In Kettering just outside of Dayton, Fraze Pavilion has been offering a more intimate “outdoor amphitheater” alternative to the area’s more arena-sized sheds for the past 19 years. Bringing a theater concert experience to the great outdoors, Fraze has consistently built quality summer schedules largely featuring Oldies and Classic Rock acts (with cover and tribute bands playing smaller shows on “off nights”), but also providing “niche” shows like Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion (hitting Fraze Aug.
12) and multi-act Smooth Jazz bills (like Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler, playing Fraze July 31) an outdoor home. Highlights of Fraze’s 2010 schedule include the legendary Kris Kristofferson (June 10); Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat (June 15); Weird Al Yankovic (July 2); Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett (July 10); Alice Cooper (July 18); Cheap Trick (pictured) and Blondie (Aug. 28); and Billy Idol (Sept. 3). www.fraze.com.