Grand Night for Singing a Grand Success

Posted on Apr 25th, 2010

A grand night for Singing

Miami University's Grand Night for Singing has gathered rave reviews. Mind Ignition's Alex Lusht was on hand to assure the sound quality was top notch.

Here's part of the story from Miami's Music Department Website...
– A capacity crowd in Hall Auditorium witnessed a little history Saturday night, April 17.

A wildly successful evening of songs from on and off Broadway, dance and general entertainment, complete with soloists, small vocal ensembles, full chorus, a bit of dancing, full orchestra, a Broadway pianist, and full lighting and sound, graced the stage to enthusiastic applause and continued standing ovation.

It’s a Grand Night for Singing
, the first production of its kind at Miami University, “was an amazing show, the best I have ever seen at Miami,”  said longtime concert goer and Oxford resident, Mary Ellen Dudley. ”My friends and I were absolutely enthralled with the whole evening.”

Sponsored by the Miami University Performing Arts Series, Miami Opera, and the Department of Music, the evening featured faculty, alumni, and 33 graduate and undergraduate students from across the MU campus. “You’d have expected that the ensemble would consist of music majors,” commented the evening’s director, Ben Smolder, at the beginning of the show. “But that isn't the case. Our singers tonight, chosen by audition, represent majors from all over our campus, a wonderful testament to the talent that we have here.”

The event brought several illustrious alumni back to campus as special soloists. Included in the lineup were countertenor William Sauerland (MU ’04), Laura Smith (MU ’99) and John Baldwin (MU ’00), all of whom are having active careers within the profession.

The three were featured in solo spots throughout the evening, Smith singing her signature operatic aria, Glitter and be Gay from Bernstein’s Candide and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (she brought the house down with both), Baldwin singing Being Alive from Company, and Sauerland singing Crazy World from Victor, Victoria and Smile from Modern Times.

Students, too, were wonderful in their solo and small ensemble roles. Especially exciting Rachel Adams in Forget about the Boy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Celeste Day in God Bless the Child, And Christina Chenes in a heartwrenching version of Gershwin’s standard, Summertime.

Pianist Tedrin Blair Lindsay was featured on several solo pieces and accompanied the entire evening along with the orchestra. He proved to be a consummate professional with styles and technique well in hand. His solo version of Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera and Climb Every Mountain from Sound of Music were cascades of technique and dash, reminiscent of Liberace.

The vocal ensemble was featured as a solo vehicle (That’s Entertainment, Wheels of a Dream, Consider Yourself, There is Nothing Like a Dame, and Circle of Life) and as backgrounds to soloists and smaller ensembles. Just like Broadway, and terrifically done.

The orchestra was strong and supportive, with excellent arrangements written for the production by Johnie Dean and Tedrin Blair Lindsay.

The entire evening was put together, directed, and conducted by Smolder, an MU voice professor, whose clear understanding of the Broadway genre was evident in the pace of the show, the selection of music, the glitz of the aura, and the professional level of the presentation.

“The audience, which almost filled the place, was wildly enthusiastic,” says Smolder, who is already looking to next year for another production akin to this one. “It would make an amazing annual event.”

Mary Ellen Dudley agrees. “The only problem with Grand Night for Singing was that it played only one night!" With the success of this year’s event, that most likely will not be a problem repeated next time around. JO

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Mind Ignition announces initial dates for 2010 Cincinnati Reds Concert Series at Great American Ballpark

Posted on Mar 18th, 2010

2010 Cincinnati Reds Concert Series

Mind Ignition is excited to announce the initial lineup for this year's Cincinnati Reds Concert Series at Great American Ballpark. The annual live music series features some of the region's top performers onstage before the game. Some come down early and catch some great live music before the game!!

*Must have game ticket to enjoy the concert.

Mon        April 5th-     Goshorn Brothers    -"Opening Day"
Wed        April 7th-     Swingtime Big Bad  -"Opening Night"
Sat         May 8th-      Lo Fi
Sat         May 29th-    Swampthang
Sat         June 12-      Tickled Pink
Sat         June 26th-   Freekbass
Sat         July 17th-    TBA
Sat         July 31st-     The Mystics
Sat         Aug 14th-     The Newbees (Beatles)
Sat         Aug 28th      Sonny Moorman
Sat         Sept 11th     Mike Milligan And Steam Shovel
Sat         Oct 2nd        Tropicoso

Season Finale of AT&T Reds Concert Series

Posted on Sep 28th, 2009

2009 AT&T Cincinnati Reds Concert Series
Hi folks,

As many of you know, the Reds organization has been a staunch supporter of the Cincinnati area music scene by presenting a season filled with some of the best musical talent in the region.

