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Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
— Jack White, The Chainsmokers, blink-182, Post Malone, and Incubus will headline the 2018 Bunbury Music Festival, announced by PromoWest Productions.
The Cincinnati music festival is celebrating its seventh year. Bunbury will return to downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, transforming the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant three-day festival experience June 1-3, 2018.
Bunbury has received critical acclaim from Billboard, USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music, and was named among the Top 16 Music Festivals by CNN Travel in 2017.
Joining the 2018 headliners is a jam-packed, eclectic lineup of national, regional and local acts including: Foster the People, Young the Giant, Dropkick Murphys, Royal Blood, Third Eye Blind, GRiZ, Coheed and Cambria, Manchester Orchestra, Fitz and The Tantrums, Lecrae, MisterWives, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, LANY, The Front Bottoms, Bishop Briggs, Everything Everything, A R I Z O N A, Sir Sly, Two Feet, Black Pistol Fire, Peter Bjorn and John, Allan Rayman, Magic Giant, Gang of Youths, Reo Cragun, Welshly Arms, Lillie Mae, Remo Drive, The Wrecks, Tall Heights, McLovin, Commonheart, Vesperteen, Bummers, Lift the Medium, Friday Giants, Moonbeau, and more.
The festival will take place Friday & Saturday, June 1-2: Noon – 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 3: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
General Admission and VIP weekend passes are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. For ticket information and pricing visit BunburyFestival.com/tickets.
Ticket packages start at $179, with VIP upgrades available for $450 and $1,399. Payment plans are available.
Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:07 AM
After years of hard work and dedication, the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center is celebrating its grand opening this weekend! This Center is a trully wonderful way to honor the innovative spirit of Dayton, and the people who put Funk music on the map.
Reservations for the Grand Opening are now full, but you can visit the Funk Center downtown at 113 E. Third St on Saturday from 11am-5pm. If you can’t make it this weekend, I suggest you plan a visit soon! Particularly for Dayton music fans, there are so many fabulous relics from Dayton’s music past to explore and learn about.
>Read more about the Funk Center opening here.
There’s lots more funky stuff happening this weekend, so let’s get to it!
Friday Feb 16th
Didn’t get your RSVP in time for the Funk Grand Opening? Don’t fear, you can swing by Hannah’s (on Ludlow) for the official after party following The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center’s Grand Opening. Starts at 9pm.
Alternative fans are in for a great show over at Blind Bob’s with Salvadore Ross, Suck the Honey (Cincinnati), and Big Lightning. Enjoy some fuzz rock with some psychedelic stylings, and a whole lotta fun! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+
My friends who love folk / Americana rock are in for a major treat with The New Old Fashioned with Harold Hensley at Peach’s in Yellow Springs. Such a great band, and with Harold as the special guest, it’s definitely going to be a memorable night! Plus it’s a free show! 10pm. 21+
South of town, check out Ben Clonch, Max Nunery (from The Repeating Arms) and Friends at Star City Brewery in Miamisburg. Talented musicians, plus yummy brews, makes for a great night! Music starts at 8pm.
Saturday Feb 17th
It’s a timely weekend to catch 7-piece local act Dayton Funk Forever at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Head over to the Funk Museum for it’s first day open to the public, and finish off the eventing with tunes from DFF, who plays tribute to Dayton’s legendary funk history. Yeah! Music at 10pm.
Another funky and fabulous show is also happening in South Park with The Johnson Treatment at South Park Tavern. They are a very talented crew who will be getting the crowd groovin’ with their multi-genre tunes.
Downtown’s Skeleton Dust Records is hosting an evening of extreme and unrelenting noise with some of Grand Rapids’ finest harsh heads including : Kakerlak, Sensory Deprivation, Infectants, along with local band Being. Music from 7-9pm.
Eric Jerardi Band, a long time staple in the Dayton community, is performing blues rock at Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday evening. Show from 7-10pm. Tickets are limited to 150 for this show, so get yours in advance here. $10
Another great blues night can be found in Fairborn at WO Wrights. There the Dayton Blues Society is presenting their 4th Annual Youth Showcase from 7-10pm. Lots of great talent to check out – so don’t miss it!
And lastly, for the metal / hard rock fans out there, head up north for the Frozen February show at Oscar’s Bar. Four bands are featured for this show, including: Grey Cloud Nein, H€\/rais€r, Slaves Among Death, and Bearer of Bad News. $5 cover. Doors at 8pm. Music starts at 9pm.
As always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for February 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows happening! 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.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:29 AM
— 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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 went sale to the public beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.Rosemusiccenter.com. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Prices will range from $23.50 to $93.
Tickets for the Cincinnati show went on sale to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.PNCPavilion.com. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will range from $23.50 to $175.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
— “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.
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 went 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.
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.
His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes 19 Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It’s been more than a year since the last concert at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles.
After hosting Lita Ford in December 2016, owner Steve Barhorst was sidetracked by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a massive collection of vintage motorcycle parts and accessories. However, the venue is returning to live music in 2018 with Warrant with special guest Steelheart on March 10.
“I’ve been doing buyouts like this but this was so much larger,” Barhorst said. “Harry Denune from Dixie Distributing passed away in 2013 and he was one unique individual. There is nobody on the planet like him. He had old buildings in eight or nine states packed full of vintage motorcycle items, mostly for Harley Davidson and Indians.
“Harry had pallets of pistons for 1945 Harleys, still in their World War II crates,” Barhorst continued. “We’re still fumbling through stuff. The quantity is just ridiculous.”
The entire haul of merchandise — including 20,000 rims, 30,000 motorcycle tires and 30,000 vintage helmets all still new in the box — filled 180 semi-trailers, which Barhorst either sold, trashed, warehoused or temporarily stored on the BMI track.
“I’m storing 50 semis full of stuff in Mississippi from a warehouse in Florida,” he said. “We’ve been selling items online but we also had to pitch some leather jackets and helmets that were damaged. I scrapped 12 semi loads of batteries and four semi loads of pistons.
“We weren’t doing any races or concerts while those items were stored on our track,” Barhorst continued. “I’m going to liquidate everything, and I don’t know how many years it will take, but we finally got the track all cleared out.”
The race track reopened on January 16 and there are other concerts on the horizon after Warrant.
While the 1,200-seat venue is currently negotiating a few other acts, Barhorst has also booked the Oak Ridge Boys for May 5 and Queensryche with special guests the Iron Maidens on June 23.
“Live music is a tough market but like anything we’re hoping to make it work,” Barhorst said. “With the facility we need to have multiple things going. Even with racing and concerts, it’s very tough, but taking a year off from booking was actually a good thing. I was able to go to concerts at different venues and see how they did things.
“I really believe the environment at BMI is 100 times better than any place I went,” he added. “We’re still in the experimenting mode but we’re going to give the concerts a go again and see what happens.”
WANT TO GO?
Who: Warrant with special guest Steelheart
Where: BMI Speedway, 791 E. Main St., Versailles
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 at the door