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Lip Sync Battle hits Dayton tonight 

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

Marlon Wayan's Happy vs. Queen Latifah's My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) | Lip Sync Battle.  Image provided by YouTube Embed API.
Marlon Wayan's Happy vs. Queen Latifah's My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) | Lip Sync Battle.  Image provided by YouTube Embed API.

Lips will battle, and dogs and cats will win. 

The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s Oregon District, will play host to “SYNC for SICSA” from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 12. 

>> MORE:  Flashback to Fun photos from Dublin Pub St. Patty’s Day 2017

You can help SICSA even if you can’t make tonight’s event. 

The Dublin Pub  will donate 20 percent of food all day long to the nonprofit pet adoption center located in Kettering.’s very own Sarah Franks will battle Dayton area comedian Keith Irvin; Zac Pitts of Living Dayton; Rodney Veal  of ThinkTV's "The Art Show;" Dayton Most Metro food blogger Steve “The Big Ragu” Milano and Gina Ferraro of WCHD  99.9 FM. 

>> MORE: Daytonian of the Week: Rodney Veal

Here is a blurb from the Facebook event page: 

 Come cheer on Dayton Personalities at the first ever SYNC for SICSA lip sync battle, as they raise money for SICSA Pet Adoption Center. No registration needed and no cover charge either.
There will be three rounds during the battle that is similar to Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle” hosted by Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J.

>> MORE: Chrissy Teigen was in Dayton for John Legend’s show

Oktoberfest, Dayton is for Lovers, & Rave’n’Roll kick off fall music festivities

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

I’m going to warn you, there is simply an  overwhelming amount of extremely cool concerts happening this week. Apparently the memo went out that it’s my birthday, so musicians went out of their way to make sure I had plenty of fun options to choose from! Ha! Well, that’s what I like to think! How else to explain the explosion of exciting events happening?!

Not only were we blessed with so many awesome shows, we’ve got glorious weather too! So please get out there, have fun, and support all the original live music Dayton has to offer. Keep reading for the details!

Thursday September 21st

Yes, it’s the first day of autumn, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! So why not get your weekend started a bit early? There is a great reason to do: Nashville troubador  Tim Easton is back in town after touring the world the last 2 years. Known as a “songwriter’s songwriter” – he’s sure to please musician and fans alike.

Tim will be performing at  Yellow Cab  for a special night of acoustic music and story telling. David Payne, of The New Old Fashioned will open the show. Doors 7pm. Music starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10, and are available online or at the door.

Every Thursday you can also enjoy jazz at Hannah’s on Ludlow from 8:30 to 11 p.m. They are also serving up oysters and other yummy foods, brews and cocktails. Check out this new bar and eatery in the Arts District downtown.

Late night, I love watching Medicine Wheel at Oregon Express. The band features members from  Subterranean along with Chris Coalt Sr, and a fun cameo or two. Music starts at 10pm.

Weekend Festivals

Oh yeah, you know this time of year. It’s time for the epic Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute! Oktoberfest features live music  in the food tent and on the main stage, family activities, outstanding artisans,  delicious food, a  Weingarten, and, of course, an amazing selection of more than  40 different craft and international beers.

Oktoberfest Hours: Lederhosen Lunch (Sept. 22): 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free Admission; Food & Drink Available for Purchase .  Preview Party (Sept. 22): 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Tickets for preview party are Advance: $55 members; $75 non-members; At the Gate: $95.  Saturday (Sept. 23): Noon – 11:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24): Noon – 7:00 p.m. Tickets In Advance: $5 adults; $3 seniors (60+) & youth (7-19). At the Gate: $7 adults; $5 seniors & youth. Children 6 & under free. Both Preview Party and General Admission advance tickets may be purchased by phone at 937-223-4ART (4278) or in person at the museum during regular hours.

>> Read more about Oktoberfest here!

Friday September 22

For the third year in a row, the acclaimed local band Hawthorne Heights  presents “ Dayton Is For Lovers“, an all ages Gem City music festival. It’s always special for these touring rockers to return home, and showcase the city’s diverse music scene. Performers include:   The Nightbeast,  You vs. Yesterday,  Sidekick Complex.  Save The Lost Boys,  Crosley Court.  ViFolly.  Goodnight Goodnight.  RIND,  a nd   Cinema Century.

Food trucks and beer sales (for those of age w ID) are also available. 6pm Doors. Music starts at 6:30pm. Note:  Hawthorne Heights  will be on around 10:15pm. Tickets $15. All Ages! 

