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JUST ANNOUNCED: Luke Combs’ new concert tour includes stop here

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

Luke Combs will perform at Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio, on Feb. 8, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY PRESTON LEATHERMAN
Preston Leatherman
Luke Combs will perform at Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio, on Feb. 8, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY PRESTON LEATHERMAN(Preston Leatherman)

Luke Combs extends his sold-out fall headlining “Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time Tour” to spring 2018, adding 25 shows including a stop at Hobart Arena in Troy.

Combs will perform at Hobart on Feb. 8, 2018, with special guest Ashley McBryde.

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Nashville’s artist Luke Combs stormed onto the Country music landscape as a force to be reckoned with.

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Luke Combs will perform at Hobart Arena in Troy on Feb. 8, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY PRESTON LEATHERMAN

The 27 year-old Asheville, North Carolina native released his critically-acclaimed debut album This One’s For You on June 2 which remains the largest selling debut country album to release in 2017. The album debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and remained inside the Top 10 on the same chart since release.

Combs’ debut PLATINUM-certified smash radio single “Hurricane” set Country radio history topping both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart for two consecutive weeks — rendering Combs the first debut country artist to hold a multi-week No.1 since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and the first new solo Country male artist to accomplish the feat since Blake Shelton with “Austin” in 2001.

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Luke Combs will perform at Hobart Arena in Troy on Feb. 8, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY LOUIS BROWNE

Combs made history once more when “When It Rains It Pours”, the GOLD-certified second single off his debut project, landed at No. 1 at two-weeks at Country radio; the last debut male to achieve back-to-back chart toppers off a debut album was Sam Hunt.

In 2017, Combs earned nominations for CMT Awards Breakthrough Artist Of The Year, CMA Award New Artist of the Year and MusicRow Breakthrough Artist/Writer Of the Year.

Dayton Music Insider: Losing a Legend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

Dayton Music Insider, Libby Ballengee, with Mick Montgomery. Photo by Jennifer Taylor.

This week the Dayton music community suffered an absolutely heartbreaking loss. Mick Montgomery, beloved owner of Canal Street Tavern , passed away in his sleep.


How does one start to describe all that Mick contributed to our community and culture? It’s an impossible task. The thing I admired most about him was his single minded determination to bring original music to Dayton. In a time when cover bands dominated the bar scene, Mick wanted his own club, so original musicians had a voice. At Canal St, Mick got to perform his own music, and along the way, inspired countless others to do the same. His tenacity, enthusiasm for all types of music, and many personal sacrifices, helped produce a vibrant Dayton music scene, that is renowned to this day. He leaves behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.

More than that, Mick was a true friend, and even father figure, to many. All the music lovers in this town owe him a enormous debt of gratitude for everything he gave us. Thank you, Mick, for the memories, your friendship, and of course, the music. We love you! This weekend, when you’re out seeing live music, please raise a glass to his memory.

Keep reading to find out about the shows happening this weekend, including A Good Ol Fashioned Mick Montgomery Hootenanny,

> To read more about Mick Montgomery, click here.

Friday January 19th

Friday night you can catch Trey Stone & The Ringers , a full-bodied super group of well known Dayton musicians. They are back at one of their favorite stomping grounds: the  Trolley Stop.  You’re in for a treat with three full sets of piano-fueled rock’n’roll! Show starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

You can catch some early tunes after work on Friday at Oregon Express with Dave Greer Jazz Band for Happy Hour.  Late night Barstool Brown, Viceroy Kings, and Next to Nowhere  will get the place rockin’! Late show starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Excited to check out a couple up-and-coming acts from Cincinnati ,  The Lovers  and  Freedom Nicole Moore,  both performing at Hannah’s  on Friday night. They mix soulful vocals with indie and Americana rock stylings, and singer-songwriter influences. Local musician  Tony Herdman kicks off the evening. Doors 9pm. No cover. 21+

Garage rockers The Deadlicks and The Daytimers  are back at Blind Bob’s  on Friday night as well. Going to be a wild, ragin night over there! Doors 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Two new acts on my radar are performing at South Park Tavern on Friday night: Salt Orchard and Adele Backus. Always enjoy a cozy night at SPT, so checkout some new music while you’re at it! Show from  10pm – 1am.

