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Justin Moore concert rescheduled for Cinco de Mayo

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 4:47 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

Justin Moore performs on the main stage at Country Concert 17 on Thursday, July 6. The three-day country music festival at Hickory Hills Lake in Fort Loramie runs through Saturday, July 8. David A. Moodie, Contributing Photographer.
Justin Moore performs on the main stage at Country Concert 17 on Thursday, July 6. The three-day country music festival at Hickory Hills Lake in Fort Loramie runs through Saturday, July 8. David A. Moodie, Contributing Photographer.

Country artist Justin Moore’s “Hell on a Highway Tour” includes a Cinco de Mayo show at Hobart Arena in Troy, the arena announced.

The platinum-selling artist will hit over 40 cities across the United States. The Hobart show will be on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

The concert was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018.

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Dylan Scott will open the show.

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Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 2, 2018 at 10 a.m., so mark your calendars. Tickets will be available at the Hobart Arena Box Office, charge by phone at 937-339-2911 and at www.hobartarena.com.

Tickets will be $47.75. A limited number of VIP meet and greet tickets will be available for $149.

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"Hell On A Highway Tour" is Moore's fourth headlining tour, having just wrapped up his "American Made Tour" with Lee Brice back in April and will span seven months, taking the Arkansas native from coast to coast.

Most recently, Moore was one of the artists on the lineup for Country Concert ‘17 in July at Fort Loramie.

Dayton Music Insider: Thanksgiving Guide to Live Music

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

Normally I would start off this week’s blog by telling you to go see the annual  Such a Night: The Last Waltz performance at Dayton Art Institute, but both performances are sold out already! Congrats to the organizers and musicians! And to my dear friends, please listen to me when I tell you in September to buy your ticket!

Don’t have a ticket to that amazing event? Never fear! There are TONS of great shows happening all over the Miami Valley this weekend, so get into some fun with you friends & family this holiday weekend!

Wednesday November 22nd

Looking for an enjoy show to check out with friends before Thanksgiving festivities begin? Check out the lovely  Blue Note Bistro  in Miamisburg, from 5:30-9:30pm, for some jazz with Bruce Wilkes. 

One of my absolute favorite shows of the weekend is the annual   Werksgiving  concert at  Oddbody’s Music Room. These home town boys, turned national touring act are known for their electrifying dance parties. They will have you grooving all night long! $15 day of show. Doors 8pm. Show 8:30pm. 18+

There’s a big ole group party going on at Hannah’s  on Ludlow downtown. They are inviting musicians, singers and poets for a pop up jam session, dubbed  Danksgiving Party with LuvLocz. Fun goes from 9pm-1am. 21+

Come out to Oscar’s on Thanksgiving Eve and get your gobble on. Get yourself liquored up and ready to handle those relatives that drive you crazy. Or if you love being around them, bring everyone out for a celebration and make some new memories. The Key Concepts, Neo-American Pioneers, and BENT will provide the musical backdrop for the evening and Oscar’s will provide the non-turkey & dressing fixings and a variety of libations. Show starts at 9PM. $5 cover. 21+

Friday November 24th

At Blind Bob’s, it’s another Black Friday Showcase for all those heavy metal music fans out there! The showcase features a fully stocked line-up with   Back Stabbath Maharaja,   Hexadiode and  Big Lightning.  9pm. $5 cover. 21+

I’m excited to check out soul singer Bashiri Asad  (Indianapolis) at Trolley Stop  on Friday night. He’s got an old school vibe that’s great for groups with varied musical tastes, or a swanky date night! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Hannah’s is offering a free show for all of you who have spent all your money shopping today! A special drum only set kicks off the night at 9:30pm, then at 10pm enjoy original tunes from  The Willy Clark Band
and then The DayDreamers at midnight. Free! 21+

Another early night for jazz fans at  Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg, which features two shows: Danny Voris at 5pm, followed by the Brad Myers Trio at 8pm.

Yellow Springs folks, make sure you check out the Stark Folk Band  (on at 11pm) who will be playing a double set of old faves and new tunes at Peach’s Grill  on Friday night. The night starts off at 10pm with The Whetstone’s debut performance!  Free show! 21+

North of town, there is another dynamic rock show at Oscar’s  in Vandalia , featuring   RIND  (Rock Is Not Dead),   FOUNDING FATHERS, and   Kuber. They perform a mix of rock, new wave, indie and punk. Enjoy and rock on! 9pm-2am. $5 cover.

I know tons of jam and hard rock fans will be heading south for the Glostik Willy show at Old Crow for Black Friday. They will be joined with  Eyeris Wide, High Altitude, and  The Ram Ones. Cover: $7 (10% goes back to Chubby’s family. Chubby was a music super fan who passed recently, and helped start this annual show!) Doors: 8:00 p.m. Show Time: 9:00 p.m.