Most of my friends and readers know that along with Arts advocacy, I am a champion for peace and the environment. So I was  delighted to see a show supporting both of those causes! The  Feast For Peace and Climate Awareness is part of Dayton’s International Peace Day Celebration, featuring a potluck dinner, live music from  Ludlow, a campfire, drumming, and campout. The event starts at 6pm, dinner at 7pm at  SunWatch Indian Village (2301 W. River Road, Dayton, OH 45418; 937-268-8199).  Please click here for more information and to make a reservation.

The Dayton Philharmonic is getting their Masterworks series started off celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, with his Overture to  Candide. The program also features the “West Coast Maverick school of composers,” Lou Harrisons Piano Concerto. The evening concludes with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, one of the most highly regarded orchestral works of the nationalistic era. Performances take place at the  Schuster Center both Friday and Saturday nights (Sept 22nd and 23rd) at 8pm. Tickets start at $15.45 and up, depending on seating.

Late night, there’s lots of fun happening downtown. At  Tumbleweed Connection, it’s gonna be a good ole time with  Cherry Lee’s Dayton Music Review!  Crazy awesome musicians are sitting in with Cherry Lee, including: Rich Reuter, Harold Hensley, John Dubuc, Jennifer Taylor, Charles Hartman, Gary Guitar Williams, Louu Stahl, Jimmy Joz, and Kevin Schirmer. Wowsa! Show at 9:30pm.

It’s always a fun time when Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons perform at Trolley Stop. These fan favorites are back, and ready to rock, so make sure to get there early for good seat! 9:30pm-1:30am

Over at South Park Tavern, check out rockers  Death Before Disco (Cincinnati Psych/Rock), The Heisey Glass Company (Dayton Alternative), and Rion Ringo (Dayton Acoustic Folk/Punk). Show at 9:30pm.

Reggae fans check out Luv Locz and Camaflauge at  Jimmie’s Ladder 11. 9pm-1am. $5 cover at the door. 21+

North of town, there’s a fantastic night of Indie Rock, Funk, and Americana music with  A Voice Of Your Own, Krunk Town Boogie, and Neo- American Pioneers live at Oscar’s Bar  (320 N Dixie Dr Vandalia, Ohio 45377). 8pm-1am.

Saturday September 23

The Dayton Underground Series presents its newest installment:  Rave N’ Roll at Mike’s Bike Park. This event combines fantastic music with an indoor bike park! Sweet! Ride the park the day of the show for $10, with your ticket, and then finish out the night with a sick party! Band include:  Curse of CassandraLady BanditFounding Fathers, and   DJ Bloodbath Mcgrath.  Tickets are $8 advance. $10 at the door. VIP series pass $40 (click here to purchase). Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. 21+ This is a BYOB event.

Note from Organizers: We’re also hoping to break some records this year in collecting your gently-used clothing donations for  Helping the Homeless Dayton Ohio Making A Difference! Stop by our table at the event with your donation, and we’ll hook you up with a cool sticker and button from us as a small token of our appreciation!

Another ultra cool rock show is happening once again at Yellow Cab. One Night Only! It’s the  Rock N’ Soul Party with:  The ProfessorsNeo-American Pioneers, and the return of Jay Madewell’s  Fab Gear. Show at 8pm $6 cover.

Classic Rock fans, don’t miss The Doobie Brothers at Rose Music Center . The show will feature support by JD & The Straight Shot. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Tickets start at $50, which includes parking. Please check availability.
The Redneck Rebellion Tour, featuring  Soil  and  Saving Abel  at Oddbody’s Music Room. Kira and Before the Day are kicking off the show at 7:30pm. Doors 7pm. Tickets are $20 advance, and $25 day of show.
West of town, check out Jordan Pepper (Colorado) while she’s on her first tour support hers oon-to-be-released album “Mountain Rain” at   Taffy’s of Eaton.  Jordan is descrbed as your organic, free-spirited, barefoot hippie, performing a blend of organic, deep-mountain roots, folk, rock and country. Show 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sunday September 24

Another classic rock legend is at Rose Music Center this weekend: ZZ Top.The show will feature support by Black Stone Cherry and The Summit. Doors 5:30pm. Show 7pm. Tickets start at $53, which includes parking. Please check availability. Extra cool perk to this show, all patrons who purchase a ticket to ZZ Top will be treated to a Pre-Show Craft Beer Tasting. Pre Show Tastings begin 90 minutes prior to the show and end 15 minutes before the concert begins. Must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID to participate.

