Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio. He was 69.
A spokeswoman for a Dayton-area funeral home confirms he died Saturday and says the family has not scheduled any public services yet. There is also a posting about his death on his current band's Facebook page.
The Ohio Players topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm." They were known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits.
On Friday, January 18th, Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs will welcome Brooklyn band Birds in Weather to the stage. They'll be joined by Columbus band the Easy Pieces and locals Bromaha. Members of the three bands made music together many years ago and they look forward to sharing a stage again this weekend. Here's a preview of the show.
2012 marks the fifth run for Nativity The Pop Opera, a holiday show that's become a local tradition in the Miami Valley. Created by J. Todd Anderson and Mark Cohea, Nativity tells the Christmas story from the angels' point of view through song and dance and aims to give back to the community through the production's support of local children's charities. This year's production supports A Kid Again. Member of the cast and the creative team, including J.
Since their last Kaleidoscope appearance, the Dirty Socialites have gained two new members and have been busy in the studio writing and recording new material for a full length album. They'll begin releasing new songs online on 12/12/12 until Christmas eve when the band will release a free digital holiday EP with the full length album to follow on vinyl.
The Dirty Socialites visited the WYSO studios to talk about their plans for the New Year and debut some new songs live on Kaleidoscope. They'll perform live at Blind Bob's on Thursday, December 6, 2012.