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Friday, Sep. 29, 2023

Eagles Land in Van Wert…

Making a timeless piece of music is every band’s dream. For some artists, the dream is elusive but for others, it seems to come so naturally, like a peaceful easy feeling. Such is the case for the Eagles, whose music is known by every generation. The Eagles captured the sound of an era in 1976 with its “Hotel California” release which perfectly captured the essence of the 70s in one cohesive record. The whole album’s heart is laced into the era so strongly that the opening notes of a song simply transport the listener back to the authentic ease of the time. With such an iconic legacy “Hotel California” was the fitting title for the nation’s most sought-after Eagles tribute.

Hotel California’s “A Salute To The Eagles” pays tribute to the grandeur of the Eagle’s vast musical accomplishments. They’ve been to Van Wert before and now they are returning to deliver more, this time from The Niswonger stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 7.

If you’re a fan of the Eagles, you’ll want to get tickets for Hotel California. Photo submitted

Hotel California: A Salute To The Eagles has established its popularity and acclaim by respectfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award-winning sounds of our generation’s greatest American songbook. This legendary Southern California group has touched the hearts of fans all over the world and is the most successful and longest-running tribute of its kind. Hotel California’s “A Salute to the Eagles”, is the only show to have ever received “Official Authorization” to perform the Eagles catalog of music. A spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken Hotel California’s “A Salute to the Eagles” to a level of recognition normally reserved for Gold and Platinum recording artists.

As you drive down that dark country highway on Saturday, October 7, up ahead in the distance you will see the Niswonger’s shimmering lights. We welcome you to go ahead and stop for the night. But be sure to get your ticket in advance and have it in hand. There will likely be none left due to the high demand.

POSTED: 09/27/23 at 3:42 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

RaeLynn comes full circle

Van Wert goes Nashville at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday when RaeLynn brings her country charm to the Niswonger stage. She is certain to light up the night with her infectious spirit and country-girl anthems. This is the perfect night to celebrate girl power with the sisters who bring joy to life, no matter what age. In 2014, Country newcomer RaeLynn released her first Gold hit, “God Made Girls.” This sweet song about the connection between a boy and a girl was co-written by RaeLynn, along with an all-female panel of songwriters (Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Nicolle Galyon) ranging in age from 20 to 50 years old.

“The coolest part about ‘God Made Girls’ is you had all these different women writing it, so you had all these different perspectives in this song,” she said.

RaeLynn will take the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage this Saturday night. Photo submitted

The sweet irony is RaeLynn had come a long way from the bright-eyed, 17-year-old hopeful on The Voice, thanks in great part to the guidance of Blake Shelton. She may not have won the show’s top prize, which was captured by another Shelton mentee, Jermaine Paul, but she did land a spot on Shelton’s album. In addition to a featured vocal on his 2014 track “Buzzin’,” RaeLynn first heard herself on the radio in his 2013 smash hit “Boys ‘Round Here.”

“That part that goes, ‘Are you gonna do the dougie?’ That was my first intro into country radio,” shared RaeLynn. “It was pretty fun. The first time I heard it I was like, ‘Oh my! There’s myself on the radio! That’s pretty cool, but it’ll be cooler when I hear my own song.”

Blake Shelton’s impact on her career is not lost on the singer.

“I am just so lucky to have him in my life,” she said. “He’s taught me to always be myself when it comes to being in country music.”

That advice helped pave the way for this two-time ACM “New Female Vocalist” nominee. She continues to carve her unique lane in country music with her gift for storytelling through songwriting, accented by a one-of-a-kind, electric personality. Her most recent 2023 release “It’s Happening Right Here” is the human trafficking awareness featured title track from the Original Documentary by Operation Underground Railroad. She released multiple new songs in 2022 including “I Love My Hometown,” “If God Took Days Off,” and “Raisin’ Me A Country Girl,” amassing over one billion total career streams which include “God Made Girls,” “Lonely Call,” and “Queens Don’t.”

