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Whose Live Anyway? Improv Comedy Show to Bring Down the Davidson September 22

Whose Live Anyway? is 90 minutes of hilarious, improvised comedy and song created on the spot by cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray through suggestions from the audience. The live show features some of the improv games made famous on the long-running, Emmy-nominated TV show as well as some exciting new ones.

CAPA presents Whose Live Anyway? at the Davidson Theatre (77 S. High St.) on Friday, September 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38.50-$68.50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000. All ages welcome.

About Ryan Stiles

Ryan Stiles has starred in all three incarnations of “Whose Line”—the British version (1989-98); the American version hosted by Drew Carey (1998-2006); and the current version hosted by Aisha Tyler. He also executive produced both American versions. In addition, Stiles also portrayed Lewis, the luckless janitor, on the hit sit-com “The Drew Carey Show” and recurred for several seasons as Dr. Herb Melnick on the popular series “Two and a Half Men.” His film work includes Hot Shots, Hot Shots, Part Deux, and the Academy Award-nominated short film Rainbow War. He recently produced a feature-length documentary called Out of Nothing, about four men competing to break the motorcycle land-speed record on the salt flats of Bonneville.

About Greg Proops

Best known for his unpredictable appearances on both the US and UK versions of “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” Proops has a hit Podcast called “The Smartest Man in the World” (Proopcast.com) which he records live in Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Austin, London, Paris, the Caribbean, and Cleveland. His new book, The Smartest Book in the World, is based on the podcast. Proops has done voice work for Hell and Back, Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and he really was Bob the Builder.

About Jeff B. Davis

Born and bred in Southern California, Jeff B. Davis has a long list of TV credits, including Steven Martin’s NBC comedy “The Downer Channel,” WB’s “On the Spot,” NBC’s “Happy Family,” “The Sarah Silverman Show,” Drew Carey’s “Green Screen Show,” and “Improvaganza” to name a few. When not performing with “Whose Live Anyway?,” Davis is in Hollywood trying to break George Clooney’s record of “most failed television pilots.” He is currently a recurring guest on CW’s reboot of “Whose Line is it, Anyway?,” and can be heard on the highly acclaimed, deeply weird “Harmontown” podcast with NBC’s Community creator Dan Harmon.

About Joel Murray

Writer/director/actor Joel Murray is a veteran of more than 250 sit-com episodes. He has been a series regular on the comedies “Grand,” “Pacific Station,” “Love and War,” “Dharma and Greg,” and “Still Standing.” He has also recurred on the series “Mike and Molly,” “My Boys,” and “Two and a Half Men.” On the dramatic side, Murray played Freddy Rumsen on AMC’s “Mad Men,” as well as Eddie Jackson on Showtime’s “Shameless.” Murray recently starred in Bobcat Goldthwait’s dark comedy, God Bless America. He can be heard playing Don Carlton in the Pixar prequel, Monsters University. He was also in 2011’s Best Picture, The Artist. He has been in numerous films including One Crazy Summer, Scrooged, Long Gone, Hatchet, Lay the Favorite, Sophie and the Rising Sun, Mr. Pig, Bloodsucking Bastards, Lamb, Seven Minutes, and The Last Word.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund CAPA’s 2017-18 season with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha G. Staub and Willis H. Liggett Funds of The Columbus Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About CAPA

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit www.capa.com.

Katy Perry Columbus concert date rescheduled

Due to production delays, the Columbus, OH show date for WITNESS: The Tour has been rescheduled from Sept. 7 to September 24 at Schottenstein Center. Noah Cyrus will open. Tickets are on sale now. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored for the new date: refunds available at point of purchase.

“Due to unavoidable production delays, major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week,” said Katy Perry. “I’ll be spending the next few weeks taking the time to properly prepare the show to be an experience I am proud to share with you. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope everyone who sees the show will agree it was worth the wait. My first stop on WITNESS: The Tour will be Montreal on September 19, and all the rescheduled dates are listed on katyperry.com/tour.”

WITNESS: The Tour is an imaginative trip from outer-space to inner-space, from the planets to the bottom of our oceans, and a musical journey through Katy Perry’s biggest milestones and mega-hits right up to her latest album. The dramatically original staging means that there isn’t a bad seat in the house, when Katy brings out her band and dancers, along with all the bells and whistles.

All U.S. concerts on WITNESS: The Tour are presented by Xfinity. Additional sponsors are Citi, COVERGIRL and KATY PERRY PARFUMS.

See below for itinerary or visit http://katyperry.com.

About Noah Cyrus – one to watch for 2017, as her debut single “Make Me (Cry)” went straight to #1 on Spotify’s Viral Global Chart within hours of release, and has since surpassed 250 million global audio and video streams.

The introductory song from her forthcoming album NC-17 was met with unanimous praise in the U.S. and abroad, with Dazed calling it a “leftfield pop ballad” and Rolling Stone deeming it an “R&B-tinged pop tearjerker.” Her most recent release and follow up, “Stay Together,” is following suit, and already lining up to be the “song of the summer contender,” according to Idolator and NYLON crowning it as a “warm and cheery anthem.”

