Summer is returning to Dayton (this weekend only)

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Beat the winter blahs with a Mid-Winter Beach Party complete with summer-inspired cocktails at Yellow Cab Tavern on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. CONTRIBUTED
Beat the winter blahs with a Mid-Winter Beach Party complete with summer-inspired cocktails at Yellow Cab Tavern on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. CONTRIBUTED

One way to beat the winter blahs is by channeling summer.

The Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton will host a Mid-Winter Beach Party on Friday, Jan. 26.

The event will feature tiki drinks, a food truck, limbo contest, tropical music, and a projected video on the wall of a sunny beach all night long. 

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“It’s been a cold and snowy winter,” David Obenour, event promoter said. “The Beach Party is all about pulling out the Hawaiian shirt from the closet, getting together with friends and forgetting that it’s maybe single-digits outside.” 

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The Yellow Cab Tavern will throw a Mid-Winter Beach Party on Friday, January 26. The event features tiki drinks, a food truck, limbo contest, tropical music, and a projected video on the wall of a sunny beach all night long. CONTRIBUTED


The Beach Party also serves as a clothing drive for Dayton’s local refugee community.

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Working with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, attendees are encouraged to bring donations of clothing (winter or summer) to the party, which Goodwill will turn into vouchers for winter clothing for families relocated to Dayton. 

“Ohio winters, particularly this one, can be brutal even if you’ve lived here your whole life,” Obenour said. “Many of those relocated here to Dayton have never even seen snow, so getting them appropriate clothing is crucial.” 

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The Yellow Cab Tavern will throw a Mid-Winter Beach Party on Friday, January 26. The event features tiki drinks, a food truck, limbo contest, tropical music, and a projected video on the wall of a sunny beach all night long. CONTRIBUTED


What: Yellow Cab Mid-Winter Beach Party & Refugee Community Clothing Drive 

When: Friday, Jan. 26, starting at 6 p.m.

Where: The Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St. in Dayton - near the Oregon District. 

More info:  Facebook

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This longtime local music studio is moving to downtown Dayton this Thursday -- and you’re invited

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

A peek inside the new Encore Studios and Repair shop in Dayton.
Zack Silver, Facebook
A peek inside the new Encore Studios and Repair shop in Dayton.(Zack Silver, Facebook)

Encore Recording Studios, a Dayton institution for over 30 years, has moved their studio from Kettering to downtown Dayton. 

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With new owner Jeremy Mix and partners Ronald Frost and Chris Suttle at his side, the studio debuts in downtown Dayton this Thursday, Feb. 22. 

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The studio and its newly-launched record label, Invention City Records, will be housed in the same facility as their sister company, Encore Instrument Repair.

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“The model we’re pursuing -- similar to a co-op -- hasn’t been done in Dayton before,” Mix said in a press release. “We’re bringing all the best production talent under one roof. It’s really invigorating for everyone involved. Our clients feel encouraged by the change and feel they’re getting the best of what’s available under one roof,” he said.

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A press release from Encore describes the mission behind this new venture as “an expression of their belief in their city’s talent, the positive impact music has on influencing culture, and a desire to help local musicians achieve their goals and ambitions.”

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The Lovin’ Spoonful rehearsing at Encore Studios(Facebook)

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At their grand opening celebration, the owners welcome the public to explore the 4,400-square-foot studio and meet their growing team of engineers and producers. Repair techs from Encore and some locally-signed artists from Invention City Records will also be at the grand opening event.  

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For more fun, the event will have DJ Fatty Lumpkin, dancing and cash bar with cocktails prepared from the McKibben brothers of Grand Mammoth.

“Dayton has great recording studios in their history, and with ample credit to the past, we’re embracing the future,” Mix said.

Want to go?

WHAT: Encore Recording Studios Grand Opening

WHERE: 16 Bates St., Dayton

HOURS: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018

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Feeling inspired? Tackle your passion project with this Dayton workshop

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Participants in the pilot session of Gignite worked together for 8 weeks in 2017 on freelance businesses, hobbies, and long-term goals.
Olivia Barrow
Participants in the pilot session of Gignite worked together for 8 weeks in 2017 on freelance businesses, hobbies, and long-term goals.(Olivia Barrow)

Next week kicks off the Gignite incubator series in Dayton. Gignite is an 8-week incubator for side gigs, passion projects and hobbies. It was created and organized by former Dayton resident Olivia Barrow, a content marketer, entrepreneur and former journalist who worked at the Dayton Business Journal. 

