10 ways to eat your way through the month of June

Published: Sunday, June 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

If you forgot about The Troy Strawberry Festival, you are not alone.

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As summer shifts into full gear, it will get harder to keep up with all of the events happening in town.

June is a month of food celebrations in honor of some of my favorite things — it’s national candy month, dairy month, fresh fruit and vegetables month, national iced tea month, papaya month and so much more.
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Those milestones don’t begin to scratch the surface on what the month of June has in store when it comes to food.

Here is my list of 10 can’t miss dining events for the month of June to mark your calendars for.

The perfect dessert awaits at The Banana Split Festival in Wilmington. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Who invented the banana split? If you ask anyone in Wilmington, Ohio it was Ernest Hazard in 1907. The annual Banana Split Festival celebrates the birthplace of the banana split. Festival goers will enjoy plenty of food booths and craft and collectible booths promoting the 50s and 60s, a classic car cruise in, games for the entire family, and free entertainment. But the highlight for most will be the “build your own” banana split booth. No surprise there.

1326 Fife Ave., Wilmington


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There is a reason these chicken dinners sell out year after year at Poultry Days in Versailles. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Poultry Days, an annual community festival that began in 1952 to celebrate the Versailles history as a leading poultry producer, is held the second full weekend in June each year. Arrive early to enjoy one of the town’s 25,000 World Famous chicken dinners they will be preparing. After you eat, the festival will have plenty to stop and enjoy including the 36th annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, which is one of the top tournaments in the nation, plus the Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days Contests.

459 S. Center St., Versailles


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The Seventh Annual Rock ‘n’ Green Tomato Festival held in Miamisburg is everything that an outdoor festival should be — contests, tournaments, live music, vendors and plenty of food including fried green tomatoes. Held at Riverfront Park, it’s a perfect destination to bike to if you are looking to make an entire day of it.

Riverfront Park, Miamisburg


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To say that this is a favorite event would be a massive understatement. This all-day festival features entertainment, street performers, fine arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items and a wide variety of food ranging from Vietnamese shish-kabob to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps to hot dogs.

Downtown Yellow Springs


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Ohio-based gourmet grilled-cheese restaurant chain Melt Bar & Grilled will open its first Dayton-area location at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, Melt officials announced this morning.(McMullen Kelly/www.mydaytondailynews.com)


The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek will be home to the eighth MELT location. The beloved gourmet grilled-cheese spot that operates out of a chain based in Cleveland, will be a hot ticket serving up hot sandwiches. The MELT pierogis ($7) alone topped with sautéed onions, fresh napa vodka kraut, shredded cheddar and sour cream are a cause for celebration.

2727 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek


>> Sneak peek inside new Melt

Jungle Jim’s Market named one of the best beer stores in America. Founder Jim Bonaminio is seen here serving drinks at the store in 2013. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)


This huge craft beer festival features more than 100 breweries and more than 400 beers. Tickets come with a modest meal including a BBQ beef sandwich, potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad, and a bottle of water. But it’s not the food you came for. Purchase tickets online now as they will sell-out.

5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield


>> 5 reasons this mega beer event is a must-do

Anne Kearney. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer


Be prepared to sip, swill, or slam some beer while Chris Hutson from the Yellow Springs Brewery and Caleb Perry from Bar Dumaine enlighten you on your adult beverages. Chef Anne Kearney will also be coming out to the tables in between making each of your courses to say hello and fill you in on the food you will be enjoying. Courses paired with special beers include Salad of watercress, raspberries, pistachio laden goat cheese medallion, sweet-n-sour fennel vinaigrette, a horseradish emulsion dressed Gulf shrimp with roasted golden beets, pickled red onion and herb salad; fresh fish en papillote, preserved lemon, EVOO yukon confit, and Jamestown pea shoots; beer braised beef short rib, red onion marmalade, Tuscan kale, pickled mustard seeds and orange kissed pavlova, blueberries, Madagascar vanilla-black pepper pastry cream. Tickets are $60. Please call and make reservations.

1061 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton


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In honor of Kettering’s sister city, Steyr, Austria, the Kettering Sister City Association presents a Spass Nacht — translation, fun night. Authentic food, beverages, polka music from the Charon Polka Band and other live entertainment will take place throughout Lincoln Park.The Chardon Polka Band will bring their own tunes into the mix along with polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Ga Ga, so get ready for some fun while you do your Oktoberfest pregaming.