The Heart to Heart Tour  featuring Purple Hearts and Demi The Daredevil  at  Blind Bob’s. Local rockstars  Crosley Court will start off the night! $5 cover. 9pm. 21+

Tuesday September 26

Even through my birthday is on a Tuesday, there is still truly edgy performances to catch. The Dayton Philharmonic  is starting a new project, EDGE, to bring music where you live! The first event features a mixed trio performing at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Pavilion (covered outdoor location, coinciding with lunchtime Farmers Market and food truck rally) from 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. This is a very cool way to check out the elite members of our Dayton Philharmonic!

Ongoing Entertainment

Friends, don’t forget! There is free music outdoors still! Take your break along the river with live music for your week day at  RiverScape MetroPark,  a perfect lunchtime destination. Whether it’s meetings, free WiFi, or just a casual lunch break, you’ll enjoy the sights, sounds and fresh air of Dayton’s downtown MetroPark.
At Courthouse Square, enjoy The Square Is Where until September 29th. A variety of performers take the stage  around the noontime lunch hour on most weekdays. Food vendors also set up, allowing downtown workers and others to grab lunch and take in the live entertainment while enjoying the outdoors downtown.
Jazz fans – don’t forget about the live jazz  every single night of the week at  Blue Note Bistro & Lounge in Miamisburg. It’s a lush setting, with swanky live music. A great place for dates, or meeting up with friends!

And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for September 21st-26th, 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! 

Region’s newest brewery to host grand opening this Saturday

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

Heavier Than Air brewery to host ribbon-cutting, grand opening

The region’s newest brewery will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening this Saturday, Sept. 23.

Heavier than Air Brewing Co. — located at 497 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in the Normandy Square Shopping Center — will unveil its first year-round beer Saturday and will be pouring a couple more of its own brews in addition to beers from other Dayton-area breweries. The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 11 a.m., and Heavier Than Air’s founders will also offer growler-fill specials and brewery tours throughout the day.

>> MORE BREW NEWS: FigLeaf brewery to release special IPA, celebrate anniversary

“Join us as we get to celebrate a couple years of hard work with everyone who helped make it possible: you!” Heavier Than Air’s founders said on its Facebook page.

Heavier Than Air will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening Saturday, Sept. 23. Photo from Heavier Than Air Facebook page(Staff Writer)

Heavier Than Air opened “softly” on Aug. 26, but waited a month to host a grand opening to install signage and ramp up its own brewing operation. It will serve other breweries’ offerings alongside its own.

>> SNEAK PEEK: ‘Devil Wind’ brewery eyes late-2017 opening in Xenia

Brewery co-founder Nick Tarkany Sr. has been an avid home-brewery for more than a decade. The brewery will be overseen by Tarkany and his brother and co-founder Chris Tarkany, with an assist from two of Nick’s sons, Ben and Nick Jr.

>> RELATED: Dayton’s craft beer: A guide to breweries

Families are welcome at Saturday’s ribbon-cutting and grand opening, and outside food “is permitted and encouraged,” Nick Tarkany said.

>> RELATED: New brewery to open this spring east of the Dayton Mall (January 2017)

Heavier Than Air is one of three southwest Ohio breweries to open in recent weeks. Lock 27 Brewing opened its new brewery and restaurant on Sept. 5 in the Delco Lofts building adjacent to the Dayton Dragons’ Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, and Grainworks Brewing Company hosted a grand opening on Sept. 9 in West Chester Twp. in Butler County.

Heavier Than Air will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening Saturday, Sept. 23. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

>> RELATED: New Washington Twp. brewery aims for spring opening (April 2017)

The new brewery’s hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

More than 40 beers to try this weekend at Dayton Oktoberfest

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Same as original with one festival added.

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without beer, and this year’s festival offers more than 40 different traditional, craft and international selections. 

>> Why you don’t want to miss Oktoberfest (hint: beers and brats are part of it)

>> 7 fall festivals we just cannot wait for

Here are the beers of Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest 2017 and where to find them:

The new official mug of the Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest, which typically sells 1,000 each year, comes in 16 and 21-ounce varieties and is made by Bubba Jones Cups. Cups and growlers will be available, too. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Main Beer Truck (near the museum Rotunda)

Blue Moon 

Crispin Original Apple Cider 

Leinenkugle Oktoberfest 

Leinenkugle Harvest Shandy 

Miller Lite 

Terrapin Hi 5 IPA 

Warsteiner Dunkel 

Warsteiner Oktoberfest 

Konig Ludwig Weissbier 

Warsteiner Pilsener 


Greek & River Gate Beer Trucks (near the main entrance at Belmonte Park and Riverview and the other Belmonte entrance near the Greek Church)