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“We provide the time, space, accountability, and inspiration for you to turn those ‘one day I want to’ ideas into real projects,” Barrow said in an interview with Mad Works Co-Working

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A few years ago, Barrow watched her friends launch The Nucleus, Dayton’s first co-working space. At that time, Barrow knew she wanted to incorporate something like this into her work-life routine.  

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“Coworking really appealed to me. I craved collaboration and creative energy from a room full of entrepreneurs,” she said.

But that opportunity didn’t arise for her until after she left the Gem City.

Soon after quitting her 9-to-5 job, Barrow joined co-working space 100state in Milwaukee

“It has done wonders for my productivity and mental health -- I’m someone who can’t handle staying at home by myself all day,” she said.

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Gignite was then born out of the need for further collaboration among peers. 

“I wished that I could get a group of about 10 people to join me in making an 8-week commitment to spend three hours a week tackling our neglected side-gigs, hobbies and passion projects,” she said.

Her wish was also her command. In fall of 2017, Gignite launched in Madison, Wisconsin with a pilot session of 11 members.

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The first session comes to Dayton next Monday, and will be hosted at The Nucleus with A.J. Ferguson, Director of UpDayton, facilitating the session. The session runs for three hours every Monday night, from Feb. 26 to April 16.

For the first hour, A.J. will lead the group in activities designed to break the ice and build relationships -- as well as give everyone a little break to mentally prepare for the adjustment from work day to Gignite. 

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The pilot session included a party on week 8 to celebrate all of the group's accomplishments.(Olivia Barrow)

After discussion and activities, each participant will have up to two hours of “focus time.” Each week, A.J. will counsel each member about their project(s) — what did you accomplish this week, and what are your goals for the next week? 

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Group discussions and creative activities to build relationships and help move your project forward, light refreshments, paper and pens, potential future referrals, electrical outlets, wifi and uninterrupted focus time. On the eighth week, the group throws a party to celebrate their accomplishments. The cost is $150 up front, with a $50 refund if you meet the attendance requirements.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Gignite Incubator

WHERE: The Nucleus, 411 E 5th St., Dayton

HOURS: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays from Feb. 26-April 16

COST: $150 (you’ll receive a $50 refund if you meet attendance requirements)

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Your guide to St. Patrick’s Day events in Dayton 

Published: Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Dublin Pub St Patrick??€™s Day Preview

If you ever wondered what exactly you should be doing this St. Patrick's Day, you've got your work cut out for you. If one thing’s for certain, Dayton doesn’t take St. Patrick’s Day lightly. 

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Here are the events we know of so far, laid out all nice and neat for you. We’ll be continuously updating the list as the big day gets closer, so stay tuned.  If there are any events we missed, email contact@dayton.com and we’ll add it to the list! 

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St. Patrick's Day at Dublin Pub

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Harrigan’s St. Patrick’s Day Charity 5K 

It’s a St. Patrick's tradition for a great cause. Proceeds go toward helping support local charities such as the Alzheimer's Association, United Rehabilitation Services, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and South Community, Inc. 

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10 

WHERE: Harrigan’s Tavern, 4070 Marshall Rd., Kettering 

INFO: Facebook

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Brown Street Shamrock Shuffle Pub Crawl 

This event kicks off Wednesday, March 14 at 9 p.m. Wristbands grant you access to most bars with live DJs along with Miller Lite specials at Milano’s, Flanagan’s Pub, The Fieldhouse, Romer’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Only 200 shirts will be ordered this year, so hurry to get yours while you can! Registration is only $5 during the entire month of February. 

WHEN: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 

WHERE: Brown Street, 1834 Brown St., Dayton (Milano’s address for reference) 

INFO: Facebook

St. Patrick's Day at Flanagan's Pub

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Ithika Rocks St. Patrock’s Day 

Nothing shy of perfection here. Join this all-encompassing Irish party with live bands, beer, Irish dance and food. Live entertainment from your favorite WTUE and ALT 103.9 personalities along with the Ithika, Dulahan and other great musical acts. 