Following her televised awards show debut at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, the 17-year old received a standing ovation from the audience that included some of the biggest names in music such as Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendez and The Chainsmokers, among others. She performed “Stay Together” at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards for the first time on television, with Billboard noting how she “exuded some serious attitude.”

Cyrus continues to show her range with “I’m Stuck,” which Rolling Stone called “catchy, shimmering country-pop.” These songs will appear on her debut album, NC-17.

WITNESS: The Tour is Katy’s first run since the sold-out, 151-date Prismatic World Tour, which concluded in 2015 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a show to damage retinas and blow minds.”

Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007.

She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010).

PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Roar,” “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold including song sales and streams, Katy is the only artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards.

In her 10 years with Capitol, she has racked up a cumulative 18+ billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 40+ million adjusted albums and 125+ million tracks.

She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter.

AEG Presents is one of the largest live music companies in the world.

The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Presents promotes more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide. For more information visit www.aegpresents.com

The Lone Bellow Returns to the Lincoln October 5

Southern-born, indie-folk group The Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, and heavy metal thunder, but at its heart, they are about harmony—voices united in a lone bellow. Zach Williams (guitar/lead vocals), Brian Elmquist (guitar/vocals), Kanene Donehey Pipkin (mandolin, bass, vocals), and Jason Pipkin (keys/bass) are touring in support of their third studio album, Walk into a Storm (2017), that explores the human condition and how we all try to connect with it.

CAPA presents The Lone Bellow at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) on Thursday, October 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

It’s been six years since The Lone Bellow was first formed by Zach Williams, multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin, and guitarist Brian Elmquist. But one only needs to get the lead singer and guitarist speaking to their songwriting process to witness firsthand just how passionate he remains about its teeming creativity. “It’s a beautiful process,” the effusive singer says of the almost epiphany-like manner in which the band typically translates its vivid ideas to melodies and lyrics. “You’re trying to figure out exactly what it is you’re trying to say. And then, ‘Bam! Lightning strikes, everybody’s in the room, and it’s like the heavens open. Suddenly you’re able to write a song.”

The Lone Bellow, which also now includes Jason Pipkin on keys/bass, has long nurtured a deep and highly personal connection with their music. But with Walk into A Storm, their third studio album (9/15/17), the band turned inward like never before. “We covered such a broad range of emotion on the album,” Elmquist says of the raw, intimate, and undeniably soulful Dave Cobb-produced LP recorded in Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A. The 10-track album, Elmquist says, is centered on “the human condition and how you’re trying to connect with it,” and with stunning tracks including “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy?” and “Long Way to Go,” it features some of the band’s most poignant material to date.

When creating the follow-up to 2014’s cherished Then Came the Morning, the band confronted and ultimately overcame a host of personal obstacles. Not only did all the members and their respective families work through a relocation from New York City to Nashville, but on the day they were to begin recording the album, Elmquist entered a rehab facility for issues stemming from alcohol abuse. “There’s a thousand different ways this could have gone down, but it’s the way it did,” says Elmquist. “It put what we’re doing in perspective. I got to see the love and friendship we have for each other in action. I’m thankful.”

“Our band was the receiver of a lot of grace and kindness from the music community,” Williams adds, citing peers and industry folks offering words of encouragement as well as the non-profit MusicCares greatly aiding in the costs of the guitarist’s treatment.

Elmquist’s situation presented a logistical challenge for the band — they now had nine days to record instead of the pre-planned 20. But as Pipkin notes, the sacrifice “paled in comparison to what we have with each other. Without our friendships, we don’t have anything,” she says. “That’s the reason we do this. To forge ahead without taking care of each other doesn’t work. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

Working with the notoriously no-nonsense Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), was a richly rewarding process. It was also one that helped the band kick out the jams in short order. “There’s no real bells and whistles,” Elmquist recalls of Cobb’s no-frills recording process. “You go practice a song, play it, record it, and put it on a record.”

From the orchestral, uplifting “May You Be Well” to “Long Way to Go,” a beatific, piano-anchored ballad Elmquist wrote while in rehab, to “Between The Lines,” a harmony-drenched sing-along Williams says acts as both a letter to Elmquist and an exploration of the push-pull of drawing art from pain, the results are stunning.

“There’s this lie that the only good and worthy art that can be made has to come from tragedy and darkness,” Williams offers. “And I get it. But it doesn’t only have to come from that. It can also come from joy and gratitude.”

And that’s exactly what The Lone Bellow is full of as they look to the future. As they crisscross North America, they now have a new member in tow. “‘How early is too early to teach a child how to tune guitars?’” Pipkin, whose newborn son will be joining them on the road, asks with a laugh. “It’s going to be really exciting and different.”

