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.

What to expect when one of top Christian music acts heads to town

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

Leader Mark Hall (center) brings his Grammy Award-winning Christian group Casting Crowns to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED
Leader Mark Hall (center) brings his Grammy Award-winning Christian group Casting Crowns to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED

Casting Crowns, performing at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, Aug. 19, is one of the most successful Christian music acts working today. The Grammy Award-winning outfit has sold more than 10 million albums since its self-titled debut in 2003, and the group achieved that success while ministering fulltime in their respective churches.

Leader Mark Hall, who is a youth pastor, recently answered some questions from his office at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Q: How long has youth pastor been your calling?

A: I’ve been here at Eagle’s Landing for 15 years. I’ve been a youth pastor for 25 years. I started when I was 21 or 22. My goal is to be the world’s oldest youth pastor.

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Q: How has that work changed over the past 25 years?

A: Everyone’s base needs are the same, but kids want approval. They want to be loved and they want purpose, like we all do. The enemy has always been attacking the family so the family is a mess in a lot of homes. Usually one of the biggest struggles is kids not having a dad in the house. That’s something we deal with a lot. A lot of time, youth pastor is Papa No. 2 for a lot of kids. With the way media is now, everything is so much more accessible. Things are faster and more available. When you were a teenager and I was a teenager, you had to jump through a lot of hoops to do something really bad. You had to really work on it and now the world is literally in your pocket. It’s a tough world for kids.

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Q: What do you get from Casting Crowns that you can bring back to the youth?

A: It’s really the other way around. The songs I write come out of what I teach here throughout the year and then message sort of simmer up out of those. The ones that rise to the top become songs. If it wasn’t for the church, I wouldn’t have the songs. Casting Crowns is more the overflow of what’s happening in the church. Then on the road, we’re just a blip on the radar to a person. We’re just a couple of hours one night in their life. Our goal there is to encourage people and give them a break from the world for a little while and point them toward Jesus.


Who: Casting Crowns with opener Zach Williams

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Cost: $30-$45 in advance, $35-$50 at the door

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Dayton Music Insider: Wham Bam & Juicy Jams!

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

This week, it was interesting to note, that Thursday (aka Bootleg Friday) has stolen the show from the weekend. For some reason, it’s an evening absolutely  packed with amazing shows! Definitely one heck of a way to kick off the weekend!

Read on to find out about this weekend’s regional festival,  Wham Bam Thank U Jam, along with all the other juicy jams happening around Dayton!

Weekend Long Festivals

Fam, this is your friendly reminder that Wham Bam Thank U Jam  is this weekend, south of town near Oxford. This weekend long celebration of love and life, through music, is a true party! Loads of live music, a massive bonfire, and non-stop smiles! Just what the Dr ordered after the hate and negativity we’ve experienced the past week. Need to turn that frown upside down? Boogie on down to College Corner and lay your worries aside!

Enjoy live music from  The Almighty Get Down, Baoku, Bauner Chafin Band, Earth Tongue, Electric Orange Peel, Far From Eden, Founding Fathers, JoJo Stella, The Mainline Funk, Sharon Lane, Terrapin Moon, Willy Clark Band, Zane & The Sway + many more!

Ticket info: $50 pre-sale at authorized outlets here. $60 at the gate.  Each ticket includes entry to Celebration Friday, August 18 thru Sunday, August 20th. Choice of camping sites and free parking. There is an Early Bird Thursday option where you pay $10 at the gate + regular ticket. Will Call is located at the front gate. Happy Wham Bam to you all!


Thursday August 17th

Back in Dayton, music fans are super excited for   the Levitt Preview Concert  featuring The Suffers,  an 8-piece Gulf Coast Soul act that is getting rave reviews across the nation!  
This concert is a sneak peek of the Levitt experience, before the construction gets started on the new Levitt Pavilion going in at Dave Hall Plaza. And just like all the Levitt shows to come – it’s free! All ages welcome! Show starts promptly at 7:00PM. BYO lawn chair, blanket, and cooler. Stop on by for a great evening of FREE music!
Across town, there is another opportunity for free music at RiverScape MetroPark’s.  Their Summer Music Series, presented by, continues with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra ( which is part of the  Big Band Nights series ). Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes for a great night of music! Weather dependent.  7:30pm –  9:30pm. All ages! Free!