Any country girl who loves to get their sparkle on will not want to miss this nightspecifically designed for letting loose and kicking the heels up! Van Wert Live gives a special shout out to Hoffman-Edwards Plumbing, Heating & Air LLC; Jeremy and Jessica Edwards; and Frank and Barb Hoffman for making this dynamic return to the Niswonger for fall 2023 possible. Grab the girls, get your tickets, and make your way to Northwest Ohio’s Little Music City of Van Wert.

POSTED: 09/20/23 at 4:54 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

Funky kind of wonderful…

50 years of wonderful comes to The Niswonger at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 4. Known as “The American Band”, the high-energy five-piece group will play 40 shows all over the USA this year, including their tour stop in Van Wert.

The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. The band includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars.” Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from .38 Special. Max penned and sang .38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet”. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf, and Billy Squier. KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk. Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim”, his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.

Grand Funk Railroad is coming to the NPAC on Saturday, November 4. Photos submitted

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi with its signature hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation, and forceful pop melodies. To their credit, Grand Funk Railroad released 11 albums between 1969 and 1976, all of which went gold or platinum.

The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the classic rock landscape fifty years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan, is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Mega-hits We’re An American Band, I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home, Locomotion and Some Kind Of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America.

A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, eight Top 40 hits, and two No. 1 singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales exceeding 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad the Collectors Series.

Tickets are available at vanwertlive.com for this iconic performance that will bring together Grand Funk lovers, classic rock fans, and contemporary rock enthusiasts who are discovering the group for the first time. Enjoy entertainment “closer to home” by rocking out with Grand Funk in celebration of their 50th anniversary of performing the music we love.

POSTED: 09/12/23 at 12:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

Volunteers steal the show…

The Annual Van Wert Live Volunteer Banquet took center stage at The Niswonger on Tuesday, August 22. Over 144 volunteers along with the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation Board and Staff enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Black Angus Tavern & Grill and decadent desserts by Kandy Saunier. Laughter and light-hearted conversation filled the auditorium as memories past and discussions of future concerts were shared.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center opened in 2007 and is now in it’s seventeenth year of operation. From before the very first day, special supporters from near and far realized the impact that the crown jewel venue would have on the region. They joined in support to be part of the cultural, community, and economic impact made possible by the stage. Today, many of the original volunteers are still serving. And to that esteemed group, many have joined. We honor them with a poem that speaks to their selfless service.

144 voluntters were honored during a banquet held last week. Photos submitted

The Selfless Souls

The world is filled with selfless souls,
Who work for others, to make them whole,
Their hearts are full, of kindness and compassion
And they give their all, without seeking their own satisfaction.

Volunteers, they are, with hearts so bright,
Giving their time, day and night,
To help others, in need and strife,
And bring hope and joy, to each life.

Their selflessness, a gift so rare,
A shining light, beyond compare,
For they give their all, with love and care,
And expect nothing, in return, to share.

Their sacrifice, a love that shines through,
Their service, a blessing to all, anew,
Their kindness, a treasure that forever aligns,
A spirit so pure, that forever entwines.

For the volunteers, the world is their stage,
And their acts of kindness, a lasting heritage,
They make a difference, one life at a time,
And inspire us all, to be sublime.

Their selflessness, a reminder that love abounds,
In every heart, and in every sound,
That the world is a better place to be,
When we give our all, to make others free.

So let us honor, the selfless souls,
Who work for others, to make them whole,
And thank them, for all they do,
For their love, and care, so true.

For the world needs more, of their selflessness,
To bring hope, to every distress,
To light the way, to a better place,
And show us all, how to embrace.

Embrace the love, and the care so rare,
And become a selfless soul, so fair,
For the world needs more, of their spirit,
So help us thank them so that they may hear it.

The Van Wert Live volunteers represent our community to a region of guests whose impression of our small music city is the first person that they see when they enter the Grand Lobby doors. Each volunteer understands their purpose and they shine in their service. We applaud them for making Van Wert an entertainment destination. There is rarely a positive review that does not merit this truth. Please help us thank them for all that they do.

POSTED: 08/29/23 at 1:21 pm. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

TBDBIL!

