Ohio native and @DispatchAlerts features reporter -- arts, music, urban stuff, offbeat (kjoy@dispatch.com). Couple things due but I always get it done.

Local musicians reflect on Stevie Wonder's musical influence

dispatch.com — As a child in Detroit, Dwight Adams had yet to touch a trumpet when he first heard the landmark Stevie Wonder album Songs in the Key of Life. The 1976 release would profoundly shape his future. On Wednesday, he will join Wonder onstage at Value City Arena for the latest stop in a string of concerts showcasing the blind Motown pianist.

Fashion Meets Music Festival announces lineup, admission prices

dispatch.com — The Fashion Meets Music Festival is undergoing a makeover. Set to return Sept. 5-6, the Arena District event is scaling back its size and scope while also charging entry to all attendees - a shift from last year's inaugural outing (also on Labor Day weekend) that touted a mix of free and ticketed events.

Jamie Lynn Spears: Singer, Britney’s sister, Maddie’s mom

dispatch.com — First, she was known as Britney's little sister. A breakout acting role on the Nickelodeon tween sitcom Zoey 101 followed. But Jamie Lynn Spears found the most attention in 2007 when, at age 16, the Louisiana native revealed that she was pregnant. The young star found herself at the center of a public firestorm denouncing her actions.

Local Limelight: The Jazz Experiment

dispatch.com — Time spent playing together as high-school students and, years later, in a traveling praise band was the catalyst for the Jazz Experiment. Their latest project formed a year ago, and the Columbus quintet now has more music to keep them busy.

With spoofs, reworked songs, Michael Bolton stays fresh

dispatch.com — Michael Bolton is having a moment. In 2015. Yes, the blazer-clad balladeer whose flowing, windswept locks decades ago graced magazine covers and the hazy tableaus of music videos on VH1 has again entered public conversation.

Ohio State Fair concerts led by trio of divas

dispatch.com — Three musical divas whose appeal stretches across generations are among the acts scheduled to perform this year at the Ohio State Fair. Country singer Reba McEntire, to turn 60 this month, will open the series on July 29 in the Celeste Center.

Local Limelight: Brave Weather

dispatch.com — A bit of friendly artistic rivalry spawned a musical - and, soon after, a romantic - partnership between Eric Clemens and Dani Harness. As strangers, the performers faced off against each other two years ago in a local songwriting competition. Clemens placed first; Harness finished second.

Ohio native Jessica Lea Mayfield channels songwriting idol Elliott Smith

dispatch.com — At just 15, Jessica Lea Mayfield played guitar for tips every Monday night at a bar in her hometown of Kent, Ohio. A patron introduced the young musician to a new name: Elliott Smith, a reclusive yet acclaimed songwriter who in 1998 earned an Oscar nomination for best original song with Miss Misery from the film Good Will Hunting.

Rolling Stones Tour Expected To Include Columbus Show

10tv.com — A concert announcement regarding the Rolling Stones - likely to perform May 30 in Ohio Stadium - is expected at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Representatives from the venue this morning would neither confirm nor deny the date, location or if the show was happening at all.

Rolling Stones tour expected to include Columbus show

dispatch.com — A concert announcement regarding the Rolling Stones - likely to perform May 30 in Ohio Stadium - is expected at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Representatives from the venue this morning would neither confirm nor deny the date, location or if the show was happening at all.
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Feb 18, 2015

RT @jimweiker: Vanilla Ice still planning to appear at Saturday's home show despite arrest. bit.ly/1JqcwC6

Feb 13, 2015

Chris Brown's in town tomorrow. Can his personal life and career be viewed separately? dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/q7GwDxb1Ta

Feb 09, 2015

@mjenkins Thanks for coming in to speak with us. Fun, helpful stuff.

Feb 09, 2015

Chris Brown fans don't care about his crimes; others aren't so sure. Both sides weigh in before his 2/14 concert: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Feb 08, 2015

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