Brantley Gilbert coming to the Nutter Center, and here’s how to get your tickets

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Good news, country music fans.

Brantley Gilbert is coming to the Dayton area for a concert on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Wright State University Nutter Center.

Gilbert is a chart-topping country rocker and songwriter. Hits include “Kick It In the Sticks,” “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,””My Kind of Crazy” and “G.R.I.T.S.”

The The Ones That Like Me Tour will also feature Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips.

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Brantley Gilbert brings his latest tour to the Nutter Center at Wright State University on April 26, 2018. CONTRIBUTED

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Ticket prices will be $59.75, $45, $34.75, $29.75.

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Tickets will be available at and at the Nutter Center box office. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Another star joins the lineup for Country Concert ‘18

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th
David Moodie
Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th(David Moodie)

It might be months away, but excitement is building for Country Concert ‘18. 

The top acts for our region’s annual country music festival in Fort Loramie, presented by K99.1FM, were announced in September.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

One more artist just joined the lineup for the concerts July 5-7, 2018:

Carly Pearce is the voice behind "Every Little Thing," which is currently a big hit in country radio.

The lineup also includes headliners Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith as well as Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Jo Dee Messina, Midland, Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina.

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Additional details will be announced soon, according to Country Concert’s website. 

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K99.1 FM. is a Cox Media Group Ohio company. 

Here is a recap of the lineup and schedule so far: 



Saturday headliner, 10 p.m.

Country singer Eric Church(HANDOUT)



Friday headliner, 10 p.m.



Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.



Saturday, 8 p.m.


Friday 8 p.m.

Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED


Thursday 8 p.m.


Thursday 6 p.m.

Jo Dee Messina(Contributing Writer)


Thursday 4 p.m.

Midland performs at the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Tina Phan)


Saturday 4 p.m.


Saturday 2 p.m.


Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage

A Weekend to Celebrate, Get Down, and Disco!

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

This weekend is packed with celebrations: Doc Severinsen’s 90th Birthday, Jeff Opt’s 50th Birthday, The Gem City Get Down, Curse of Casandra’s album release, and the annual Discogiving, among many more live music events.

Keep reading to get details on all the fun to be had!

Friday November 17th

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big-band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late-night television for three decades. That trumpet blast came from  Doc Severinsen. Johnny Carson often referred to him as “the greatest trumpeter in the world.”

This year, Doc is celebrating his 90th Birthday with a whirlwind tour, that includes a stop at the beautiful Schuster Center, with our own Dayton Philharmonic. Enjoy iconic American classics from pop, jazz, ballads, and big-band in a truly unforgettable performance. You have an opportunity to see this show both on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov 17th and 18th, at 8pm. Tickets start at $29+. Contact Ticket Center Stage here for tickets or call (888) 228-3630.

Looking for an early show to relax and unwind after work? Join Rachel Litteral & The Abstracts  at the  Emporium Wines & The Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs for a night of wine and beer tasting and funky blues/rock. 7-10pm

Late night downtown, Curse of Cassandra will be celebrating their NekonomicoN ! album release at Blind Bob’s. They’ve planned a “Nigh† of WI†CH D∆NCE”  with visuals by VJ Siren  Ella Tyler,  and music from Damn the Witch Siren (Witch Rock/Columbus), Village Druids (Druid Dance/Mary Jane’s Grave), and Playfully Yours (Strange Electronic/Cincinnati). $5, 21+, 9pm, Cosplay Encouraged/Come As You Are!

I’m excited to check out Red Clay Pigeons , a rockin’ band led by folk singer/songwriter Wesley Moore, at Tumbleweed Connection  on Friday night. They are sharing the night with local faves  Bar Stool Brown. 9:30pm. 21+

Loud young rock’n’roll is on tap at  South Park Tavern, with the   Heisey Glass Company and Puru. Please bring a can of food for donation! 9:45pm.


Grateful Dead fans, boogie on over to  Hannah’s  to check out tribute band  Terrapin MoonMusic starts at 10pm and goes late!

I’ve been so curious to check out Watermarkthe new, hip restaurant in Miamisburg. Now I find out that every Friday I can also enjoy jams from  Kevin Dumont and  Jeon McConnell, I’m definitely more interested to make that drive south! Music from 8:30-10:30pm.

Also in Miamisburg, don’t forget about the live jazz most days of the week at   Blue Note Bistro & Lounge . Check their site for their full schedule, which starts early, so it’s great as a date night!

Neil Young fans out there? I know there are! Check out an early night of Neil’s tunes performed by  Briz at Taffy’s of Eaton . 8-11pm.

