and drabs or, possibly, in drabs and drips. Stay tuned.”

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Q: What is the status of guitar rock in 2017 and what are its prospects for the future?

A: “As far as ZZ is concerned, it’s alive and well because it’s all based on the blues and, as we’ve all been taught, the blues will never die.”

Q: It’s only two years until 2019, the 50th anniversary of the band forming. How will ZZ Top celebrate that milestone?

A: “Remember, we mentioned we’re into the same stuff as usual. That but, perhaps, more of it.”

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Q: What’s next for ZZ Top?

A: “We’re gonna get out there and turn it up and make things loud. That’s definitely next.”

WANT TO GO?

Who: ZZ Top with Black Stone Cherry and The Summit

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $53, $66, $77

More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com

Artist info:www.zztop.com

Beer, brats, food trucks and a few more reasons to go to Oktoberfest

For the 46th time, the Dayton Art Institute will be throwing its annual Oktoberfest fundraising party, adding the unusual component of arts and crafts to the usual German food, music, and beer. 

>> What you need to know about Oktoberfest 2017 at DAI

In addition to the over 60 visiting artisans displaying and selling their wares, the museum’s permanent collection, including their current special exhibition, “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau,” will be open to patrons.

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest 2016

“The vibe changes from day to night,” said Amy Askins, DAI Oktoberfest Co-Chair. “During the day, it’s more chill. People are more interested in perusing the artisans. At night, it’s packed. It’s a party.”

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A few notable facts about DAI Oktoberfest 2017:

LEDERHOSEN LUNCH AND PREVIEW PARTY (LEDERHOSEN OPTIONAL)

Many people like to start their weekend early, so the DAI Oktoberfest is offering heavily discounted lunch and libations Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Brats, metts, tenderloins will be $5, and potato salad and the homemade noodles are $3 (or you combo it with a dessert for $10).

The beer and wine is $5. The beer list includes Miller Lite, Terrapin High 5 IPA, Blue Moon, Crispin Original Apple Cider, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest and Harvest Shandy, and Warsteiner’s Dunkel, Oktoberfest, Koenig Ludwig Hefeweiss, and Pilsner beers. Wines are Michelle Sparkling Brut, Dr. L Riesling, Rodney Strong Chardonnay, Save Me San Francisco Cabernet Sauvignon, and Deloach Pinot Noir.

The preview party will also feature these beverages, accompanied by live music from This Side Up, a Dayton-based rock cover band. Askins said that while lederhosen is certainly welcome, it is not mandatory, or even expected.

“We encourage people who work downtown to come out,” she said. “So they’ll be in their ordinary work attire. But a few people will be wearing (lederhosen) for sure.”

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THE MAIN EVENT

For the main two-day party, there will be a full live music lineup and art-related activities for children. Most importantly, the one beer truck open for the lederhosen lunch and preview party will be joined by five others, bearing breweries such as Fat Head, Mad Tree, Dogfish, Great Lakes, and popular individual varieties such as New Belgium Fat Tire, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, and Stone Arrogant Bastard. On the wine side, an additional Riesling, Chardonnay, and two Cabernet Sauvignons will be added, as well as a Pinot Grigio and a Dark Red.

According to DAI organizers, the food options remain fairly consistent from year to year, with popular favorites such as Zombie Dogz and the Associate Board Alumni (the museum’s own) Brats & Metts. The few notable newbies this year are Kona Ice, Nida Thai, and the Drunken Waffle, which features such delicacies as the Reservoir Dog (a waffled corn dog), the Boba Feta Burger (quarter pounder topped with feta cheese and pesto between a waffle), and the Bocheesian Rhapsody (grilled cheddar and Jack cheese between a waffle). 

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Art Institute Art Ball 2017

ART AT OKTOBERFEST

Every year, the DAI offers an “official mug of Oktoberfest.” According to Chris Schairbaum, DAI Oktobefest Co-Chair, they typically sell over 1,000 of these each year. This year, Bubba Jones Cups, an Ohio potter who specializes in handmade ceramic items for craft breweries and enthusiasts, is designing the mug. There will be 16-ounce and 32-ounce mugs available, along with a few ceramic growlers. A mug purchase comes with a free beer ticket.

According to Askins, they had a larger-than-usual group of artisans applying to participate this year, including Renata Kelly, a wearable art artisan who makes, among other things, a shawl one can wear eight different ways.