Williams seems nothing short of in awe of where life has taken him and his band. The process that led to Storm, the forthcoming tour, the deepening of bonds with his band mates, it all adds up to The Lone Bellow “becoming even more like family,” he says. “I just love being able to have that opportunity with these friends.

The singer pauses, and with a supreme sense of contentment in his voice, notes proudly of his band mates, “They’re pretty good musicians. But they’re truly amazing people.”


Support for the Lincoln Theatre’s 2017-18 season is provided in part by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Nationwide, and the Ohio Arts Council to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

About the Lincoln Theatre

First opened in 1928, the Lincoln Theatre is a landmark in African-American and jazz history. After undergoing a $13.5 million renovation funded by a partnership of public and private support, the Lincoln reopened in May 2009 as a multi-use, state-of-the-art performing arts and education center serving the diversity of the Columbus and central Ohio community. The Lincoln is a bustling hub of activity 365 days a year hosting performances, rehearsals, and classes in the performing arts, as well as a wide variety of community events such as film festivals, meetings, and receptions.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund CAPA’s 2017-18 season with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha G. Staub and Willis H. Liggett Funds of The Columbus Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.


Cincinnati’s Only Underground Experience Returns this September Beneath Cincinnati in the Riverfront Transit Center

Single day & two-day passes are on sale now!

CINCINNATI (August 22, 2017) — Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane will perform at the fourth annual Ubahn Fest on Saturday, September 9 beneath the streets of downtown Cincinnati in the Riverfront Transit Center as part of the two-day event.

Atlanta, Ga. native Gucci Mane is a hip-hop recording artist who founded 1017 Records, helped pioneer the hip-hop subgenre of trap music, and has collaborated with the likes of Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Meek Mill, Akon, and more throughout his career. His 2016 collaboration with Rae Sremmurd produced the hit single “Black Beatles,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100. Gucci Mane will perform on Saturday, September 9.

Ubahn Fest is set to take place this September 8 and 9 in downtown Cincinnati underground in the Riverfront Transit Center and is presented by AGAR and

Nederlander Entertainment. Ubahn Fest will feature live performances over two days on two stages including performances by Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Steve Aoki, Gucci Mane, Lecrae, Niykee Heaton and more.

Performing on Friday, September 8 will be 2 Chainz, Steve Aoki, Niykee Heaton, Malcolm London, New Thousand, Chuck Diesel, M.O.O.N., Jayal and Jeremy Hill.

Performing on Saturday, September 9 will be Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Lecrae, ClockworkDJ, Speed, C The Gray, Audley/Sylmar, Monty C Benjamin, DJ J Dough and Bergs.

In addition, Ubahn will pair its lineup with live artwork installations, skateboard demonstrations, local vendors and other interactive experiences to transform Cincinnati’s underutilized Riverfront Transit Center into a truly unique festival experience.


UBAHN: Friday & Saturday, September 8-9, 6 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Riverfront Transit Center: 220 Central Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Between Third Street and West Pete Rose Way)


Tickets, $65 for Single Day pass ($75 day of event), $120 for Two-Day Passes and $250 for VIP Passes, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000. More information can be found at UbahnFest.com. The VIP Pass allows access to optimal VIP locations at the event, as well as event entry on both nights. Tickets are available at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/181038/2259812?brand=ubahn


Ubahn is a two-day hip-hop and rock music festival that will features an eclectic line-up of live performances across two stages, in a scenic and underutilized Metro Transit Center under downtown Cincinnati’s Second Street. Ubahn Fest pays homage to Cincinnati’s rich German heritage, as the word “U-bahn” directly translates to “underground metro transit station”.

For artist submission and more information: www.ubahnfest.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ubahnfest

Twitter: @ubahnfest


AGAR is a cultural activation agency that leverages human experiences, event production, digital platforms, music, art and content design to grow a brand’s culture. AGAR is on the pulse of popular culture and in the trenches where relevancy meets real. Creating immersive experiences with multiple interactive and engaging touchpoints, AGAR unites brands with their audience and audiences with their brand.


NEDERLANDER ENTERTAINMENT is the premier independent concert promoter in Southwest Ohio and Kentucky. In addition to owning and operating U.S. Bank Arena, a 17,000 seat Arena on the banks of the majestic Ohio River in Cincinnati, OH, NEDERLANDER ENTERTAINMENT continues to develop artists from small clubs to theaters and arenas. From the 300 person club Madison Live to the historic 3,500 capacity theatre, the Aronoff Center, NEDERLANDER ENTERTAINMENT is consistently selling out concerts and events in the region. In addition Nederlander has developed three regional festivals into national destinations drawing over 25,000+ attendees each. With over 50 years of booking experience and thousands of successful concerts and events, Nederlander Entertainment is Cincinnati’s premier independent concert promoter.

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The Lone Bellow: L to R: Brian Elmquist, Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/09/web1_LoneBellow_credit_EricRyanAnderson.jpgThe Lone Bellow: L to R: Brian Elmquist, Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin



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