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

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

Get a jump start on summer concert season with a $10 ticket deal.

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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RaeLynn, a contestant on The Voice (Season 2) and Academy of Country Music Award nominee for New Female Vocalist of the Year in 2016, will perform at Miami Valley Gaming on May 22nd. CONTRIBUTED

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

Carly Pearce, country singer, will appear at Miami Valley Gaming with RaeLynn on May 22. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)
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.

Dayton Music Insider: Rock’n’Roll Reunion

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:39 PM

This weekend’s line up of live music in Dayton is extra special as it features a highly anticipated reunion show with beloved local legends, BrainiacThey will be performing with other old-school Dayton bands, for a night that will be a blast from the past for many local music fans (including myself!)

Get the details on this reunion and lots of other great shows below:

Friday December 15th

Friday night features a fun mix of indie, rock, pop, garage, post-punk and space music from local bands  Swimming with Sharks,  Novagold,  Mad Anthony,  and Are They Above Us? at Blind Bob’s.  Music 9pm. $5 at the door


Blues and funk inspired Sonny B. Gould  takes the stage at  Hannah’s  on Ludlow downtown. Solo singer songwriters,  Kevin Crafton  and  David Berry,  start off the night at 10:30pm. Free admission!

Grateful Dead fans will be groovin to Terrapin Moon  (Dead tribute band) at  Jimmie’s Ladder 11.   Always a fun night! Music 10pm-2am.

Up north, there’s a sweet show at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia with  Jericho Thyme  (9:30-12am) with special guest Sharon Lane (8-9pm). That will certainly be a lively evening of entertaining blues, rock, and jams! Well worth the short trip up 75 for this one. $5 cover.

Also north of town, country fans are in for a treat with Home Free   “A Country Christmas Tour”at  Hobart Arena  in Troy.  The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor. Show 8pm. VIP options available. Check ticket information here.

Gin Soaked Angels  are planning a very sweet show at  Peach’s Grill  in Yellow Springs. Special guests and songs in store! Enjoy! Music at 10pm. Free Show! 21+

Saturday December 16th

The most anticipated show of the weekend is Jeremy Frederick’s  North of Nowhere Southan annual celebration to benefit the Izzy Frederick Education Fund. The Haunting Souls were scheduled to play a 30 year reunion this weekend at this benefit show. A family tragedy postponed the reunion, so  3RA1N1AC  is now performing with special guests,  SUNKEN GIRRAFFE (pre-brainiac cigarhead high-school punk band) and  FLESHBATS (old school Dayton punk) at  Yellow Cab Tavern.  $10 at the door. Door at 8PM. Show at 9PM. 18+ Get there early!

Please note: If you will not be able to attend but would still like to give some toward’s Izzy’s education: Isabella Frederick Educational Fund, Wright Patt Credit Union. P.O. Box 286, Fairborn, Ohio 45324. In addition, there will be limited edition T-shirts and posters from the   Brainiac Untitled Documentary  show in Brooklyn that were just made for this impromptu “Part 2” show. This will help with the film’s editing process and a portion will also be given to Izzy’s college fund.

Another cool benefit show is happening down the street at  Blind Bob’s  at the Choices Benefit Show  with  Sidekick Complex , Enzo, Yuppie$5 cover will benefit the CHOICES Foster Care and Independent Living program. A great cause, and great night of indie rock1

Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds  are ready to make you dance with their old county rock-a-billy over at  Trolley Stop. Always a fun time with this talented and very fun crew! Music starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

It’s an Americana style night with  The Roughly Feathered Band  and Jake Dunn & the Blackbirds,  who are touring this fall, and making a stop  at  Oregon Express.  They are all new on my radar, so should be an interesting one to check out! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

The music community certainly feels like family, and the jam world unites and celebrates at the Herdman Family Christmas Party Jam at Hannah’s, featuring excellent set of musicians:   Chris HouserDino DimitrouleasCharlie TiptonJonny DreadTbone ThemetronomeSharon A. Lane and  Tony Herdman. Now that’s a sweet line-up! Very cool! Music from 8pm – 1am. Free show! 21+

Heavy metal fans will want to check out the regional mix of super popular bands, including:  Necrotic Disgorgement, Carrion Vael, Retreat Hell, and Forces of Nature  at Oddbody’s Music Room .   Doors and Show at 7pm   $10 tickets.

And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for December 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!

