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Photos: Crew SC’s Win Over FC Dallas

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Crew SC’s Win Over FC Dallas

Columbus Crew SC picked up their first three points at home in the Caleb Porter era. A lone goal from Gaston Sauro gave the Crew a 1-0 win over western rivals, FC Dallas. A game of few chances was decided early when Crew defender Sauro scored an almost identical goal to the one he got on the opening […]

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Photos: KISS at Nationwide Arena

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: KISS at Nationwide Arena

Classic rock legends KISS brought their face-paint and over-the-top live show to town on Saturday night. Pyrotechnics, loud guitars and lots of tongue entertained a packed out Nationwide Arena. Currently out for probably their last-ever final tour, the current KISS quartet of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer pulled out all the stops, bringing the slightly […]

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Photos: The 31st Arnold Sports Festival

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: The 31st Arnold Sports Festival

The 31st Arnold Sports Festival took place over the weekend as 22,000 athletes and somewhere close to a zillion attendees took over the city to watch and participate in over 80 sports and check out all that’s new in the world of sports equipment, apparel and nutrition. Visitors were once again treated to a sensory […]

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Photos: Crew SC’s First Game Under New Ownership

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Crew SC’s First Game Under New Ownership

Columbus Crew SC returned to action on Saturday, with the opening game of the 2019 MLS Season. The team’s new owners and saviors were on hand at an emotionally charged MAPFRE Stadium, watching the Crew come back from possible defeat to draw 1-1 with last years Supporters Shield winners, New York Red Bulls. The Haslam […]

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Photos: Sevendust Draw Crowd of Metalheads at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Sevendust Draw Crowd of Metalheads at Newport Music Hall

“Why does he have to scream?” my mum once disapprovingly commented, while being subjected to the music of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. My mum doesn’t like loud music. It’s unlikely my mum would’ve enjoyed Monday night at the Newport. But Monday night at the Newport wasn’t meant for Elvis-loving mums, Monday night at the Newport […]

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Photos: The Kooks & Barns Courtney at the Newport

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: The Kooks & Barns Courtney at the Newport

British hit factory and guitar-rocking four-piece The Kooks made a long awaited return to Columbus on Saturday night. They completed their rescheduled show in front of a largely young and highly enthusiastic crowd at a sold out Newport Music Hall. Recent CD102.5 favorite “Four Leaf Clover” and a few other cuts from the bands fifth album Let’s Go Sunshine […]

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Photos: Red Sun Rising at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Red Sun Rising at Newport Music Hall

I’ve always said that the best way to deal with the impending doom of a winter storm is to go hang out at the Newport Music Hall, watch three straight-up rock and roll bands, and pretend the onslaught of ice and snow isn’t happening outside. So, that’s what I, and many others, did on Saturday […]

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