Saturday November 25th

It’s  Small Business Saturday! Make sure to support your local small businesses, especially those record stores. (Music is always the perfect gift, in my humble opinion!)

Skeleton Dust Records  downtown Dayton is also featuring live-in store performances throughout the day with Noisteria Emission  (abstract modular electronics from Dayton) and Andy Gabbard  (from Buffalo Killers) will be providing live in-store performances throughout the day as well. 12-8pm.

Hard rock / metal fans are in for another great night of music at Blind Bob’s with Neon WarshipWild SavagesGrand Mammoth, and   Bison Machine.   Very cool! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

An eclectic show is happening at Oregon Express on Saturday with Rich Man’s TrickWhiskey For Kids, and Earth TongueThis could be RMT’s last show for awhile, so catch them while you can! Show at 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

Gin-Soaked Angels  is planning on a raging party to kick off the holidays on Saturday night when they take over  Hannah’s on Ludlow. Music kicks off at 10pm!

Metal fan alert: Whitechapel, with special guests Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Entheos, and So This Is Suffering are going to be rockin’ out at Oddbody’s Music Room. This is a huge show, so make sure you get your tickets ASAP! $30 advance, $35 day of show. 18+ Doors 5pm, Show 5:30pm.

Dead Tuth has had enough. They explain that they’ve exceeded their expectations with their band and are deciding to call it quits. Come see their final performance with special guests from the Queen City The ZG’S and Dayton’s own  Dipspit. All this is happening at  Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. Doors at 9, music at 10.

South of town, jazz fans at  Blue Note Bistro can enjoy music at 2 times:  Danny Voris at 5pm, followed by the Brad Myers Trio at 8pm.

Road trip! If you are up for a bit of a drive, don’t miss  The Big Damn Tryptophan Jamone of Dayton music’s traditions that has transplanted to  Octave,  a very cool new venue in Covington, KY. This year again features  Johnny Neel,  Chris Houser,  Bob Dellaposta and many other amazing musicians will be jammin together! Doors 8pm. Music 9pm. Tickets $8 at the door.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 23rd-25th 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!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Another star joins the lineup for Country Concert ‘18

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th
David Moodie
Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th(David Moodie)

It might be months away, but excitement is building for Country Concert ‘18. 

The top acts for our region’s annual country music festival in Fort Loramie, presented by K99.1FM, were announced in September.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

One more artist just joined the lineup for the concerts July 5-7, 2018:

Carly Pearce is the voice behind "Every Little Thing," which is currently a big hit in country radio.

The lineup also includes headliners Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith as well as Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Jo Dee Messina, Midland, Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina.

>> PHOTOS: Country Concert '17

Additional details will be announced soon, according to Country Concert’s website. 

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K99.1 FM. is a Cox Media Group Ohio company. 

Here is a recap of the lineup and schedule so far: 

THE HEADLINERS

ERIC CHURCH 

Saturday headliner, 10 p.m.

Country singer Eric Church(HANDOUT)

 

BRAD PAISLEY 

Friday headliner, 10 p.m.

BRAD PAISLEY(TIME, INC)

TOBY KEITH 

Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.

MORE ACTS

BROTHERS OSBORNE

Saturday, 8 p.m.

COLE SWINDELL 

Friday 8 p.m.

Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED

BILLY CURRINGTON

Thursday 8 p.m.

JO DEE MESSINA

Thursday 6 p.m.

Jo Dee Messina(Contributing Writer)

MIDLAND

Thursday 4 p.m.

Midland performs at the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Tina Phan)

KANE BROWN

Saturday 4 p.m.

LAUREN ALAINA

Saturday 2 p.m.

CARLY PEARCE

Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage

Award-winning country star coming to town to get you in the holiday spirit

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Award-winning country singer Martina McBride brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED
Award-winning country singer Martina McBride brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED

Retail outlets have been in the Christmas spirit since the beginning of November, but for most people the official holiday season doesn’t begin in earnest until the day after Thanksgiving. Put Martina McBride in the second category.

The award-winning country singer, performing at Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29, launches The Joy of Christmas Tour on Friday.

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“We could probably get another couple of weeks in if we started this tour earlier, but I don’t like to start decorating or thinking about Christmas until after Thanksgiving,” McBride said. “I love Christmas but I think sometimes it just starts too early.”

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That said, the holidays have been on McBride’s mind a lot lately. Not only is she rehearsing a 12-piece band for the current tour, she also recently completed her first Christmas album since “White Christmas” was released in 1998.