695 Lincoln Park Blvd, Dayton



The Miami Valley Restaurant Association is launching a new festival this year to join its lineup of other successful festivals including the Kickin Chicken Wing Festival (happening July 8) and Bacon Fest (happening Aug. 20). The title says it all — sliders, sides and suds will be ever present. More than a dozen restaurants are expected to participate including Amber Rose, Basil’s, The Dock, elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar, El Meson, Giovanni’s, Mr. Boro’s Tavern, Roost, Tank’s Bar & Grill, Wandering Griffin and 1776 Grill. Live music will provide the electric soundtrack for the day from the Lincoln Park stage.

695 Lincoln Park Blvd, Dayton


Mudlick Tap House is gearing up for a mid-April opening. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)


Mudlick Taphouse will take the successful from-scratch menu and impressive list of craft beer and cocktails they developed and perfected at their Germantown location and apply it on a much larger scale in the location they will open at the end of the month at 135 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton.

Mudlick founders Jennifer Dean and Forrest Williams recently wrote on social media: “We don’t think of Mudlick Tap House as ‘ours’…we think of it as ‘OURS’…from our extremely talented culinary team that works every day to deliver their creative, mindfully sourced dishes, our service team who seeks to create a unique experience for every guest that walks through our door, to all of our guests that consider the Tap House amongst one of their favorite places for high-end beer and cocktails with chef-inspired food. We are excited for the next chapter and even more excited to become part of the booming downtown scene!”

With vision like that this will be one to visit sooner rather than later.

135 E. Second St., Dayton


>> PHOTOS: Sneak peek inside new Mudlick Taphouse

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.” 

>> The best places to enjoy live, local music in Dayton

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

Live music events in and around Dayton in 2018

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

SAITAMA, JAPAN - JUNE 01:  Taylor Swift performs at Saitama Super Arena on June 1, 2014 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images for TAS)
Chris McGrath/Getty Images for TAS
SAITAMA, JAPAN - JUNE 01: Taylor Swift performs at Saitama Super Arena on June 1, 2014 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images for TAS)(Chris McGrath/Getty Images for TAS)

The weather may be icy and cold, but there’s no shortage of live music in the early months of 2018.

Here’s a roundup of live local shows, from popular local acts to some of the biggest names in music.

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Jan. 19 @ 8 p.m. – Daniel Alley / Dublin Pub

Jan. 19 – Salt Orchad and Adele Backus / South Park Tavern

Jan. 19 @ 9:00 p.m. – Whey Jennings and the Unwanted / JD Legends

Jan. 19 @ 12 a.m. – The Deadlicks + The Daytimers / Blind Bob’s 

Jan. 20 @ 6:00 p.m. – Richard Lynch Band / Waynesville Chili Cook-Off

Jan. 20 @ 7:00 p.m. – Funeral Moon w. Vehemian, Retreat Hall & Close the Hatch / Rockstar Pro Arena

Jan. 20 @ 7:00 p.m. – Billy Brown Band / JD Legends

Jan. 20 @ 9:00 p.m. - Naked Karate Girls / Wings Sports Bar and Grill 

Jan. 20 @ 9:00 p.m. Flashback / Phone Booth Lounge 

Jan. 20 @ 10:00 p.m. – Rock & Roll Anarchy w. Evil Eye Gypsy, Motel Faces & A Sides B Sides / Oregon Express

Jan. 20 @ 11:59 p.m. - Fabolous & Jadakiss / OTR Live 

Jan. 25 @ 8 p.m. – Nick Mitchell / Dublin Pub

Jan. 25 @ 9:30 p.m. – Ampline and Brat Curse / Blind Bob’s 

Jan. 26 @ 7:30 p.m. - An Evening of Music for Voice and Guitar / Star City Music Studios

Jan. 26 @ 6:00 p.m. – Jam Band Night / Oddbody’s 

Jan. 26 – Rebel Spazz, Twany Indian and Josh Thrasher / Blind Bob’s

Jan. 26 @ 9:00 p.m. – Veno Xavier of Seven Circle Sunrise / JD Legends

Jan. 27 – The Guilty Pleasures ft. John Dubuc / South Park Tavern

Jan. 27 @ 6:00 p.m. – Metal Band Night / Oddbody’s 

Jan. 27 @ 7:00 p.m. – Others by No One w. Jackie Frank Russell, Sensei, Candescent & Earth Laid Bare / Oddbody’s

