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Comedy Interview: Nate Bargatze

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Nate Bargatze

The acclaimed headliner and star of Netflix's "The Tennessee Kid" stops in Columbus with his new "One Night Only" tour Saturday night.

In The Tennessee Kid, his most recent comedy special that arrived last year on Netflix, Nate Bargatze doesn’t even have to finish the opening line of the show before his unaffected deadpan triggers laughter from the audience. His material is folksy and strongly relatable, to be sure, but it’s his marvelously unpretentious deadpan, his ace, […]

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Comedy Preview: Hannibal Buress at South Drive-In

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Hannibal Buress at South Drive-In

Supporting his latest special, "Miami Nights," with a limited drive-in tour, the acclaimed comedian makes a stop in Columbus on Saturday night

Hannibal Buress’ newest comedy special, Miami Nights, opens with taped footage of a 2002 set the then 19-year-old fledgling stand-up performed at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Although barely recognizable in the glitchy camcorder video, the young comic, originally known by his pseudonym Amir Natural, clearly had raw stage presence and timing.  By […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Illiterate Light

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Illiterate Light

Following their recently-released debut album for Atlantic Records, the Virginia-based mutli-instrumentalists stop by The Basement tonight

“It’s really, really cool to be able to have this album out,” guitarist, bassist, and vocalist Jeff Gorman explains of Illiterate Light’s eponymous debut release that arrived in October.  The Virginia-based duo, which also includes drummer and songwriting partner Jake Cochran, have woven a fascinating career path that led them from an organic farm they […]

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Interview: The Lalas Burlesque Show

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: The Lalas Burlesque Show

The renowned Los Angeles-based revue stops by Saturday night for a nearly sold-out show at Hollywood Casino Columbus

When Erin Lamont, creator and choregrapher for the Los Angeles-based burlesque revue The Lalas, and I sat down a few weeks ago to interview, I asked how her vision for the now internationally-renowned touring show originally surfaced. “Well, it got started on accident, so saying I had a ‘vision’ for it makes it sound really […]

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Interview: 98 Degrees

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: 98 Degrees

Ohio natives Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre bring their hits home on Saturday night

Pop/R&B vocal group 98 Degrees is set for an Ohio homecoming on Saturday night as they bring their An Evening With 98 Degrees tour to Hollywood Casino Columbus. Members Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre have achieved international success since the group’s formation in 1996, but all of them have roots firmly […]

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A&F Challenge on Track to Raise Record Funds

Grant Walters Grant Walters A&F Challenge on Track to Raise Record Funds

A&F Co. will host its 18th annual charity music festival and fundraiser at its New Albany corporate campus on Friday night

New Albany-headquartered Abercrombie & Fitch Co. kicks off its 18th annual A&F Challenge music festival and fundraiser on Friday night, during which it will welcome over 5,000 attendees to its corporate campus. Tickets for this year’s event recently sold out, as expected. Those fortunate enough to have them in hand will have access to performances […]

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Comedy Spotlight: Get to Know Matt Rife

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Spotlight: Get to Know Matt Rife

Born and raised a Buckeye, the comedian and aspiring actor has found a national audience as a contestant on NBC's "Bring The Funny"

Comedian and Columbus area native Matt Rife may have traded the wide open spaces of Champaign County for the perpetual buzz of Sunset Boulevard a few years ago, but he’s quick to offer praise for his Buckeye roots. “Ohio’s just such a fun place to grow up because everybody played outside, and [we lived in] […]

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