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Sweetwater Pavilion hooks Samantha Fish

Foellinger welcoming America, Train; Shaq cancels local show

Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton will bring their Death Wish Tour to Sweetwater Performance Pavilion on July 30.

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 8, 2023

Look out, folks, Sweetwater Performance Pavilion has made their first announcement for the summer concert schedule. Yes sir, it won’t be long before we are all nestled under the hut, enjoying a cold beverage and food truck goodies while mingling with friends and enjoying some top-notch music. 

On Sunday, July 30, Sweetwater will welcome blues/rock guitarist Samantha Fish to the stage, joined by Texan guitar legend Jesse Dayton for the Death Wish Tour. 

The two have joined forces for a collaborative album Death Wish Blues due out May 19 via Rounder Records. 

Fish, who has been to town on a couple occasions, made her name as a multi-award-winning festival headliner who jaw-drops crowds with her explosive yet elegant guitar work, delivering an unstrained form of blues-rock that defies all genre boundaries. Combine that with Dayton who boasts an extraordinary background that includes recording with the likes of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, and this will make for an unforgettable evening. 

An entertaining tidbit about Dayton is that he was tapped by Rob Zombie to create music for the horror films The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween II, which is beyond cool in my book. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. online at or by visiting Sweetwater Sound.

Can’t wait for more Sweetwater announcements!

America, Train coming to Foellinger

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department have announced that on Monday, July 10, legendary band America will take the Foellinger Theatre stage, followed by Train on Aug. 9 with Better Than Ezra in tow. 

America harmonized their way to the top of the charts with their first No. 1 single, “A Horse with No Name.” The song made them a global household name and paved for hits that followed, including “Sister Golden Hair,” which hit No. 1 in 1975, “Tin Man,” and “Lonely People.”

You know Train from such popular song as “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter,” and “Meet Virginia.”

America tickets are on sale at or at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Offices, 705 E. State Blvd., and Train tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Austin Marsh opening for Paul Thorn

The talented Austin Marsh will open for singer-songwriter Paul Thorn on Saturday, March 25, at The Community Learning Center in Kendallville. 

Doors open at 6 p.m., so get their early and get settled in for a special evening. 

For tickets, go to 

In other Marsh news, he is working on his third album with Austin & The Avenue with hopes of a late summer release. 

Lucky night for headbangers at Piere’s

In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, Piere’s will host Leprechaun-A-Palooza on Friday, March 17.

Come on out and celebrate one of the biggest party days of the year with an art showcase and live music by Snakehandler Church, Home Phone, Nifty Skullet, Witch Nails, and Last Chance at Failure

Sure, there are a lot of shenanigans going on that evening, but you won’t find a better lineup of local talent. 

All this action for a measly $10 at the door. 

DJ Diesel, aka Shaq, cancels local show

Bad news if you were hoping to see DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O’Neal at Piere’s on March 18. That show has been canceled. 

I knew it was too good to be true, but hopefully we will get another opportunity in the not-so-distant future. All refunds will be automatically issued. 

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