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Ohio State Marching Band performs for first time following band director’s dismissal

July 26, 2014
“It’s been…a busy week. Thank you to all the Buckeye supporters.” The band’s announcer hesitated in his introduction, but it was met with the applause and cheering from supporters who came out to see the Ohio State Marching Band perform with the Columbus Symphony at Picnic with the Pops Friday night. The concert, held at Columbus Commons Bicentennial Pavilion, was the marching band’s first performance since Thursday’s announcement that head director Jonathan Waters had been terminated. The announcement came in light of a 23-page investigation report that found the band’s culture was “an environment conducive to sexual harassment,” according to a released statement from President Michael Drake Thursday. Waters’ name… Read more

Gallery: 5k colors Columbus streets

July 20, 2014
The Color Run dyed downtown Saturday. Monikered the “Happiest 5k on the Planet,” according to its website, the un-timed 5k drenches runners with various colored pigments at each kilometer marker. Participants are instructed to wear white at the starting line and end up resembling something like a kaleidoscope when done. At the finish line, there is a festival with music, dancing and even more color. The organization hosted more than 170 events in 2013 in more than 30 countries. The Columbus race began at 9 a.m., starting on West Long Street, crossing the Scioto River and ending on West Spring Street.  … Read more

Gallery: Band of Horses, Midlake take the stage at LC Pavilion

July 20, 2014
Band of Horses with special guest Midlake performed Friday at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Band of Horses, a Seattle-based rock band, last released a studio album in 2012 (“Mirage Rock”) and recently put out a live disc of a two-night gig at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The band is known for singles “The Funeral,” “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Is There a Ghost,” among others. Denton, Texas-based Midlake is a folk rock band whose latest effort, “Antiphon,” came out in 2013. The band’s known singles include “Roscoe,” “Young Bride” and “Acts of Man.”  … Read more

Gallery: Motley Crue, Alice Cooper rock the Schott

July 10, 2014
Hard rock band Motley Crue’s final tour, with the appropriate slogan “All bad things must come to an end,” stopped at the Schottenstein Center Tuesday evening with rocker Alice Cooper in tow. The Los Angeles-based band, including Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars, saw its heyday in the ‘80s and is known for hits “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood,” among others. More than 30 years after its 1981 start, the band signed a formal “Cessation of Touring Agreement” Jan. 28, consenting to the band’s official breakup following the last performance of the summer’s tour.… Read more

Review: Neon Trees crowd surfs and sings its way to connect with crowd

July 2, 2014
When the Utah-based, pop-rock band Neon Trees took the stage in Columbus, the crowd was ready to go. In a 20-song, 1 ½ hour set (give or take on both quantities) Monday night at Newport Music Hall, Neon Trees played off the energy of the crowd. The band even went a little further than a classic “O-H-I-O” shoutout to don Ohio State hats for the occasion. And the energy started from the beginning. When Neon Trees took the stage, all of the lights in the venue dimmed. Spotlights then shone on a white cloth that was draped in front of the stage. Neon Trees played half of its first song,… Read more

Gallery: ComFest 2014

July 1, 2014
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The 42nd annual Community Festival, known as ComFest, graced the grounds of Goodale Park Friday through Sunday. The festival is the largest volunteer-run and administered fest in the United States. This year, the fest tributed its 2014 zeitgeist, aiming to raise awareness of marriage equality, medical marijuana legalization and labor movements through musical performances, workshops, shopping, speakers, comedy and dance. Funds from the sales of food, beer, wine and craft vendors that are not used to offset the festival’s cost are spread throughout the Columbus community.… Read more

Gallery: Ohio Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies

July 1, 2014
The Ohio Special Olympics held its annual summer games at Ohio State from June 27-29. More than 2,500 athletes from Ohio competed in 11 sports, including aquatics, track and field, bocce, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer, tennis and volleyball, according to the Special Olympics Ohio website. The games officially kicked off Friday with the Opening Ceremonies at Jesse Owens Stadium, and the events took place in various locations around OSU’s campus, Sawmill Lanes and United Skates of America.… Read more

Gallery: Columbus streets filled with Pride

June 22, 2014
The 2014 Columbus Pride parade, part of the 33rd annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival, took place June 21 on High Street. George Takei of “Star Trek” fame served as the grand marshal. The festival was expected to see around 400,000 attendees, according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch, and cost more than $280,000.… Read more