DEAL: Where to see two rising stars in concert for just $10

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

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Two of country music’s rising stars will perform in a special event organized by K99.1FM, Miami Valley Gaming and Budweiser to salute men and women who serve.

K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause starring RaeLynn and Carly Pearce is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand.

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This is an all-ages show, with 100 percent of the ticket sales going toward Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members while serving our nation.

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Fast Facts about RaeLynn:

  • Contestant on The Voice (Season 2)
  • Gold-certified hit “God Made Girls”
  • Academy of Country Music Award nomination for New Female Vocalist of the Year in 2016.
  • Hit single “Love Triangle” has sold over 100,000 copies before even reaching the Top 30 on the Country singles chart.
  • Rolling Stone Country’s Best 25 Songs of 2016
  • RaeLynn’s debut album, WildHorse, hit No. 1

Fast Facts about Carly Pearce:
  • At the age of 11, she began touring with a small band and by 16 was performing at Dollywood six times a day, five times a week.
  • She appeared on CMT Next Women of Country.
  • She has joined the bill with artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes and Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars.
  • Her first Top 40 hit, “Wasn’t That Drunk,” is a sultry collaboration with Josh Abbott Band.
  • Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post, Country Living, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, Whiskey Riff and One Country have all named Carly an “Artist to Watch.”


What: K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause with RaeLynn and Carly Pearce

When: Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

Where: Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand, 6000 Ohio 63, Lebanon

Tickets: Tickets are$10 in advance if purchased online. Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets prices go up to $20 the day of the show. Upgrade to a VIP Pass (premium seating and meet and greet passes with both artists) for $50. To purchase VIP passes, call 513-934-7755 from Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rick Springfield concert this weekend rescheduled

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

Rick Springfield will take the stage at the Rose Music Center for the first time on March 26, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

Due to illness, the Rick Springfield concert at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights scheduled for Friday, May 26 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 16, the concert venue announced.

Tickets for the May 26 concert will be honored for the new date.

Additional tickets for the Sept. 16 show are on sale now at,, and the Rose Music Center box office. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

For more questions, contact the Rose Music Center directly at 937-610-0288.

For a complete list of Rose Music Center shows, go to

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Dayton punk group the Migraines reunite, possibly for the last time

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

There’s a time and place for political correctness. Where exactly the parameters are shall likely be an eternal debate. But somewhere in between a lighthearted joke and going too far lies the music of The Migraines.

The punk band, which started in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1992, eventually became every bit as much a Dayton group. This Friday, Daytonians James Rouch (guitar), George Bradley (bass) and Nathan Bush (drums) will reunite with singer Shawn Browning for their 25th anniversary. It could be their last Dayton performance ever.

“I’m kind of getting the impression (Shawn) may be thinking about not doing any more. This may be it,” Rouch said.

“We’re all in other things. The band isn’t together anymore,” Bradley added. “This is just a fun nostalgia trip. These might literally be the last ever Migraines (shows). Who knows if we’ll do a 30th?”

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Bradley joined The Migraines right before the band’s second album was released in 1996, and eventually recruited Rouch and Bush as other members dropped off. It would be the start of many firsts for the then twentysomething musicians: first time playing out of Ohio, first time playing across the country, and even the first time playing with their heroes. 

“It was really weird to be up on stage and see Marky Ramone (The Ramones) and Jerry Only (Misfits) standing out there in the audience,” Bradley said.

Though The Migraines were serious about their music, their message was always with tongue planted firmly in cheek, while playfully adopting the classic Ramones model right down to the stage names. Songs like “P.C. Girl”, “She Bought New Boobs” and “Fraternity Boy” were meant to poke fun at what the band saw as silly in the ‘90s.

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“The Migraines were an irreverent, sophomoric, juvenile, silly, fun punk rock band,” Bradley explained. “Most of our catalog, if a new young band came out (with it) right now, they’d get so much flak. They’d be considered so offensive. What’s socially acceptable has changed. I’m glad we’re thinking about people’s feelings. But where do you draw the line?”

“Sometimes you’ve got to be like, let’s just have some fun. It doesn’t matter. It’s just a song! Laugh!” Rouch said.

The band slowly began to dissolve after Bradley left in 1999 to form the horror punk band The Jackalopes. Rouch, now of Dayton’s The Nuckles, stayed with the group for a short time  as The Migraines morphed into a straight rock band, before Browning changed the focus to Christian rock.

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“Shawn has always been the straight guy. He was never the wild tattoos, drunk, crazy guy. He was always the adult on the road. He was band dad,” Bradley remembered. 

