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For two decades, the four singers in “Cadence” have taken their own approach to a cappella music, whether it’s updating classic jazz and pop songs or putting unique twists on contemporary material. Justin Beiber’s “Baby” is reimagined as a madrigal, while disparate oldies are arranged into a medley that is more powerful than the sum of its parts.

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Cadence’s latest single is an amazing a cappella presentation of Gordon Lightfoot’s epic “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” That’s just a normal day at work for the adventurous Canadian vocal group, performing at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16.

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Joel McHale is known for many things, including successful runs as one of the stars of the NBC sitcom, “Community,” and as the longtime host of “The Soup” on E!, and his credits continue to grow. His roots are in sketch comedy and more recently he has been touring as a stand-up comedian. McHale, who starred on the recently-cancelled CBS series, “The Great Indoors,” brings his comedy act to the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $22. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit

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Vince Gill, performing at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, is a busy man but it appears there is always time for a tantalizing project. Even while he is out on the road doing solo dates, he makes sure to be back in Nashville every Monday for his weekly appearance with the Time Jumpers at 3rd & Lindsley. Gill recently announced he will also be filling the shoes of the late Glenn Frey for a series of live dates with the Eagles. Cost: $42-$62. Call 937-228-2323 or visit

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Springfield Arts Council packs a lot of entertainment into its annual Summer Arts Festival, from concerts to wine and food events. One of the most highly anticipated offerings each year is the Broadway in the Park production. This year’s play is “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” which is presented at Turner Pavilion, Veteran’s Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 22 through 24. Cost: Free. Visit

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Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering is home to a wide variety of concerts each summer but the outdoor amphitheater also hosts a wide variety of food-themed festivals such as Blues, Brews & Barbeque. The annual event, returning at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, features headliner Anthony Gomes, who has released a dozen albums since his 1998 debut. The Toronto-based musician will be joined by special guests Davy Knowles and Noah Wotherspoon. Cost: Free. Call 937-296-3300 or visit

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Six area artists will be showcasing works in “Earth Patterns,” the new exhibition at Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry St., Yellow Springs, opening on Friday, June 16. The show features ceramics, works on paper, collaborative vessels and other pieces by Sue Brezine, Dianne Collinson, Andrea Starkey, Eli Collinson, Brad Husk and Nicki Strouss. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Visit

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band doesn’t really sound like any other act but the group is a proponent of quintessential American music. The Indiana trio presents an unvarnished blend of country blues and Appalachian folk punched up by a backwoods punk attitude, which has clicked with music fans at home and abroad. Reverend Peyton and his band have 10 shows in the United States this month, including a return to Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, before heading to Europe for seven weeks of dates. Cost: $12-$15. Call 937-813-4272 or visit

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For its latest fundraiser, the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association is providing interested Daytonians with a look inside some of the new living spaces downtown. The 2017 Designers’ Showcase is presented at the new Delco Lofts near Fifth Third Field in Dayton’s Water Street District through Sunday, June 25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. On Friday, June 16, the DPVA presents the Hot Cars & Cold Beers Pine Club Burger Party in the loft’s Dragon’s Plaza at 6 p.m. Cost: $50. Visit

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Each summer, fans of contemporary Christian music flock to Timberwolf Amphitheatre, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. The occasion is the annual Spirit Song, the Midwest’s largest such festival presented Thursday through Saturday, June 22 through 24. This year’s lineup includes top acts such as Skillet, Toby Mac, Sidewalk Prophets and Bone Hampton. Cost: $37-$160. Tickets for Spirit Song also include admission to Kings Island and Soak City. Seating is reserved. Call 937-228-2323 or visit

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This season hasn’t been without its challenges for the Dayton Dragons but the team is off to one its best starts in years under the leadership of new manager, Luis Bolivar. At press time, the Dragons were in second place in the highly competitive Midwest League Eastern, just a few games behind the first place West Michigan Whitecaps. The team faces the last-place Fort Wayne TinCaps on the road this weekend then takes a break for the East vs. West All-Star Game in Midland, Mich. on Tuesday, June 20. Regular season action resumes on Thursday, June 22, when the Dragons begin a home stand against the struggling Lake County Captains. Cost: $9 to $17. Call 937-228-2287 or visit

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