Football Fridays have begun and marching bands from around the region are tuning up to deliver performances that complete the competitive nights under the storied lights. It is the dedicated efforts of the halftime heroes who endured band camp and hours of rehearsal to bring glory to the team and traditions that unite us. Perhaps the most famous marching band in Ohio knows a thing or two about how to get the hometown crowd on their feet.

The Ohio State University Marching Band returns to The Niswonger at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 1. A few tickets remain for this experience that brings the traditions of the Scarlet and Gray home to Van Wert.

One such tradition that will be experienced audibly opposed to visually from The Niswonger stage is the Script Ohio. This OSU Marching Band spectacle was first performed on Oct. 10, 1936, and has become the quintessential formation of The Ohio State University Marching Band. While many point out that a similar formation of “Ohio” was performed by the University of Michigan Marching Band in 1932, it was not performed as the classic, constantly flowing script that has become the — literal — signature of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Band Director Eugene J. Weigel based the looped “Ohio” script design on the marquee sign of the Loew’s Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus and created the most identifiable trademark associated with Ohio State football and the Marching Band.

The Ohio State Marching Band is coming to the NPAC on Wednesday, November 1. Photo submitted

The script is an integrated series of evolutions and formations. The band first forms a triple-Block O formation, then slowly unwinds to form the famous letters while playing Robert Planquette’s “Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse.” The drum major leads the outside O into a peel-off movement around the curves of the script, with every musician in continual motion. Slowly the three blocks unfold into a long singular line which loops around, creating the OSUMB’s trademark.

Each time the band performs Script Ohio, a different fourth- or fifth-year sousaphone player is chosen to stand as the dot in the “i” of “Ohio.” Because the Script Ohio formation was one of many new formations included by director Weigel, no extra emphasis was placed on the dotting. Originally, an E-flat cornet player, John Brungart, was the first “i”-dotter, but in the fall of 1937, Weigel turned to Glen Johnson, a sousaphone player, and had him take his place in the dot. A year later, when the drum major arrived at the top of the “i” three or four measures too early, Johnson turned and bowed to the crowd to use up the rest of the music. The crowd roared, and the bow has been part of the show since then.

Today, toward the end of the formation, drum major and the “i”-dotter high-five each other. Then with 16 measures to go in the song, they strut to the top of the “i.” When they arrive, the drum major points to the spot, and the “i”-dotter turns and bows deeply to both sides of the stadium.

On very rare occasions, exceptional non-band members are offered the invitation to be an honorary i-dotter in recognition of their service to Ohio State and to the band. Previous honorary i-dotters have included comedian Bob Hope (1978), former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes (1983), golfer Jack Nicklaus (2006), Sen. John and Annie Glenn (2009), retiring Marching Band director Jon R. Woods (2011) and former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce, who dotted the “i” on Oct. 1, 2016, and said, “I think this is the greatest honor I’ve ever received.” The most recent honorary i-dotter was 100-year-old Anthony Violi, an alumnus who dotted on Sept. 22, 2018, during the Alumni Reunion game against Tulane.

For those of you who bleed scarlet and grey and those who do not, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the bodacious brass command the auditorium with an unparalleled class. The Best D@mn Band In The Land will make their way to Van Wert and play to a house of 1,200 as opposed to 102,000. So if you need a pick me up and your smile is feeling droopy, get your ticket for November 1 and start singing Hang On Sloopy.

POSTED: 08/22/23 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

Country sound at the fair…

The biggest party in Van Wert is coming to the grandstand as part of the Van Wert County Fair at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 2, featuring a double lineup of country greats, Jana Kramer and the Eli Young Band. Van Wert Live along with presenting sponsor Jim and Mary Pope and supporting sponsor KennFeld Group are pleased to deliver country entertainment to honor the agricultural excellence represented at the Van Wert County Fair.

Tickets are on sale now at vanwertlive.com and include gate admission to the fair.

