The 2016 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will include the OSU Alumni Band, OSU Alumni Cheerleaders, Rascal Flatts, Chris Logsdon, the Eddie Pollina Band, AJ Angelo, Carroll Baker, and FBA.
Since their musical debut in 2000, Rascal Flatts has over 22.5 million albums sold and over 28 million digital downloads and delivered 16 #1 singles to the top of the charts.
Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they’ve sold over 7 million concert tickets, and counting.
The journey began when Jay and Gary, from the Columbus, Ohio, area, and Joe Don, from Picher, Oklahoma, teamed up in a club in Nashville’s Printers Alley. “We knew right away we had something special,” says Jay, “even if we were the only ones who ever got to hear it.” They weren’t. They quickly earned a record deal and talent, drive, and great song selection did the rest. Their list of hits constitutes one of the great bodies of work in modern country music, with “These Days,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts The Most,” “My Wish,” “Take Me There” and “Here Comes Goodbye” as just the tip of an ever-expanding iceberg. Their performances are state-of-the art, house-rocking extravaganzas, sold-out excursions into musical excitement that have included as opening acts some of this generation’s great artists, including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.
Committed to giving back, they are known for their charitable work, which includes raising three million dollars for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. It’s something close to all of their hearts.
“To give back when you’re in a position to give seems like a natural thing to do,” says Jay. “It’s our responsibility as three guys who’ve been very blessed.”
As for the accolades, it may be Opry membership that feels best to them at present.
“It’s one of our proudest moments in the world, being part of the Opry family,” says Gary. “We’ve been part of a lot of great things, but this is joining a wonderful family that will live on forever. It’s mind-blowing.”
It’s a fitting tribute to a group that has brought so much to country music and its fans.
Jay, Joe Don and Gary see their latest album as the perfect representation of all the elements that go into the music that has given them so much success.
“Everything is in this big crock pot called Changed,” says Gary with a laugh “It’s got meat, potatoes, vegetables—all of it. It’s fun, it’s poignant, and we think the hard work that went into has really paid off. And we’re very glad to take one more big step down the road.”
When you walk into an AJ Angelo show, you know something special is happening here. You can feel it right away, before your mind even has a chance to process the energized music coming from the captivating man on stage, and the collective grin worn by every face in the crowd.
The range of music AJ plays is, in a word, wide. From his heroes Jim Croce & Jimmy Buffet - for whom he wrote a tribute song called Jim & Jimmy - to some bluesy Sam Cook, to rockin’ Bruce Springsteen, Bob Segar, and the Eagles, to the country side with Zak Brown & Toby Keith, he has it covered.
Chris blends his own unique brand of audience participation tunes with all your acoustic rock favorites from the 70's & 80's right on through today. In the tradition of such live performance greats as Jimmy Buffett and Pat Dailey, Logsdon puts on a show that you have to experience to appreciate. Chris is guaranteed to leave you begging for more!
Dave Clo was raised a Buckeye fan in St.Clairsville, OH and got his degree in Jazz/Studio guitar at the College/Conservatory of music in Cincinnati. He has toured the world with many Grammy and Dove winning performers like Toby Mac, Chris Rice, Mark Schultz... He now lives and records in Nashville, TN and plays solo acoustic performance all over the US. He has played on every Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and looks forward to it every year!
Featuring Eddie Pollina and Suzie Goldstein
The Eddie Pollina Band is one of Columbus' premier party bands! Formed in 1969, their focus remains simple:it.s all about having a good time! The band performs a great mix of classics from yesterday (60s, 70s & 80s) along with contemporary hits of today.
Referred to by some as "The Human Jukebox," Dan Orr's solo shows feature a wide variety of classic rock and pop songs you love--including many you've probably never heard done acoustically before-- and big fun to every stage he plays. (And he plays a lot of stages-- 197 shows in 2015 alone!)
A Columbus radio personality for 27 years and counting, Dan first made his mark musically with his hilarious song parodies ("Nights In White Castle," "Michigan Girl") and legendary performances at Buckeye rally broadcasts with his band, The Dan Orr Project. He has opened for dozens of classic rock bands (The Doobie Brothers, Styx) and even performed a four song duet with The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde live from Abbey Road Studios in London. Dan is looking forward to "rocking the boat" with thousands of fellow Buckeye fans!
The Lovebenders are a diverse Central Ohio band that continues to gain popularity and notoriety since forming in 2010. While only a three-piece power trio, the inclusion of piano and keytar, and the ability for all members to diversify their sound and take on different instruments, gives The Lovebenders a sound bigger and more professional than many five-piece groups. In addition to their original recordings, The Lovebenders also perform a wide array of hits spanning many decades including Elton John, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and so much more!
Carroll Baker’s interest in magic took a huge jump when at the age of six he won the grand prize in a local magic contest. The prize was lunch with Harry Blackstone Jr. That lunch and that meeting set the course for the hardest working magician in the Columbus, Ohio area where he has become the magical center piece as house magician for five Max & Erma’s in and around Columbus.
FBA Music Group is a modern hip hop music group made famous by their lyrical creativity in the production of OSU themed songs. A much anticipated highlight of every OSU home football game is FBA Music Group turning up the crowd. Not only is FBA an integral part of everything Buckeye, they have been a featured act for the Pre & Post Race at Cap City Half Marathon, hosted GoodDay Columbus, Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, and countless events. It's no mistake that each member of the group is highly talented and personable. They met before graduating from colleges around Ohio, and have been a dynamically engaging group ever since, expanding into the niche of customized corporate jingles, school fight songs, and school events.
FBA performs over 100 shows a year for private and public events, weddings and corporate events, as well as festivals and fundraisers both large and small. FBA captivates audiences with their chorography, original songs, and crowd interaction. Loyal to their venues and crowds, FBA promotes your business venue through its social media and email database.
Scott Nicholson is currently working as a dueling piano entertainer in Las Vegas, Nevada. He works at a few of the different big casinos on the main part of the strip including, NYNY, Harrahs, Paris, and Encore. He has been there about 11 years working full time, and enjoys performing nightly.
Scott lived all over the country and worked in and out of music for a while after attending the Berklee College of Music and graduating from Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Upon coming to Vegas and getting involved with the dueling pianos scene here, as well as the abundance of work available for good pianists, he decided to set up camp there and has been there almost 12 years. Scott is married with a couple of great kids, and enjoys life. Occasionally he pops out of town and picks up a gig here or there, and aspires to be a songwriter, and possibly headline his own gig in Las Vegas in the not too distant future, or find the next step up in his professional career!
Christopher Lash has worked around the world as a musical director, rehearsal pianist and entertainer! Musically directing such shows as: Sweeney Todd, Company, Fiddler On The Roof, Grease, Urinetown, Hello, Dolly! and many more! He also composed and musically directed a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Nevada Conservatory Theatre in Las Vegas. . He has also musically directed two Nevada premieres, the first being, Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World & Funny Girl. Christopher has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for many other productions
He was the resident musical director for The Reno Dance Company where he composed original arrangements and music for their productions. He was a co-founder/producer of Reno’s hilarious, yet short-lived, improv troupe, Slow Children At Play.
While teaching Musical Theatre at the University of Las Vegas keeps him busy during the day, by night, Christopher performs as an entertainer on “The Strip” and Downtown Las Vegas and also as a conductor for Jersey Boys - Las Vegas as one of their conductors. He is pleased to be a part of the Jersey family!
He is currently starring in the cast of Broadway's Tony Award winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet as Jerry Lee Lewis!
To hear more about the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, listen to Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Rothman on 97.1 The Fan.