The Dayton metal family comes together to support one of their own at a special benefit show at  Jimmie’s Ladder 11,  featuring live performances from  A bertooth Lincoln , Maharaja, and Calamity Day.   Also a chance to win raffle prizes from great local companies too. $5 cover. 9:30pm.  Anyone unable to attend the event can still support the benefit directly by sending a donation via PayPal to

North of town, there’s a fantastic Tool & Panera Tribute night at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. The Grudge and Black Tooth Grin will rock your faces off! 9pm. $7 at the door. 18+

Saturday November 18th

One of Dayton’s biggest champions of local music, Jeff Opt, turned 50 this summer and he hasn’t had a party yet! So here it is – Jeff’s Belated Birthday Bash  at Yellow Cab. Featuring awesome music from The Boxcar Suite and The Big Wazu! There’ll be cake and hopefully some fun surprises! Doors at 8pm and music at 9pm. No cover, so no excuses! Although please feel free to make a donation, which will go towards a new mixing board at Yellow Cab. They do so much to support the music scene, why not drop in a few bucks? Share the love! Most of all, just come out and enjoy the party and have a good time!

Skeleton Dust Records  at 133 E 3rd St is excited to present their  first live in-store event, featuring: Alba Cell – electronics from Bellevue, KY, Brad Griggs – harsh noise from Cincinnati, and  Orgasmic Response Unit – extreme noise duo from Dayton.  7pm. Free with donations accepted.

Hannah’s is excited to start a  Weekly All Ages Blues Sesh  (family friendly) on Saturdays from 5-8pm. They are encouraging young artists to participate! If you’re a musician – bring your instrument. If you’re a singer – bring your voice. If you’re a fan – bring yourself! And after, from 8-11pm, you can catch The Primetime Blues Band!

The Gem City Get Down returns to Blind Bob’s Bar this weekend with Trunk Bound Regime, DJ Domestic Bliss, and  MC Picket Fence. The Gem City Get Down was started by members of the Dayton Hip Hop Dialogue as an alternative to typical local Hip Hop shows. This one showcases all elements of Hip Hop in an old-school party atmosphere! All they ask is $3 at the door to benefit Doors open at 9, music till 2am. 21 & up.

Rock out to McGuff & The Dumpster Fires, Death By Fetish and Stella’s Demise at the Oregon Express on Saturday night. They all play a mix of high-energy rock, punk, and alternative that will get ya fired up! $5 at the door. 21+

Rite of Venus and The Johnson Treatment  join forces for a great night of live music at South Park Tavern . No cover, so be sure to stop by and show these locals some love! 9-11:30pm

Around the corner, you can also check out local band Jericho Thyme at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 . Lots of very talented musicians in this group, performing a mix of southern rock, Americana, blues and jams! Music gets going at 10pm. $5 cover.

There’s a cool all ages show at Mike’s Bike Park  from 9pm-12am with  The Voice Of God (dyt hard core),  Smells Like Trees (alterintive rock),  Knavery (alterintive punk),  Tawny Indian (dyt hip hop), and  Standard Issue (rock). Bring a skateboard! BYOB

Heavy metal fans will be out in force at   Oddbody’s Music Room  on Saturday night . Dayton’s loudest bands will pay tribute to Jeb Law and Sam Holliday, who have supported their scene in major ways. Forces of Nature, Fetus Omelet, Dark Soul, Retreat Hell, and Stonecross are all performing! 7pm Door / Show. $5 admission. 18+

The Surly Gentlemen  return to Star City Brewery  in Miamisburg, with their sweet vocals, blazing instrumentation, and stripped down versions of many of your favorites in a great listening room environment. This super group features Grammy award-winning guitarist Clay Hess, Brennan Hess, and Veteran bluegrass singer Tim Shelton of New Found Road. $10.00 Advance. $15.00 Door. 8pm-11pm

The Buckeye Sports Lodge in Springfield is hosting a night of jams with one of my local faves,  Nasty Bingo ! They are lots of fun! If you’re east of town, make sure you stop out to see these guys! 9pm-1am. $5 cover.