Kicking off the Saturday night celebration is entertainment darling, Jana Kramer. This dynamo is certainly not a newcomer to the entertainment industry. Jana has amassed a social media following as vast as her artistic talents. Jana Kramer was already well-known as an actor before she ever began singing country music. Kramer is best known to many fans for her role as Alex Dupre on the WB’s ‘One Tree Hill,’ but she left the show in 2012 to pursue her singing career, after signing a contract with Elektra Records in 2011.

Jana Kramer is coming to the Van Wert County Fair September 2. Photo submitted

Her first few releases as a country artist were featured on episodes of the series, helping her 2012 eponymous debut album into the Top 20 of the Billboard 200. The follow-up, 2015’s Thirty-One, reached the Top Ten. She finished out the decade with appearances on Dancing with the Stars and in several TV movies alongside a series of non-album singles. The self-doubting “Voices” saw release in 2021.

Born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Jana Rae Kramer grew up on country music and would eventually pursue a recording career, but she began her professional life as an actor, making her onscreen debut in the 2002 indie horror film Dead/Undead while still in her teens. Guest spots on shows such as All My Children and CSI: NY followed over the next few years until she landed the recurring part of Noelle Davenport on NBC’s Friday Night Lights during the show’s second season (2007-2008). Kramer went to appear as Portia Ranson on 90210 (2008-2009) and Brooke Manning on Entourage (2009) before joining the cast of the CW’s One Tree Hill as Alex Dupré in 2009, where she stayed until partway through the series’ final season in 2012.

During her run on the show, Kramer signed a recording contract with Elektra Records and debuted the contemporary country love song “I Won’t Give Up” on a 2011 episode of One Tree Hill. The track later appeared on her full-length debut, Jana Kramer, in mid-2012. It landed in the top five of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Focusing on her music career thereafter without retiring from acting, she appeared in films such as Heart of the Country (2013) and Country Crush (2016) that would appeal to her music fanbase. Kramer released her second album, Thirty-One, on Warner Music Nashville in October 2015. With help from the Top Five country hit “I Got the Boy” and a duet with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, it fared even better, reaching number three on the country albums chart and number ten on the Billboard 200. Beginning in September 2016, her two-month stay on the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars ended in a fourth-place finish. That year, she also had an adult contemporary hit with “Feels Like Christmas” featuring Straight No Chaser.

Kramer followed up her top ten sophomore LP with stand-alone songs including 2017’s “I’ve Done Love,” which hit the country Top 40. Among her later singles were 2019’s “Good Enough” and 2021’s “Voices.” In the meantime, she starred in a series of movies for the Lifetime cable network, including The Holiday Fix-Up (2021).

Couple Jana with co-headliner Eli Young Band and it becomes a star-filled night of hits and happy hearts! Grab some friends and make it a night to remember in Van Wert at the grandstand concert, a Van Wert County Fair feature.

POSTED: 08/08/23 at 3:35 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

The finale…

It’s a Feel Good Friday finale like no other with Reverend Peyton’s Big D@mn Band in Fountain Park!

The essence of the free summer music series in Fountain Park, underwritten completely by the Van Wert County Foundation and presented by Van Wert Live, is variety and vibrancy. We have journeyed through nine Feel Good Friday concerts each with its own unique musical flair enjoyed with friends arriving from practically everywhere. Every Friday is a celebration of good times and feeling fine in the glorious sunshine. The hot summer nights are now giving way to a cooler closing and the corn tussling lending a tinge of sweetness to the air. This is summer as we know it. The entertainment at Fountain Park adds to the merriment of living in a small music city where living without a care in the world is replaced by living for a great care for each other.

So how about this band that was selected to wrap up Friday night with a bang? Reverend Peyton’s Big D@mn Band delivers a Blues party while playing substantive music that honors its roots. Their performance is gritty, authentic music with, as the good Reverend declared, “human hands playing real instruments.”

