Why the library could be your new destination for Friday lunch

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

A look at the new downtown Dayton Metro Library

There’s a new way to spend your Friday lunch breaks.

A new lunchtime music series at the Dayton Metro Library offers a mid-day escape for downtown workers and visitors.

The free, live performances will begin Nov. 24 and take place on Fridays in the Main Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third St.

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“The Eichelberger Forum is a wonderful space for music and other events,” Main Library Manager Kimber Fox said in a news release. “With comfortable, casual seating, people can bring their lunch, a friend or a book and enjoy a musical interlude in their day.” 

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The Eichelberger Forum at Dayton's new Main Library has capacity for 299. The space could be used for town hall forums, author readings, movies, concerts and more. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

THE SCHEDULE: 

Performances are Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

 

Friday, Nov. 24 — DC Ensemble 

The vibe: The Dianne Coble Ensemble entertains and inspires with their lively gospel sound. Since 2012 this choir has been sharing a message of joy through their music. 

 

Friday, Dec. 1 — Duante Beddingfield, featuring The Randy Villars Trio 

The vibe: Collaborating with pianist Randy Villars, Beddingfield creates a crowd-friendly act that makes jazz both accessible and inventive. Matt Wiles (bass) and Jeff Mellott (drums) round out the band. 

 

Friday, Dec. 8 — Eric Loy 

The vibe: Guitarist Eric Loy plays a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to classical to rock. He’s recorded nine instrumental albums since the 1970s, playing classical, steel-string, electric and harp-guitar. 

 

Friday, Dec. 15 — The Corndrinkers 

The vibe: A Saturday night tradition at square dances in Southwest Ohio, The Corndrinkers are a toe-tapping, old-time country string band featuring twin fiddles, banjo, guitar and bass. 

 

Friday, Dec. 22 — Trey Stone 

The vibe: Pianist Trey Stone served for 15 years as music director at The Second City, the famed comedy institution in Chicago. He leads his group Trey Stone and the Ringers, tours internationally, and recently was a presenter at TEDxDayton. 

 

Friday, Dec. 29 — DJ Basim 

The vibe: Funk music is front and center with DJ Basim, host of WYSO’s “Behind the Groove.” Basim produced an award-wining documentary, “Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music in Dayton,” and he is production coordinator for Dayton Youth Radio. 

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The Dayton Metro Library's grand opening for the main branch was held on Aug. 5, 2017.(Amelia Robinson)

 

For more information on these or any Dayton Metro Library event, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-2665.

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George Clinton is headed to Dayton for a FREE concert this week

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

The atomic dog  is coming to the land of funk to put one nation under a groove. 

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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will headline a free, outdoor concert Thursday, July 19, at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Boulevard in Dayton. 

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Bring your flashlight. 🔦 

WHAT IS CLINTON KNOWN FOR? 

Clinton’s hits include “Atomic Dog,” “Do Fries Come with that Shake,” “(Not Just) Knee Deep”  and “Erotic City.”

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With Parliament his hits include “Bop Gun,” “Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop,” “Chocolate City” and “Up for the Down Stroke.”

Funkadelic  songs include “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Maggot Brain” and “Freak of the Week.”

WHAT TIME DOES THE SHOW START? 

Dee Troxell, Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway’s director of marketing, said the doors open at 6 p.m. for the summer concert series show. 

“Get here early,” she said.  

As many as 1,500 people have attended other concerts held at the racino. 

Dayton band LYD featuring Yolanda Drake will open the show at 6:30 p.m.

Neo funk band MojoFlo of Dayton will hit the stage around 7:30 p.m. 

Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will begin around 9 p.m. 

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A stage will be set up on the track and there will be chairs, bleacher seating and standing sections.  

Arrive early to get the best seats. Bleachers and chairs are available but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, it will be standing-room-only.

Troxell said that this concert offers a good chance to see Clinton perform before he retires in 2019. 

It is fitting that he will perform here, she said. 

“Dayton is a city that is known for old school and funk,” Troxell said. 

Concertgoers will enter through the gaming floor so people are encouraged to bring their ID. It is a 21 years and older event. 

The band Foghat is scheduled to perform at the racino Friday, Aug. 17. Gates open at 6 p.m. and Foghat performance is set to start around 9 p.m. 