Blue Moon 

Crispin Original Apple Cider 

Leinenkugle Oktoberfest 

Leinenkugle Harvest Shandy 

Miller Lite 

Warsteiner Oktoberfest 


Warsteiner Beer Truck (near the Food Court)

Konig Ludwig Dunkel 

Warsteiner Dunkel 

Konig Ludwig Weissbier 

Warsteiner Pilsener 

Warsteiner Oktoberfest 


Terry Gruver of Dayton pours beer Saturday at the 42nd annual Dayton Art Institute Octoberfest in Dayton. A variety of domestic and international beers were on tap. Music, food and activities for children rounded out the event which continues Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

Craft Beer Truck #1 (inside the main tent)

Great Lakes Oktoberfest 

Southern Tier Pumking 

Great Lakes Nosferatu 

Longtrail Limbo IPA 

New Belgium Fat Tire 

Braxton Haven Hefe 

Mexican Lime Lager 

Dayton Beer Company Oregon Alley IPA 

Kitka Coconut Chocolate Milk Stout 

Jack’s Hard Cider 


Craft Beer Truck #2 (in front of Rike Pavilion)

Weihenstephaner Original 

Weihenstephaner Hefe 

Dogfish Head Seaquench 

Mad Tree Pshychopathy 

Jackie O Raspberry Wheat 

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale 

Stone Who You Calling Wussie Pilsner 

Schofferhofer Grapefruit 

Fat Head Sunshine Session IPA 


Bottle Shop (across from the main beer truck)


Crispin Honey Crisp 


Southern Tier Salted Caramel 

Warsteiner Grapefruit 

Franziskaner Weissbier 

Dayton Beer Company Smoked Vienna Lager 

Caesar’s Gimp Imperial Red Ale 

Moerlein Thirteen/164 Imperial Stout 

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale 

Ommegang Three Philosophers 

Zombie Killer 

Stone Arrogant Bastard 

Old Speckled Hen 

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weiss 

Weihenstephaner Festbier 

Weihenstephaner Dunkel 

Grevensteiner Kellerbier 

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA 

Reissdorf Kolsch

Map of the grounds of Oktoberfest 2017 at the Dayton Art Institute. CONTRIBUTED

>> Here’s how to park at Oktoberfest

3 reasons to go to the Germantown Pretzel Festival this weekend

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 4:51 PM

The 36th annual Germantown Pretzel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. (Source: Provided)
The 36th annual Germantown Pretzel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. (Source: Provided)

Hello, warm, soft, gooey delicious pretzels! 

Here’s a fall festival to add to your weekend to-do list!!

>> Fall festivals we cannot wait for

Here are three reasons why you don’t want to miss this year's Germantown Pretzel Festival:

Pretzels in all shapes and sizes are part of the food fun with the Germantown Pretzel Festival. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Contributing Writer)


Who are we kidding? The real lure of this festival is all in the name.

You can bet that vendors will serve the classic salty pretzels, but you also can expect to see some extra special varieties at this year’s pretzel fest.  

They’ll have gourmet pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, cheddar cheese and cream cheese. There will also be pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns to kick your sandwiching game up a notch or two.

Other good eats? Barbecued chicken and ribs, waffles, pork chops, Chinese, Cajun, funnel cakes and more.

Scenes from the Germantown Pretzel Festival Sept. 26, 2010, at Veterans Memorial Park in Germantown.(Chris Stewart)


This family-friendly festival has plenty to keep you entertained beyond the delicious food.

The Pretzel Fest has some awesome live music acts for your viewing pleasure. This year, The Stagger Lee Band will headline Saturday night. Other performers include DEAP Dance Studios, Stan the Magic Man, Butch Jones and the Standard Country Time Band and Spittin’ Image (a festival favorite, we’re told!).

On May 16, 1833 the Village of Germantown, originally established in 1804 by German speaking settlers from Berks County, Pa., was incorporated.


When the Germantown Pretzel Festival originally started in 1980, pretzels weren’t particularly on anyone’s mind. The initial reason for the event's creation was for local organizations to be able to raise funds by running their own booths, according to Jim Landis, publicity chairman of the Germantown Pretzel Festival.

The committee eventually came up with the name “Pretzel Festival” because it was German. Thirty-eight years later, the festival is still going strong and pretzel-related treats are now a main staple.

>> 7 festivals we just cannot wait for


What: The 38th annual Germantown Pretzel Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 24, noon - 6p.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 190-192 W. Warren St., Germantown.

Cost: Free admission

Info: Website | Facebook