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98 Degrees Christmas Concert Tickets On Sale Friday Aug. 18

John Kiesewetter
98 Degrees' "Let It Snow" album will be released Oct. 13.

Let it snow in August? Tickets for the 98 Degrees Christmas concert Dec. 15 at the Aronoff Center -- to promote their new "Let It Snow" Christmas album --  go on sale Friday, Aug. 18.

Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall downtown.

A VIP pre-sale for the tour starts Aug. 15, with a "general on sale everywhere" Friday, Aug. 18. Tickets for the Aronoff Center date will be available at CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

"Let It Snow" drops Oct. 13, 2017 via Ume (Universal Music Enterprises). The album can be pre-ordered here 

Their 31-city tour begins Nov. 10 in Larchwood, Iowa, and concludes Dec. 23 in Primm, Nev. The singers toured last year and in 2013.

"All four members have enjoyed other careers outside of music, but love to get back into the studio and sing together," says the media release.

Nick and Drew opened Lachey's, a sports bar at 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, in late 2014. It was the setting for a short-lived seven-episode reality show, "Lachey's Bar," in summer of 2015.

Nick has worked in TV as a host ("VH-1's Big Morning Buzz Live," "The Sing-Off," "Stars Earn Stripes"), an actor ("Charmed," "One Tree Hill"), reality TV star ("Clash of the Choirs," "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica") and an executive producer ("Taking the Stage"). Drew won "Dancing With The Stars" in 2005, hosted ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" in 2008 and starred in the Hallmark Channel's "Guess Who's Coming To Christmas."

Timmons joined members of Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC for VH-1’s "Mission Man Band" and Nick Carter’s sci-fi feature, "Dead Seven." Jeffre is involved in several projects "stemming from his foray into politics as a mayoral candidate of Cincinnati in 2005.

Here's the full release and tour dates:





98° have made their Christmas plans for this year. The vocal quartet comprised of Cincinnati’s own Nick Lachey and Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons, who are renowned for signature R&B-tinged, four-part harmonies will release Let It Snow, their new Christmas album on October 13, 2017 via UMe.

98° will support Let It Snow with the 98° at Christmas tour, a 31-city trek that starts November 10 in Larchwood, IA and concludes December 23 in Primm, NV. The tour makes its much-anticipated Cincinnati stop at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Friday, December 15, 2917 at 8:00 PM. See the full list of dates below. Concert goers can expect a high-energy 98° show featuring holiday songs from their new album, as well as their beloved hits.

A VIP pre-sale for the tour begins August 15, with a general on sale everywhere on Friday, August 18. Tickets for the Aronoff Center date will be available at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

Let It Snow is 98°’s first new album in four years and a follow-up eighteen years in the making to the now classic and platinum certified album This Christmas. The album, recorded at Sound Factory in Los Angeles, CA was produced by Andy and Thom Mak and executive produced by Grammy-nominated music, TV, and film producer Adam Anders (Glee, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Backstreet Boys, and the Jonas Brothers).

Preorder Let It Snow: https://UMe.lnk.to/LetItSnow

Recording Let It Snow was an easy decision. "As a group, our favorite record, hands down, is [This Christmas],” says Drew. "We’re proud of the music, the harmonies, the production. It's a Christmas record that every year people can put on and enjoy.”

"We have primarily a female audience, but we’ll have guys come up to us and say, 'You know what? I love the Christmas album; my mom bought it for me.’ It’s bro code that the Christmas album’s allowed," Timmons jokingly added.

Let It Snow features 12 Christmas songs such as the title track, “Let It Snow,”  “What Christmas Means To Me,” originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, “Little Saint Nick,” and “Run Rudolph Run.” Each track was personally selected by each member of the band. The full-track listing and song premiere will be released in the coming weeks.

2017 also marks the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut self-titled release. “It’s a special year for us – it’s the 20th anniversary of our first release on Motown Records,”  says Nick. “So, it just seemed like the perfect moment to revisit This Christmas and do a Volume Two."

All four members have enjoyed other careers outside of music, but love to get back into the studio and sing together. Nick appeared on TV shows both as an actor (The WB’s Charmed and One Tree Hill ) and a host (VH-1’s Big Morning Buzz Live). Drew was crowned season two winner of Dancing With the Stars and has been on Broadway, and both brothers opened Lachey’s Bar (A&E). Timmons joined members of Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC for VH-1’s Mission Man Band and Nick Carter’s Sci-Fi feature, Dead Seven. Jeffre is involved in various media- and cause-related projects stemming from his foray into politics as a mayoral candidate of Cincinnati.

98° At Christmas Tour Dates

11/10/2017 Saturday Larchwood, IA Grand Falls Casino

11/11/2017 Friday Riverside, IA Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

11/16/2017 Thursday Lemoore, CA Tachi Palace Casino

11/17/2017 Friday Brooks, CA Cache Creek Casino Resort

11/18/2017 Saturday Reno, NV Silver Legacy Resort & Casino

11/19/2017 Sunday Cupertino, CA Flint Center for the Performing Arts

11/24/2017 Friday Foxwoods, CT Foxwoods Resort & Casino

11/25/2017 Saturday Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

11/26/2017 Sunday Westbury, NY Westbury Music Fair

11/28/2017 Tuesday Richmond, VA Carpenter Theatre

11/29/2017 Wednesday Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall

11/30/2017 Thursday Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater

12/1/2017 Friday Biloxi, MS IP Casino Resort & Spa

12/2/2017 Saturday Marksville, LA Paragon Casino Resort

12/5/2017 Tuesday Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center

12/6/2017 Wednesday Louisville, KY Palace Theater

12/8/2017 Friday St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theatre

12/9/2017 Saturday Miami, FL Magic City Casino

12/10/2017 Sunday West Palm Beach Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

12/11/2017 Monday Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

12/13/2017 Wednesday Elkhart, IN Lerner Theatre

12/14/2017 Thursday Northfield, OH Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

12/15/2017 Friday Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center

12/16/2017 Saturday Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre

12/17/2017 Sunday Detroit, MI Motor City Casino Hotel

12/19/2017 Tuesday Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater

12/20/2017 Wednesday Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim

12/21/2017 Thursday Thousand Oaks, CA Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

12/22/2017 Friday Tucson, AZ Desert Diamond Casino

12/23/2017 Saturday Primm, NV Star of the Desert Arena

About 98°

98° has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Their four-million selling album, 98° and  Rising (1998, Motown Records) spawned the top-5 favorites “Because of You,” “I Do (Cherish You),” and “The Hardest Thing,” while 2000’s Revelation (Universal Records), which sold two million copies, peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded a trio of hits, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” “My Everything,” and “The Way You Want Me To.” The group has also collaborated on the chart-topping single, “Thank God I Found You,” with Mariah Carey and Joe, and their collective idol, Stevie Wonder, on “True to Your Heart,” for the 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan.

Website: http://www.98degrees.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Official98degrees/

Twitter and Instagram: @98Official

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.