WHEN: 8:15 p.m.- 11 p.m., Saturday, March 17 

WHERE: Flanagan’s Pub, 101 E Stewart St, Dayton 

INFO: Facebook

Jim Bucher captured the moment a couple was engaged on Dublin Pub's St. Patrick's Day stage on Thursday, March, 18 2016.


A Mardi Gras celebration to benefit the Artemis Center, Dayton’s domestic violence resource agency. The evening begins with cocktail hour including two complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a cash bar. Cocktail attire is recommended, and Mardi Gras masks and hats encouraged. 

“Founded by a small group of women, often working without pay, Artemis was to provide services beyond the traditional housing and safety offered by shelters,” according to its website.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday, March 10 

WHERE: Sinclair Ponitz Center, 444 West Third St., Dayton 

INFO: artemiscenter.org

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The ever-popular Miami Valley Pipes and Drums bagpipe band will be making a stop at Beef O’ Brady’s during Saturday afternoon as a part of their Dayton-area St. Patrick’s Day tour. More details about Beef O’ Brady’s St. Patrick’s Day specials are coming soon, but it’s no secret that this place knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day right. 

WHEN: Bagpipe band will be at restaurant from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 

WHERE: Beef O’ Brady’s, 3347 Seajay Dr., Beavercreek 

INFO: Facebook

What a night it was at Flanagan’s Pub! Shenanigan paid them a visit and made some new friends on St. Patrick’s Day.  (SOURCE: Kamron Taylor. Staff Writer)

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McKinley’s will be open bright and early at 7 a.m. and continue the party until 2 a.m. the next morning. This themed event will have lots of beer, green beer and shot specials. 

WHEN: 7 a.m. Saturday, March 17 through 2 a.m. Sunday, March 18 

WHERE: McKinley’s Pub, 5120 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield 

INFO: Facebook

What a night it was at Flanagan’s Pub! Shenanigan paid them a visit and made some new friends on St. Patrick’s Day.  (SOURCE: Kamron Taylor. Staff Writer)

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Live Music At Blind Bob’s 

You can shamROCK the night away at Blind Bob’s as you jam out to the Red Hot Rebellion and the 500 Miles to Memphis band.

 WHEN: 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday, March 17

 WHERE: Blind Bob’s Bar, 430 E. 5th St., Dayton 

INFO: Facebook

What a night it was at Flanagan’s Pub! Shenanigan paid them a visit and made some new friends on St. Patrick’s Day.  (SOURCE: Kamron Taylor. Staff Writer)

Get a Handle On St. Patrick’s Day At Crooked Handle Brewing Co. 

St. Patty's Day is just around the corner, and CHBC has been working hard to make 2018 a memorable one. There will be green beer, Irish Red Ale flowing from the taps, green jello shots and specials on Jameson and Tully. Limited edition green CHBC t shirts will be available and the night will be capped off with Live music from Kenny Floyd. 

WHEN: 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, March 17 

WHERE: Crooked Handle Brewing Co., 760 N. Main St., Springboro 

INFO: Facebook

What a night it was at Flanagan’s Pub! Shenanigan paid them a visit and made some new friends on St. Patrick’s Day.  (SOURCE: Kamron Taylor. Staff Writer)

St. Patrick’s Day At The Dublin Pub

One of Dayton’ biggest St. Patrick’s Day bashes, the party starts on March 16 at the Dublin Pub at 8 p.m. when the tent opens for the pre-show and a live band (TBA). The official beginning of the 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration kicks-off at 5:30 a.m. on March 17, where the first 100 people will get a free T-shirt. 

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, March 16 through 3 a.m. Sunday March 18 

WHERE: Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton 

INFO: Facebook

St. Patty’s Day 2-Day Party at The Irish Club of Dayton 

For no cover charge at all, you can experience two whole days of one of Dayton’s best St. Patrick’s Day parties. The celebration kicks off on Friday with the Father Son & Friends band, followed by the Dwyer School of Irish Dancers. Of course, you can’t go hungry with Irish Stew and other food and drink specials all night long. Then, wake up Saturday morning to a ‘Big O’ Breakfast’ for just $5 to get ready for a lineup of a day, including 92.9 Jack FM Live with Danielle, the O’Rodney Band and many more. 

