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Insider’s guide to the Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know before you go

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other aviation acts will thrill audiences at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

All eyes will be on the soaring action in the sky this weekend during the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Military jet demonstrations, aerobatic champions and historic aircraft are a sampling of the entertainment to be found at the premier air show that marks its 44th consecutive year of operation.

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Shiela Wallace, media relations coordinator for the air show, said the event has been so successful because the region is the birthplace of aviation and the show has strong ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. 

“These are all things that scream this place loves aviation,” said Wallace.

This year’s event takes place June 23-24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr.

Here’s what you should know to have a great time:

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United States Navy Blue Angels

The Blue Angels, who have thrilled audiences for more than 70 years, will headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show this year. 

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Blue Angels, who last appeared in Dayton in 2014, fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in formations that bring them as close as 18 inches apart. 

The fastest speed during the performance is close to 700 MPH.

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Fastest woman racer

Vicky Benzing, a pilot, aerobatic performer, skydiver and air racer will perform for the first time at the show.

She set the record as the “fastest woman racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada and has made more than 1,200 parachute jumps.

Benzing will fly an action packed routine in a high-performance Extra 300S.

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger, will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. CONTRIBUTED.

Sean D. Tucker’s farewell show

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. Tucker is retiring from solo flying but planning to form a formation aerobatic team for future performances. 


A living history lesson returns to the show this year. TORA! TORA! TORA! Will re-enact the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Eight Japanese replica fighter/bomber aircraft and a display of fire, smoke and noise, simulate bombing runs. 

Sky aerobatics

The Redline Aerobatics Team will be a thrill to watch. Cincinnati pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker built the planes, which fly inverted and formation maneuvers, in their garages. 

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, an all-weather stealth tactical flighter, will demonstrate its capabilities at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED


Though planes will be soaring over head don’t forget much of the show is on the ground. Visitors will be able to view more than 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII warbirds to modern military aircraft. 

Among the ground displays will be the U.S. Air Force 5-52 Stratofortress, the C-17 Globemaster III, a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the B-17 movie Memphis Belle and a Tuskegee Airman P-51 Mustang. 

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The sprawling Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will span the tarmac among the ground displays. The B-52 heavy bomber is one of the longest serving aircraft in the Air Force. 

Commonly referred to as BUFF, which stands for “Big, Ugly Fat Fellow,” the bomber was last at the air show in 2010. 

The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital — a state-of-the-art teaching facility with an operating room, classroom and recovery room — will be on the ground. 

Spectators will be able to board the Flying Eye Hospital which travels the globe training people to fight blindness. 

The DC-8 Samaritan’s Purse will make its first air show appearance ever this weekend.

The Samaritan’s Purse organization — led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham — takes the Douglas DC-8-72CF jetliner around the world to provide spiritual and physical aid.

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The U.S. Army Golden Knights will thrill spectators at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show will intricate canopy work. CONTRIBUTED


Need a respite for the kids? The Vectren Kid’s Hangar has a backyard gym for climbing, a sandbox, face painting and crafts. The getaway is free and occasionally Air Show performers drop by to sign autographs. 

The hangar will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with food, beverage and restroom facilities nearby. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

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A variety of food concessions will be available as well as plenty of Coke and Budweiser products.

ATM’s are located on the show grounds.

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Being on the hot tarmac all day means spectators need to come prepared. 

Bring sunglasses, hats and sunscreen, and remember to protect children’s skin as well. Consider wearing light-weight, light-colored long-sleeve tops and comfortable shoes. It’s smart to bring unopened bottled water, which is allowed. 

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General admission ticket holders can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Those with Blue Sky Chalet/Pavilion tickets don’t need to bring their own lawn chairs. To enjoy the aerial performances, pack a pair of binoculars. 

Other items allowed inside the gate: regular-size umbrellas (but not the large, backyard kind), strollers and wagons, cameras (your camera bags will be checked at the gate), mobility scooters for the disabled (rentals are available, call 567-674-6185 to reserve), wheelchairs and service animals. 

