Here's the biggie!!! THE FRAZE!! Opening for Sanctus Real!
Fraze Pavilion is southwestern Ohio’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue, celebrating its 23nd season since Marvin Hamlisch christened the 4300-seat amphitheater in 1991. The Pavilion is named after Ermal Fraze, late resident of Kettering and inventor of the pop-top beverage can.
Each summer several artists make their Fraze debut and our 2013 season was no exception. Entertainers such as Styx, Hank Williams, Jr, Hunter Hayes, Steely Dan, Brian Wilson, Alabama, Ted Nugent, Steve Martin and Josh Groban have been welcome to the stage of The Fraze.Fraze Fans, on Sunday, July 27, spent an inspirational afternoon and evening at the Miami Valley’s ‘One and Only’ venue for Summer’s Best Music… FRAZE! It’s was the first ever GospelFest presented by the folks at Kettering Health Network, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The line up for 2014 is a who’s who in the music business with performances by Ringo Starr, Santana, Il Divo, Darius Rucker, Casting Crowns, Little Big Town, The Avett Brothers, The Moody Blues and many more.
The event was the brainchild of Jarrod McNaughton, Vice President of Mission & Development for KHN.
“I thought it would be a great way for people to come together from different denominations and celebrate the faith-based nature of our care knowing it would be a perfect fit for Kettering, not only because we’re celebrating 50 years of caring for the community, but also because of our faith-based mission. It’s a wonderful way to connect with folks who share our belief that faith plays a major role in health and healing,” says Jarrod.
Sunday was a wonderful opportunity to showcase local gospel groups as well.
“We actually had a team of judges who helped picked those that would be performing, including Kettering City Council members to several radio station DJs. Over 35 bands auditioned for only 10 slots. We ended up having 50 bands who wanted to audition, but all the slots were filled. It was a great testament to how excited the community is about the event.”
The local and regional groups who performed were Eureka Park, Apex, The Townsmen and Shelly, Berachah Valley, Community Christian Church Praise Team, John Stone, Shawanda Smith, Majestic Sounds Quartet and Fairhaven Band.
The evening was topped off by Sanctus Real who began sixteen years ago in the basement of the home belonging to guitarist Chris Rohman’s parents. Their purpose has never wavered even as musical trends have come and gone.
It surely was surely an uplifting Sunday at Fraze.
“Our hope is that folks will better understand Kettering’s mission and culture,” Jarrod says.
.The evening and experience for Berachah Valley was priceless.