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will  headline a free, outdoor concert in Dayton Thursday, July 19, 2018(Submitted)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will  headline a free, outdoor concert in Dayton Thursday, July 19, 2018(Submitted)

WANT TO GO 

WHAT: George  Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic 

When: Thursday, July 19. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Clinton performs around 9 p.m. 

Where:  Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Boulevard in Dayton. 

Cost: Free

More information: hollywooddaytonraceway.com

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Heartless Bastards lead singer coming home for FREE concert in Dayton

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Austin-based roots rock band Heartless Bastards, (left to right) Mark Nathan, Jesse Ebaugh, Erika Wennerstrom and Dave Colvin, performs at Oddbody's Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, March 5. CONTRIBUTED
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Austin-based roots rock band Heartless Bastards, (left to right) Mark Nathan, Jesse Ebaugh, Erika Wennerstrom and Dave Colvin, performs at Oddbody's Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, March 5. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

Heartless Bastards, a popular bluesy rock band, is making a return to the Gem City, but this time only with their key Dayton connection. 

Just announced, Heartless Bastards’ lead singer and Dayton native Erika Wennerstorm will play a FREE show at Omega Music record store on July 25th. 

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Mike Cooley, the inventory manager at Omega Music said Heartless Bastards’ label contacted the store last week about adding a last-minute stop to the band’s tour lineup and Cooley was quick to oblige. Cooley said Omega is very excited to have Wennerstorm back in town.

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The show is free, however, it’s recommended to show up well before the store is too packed. No tickets are necessary to attend. Wennerstorm is set to play at 6 p.m.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Erika Wennerstorm performing at Omega Music

WHEN: 6 p.m Wednesday, July 25th

WHERE: Omega Music, 318 E 5th St., Dayton

INFO: omegamusicdayton.com

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Experience the ‘happiest music on Earth’ this weekend in Dayton

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The 43rd annual Band Organ Rally will be held at Carillon Historical Park July 21 and 22.

The “happiest music on Earth” will return to Carillon Historical Park next weekend for the 43rd annual Band Organ Rally.

Mike and Liz Barnhart of Riverside will bring their 6-foot-tall fairground band organ to the 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally at Carillon Historical Park on July 21 and 22. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The upbeat definition was coined to describe band organs, the mechanically played portable pipe organs that make the cheerful music often associated with merry-go-rounds and carnivals.

“It makes you feel good. It’s happy music,” said Liz Barnhart of Riverside, who is organizing the rally with her husband, Mike.

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The rally, last held in Dayton in 2016, will bring dozens of antique and newly constructed band organs to the park. It is sponsored by the Mid-American Chapter of the Musical Box Society International and the Carousel Organ Association of America.

Band organs range in size from small hand-cranked street organs with 20 pipes tucked inside, sometimes called monkey organs, to huge fairground organs that can have hundreds of pipes.

Mike Barnhart of Riverside designed a 6-foot-tall band organ. Inside are 228 pipes that create the sounds of tubas, trumpets, violins an flutes. Pictured on the outsidea snare drum, a bell and castanets. Barnhart and his wife, Liz, will bring their organ to the 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally at Carillon Historical Park on July 21 and 22. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The elaborate exterior facades that house the organs can be beautifully carved from wood or have colorful, ornate decorations. Many have drums attached to the sides.

The Barnharts’ interest in the musical machines began in the mid-1960s. Liz enjoyed the music the organs made and Mike, a retired electronics engineer, was fascinated by the mechanics. Their hobby has taken them to organ events around the world.

The first organs were played in Ancient Rome, Mike Barnhart said, when hydraulic-powered pipe organs were developed. The early organs evolved into a mechanical instrument that played songs from a pinned barrel, much like a music box.

Barrels progressed to book organs, which used folded cardboard with holes punched in it to make music, and in the late 1800s paper rolls were discovered.

Today some contemporary organs are outfitted with electronic systems that have expanded the organ repertoire from carnival-type music to jazz, rock, big band and the Ohio State fight song.

Mike Barnhart designed his own fairground band organ in 2002 after the larger production Wurlitzer Model 165 band organs that made music at fairgrounds, roller rinks and dance halls in the 1900s.