Well-known local musician to debut album with new band THIS WEEKEND 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Novagold, (left to right) Josh Gonzalez, Nigel Verboon, Ryan Jones and Jacob Oxley, releases its debut album, A Pretty Burn, at Blind Bob s in Dayton on Friday, Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED
Novagold, (left to right) Josh Gonzalez, Nigel Verboon, Ryan Jones and Jacob Oxley, releases its debut album, A Pretty Burn, at Blind Bob s in Dayton on Friday, Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED

Ryan Jones is known around town as a singer with hip-hop-influenced acts like God Bless & Asher Jones and Nightbeast. He has taken a hard left turn with his new rock band Novagold, releasing its debut album at Blind Bob’s in Dayton on Friday, Dec. 15.

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Jones (vocals, guitar) and band mates Jacob Oxley (guitar), Nigel Verboon (bass) and Josh Gonzalez (drums) recently discussed the evolution of Novagold and “A Pretty Burn,” which was recorded by Patrick Himes at his Reel Love Recording Studio in Dayton.


Jones: “Jacob and I played together in God Bless & Asher Jones. After that ran its course, we wanted to keep playing together. I can’t live without playing music so if I don’t have something happening, it’s not good.”

Oxley: “When we sat down to write songs for this, we didn’t have any preconceived notions. We just came up with what we came up with together and started working on that. I had a lot of short ideas that didn’t fit into anything else and this was an opportunity to actually do something with that stuff.”

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Jones: “God Bless & Asher Jones and Nightbeast is all high energy, and people expect the show to be a spectacle more than any other expectation — so there is a lot of pressure to perform. This is different.”

Gonzalez: “I found out from Jacob they needed a drummer. We got together to see how the chemistry went and it felt really great to me. I started learning the songs and I played my first show with them over the summer of 2016.”


Verboon: “We went in with Patrick toward the end of last year, between Christmas and New Year’s. We’ve just been working on that and getting it mastered and all that stuff. We had to get the art done and that was stressful.”

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Gonzalez: Working with Patrick was great. Because he’s a musician himself he has a real working knowledge of how bands work.”

Jones: “We were originally recording this as a demo but even the rough mixes sounded so good we decided to add a couple more and release it. We recorded six songs that were ready to go. We were trying to be as efficient as possible so we recorded those quickly and painlessly. Then we went back in and recorded two more songs, one that was done and then a newer one.”

Novagold’s new album is available on CD and digitally at iTunes, Spotify and other online providers.


Who: Novagold with Swimming with Sharks, Mad Anthony and Are They Above Us?

Where: Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15

Cost: $5

More info: 937-938-6405 or


7 must-see shows to get you in the holiday spirit 

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED
98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED

It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit! 

There are some upcoming holiday-themed concerts and plays, including A Christmas Story, Dayton Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and 98 Degrees at Christmas that can help you do just that. 

Here’s a list of some of the area’s hot-ticket holiday shows.

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Nov. 1-Dec. 31: This holiday revue features Christmas carols, costumed performers and elaborate sets. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. $61-$75 adults, $30 children 11 and younger. 937-746-4554 or


Dec. 12-17: Victoria Theatre Association presents the beloved holiday story in a Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series production. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. $30-$60. 937-228-3630 or

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Dec. 15: 98 Degrees at Christmas: The reformed pop group with Ohio roots is currently out on a holiday tour. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. 7 p.m. $50.50-$70.50.


Dec. 15: Home Free: The a cappella group, the winner of the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” bring A Country Christmas to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25-$45. VIP packages are $120 and $220. 937-339-2911 or

Dayton Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker is on stage from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Center in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Dec. 15-23: “The Nutcracker”: Dayton Ballet presents this holiday favorite. Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Times vary. $17-$72. 937-228-3630 or


Dec. 17: “Handel’s Messiah”: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents this holiday show with Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Westminster Presbyterian, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6:30 p.m. $31 adults, $29 educators, military and seniors 60 and older, and $14 students. 937-228-3630 or

Jennifer Nettles will perform in a holiday concert on Dec. 19 at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for IEBA)(Contributing Writer)


Dec. 19: Christmas with Jennifer Nettles: The award-winning country singer, who released “To Celebrate Christmas” in 2016, performs at Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $33.50-$64.50. 937-228-2323 or

JUST ANNOUNCED: Country rock revival tour with Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels band, more headed to town

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The Southern Uprising Tour, a southern rock revival starring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws, is headed to town.

The tour will make a stop at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the music venue just announced. The show will begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets will range from $40-$65 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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The Charlie Daniels Band along with The Marshall Tucker Band will perform Saturday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Larry Busacca / Getty Images


Tickets can be purchased online at or or by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

Tickets also can be purchased at the Fraze FanFare Store  located inside Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. It is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

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