Every Friday, exclusively at Watermark  restaurant in Miamisburg, Kevin Dumont and   Jeon McConnell  perform sultry sounds of the saxophone. Looking for a fantastic date night? This is it! Enjoy some top notch cuisine, along with great music from 8:30-10:30pm.

Oscar’s Bar is offering a sizzling night of live original electronica to Vandalia, featuring the musical trifecta, Echo Mecca, Goodnight Goodnight and Curse of Cassandra ! This is truly a line-up not to be missed! 9pm – 12am. $5 cover.


Rachel Litteral & The Abstracts brings their blues-rock to Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs for a mid winter warm up. Come on out and shake it with them! 10pm. No cover.

Saturday January 20th

Saturday is when the Dayton music community collectively celebrates the life of Mick Montgomery. A drop in service will be held from 1-4pm at Tobias Funeral Home at 3970 Dayton Xenia Rd in Beavercreek. Afterwards, at 6pm, his family and friends will gather at The Brightside Event and Music Venue (905 E 3rd St. Dayton, OH) to throw a proper Hootenanny in his honor.

Michael “Mick” Montgomery at a 2003 Wood Guthrie show at Canal Street Tavern. Montgomery died on Jan. 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood

The Hootenanny is a free event that is open to anyone interested in celebrating Mick’s life. It’s a family style pot luck, so please bring some kind of dish, desert or snack to share. There is a cash bar (no outside alcohol, please). Non-alcoholic beverages are available as well. Anyone interested in signing up to play a song at the Hootenanny will sign up when they arrive to the event space. Children are welcome earlier in the evening. The event will run until 2am. Parking information is posted on the event page here.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to support the Dayton music community and the folks at Bright Side: or at the venue itself. Online condolences may be sent to

We can’t predict these type of losses, so naturally many other shows were already booked for Saturday night. Mick would have wanted everyone to keep playing their music and so we shall! Over at Blind Bob’s  you can catch  Nightbeast, Jack O’Shea (guitarist of Bayside from NY) , and RINDThis is going to be a rockin’ party night that will be fun, fun, fun! Love these bands! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Two of my favorite locals acts Nasty Bingo  and The Boxcar Suite  are performing at Hannah’s.  These talented folks perform an fun mix of blues, rock, and Americana. 9pm-1am. $5 cover.

Another funky and fabulous show is happening at Trolley Stop  with  Lord Kimbo.  They are high-energy, fun and funky! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Rock & Roll Anarchy is in store at  Oregon Express on Saturday night with  Evil Eye Gypsy,  Motel Faces, and A Sides B Sides. $5 at the door. 21+.

It’s a night of serious rock’n’roll with Far From Eden, Earth Tongue , & This Blessed Hatred at Hanks Pub  on Patterson. It’s going to be a fun night at this neighborhood bar! 9pm No cover. 18+

North of town, don’t miss the ferocious band Tiger Sex , along with Filthy Lowdown, Negative Protein and Fuzzmuck at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. It promises to be “loud, live and raw” in there! 9pm. $5 at the door. 21+.



Grateful Dead fans, don’t miss the very talented tribute act Arrows of Neon at One Eyed Jacks.  These guys always put a smile on my face! Two full sets start at 10pm. No cover!

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 features early set times, so it works great as a date night!

As  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: The information above is for January 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. 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

Def Leppard and Journey are going on tour together — and they are coming close to here

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

Deff Leppard and Journey are co-headlining a 58-city North American tour in 2018.
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Deff Leppard and Journey are co-headlining a 58-city North American tour in 2018.(David Becker/Getty Images for Def Leppard, Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Two of the greatest rock bands are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts.

Def Leppard and Journey are hitting road in May, and their tour includes some stops close to home including Monday, May 28 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and Wednesday, May 30 in Cincinnati at U.S. Bank Arena and Wednesday, Aug. 22 in Columbus at the Schottenstein Center.

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The tour will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.”

Tickets for the show in Cincinnati go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. through, Ticketmaster outlets, the U.S. Bank Arena box office and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

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 The 58-city tour will hit 10 stadiums — Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park — as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California. A full list of tour dates can be found at Live Nation.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne coming to town for summer concert

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)
Theo Wargo
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 will go on 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 will go 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. 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Tony Bennett coming to 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 go 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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There is a limit of 4 tickets per person on the first day of sale. 

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.