But the members all remained friends and stayed in contact over the years, which led to a reunion show in 2012. Now, on what would have been Joey Ramone’s 66th birthday, they’re back to play what seems like the last series of shows in Dayton and Ft. Wayne, respectively. The group is also celebrating the recent release of every song they’ve ever recorded on their Bandcamp site.

“You get in a minivan full of equipment with four guys and go on the road for a month or two, they become family. You love them. Sometimes you hate them,” Rouch joked.

“The only reason we’re doing it is not only because of our love of the material, but of each other. These guys were my brothers,” Bradley said. 

Sometimes you can go back to your 20’s again -- if only for a few nights at a time.


What: The Migraines 25th Anniversary Show with Legbone, Bribing Senators, The Give-Ups, FBS

Where: Rock Star Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton

When: Friday, May 19,  7 p.m. (doors)

Cost: $10 at door, $8 presale 

Dayton Music Insider Top Pick: Sideshow 12 at Yellow Cab

Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 4:15 PM
Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

I’m baaaack! Thanks to all for understanding me taking a week off. I’m doing well and getting anxious to get out there and see live music with all of you!

This weekend I have particularly bad FOMO, as the annual free live music and art extravaganza Sideshow is happening! This is quite simply one of my favorite weekends of original music and art in Dayton. Definitely a “don’t miss” event – and you did catch that this is free, right? Get there, for sure!

This year’s Sideshow 12 starts on Friday May 12th from 5pm-1am and continues Saturday May 13th from 3pm to 1am (music schedule below). As usual there will be tons of art, music, performance art, food trucks (The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton andPA’s Pork), local craft beer, and more! Do not miss this chance to see all these amazingly creative Dayton musicians and artists!

Friday’s line up:
5:00-5:40 A/Side-B/Side
5:40-6:20 The Nautical Theme, Ryan Roth Indoor
6:20-7:00 The Wretched Few, Tim Gebard Indoor
7:00-7:40 Dead Tüth, Tim Gebard Indoor
7:40-8:20 Zane and the Sway, Moroni Lane Indoor
8:20-9:00 Kyleen Downes, Mt. Analogue Indoor
9:00-9:40 Thank the Maker, Nasty Bingo Indoor
9:40-10:20 Trey Stone and the Ringers, Nasty Bingo Indoor
10:20-10:25 Special Special Indoor
10:25-11:00 The New Old Fashioned, Dayton Poetry Slam Indoor
11:05-11:45 Salvador Ross, Kevin Milner Indoor
11:45-12:25 Bribing Senator, s Charlie Jackson Indoor
12:25-1:05 R.I.N.D., Vacant Cages Indoor

Saturday line up:


Dayton Circus Collective’s Jeff Opt, one of the founders of Sideshow, still oversees the volunteer-run arts and music festival, returning to the “Old” Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. CONTRIBUTED

3:00-3:40 Steve Makofka
3:40-4:20 Winchester Gray
4:20-5:00 ScareCrow Sideshow, Eric Flinn Indoor
5:00-5:40 Goodnight Goodnight, Heisey Glass Company Indoor
5:40-6:20 Cherry Lee and the Hot Rod Hounds, Naomi Wildermuth Indoor
6:20-7:00 Evil Eye Gypsy, Two Gray Hills Indoor
7:00-7:40 Rich Man’s Trick, James Thomas Indoor
7:40-8:20 Death By Fetish, Mandy Jewell Indoor
8:20-9:00 Dark Backward, Whiskey For Kids Indoor
9:00-9:40 Dip Spit, Whiskey For Kids Indoor
9:40-10:20 Abertooth Lincoln, Colleen Badenhop Indoor
10:20-11:00 Cricketbows, Colleen Badenhop Indoor
110:00-11:05 Special Special Indoor
11:05-11:45 Far From Eden, Brian Wells Indoor
11:45-12:25 Founding Fathers, Debbie DeCasio Indoor
12:25-1:05 Stella’s Demise, Chris Ball Indoor

>> Learn even more about Sideshow here!


Chicago’s Hiber celebrates their EP release at Jimmie’s Ladder 11

Friday May 12th

Hiber (hailing from Chicago) is in town, and promoting new tunes from their debut EP release “What You Wanted” at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Friday evening. Hiber is a new pop-rock band, with electronic, indie and R&B influences. Dayton band MEGA PIXEL kicks off the evening at 9:30pm, and fellow local band isicle closes the night at 11:30pm, with Hiber playing in-between. Guests will receive a FREE copy of Hiber’s debut EP, “What You Wanted,” upon entry into the venue. Doors at 9:00 / $5 cover

