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1) COUNTRY CONCERT
Growing from a party for family and friends to a public event in the early 1980s, Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake has always reflected the current state of the genre. With the boundaries of country music continuing to expand beyond the traditional Nashville sound, it’s fitting this year’s festival features such Music City outsiders as Kid Rock and Chris Stapleton.
The 39th annual event, founded by the late Mike Barhorst and his wife, Mary Jo, returns to Hickory Hills Lakes, 7103 Ohio 66, Ft. Loramie, on Thursday through Saturday, July 11 through 13. This year’s lineup also features more conventional acts such as Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Gary Allan and Dustin Lynch. A number of up-and-coming artists from the area such as Mack McKenzie, Mark Cantwil and Thomas Mac are also on the bill.
Gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon Saturday. Cost: $115 Thursday, $121 Friday and $136 Saturday. Three-day passes start at $262. Special packages available. Call 937-295-3000 or visit www.countryconcert.com.
Chris Stapleton (pictured), Kid Rock and Thomas Rhett are among the headliners at the 39th annual Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake at Hickory Hills Lakes in Ft. Laramie, Thursday through Saturday, July 11 through 13. CONTRIBUTED
Mary Gray and Joel Whitaker were among the jurors charged with selecting the pieces in “Glow,” the 28th annual DP&L Foundation Open Members’ Show. The new exhibition opens at The Contemporary (formerly Dayton Visual Arts Center), 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, on Friday, July 5. The gallery hosts an artist reception that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. “Glow,” which is on display through Wednesday, Aug. 10, features paintings, photographs, sculpture and other media. The Contemporary presents A Gallery Talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. Visit www.thecontemporarydayton.org.
3) DIANA ROSS
This August marks 55 years since Diana Ross scored her first No. 1 pop hit as lead singer for the Supremes. “Where Did Our Love Go” was followed by four consecutive No. 1’s. She embarked on a solo career in 1970s and continued her chart-topping ways with hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Love Hangover.” While it’s been more than a decade since the Detroit-native’s last album, she has enough fan favorites to keep audiences flocking to her shows. Ross returns to the area for a concert at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Cost: $42 lawn & terrace, $67 side orchestra. All tickets increase $5 the day of the show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
Legendary R&B singer Diana Ross returns to the area for a concert at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, July 6. CONTRIBUTED
4) ABC’S OF WINE
The prime directive of JDRF Southwest Ohio is to accelerate advances in the cure, prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes and its complications. To help finance this mission, the nonprofit organization hosts a number of unusual fundraisers such as Wine for a Cure at Heidelberg Distributing Company, 3601 Dryden Road, Dayton, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11. The theme of the tasting event is “The ABC’s of Wine: Anything But Chardonnay and Cabernet.” Expert Rob Vonderbrink will be on hand to discuss the different offerings. Cost: $45. Visit www.jdrf.org.
5) SHERYL CROW
While she isn’t a Dayton-area native, Sheryl Crow has earned a special place in the hearts of many music fans in the region. Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering has been a frequent stop for the singer since she first appeared at the outdoor amphitheater in 1998. She also taped her live DVD, “C’mon America 2003,” there. Crow, who releases her 11th studio album, “Threads,” on Aug. 3, makes her sixth appearance at Fraze Pavilion when she returns for a 7:30 p.m. concert on Sunday, July 10. Cost: $45 lawn & terrace, $65 side orchestra in advance. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
Sheryl Crow, who releases her 11th and final studio album, “Threads,” in August, makes her sixth appearance at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Sunday, July 10. CONTRIBUTED
6) COCOA BROWN
Early in her acting career, Cocoa Brown was relegated to roles like nurse, crossing guard and mail carrier. However, the parts have gotten more substantial in recent years. The Virginia native was a regular on Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” from 2011 to 2016 and had a recurring role on “9-1-1” in 2018. Brown, who has a handful of film projects in various states of production, performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday through Sunday, July 5 through 7. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $15 to $47. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
Finishing in first place on “American Idol” can open plenty of industry doors for the select few that achieve that goal. However, you don’t have to take the grand prize to leave the show a winner. Chris Daughtry is a prime example. He made it into the top four on the fifth season of “American Idol” before being eliminated but has gone on to be one of the program’s most successful discoveries. Daughtry, who has received a Grammy Award nomination and enjoyed multi-platinum record sales, performs at Rose Music Center, Huber Heights, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $36-$68. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
8) BOAT SHOW
If there are only three B words that can be celebrated during the summer season, one solid suggestion would be Bands! Beers! Boats! And this just so happens to be the name of the very first parking-lot boat show at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 5. The new event features speedboats, bass boats and other water vessels, plus food trucks and live music from the Washington Beach Bums from Columbus and Dayton’s own Marijuana Johnson. Cost: $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 937-424-3870 or visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.
9) GLENN SCOTT
Glenn Scott is known to generations of Daytonians as a tattooist, having operated his own shops since opening his first one locally in 1982. However, he also expresses his creativity in other ways. He is a musician and visual artist. Scott’s paintings are on display at Bar Granada, 5 W. Monument St., Dayton, through August 31. The new downtown establishment, which specializes in Latin American cuisine and craft tequila, is hosting an artist opening from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Cost: Free. Call 937-221-8310 or visit www.bardayton.com.
10) DUANTE BEDDINGFIELD
As a staunch promoter of jazz, Duante Beddingfield has worn many hats over the years. He’s a performer who has written about his beloved music for local publications and booked other acts. He also hosts the weekly “Equinox” program on WYSO-FM (9.13) from 8 to 11 p.m. Mondays. The Jazz & Beyond Series presents Beddingfield in concert at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $8 nonmembers, free members. The Jazz & Beyond Series continues with Laney & the Tramps featuring the Queen City Sisters on August 8. Call 937-223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.