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

One Direction to play Ohio Stadium in 2015 — OMG. Best-selling British boy band One Direction will play Ohio Stadium on Aug. 18, 2015. Can you already hear the squeals echoing from the 'Shoe? It's the second concert announced this month for the Ohio State University football venue - which, until the Oct.

Local group takes love of ‘Ghostbusters’ to the streets — The sight of them in your neighborhood might seem like something strange, but the Columbus Ghostbusters attract more fanatics than phantoms. Perhaps a few snickers, too. They are, after all, adults who wear tan jumpsuits purchased on; built spook-snaring "proton packs" from plywood and plastic PVC piping; and drive a 2006 Dodge Magnum wagon equipped with a rooftop siren, flashing lights and an old familiar logo.

Musical corridor aims to inspire Columbus Marathon runners — When hordes of marathon runners pass by him near the 9-mile marker on Sunday morning, Mark Subel will offer a different type of support from the roadside. No cheers or handmade signs. No cups of water.

Grammy-nominated David Gray coming to Palace Theatre — Two decades have passed since David Gray first strummed in low-key pubs as an unknown songwriter. "I was very innocent and green, giving it everything I had," said Gray, 46. Then, his 1998 record, White Ladder, and hit single, Babylon, took the world by storm.

Buckeye Country Superfest brings big names to the Shoe — Live music will return to Ohio Stadium for the first time in 11 years. Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts will headline the Buckeye Country Superfest, a two-day concert set for June 20-21 in the stadium.

Under the Streetlamp's music pays homage to radio's glory days — These days, as one-fourth of the throwback revue group Under the Streetlamp, Micahel Cunio knows that a certain era of music still has connective power. With their ranks comprised of veterans from the Chicago cast of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys - a jukebox musical dramatizing the rise to fame of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - the harmonic vocalists pay homage to familiar hits that Cunio described as the "American radio songbook."

Neil Diamond returning to Columbus — Neil Diamond, the Sweet Caroline crooner who made global headlines by offering refunds after a lackluster Columbus show in 2008, will return for another go on March 18 at Value City Arena. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the venue and Ticketmaster outlets.

Local Limelight: The Halamays — Moving from Chicago to Columbus isn't the only recent life change for Katie and Patrick Watkins. The Northwest Side couple, who have performed for three years as the Halamays, balance day jobs and music with the nonstop demands of raising a toddler.

Yorn embraces spontaneous solo shows — There's a bit of deja vu surrounding Pete Yorn's next Columbus show, a solo performance in which the singer-songwriter will throw hesitation (and set lists) to the wind. Although the artist had planned a similar concert here in 2006, the Strange Condition rocker ditched a one-man gig in favor of a backing band at the last minute.

Face of potato-salad campaign on Kickstarter poised to deliver on public party — Surveying the rich farmland and sweeping vistas outside Boise, Idaho, Zack Brown took a moment to digest the unfamiliar landscape. The native of Upper Arlington had just arrived there in a flatbed truck carrying a 70-foot-long concrete potato weighing 6 tons - like an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile for the au-gratin set.
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Oct 23, 2014

Realist/One Direction superfan @MarkFerenchik makes good point: 1D playing big stadiums in Cbus, Indy, Pitt, CLE, Detroit. Can it all sell?

Oct 16, 2014

Nearly 100 bands and DJs will help motivate @CbusMarathon runners on Sunday. "Eye of the Tiger" at the ready...…

Oct 11, 2014

Babylon workhorse @DavidGray, at the Palace tonight: “There’s no holding back; even the sound check is like a gig”…

Oct 09, 2014

RT @ConnieSchultz: Cue the annual outrage: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 nominees. via @clevelanddotcom

Oct 08, 2014

From U2 to Metallica, Ohio Stadium has hosted 8 concerts. Here's who's next -- and how much work a 'Shoe show takes:…

Oct 07, 2014

RT @Carter_CbusBiz: Ted Williams' golden voice hasn't protected him from financial problems:…

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