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Big changes in store for Dayton Music Fest

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Tim Krug (left) and Shane Weber of Oh Condor are among the local musicians participating at Dayton Music Fest 2017 at Bind Bob s and the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. CONTRIBUTED
Tim Krug (left) and Shane Weber of Oh Condor are among the local musicians participating at Dayton Music Fest 2017 at Bind Bob s and the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. CONTRIBUTED

There are plenty of logistics involved with a multi-venue event like Dayton Music Fest. It’s a lot of work, which has meant a series of curators have overseen the festival since it started more than a decade ago (including a five-year stint by this writer).

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After two years piloting the ship, Conor Stratton recently turned the wheel over to Nathan Peters of the local band Lioness, who has streamlined the event.

Dayton Music Fest 2017 is presented at Blind Bob’s and the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4.

This year’s lineup features the 1984 Draft, the Raging Nathans, the Nightbeast, Oh Condor, Moira, the Nicky Kay Orchestra, Human Cannonball and many more.

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Peters recently answered some questions about the festival.

Q: How did you come to be the caretaker of DMF?

A: “I’ve been talking to Conor about some different ideas to bring DMF back to a more Dayton-focused festival. I was planning on helping out when Conor asked me if I could take it over. I was inspired to do it because I wanted it to happen still, and if I didn’t step in this year the festival wouldn’t have happened this year.”

Q: When did you take over the reins, and what has been the hardest part of organizing the event?

A: “I agreed to take over in August, its been difficult getting everything together in such a short amount of time. I am really looking forward to this year, but I’ve already started planting some seeds for next year.”

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Q: What does DMF mean to you?

A: “It is a celebration of Dayton music history, its current and its past. We have so much amazing music in this town, it’s a way each year to see many of the amazing groups in town.”

Q: What makes you the right person to organize an event like this?

A: “I hope I am the right person. I’ve been playing and promoting shows for 18 years now. I understand the complexities of putting on such a large event. I’m hoping things go very smoothly this year.”

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Q: What changes did you make to the festival this year and why?

A: “Well, I decided to scale things back. I focused on Bob’s and Yellow Cab, I made it a solid two-day festival and extended the start time on Saturday. I also tried to get a wide variety of groups — DJs that will spin hip-hop in between bands at Bob’s, different groups that span different scenes. I also lowered the price in hopes to attract more showgoers.”

Nick Kizirnis, leader of the Nicky Kay Orchestra, brings his instrumental sounds to Dayton Music Fest 2017 at Blind Bob’s and the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


What: Dayton Music Fest with the 1984 Draft, the Raging Nathans, Oh Condor, Moria, the Nightbeast and others

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, and Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: 7 pm. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4

Cost: $8 per venue, $15 weekend pass

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Radiohead is making a concert stop in our region -- here’s how to get tickets

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

Thom Yorke  of Radiohead 
People Magazine
Thom Yorke  of Radiohead (People Magazine)

The band that had everyone feeling like a creep in the ‘90s will play shows at an arena close to you. 

Radiohead announced its North American tour dates to promote its latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool.”

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The tour includes a show Monday, July 23 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, and on Wednesday, July 25 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. 

Tickets for both shows go on sale 10 a.m. this Friday, Feb. 23. 

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The English rock band’s hits include Creep, Karma Police,  Fake Plastic Trees, High & Dry and The Bends.  

Its album OK Computer was reissued last year for its 20th anniversary. 

The complete list of North American stops is below. 

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Chicago — United Center — Saturday, July 7

New York  —  Madison Square Garden —  Tuesday, July 10 

New York —  Madison Square Garden —  Wednesday, July 11 

New York —  Madison Square Garden — Friday, July 13 

Montreal — Bell Centre —  Monday, July 16 

Montreal — Bell Centre — Tuesday, July 17 

Toronto — Air Canada Centre —  Thursday, July 19 

Toronto — Air Canada Centre — Friday, July 20 

Detroit —  Little Caesars Arena—  Sunday, July 22 

Columbus — Schottenstein Center — Monday, July 23 

Cincinnati — U.S. Bank Arena—  Wednesday, July 25

Pittsburgh — PPG Paints Arena — Thursday, July 26 

Boston — TD Garden —  Saturday, July 28 

Boston—TD Garden —Sunday, July 29 

Philadelphia — Wells Fargo Center — Tuesday, July 31 

Philadelphia — Wells Fargo Center — Wednesday, August 1


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Dayton Music Insider: We Want the Funk!

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:07 AM

After years of hard work and dedication, the   Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center  is celebrating its grand opening this weekend! This Center is a trully wonderful way to honor the innovative spirit of Dayton, and the people who put Funk music on the map.

Reservations for the Grand Opening are now full, but you can visit the Funk Center downtown at 113 E. Third St on Saturday from 11am-5pm. If you can’t make it this weekend, I suggest you plan a visit soon! Particularly for Dayton music fans, there are so many fabulous relics from Dayton’s music past to explore and learn about.

