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Tickets go on sale this week for ZZ Top concert

Grab your cheapest pair of sunglasses and your sharpest suit.

Your favorite bearded rockers are headed to town for a summer concert.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top will bring The Tonnage Tour to Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. The show will feature support by Black Stone Cherry.

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BONUS: There will be a special craft beer tasting before the concert.

All patrons who purchase a ticket to ZZ Top will have access to a pre-show craft beer tasting that will begin 90 minutes prior to the show and end 15 minutes before the concert begins. It will be located on the main concourse. Must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID to participate. More details on the beer tasting still to be announced.

>> DINING: Where to grab food and drink before the show

The iconic rock band’s biggest hits include “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin.”

Tickets for the Huber Heights show will range from $23.50 to $77 and will go on sale beginning 11 a.m. Friday, June 2, at www.Ticketmaster.comwww.Rosemusiccenter.com and the Rose Music Center box office. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

>> CONCERT GUIDE: Must-see concerts near Dayton

ZZ TOP IS COMING TO ROSE MUSIC CENTER

ZZ Top is coming to Rose Music Center at The Heights on Sunday, September 24th. Tickets on sale now. 

  • Date: Sunday, September 24th 
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Rose Music Center at The Heights 
  • Tickets: $77.00-$23.50  
  • All patrons who purchase a ticket to ZZ Top will be treated to a Pre-Show Craft Beer Tasting. Pre Show Tastings begin 90 minutes prior to the show and end 15 minutes before the concert begins. All Pre-Show Tastings will be located on the main concourse. Must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID to participate.
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ABOUT ZZ TOP 

ZZ TOP, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact. In 2004, the Texas trio (Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio, the trio is still very much together. 

 

The elements that keep ZZ TOP fresh, enduring and above the transitory fray can be summed up in the three words of the band’s internal mantra: “Tone, Taste and Tenacity.” Of course, the three members of the band have done their utmost to do their part in assuring that ZZ TOP prevails. As genuine roots musicians, the members of the band have few peers. Billy is widely regarded as one of American finest blues guitarists working in the rock idiom. Part mad scientist, part prankster, he’s a musical innovator of the highest order and a certified “guitar god.” 

 

Dusty has long had an affinity for rock’s origins; his earliest performances as a child included Elvis songs convincingly performed. Not only is he a bass virtuoso in his own right, his vocal prowess is awe-inspiring. He’s the lead voice you hear on “Tush” and his ferocious vocals are heard, to great effect, on his idol Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” these days, often a concert encore number and recorded by the band on Fandango! Good natured and diligent, Dusty is the rock solid bottom of ZZ TOP. 

 

Frank has also been keeping the beat in that great tradition. As both a roots and progressive drummer, he has been acknowledged as key to the band’s powerful on-stage and in-studio presence. He and Dusty, in their early years together, served as Lightnin’ Hopkins’ rhythm section which, as Frank tells it, was a life changing experience. He’s a rockin’ paradox who provides the pulse of ZZ TOP. 

 

ZZ TOP’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. The band’s support for the blues is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. ZZ TOP’s support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they continue to play. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, they have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, have been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and are true rock icons but, against all odds, they’re really just doing what they’ve always done. They’re real and they’re surreal and they’re ZZ TOP.

Must-see concerts in and around Southwest Ohio in August

The dog days of summer are upon us, but the live shows coming to our area this month are just as hot. From the big stages to the small clubs, good music knows no bounds.

BIG SHOWS

If you want his body and you think he’s sexy, you can swing on down to the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati Aug. 4 for Rod Stewart. His career has spanned six decades and more than 30 albums (counting his work with Faces) with plenty of hits. He doesn’t kick soccer balls into the audience any more, but he has scores of fans the world over. The uber-talented Cyndi Lauper is also on the bill.

When: Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

Where: Riverbend Music Center

Tickets: Website

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The Rose Music Center will host Graceland Presents Elvis: Live In Concert. The King is gone (or is he?), but he’s not forgotten. This rather unique performance features the remastered vocals of Elvis Presley set to a live orchestra. Eerie? Possibly. Worth a listen? Definitely. 

When: Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center

Tickets: Website

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Idina Menzel is coming to Kettering this summer to give us a wonderful performance. Let’s hope it includes her famous hit from Disney’s “Frozen,” “Let it Go.”

