MIX 107.7 and Premier Physician Network proudly presents Concert for A Cure, benefitting the Noble Circle Project at the Dayton Masonic Center on October 20, 2021. Join us for an evening filled with community and hope as we come together to support and empower women who have faced and are battling breast cancer. Come and enjoy music by American Authors, Wrabel, Seth Powers, and Forest Blakk on the Esther Price Stage. An auction will be held with items such as autographed guitars, premium concert tickets, and more! This evening is also made possible by Voss Auto Network, Fricker’s, Grismer Tire, and Michelob Ultra Pure Gold.
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Doors open at 5:30. Show begins at 7:00 PM. Free parking is available at the venue.
All attendees must always wear a mask inside the building unless when eating or drinking. Social distancing is highly recommended.
Meet The Bands
By taking control of our destiny, we fulfill our purpose. After amassing 1 billion-plus streams, picking up multiplatinum and gold plaques, and selling out shows everywhere, American Authors grabbed the reins and assumed dominion over their future in 2021.The pop rock trio—Zac Barnett [lead vocals, guitar],Dave Rublin [bass, keys], and Matt Sanchez [drums]—embraced newfound independence. Marking a series of firsts, they not only went independent, but began producing music top-to-bottom for the first time.By doing so, they delivered their most pure, poignant, and powerful batch of tunes just yet.“Producing and writing ourselves allowed us to look a tour journey so far and say,‘Okay, this is wherewe’ve been. This is what we need to be doing now’,” Zac proclaims. “We were creating what we feel is the most genuine sound, especially for usat the moment. We kept this round of music super up-tempo and fun. Our lyrics have always been positive. We brought that theme back in a fun way with modern production. It’s the most ‘American Authors’ we’ve been in a long time.”Since forming at Berklee College of Music in Boston during 2006, American Authors have become embedded in both popular music and culture.After grinding it out independently, they dropped their debut album,Oh, What A Life, in 2014 on Island Records. It eventually went gold and yielded the triple-platinum anthem “Best Day of My Life.” It not only soared to #11on theBillboard Hot 100, but it also became ubiquitous across film, television, video games, and sports. To date, they’ve landed over 600 syncs and counting. 2016’s What We Live For housed the Top 20 hit “Go Big or Go Home.” In 2019, their third full-length,Seasons, picked up widespread acclaim.Earmilk raved, “Each track on the album is an energetic anthem of raw raspy rock bursting with heart and soul,” and Unclear Magazine attested,“This album lights the fire for a much more relatable listen that forces audiences to think about their own experiences in a new way.” In addition to headlining, they hit the road alongside the likes of Andy Grammer, OAR, One Republic, The Revivalists, and The Fray and graced the bills of festivals such as Lollapalooza, Firefly Music Festival, Bottle Rock Napa Valley, Reading& Leeds Festivals, and Warped Tour. 2020 marked various changes.Finishing up their tenure in the major label system, the band went independent. They also reconfigured as a trio and unlocked a different level of inspiration.“There’s a whole new energy we haven’t really felt in a long time,” Zac admits. “We’ve not only writtensome of the best songs we’ve ever written, but we also feel like the music is the truest manifestation of the sound of American Authors. Whether it’s for the group or on solo projects, we’ve been working together on everything. It brings us back to what the band is supposed to be, which is a group of friends having fun.”That spirit carries over to the single “Nice & Easy” [feat. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray]. Entirely crafted by American Authors, it kicks off this chapter with boisterous horn-powered production, hand claps, and sunny lyrics. Zac trades verses with McGrath before the chantable chorus rings out with the ultimate up beat mantra,“I’m gonna kick back, just relax,enjoy the summer breeze and slow it down just for now, take it nice and easy.”“Since we made it 100% ourselves, it’s completely American Authors,” grins Zac. “Last year was tough, so the general vibe is we’ve got to get back to basics, go one step at a time, not stress too much when we’re moving forward, take things as they come, and ease back into life. We’re super big fans of Mark and grew up listening to him. We got to work on the song face-to-face, and he’s literally the nicest and most energetic person.” In the end, American Authors are doing exactly what they were always meant to.“When you listen to us, the goal is for you to leave feeling hopeful and in a better mood,” he leaves off.“The main thing we want is for you to go out and have fun. After the past year, I can see how much this band represents friendship, compassion, and good vibes all around. It’s a message of hope, man.”
