Must-see Memorial Day events, deals in Dayton

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Runners will be out in force for charity in Maimisburg.

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start looking ahead to all the great events and deals going on.

More information about events and deals will be added as we receive it. Have an event or deal to add to the guide? Email


6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia

When: Monday, May 29 -- 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

What: Free go-kart ride and 10 percent off game cards (with military ID)

More info: 937-619-3200 or Website


Miamisburg Library Park, 35 S. Fifth St.

When: Saturday, May 27 -- 9 a.m.

What: The race honors Marine Cpl. Paul "Rocky” Zanowick, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. Proceeds go to several charities. 

More info: Facebook or Register

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12 E. Linden St.

When: Saturday, May 27

What: TJ Chumps will host “Dance in the Street”, closing off the area on Linden Ave. between Main and First streets.

More info: 937-859-4000 

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Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

When: Sunday, May 28, 11:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

What: Carillon’s collection of buildings and exhibits will be on display as a full day of entertainment is planned. The Dayton Philharmonic will close out the festivities  playing patriotic favorites.+

More info: 937-293-2841 or Website

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6850 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs

When: Memorial Day weekend

What: Carnival rides will be available throughout the weekend.

More info: 937-325-0629 or Website

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Memorial Day Weekend for Music Lovers

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 3:56 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 3:56 PM

You can smell the excitement in the air! A 3-day weekend is finally here! Make the most of the extended weekend by enjoying the exciting and eclectic live music scene in Dayton.

This weekend’s line-up truly offers a diverse array of genres, from jazz to metal, so there is sure to be a show that’s perfect for you and yours. Keep reading to get all details!

Friday May 26th

If you’re looking for an early happy hour show, check out Scott Barker & Windsor Knotts at the Boston Stoker in Centerville on Far Hills Ave. These gentleman will be performing both solo and together. Windsor will even be celebrating Memorial Day by playing all songs about or popular during the Civil War. Interesting! Show 6:30-8:30pm

Certainly one of the most highly anticipated shows of the weekend is Paige Beller’s EP Release entitled “Paige Beller…and her friend Peter” at Blind Bob’s. She’s a true Dayton rock star, and we all are pumped to hear more from this prolific songwriter. This EP features Peter Mills and The Belairs. Special guests KerchiefFrances & the Foundation, and NOVAGOLD are also performing at this rockin’ show. Don’t miss it! Show 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

I would highly recommend the Great Northern String Band at Tumbleweed for any fans of jam or bluegrass music. This ultra talented local tribute band performs a vibrant acoustic version of the Grateful Dead. You’ll be smile, smile, smiling all night long! Starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Another folky band is performing down the street at Trolley Stop. There you can catch Devil Doves, an original 4-piece from Columbus. Their upbeat tunes will have you boogieing in your boots! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+


The Johnson Treatment features UD students. Check them out at Oregon Express on Friday May 26, 2017.

Jazz fans, check out Phonic Uproar and The Johnson Treatment at Oregon Express on Friday evening. Phonic Uproar was founded at the University Of Dayton and features six male vocalists. The Johnson Treatment is a jazz combo also consisting of current and alumni students from the University of Dayton. Nice! Their style ranges from the Big Band, funk, to modern. I love this concept! Check it out! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

A show I’m interested in checking out is Outdated View, from Akron. They are a heavy blues rock band, that is new to me. Checked out their debut EP and sounds like a fun rock show to me! Local band The Willy Clark Band kicks off the night.  Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Show at 9pm. $5 cover.

