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Wednesday September 8th, 2017

Eastwood
Old Southern Moonshine Revivalhttp://www.postmonroe.com

8:30 PM

Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Friday September 8th, 2017

Karaoke
Gospel Night
LIVE on the Hozer’s Pizza Stagehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Store-on-Broadway-and-Penn/103062249731278

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Since forming in late 2011, Eastwood has emerged to quickly become a crowd favorite. Their strong country influences and originals vocals have set them apart from other local bands performing in southeastern Ohio. Eastwood consists of Chris Bethel (vocals/acoustic guitar), Troy Howdyshell (acoustic bass), Shawn Avery (drums) and recently added Gavin Payne lead guitar). The four have blended their unique styles and talents together to make music that is describe as stripped-down, real country music. Songwriter Chris Bethel reels in the crowd with his imaginative lyrics and all around creative songs. Many of Eastwood’s songs are becoming widely known and often requested, like Tree Stand and Small Town that have the crowd singing along! This talented quartet brings it all to the table with a wide variety of music that everyone will enjoy.

From the beginning, OSMR has been writing and recording original music, touring relentlessly and building a foundation across the country with their feel good, energetic sound. Originally from the middle of North Carolina, country-rock band OSMR made their Nashville debut with the release of “Can You Feel it Now - EP”. With two of the songs becoming “Highway Finds” on SiriusXM The Highway, the band instantly found a broad, new audience. Their unmistakable sound, laced with irresistible melodies quickly became a fan favorite on The Highway, as their songs spent over 20 weeks on the fan voted “Hot 45 Countdown” charts. “Waste Another Beer” was the band’s first single to hit The Highway, pushing up to the top ten on The Highway’s “Hot 45 Countdown”. The song’s success sent the band’s total sales over 55,000 units sold and streaming over 2,250,000 plays. They spent their summer sharing the stage with artists such as Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt- playing some of the top festivals in the country. The band’s new EP, “Sweet Life” (4/28/17) showcases 6 brand new songs produced by Danny Myrick, including the title track and single, “Sweet Life”. OSMR is Marcus Kiser, Brent Lain and Brian Smith.


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   

Clay Webb

Hosted by Linda Dimel

John Hensler

Simba Jordanhttp://www.simbajordan.com

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.

Spinning Jennyhttp://www.spinningjennyband.com

Spinning Jenny was formed in 2011 after playing their first gig at a family reunion. Thanks to the kindness of John DiCarlo, frontman of the U.S. Kids, Spinning Jenny was then asked to open for the U.S. Kids at a benefit show held in Steubenville, Ohio. That became not only their first public gig, but the launchpad of nearly three years of playing and making music. Spinning Jenny is proud to say they are a family, with the group consisting of Dr. John Balzano and his three daughters, Julia, Talia and Angelina. During their live shows, audiences can expect to hear a wide variety of music genres — including old-school rock-and-roll, the latest hits on the radio and alternative rock hits — ensuring that there’s something for every age to enjoy.

Dan Levensonhttp://clawdan.com

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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