September 2, 2014

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ gala to feature local luminaries

OBERLIN — Dancing the night away for a good cause is the theme of Ohio Dance Theatre’s second annual Dancing with the Stars Sweetheart Gala and Silent Auction 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Oberlin Inn. “We’re trying to reach out into the community and include them in what we’re doing,” said Ohio Dance Theatre Read More…

North Ridgeville band has memorable debut at Rock Off

North Ridgeville band Hold On Tight! includes, front row from left, Josh Hamker, Marli Harrelson and Kenny Pohorence, and back row from left, Taylor Jester and Devin Garcia.

Don’t stop believing is exactly the message local teenage band Hold On Tight! — drummer Josh Hamker (age 15), vocalist Marli Harrelson (age 15), guitarist-vocalist Kenny Pohorence (age 16), guitarist Devin Garcia (age 14) and bassist-keyboardist-vocalist Taylor Jester (age 17) — took away from its Saturday night performance at the 14th annual Tri-C High School Rock Read More…

Persistence pays off for Columbia students in High School Rock Off

Back For More is, from left, Rocco Nunnarri, Columbia High School; Mitch Hengst, Columbia High School; Nikki Gibson, Berea High School; and Rory Mencin, St. Ignatius High School.

So far, three’s a charm for Columbia High School’s Back For More, which is headed to the 14th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off finals Feb. 6 at the House of Blues. After a disappointing show last year, the funk-based rock act turned in a solid performance Saturday night at the downtown Cleveland venue. “It Read More…

Crushers outfielder performs in ‘Nutcracker’ debut tomorrow night

Sugar Plum Fairy Janet Strukely gives Lake Erie Crushers outfielder Arden McWilliams, left, a kiss on the cheek. McWilliams makes a celebrity guest appearance as Mother Ginger in the Ohio Dance Theatre’s opening night of “The Nutcracker”  on Friday at the Stocker Arts Center in Elyria.

Baseball and “The Nutcracker” may not have that much in common, but that’s not stopping the Ohio Dance Theatre. This holiday season, the group has made Lake Erie Crushers outfielder Arden McWilliams a celebrity guest performer for Friday’s opening night of its annual production of “The Nutcracker,” which runs through the weekend at the Lorain Read More…

Choirs kick off season with special guest

ELYRIA – Choir Director Mark Jessie is approaching the current school year as the beginning of the end, the last year in the old Elyria High School. Jessie said the school’s 2009-10 choral shows will offer something different in recognition of EHS’s last year. The schedule includes the kickoff Elyria High School Vocal Music Department Read More…

Country star rocks county fairgrounds

Odds are, plenty of folks double-checked their tickets moments before Miranda Lambert’s Lorain County Fair grandstand show last night in Wellington. Seconds before the 25-year-old Texas native took the stage, a dance-heavy hip-hop track blasted out over the denim-clad audience. “How you doing tonight?” Lambert yelled. “Are you ready for a little rock ‘n’ roll?” Read More…

Alabama frontman Randy Owen opens week with old favorites

With comfortable temperatures and cloudless skies, you couldn’t have asked for better weather Monday night for former Alabama singer and current solo artist Randy Owen’s Lorain County Fair grandstand show in Wellington. Even though it’s been six years since Alabama’s swan-song tour, the singer didn’t show any rust with a set filled with plenty of Read More…

Miranda Lambert set to release new album

Emerging onto the country music scene in 2003 after appearing on reality show “Nashville Star,” Miranda Lambert has become one of the hardest working singers in Music City. Her 2005 album “Kerosene,” for which she co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks, debuted at No. 1 on the country charts and eventually went platinum with hit Read More…

Alabama’s Randy Owen doing well as solo act

After spending decades as the lead singer of legendary country music Alabama, Randy Owen has successfully ventured into solo waters with his debut CD, 2008’s “One on One.” So far the new album has charted singles “Braid My Hair” and “Like I Never Broke Her Heart.” The album also includes the Dolly Parton-written “Holding Everything.” Read More…

County students take show on the road to perform in Nebraska

Taking the show on the road. That’s what is happening with various Lorain County students – Elyria High School’s Rachel Jackson and Marion L. Steele High School’s Michelle Druga, Lauren Klimczak and Jake Watkin – regarding the Ohio chapter of the Educational Theatre Association’s invitation to perform their production of the All-City show “All Shook Read More…