When: Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion 

Tickets: Website

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MTV first went on the air in August of 1981. So how fitting is it that the former music video channel’s former video stalwarts will be in town this month? Howard JonesModern EnglishMen Without HatsEnglish BeatPaul Young and Katrina (formerly of Katrina & the Waves) fill up the Retro Futura Tour at Fraze Pavilion Aug. 6.

When: Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion 

Tickets: Website

Show choirs and glee clubs have become a lot more visible since the popular show Glee hit the airwaves in 2009. The natural progression of such popularity could only mean the rise of a group like Penatonix. The Grammy-winning Arlington, Texas quintet sings pop tunes while mimicking other instruments with their voices and have sold more than six million albums doing it. They perform at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati Aug. 6. At last check, tickets were sold out.

When: Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.

Where: Riverbend Music Center

Tickets: Website

Speaking of nostalgia, missing those stonewashed jeans, Zima and Behind The Music on VH1? You’re in luck as the I Love The 90s tour makes its way to Kettering’s Fraze PavilionCoolioRob BaseColor Me Badd, and C+C Music Factory with Freedom Williams are gonna make you sweat. 

When: Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion

Tickets: Website

Fleetwood Mac hasn’t released an album of new material in 14 years, but that doesn’t stop the individual members from hitting the road. Stevie Nicks recently launched a solo tour, and fellow Mac mates Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are doing the same as a duo. They’ll be at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights Aug. 8.

When: Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center

Tickets: Website

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Riverbend Music Center will host rockers Foreigner as part of their 40th anniversary tour. The writers of hits like “Cold as Ice”, “Feels Like the First Time” and “Double Vision” - led by guitarist and original member Mick Jones-- continue to be a staple for classic rock stations. As an added bonus- Hall of Fame rockers Cheap Trick are also a part of this package.

When: Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

Where: Riverbend Music Center

Tickets: Website

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If you ever wondered where 90s hit makers The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra are now, you will be relieved of that burden in the knowledge they are still writing, recording and performing live. They come to Rose Music Center Aug. 9.

When: Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center

Tickets: Website

Selling 12 million albums and winning 14 Academy of Country Music Awards might inflate some, but Brad Paisley just continues his no-frills way of performing for his fans. He’s joined by Dustin LynchChase Bryant and Lindsay Ell in support at Riverbend Music Center.

When: Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.

Where: Riverbend Music Center

Tickets: Website

Possibly the most recognizable smooth jazz saxophonist not named “Kenny G” is Dave Koz. He and funk bass legend Larry Graham -- who first caught attention for his work with Sly and the Family Stone, and happens to be the uncle of rapper Drake-- will play the Fraze Aug. 12.

When: Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion

Tickets: Website

Back in the early 80s, when radio was a thing, you couldn’t turn that thing on without hearing Aussie soft rockers Air Supply. You just couldn’t. They were ubiquitous. The group, inadvertently responsible for a number of relationships getting started (regardless of longevity), will perform at Rose Music Center Aug. 12.

When: Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center

Tickets: Website

Ohio’s own O’Jays have performed more hits than many people often realize. “For The Love Of Money,” “Use Ta Be My Girl,” “Love Train” and “Back Stabbers” are just some of their hits. Dayton funk heroes Ohio Players are the special guests at this Rose Music Center event rescheduled from June.

When: Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center

Tickets: Website

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Most know George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, who’s responsible for many a spacey, funky jam. However, you may not be familiar with contemporary jazz artist Brian Culbertson, who’s released 16 solo albums and worked names like Michael McDonald, Barry Manilow and Bootsy Collinsover the years. They’ll both be at Rose Music Center Aug. 20.

When: Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center

Tickets: Website

Green Day is one of those bands that became insanely popular in the 90s and just never stopped. The California pop punkers have won countless awards worldwide and have taken their act to the Broadway stage with American Idiot. But some of us older folks remember when they played Dayton’s Brookwood Hall circa ‘90. 

When: Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

Where: Riverbend Music Center

Tickets: Website

Seven-time Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar recently released his fourth album, Damn, and has hit the road with fellow rapper YG to promote it. The “Swimming Pools (Drank)” artist will be in Columbus at the Schottenstein Center Aug. 22.

When: Aug. 22 @ 7:30 p.m.

Where: Schottenstein Center

Tickets: Website

Former Billboard Music Award winners Big & Rich have an over-the-top approach to contemporary country music that’s earned them a lot of fans over the years. Whether it’s seeing them on ESPN’s College GameDay or hearing a drunken chorus of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” in a dive bar on a Saturday night, you’ve heard them. Trent Tomlinson opens the show.