Jan. 27 @ 7:30 Cristina Pato / Club Kuss

Jan. 27 @ 9:00 p.m. – Yardboss, Big Time Pharaohs and Andy Gabbard / Blind Bob’s

Jan. 31 @ 9:00 p.m. – REYNA / Tumbleweed Connection

Tony Bennett, the 19 time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades, will appear on the Fraze Pavilion stage on June 21. CONTRIBUTED

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Feb. 1 @ 7:00 p.m. – Havok w. War Curse, Well of Night, Suffer these Wounds / Rockstar Pro Arena

Feb. 2 - Old City / South Park Tavern

Feb. 2 @ 3:00 p.m. – Raging Nathans, The Story Changes, Yardboss, Sok and Negative Protein / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 2 @ 7:00 p.m. – You, Me and Him / JD Legends

Feb. 2 @ 9:00 p.m. – Michael Rotundo / JD Legends

Feb. 3 - Quiet Hollers and Paige Beller / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 3 @ 7:30 p.m. – Sam Grow w. Shane Smith / JD Legends

Feb. 3 @ 8:00 p.m. – Winchester Gray / Dublin Pub

Feb. 3 @ 8:00 p.m. - Music of Led Zeppelin with the Dayton Philharmonic Rockin' Orchestra / Schuster Performing Arts Center 

Feb. 3 @ 8:00 p.m. – Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute / Oddbody’s

Feb. 4 – Josh Thrasher / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 4 @ 7:30 p.m. – Foghat / Schuster Center

Feb. 8 @ 7:30 p.m. – Luke Combs w. Ashley McBryde / Hobart Arena

Feb. 9 @ 8:30 p.m. – Thundertaker and Hero Jr. / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 9 @ 8 p.m. – Zak Shaffer / Dublin Pub

Feb. 9 @ 9:00 p.m. – Keaton Vegades / JD Legends

Feb. 10 @ 8:00 p.m. – Signs of Life: The American Pink Floyd / Dayton Masonic Center

Feb. 10 @ 8:00 p.m. - The Music of Waylon, Willie, Cash: Outlaws and Highwaymen / Kuss Auditorium at Clark State Performing Arts Center

Feb. 10 @ 9:00 p.m. – Billy Brown Band / JD Legends

Feb. 10 @ 9:30 p.m .- A Voice of Your Own, The Typical Johnsons, Cricketbows, and more / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 15 @ 9:30 p.m. – Jordan Kirk / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 16 @ 8:30 p.m. – Jim Burns / JD Legends

Feb. 16 – Salvadore Ross and Suck the Honey / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 17 @ 6:00 p.m. – Honoring the Glen Concert ft. Scott Randal Lindberg & Amy Blue / Glen Helen 

Feb. 17 @ 6:30 p.m. – The Legend of the Greek Gala / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 17 @ 8:00 p.m. – Jason Owens / JD Legends

Feb. 23 @ 7:30 p.m. – Scythian / The Memorial Center at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Feb. 23 @ 7:30 p.m. – Whiskey Myers / Oddbody’s 

Feb. 23 @ 8:00 p.m. – A Tribute to Dean Martin and Friends / Fitton Center for Creative Arts

Feb. 23 @ 9:00 p.m. – Kevin McCoy Band unplugged / JD Legends

Feb. 24 @ 4:30 p.m. – The Give Ups, Legbone, Oh Condor and Viceroy Kings / Blind Bob’s

Feb. 24 @ 7:00 p.m. – An evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein Classics / Dayton Masonic Hall 

Feb. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. – Frank Foster / Oddbody’s

Feb. 24 @ 8 p.m. – Phonic Uproar / Dublin Pub

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular performed at Emo’s on January 12, 2018 in Austin, Texas - Photo Credit: Scott Moore/for American-Statesman(Scott Moore)

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March 2 @ 7:00 p.m. – You, Me and Him / JD Legends

March 2 @ 8 p.m. – Rice Brothers / Dublin Pub

March 3 @ 5:30 p.m. – Puddle of Mudd / Oddbody’s

March 3 @ 8:00 p.m. – The Big Bad w. Forces of Nature, Bundy & the Spins & more / Rockstar Pro Arena

March 4 @ 7:00 p.m. – Dailey & Vincent / Victoria Theatre

March 5 @ 7:00 p.m. - Judah & the Lion / Bogart’s 

March 8 @ 7:00 p.m. - Lights / Bogart’s 

March 8 @ 7:30 p.m. – The Lacs w. Crucifix, Hard Target & Nate Kenyon / Oddbody’s