Award-winning country singer Martina McBride brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“We do the Christmas tour sporadically but it’s really one of my favorite to do,” she said. “It has beautiful Christmas music. It’s a very classic show, like a big Christmas card brought to life. There’s a lot of pretty and interesting footage on a big video screen, I have six costume changes and it snows inside. I don’t want to give everything away, but it’s very visually beautiful.

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“There’s a lot of information,” she continued before trailing off. “I don’t want to say information because that sounds like a TED Talk, but there is a lot of content to take in and then there’s all the beautiful music on top of everything. I go out into the audience and chat with people so it’s all very spontaneous and fun. It’s different from what I normally do so it’s a lot of fun.”

“White Christmas” was comprised of traditional holiday songs. The new album, set for release in the fall of 2018, will be in the same mold.

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“I’m probably a traditionalist at heart,” McBride said. “I love the classics so when I set out to make that first record, I wanted to make one that would stand the test of time. I wanted it to be something that people would want to hear while they’re trimming their tree or cooking with friends 30 years later.

“The new Christmas album is the same philosophy,” McBride added “It’s a very classic sounding record but more in a big band, swing kind of way. I recorded it with a 32-piece orchestra out in L.A. It’s just amazing. I can’t wait to get it finished and get it out there next year.”

>> Mark your calendars: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Justin Moore at Hobart Arena

WANT TO GO?

What: Martina McBride’s The Joy of Christmas Tour

Where: Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29

Cost: $32-$75. VIP packages available

More info: 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com

Artist info: www.martinamcbride.com

A Weekend to Celebrate, Get Down, and Disco!

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:53 AM


This weekend is packed with celebrations: Doc Severinsen’s 90th Birthday, Jeff Opt’s 50th Birthday, The Gem City Get Down, Curse of Casandra’s album release, and the annual Discogiving, among many more live music events.

Keep reading to get details on all the fun to be had!

Friday November 17th

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big-band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late-night television for three decades. That trumpet blast came from  Doc Severinsen. Johnny Carson often referred to him as “the greatest trumpeter in the world.”

This year, Doc is celebrating his 90th Birthday with a whirlwind tour, that includes a stop at the beautiful Schuster Center, with our own Dayton Philharmonic. Enjoy iconic American classics from pop, jazz, ballads, and big-band in a truly unforgettable performance. You have an opportunity to see this show both on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov 17th and 18th, at 8pm. Tickets start at $29+. Contact Ticket Center Stage here for tickets or call (888) 228-3630.

Looking for an early show to relax and unwind after work? Join Rachel Litteral & The Abstracts  at the  Emporium Wines & The Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs for a night of wine and beer tasting and funky blues/rock. 7-10pm

Late night downtown, Curse of Cassandra will be celebrating their NekonomicoN ! album release at Blind Bob’s. They’ve planned a “Nigh† of WI†CH D∆NCE”  with visuals by VJ Siren  Ella Tyler,  and music from Damn the Witch Siren (Witch Rock/Columbus), Village Druids (Druid Dance/Mary Jane’s Grave), and Playfully Yours (Strange Electronic/Cincinnati). $5, 21+, 9pm, Cosplay Encouraged/Come As You Are!

I’m excited to check out Red Clay Pigeons , a rockin’ band led by folk singer/songwriter Wesley Moore, at Tumbleweed Connection  on Friday night. They are sharing the night with local faves  Bar Stool Brown. 9:30pm. 21+

Loud young rock’n’roll is on tap at  South Park Tavern, with the   Heisey Glass Company and Puru. Please bring a can of food for donation! 9:45pm.

 

Grateful Dead fans, boogie on over to  Hannah’s  to check out tribute band  Terrapin MoonMusic starts at 10pm and goes late!

I’ve been so curious to check out Watermarkthe new, hip restaurant in Miamisburg. Now I find out that every Friday I can also enjoy jams from  Kevin Dumont and  Jeon McConnell, I’m definitely more interested to make that drive south! Music from 8:30-10:30pm.

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 starts early, so it’s great as a date night!

Neil Young fans out there? I know there are! Check out an early night of Neil’s tunes performed by  Briz at Taffy’s of Eaton . 8-11pm.