When: Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion

Tickets: Website

 

SMALLER STAGE SHOWS NOT TO MISS

Aug. 4The Company Man Retreat @ Yellow Cab Tavern -Dayton

Aug. 5Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds @ Blind Bob’s -Dayton

Aug. 11Dark BackwardSecret Circle SocietyMonocle and Blackwater @ Oscar’s -Vandalia

Aug. 19 -Joe Policastro Trio @ Spinoza’s - Beavercreek

Aug. 24Flatfoot 56FBSThe Loveless and GeeGee’s Punk Rock All Stars @ Rockstar Pro Arena - Dayton

Aug. 25 - Bearer of Bad NewsForces of NatureZuelSlaves Among Death and Strangers in Unity @ Hanks - Kettering

Aug. 25RIND Album Release Party w/ Salvadore Ross and Stella’s Demise @ Yellow Cab Tavern - Dayton

Cinco de Mayo: Five things you didn’t know

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.

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Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:

1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the  Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its  Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The  California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.

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5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

CANCELLED: REPLAY AMERICA - THE ULTIMATE 80S' FESTIVAL 

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Replay America – Ultimate 80s Festival scheduled for Sunday, August 6 has been cancelled.  Refunds for the August 6 show at Rose Music Center can be obtained at the point of purchase.

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Solar eclipse stamp changes from eclipsed sun to full moon

To commemorate the total solar eclipse over the US in August, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a landmark stamp that does something no other stamp can.

The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which will be issued June 20, changes when you touch it from an image of the eclipsed sun to one of the full moon.

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On August 21, the moon will slip between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow that will create the first full solar eclipse over the U.S. in 38 years.

In a swath of the country from South Carolina to Oregon, darkness will reign in the middle of the day for a full two minutes and 40 seconds, beginning at 1:25 p.m. in the Eastern time zone.

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The solar eclipse stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

Thermochromic ink makes the stamp work. Using the heat of your finger, the image will reveal an underlying image of the moon, which Espenak also took. The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.

>> Related: Rare total solar eclipse visible from America in August 

Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

The back of the stamp will have a map of the eclipse path.

Read more here. 

Doobie Brothers are coming to Rose Music Center

The Doobie Brothers will be performing at Rose Music Center at The Heights on Saturday, September 23rd! Tickets on sale now. Click here for all the details! 

  • Date: Saturday, September 23rd 
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. 
  • Location: The Rose Music Center 
  • Tickets: $72.00 - $23.50  
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ABOUT THE DOOBIE BROTHERS 

Born out of Northern California’s chaotic, late-1960s musical stew, The Doobie Brothers’ rugged, real and authentic approach to rock and roll made them biker bar stalwarts. But their self-titled debut album in ’71 went beyond just leather and motorcycles, revealing even more musical layers; sweet three-part harmonies and rootsy, introspective, acoustic flavors. 

 

The Doobie Brothers’ legacy has been built upon not just hit records, but also an unrivaled commitment to musical integrity and a steadfast allegiance to their enthusiastic fan base. The bands ability to evolve in a constantly changing industry and connections to generations of listening audiences is a testament to their craft. 

 

The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, have won four GRAMMY® Awards and sold more than 48 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums). Their 1976 Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies, earning rare RIAA Diamond status. Their No. 1 gold-certified singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979) lead a catalog of hits that includes “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” and “The Doctor.” In all, The Doobies have tallied five Top 10 singles and 16 Top 40 hits. 

 

The ability of The Doobie Brothers’ music to connect with the essentials of people’s lives in tuneful, affecting songs has developed an audience that spans generations today. Known for their dynamic live performances, the band plays close to 100 shows a year touring worldwide, delighting concert goers of all ages. 

 

The mere name of the band gives one hope. And it makes you think, it makes you feel and makes you appreciate the efforts of one of America’s most dependable musical outfits. It takes you back, while also helping you look ahead.

Huey Lewis & The News coming to Rose Music Center

Huey Lewis & The News are coming to  Rose Music Center at The Heights  on  Friday, July 21st. Tickets on sale now. Get all the details here.

