• Celebrate this week at Fraze Pavilion

  • By Jim Bucher

    Hello, Fraze friends, hope you’re enjoying the behind the scenes happenings, plus tips and tidbits of all things Fraze this summer.

    Wow, June has flown by hasn’t it? But, there’s still so much more to experience on the Fraze stage.

    And, before I go any further, if you have a short attention span like me (funny, you would never guess right?) let’s get right to it.

    Relive the 80’s with Night Ranger & Loverboy this Friday, July 5, at 7:30 PM.

    Ah the 80’s, in the beginning of the decade I had a perm and an actor/comedian Freddie Prinz mustache – that would be senior not junior.

    The perm was great ‘cause you could wake up and it looked the same as when you went to sleep the night before.

    When I look at pictures from back then I think, “What was I THINKING?”

    OK, I digressed, but both groups bring back tons of memories and along with them, some pretty memorable tunes.

    Night Ranger burst on the scene in 1983 (and on a cassette tape near you) with their multi-platinum album Midnight Madness which included their smash hits “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes” and of course the often played at sporting events, anthem “(You Can Still) Rock In America.”

    In a recent interview, original Night Ranger founding member, Jack Blades, talked about how the iconic song came to him after a performance.

    “In the early part of 1980s, everyone was saying rock was dead and The Cars were big and Blondie and all these bands; everybody was saying, ‘Well rock’s dead. This is what’s happening now,’ but we were playing to five or six thousand people a night. And everybody was screaming and yelling and rocking out,” Blades says.

    “The next morning, I was sitting in my hotel room one and I was like, man, I don’t know what these guys are talking about, ’cause as far as I’m concerned, you can still rock in America,” says Jack.

    The rest, they say, is ‘rock history.’

    Now, after some 17 million albums sold, they’re celebrating their 30th Anniversary as they ‘rock in’ to Fraze Pavilion this Friday.

    Not to be outdone, sharing the stage is Loverboy (always thought they named their group after me, that will be another article for a different day).

    The group’s 1980 debut featured the rock singles “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonight,” which helped shoot the group to gold status in both their native Canada and the U.S.

    Some of their other hits include “Hot Girls in Love,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” and “This Could Be the Night.”

    Again, enjoy Night Ranger and Loverboy this Friday night, a perfect way to celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend. Plus, I don’t need to remind you, two bands for the price of one.

    Now that’s a rockin’ deal.

    Onward we go and what better way to stretch the aforementioned Independence Day weekend a little further than with The United States Air Force Band of Flight, Wednesday, July 10, at 7:00 PM.

    And this is a deal you can’t believe, it’s free! See, I’m here to help.

    The Band of Flight is a 14-member ensemble that will provide top-notch, high-energy entertainment for the whole family.

    Taking advantage of the synergy of two existing groups, Wright Brass and Systems Go, this dynamic ensemble brings their musical stylings to the concert stage.
    They cover Bach to the Beatles and beyond!

    Finally, I’m jumping ahead a bit, but just got off the phone with Al Jardine, one of the original Beach Boys.

    He’s performing with co-founder of the B.B., Brian Wilson, (that B.B. stands for Beach Boys, not Bucher’s Beat, just want to clarify) and special guest David Marks on Thursday, July 25, at 8:00 PM.

    Al’s a Buckeye native, grew up in Lima and the last time he was here in 1993, city fathers (and mothers) proclaimed it “Al Jardine Day” in the city of our neighbors to the north.

    “It was great, they gave me a key to the city and I have good friends from the area coming to the show, can’t wait to see them and all our fans in the Miami Valley,” Jardine says.

    But, the question of the day or maybe the question of the past 50 years is this-

    BUCH: “How does a guy from Lima, Ohio, end up on the beach and in this iconic group?”

    AJ: “That’s a great question, but it’s simple, my folks were looking for the California dream and they both hated the Ohio winters. Dad found a job in industry in San Francisco, but the climate wasn’t much better there, cold and miserable, so then dad found a job in LA and I met Brain Wilson in high school and the rest is history.”

    “So blame it on the weather,” he says with a laugh.

    BUCH: “If we had a nice climate here, the Beach Boys may never have been with you as a part.”

    AJ: “Never thought about it that way, but yes, you’re right.”
    That’s why they pay me the big bucks to write and maybe, just maybe, after paying monthly bills, I’ll have enough left for a perm.

    MORE BUCH’S BEST BETS
    Hey, a big thank-you and a “Buch” salute to the fine folks at Meijer, sponsor of the Free Fraze Festivals.

    Coming up Saturday, July 13, at 2:00 PM, it’s the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest presented by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. Along with your favorite chicken dishes, The Hathaways, Blue Moon Swamp and Bad Medicine will perform.

    Then, mark your calendar on Saturday, July 27, it’s the annual Swamp Romp and on August 10, “get your grape on” for the Festival of the Vine. Yes, fine wine and cool jazz.

    There’s even more but my editor says I’m out of room. Now is the perfect time to visit fraze.com for information about free festivals and tickets to upcoming Fraze events.

    Until next week, Happy 4th of July. BOOM!

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