Come celebrate the end of another wonderful season filled with music as the Reds have added two additional dates to the Reds Concert Series on October 2nd and 3rd as the Reds finish off their domination of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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2009 Delhi Skirt Game

Posted on Jul 6th, 2009

Delhi Skirt Game Logo
We are delighted to once again be providing the sound system services for this year's concert with Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project at the 2009 Delhi Skirt Game. Last year was a ton of fun and we are expecting the same. It's for a great cause.

Chicago style softball played in drag, Rozzi Fireworks, Post Game Concert. Come join us!!

more info...
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Big Fun at 2009 Ohio River Way Paddlefest

Posted on Jun 27th, 2009

Shot from the crowd at 2009 Paddlefest...
2009 Ohio River Way Paddlefest
photo by Bryn Weller

Check out much more info and pictures from this year's Paddlefest at the official Ohio River Way Site...

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Gillette Civil Rights Game a grand success!

Posted on Jun 20th, 2009

Fountain SquareMohammed Ali and Bill Cosby at the Civil Rights Game
The 2009 Major League Baseball Civil Rights Game marked the first time that the game was played during the regular season. Cincinnati was a natural fit to host the game because of the area's rich history involving civil rights. Mind Ignition was once again right in the thick of things hosting the events at Fountain Square downtown as well as being involved in the entire weekend at events around town and at the ballpark. We would like to congratulate the Reds organization on a job well done! logo logo  Mind Ignition Comet Logo

Mind Ignition to provide sound system for WNKU stage at 2009 Ohio River Way Paddlefest

Posted on Jun 14th, 2009

2009 Ohio River Way Paddlefest Poster

Mind Ignition is excited to host the WNKU stage at the 2009 Ohio River Way Paddlefest on June 26th, 2009. Paddlefest is the largest event of its kind in the United States.

Celebrate, promote and protect the beauty of the Ohio River at the 8th Annual Ohio River Way Paddlefest on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2009. Come to Cincinnati to enjoy two days of paddling, education, entertainment, competition and camaraderie.

With your help -- and the support of our many generous corporate, small business and non-profit sponsors -- the Ohio River Way will continue to sponsor events and raise funds to promote the Trail and help paddlers and power boaters alike experience the natural beauty and recreational benefits of the Ohio and its unique network of tributaries in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

This is a family-friendly event!

Here's the lineup...
The Tillers
Jake Speed & The Freddies
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Backyard Tire Fire

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Mind Ignition slated to host AT&T Reds Concert Series at Great American Ball Park once again in 2009

Posted on Mar 12th, 2009

Goshorn Brothers at Great American Ball Park GABP
Hey folks,

Summer is creeping upon us and that means another Cincinnati Reds baseball season is ready to begin. Once again we are proud to be hosting The Cincinnati Reds Concert Series presented by AT&T on the Fanzone stage at Great American Ballpark.

Come enjoy an afternoon or evening at the ballpark and show up early for some of the best musical artists that the region has to offer. The Reds have consistently shown their support for local and regional artists that write original music and those of you that know us also know that we are staunch supporters of the local music scene.

The concert series is starting to become a great local tradition. So come out and support the Reds and support the local and regional artists. It should be another great year.    


April 09
Monday April 6th            NY Mets                     Goshorn Brothers                      11:40am
Friday     April 10th        Pittsburgh Pirates        The G. Burton Story                  5:40pm
Friday     April 24th        Atlanta Braves             Kissing Pat                               5:40pm

May 09
Thursday May 7th          Milwaukee Brewers       Lo Fi                                        5:40pm
Friday May 8th              St. Louis Cardinals        Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel    5:40pm
Saturday May 9th          St. Louis Cardinals        The Newbees                           5:40pm
Friday May 22nd            Cleveland Indians         Freekbass                                5:40pm
Saturday May 23rd        Cleveland Indians         Muckrakers                              5:40pm

June 09
Friday June 5th              Chicago Cubs               Paul Otten                               5:40pm
Saturday June 6th          Chicago Cubs               Goshorn Brothers                     5:40pm
Friday June 19th            Chicago Whitesox          K Drama                                 5:40pm
Saturday June 20th        Chicago Whitesox             *MLB Civil Rights Game At Fountain Square