>Read more about the Funk Center opening here.

There’s lots more funky stuff happening this weekend, so let’s get to it!

Friday Feb 16th

Didn’t get your RSVP in time for the Funk Grand Opening? Don’t fear, you can swing by Hannah’s  (on Ludlow)  for the official after party following The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center’s Grand Opening. Starts at 9pm.

Alternative fans are in for a great show over at Blind Bob’s  with   Salvadore Ross, Suck the Honey  (Cincinnati), and   Big Lightning.  Enjoy some fuzz rock with some psychedelic stylings, and a whole lotta fun! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

The Pullouts are performing their piano-driven rock at Trolley Stop  on Friday night. If you like Jackson Browne, Elton John, Steely Dan type tunes – this is the show for you! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Over at  Jimmie’s Ladder 11  check out the funky multi-genre act The Vibe  along with special guest,  The Willy Clark Band.  $5 cover charge. Show time 10 p.m

My friends who love folk / Americana rock are in for a major treat with The New Old Fashioned with Harold Hensley at Peach’s in Yellow Springs. Such a great band, and with Harold as the special guest, it’s definitely going to be a memorable night! Plus it’s a free show! 10pm. 21+

South of town, check out Ben Clonch, Max Nunery  (from The Repeating Arms) and Friends at Star City Brewery  in Miamisburg. Talented musicians, plus yummy brews, makes for a great night! Music starts at 8pm.

Saturday Feb 17th

It’s a timely weekend to catch 7-piece local act Dayton Funk Forever at Jimmie’s Ladder 11.  Head over to the Funk Museum for it’s first day open to the public, and finish off the eventing with tunes from DFF, who plays tribute to Dayton’s legendary funk history. Yeah! Music at 10pm.

Another funky and fabulous show is also happening in South Park with The Johnson Treatment at  South Park Tavern.  They are a very talented crew who will be getting the crowd groovin’ with their multi-genre tunes.

Downtown’s Skeleton Dust Records is hosting an evening of extreme and unrelenting noise with some of Grand Rapids’ finest harsh heads including : Kakerlak, Sensory Deprivation, Infectants, along with local band  Being. Music from 7-9pm.

An eclectic combo of bands, Brother Rabi & The Soul Seekers and Spanish Tony Sanchez,  are taking over Hannah’s on Saturday night. Fun times! Music starts at 9:30pm.

Eric Jerardi Band,  a long time staple in the Dayton community, is performing blues rock at  Yellow Cab Tavern  on Saturday evening. Show from 7-10pm. Tickets are limited to 150 for this show, so get yours in advance here. $10

Another great blues night can be found in Fairborn at WO Wrights. There the Dayton Blues Society is presenting their 4th Annual Youth Showcase from 7-10pm. Lots of great talent to check out – so don’t miss it!

And lastly, for the metal / hard rock fans out there, head up north for the Frozen February show at Oscar’s Bar.  Four bands are featured for this show, including:   Grey Cloud Nein, H€\/rais€r,  Slaves Among Death,  and  Bearer of Bad News. $5 cover. Doors at 8pm. Music starts at 9pm.

As  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: The information above is for February 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows happening! Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. If I don’t list a price, it wasn’t listed. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on  Facebook,  Instagram, or  Twitter

Featured photo: Photo inside of the Funk Museum and Exhibition Center in downtown Dayton. Photo: Amelia Robinson

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Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne announces 2 area concerts this summer

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: David Byrne performs at the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: David Byrne performs at the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)(Theo Wargo)

Former Talking Heads mastermind and solo artist David Byrne’s new tour will include stops in the Dayton and Cincinnati area.

The world tour in support of Byrne’s forthcoming solo record American Utopia includes a stop at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Saturday, Aug. 11 and PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 12, both venues announced this morning.


Byrne will perform songs from the new album, which will be released March 9, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. 

A 12-piece band will also join Byrne on stage.


Tickets for the Huber Heights show went sale to the public beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at and Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Prices will range from $23.50 to $93.

Tickets for the Cincinnati show went on sale to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, at and Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will range from $23.50 to $175.

*Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. 

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You can still get tickets to see Tony Bennett at the Fraze this summer 

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

See Fraze Pavilion from the ground and the air.

“I left my heart in San Francisco,” might be the name of one of his most popular songs, but with this most recent concert announcement, we have reason to believe he may have left of piece of it in Dayton.

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Nineteen-time Grammy Award-winning musician Tony Bennett, whose music spans over six decades, will perform at the Fraze Pavilion this summer on Thursday, June 21

Tickets went on sale on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. and are available for purchase on the Fraze’s website.

It will cost $86 per ticket for plaza seats, $76 for orchestra and $46 for lawn and terrace seating. The prices will increase by $5 each on the day of show. 

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With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence.

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His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes 19 Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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His initial successes in the early 1950’s included such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches,” and a remake of Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including: “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?” and his signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” which garnered him the first two of his Grammy Awards.

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