The Dayton metal family comes together to support one of their own at a special benefit show at  Jimmie’s Ladder 11,  featuring live performances from  A bertooth Lincoln , Maharaja, and Calamity Day.   Also a chance to win raffle prizes from great local companies too. $5 cover. 9:30pm.  Anyone unable to attend the event can still support the benefit directly by sending a donation via PayPal to Help4Malacai@Hotmail.com

North of town, there’s a fantastic Tool & Panera Tribute night at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. The Grudge and Black Tooth Grin will rock your faces off! 9pm. $7 at the door. 18+

Saturday November 18th

One of Dayton’s biggest champions of local music, Jeff Opt, turned 50 this summer and he hasn’t had a party yet! So here it is – Jeff’s Belated Birthday Bash  at Yellow Cab. Featuring awesome music from The Boxcar Suite and The Big Wazu! There’ll be cake and hopefully some fun surprises! Doors at 8pm and music at 9pm. No cover, so no excuses! Although please feel free to make a donation, which will go towards a new mixing board at Yellow Cab. They do so much to support the music scene, why not drop in a few bucks? Share the love! Most of all, just come out and enjoy the party and have a good time!

Skeleton Dust Records  at 133 E 3rd St is excited to present their  first live in-store event, featuring: Alba Cell – electronics from Bellevue, KY, Brad Griggs – harsh noise from Cincinnati, and  Orgasmic Response Unit – extreme noise duo from Dayton.  7pm. Free with donations accepted.

Hannah’s is excited to start a  Weekly All Ages Blues Sesh  (family friendly) on Saturdays from 5-8pm. They are encouraging young artists to participate! If you’re a musician – bring your instrument. If you’re a singer – bring your voice. If you’re a fan – bring yourself! And after, from 8-11pm, you can catch The Primetime Blues Band!

The Gem City Get Down returns to Blind Bob’s Bar this weekend with Trunk Bound Regime, DJ Domestic Bliss, and  MC Picket Fence. The Gem City Get Down was started by members of the Dayton Hip Hop Dialogue as an alternative to typical local Hip Hop shows. This one showcases all elements of Hip Hop in an old-school party atmosphere! All they ask is $3 at the door to benefit  Kiva.org. Doors open at 9, music till 2am. 21 & up.

Rock out to McGuff & The Dumpster Fires, Death By Fetish and Stella’s Demise at the Oregon Express on Saturday night. They all play a mix of high-energy rock, punk, and alternative that will get ya fired up! $5 at the door. 21+

Rite of Venus and The Johnson Treatment  join forces for a great night of live music at South Park Tavern . No cover, so be sure to stop by and show these locals some love! 9-11:30pm

Around the corner, you can also check out local band Jericho Thyme at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 . Lots of very talented musicians in this group, performing a mix of southern rock, Americana, blues and jams! Music gets going at 10pm. $5 cover.

There’s a cool all ages show at Mike’s Bike Park  from 9pm-12am with  The Voice Of God (dyt hard core),  Smells Like Trees (alterintive rock),  Knavery (alterintive punk),  Tawny Indian (dyt hip hop), and  Standard Issue (rock). Bring a skateboard! BYOB

Heavy metal fans will be out in force at   Oddbody’s Music Room  on Saturday night . Dayton’s loudest bands will pay tribute to Jeb Law and Sam Holliday, who have supported their scene in major ways. Forces of Nature, Fetus Omelet, Dark Soul, Retreat Hell, and Stonecross are all performing! 7pm Door / Show. $5 admission. 18+

The Surly Gentlemen  return to Star City Brewery  in Miamisburg, with their sweet vocals, blazing instrumentation, and stripped down versions of many of your favorites in a great listening room environment. This super group features Grammy award-winning guitarist Clay Hess, Brennan Hess, and Veteran bluegrass singer Tim Shelton of New Found Road. $10.00 Advance. $15.00 Door. 8pm-11pm

The Buckeye Sports Lodge in Springfield is hosting a night of jams with one of my local faves,  Nasty Bingo ! They are lots of fun! If you’re east of town, make sure you stop out to see these guys! 9pm-1am. $5 cover.

Last, but certainly not least, is the  3rd Annual Discogiving  at the  Old Crow Bar in Middletown. What a line-up they have in store! Wowsa!  Eyeris Wide  8:30pm- 9:30pm,  Ernie Johnson From Detroit  10pm-11pm,  Freekbass  11:30pm-12:45am, and  Subterranean  1:15am- Close. Donations for  Hannah’s Treasure Chest are accepted at the door. They are in need of baby diapers, hygiene items, blankets, toys, equipment, and 0-3 clothing. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit Direct Relief. $10 door. 18+

As a reader of this blog, you’re also invited to a Sneak Peek of   The Brightside Event & Music Venue!  It’s a brand new and completely unique space on E 3rd that’s coming back to life in a major way – and you can be part of it! DJ Bobbylite will be spinning funk, hip hop, guaranteed to get you moving on dance floor! Cash bar. Stop on out and see the new awesomeness coming to downtown Dayton!

And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 17th-18th 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!