Out in Yellow Springs, check out alternative rock bands Speaking Suns, Steven King (Columbus), Smizmar (Cleveland), and M Ross Perkins at Peach’s Grill. Great line-up! And even better – it’s a FREE show! 9pm 21+

Saturday May 27th

Fun times are sure to be had at the Charlie Tipton Band of Heathens live at Oregon Express. Charlie a natural songwriter and entertainer, teamed up with Doug Goodnerand to put together this band of heathens. I’m intrigued to hear what they’ve come up with. If you’re out and about, be sure to stop by! $5 cover. 9pm 21+

A great rock show is happening over at Blind Bob’s with The Pullouts (Dayton),  One Day Steady (Cincinnati), and 3 Piece Suit (Springfield). This fantastic mix of Ohio-based bands are influenced by a mix of rock from The Animals to Jackson Brown to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sounds fun to me! Doors 9pm. Show 10pm. Free show! 21+

Jazz fans are again in for a treat with the Urban Jazz Coalition (Columbus) performing at Gilly’s Jazz. They are a hot new contemporary jazz group who are creating major buzz on the national festival circuit over the past few years. $10 admission. 8pm show.

Metal fans, national act Deicide is at Oddbodys Saturday evening. This is one a lot of folks have been excited for, so get your ticket early! $30 advance. $35 day of show. Doors 5pm. Show 5:30-11:30pm. 18+

Local metal, hard rock bands are also hosting A Badass Rock & Roll Show at W.O. Wright’s out by WSU. A Shade Of Red, Evil Eye Gypsy and R.I.N.D are ready to rock your socks off! 9pm show. $5 at the door. 21+

Feeling funky? Well you sure will be after seeing Freekbass and Krunk Town Boogie at One Eyed Jacks, also out by WSU. Fun times for sure! $8 at the door. +18 must have I.D.

Out in Yellow Springs, the HogJam preview show is set to be one of the “don’t miss” events of the weekend. Dawg Yawp, The Lovers, and Ramblin Mac Williams are all performing, showcasing some of the best talent to be seen at this year’s HogJam (a wonderful festival held in late August). Lots of great buzz about all these bands! Additionally, they are partnering with The Foodbank Dayton. Canned goods are accepted as donation, so please support them! FREE show. 8pm at Peach’s Grill.

Also in Yellow Springs, new local band Rite of Venus returns to the Spirited Goat. This duo performs roots rock for your soul! And it’s a free show (however tips are always happily accepted!) All ages are welcome. Show 8-11pm.

North of town at Oscar’s in Vandalia is another chance to catch the aforementioned Great Northern String Band. Show 9:30pm.

Sunday May 28th

No Memorial Day would be complete without a stop at the Heritage Day Festival at Carillon Historical Park, with a featured performance by the Dayton Philharmonic from 7-8:30pm. There are demonstrations and activities all day long starting at 11am. See full schedule here. Tickets: Ages 18-59: $8 / Ages 60+: $7 / Ages 3-17: $5 / Under 3: Free
Military Admission: $5 (Active, Retirees, Veterans, & Reservists with Valid Identification). Dayton History Members: Free. No Parking Fee

Over at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on Sunday from 5-8pm you can enjoy a continuation of their Singer Songwriter Series on their Acoustic Patio. Dan Raridan, Jacob Longhorne, and Kyla Mainous are featured this week. Call (937) 424-1784 if you would like to reserve a table.

Tuesday May 30th

As a fan of Maxwell‘s 1996 “Urban Hang Suite” album, I cannot neglect to mention that Maxwell is performing Tuesday evening at Fraze Pavilion. This is a must see for R&B and soul fans! Tickets start at $46, and are subject to a $5 increase day of show.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for May 26th-30th, 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what the price is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.  Check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can keep up with my adventures on Instagram here or follow me on Twitter @LibbyBallengeeCheers!

Top 10 things to do this week

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

R&B singer Maxwell, currently on tour with special guests Ledisi and Leela James, launches a new season of summer concerts at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Tuesday, May 30. CONTRIBUTED


Since 1991, Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, has been one of the region’s go-to venue for summer concerts and this year should be no exception. The 4,300-seat outdoor amphitheater opens its schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, with performances from R&B singer Maxwell and special guests Ledisi and Leela James. Cost: $46-$66 in advance, $51-$71 at the door.