July 09
Friday July 3rd                St. Louis Cardinals         The Mistics                           5:40pm
Friday July 17th               Milwaukee Brewers       Sonny Moorman Band            5:40pm
Saturday July 18th           Milwaukee Brewers       The Rubber Knife Gang          5:40pm
Wed July 29th                 San Diego Padres          Kinsey Rose                          5:40pm
Friday July 31st               Colorado Rockies           Eclipse                                 5:40pm

August 09
Saturday August 1st        Colorado Rockies           Ark Band                            5:40pm
Friday August 14th          Washington Nationals    Stranger                             5:40pm
Saturday August 15th      Washington Nationals    Kevin Fox Band                    5:40pm
Friday August 28th          Los Angeles Dodgers     Tickled Pink                         5:40pm
Saturday August 29th      Los Angeles Dodgers     Screaming Mimes                5:40pm

Saturday Sept. 19th        Florida Marlins               Tropicoso                           5:40pm logo  Mind Ignition Comet Logo AT&T Logo

Mind Ignition gearing up for Redsfest 2008

Posted on Nov 15th, 2008

Redsfest 2008 logo

Mind Ignition is excited to be a part of the main stage support for Redsfest once again in 2008.

Redsfest is an offseason event featuring fan interaction with current and former Reds players, interactive games for kids of all ages, hard-to-find memorabilia and much more! Proceeds from the event benefit the Reds Community Fund. Redsfest - baseball's premier fan fest!

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Mind Ignition to provide sound production for Wang Dang Doodle IV Main Stage October 10th, 11th, and 12th 2008

Posted on Oct 1st, 2008

Wang Dang Doodle IV Festival logo

Hi folks,   One of the quickest growing outdoor music fests in the Midwest, the Wang Dang Doodle has reached its 4th installment. Once again at Paxton Farms in Batavia, Ohio. Paxton Productions has enlisted our services to provide the Main Stage audio production duties. We can't wait to work with this lineup of artists including… One Under, Papadosio, The Rusty Van Band, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, Headband, Jones for Revival, Perfect Norm, Chick Pimp, and many more along with a special performance from the Incendium Arts Fire Troupe, and fireworks from the world famous Rozzi Fireworks Company

For tickets and more information, please check out the official Wang Dang Doodle Website Main Stage schedule...

Friday, Oct. 10th

7:00p ..... Daughters and Sons
8:30p ..... HeadBand
10:00p ... John Redell
10:30p ... Papadosio

Saturday, Oct. 11th

1:00p ..... Vicariously Indecisive
2:30p ..... Rocky Cash
4:00p ..... Stoning Mary
5:30p ..... Conrail Saints
7:00p ..... Jones For Revival
8:00p ..... Right Turn Clyde
8:30p ..... The Rusty Van Band
10:00p ... Rozzi Fireworks Show
10:30p ... One Under

Mind Ignition to provide sound production support for 2008 Delhi Skirt Game

Posted on Jul 25th, 2008

Enquirer picturedelhi park ball field

Hi ya’ll,

      You gotta check out this event. The 2008 Delhi Skirt Game at Delhi Township Park on August 1st, 2008. Chicago style softball played in drag, Rozzi fireworks, and a concert by Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project. We’ll be there providing audio support for the game and fireworks and then sound for the concert. Should be mayhem, Delhi style.

Check out more info here…
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Mind Ignition to host Alive One Cincinnati's 6th Anniversary Party

Posted on Jul 7th, 2008

Alive One 6th Anniversary Concert Poster
Mind Ignition will provide the live entertainment production for the 6th Anniversary of Alive One located in the Mt. Adam's district of Cincinnati. The event is scheduled for July 12th, 2008 and involve performances by two of the region's hottest artists The Buffalo Killers and The Bad Veins along with music spun by DJ Matt Joy.

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Mind Ignition Hosts Cincinnati Reds Concert Series again in 2008

Posted on Mar 24th, 2008

Great American Ballpark
Hey folks,

Once again this summer we are proud to be hosting The Cincinnati Reds Concert Series presented by AT&T on the Fanzone stage at Great American Ballpark.

Come enjoy an afternoon or evening at the ballpark and show up early for some of the best musical artists that the region has to offer. The Reds have consistently shown their support for local and regional artists that write original music and those of you that know us also know that we are staunch supporters of the local music scene. The concert series is starting to become a great local tradition.

So come out and support the Reds and support the local and regional artists. It should be another great year. The concerts happen an hour and a half before the game times listed below.

See ya there!

