More 98 Reunion Pix
Written by Leslie   
Sunday, 04 September 2005 19:00

You can find tons of pics from both the Fountain Square and the Club Purgatory events at Jeff's official Site -

Here's the link JTMusic.Com - 98 Reunion Pix (there are links to the 2 pages on this page)

Enjoy :)

More pix of the guys (and some of the fans who attended) can be found at CinWeekly (You do need to click on the link on the page to get to their photo album)

*edit to direct link to the 2 pages of images and another site with pics*

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98 Degrees concert has political overtones
Written by Leslie   
Saturday, 03 September 2005 19:00


Concert review By Chris Varias
Enquirer contributor (note - this is the Cinci Enquirer - not the tabloid)

If polls for the upcoming Cincinnati mayoral election were conducted at the city’s trendiest nightspots, Justin Jeffre’s fortunes would appear brighter.

The singer-turned-mayoral-candidate held a fundraiser at the Purgatory Saturday night that featured a performance by his Cincinnati vocal group 98 Degrees. A capacity crowd of 500 attended, with people lined up outside of the Over-the-Rhine club all night waiting to enter.

Jeffre, together with bandmates Jeff Timmons and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, gave a one-song performance. The choice was “Invisible Man,” a hit love ballad with a title that has taken on a new meaning for Jeffre. “The song is dedicated to local media outlets that have been marginalizing the campaign and disenfranchising the voters,” he said before taking the stage at midnight.

Jeffre, a political outsider running as an independent, is up against Alicia Reece, Sylvan Grisco, Charlie Winburn, Mark Mallory, Sandra Queen Noble and David Pepper. Mayor Charlie Luken is not seeking reelection. Candidates face off in a non-partisan primary on Sept. 13, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 8 general election.

Results of a WCPO (Channel 9) telephone poll released Aug. 30 showed Pepper at 29 percent with a slight lead over Reece, who had 28 percent. Pollsters did not ask about Jeffre, Noble and Grisco, all of whom were lumped together in the “other candidates and undecided voters” category that tallied 6 percent.

“The pollsters are not including all of the candidates. Polls are for sheep,” said Jeffre, 32, a graduate of the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts who lives in Clifton Heights. “I’m definitely going to win. We’re going to shock the pundits.”

The biggest buzz of the night might have been generated by the presence of Nick Lachey, who co-stars with his singer-actress wife Jessica Simpson on the MTV hit reality series “The Newlyweds.”

Lachey, a Cincinnati native, said he has no problem with 98 Degrees mixing politics and music. “I don’t look at it that way at all,” Lachey said. “Justin’s my buddy. We all wanted to offer our support.”

Some attendants, like Steve Patterson, an attorney living in Oakley, were also there to back Jeffre, whom Patterson said he has known for a long time. “I’m going to vote for him no matter what he runs for,” he said.

Patterson was dismissive of the notion that an entertainer is unqualified for office. “Kind of like Ronald Reagan was an actor before he ran? Everybody has to start somewhere,” he said.

Nkem Wellington, who lives in Covington and works for a downtown bank, was simply out for a good time and sees the campaign another way. “It absolutely frightens me to no end that celebrities are taking their fame and applying it in a way they never should,” she said. “There’s no way a boy-bander is going to pop out and remedy the situation in Cincinnati.”

Evidence of national interest in Jeffre’s campaign was on display. Purgatory owner Ram Paladugu said people from Nashville, Columbus and Detroit were in attendance, as was a film crew from the syndicated entertainment-news program “Access Hollywood.” Show producer Larry Fink traveled from California and said “Access Hollywood” is taking the campaign seriously.

Referencing Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fink asked a rhetorical question. “Think about it like this: who’s our governor?”
Photos of the event

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Small Jeffre campaign draws pal, Nick Lachey
Written by Leslie   
Saturday, 03 September 2005 19:00


By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Justin Jeffre's campaign event on Fountain Square on Saturday was a lot like his campaign itself - small, full of youthful energy and struggling for attention.

For many, the highlight was the promised reunion of Jeffre's singing group, 98 Degrees. But the independent Cincinnati mayoral candidate kept the crowd occupied with a sort of democratic open-microphone night, featuring music, poetry, political speeches and pleas for donations to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Jeffre pledged to donate 10 percent of his total campaign contributions - $7,865 as of his last campaign finance report - to hurricane relief.

The Fountain Square location was an effort to focus attention on one of the Jeffre campaign's main issues, the square itself. He opposes the $42 million plan to move the fountain, plant trees, fix the underground parking garage and turn over its operation to a private development group.

"We're giving away for 40 years our biggest revenue generator" in the parking system, he said. And he said the plan will cost much more than $42 million after adding the $500,000 the city will pay the developer each year to maintain the square. "The public has not been told the truth about the numbers," he said.

But even while Jeffre performed on stage, most of the attention seemed to be backstage, where dozens of teenage and 20-something women sought the chance to talk to Jeffre's more famous bandmate, North College Hill native Nick Lachey. (He's the husband of Jessica Simpson, the "Dukes of Hazzard" starlet.)

"It's a very important time for Cincinnati," Lachey told the crowd. "Don't take it lightly. This is a big deal - and this guy knows what he's talking about."

Jeffre also opened the stage up to lesser-known City Council candidates like Democrat Wendell P. Young of Avondale and independent Paul McGhee of Avondale.

With a musician politicking, one of the politicians also tried his hand at singing. Young took the stage and belted out in a baritone, "If you want to feel great on November the eighth, vote for Wen-dell Young."

Afterward, the band moved to an Over-the-Rhine nightclub, where they were scheduled to perform a few a cappella songs for a $10-a-person Jeffre for Mayor fund-raiser.

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WMA pictures
Written by Leslie   
Saturday, 03 September 2005 19:00

Images of Nick from the World Music Awards (Aug. 31) have bee uploaded to the gallery.

View them here!

Thanks for the pictures Rae. :)

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Lachey to try hand as ESPN contributor
Written by Leslie   
Wednesday, 31 August 2005 19:00

This season's "College GameDay" on ESPN will feature entertainer Nick Lachey providing features as a regular contributor, including onsite appearances.

"Nick is a huge sports fan and will add a unique perspective to the show," said Norby Williamson, senior vice president and managing editor for ESPN. "He will provide wide-ranging, off-the-field features spotlighting the tradition of the game, its fans, athletes and personalities."

Host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will return for their 10th season together when the program airs Sept. 3. In addition to Lachey, Desmond Howard, a 1991 Heisman Trophy winner with Michigan and 1997 Super Bowl MVP with Green Bay, will join as a weekly contributor, providing analysis and features.


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Nick & Jess to Mark Anniversary of 9/11
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Tuesday, 30 August 2005 19:00

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are doing a tribute to recognize the fourth anniversary of September 11 — they'll sing "America the Beautiful" prior to the start of the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins game on that day. Their performance will be televised on both CBS and FOX, live from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, at 12:58 p.m. (EST)

Source - MTV News

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