The new season continues on Wednesday, May 31, with the Kettering Block Party at 6 p.m. The annual free event features a performance by the Kettering Civic Band. George Benson and Kenny G bring The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour to Fraze Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Cost: $35-$55 in advance, $40-60 at the door.

Other acts on tap at the Fraze this summer includes Paul Shaffer & the World’s Most Dangerous Band on June 23, Diana Krall on June 25, the Moody Blues on July 1, Elvis Costello & the Imposters on July 18, Idina Menzel on Aug. 5 and Joe Bonamassa on Aug. 18. Call 937-296-3300 or visit

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Dayton History is ushering in the summer season with Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28. This annual old-fashioned patriotic celebration features historical games, demonstrations and activities, food and performances by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet. Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 students and children (3-17) and free for Dayton History members and children younger than 3. Call 937-293-2841 or visit

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With the web address of, you can bet a Lisa Lampanelli comedy show isn’t a warm and fuzzy night out. However the stand-up comic, known as the Loveable Queen of Mean, is much more than Don Rickles in a dress. Lampanelli is quick-witted and versatile, offering comedic takes on everything from social issues to romantic entanglements. She returns to the area for a one-night appearance at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, The Greene, 88 Plum St., Beavercreek, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. Cost: $35. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit

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Kings Island is letting the military get in free this Memorial Day weekend. From Friday through Memorial Day, the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S. military. A valid military ID must be presented. Admission at no cost will be given to active and retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. In addition, military personnel can purchase admission at a special price of $32 for up to six family members. For more info:

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“Family Ties,” which ran for seven seasons on NBC, is perhaps best remembered for launching the career of Michael J. Fox. However, from 1982 and the 1989, the sitcom’s fictional Keatons were one of the most beloved TV families on the small screen. It’s no surprise the series, like “The Brady Bunch” before it, was adapted to the stage. Kevin Moore directs the Human Race Theatre Company’s presentation, which opens at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, on Thursday, June 1. “Family Ties” is presented through Thursday, June 25. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Tickets start at $25. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


In the mid-20th century, Great Britain was the second-largest manufacturer of automobiles in the world, trailing only the United States. High-quality cars from the time by MG, Aston Martin, Jaguar and other companies are highly sought after today by international collectors. Some of these auto obsessives will be showcasing some of their favorite vehicles during the British Car Meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The British Transportation Museum hosts the 14th annual show at Top of the Market Banquet and Event Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. Cost: Car registration is $18. Admission is free for spectators. Call 937-232-9310 or visit


Justin Bryan recently relocated to Nashville, but the 23-year-old singer from Eaton honed his musical chops playing festivals, clubs and special events around the area before taking his talents to the mecca of country music. His debut EP will be released this summer. Before that happens, Bryan is returning to the area for a performance at JD Legends, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Cost: Free. Call 937-746-4950 or visit


With landscape work from 37 artists, “The View” is sure to offer a diverse selection of imagery, from outdoor themes to international environmental issues. The 23rd annual juried exhibition opens at Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, on Tuesday, May 30. Participating artists include Margaret E. Wittmer, Tracy McElfresh, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Boone and Richard Jurus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. Free. 937-296-0294 or


“The Language of Art” is a new literature program launching at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, on Wednesday, May 31. The program, which runs from noon to 2 p.m., takes Susan Vreeland’s “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” as the jumping off point for a staff-led exploration of the glass and floral works in the museum’s permanent collection. The tour is followed by conversation in the Leo Bistro. Cost: Free for DAI members, $5 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. The program is also offered on Saturday, June 3. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit


Nearly 20 years after blasting its way out of Tampa with its distinctive brand of metal, Deicide is still going strong. The band’s 12th album, the follow-up to “In the Minds of Evil” (2013), will be released later this year by Century Media. Deicide performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Cost: $30-$35. Call 937-813-4272 or visit

Go see actual Star Wars costumes at this breathtaking Cincy exhibit

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Whether you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan or not, there’s no denying that the costumes from the films are absolutely incredible works of art. Now, you can see them for yourself at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati. 

