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Finding hope in a jam, Aliver Hall releases CD

There’s a moment in the 2000 Phish documentary “Bittersweet Motel” where a fan is asked why he likes the jam band.

Food Network chef Guy Fieri hits road to tout his new book

Over the past five years no one has epitomized the celebrity chef persona more than Guy Fieri, the California-based restaurateur, best-selling author and TV personality.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

Summertime is around the corner, which means it’s time to scream your head off on a thrill ride or take a leisurely stroll at an amusement park. Or, how about this: Do both.

Asleep returns with a more raw sound

Asleep has had quite a spring.

In Sugarland, a variety of music lives together

For Sugarland — singer Jennifer Nettles and singer- guitarist Kristian Bush — it seems like only yesterday the platinum-selling country act was just starting off.

Sharing a Moment with Ray, Goodman & Brown

Legendary R&B vocal group Ray, Goodman & Brown is coming to Youngstown for the first time in decades.

Hayshaker Jones keeps its momentum going

When you’re in a tear-in-your-beer musical outfit, there is perhaps no better accolade than being named the “Best Band To Drink To.”

Horses Have People Teeth: a band with bite

You have to admit it’s hard to get past the band name Horses Have People Teeth.

About Tim McGraw

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Tim McGraw brings his “Emotional Traffic Tour” to

The Band Perry gains attention with ‘modern throwback’ sound

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Over the past year, a young, new act emerged out of

Late-blooming comic likes blue-collar crowd

Christine Stedman may have been a latecomer in the world of stand-up comedy but the 56-year-old is making up for it.

‘West Side Story’ in Cleveland A stronger Maria

When Ali Ewoldt was named as Maria in the touring production of the Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” the veteran stage actress felt comfortable in the role.

Dierks Bentley puts new songs to the test

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com A tip of the bill or a turn of the cowboy hat tells

Ricci Martin’s show honors his father, Dean

For Ricci Martin, memories are made of his father, Dean Martin, every time he takes the stage for this retrospective “His Son Remembers” show.

‘Real’ turn of events for Wesley

Country singer James Wesley believes his recent success is nothing short of unbelievable.

Red This Ever: synth-based pop

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Red This Ever bassist Ava Ruiz promises audiences will

Tony! Toni! Tone!: Disciples of soul

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com When talking to Tony! Toni! Toné ! co-founder D’wayne

Rockapella has left its mark on the music scene

Vocal group has left its mark on the music scene By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com A

Youngstown’s Stefano Nu*Soul will open concert with a positive vibe

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Local singer Stefano Nu*Soul, who will open for the Tony!

In with the Nouveau: #1 Rodeo’s rapid rise

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Apparently, stoner-rock act #1 Rodeo — Bill Lowery

A retro Rush Supergroup goes back in time

Documenting its past for the ages is what rock trio Rush — singer-bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart — has been doing plenty of over the past year.

GOO GOO DOLLS Ever-evolving rockers have come a long way from Cedars

Considering Buffalo, NY, is home, the Goo Goo Dolls — singer-guitarist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin — have quite a history in Northeast Ohio.

War zone flavors singer’s new album

Nothing surprises acoustic rocker Mike Gibbons, who went to high school in Wooster and later lived in Thailand, Egypt and elsewhere.

‘An Evening With Lucille Ball’ reveals the woman, not the role Loving Lucy

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Among the many par- adoxes of fame and celebrity that

Boardman teen’s band is keeping up with the Joneses

Don’t let Liam Jones’ age fool you, the 16-year-old singer- guitarist and visionary behind Liam Jones & The Overtones appears to be beyond his years.

Celtic Woman Another wave of Irish music

It was more than six years ago when Irish actress-singer Lisa Lambe first heard that composer-producer David Downes was co-creating performance act Celtic Woman.

For Johnny Mathis, life is all about singing

Chances are, Johnny Mathis’ show Friday at the Palace Theater in Cleveland will sell out just like his past four Cleveland performances.

Charged up Circus ringmaster is in the middle of the action

When Brian Crawford Scott arrived in New York City just over a year ago, the aspiring singer-actor believed musical theater was his future.

America started career with a burst of magic

Talk about walking down memory lane, America singer-guitarist Gerry Beckley can’t believe it’s been 40 years since the release of his band’s self- titled platinum debut.

The Buckinghams to play Youngstown Friday

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Somewhat out of breath but apparently in great shape is

Suede Brothers blend influences on new CD

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Hard-rock trio The Suede Brothers is celebrating the

Bolton’s hits: time, love and Lady Gaga

By JOHN BENSON entertanment@vindy.com It may seem as though pop singer Michael Bolton took the

Akron native discovers the beat of ‘Stomp’ is universal

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The critically acclaimed percussive hit “Stomp” returns

38 Special Still holding on

Older music fans are going to find it hard to believe that this year marks MTV’s 30th anniversary.

Kapsalis and Ivanovic: an orchestra of guitar

Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic have spent the past five years opening the hearts and edifying the minds of accessible music fans around the globe.

This Disgruntled Clown has some choice remarks

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Living up to his moniker as the Disgruntled Clown, the

MC Homeless mixes punk, hip-hop into unique blend

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com The genre of punk-hip-hop may seem like an oxymoron, but

Amy Grant and her pal Smith reunite for tour

Amy Grant admits she’s a bit behind on music. So you’ll have to forgive the veteran Christian contemporary-music artist if she’s just discovering alternative metal act Flyleaf.

Snoop Dogg: past and present

With Snoop Dogg coming to Northeast Ohio, here are 10 things you didn’t shizzle dizzle know about the rapper.

Making week nights cool: Dutch Monkey

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com Making week nights cool again may be the impetus for Dave

Country singer Womack keeps it real in Nashville

Swimming against the current by choice, country singer Lee Ann Womack is still going strong nearly 15 years after she arrived on the Music City scene.

A grown-up Clay Aiken sticks to ‘Tried & True’

Clay Aiken has finally grown up. Or so he feels regarding his latest album, “Tried & True.”

Boardman’s Deo Vindice ready for Rock Off finals

Local band Deo Vindice brought its A game for its semifinals appearance last month at the House of Blues’ 15th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off in Cleveland.

Musician Leon Redbone stands the test of time

The inimitable Leon Redbone has spent the past 40 years carving out his own niche in the music industry.

Zhopa Mira is a change of pace

After spending the past decade in the death-metal scene with local band Harlequins Voice, guitarist Michael Andrecic was ready for a change.

Marching bands on stage ‘Drumline’ goes live

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com There’s no doubt that dotting the “i” with the Ohio

Local bands in Rock Off

By JOHN BENSON entertainment@vindy.com CLEVELAND Local screamo-metal act Sinful Faith —

The Queers: still spreading message

Early on, punk rock’s mantra was to shock the world with not only band names but song titles to boot.

Lovett, Hiatt play in relaxed setting

Appearing in promotional material like two weathered elder statesmen of music, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are about to restart their on-again, off-again co-headlining tour.

Washington Generals: They’re far from a joke

For Youngstown basketball fans feeling down about the state of professional basketball in Northeast Ohio, things could be worse.

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