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, March 16 through 11 p.m. Saturday, March 17 

WHERE: Irish Club of Dayton, 6555 Dog Leg Rd., Dayton 

INFO: Facebook

What did we miss? If you know of other St. Patrick's Day events in Dayton, send us an email: contact@dayton.com.

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DCDC celebrates 50 years with one-night special celebration

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has just won a Bessie. Video by Amelia Robinson first uploaded July 14, 2016.

On the brink of its 50th anniversary season, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is producing a one-night-only celebration of former dancers and current artists in its winter concert fittingly titled “Reunited,” which is slated Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Victoria Theatre.

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“Celebrating 50 years is very important internally to the organization,” said DCDC Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs. “Longevity of a company in the dance world is very important right now particularly when you hear of companies closing their doors daily as the economy tries to adjust to the non-profit sector. But DCDC, being around for 50 consecutive years in a non-coastal city, is proud of our accomplishments. We want everybody to celebrate with us.”

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company closes its 48th season with its annual Soulstice fundraising gala Saturday, May 13, at America’s Packard Museum. The gala has a New Orleans theme and will include dance renditions of folklore and fairy tales. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Organizers are preparing excerpts of 10 works from each of the company’s three artistic directors: founder Jeraldyne Blunden, Kevin Ward and Blunden-Diggs. The program will also feature works from choreographers in DCDC’s classic repertory including Asadata Dafora and Donald Byrd, and works from today’s top choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Dwight Rhoden, Alvin Rangel and Ray Mercer.

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“The concert is going to be an interesting retrospective that sort of takes the audience through an open photo album through our 50 years,” said Blunden-Diggs. “I’ve seen a lot of dance companies celebrate their 50th anniversaries and I wanted to create something more exciting than particularly hearing a lot of historical facts. So, the audience will see snippets of past work and most recent work. It’s going to be an exciting program.”

DCDC dancer “Sheri “Sparkle” Williams is shown here in “Body Talk.” She is the recipient of the OhioDance Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Dance Art Form. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY AUDREY INGRAM(Staff Writer)

In addition, former WDTN news anchor Marsha Bonhart will connect the dances as the show’s live storyteller.

“Marsha has witnessed a lot of the things DCDC has done,” Blunden-Diggs said. “I was looking for a way someone could help us tell the story in more than one way. She’s a wonderful host and moderator.”

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Organizers are still confirming how many former dancers and special guests will be included, but Blunden-Diggs is certain the evening will be an amazing homecoming for all involved. She also hints the company could possibly announce the upcoming 50th anniversary season at the concert.

DCDC will be performing Shed at the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus concert on June 3. SUBMITTED PHOTO(Staff Writer)

“Once you’re with DCDC, you’re always with DCDC,” she reminded. “This concert is just another opportunity to say that out loud and get as many people back here to see what we look like now. There are many people who left the company years ago who haven’t seen what the company is today. And our present company will have the opportunity to hear the stories of the people whose shoulders they stand upon.”

Want to go?

WHAT: “Reunited”

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday

COST: $14.50-$47

TICKETS/MORE INFO: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com

FYI: DCDC will host “The Gathering: A DCDC Family Reunion” with dancers, choreographers, teachers and patrons Fri. Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Dayton Women’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. For more information, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.


The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is about to celebrate 50 years. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. Nearly 50 years later, it remains rooted in the African American experience.

The dance group will be awarded the prestigious Irma Lazarus Award this year, one of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

The “Lazarus Award goes to individuals or organizations who have helped shape public support for the arts through their work as advocates and have brought national and international recognition to Ohio through sustained dedication to artistic excellence.”

Other top honors:

  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) won a prestigious NYC Bessie Award in 2016. The dance company received shout-outs from The New York Times and The Huffington Post as well for its performance “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder.”
  • The film “Sparkle” premiered on PBS in 2012, featuring dancer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams.
  • DCDC performed the opening performance for Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Maya Angelo at the Schuster Center in 2005. 
  • DCDC toured 27 cities with The Flight Project, five dance works commemorating the Wright Brothers centennial of powered flight in 2003.
  • Dancer Sheri Williams received the New York Dance and Performance Award (the Bessie), the JOSIE Award in 2002.
  • DCDC was featured in the 2001 Emmy award-winning PBS Great Performances documentary, Free to Dance, in 2001.

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