March 9 @ 7:00 p.m. – Corky’s Old Time Rock & Roll Band / The American Czechoslovakian Club

March 9 @ 8 p.m. – Fin Tan / Dublin Pub

March 9 @ 9:00 p.m. – Veno Xavier of Seven Circle Sunrise / JD Legends

March 10 @ 7:00 p.m. – Warrant w. Steelheart / BMI Speedway

March 10 @ 8:00 p.m. – Mike Love / Oddbody’s

March 16 @ 4:30 p.m. - Born Ruffians / Omega Music

March 16 @ 7:00 p.m. – Newsboys United w. Zealand / Hobart Arena

March 16 @ 7:30 p.m. – Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour / Nutter Center

March 16 @ 8:00 p.m. – Jackyl / Oddbody’s 

March 16 @ 9:30 p.m. – Back Stabbath, Road Eyes and 53rd & 3rd / Blind Bob’s

March 17 @ 9:00 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day w. Michael Rotundo / JD Legends

March 21 @ 8:00 p.m. – Kansas / Victoria Theatre

March 23 @ 8 p.m. – Brother Crowe / Dublin Pub

March 23 @ 10 p.m. – Speaking Suns, ENZO and Crooked Spines / Blind Bob’s

March 24 @ 10 a.m. – New Basics Brass Band / Lincoln Theatre

March 24 @ 6:30 p.m. – Secrets w. Avanti & New Haven / Rockstar Pro Arena

March 24 @ 8:00 p.m. – Last Call / Dublin Pub

March 30 @ 9:00 p.m. – Until Rust / JD Legends

March 20 @ 7 p.m. – MG & Jazz Court / Dublin Pub

March 31 @ 7:00 p.m. – Fozzy w. Through Fire, Dark Sky Choir & Santa Cruz / Oddbody’s

March 31 @ 7:00 p.m. – Froggy Fresh w. Money Maker Mike & DipSpit / Rockstar Pro Arena

March 31 @ 7:30 p.m. - Justin Timberlake / Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

March 31 @ 8 p.m. – Lost Celts / Dublin Pub

March 31 @ 9:00 p.m. – Strum and Honey / JD Legends

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April 6 @ 8 p.m. – The Temps / Dublin Pub

April 7 @ 8:30 p.m. – Ithika / JD Legends

April 13 @ 8:00 p.m. – Rodney Crowell / Victoria Theatre

April 13 @ 8:00 p.m. – Hey There Morgan / Dublin Pub

April 14 @ 7:30 p.m. - Mix 107.7 Time Warp Prom / Nutter Center 

April 20 @ 8 p.m. – The Pulouts / Dublin Pub

April 21 @ 6:30 p.m. – FUEL / SMI Indoor Speedway

April 21 @ 10:00 p.m. – Typical Johnsons and Evil Eye Gypsy / South Park Tavern

April 26 @ 7:00 p.m. - Brantley Gilbert w. Aaron Lewis & Josh Phillips / Nutter Center

April 27 @ 8 p.m. – Tempest / Dublin Pub

Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH on Wednesday, September 5th as part of the worldwide touring schedule. CONTRIBUTED

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May 4 @ 8:00 p.m. - Hey There Morgan / JD Legends

May 4 @ 8:30 p.m. – Jameson Folly / Dublin Pub

May 5 @ 5:30 p.m. – Soulfly w. Nile / Oddbody’s

May 5 @ 6:30 p.m. – The Oak Ridge Boys / BMI Speedway

May 5 @ 7:00 p.m. – Justin Moore w. Dylan Scott / Hobart Arena

May 5 @ 8:30 p.m. – Shadowlife / JD Legends 

May 11 @ 8:30 p.m. – Counting Skeletons / JD Legends

May 11 @ 9:00 p.m. – Jah Soul / Dublin Pub

May 12 @ 9:00 p.m. – High South w. Michael Rotundo / JD Legends 

May 18 @ 8 p.m. – Jay Jesse Band / Dublin Pub

May 18 @ 8:30 p.m. – Spungewurthy / JD Legends

May 25 @ 9:00 p.m. – Velvet Crush / Dublin Pub

May 26 @ 8:00 p.m. – Steve Martin & Martin Short / Rose Music Center

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June 1 @ 9 p.m. – Dulahan / Dublin Pub

