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Wednesday September 8th, 2017

The L.A. Band
Post Monroe

8:30 PM

Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Friday September 8th, 2017

Gospel Night
LIVE on the Hozer’s Pizza Stage

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Their experiences have taken them along many paths and they’ve played music for a very diverse cross-section of party throwers and party goers for over 40 years. During that span of time The L.A. Band has played for governors, senators, mayors, and dignitaries, as well as along side many famous musicians. They’ve played at a birthday party for John Mellencamp, provided music for Little Anthony and Peabo Bryson, and played along side many other famous bands such as the Ohio Players and Rick James.

The L.A. Band is very versatile. Although they perform songs from artists like: Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk, They are actually an old school band and cover all the old school hits by artist such as: Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Isley Brothers, Gap Band, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Cameo, Prince, Doobie Brothers, Peter Gabriel and many many more.

Ashlee Hewitt, Whitney Duncan and Shelby McLeod meld their distinct voices, backgrounds and life experiences together to create Post Monroe. “Our sound is our voices,” Ashlee explains. “They’re different. They’re unique. The blend of them together makes Post Monroe what it is.”

The trio’s harmonies are paired with acoustic-driven, catchy melodies to create the music they each grew up idolizing. “We’re country, that’s what I love,” Whitney adds. “We’re not pop country, we’re not trying to be a crossover group. It’s back to our roots.”

The songs themselves are extremely important to the songwriting threesome. “Most the time when we’re writing it’s like a therapy sessions, where someone shares something that’s happened to them and it’s like, ‘Well, that’s the hook!'” Ashlee says. “We are strong women and we’re vulnerable,” Shelby adds. “There are many sides to every woman. We like writing songs that speak from all those sides.”

Each member can approach a song or idea from a different perspective. Ashlee is married with a three-year-old son, Tuff, while Whitney is newlywed and Shelby, the youngest, is still living the single life. “We’re all in different places but also similar at the same time,” Whitney explains.

The trio adopted a name that Ashlee had been holding on to for quite a while. “I was living in L.A. in 2008 and I heard someone describe a fashion style as Post Monroe … after Marilyn Monroe,” she explains. “Immediately, I was like that sounds like a band name! I went and got all the social media and websites and everything and blocked them.”

“I love Marilyn Monroe and her timeless beauty but I think it’s nice to leave it open for interpretation, too,” Whitney says. “In country music, we have Bill Monroe. There are some great Monroes.”

“We’ll be whatever Monroe you want it to be,” Shelby jokes. “We are so many things and Marilyn was so many things. It really represents our depth as individuals, as women.”

Thursday September 7th, 2017

12:30 AM & 7:00 PM

8:30 PM

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

8:45 PM

Bart Wiseman

Saturday September 9th, 2017

1:30 PM

September 5th - 9th 2017                     Presented by General Mills   

Cross Pointe

Hosted by Micheal Jadrnicek

Linda Dimel

John Hensler

Simba Jordan

NASHVILLE – Three of Simba Jordan’s high-school football teammates eventually reached the NFL, and for elite black prep athletes like Simba from the hometown of Ohio State University, that’s not an unusual or an unreasonable career path. But this highly charismatic and gifted vocalist instead turned south, to Nashville’s Music Row, to follow the far more unique path for an African-American male of Country music, a dream that until Capitol Nashville’s Darius Rucker lit up Country Radio and concert stages last year may have seemed almost impossible. No more. Darius’s No. 1 Country single marked the first time a black star had reached the top spot since Charley Pride way back in 1987, so now Capitol Nashville’s rivals are looking for their own black Country breakthrough.His mother was a jazz singer who worked the clubs around Columbus, but jazz never moved Simba as much as Motown, breakthrough R&B crossover artists like Prince, and early hip-hop stars like LL Cool J.

The music he loved most, though, was what he heard at his grandparents’ home when they watched TV shows like Hee Haw. It was Country, and when he discovered Randy Travis records, he felt right at home musically.By that time Simba – who was born with that name and was frequently teased about it until the movie The Lion King became a big hit – was working at a Honda plant in a predominantly white area of Ohio. “There was a guy working there who would sing acapella Country stuff, and all the girls would go crazy,” Simba says. Another friend had gone to school with Dwight Yoakam, so Simba began listening to Dwight’s early records. When a local Country nightclub offered cash prizes in a singing contest, he was ready to give it a shot. “So I bought a cheap cowboy hat and borrowed some boots, and entered it on the final day of the competition,” Simba says. “There were over 60 singers entered in the preliminary round, and they were all staring at me. But I just did my thing. I finished third and won some money.” Looking back now, he says: “From that point on, I said, `I can do this!’ ”

In 2001 Simba came to the attention of Joe Diffie producer Lonnie Wilson, who has long been one of Nashville’s top session drummer and has won Music Row magazine’s Drummer of the Year prize four times. Lonnie said, “I totally understand the black Country thing. I like your stuff and your look.” He sent Simba, who is not a songwriter, demos of several songs to consider recording. Simba cut three of them, including “Hand-Me-Down Heart,” which featured Diffie on background vocals. Wilson shopped the demo in 2001 and 2002, and got lots of interest but few solid offers. “I got a positive response, but nothing really came of it,” Simba says. That was then. This is now. The Row and Country Radio are completely different places now, as Simba found out during his first-ever visit to the Country Radio Seminar in March.

He’s been ready for years, and now it seems like the Row and Radio are finally ready for Simba Jordan.

Dan McCarty & Appalachian Reign

Wiseman first learned to love music at his father's knee. He's been influenced by a wide range of composers, musicians, and genres, but has developed his own unique style.

Dan Levenson

4:30 PM

Dan Levenson is a modern day troubadour in the truest sense of the word. A full time musician, Dan travels the country with banjo and fiddle singing songs and telling stories of the road, his musical journey and his Southern Appalachian roots.

Dan is native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a home in Southern Ohio for when he is not on the road or in the Southwest for winter.

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