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Blessid Union of Souls headlines free West Chester concert series

Post Date:04/04/2019 4:00 PM

A Cincinnati-founded, multi-platinum alternative rock band whose radio hits permeated the airwaves from mid-1990 through the new millennium headlines West Chester’s Thursday night summer concert series.

Blessid Union of Souls returns to southwest Ohio on Thursday, Aug. 8 to perform a three-hour show at The Takeover on The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Dr. Admission is free for this concert and each of a dozen live music shows offered nearly every week in June, July and August.

Takeover-web_7541Led by the unmistakable vocals of front man Eliot Sloan, band co-founder and a native of Pleasant Ridge, Blessid Union of Souls rose to fame quickly in 1995 with “I Believe,” a powerful and poignant pop music ballad from their debut album, Home. The single peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and finished the year at No. 27, sandwiched between songs by chart-toppers Hootie & The Blowfish and TLC.

Nineties nerds and a generation of Millennials will also remember the band for their legendary Top 40 radio hits “Let Me Be The One,” in 1995; “I Wanna Be There,” in 1997; “Light in Your Eyes” in 1998; plus “Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)” in 1999; and for their recording of “Brother My Brother,” for the soundtrack to the major motion picture, Pokémon: The First Movie, released in late 1999.

The Takeover concert series kicks off June 6. Concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. at the clock tower in West Chester every Thursday (excluding July 4) through Aug. 29. Each night offers free live music, craft beer from local brewers DogBerry and Grainworks, and dinner options from some of the area’s tastiest food trucks.

Bands returning from a year ago are Swagg (June 6), DV8 (June 13), The Naked Karate Girls (June 27), 2nd Wind (Aug. 15) and 3 Piece Revival (Aug. 29). Newcomers for 2019 include Two For Flinching (June 20), Cherry On Top (July 11), 90 Proof Twang (July 25), Dat Band (Aug. 1) and Bad Habit (Aug. 22).

Thursday, July 18 will be a date to remember for Parrotheads in the Tristate area. Jimmy Buffet comes to town and anyone unable attend his Riverbend Music Center tour is invited to The Takeover as it hosts Dayton-based tribute band, Parrots of the Caribbean, for a Margaritaville-style party of its own!

The Takeover is presented annually by First Financial Bank. While alcohol cannot be brought into the event, beer sales every Thursday night benefit local non-profits including the Knights of Columbus, the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association (UCBMA), and VFW Post 7696 on a rotating basis.

Guests are encouraged to use hashtag #TakeoverWC when sharing pictures and video on social media.

West Chester is home to two summer concert series – The Takeover on Thursday nights and the West Chester Concert Series on Saturday nights. Find schedules online at



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June 6 – Swagg

June 13 – DV8

June 20 – Two For Flinching

June 27 – The Naked Karate Girls

July 4 – Independence Day holiday: No concert

July 11 – Cherry On Top

July 18 – Parrots of the Caribbean

July 25 – 90 Proof Twang

August 1 – Dat Band

August 8 – Blessid Union of Souls with opening act Green Light Morning Trio

August 15 – 2nd Wind 

August 22 – Bad Habit

August 29 – 3 Piece Revival

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