In the Oregon District, I’d recommend checking out Wild Mountain Berries (rockin’ duo from Covington) and Spanish Tony Sanchez (rock/blues group from Yellow Springs) at Oregon Express. 9:30pm-1:30am show. $5 cover. 21+

Blues fan alert! If you are in the mood for Blues, check out Miller and the Other Sinners (Buffalo, NY) at Trolley Stop. Their music blends roots music, southern soul, blues, rock and r&b. Lead by David Michael Miller who’s sophomore solo album, Same Soil, ended up at #34 for the top blues albums played worldwide on radio according to the Roots Music Report in 2015 and climbed as high as #3. David is accompanied on the road by former Buddy Guy sax player of nearly 10 years, Jason Moynihan and an exciting young rhythm section. 9:30pm show. $5 cover. 21+

Hard rock / metal fans are heading to see national act Flaw, with special guest Righteous Vendetta, at Oddbody’s on Friday evening. Lots of excitement for this show! $25 day of show. Doors 6pm. Show 6:30pm. 18+

Saturday May 13th

Restock Inc. presents No Kid Hungry at Brixx Ice House, featuring local bands Riding with CheechGin-soaked Angels, and Zane and The Sway. There will be live art and other surprises! Donations accepted Please donate at the door. Just $1 provides up to 10 meals for hungry kids, so please be generous! 7pm start time.

One of the most anticipated shows this weekend is happening at Trolley Stop this evening with Cherubim, Paige Beller, and Starving in the Belly of the Whale. Cherubim is an electro-pop band hailing from Brooklyn, NY (check out a preview of them at the bottom of this blog – pretty cool!). $5 cover charge. 9:30pm-1:30am show. $5 cover. 21+

Another fantastic show is happening over at Blind Bob’s  with local bands Krunk Town Boogie, Ben Stalets and Sonder Blue. This show offers a mix of music that’s funky, folky, and fun! 9pm show. $5 cover. 21+

Hard rock / Progressive fans, check out the show Oregon Express on Saturday night. Lift the Medium returns to town, fresh off tour. The Dead Deads, a group of amazing ladies hailing from Nashville, are also on the bill. The night is capped off by Chakras, coming up from Cincinnati. 10pm show. $5 cover. 21+

Jazz fans – don’t forget about the live jazz every single night of the week at Blue Note Bistro & Lounge in Miamisburg. It’s a lush setting, with swanky live music. A great place for dates, or meeting up with friends!

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for May 12th-13th, 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what the price is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.  Check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can keep up with my adventures on Instagram here or follow me on Twitter @LibbyBallengeeCheers!


Former Daytonian returns to town with new Chicago band

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

            Dayton area native Danny Surico returns from Chicago with his indie pop band Hiber for a show at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton on Friday, May 12. CONTRIBUTED

Dayton area native Danny Surico is frontman for Chicago-based indie pop band Hiber, performing at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton on Friday, May 12. However, the 2004 graduate of Oakwood High School spent most of his 20s playing in the Future Laureates, which formed at Loyola University in 2006.

Two years ago, Surico and his bandmates were at the age when many rock musicians have to reassess how they feel about playing in a band. Is it something they’ll continue into adulthood or was it a youthful folly that has run its course as your 20s give way to their 30s?

While the consensus was to end the Future Laureates, Surico, 31, wasn’t ready to give up music. He recently shared his thoughts on the demise of his old band and the rise of Hiber.


“We all put a tremendous amount of time and energy and blood, sweat and tears into the Future Laureates. We worked hard so everybody earned the right to decide it’s time to do something else with their time. I don’t fault those guys for that. We all put a lot more time into that project than I could have ever hoped or expected from any group of people.”


“I love music, and I still want to give this an honest shot and pursue this dream and this career path. I’m not only very passionate about songwriting and performing, but I also love the business side like putting together tours, touring and networking. I love meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends on the road. There’s still a fire for me to do it and Hiber is a creative outlet where I can pursue it.”


“In seven years, I had learned the hard way of how to build up a band. This was a challenge to myself to use the wisdom, knowledge and relationships I’d worked hard to develop. Now, what can happen with version 2.0? We’re slowly moving forward with Hiber, doing it in incremental stages.”


“I have to keep reminding myself it’s OK for my musical aspirations and the time I’m able to put into it to be fluid. I’m not locked into any sort of concrete goal. Sometimes it will take up more time and sometimes it will take up less but it doesn’t have to rule your life. It can be something you really enjoy. I’ve taken a level of pressure off myself and that’s been really freeing.”


Who: Hiber

Where: Jimmie’s Ladder 11, 936 Brown St., Dayton

When: 9 p.m. Friday, May 12

Cost: $5

More info: 937-424-1784 or

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