Entertainment


Stage 1


Keith Anderson
Keith Anderson

Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s latest song “I’ll Bring The Music” sums up Anderson to a T. That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music.

Although he has co-written hits for other artists, most notably “Lost In This Moment”, the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination, Anderson does not write with other artists in mind. “I think I’ll always write about what I know and feel–and typically with myself in mind. However, I write a lot and I keep the songs that are really speaking to me when I’m recording, and pitch everything else to other artists”, says Anderson. Anderson also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)” for Garth Brooks and George Jones, “The Bed” for Gretchen Wilson and “Barn Burner” for Jason Michael Carroll.

His debut CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” and “Podunk”. This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year.

It wasn’t just his music that was getting attention. Anderson was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors”, and Men’s Fitness Magazine’s, “Ultimate Country Star”.

Anderson’s sophomore CD garnered the biggest hit of his career, “I StillMiss You”, which peaked at #2 and another Top 25 hit, “Sunday Morning In America”.

Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and passion. “ “I’ll Bring the Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson. “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are still singing as they head out the door. It reminds me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers moved them”. And now Sirius XM Radio is “Dancin to the beat” as it has been added to The Highway channel 59’s program, “On The Horizon”.

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Kaitlyn Baker
Kaitlyn Baker, Frame by Frame

Kaitlyn Baker's music reflects the beauty of the Cumberland Mountains and the ruggedness of the coal mining region where she was raised. The 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Pound, Virginia, has been called a new "coal miner's daughter." BuzzFeed.com named her one of "Country Music's 15 Brightest Rising Stars." Kaitlyn's single "Coal Train" was included in the 2015 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ZinePak, a 2-CD compilation that debuted at #4 on Billboard's Country Albums chartand remained in the Top 10 for three consecutive weeks. (See https://youtu.be/D3mLivBoSnM) Other credits include opening for Travis Tritt, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Currington and other popular artists. She has also appeared on the nationally syndicated public television concert series "Song of the Mountains,"as well as an upcoming documentary about the historic Bristol Sessions, a series of recordings that launched the country music industry in 1927. The music of Kaitlyn Baker is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. For more information, visit www.kaitlynbaker.com

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The Hoppers
Hopper's gospel group.

Multi-award winning family group, The Hoppers have been singing to global audiences for over 57 years with apperances ranging from presidential religious inaugural cdremonies and New York's Carnegie Hall singing conventions and church platforms. They have performed throughout the United States as well as Israel, Europe and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. Known as America's Favorite Family of Gospel music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land at the top of the Billboard sales charts and the Singing News radio charts.

Comprised todayof family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper, The Hoppers were formed in 1957 in the rural-farm twon of Madison, NC< and have grown continuously for decades, touching countless lives around the world. A cancer survivor, Connie had been honored with numerous industry and fan awards and inducted ito the Southern Gospel Music Hall fo Fame. She encourages others not only with her singing butalso with her story both in writing and speaking. Sons Dean and Mike have continued the family lagacy with their musical talents and business abilities; and Kim, Dean's wife, hails from her own nationally acclaimed musical family, is noted for the excitement she brings to any perfomance, and her unmistakable, rafter-ringing soprano vocals have taken The Hoppers to new heights. Kim has won 15 soprano and 10 favorite fimale Singing News Fan Awards. In 2012, Kim was honored witht he first 10 NQC Music Award for Female Vocalist. The Hopper's recent induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall fo Fame is an honor that has energized the busy and gifted group.

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LeFEVRE Quartet
LeFEVRE Quartet gospel group.

When you think of Gospel Music, the Lefevre name is one that has always been at the top. In 1921, the original LeFevre Trio began traveling and singing across the country; quickly setting the standard for quality and professionalism in what would become known as Southern Gospel Music. For decades, the LeFevres blazed new trails in Gospel Music, turning out songs and singers that would become legends in the field. Their award winning music allowed them to sing for Presidents and Dignitaries all over the world. In the late 1970's, some thought the LeFevre name would be retired when the trio came off the road, but in the 1980's and 90's, Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart became one of the top acts in Contemporary Christian Music. Once again, the LeFevre name continued to break new ground in Christian Music. As we entered the new millennium, the LeFevre name grew stronger than ever. Within just one year of formation, Gospel Music fans voted the LeFevre Quartet the 2006 Singing News Fan Awards Horizon Group of The Year. In 2007, the group was voted "Breakout Artist of The Year" in the SGN Awards and in 2009, their song, "Big Mighty God" was nominated for a Dove Award. In 2016 and now in 2017, The LeFevre Quartet have been nominated as a Top 10 Traditional Quartet in the Singing News Magazine's Fan Awards. It often takes more than just a legendary name to gain the recognition this group has attracted, but with stellar vocals, high energy performances, and a heart for ministry, this combination of talent is one you won't soon forget. The LeFevre Quartet strive to reach the masses with a message of hope, grace and salvation through Jesus Christ!.