Thursday night is packed with live music, so hang on, we’re just getting started! Up at Rose Music Center, enjoy a blast from the past with The O’Jays with The Ohio PlayersThe O’Jays are excited to show off the electrifying energy they’ve had for over 50 years. They’re performing along with Dayton’s own The Ohio Players. Sweet! Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Tickets start at $23.50. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase.

This week you can also enjoy one of the Showcase   Thursdays at Yellow Cab.  This week’s acts feature  Matt Cary, Kyleen, Timothy Michael, Debbie Decasio, and Golden Guy. Music from 8pm-11:30pm.

Hannah’s on Ludlow is proud to announce their new Jazz Night at Hannah’s, every Thursday from 8:30pm-11pm. Check it out!

A unique punk-country show is happening over at  South Park Tavern  Thursday night with  The Punknecks and Orca Love . The former is on tour from Hollywood, and ready to make a splash in the DYT! Be sure to stop out and show them some hometown love! Music from 9-11pm.

One of my fave live music events of the week is the Medicine Wheel at Oregon Express. It’s a free show every Thursday, featuring two sets of wailing guitars from Chris Coalt Sr and Chris Coalt Jr, along with Chuckie Love and Rob Brockman from Suberranean. Word on the street is that a very special touring musician might be making a cameo as well! Gonna be hopin’! Music starts at 10pm. (PS… This is a great post-show after The Suffers concert at Dave Hall Plaza – walking distance!)

Out in Beavercreek, you can get your live music on as well! Check out The Brian Wallen Quartet a t Spinoza’s  inside the Fairfield Mall. The Quartet featuers John Lardinois, Ben Cooper, Brian Spirk and of course, Brian Wallen. They are set to deliver 2 sets of hard drivin’, full contact, shootin from the hip bluegrass. Music from 6:30pm-10pm.

Friday August 18th

Friday night Joe Bonamassa  is performing at Fraze Pavilion , in what is being called “The Guitar Event of the Year.”  Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa makes his way to the Dayton area with a stellar band of legendary musicians. Tickets are $89 – Lawn & Terrace. There is a 20% student & military discount with valid ID at Fraze FanFare only (limit 2). Show at 8pm. Not familiar with Joe? Download a Free Song from Joe Bonamassa at

Punk fans will be heading over to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 to see Big Wooly, Devious Ones, Sagermen, and Amber Gregory . Friday night punk rock party with Detroit Garage Punkers, Devious Ones! 9pm. $5 cover.

The Pinkertones  are back! Your favorite ’90s era Weezer tribute act is back at Blind Bob’s, along with special guests,  Temper, Temper, Temperature, performing At the Drive-in’s album “Relationship of Command.” It’s a tribute show kind of night! Doors at 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Saturday August 19th

One of the premiere events of the weekend is David Payne’s EP Release Show  at Yellow Cab. It promises to be an intimate night of songs, stories, and photographs from Dayton. Featured Performers include David Payne (The New Old-Fashioned), Tod Weidner (Shrug), Joe Anderl (1984 Draft), Tim Pritchard (Boxcar Suite), and Harold Hensley (The Repeating Arms). What a fabulous crew! Featured Photographers are also on display, with Bill Cunningham,  Chris Corn, Jennifer Taylor, and Jay Woessner. Doors at 7. Music at 8. $5 cover.

Alternative / indie / hard rock fans are in for a treat at  Blind Bob’s  Saturday night with   Manray,  Mad Anthony  (Cincinnati) Honah Lee  (Trenton, NJ) and Cloud Shroud.  Doors at 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Also in the Oregon District, you can catch the electric mix of Todd the Fox, Dip Spit, and Age Nowhere  at Oregon Express. A little bit country, a helping of hip hop, and a whole lot of rock’n’roll! 9pm. 21+ Cover tbd

Outside of Dayton, there is plenty of great music to enjoy! The Anniversary Gala at Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg is one not to miss! They are celebrating their one year anniversary with free hors’ duerves, champagne and games start at 9pm. Dinner service will feature Chuck Evans at 5pm,  Todd the Fox at 6:30pm and then Kelsey Mira at 9pm. The event will also have games and fun to help raise funds for the Miamisburg Bicenntenial that will occur next year. A great time to celebrate all around!