The music of Forest Blakk comes from an unshakable sense of purpose, a belief in building beauty from life’s most painful moments. Growing up in Montreal, with time spent in Florida and Jamaica, the singer/songwriter first took up guitar as a refuge from his chaotic home life, then spent years learning to channel his most complex emotions into song. With his break through single “If You Love Her” —a fall 2020 release that marks his Billboard debut— Blakk has brought his heart-on-sleeve song writing to a whole new level of resonance, again proving music’s power to transform both audience and artist. Starkly arranged and deceptively simple, the song unfolds with a raw intensity as Blakk pays tribute to a former partner, infusing every line with his soul-stirring vocals. With its intricate detail and lucid self-expression, “If YouLoveHer” reveals the lyrical finesse Blakk first cultivated by writing poems as a kid. At age 15, he began exploring his musical side by learning to play a guitar given to him by his grandmother. By that point, Blakk had endured a lifetime’s worth of trouble: born in Montreal, he spent much of his childhood with his mother (who struggled with addiction) and his step father (a notorious drug dealer), moving around constantly and finding himself on and off the streets after his stepdad went to prison. Soon after moving to Calgary at age 21, he formed a band that later earned a JUNO nomination. In the years following the band’s dissolution, Blakk experienced a period of profound change, ultimately embracing the more soulful and folk-leaning sound that defines his music today.One of the first songs embodying that sound, “Love Me” earned attention from heavy weights like Pete Ganbarg (president of A&R at Atlantic Records) and legendary music exec Seymour Stein, paving the way for Blakk’s signing to Atlantic in 2015.
Wrabel is “One of pop’s unsung talents (Huffpost).” Named One to Watch by People Magazine in fall 2019, Wrabel is best known for his hit song “11 Blocks.” Wrabel has “made a name for himself as a songwriter behind some of your favorite stars (Paper Mag),” having written songs for artists such as Kesha (“Raising Hell,” “Resentment”), P!NK (“90 Days”), Backstreet Boys (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”), Celeste (“Strange”), Louis the Child (“Too Close,” “Better Not”), and Marshmello (“Ritual”). “In 2019 [Wrabel] went from behind-the-scenes player to pop star (People Magazine),” beginning the year by releasing his first live album, one nite only. Wrabel kept the momentum going in 2019 as the featured vocalist on new songs with P!NK (“90 Days,” which he also co-wrote/produced) and Louis the Child (“Too Close”). Rounding out the year, Wrabel was named Billboard Pride’s Artist of the Month ahead of the release of his new EP, one of those happy people, released on his own Big Gay Records and named one of Billboard Pride’s 20 Best LGBTQ Albums of 2019. "I wrote this song after hearing my sister-in-law singing at church. The song was about god’s love," explains Wrabel. "It got me thinking about love in general. How it transforms. How it grows. How it helps you heal. I’ve often heard “you must love yourself before loving another“ and things like “two halves don’t make a whole“. I’m not sure my therapist would support this, but I disagree. I started thinking back to my lowest points. Times where I hated myself. Love got me through them. Love from my friends, my family. Love from my partner. Through getting sober and the high highs and low lows of life as an artist, I have firsthand seen the transformative power of love. This is a song about that."
Considering the sultry feel of Seth Power’s music, it’s no surprise he grew up just east of “The City With Soul,” otherwise known as Jackson, Mississippi. A talented singer-songwriter with music reminiscent of Ed Sheeran and John Mayer’s early catalogs, Seth combines modern pop melodies with soft rock and bluesy undertones. When playing solo, Seth utilizes a loop station, a device that allows him to create a larger sound than most one-man shows are capable of producing. With a few stomps of his foot, he’s able to layer tracks in real-time and showcase his lead guitar skills; an approach that gives his audience a more holistic experience.
While attending college, Seth honed his talents as a performer by playing 4 and 5-hour sets for hundreds of college students in downtown Starkville, home to Mississippi State University. His devotion paid off and he went on to open for Rock & Roll legends and land on festival bills with Grammy winners. He also landed a coveted spot on the hit show, American Idol, where he was praised by Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan following his first audition in front of the judges.
In November of 2019, Seth signed with Toucan Cove Entertainment, and in January of 2020, he released Souvenir, a 14-song album full of lush soundscapes, captivating melodies, and timeless songs. This is just the beginning for Seth Power though. As 2020 unfolds, he’ll be releasing an acoustic EP that contains several songs from Souvenir, as well as a documentary series that details the making of the album. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Seth was in the process of touring the Southeast and booking a nationwide college tour. Once states begin to reopen and school is back in session, the tour will be rescheduled and new dates will be released to the public.
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