Last, but certainly not least, is the  3rd Annual Discogiving  at the  Old Crow Bar in Middletown. What a line-up they have in store! Wowsa!  Eyeris Wide  8:30pm- 9:30pm,  Ernie Johnson From Detroit  10pm-11pm,  Freekbass  11:30pm-12:45am, and  Subterranean  1:15am- Close. Donations for  Hannah’s Treasure Chest are accepted at the door. They are in need of baby diapers, hygiene items, blankets, toys, equipment, and 0-3 clothing. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit Direct Relief. $10 door. 18+

As a reader of this blog, you’re also invited to a Sneak Peek of   The Brightside Event & Music Venue!  It’s a brand new and completely unique space on E 3rd that’s coming back to life in a major way – and you can be part of it! DJ Bobbylite will be spinning funk, hip hop, guaranteed to get you moving on dance floor! Cash bar. Stop on out and see the new awesomeness coming to downtown Dayton!

And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 17th-18th 2017. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows, and so much space and time to touch upon them all. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on  Facebook,  Instagram, or  Twitter. Cheers!

JUST IN: ‘Poison’ singers Bell Biv DeVoe to ‘do’ Dayton 

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Bell, Biv, Devoe perform. Boyz II Men and Bell Biv Devoe entertained a spirited Chastain Park Amphitheatre crowd Friday night, August 28, 2015. .They were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their #1 album,
Bell, Biv, Devoe perform. Boyz II Men and Bell Biv Devoe entertained a spirited Chastain Park Amphitheatre crowd Friday night, August 28, 2015. .They were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their #1 album, "Poison." Robb D. Cohen / D. Cohen/

Dayton, it is time to trust a big butt and a smile

Bell Biv DeVoe, the ‘90s R&B trio that gave the world the songs “Do Me,” “Poison,” and “When Will I See You Smile Again,” will perform a 7:30 p.m. show on Dec. 27 at the Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17

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Tickets will start at $42 and be available at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office by calling 937-228-3630, 888-228-3630 or online at

The American Music Award-winning new jack swing band is an offshoot of New Edition. The band features members Ricky BellMichael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe (also known as Ricky, Ronnie and Mike).

“It’s a great Christmas present,” Diane Schoeffler-Warren, a spokeswoman for the Victoria Theatre Association, said of the show that falls between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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The show in promotion of Bell Biv DeVoe’s latest album “Three Stripes” will be opened by Demetria McKinney, a star of the TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” 

Her songs included the 2017 release “Easy.”

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Ill Poetic’s musical journey from Dayton to Cali

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            San Diego-based rapper Ill Poetic, who started rapping in Dayton at age 15, just released his new album, An Idiots Guide to Anarchy. CONTRIBUTED
San Diego-based rapper Ill Poetic, who started rapping in Dayton at age 15, just released his new album, An Idiots Guide to Anarchy. CONTRIBUTED

Ill Poetic has come a long way since he started rapping at age 15 in Dayton in 1997. The artist, born Tim Gmeiner, spent time perfecting his craft in Cincinnati and Columbus before relocating to San Diego, Calif. in 2014, where he completed his expansive new album, “An Idiots Guide to Anarchy.”

The rapper/producer recently discussed his musical journey.

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Cali vibe: “A lot of things contributed to the move to California. Beyond weather, I couldn’t find the creative inspiration I was looking for in Ohio. Not to say it wasn’t a creative place, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in it. I was being moved by a lot of music coming from the West Coast and wanted to be closer to that vibe of creativity. I also thought there may be more tangible career opportunities in my field out this way.”

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In the barrio: “I help my partner DJ Inform run a record shop, Beat Box Records, in a neighborhood named Barrio Logan. The shop itself is an abundance of inspiration; from digging into music genres I’d never heard to meeting and having genuinely great conversations with musicians, DJs and music fans. The neighborhood is somewhat of a birthplace of Chicano culture and it keeps teaching me so much more than I could ever expect.”

Work is the reward: “I spent way too many nights early on hoping to be rewarded for the sacrifice by having the album become wildly successful. But I can’t control that, and sacrifice really doesn’t play much of a role in how an album connects. So now, I’m just relieved and proud. I spent 10 years working on a project and we saw it to completion. We took these ideas from inside my head and made them a physical thing for sharing with the world. I’ve never been so proud of anything I’ve ever done and I may never be. It’s easily my finest work.”

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Looking ahead: “We have more singles and visuals coming soon. The two-LP vinyl is definitely the centerpiece to it all. I can’t wait to let people experience the record on that platform. I have release parties scheduled out here in San Diego as well as Columbus and Cincinnati. I’ll be touring this album throughout 2018 and possibly 2019, however long it takes to recoup at the least. Beyond hip-hop tours, I also want to be able to tour in other circuits, ideally alongside a legendary funk/soul act like George Clinton, Zapp or RAMP with this project. Overall, I’m open to wherever the chips fall.”

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