Singer Songwriters Raggedy Edge are performing at the  Clifton Opera House  Saturday evening as well. This 2-piece indie pop folk rock group is born of an Americana folk rock tradition steeped in bluegrass, country, and blues, and with an easy-going schmaltz that is entertaining and easy to understand. There’s a $10 donation at the door. 7:30-9:30pm

Rock out to ThunderTaker and Founding Fathers with special guests The Lucid Furs (MI)  at Courtyard Lounge in Englewood. It’s going to be a solid night of earth-moving grooves, psychedelic homage, and head-banging! 9pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Sunday August 20th

Get your funk on Sunday night with Brian Culbertson and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at Rose Music Center!  For those not familiar, Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. NOTE: Culbertson will open the show and Parliament Funkadelic will close the show. Doors 6pm. Show 7pm. Tickets start at $23.50. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase.

Later on Sunday, head over to Blind Bob’s for a Night of the Beats, featuring Eruftuf, Tawny Indian, Off the Meat RackBig OZ aka Debbie, with DJ sets by   209 SINS & Brett F.  8pm. $5 cover. 21+

And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for August 17th-20th, 2017. 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 availability.   Keep up with my live music adventures on  Facebook,  Instagram, or  Twitter. Enjoy the show! 

Garth Brooks announces concert a short drive away, and here’s how to get tickets

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Gather up your friends from their low places. Country music icon Garth Brooks and his equally talented wife Trisha Yearwood are bringing their world tour near Dayton. The duo will perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with tickets going on sale Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m.

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Tour organizers say this is the closest to this area that Brooks and Yearwood will get before the tour ends. Brooks, named by the Recording Industry Association of America as the top-selling artist of the 20th century with 148 million units sold, returns to Indianapolis for the first time in 21 years. Songs like “Friends In Low Places”“The Dance” and “Thunder Rolls” have made him an undisputed giant in country music. 

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Brooks famously retired in 2001 before returning to the studio and the road nine years later.

Yearwood, a superstar in her own right, is a three-time Grammy and Country Music Association winner, as well as the holder of two Academy of Country Music awards. Known for songs like “She’s in Love with the Boy”“Walkaway Joe” and “How Do I Live?” are among her huge hits over a 12-album career. 
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Tickets are $74.98 and all seats are sold on a best-available basis. There is a purchase limit of eight tickets.


What: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

When: Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis

Ticket Info: | 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000

David Payne: New solo EP “Cheaper Than Therapy”

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            David Payne of roots rockers the New Old-Fashioned releases a new solo EP, Cheaper Than Therapy, at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED
David Payne of roots rockers the New Old-Fashioned releases a new solo EP, Cheaper Than Therapy, at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED

David Payne is usually associated with his smoking hot roots rock band the New Old-Fashioned but he performed solo for years before the group formed in 2011. He returns to his roots with the new EP, “Cheaper Than Therapy,” getting its official release at the Yellow Cab Building in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 19.

“This came about on accident,” Payne said. “I was writing songs faster than the band could put them together. They started piling up and I didn’t have demos of them. Half of them weren’t even written down so I locked myself in my front room one day and cut six songs.”

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The recording is raw and unvarnished, which fits the simple presentation of one man with an acoustic guitar and a mournful voice.

“It was just one microphone and one take just to get them down,” Payne said. “I didn’t do any overdubs or add anything. After I recorded them, I went and listened back. It was kind of bare but I got good takes of everything. I sent them out to a few people to see if they were any good. I got a few positive responses so I decided to put it out. Micah Carli mastered it and it was done.”

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“Cheaper Than Therapy” is being released while the New Old-Fashioned work on the follow-up to 2015’s “Low Down Dirty Summer Nights” at Patrick Himes’ Reel Love Recording Studio in Dayton.

“I’m really excited to work with Patrick again,” Payne said. “We’re tracking live to tape for the first time and I never want to do it another way. That’s our big focus right now. It took a while to write these songs and we’re taking our time on the record so it won’t see the light of day until next year. We wanted something in between but we didn’t want to take time away from the album. This solo EP is a good stop-gap release between the New Old-Fashioned releases.”

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Payne is excited for Saturday’s release show, which also features a photo exhibition with work by Bill Cunningham, Chris Corn, Jennifer Taylor and Jay Woessner.

“It’s going to be a great night,” Payne said. “We’ve got the photographers and a songwriting night with Tod Weidner, Tim Pritchard, Harold Hensley and Joe Anderl, who are some of my biggest songwriting influences. I e-mailed them all and I figured I’d get a couple of them but they all happened to be available. This is one of my favorite songwriter bills I’ve ever been on.”


Who: David Payne with special guests Tod Weidner, Joe Anderl, Tim Pritchard and Harold Hensley

Where: Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Cost: $5

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