Top 10 things to do this week

Guitar slinging country singer Brad Paisley is coming to town. CONTRIBUTED
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Guitar slinging country singer Brad Paisley is coming to town. CONTRIBUTED

Pentatonix

This a cappella group is known for its bassline and beatbox-heavy arrangements of Christmas songs and pop hits (modern and classic). After winning the third season of “The Sing-Off” in 2011, their YouTube channel now ranks 47th in subscribers with 13 million. They’ve released five studio albums and five EPs since 2012, the latest being “PTX Vol. IV – Classics.” See them at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., just east of Cincinnati, on Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. The show is sold out but tickets are still available at secondary outlets. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

Foreigner

This classic-rock band has sold over 80 million records and is celebrating their 40th anniversary with their current tour. Their ubiquitous hits include “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Their last album was 2009’s “Can’t Slow Down,” and founding guitarist Mick Jones is the band’s sole remaining original member. Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will open. The rock rolls to Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., just east of Cincinnati, on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.95-$99.95. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

Nickelback

Many people love to hate this popular Canadian hard-rock band, although The Beatles are the only foreign band to sell more records in the U.S., according to their record company. Nickelback released their ninth album, “Feed the Machine,” last June. Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest will open. The show will be at Riverbend on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25-$125. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

Hamilton County Fair

The 162nd Hamilton County Fair will feature demolition derbies, bull riding, animal demonstrations, magic, a circus, arts and crafts, donkey and pig races, remote control car racing, and live music by such local favorites as The Naked Karate Girls. Check it out at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave., Carthage, on Aug. 9-13. Fair hours are 4-11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 plus $5 parking. For more information, call 513-761-4224 or visit www.hamiltoncountyfair.com.

Brad Paisley

This guitar-playing “rock star” of country music has won 33 major music awards, sold over 12 million albums and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He released his 11th album, “Love and War,” last April. Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell will open. See him at Riverbend on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28.50-$58.25. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

Great Inland Seafood Festival

With the scenic Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline in the background, this annual festival features seafood dishes from various Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky restaurants. One of its main traditions is selling whole Maine lobsters for only $10.95. Check it out along the riverbank in Newport, Ky., on Aug. 10-13. There is no admission cost. For more information, search for the Great Inland Seafood Festival on Facebook.

Kings of Leon

This Grammy Award-winning rock band from Nashville is best known for their singles, “Use Somebody” and “Sex On Fire.” They released their seventh album, “WALLS,” last October. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats will open. See them at Riverbend on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$79.50. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.

Union Centre Food Truck Rally

Over 35 food trucks will converge onto Union Center Square, offering international dishes from BBQ to Tex-Mex to Korean tacos. Live music will be available as well. Check it out at the Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester, on Aug. 11 from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-383-2665 or visit www.ucbma.com.

Cincy Blues Fest

With three stages of international touring acts and regional draws, this is a must-attend for blues fans. The global and local stars this year include Davina and the Vagabonds, Albert Cummings, Ronnie Baker Brooks, The Doug Hart Band, Ricky Nye, and a lot more. Check it out at Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, on Aug. 11-12. Fest hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, and 4:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Tickets are $25-$75. For more information, visit www.cincybluesfest.org.

2017 Western & Southern Open

Once again, it’s time for big-league tennis in Mason. The players participating in this year’s ATP/WTA tournament include Angelique Kerber, Andy Murray, Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Novak Djokovic, Karolina Piskova, Roger Federer, and many more. There will also be special events for children, students, and veterans. Check it out at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, on Aug. 12-20. For tickets, scheduling, and other information, visit www.wsopen.com.

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