This band is American roots music at its finest, steeped in traditions brought forward with a modern sensibility, performed with skill and passion. The trio’s musical stylings have been referred to as the tent revival, with punk energy that is a refreshing splash of cold water to the face. The Reverend Peyton’s Big D@mn Band is like a 20-year-old bourbon in a room of vodka Red Bulls and PBRs; vintage yet timeless, exciting yet still welcoming. With his wife, Breezy, serving as a one-woman amen corner, and Max laying down the floppy-boot-stomp drums behind Peyton’s National steel slide guitar, the result is a peculiarly infectious blues crusade. This band is certain to put an exclamation mark finish to the Feel Good Fridays of Summer.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Band is the greatest front-porch blues band in the world featuring no one beyond Peyton himself, Breezy on washboard, and Max Senteney on drums. As for the inspiration behind his songs, Peyton says, it’s difficult to create blues music that isn’t personal.

The finale of the Fountain Park Feel Good Fridays series is this Friday night. Photo submitted

“The song ‘Ways and Means’ was written for all those folks who have the moves, the style, the substance, the talent, but maybe not the seed money or the famous last name,” Peyton says. “All those people who had to work extra hard because they didn’t get to start way ahead. Folks who have been playing catch-up since they were born and had to get really good just to make it to zero.”

If you’re still wondering if the band suits your curious musical cravings, here’s some praise that may shed some light on this Friday night.

“The latest from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band…. is, in short, a revelation. An amazingly well crafted, controlled explosion of talent, the range, and depth of the music performed by the trio is remarkable.” – American Blues Scene

“… the reincarnated Mississippi moan of guys like Son House… a burly soul punishing the senses with a Deltapunk attack and a heavy helping of rural realism. You can’t ignore his Big Damn Band’s gospel.” — Elmore

“The country blues is a gift of 20th century American music, and it’s awesome to see a band tap into its legacy with so much gusto and original vision.” – Music City Roots

“With his wife, Breezy, serving as a one-woman amen corner, and Max laying down the floppy-boot-stomp drums behind Peyton’s spiky, waspish National steel slide guitar on tracks like “Something for Nothing”, the result is a peculiarly infectious blues crusade, touching on themes of money, morality, and social responsibility.” – The Independent (UK)

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a twenty-year-old bourbon in a room of vodka Red Bulls and PBRs; vintage yet timeless, exciting and still welcoming…” –MXDWN.COM

“The focal point and ring leader Reverend J. Peyton is the star of the show here flashing a guitar style that elates the ear, at times flying all over the fret board and equally delicately picking with ease.” – Glide Magazine

Feel Good Fridays may be coming to a climatic close but the entertainment roster for Van Wert Live continues to grow! Visit vanwertlive.com to see what shows will add that extra bit of goodness to your life and secure your tickets with no strife. Far from ordinary, Van Wert Live is on a mission to keep you far from sedentary. Feeling a bit flat? Entertainment in Van Wert is where its at!

POSTED: 08/01/23 at 3:39 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

Funky Country…

We head into week eight of the Feel Good Friday Series and thanks to the foray of festive fans at Fountain Park, we’re feeling pretty great! This Friday will be no exception. Willow Hill will make their way to Van Wert, Ohio’s Music City. You’ve likely not heard them yet but once you do, you will never forget. Their brand of country, artistic styling, stage presence, and obvious adoration for their fans will keep Fountain Park flowing with good times and mind-blowing music.

Formerly fronting Rolling Stone’s “Band to Watch”, the husband and wife duo of Alexandra Fields & C.T. Fields have become well known in Nashville and beyond as Willow Hill. Bringing their notorious high-energy live show, quirky fun-loving vibe, and a new level of songwriting craftsmanship; the duo has rebranded with a fresh new sound called “Funky Country.”

Willow Hill will take the Fountain Park stage this Friday night. Photo submitted

The duo has toured for over 12 years, and developed an extremely dedicated national fan base. They were a regular name at major festivals like Sturgis, Rocklahoma, Warped Tour, and Summerfest – where they supported the legendary Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, and won the Emerging Artist Series. They were voted in the top 3 out of 20,000 acts to perform at The Grammys, performed The Official Lady Gaga Afterparty for her Monsters Ball Tour, and have shared bills with multitudes of national acts including Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Aaron Lewis, Lifehouse, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hanson, and many more.