June 2 @ 6:00 p.m. - Tom Keifer of Cinderella / BMI Speedway

June 8 @ 7:00 p.m. – MG & Jazz Court / Dublin Pub

June 8 @ 8:30 p.m. – Marsha Brady Band / JD Legends 

June 15 @ 8:00 p.m. – Funky G & The Groove Machine / Dublin Pub

June 15 @ 8:30 p.m. – My Girl Friday / JD Legends

June 21 @ 8:00 p.m. – Tony Bennet / FRAZE

June 23 @ 6:00 p.m. – Queensryche w. The Iron Maidens & Latter / BMI Speedway

June 23 @ 7:00 p.m. - Barenaked Ladies / PNC Pavilion 

June 26 @ 7:00 p.m. - Foreigner / Riverbend Music Center 

June 27 @ 7:30 p.m. - Steely Dan / Riverbend Music Center 

June 29 @ 8:00 p.m. – Zak Shaffer / Dublin Pub

June 29 @ 8:30 p.m. – Loudhouse / JD Legends

David Byrne is coming to the Rose and PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in August. AP/FILE

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Jul. 5, 6, 7 @ 4-10:00 p.m. – Country Concert 18 / Ft. Loramie, OH

Jul. 7 @ 7:00 p.m. - Taylor Swift / Ohio Stadium 

Jul. 8 @ 5:00 p.m. – Southern Uprising / FRAZE

Jul. 11 @ 7:00 p.m. - Kesha and Macklemore / Riverbend Music Center

Jul. 13 @ 8:00 p.m. – Cherry Lee Hotrods / Dublin Pub

Jul. 27 @ 8:30 p.m. – Latter / JD Legends

Jul. 27 @ 8:30 p.m. – Father Son and Friends / Dublin Pub

>> Winners of Best of Dayton.com 2017’s Bar & Nightlife categories


Aug. 3 @ 8:00 p.m. - Roger Drawdy / Dublin Pub

Aug. 3 @ 8:30 p.m. - Mad Hatter / JD Legends

Aug. 9 @ 8:00 p.m. – Happy Together Tour 2018 / Fraze 

Aug. 10 @ 7:30 p.m. – Roots & Boots Tour / Fraze

Aug. 10 @ 8:30 p.m. – Buzz Bin ‘90’s Music / JD Legends 

Aug. 11 @ 8:00 p.m. – David Byrne American Utopia Tour / Rose Music Center 

Aug. 14 @ 6 p.m. – Honey Radar / Omega Music 

Aug. 17 @ 8:00 p.m. – The Menus / Fraze

Aug. 17 @ 7:00 p.m. – Kidz Bop Live / Rose Music Center 

Aug. 17 @ 8:30 p.m. – Full Frontal / JD Legends

Aug. 22 @ 7:30 p.m. – Get The Led Out / Fraze

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Sept. 5 @ 7:00 p.m. – Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour / Rose Music Center
Sept. 14 @ 8:30 p.m. – Mad Hatter / JD Legends







Def Leppard and Journey are going on tour together — and they are coming close to here

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

Deff Leppard and Journey are co-headlining a 58-city North American tour in 2018.
David Becker/Getty Images for Def Leppard, Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Deff Leppard and Journey are co-headlining a 58-city North American tour in 2018.(David Becker/Getty Images for Def Leppard, Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Two of the greatest rock bands are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts.

Def Leppard and Journey are hitting road in May, and their tour includes some stops close to home including Monday, May 28 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and Wednesday, May 30 in Cincinnati at U.S. Bank Arena and Wednesday, Aug. 22 in Columbus at the Schottenstein Center.

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The tour will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.”

Tickets for the show in Cincinnati go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. through LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets, the U.S. Bank Arena box office and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

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 The 58-city tour will hit 10 stadiums — Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park — as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California. A full list of tour dates can be found at Live Nation.

Top 10 things to do in Dayton this week

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Actor-comedian Donnell Rawlings, whose diverse credits include Chappelle s Show, The Wire and Guy Court, performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Greene in Beavercreek on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer
Actor-comedian Donnell Rawlings, whose diverse credits include Chappelle s Show, The Wire and Guy Court, performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Greene in Beavercreek on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is exploring music from Brahms to Bernstein this weekend at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas joins the orchestra for “Brahms: First and Foremost,” a Masterworks Series concert, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Cost: $8-$64.30.

The DPO is back at the Schuster Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, for “Jeremiah: Fire in the Heart.” The Classical Connections Series concert features compositions by Leonard Bernstein. Cost: $8-$43.