  • Date:Friday, July 21st 
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Rose Music Center 
  • Tickets: $77.00 - $23.50.  
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All patrons who purchase a ticket to Huey Lewis and The News will be treated to a Pre-Show Craft Beer Tasting. Pre Show Tastings begin 90 minutes prior to the show and end 15 minutes before the concert begins. All Pre-Show Tastings will be located on the main concourse. Must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID to participate. The Craft Beers available for tasting will be: Alaskan Amber, Alaskan White Ale, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Deschutes Black Butte, Rhinegeist Puma, Cidergeist Bubbles, Shiner Bock, and Anderson Valley Summer Solstice.

Huey Lewis and The News – one of America’s greatest rock & roll bands – is set to perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH on Friday, July 21st. As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends and is as fresh today as ever.Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, Huey Lewis and The News continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin”. The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love”, nominated for an Academy Award, went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide.As great a recording career as the band has had, there is something extra special about a Huey Lewis & The News live show. They incorporate a variety of musical influences including R&B and soul to create their own unique sound. Frontman Huey Lewis' unmistakable voice has a rich, textured quality that lends itself well to not just their hits, but also to the variety of other songs featured in the show. Lewis also brings some bluesy tones to the performance when he breaks out into his harmonica solos. One of the highlights of the show is their a-cappella rendition of early rock n’ roll classics such as “It’s Alright”, “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “Sixty Minute Man”.Huey Lewis & The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long time horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries: Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone). Huey Lewis & The News have a love of music that comes through in everything they do. Be it their albums, their live performances, or the way they interact with their fans, they are a band with “Heart and Soul”.

Ticket Information

Reserved Pavilion Seating$77.00*, $66.00*, $53.00*, $42.00*, $23.50*

*Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine.

ESPN anchor draws ire over network’s soft WWE coverage, drops pro wrestling SportsCenter segment

Pro wrestling fans and writers had questioned World Wrestling Entertainment for several weeks after the disappearance of one of its lead announcers from television, Mauro Ranallo, who was suffering from depression.

Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer said Ranallo may have been the victim of WWE’s bullying culture, particularly John Layfield, his color commentator who made disparaging remarks about Ranallo following his absence on TV and during an out-of-character segment on the company’s streaming network.

The allegations became more rampant after the release of “Best Seat in The House,” a book by former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts. Roberts alleged Layfield bullied him and others regularly, particularly announcers. This behavior and culture was not only tolerated but encouraged by WWE owner Vince McMahon.

ESPN started covering WWE regularly last year, launching its own pro wrestling section on its website, and with a weekly SportsCenter segment by ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman, a former WWE announcer himself.

ESPN has been questioned for its involvement with WWE, especially its reluctance to cover negative news about the company, almost to the point of sticking to storyline-esque interviews on its programming. The questioning began heating up over the weekend when the story bullying story began to go viral. When asked in a tweet if ESPN would cover the controversy, wrestling journalist Meltzer replied expressing doubt in strong language. 

Coachman wasn’t involved in the discussion, but entered the fray anyway with a shot at Meltzer.

In the middle of his argument, Coachman announced he was dropping the weekly WWE segment from SportsCenter. He deleted the Tweet later, then said he had been planning on dropping it for several weeks because of other projects, but his timing seemed suspect. He pointed fans toward ESPN’s vertical for pro wrestling and WWE coverage.

ESPN has drawn ire for its news coverage, often for its abundance of debate shows during the morning hours and conflict of interest of having TV deals with the companies it covers. The network dropped a planned fictional show based on a pro football team after criticism from the NFL, then later dropped support of a PBS Frontline documentary on accusations the NFL had covered up concussion issues. 

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx & Blue Oyster Cult at Fraze Pavilion

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx & Blue Oyster Cult is coming to the Fraze Pavilion on Friday, July 21st  at 7:30pm. Tickets on sale now!

 

Dennis DeYoung is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans.  

He returns to Fraze Pavilion with his new band! As a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight Top Ten Hits, his live concert showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits. The set includes all eight top Top 10 hits including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Best Of Times,” “Mr. Roboto” plus Classic Rock Anthems “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madame Blue,” “Rockin The Paradise” and more.   

Blue Öyster Cult is the thinking man’s heavy metal group with their debut album in 1972. Through the years, the band has evolved, now celebrating 45 years of music with songs including “Don’t Fear (The Reaper),” “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ For You,” “R U Ready To Rock,” “Dancin’ In The Ruins,” “Astronomy” and The Animals cover “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.” 

 

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