Mon, March 31 - 2:10PM  Arizona Diamondbacks  Team Cincinnati Choir


Fri, April 04 - 7:10PM     Philadelphia Phillies       Lo Fi

Sat, April 05 - 1:10PM    Philadelphia Phillies       Northern Kentucky Brotherhood

Fri, April 18 - 7:10PM     Milwaukee Brewers        Paul Otten Band

Sat, April 19 - 1:10PM    Milwaukee Brewers        Hyde Park Outrage


Tue, May 06 - 7:10PM    Chicago Cubs               Kevin Fox Band

Fri, May 16 - 7:10PM     Cleveland Indians          Columbus Weekend

Sat, May 17 - 3:55PM    Cleveland Indians          Columbus Weekend

Fri, May 30 - 7:10PM     Atlanta Braves              Parrots of the Caribbean

Sat, May 31 - 3:55PM    Atlanta Braves              The Ark Band


Tue, June 10 - 7:10PM    St. Louis Cardinals        Jake Speed & the Freddies

Fri, June 13 - 7:10PM     Boston Red Sox            Freekbass

Sat, June 14 - 3:55PM    Boston Red Sox            The Muckrakers


Thu, July 03 - 7:10PM     Washington Nationals     Patriotic

Sat, July 05 - 7:10PM     Washington Nationals     Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel

Fri, July 18 - 7:10PM       New York Mets             500 Miles to Memphis

Sat, July 19 - 7:10PM      New York Mets             Screaming Mimes

Fri, July 25 - 7:10PM       Colorado Rockies          80's Night

Sat, July 26 - 7:10PM      Colorado Rockies          80's Night


Thu, Aug. 07 - 7:10PM     Houston Astros            Kinsey Rose

Fri, Aug. 08 - 7:10PM      Houston Astros            U-Melt

Sat, Aug. 09 - 7:10PM     Houston Astros            Peppertown

Fri, Aug. 15 - 7:10PM      St. Louis Cardinals       Landen Falls

Sat, Aug. 16 - 7:10PM     St. Louis Cardinals       Back to School Night

Fri, Aug. 29 - 7:10PM      San Francisco Giants     Tickled Pink

Sat, Aug. 30 - 7:10PM     San Francisco Giants     The Newbees


Fri, Sept. 05 - 7:10PM      Chicago Cubs              Eclipse

Sat, Sept. 06 - 7:10PM     Chicago Cubs              Spungewurthy

Tue, Sept. 16 - 7:10PM     St. Louis Cardinals       The Goshorn Brothers

Fri, Sept. 19 - 7:10PM      Milwaukee Brewers       Sonny Moorman Group

Sat, Sept. 20 - 7:10PM     Milwaukee Brewers       Tropicoso logo

Mind Ignition to help manage stage for Chris Walker benefit

Posted on Dec 26th, 2007

Chris Walker

Hey Ya’ll,

Just wanted to let you know about a really cool event for a great cause that is coming up really soon...

Benefit for Chris Walker . This Saturday December 29th at the Southgate House in Newport, KY. Many of you already know about Chris's tragic automobile accident and the struggle he is currently going through. Please come out and show your support for one of the Cincinnati area's most prolific and hardest working musicians.


7:00                 doors open
8:00 – 8:45        Worldwide
8:45 – 9:30        Jason Dennie & Noah Hunt
9:45 – 10:30       The Hiders
10:30 – 11:15     Homonculus (reunion show)
11:15 – 11:45     Walker Project
12:00 – 12:45     Rays Music Exchange
1:00 – Close       Selector

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Mind Ignition to provide live sound mixing for the 2007 Kahnís Redsfest at Duke Energy Center Dec. 7th and 8th

Posted on Dec 4th, 2007

2007 Kahn's Redsfest

We are excited to once again be involved in Redfests, one of the premier fan fests in professional sports. This year we will be providing the live sound mix and stage management for the Main Stage activities including press conferences, music concert (featuring Bronson Arroyo, Noah Hunt, and the Screaming Mimes), a tribute to Joe Nuxall, and much more.

For tickets and more information check out the links below…
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Mind Ignition to focus cameras on 2007 Midpoint Music Festival International Stage

Posted on Sep 20th, 2007

mpmf 2007

 World renowned producer Erwin Musper has enlisted the multi camera production capabilities of Mind Ignition to document the entire event at the 2007 MPMF International Stage sponsored by ICB Audio on Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th at the Know Theatre Upstairs.



