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Northwest Ohio Rib Off performers announced

Dennis DeYoung, Lee Brice, Grand Funk Railroad set for festival

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    Singer Lee Brice performs during the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin. The country artist will perform Aug. 18 during the Northwest Ohio Rib Off. Event tickets go on sale May 1.

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    Dennis DeYoung, the former lead singer of Styx, will kick off the Northwest Ohio Rib Off on Aug. 17.

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Dennis DeYoung, Lee Brice, and Grand Funk Railroad will headline The Blade’s 34th annual Northwest Ohio Rib Off from Aug. 17-20 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

DeYoung, founding member of rock band Styx, will start the weekend off Aug. 17 playing hit songs such as “Babe,” “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto,” while country singer Brice takes the stage Aug. 18. His 2014 album I Don’t Dance debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Grand Funk Railroad, which has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, performs Aug. 19. The group is best known such such hits as “We’re An American Band,” “Walk Like A Man,” and “The Loco-Motion.”

The event is presented by Taylor Automotive Family and Buckeye Broadband. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Veterans Matter, a nonprofit that provides housing to homeless veterans.

Tickets for all shows go on sale May 1 and can be purchased at

More information about the event can be found at

Queen of the jungle?

LOS ANGELES — Disney's Lion King live-action reboot is getting in formation.

Sources tell Variety that Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming remake.

Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the film yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month's end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Simba's father, Mufasa.

Journey reunion

DAYTON —  Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain says former singer Steve Perry will be in attendance when the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cain told the Dayton Daily News that “the ceremony is the first time we’re going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time.” 

As for the prospects of Perry performing with the band, Cain said that, as far as they know, Perry is “just going to accept the award and then skedaddle.” He says current singer Arnel Pineda will “represent well.”

Perry led the band to the height of its popularity in the 1980s with hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Faithfully.”

Journey will go into the Rock Hall on April 7 alongside Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, and Pearl Jam.

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