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The Van-Dells
The Van-Dells 50's rock tribute group.

The Van-Dell's are entertainment at its finest. As the nation's #1 50's and 60's rock and roll tribute show, they have been entertaining audiences for 41 years with their unique blend of comedy, choreography, and tight harmonies. As a full production show, the Van-Dells are backed by a five piece band and fronted by three lead singers. Mark Barnett, Stacy "Duke" Todd and Steve "Moose" Ricks take on original personas and deliver out of this world vocal performances all while keeping the audience engaged and laughing throughout their fast paced and upbeat show.

The Van-Dells have been called “The 3 Stooges set to music” with a fun show that's good for the whole family. They Van-Dells travel the nation and playing all of your favorite hits from one of the best era's in American music. From DooWop classics, to Elvis and everything in between there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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Stage 2

Saffire Express
The Saffire Express Band.

For over 15 years Saffire Express has been serving up their unique blend of current and vintage tunes ranging from Cowboy Casanova to Lady Marmalade , Gimme One Reason to Gimme Some Lovin, with a dab of Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and Jimmie Buffett on the side!! This tight 6-piece band features outstanding vocals and a hot rhythm section, creating a fun, exciting atmosphere with its menu of tasty tunes dating from the 60's,70’s, 80’s to the present. Saffire Express has appeared on the “WXIX Fox Morning Show”, headlined some of Cincinnati's best summer festivals and concerts, as well as playing numerous corporate functions, clubs, and private parties each year.

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Whiskey River
Whiskey River Band.

A couple nights of jamming in a back room in Aurora brought together the players of the Whiskey River Band. Their combined love and respect for traditional and honky-tonk country music had them officially forming the group in late 2015. Drawing inspiration from greats like Waylon Jennings, David Allen Coe, Merle Haggard and more, they have crafted originals and covers that will remind you of days gone bye..

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The Skallywags
The Skallywags Band logo.

Meeting in high school, at an early age the group shared their love of music and talent. Following high school, Kristine Spielmann and the band formerly known as “Strange on Display,” quickly became a favorite at the local bar scene in the Greater Cincinnati area. The summer of 2009 they lost their drummer, Matt “Skinny,” McIntosh to the H1N1 virus. So the band decided to make a fresh start and rename the group "The Skallywag’s".

The Skallywags consist of four very multifaceted and multitalented musicians. They put on an entertaining array of musical genres, and the impressive powerful vocals of Kristine Spielmann, has a way of engulfing so much power and attitude that truly makes any song she sings, that of her own. But Kristine is not the only one whose voice fills the room. Mike Dittmer and James Wentstrup also share in on the vocals, along with their spectalular guitar playing skills. The Skallywags are a melodic collaboration that manifests passion into beautiful, compelling live performances.

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Travis Bowlin
Musician, Travis Bowlin.

During high school, Travis performed and traveled with his school's Band and Choir where he had the opportunity to sing solo at Disney World, The Indianapolis 500, Cedar Point (winning outstanding vocals/performance), and many other venues. After high school, he spent a lot of time playing music in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana doing whatever he could to gain exposure through the media.

In 2012, Travis settled outside of Nashville, Tennessee where he has been earning his stripes in the music business and building his catalog of original songs. In 2014 Travis began recording his debut album at 16th Edge Studios in Nashville, TN. On March 1, 2014, Travis released his first studio single, “Bad, Bad Man”; receiving radio air play on over 50 stations worldwide and performing it on Nashville’s NBC News. Just a few months later in June, Travis had his national TV debut performing his original song “Traveling Man” on the TLC hit show “19 Kids & Counting” during the “A Duggar Leaves Home” special starring Amy Duggar.

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Street Entertainment

Granpa Crachet
Granpa Crachet puppet.

The Granpa Cratchet Corporation is a well established touring and production company. We perform hundreds of shows annually at more than 50 various venues entertaining more than a hundred thousand people throughout the United States. Over the years our shows have toured in nearly every state as well as Canada and Mexico.

From the Golden Rule to Working Together every Granpa show teaches an important life lesson in a fun and exciting way. The slapstick humor, wit, and charm of our characters brings these values alive in a new and vibrant way that appeals to audiences of all ages.

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The Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band
The Circle City Stompers Clown Band.

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band has been performing fast-moving, choreographed routines to upbeat music since 1976. The musicians, including trumpets, trombones, saxophones, bass and snare drums, and sousaphone are dressed in colorful clown costumes and entertain the crowd with comic interaction and fancy footwork.

The 15-minute choreographed show, followed by musical strolling through the crowd, includes familiar tunes like Zoot Suit Riot, It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing, Pick up the Pieces, Gimme' Some Lovin', Birdland, Jump Jive an' Wail, Your Mama Don't Dance, and many more of your popular favorites.

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