The organ was built by the Stinson Band Organ Company in Bellefontaine, the only remaining producer of band organs in the United States. “I said ‘this thing has got to be built. It deserves to be built,’” he said.

The Barnharts’ organ, which will be at the rally, is pneumatically operated with a 75-track paper roll and is also outfitted to play more than 150 songs electronically.

Liz Barnhart of Riverside picked up a stuffed monkey in 1990 to complement her collection of band organs, including monkey organs. She said so many people asked her at organ rallys where her monkey was she thought she should have one. Barnhart and her husband Mike or the organizers of the 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally that will be held July 21 and 22 at Carillon Historical Park. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The façade of the organ, which has been named Treviris, is a replica of the 1,700 -year-old Roman artifact, Porta Nigra, the gate to the city of Trier, Germany.

Flanked by two towers, the organ stands 6-feet-tall and weighs 1,000 pounds. In the front, gently swiveling to the music, is Treviris, the Goddess of Trier, hand-carved from wood.

Inside, 228 pipes create countless musical sounds including tubas, trumpets, violins and flutes. Mounted among the pipes are sleigh bells, cow bells, and a referee’s Acme whistle. Among the music makers on the outside of the organ are a base drum and cymbal, a timpani drum and reiterating castanets.

The music is infectious and the Barnharts enjoy watching visitors’ steps quicken and match the tempo of the melodies as they stroll around band organ gatherings. Children often stop to dance and twirl to the music.

“You will see old instruments, new instruments and watch the organ owners make their instruments play at the rally,” Liz Barnhart said. “You will be happy that you went there. I think you’ll enjoy hearing the happiest music on Earth.”

HOW TO GO

What: The 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally

When: Saturday, July 21, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 12 p.m. -5 p.m.

Where: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

Admission: Adults: $8 (ages 18-59), Senior: $7; Children (ages 3-17): $5. Children under 3 and Dayton History members: free

More: For information about Carillon Historical Park call (937) 293-2841.

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Tattoo and metal music festival is this weekend at legendary Ohio prison — and you can still get tickets

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

The Ohio State Reformatory. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
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The Ohio State Reformatory. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

There are still tickets available for this weekend's INKcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival taking place July 13-15, at Mansfield’s Ohio State Reformatory. 

In addition to featuring 30 bands on two stages during the weekend, there will be more than 25 booths on hand featuring the work of more than 70 local and regional tattoo artists. Live demonstrations and contests in 25 categories, including a best in show will take place over the course of the weekend 

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More than 15 different vendors will serve up a variety of food and beverages, and tours of the legendary Ohio State Reformatory will be offered daily. 

The Ohio State Reformatory, best known as the location for the “The Shawshank Redemption,” provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop to the festival offering even more entertainment inside its walls, given the prison’s prominent history and lore. 

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This year’s INKcarceration lineup includes some of the top bands in rock and metal, including Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Of Mice and Men, Lit, Life of Agony and Bad Omens on Friday; Bush, Our Lady Peace, Living Colour, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, ’68, Through Fire, Akadia and All About A Bubble on Saturday; Black Label Society, Clutch, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, Corrosion of Conformity, Adelitas Way, JennCity SOiL and Fear the Fall on Sunday.

This year’s INKcarceration lineup includes some of the top bands in rock and metal, including Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Of Mice and Men, Lit, Life of Agony and Bad Omens on Friday; Bush, Our Lady Peace, Living Colour, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, ’68, Through Fire, Akadia and All About A Bubble on Saturday; Black Label Society, Clutch, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, Corrosion of Conformity, Adelitas Way, JennCity SOiL and Fear the Fall on Sunday. 

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This year’s INKcarceration lineup includes some of the top bands in rock and metal, including Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Of Mice and Men, Lit, Life of Agony and Bad Omens on Friday; Bush, Our Lady Peace, Living Colour, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, ’68, Through Fire, Akadia and All About A Bubble on Saturday; Black Label Society, Clutch, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, Corrosion of Conformity, Adelitas Way, JennCity SOiL and Fear the Fall on Sunday.

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Single day tickets are $65 with an $11.50 fee. Special VIP packages are also available. Tickets and additional information can be found at inkcarceration.com

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