9:15 p.m. RoryMI (Rotterdam, Netherlands)


10:15 p.m. Wasted (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

11:15 p.m.Exit 31 (Stein, Limburg, Netherlands)

12:15 a.m. Touchin' Tongues (Venlo, Netherlands)

9:15 p.m. Graze (Netherlands)

10:15 p.m. EveNi (Amsterdam/New York City)
11:15 p.m. Van Katoen (Netherlands)
12:15 a.m. Bagga Bownz (Netherlands)
Hip Hop/Metal/Soul

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Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady) performs at GABP Fanzone

Posted on Jul 29th, 2007

Alex Lusht, Bill McCarthy, and Barry Williams at GABPBarry Williams performs at GABP logo

Mind Ignition Hosts Buddy Rogers Music Series at Cincinnati Reds Fan Zone stage

Posted on Mar 20th, 2007

Mind Ignition hosts Buddy Rogers Cincinnati Reds Concert Series

We are excited to announce that for the 2nd year in a row, Mind Ignition will be hosting the Buddy Rogers Music Series at the Fanzone stage at Great American Ballpark.

The Reds have been great supporters of local and regional original music and we invite all of you to come join us before the game for some of the area’s best live musical artists and then hang out to root the Reds onto victory!!


Monday April 2nd        The Muckrakers                           Chicago Cubs
Wed April 4th            Donny Bray                                Chicago Cubs
Friday April 6th          The Kevin Fox Band                     Pittsburgh Pirates
Saturday April 7th       Kelly Red & Hammer Heads          Pittsburgh Pirates
Friday April 20th         The Paul Otten Band                    Philadelphia Phillies   
Saturday April 21st      K Drama                                  Philadelphia Phillies


Friday May 4th            Hyde Park Outrage                     Colorado Rockies
Saturday May 5th        Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel        Colorado Rockies
Wed May 23rd            Chaselounge                              Washington Nationals
Thursday May 24th      Holly Spears                              Washington Nationals
Friday May 25th          Ten Foot Big                              Pittsburgh Pirates
Saturday May 26th       Peppertown                               Pittsburgh Pirates

Friday June 8th           Marvin & The Experience              Cleveland Indians
Saturday June 9th        The Kentucky Struts                   Cleveland Indians
Tuesday June 12th       Dangerous Jim & The Slims          Los Angeles Angels
Wednesday June 13th    The Vinyltones                         Los Angeles Angels
Friday June 15th          Circuit                                    Texas Rangers
Saturday June 16th       Country Mile                            Texas Rangers
Friday June 29th          Freekbass                                St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday June 30th       Lo Fi                                      St. Louis Cardinals

Tuesday July 3rd         Ryan Adcock                             San Francisco Giants
Friday July 6th           Philosopher’s Stone                     Arizona Diamondbacks
Saturday July 7th        Dixz Highway                            Arizona Diamondbacks
Wed July 25th             Goshorn Brothers                      Milwaukee Brewers
Friday July 27th          Tickled Pink                              Chicago Cubs
Saturday July 28th      Midnight Special                         Chicago Cubs


Tuesday Aug 7th         Greg Mahan                              Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday Aug 10th          The Sonny Moorman Group           San Diego Padres
Saturday Aug 11th       The Screaming Mimes                 San Diego Padres   
Wed Aug 22nd            Jake Speed & The Freddies           Atlanta Braves
Friday Aug 24th          Dakota                                    Florida Marlins
Saturday Aug 25th       Lo Fi                                       Florida Marlins


Friday Sept 7th          Hyde Park Outrage                     Milwaukee Brewers
Saturday Sept 8th      Danny Frazier Band                     Milwaukee Brewers
Friday Sept 28th        The Paul Otten Band                    Chicago Cubs
Saturday Sept 29th     Spookfloaters                            Chicago Cubs logo

Psychodots perform at Redsfest

Posted on Dec 5th, 2006

Hey Ya'll, Check out this video of the Pyschodots performing at the 2006 Redsfest Pyschodots Live

Mind Ignition to host the Chevrolet Main Stage for Kahnís Redsfest 2006 at Duke Energy Center Dec. 1st and 2nd

Posted on Nov 30th, 2006

Redsfest 2006 logo    

Hi folks!

We are absolutely ecstatic to be hosting the Chevrolet Main Stage at Kahn’s Redsfest 2006. We will be managing the stage activities and providing the sound production for the live event including press conferences, Reds Fashion Show sponsored by Macy’s, a taping of the Best Damn Sports Show Ever with Rob Dibble, and Buddy Rogers Music Cincinnati Clutch Hits CD release concert featuring Bronson Arroyo, Freekbass, Screaming Mimes, Psychodots and Noah Hunt and The 4:20 All Stars

For more information and schedule of events click here logo



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