“Every year, I go home with a new pair of earrings or a bracelet,” said Askins. “We have a handful of people who work in metal and glass, everything from large sculptures you can hang outside to centerpieces for large rooms to items that can fit in your hand. We have committee heads for all of these areas, and they really went above and beyond as far as recruitment.” 

WANT TO GO?

What: The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 22-24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton

Cost: $3-$7 (general), $55-$95 (preview party), free for children 6 and younger

More Info: 937-223-4ART or www.daytonartinstitute.org/oktoberfest

Thunderstruck – AC/DC Tribute Band coming to Land Of Illusion

Thunderstruck: America's AC/DC Tribute band is coming to Land of Illusion on Saturday, September 30th. Purchasing a general admission ticket to Land of Illusion is your tickets to the show! Show start at 9 PM and ask that you show up to the park 1 hour early to ensure admission to the park that evening.

 

Recreating the "Thunder From Down Under" throughout the Southwest, Midwest, Southern and Northeastern United States ...Thunderstruck is constantly adding new cities and aims to please every crowd, playing the songs you know and love from all eras of AC/DC.

  • Date: Saturday, September 30th 
  • Time: 9:00 p.m. 
  • Tickets: Purchasing a general admission ticket to Land of Illusion is your tickets to the show!
  • Location: Land of Illusion
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Jeff Dunham is coming to WSU’s Nutter Center

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will return to the WSU Nutter Center on January 14th for a stop on his Passively Aggressive Tour. Tickets on sale now.

  • Date: Sunday, January 14th 
  • Time: 3 p.m. 
  • Location: WSU Nutter Center 
  • Ticket Prices: $51.50
  • Get tickets

How to score the famous Troy Strawberry Fest donuts in special sale this weekend only

The news is true: you can get the famous Troy strawberry donuts this weekend. 

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The Troy Music Boosters are hosting a donut flash sale on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Donuts will be $1 each. 

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Usually, the donuts are sold during the Troy Strawberry Festival, where people will wait for hours in line to get them. 

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VetFest Ohio 2017

VetFest Ohio is a time for all patriots, whether military or civilian, to get together to honor the memories of every fallen Veteran from the Revolutionary War to the present day. To Honor ALL living Veterans. Join The Eagle at these great VetFest Ohio events to support our local heroes! Click here for all the details.

5th Annual “Fallen Hero Poker Run”:

On August 26th we will be holding the 5th Annual “USVMC-OH Fallen Hero Poker Run” in honor of local Fairborn, Ohio hero, Army Specialist Jesse A. Snow. Jesse was killed November 14, 2010 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Specialist Snow was only 25 years old at the time of his death. All funds raised will go to USVMC OH Fallen Heroes Fund.

  • Date: Saturday, August 26th
  • Price: Rider $20 / Passenger $10
  • Poker Run Registration: 9:30am -12noon at U.S. Veterans MC 717 W. Xenia Dr., Fairborn, OH 45324. Last bike out at 12noon. Map given out at Registration.  First 100 drivers get a FREE event shirt. 
  • Poker Run:  Approximately 80 mile ride through beautiful Ohio ending at VetFest Ohio Social at Rip Rap Road House around 3pm.
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VetFest Ohio Social: 

Join us after the 5th Annual “Fallen Hero Poker Run” at Rip Rap Roadhouse for the free VetFest Social! 

  • Date: Saturday, August 26th
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Rip Rap Roadhouse (6024 Rip Rap Rd, Dayton, OH 45424)
  • Other details: Live music by the Kevin McCoy Band(3pm), Flag Presentation/Remember the Fallen Ceremony (5pm), Winners announced (5:30pm), VetFest Ohio 2017 Ambassador and WWII Pearl Harbor Survivor Ed Malan recognized (5:45pm), Brothers in Arms Band (6pm)
  • Get details here

Photo: Tour de France cyclist shares shocking photo of veiny legs

People across the world marvel at athletes’ physiques and rightfully so. They train months, even years, to get in great shape. 

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However, what people don’t always see is the grueling effect it has on the body. Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski changed that this week when he shared a picture of his veiny, muscular legs on Instagram

Poljanski, who is competing in the Tour de France, captioned his photo: “After sixteen stages I think my legs look (a) little tired.”

In just 21 hours, the photo garnered more than 22,000 likes on Instagram and hundreds of comments. 

The image was also shared on Twitter, where users expressed awe and disgust.

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