Willow Hill recorded their debut EP, Highway One at Nashville’s historic Benchmark Studios, produced by Zach Abend and Jeff Cohen, whose credits include Sugarland, Big & Rich, and The Band Perry.  The Ep immediately gained steam and the band began showcasing for major labels, talent buyers, agencies, and some of the industry’s most prominent tastemakers. Willow Hill made their mainstream country radio debut and is not slowing down. This Friday at 7:30 p.m. we get to savor their spunky Country sound in our town!

It’s optional to color your hair and don’t forget your lawn chairs! Celebrating summer together on Friday nights wouldn’t be right without thanking the one who brings the delight. With great elation we share our gratitude for The Van Wert County Foundation. 

POSTED: 07/18/23 at 6:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

The magic of Disney…

Family fun in the summer sun will feel so good in Fountain Park at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.

Back by popular demand, the family concert of the Feel Good Friday Series in 2022 makes a triumphant return. Get out the Disney costumes and join us for festive family memory-making with the ultimate Disney cover band The Little Mermen.

The band’s repertoire covers all 82 years of the Disney canon, including favorites from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and Frozen. The group performs in full costume with band members dressing up as characters from the films. This Friday night will be jam-packed with nostalgic fun and sing-alongs. They are hailed by BuzzFeed and Time Out New York as the premiere Disney cover experience. Come join the fun as the Fountain Park stage opens up the window to a whole new world! In case it needs reminding, Disney music is enjoyable for all ages.

Family fun will be abound at Fountain Park on Friday. Photo submitted

Friday night fans who come to be entertained will also learn more about good things on the way! The Van Wert Live Team will be announcing a “December To Remember” that consists of four dynamic holiday shows that will deliver future family fun right here at home. The shows are packed together at a 25 percent discount to provide great entertaining value. The diverse selection of shows can be gifted to friends and family or used personally to truly make your December one to remember.

Van Wert Live along with the Van Wert County Foundation, which powers the Feel Good Friday Series, is honored to entertain our Van Wert family and our friends that travel from near and far to make Van Wert their destination for entertainment. The reviews we receive from out of town guests are resoundingly positive of the warm hospitality that is extended when they arrive in our beautiful downtown Van Wert. Sometimes in this world there is pain. Our response is to entertain. So join for the refrain. Together, joy is what we gain.

POSTED: 07/12/23 at 3:37 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

Livin’ on a Prayer…

Feel Good Fridays continue to bring delight on Friday night. Alas, when considering our journey through the ten free concerts, the words of Jon Bon Jovi strikes a fitting chord because “we’re halfway there!”

This Friday night guests to Fountain Park will experience the best of the American rock anthems with America’s No. 1 Bon Jovi Experience, Crush at 7:30 p.m.

The Crush Bon Jovi Tribute band has been wowing audiences with their live stage show and authentic musical renditions of Bon Jovi’s greatest hits for the better part of a decade. Make downtown Van Wert your destination for entertainment and witness a 100 percent full-on, no-holds-barred, electrifying musical experience that has to be lived to tell.

If you’re a Bon Jovi fan, you’ll definitely want to head to Fountain Park this Friday night. Photo submitted

All the big hits including Living on a Prayer, It’s My Life, You Give Love a Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive, and much more will light up the Fountain Park night. This arena-sized production with plenty of moving lights, smoke, and pyrotechnics plays a respective tribute to one of the greatest bands in the world. Note: The bigger the hair the better when attending this Feel Good Friday.

This Friday is even more festive with the On Tap Collab with the Van Wert Chamber featuring Second Crossing Brewery and Hickory Barrel Mobile Bar. The beverage purveyors will be positioned on South Jefferson Street and ready to pour beginning at 6:30 p.m. Food concessions will be at Fountain Park making downtown Van Wert the perfect destination for feeling good and making memories that are so good.

We don’t want summertime to end. “Never Say Goodbye” by grabbing some friends and redeeming the time. Feel Good Fridays brought to you by the Van Wert County Foundation are sublime.

POSTED: 07/04/23 at 8:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment