Event Date: Wednesday, October 16th @ 7pm (doors open at 6p)
Location: Dayton Convention Center Theatre
Acoustic Performances by: Richard Marx, Rayne Johnson, Steven Puth, John K, Parachute and Stranger
Stephen Puth knows that the most powerful, heartfelt songs in pop-music history are about love. A singer, songwriter, and musician, Puth also writes songs that traffic in affairs of the heart. Growing up, he developed his love for music by immersing himself in classic rock and becoming enamored with legends like Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Otis Redding, and Bill Withers. Classically trained in piano and self-taught on the guitar, he went on to become a songwriter-for hire, having written songs for artists such as The Vamps, Pretty Much, Daniel Skye, Jack & Jack, and Stanaj before deciding to become an artist in his own right. Now as one of Arista Records' newest signees, Puth hopes to create music that resonates with people. “Most people’s lives consist of waking up, commuting, being at work, commuting, going to the gym, eating dinner, and falling asleep,” he says. “In between, there’s music. I hope my songs give people whatever they need to get through their day.”
Puth’s singles "Sexual Vibe" and “Half Gone” have amassed over 30 million streams, with the video for “Sexual Vibe” reaching over 9 million views. “Sexual Vibe” was featured in 21x New Music Friday playlists on Spotify, and 35x Best of the Week playlists on Apple Music. Moreover, it received adds on SiriusXM’s Hits 1, Spotfiy’s Pop Rising playlist and Appple Music’s The A-List: Pop. YouTube also named Stephen as a “Trending Artist On The Rise”. Half Gone” received critical acclaim from Billboard and Ones To Watch who praised Stephen for having a “flawless” voice as well as “creative lyrics and catchy melodies.” Continuing his steady ascent toward stardom, Stephen opened for Astrid S on her Los Angeles and New York show dates.
His latest release “Look Away” was co-written and produced by brother and fellow musician, Charlie Puth and was praised by the likes of Billboard, NYLON, L’Offiiciel, Young Hollywood and more.
There’s a subtle power to the music of Parachute, the Charlottesville-bred pop/rock band behind such hits as the platinum selling, chart-topping “She Is Love”. With their open-hearted songwriting and incredible melodies, the trio reveals a rare ability to pack deep layers of feeling inside the most immediately catchy pop track. And on their new self-titled full-length, Parachute brings that dynamic to a batch of songs exploring everything from love and loss to anxiety and regret, handling each other with extraordinary attention to life’s most nuanced moments and intricate details.
Their fifth studio effort and debut release for Thirty Tigers, Parachute unfolds with a more artfully minimalist sound than they’ve ever embraced before. In creating the album, the band worked closely with producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, James Bay, Dawes), reshaping their decidedly pop demos into songs adorned with raw instrumentation and graceful electronic flourishes.
“From the beginning our intention was to simplify everything and keep the songs as tripped-back as we could,” says Anderson. “There’s a lot of space on the album, and Jacquire was really great about reminding us not to take the kitchen-sink approach to the production-to just let the songs breathe.”
That intimacy echoes the earliest days of the band, which formed when Anderson, Stubblefield, and French were still in high school. After spending nearly every afternoon in Anderson’s basement, dreaming up songs showing an intense affinity for classic pop and heartfelt rock and tuneful blue-eyed soul, the band began landing gigs locally and soon gained a following at the nearby University of Virginia. As their inaugural release under the name Parachute, 2009’s Losing Sleep debuted at #2 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart and climbed to #40 on the Billboard 200. Over the next few years, along with releasing The Way It Was and Overnight (which shot to the #3 spot on iTunes). Parachute toured with such artists as Kelly Clarkson Gavin DeGraw, and Mat Kearney, and completed three sold-out headlining tours. After a decade of touring internationally and turning out hits like “She Is Love” (#1 at iTunes), the gold-certified “Kiss Me Slowly,” “Forever And Always,” and the infectious smash single “Without You” (from 2016’s Wide Awake), Parachute recently embarked on The Young Tour earlier this year and played 40-plus cities across the U.S.
As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” and “Don’t Mean Nothing” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” When both Rush Street (with two #1 AC hits in “Keep Coming Back” and “Hazard”) and Paid Vacation (with its #1 AC hit, “Now and Forever”) went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
For most artists, that would be impressive enough – but Richard Marx didn’t stop there. He launched a second, very successful, incarnation as a songwriter and producer, with songs like “To Where You Are,” the first hit single from Josh Groban’s debut album, as well as the NSYNC smash, “This I Promise You.” He went on to earn a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy for co-authoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father.” Across all formats, Marx has scored an amazing total of 14 #1 singles (including Keith Urban’s #1 smash “Long Hot Summer”) both as a performer and songwriter/producer, making him a true multi-talented performer who continues to challenge himself and his fans. He has also written with Jennifer Nettles, Sara Bareilles and Vince Gill. He holds the honor of being one of a handful of artists who have had a number one hit in each of the past four decades.
Marx’ My Own Best Enemy, was released in 2004 and featured the hits “When You’re Gone” and “Ready to Fly.” In 2010, he released Stories To Tell, a greatest hits album which produced a Top 20 AC hit in “When You Loved Me.” In 2012 he released his first ever Christmas album, Christmas Spirit.
On July 8, 2014, he released his eighth album, Beautiful Goodbye, featuring all new material. Fans may find Marx’s eighth studio album, a bit of a departure from his previous albums. According to the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, he set out to make a deliberately sexy album. “The songs on this record were influenced greatly by everyone from Sade to Bebel Gilberto to various EDM artists to even Chopin. I’m known for romantic music in the past, but this music I wrote is all more sensual and ethereal, and the lyrics are more adventurous than I’ve been willing to go in the past.”
All the tracks on Beautiful Goodbye are written and produced by Marx except “Getaway,” co-written and produced with Walter Afanasieff; “Forgot To Remember” co-written with Vertical Horizon frontman and frequent Marx collaborator, Matt Scannell; “Turn Off The Night” co-written with multi-hit songwriter David Hodges, and the title track, co-written with Daisy Fuentes.
Richard has made a commitment to several different causes, from donating the royalties from his hit single, “Should’ve Known Better,” to build a room at the NYU Medical Center for pediatric cancer patients, to his recording of “Children of the Night,” which brought attention to the plight of homeless children on the streets, raising more than $500k for the Children of the Night Foundation. Marx has also performed benefit concerts over the years for the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics. Richard and his band entertained the U.S. troops stationed in Germany and, since 2008, he has hosted an annual event in Chicago for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the first of which featured a concert by Richard and Kenny Rogers. Richard has also organized an annual all-star benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising more than $4 million for research to cure the disease.