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Star Wars and the Power of Costume is on display from May 25-Oct. 1, 2017. The exhibit features over 70 of the finest handcrafted costumes from the Star Wars galaxy, uncovering the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of George Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers.

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The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story. Guests will explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar, among others. 

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Featured costumes include: 

  • Monk-like robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker
  • Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader
  • Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial Stormtrooper, Senate Guard and TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Yak hair and mohair costume of Chewbacca
  • Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Mas Amedda
  • Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Zam Wesell
  • Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia and their handmaidens

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Short films in Star Wars and the Power of Costume provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and include interviews with artists, designers and actors. The visitor experience will be enhanced by digital interactives featuring sketches, photographs and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision. 

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Tickets are $24/adult, $16/child (ages 3-12), $21/senior (ages 60+), $17/adult member, $12/child member (ages 3-17). For more information, visit or call 512-.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a partnership of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Lucasfilm Ltd.

Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events in June

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 1:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:47 AM

With summer just around the corner, foodies have to stay informed and organized so as not to miss out on any of the great grub events. To that end, Daytonians can’t get enough of our food trucks. Here’s a listing of food truck events through the month of June. Know of one not on this list? Email me at

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Food Truck Frenzy First of the Summer

TIMES:  6 p.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Austin Landing, 10050 Innovation Dr., Miami Township

TRUCKS: El MesonGreek StreetCarvaso’sCupzilla-Korean BBQSofrito’s Cuban-AmericanHickory River Smokehouse1776 GrillPit To Plate BBQQuite Frankly

INFO: Live music, raffles, skydivers, a corn hole tournament, and more to benefit the Blue Skies for the Good Guys and Gals Warrior Foundation.


Brunch! A Food Truck Rally

TIMES: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE: Old Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

TRUCKS: The Drunken WaffleSmokin-Bee-Bee-Q, El Meson, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton, Greek Street, The Shakery Juice BarSmokin’ Barrels, E.A.T.

INFO: No charge to attend this breakfast-themed rally. You can expect all the classics: biscuits and gravy, waffles, eggs (in various forms), meats, and even lunch options. Boston Stoker will serve coffee while Lily’s Bistro will have beignets. Top it all off with a treat from Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops.

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Thank God It’s Food Truck Friday

TIMES: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton

TRUCKS: El Meson, Foodfellas, Greek Street, 1776 Grill, Quite Frankly, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton

INFO: Get out of the workplace and try something different for lunch. Seating will be provided if you’d like to enjoy your meal outside.

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Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally

TIMES: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton 

TRUCKS: El Meson, Smokin-Bee-Bee-Q, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton, Hunger PaynesThai1 On, Greek Street, 1776 Grill, Carvaso’s, Underdogs Mobile

INFO: Live local music, craft beers and more are a part of this family-friendly event. Craving some dessert? Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops, Flying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy and Creme de la Creme Cakery will be there to indulge your sweet tooth.  Lovers of fresh produce will rejoice as The Night Market will be on hand with fruit and veggies from local farms.

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Thank God It’s Food Truck Friday

TIMES: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton

TRUCKS: El Meson, Foodfellas, Greek Street, 1776 Grill, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton

INFO: They’re back for another great start to your weekend.

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Taco Truck Takeover

TIMES: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

TRUCKS: The Beerded Pig, Hunger Paynes, The Painted Pepper, Carvaso’s, The Drunken Waffle, El Meson, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton, Smokin-Bee-Bee-Q

INFO: Virtually every type of delicious taco you can think of will be available at this awesome food fest. The food trucks will be put to the test in a Best Bite Contest. Like your tacos extra spicy? Mad Sweet Heat will be on hand, selling their various sauces.

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