The Sunday concert, which features Bernstein’s “Candide Overture” and “Symphony No 1, Jeremiah,” is followed by a casual Q&A and ice cream social. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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(top from left) Soprano Olivia Yokers, mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin, (bottom from left) tenor Michael Anderson and bass-baritone Alexander Harper are the Dayton Opera Artists-in Residence joining the DPO for Bernstein Songfest Jan. 28 at the Dayton Art Institute. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


After the death of a friend, a widowed bar owner strikes up a life-changing conversation with a female regular in his Philadelphia tavern. That’s the setup for playwright Bruce Graham’s “Stella and Lou,” Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of the 2013 comedic drama is directed by Gary Thompson. “Stella and Lou,” opening at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 19, is presented weekends through Feb. 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. Call 937-278-5993 or visit www.daytontheatreguild.org.

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(from left) Adam Clevenger (Donnie), Amy Taint (Stella) and Geoff Burkman (Lou) appear in Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of the relationship dramedy Stella and Lou through Sunday, Feb. 4. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY CRAIG ROBERTS(Contributing Writer)


In addition to two different concerts this weekend, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is once again joining with Dayton Performing Arts Alliance partners Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera for a diverse afternoon of entertainment. The Family Series program, “World of Wonder: Explore the Ballet, Opera and Orchestra,” is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Audience members are invited backstage at 1:30 p.m. for a pre-concert, behind-the-scenes look at the participating groups. Cost: $14-$22. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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As its name suggests, “Beehive: The Sixties Musical,” is filled with memorable hits by female singers from that decade’s hit parade. Larry Gallagher’s jukebox musical concerns a rising vocal quartet and features songs made popular by Aretha Franklin, Brenda Lee and other vocalists. Tina McPhearson directs the local production of this show, which opens at Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 19. “Beehive: The Sixties Musical” is presented weekends through Feb. 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $16, $18. Call 937-424-8477 or visit www.daytonplayhouse.org.


Violin-playing siblings Mariko and Kanako Shimasaki have been thrilling audiences since they were grade school students in Springfield. Today, they are building a growing national following. The Shimasaki Sisters join the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Clark State Performing Arts Center, Kuss Auditorium, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The program, “NightLights II,” features pieces such as “Don Quixote” by Georg Philipp Telemann and Astor Piazzola’s “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.” Cost: $30-$56 adults, $18 and $23 students. Call 937-328-3874 or visit https://pac.clarkstate.edu.

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Violin prodigies Kanako and Mariko Shimasaki will return home for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s second NightLights concert of the season on Jan. 20. BOB BINGENHEIMEr/CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Donnell Rawlings broke through to mainstream comedy fans as a cast member on “Chappelle’s Show” on Comedy Central. However, the Washington, D.C., native is an actor-comedian with a lengthy creative resume that also includes television roles on “The Wire” and “The Corner” and serving as the judge on the series, “Guy Court.” Rawlings is performing at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cost: $20-$50. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.


The new show, “Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday,” features landscape paintings of frequently overlooked urban environments by the Columbus-based artist. The exhibition opens at the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, on Saturday, Jan. 20. “Illuminating the Everyday” is on display through July 1. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5 non-members, free for museum members and children younger than 17. Call 937-325-4673 or visit www.springfieldart.net.

Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday, which features the Columbus-based artist s urban landscape paintings, is on display at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield January 20 through July 1. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


More than 150 makes and models will be on display when the Cincinnati-Dayton RV Super Show is presented at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 25 through 28. Show hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will be able to tour RVs, attend seminars and take advantage of special factory rebates, financing and on-the-sport loan approval. Cost: $10 adults, free children under 12. Visit www.daytonrvshow.com.

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Dayton rockers Funeral Moon share an affinity for heavy riffs and pummeling rhythms with its namesake from Australia but don’t confuse this crew with the band from Down Under. The local metal act celebrates the release of its debut album at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Special guests Vehemian, Retreat Hell, Close the Hatch and Bundy and the Spins will also perform. Cost: $10 in advance. Visit www.rockstarproarena.net.


The origins of musical comedian Heywood Banks are sketchy. There are tall tales about being born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, a grisly restaurant accident and a dreaded case of Spamnesia brought on by a rancid can of lunchmeat. None of those claims can be substantiated, but it’s clear he is a performer with a distinctive personal style, a unique world view and a songbook bursting with off-kilter songs like “Toast” and “Big Butter Jesus.” Banks returns to Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Show times are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Cost: $20. Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.

Heywood Banks is the mastermind of songs such as "Big Butter Jesus," "Don't Trust a Puppet" and "Toast." CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)