The B-17 bomber used in the 1990 Warner Brother film, "Memphis Belle," will appear at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED


Coolers are not permitted on the grounds. Neither are pets, bicycles, roller blades or scooters. 


There’s plenty of onsite parking. Keep in mind it’s $10 per car and $20 for RVs, buses and large-size vehicles. Overnight parking is prohibited. 

From I-75, use Exit 64 toward Northwoods Blvd. and follow signs for ticket type. 

From I-70 use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road and follow signs for ticket type. 

Drivers should follow signs posted along the show route as well as the directions conveyed by the police officers. 

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. 

An alternate parking plan will be implemented if rain prior to the show prevents use of grass parking lots. If implemented, check the show website, social media and local newspaper, television and radio outlets for alternate parking plans. 

If you’d like someone else to do the driving, a continuous express shuttle service will be provided by the Greater Dayton RTA. The shuttle is available from the U.S. Air Force Museum to the main gate of the air show for $3 per round trip. Hourly shuttle service will also be available in downtown Dayton from the Wright Stop Plaza. Regular RTA fare will apply.

Vintage and modern aircraft alike thrilled thousands of fans over Father's Day weekend, June 18-19, at the Dayton International Airport. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)


WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show 

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia 

HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24, 2018

TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through Sunday, June 24, at 12 p.m. ET. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Click here to view the assortment of ticket options, or call 888-695-0888. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Vectren Dayton Air Show

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7 things that will WOW you this weekend at the Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

The Ohio Challenge 2018

Prepare to be wowed.

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A giant crab and a giant gator are among the more than 30 balloons set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember. The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend.

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“This is a good, positive event for the city. Everyone loves to see the balloons. There’s always that ‘Wow’ factor. Spectators often wonder ‘How did they get up there?’ ‘How do they stay up there?’ and they follow them. It’s so cool,” said Kathy Stites, event manager, The Ohio Challenge.

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The Gator is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Presented by, the event runs Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The festival includes balloon competitions and balloon glows, fireworks, skydiving demonstrations, a laser light show, tethered balloon rides and live entertainment. There will also be carnival rides for children from Murray Brothers Amusements, Inc., expanded food booth offerings, as well as 25 arts and crafts vendors on site.

This is the 16th year for the festival, which has grown into one of the area’s largest, signature summer events. More than 300 volunteers come together to support the festivities. 

Here are six things to do, see and experience at The Ohio Challenge:

Competition balloons decorate the sky during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

1. Hot air balloon launches, rides and competition

Check out launches of colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes.

Mass balloon launches and special shapes will take to the skies on Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beyond the visual spectacle of bright colorful balloons in the sky, The Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition. This year over 30 participants will compete for the Ohio Challenge Trophy and to qualify for a national tournament.

This little lady walks on a partially inflated balloon during the Fluff & Puff event at the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

Experience the fun yourself with tethered hot air balloon rides for $10 and $15 or try out the Fluff & Puff balloon walk-through as well.

Call 513-932-3552 to arrange full paid rides.

All balloon activity is wind and weather permitting. Admission to the park is free during morning hours for those who would like to see the Saturday and Sunday morning balloon flights.

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Claw D — The Crazy Crab piloted by Zach Burgess of Monroe will be one of the special balloons featured at this year’s Ohio Challenge. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2. Night balloon glow

Balloons can look even more amazing at night. This year’s balloon glows will take place Friday and Saturday from 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

3. Fireworks

A fireworks display sponsored by Start Skydiving will start around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. 

4. Skydiving

Team Fastrax skydiving performances will take place at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and again at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Rides are part of the fun at the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival. These festival-goers were photographed during the 2016 event at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

5. Festival fun

Beyond the balloons, you’ll find plenty of family fun all weekend long.

The event will include outdoor concerts, arts and crafts, festival foods and carnival rides.

“There’s so much to do. There’s a little something for everybody. It’s a good family-oriented festival in the park. There’s a lot of good food, and a lot of great vendors. It’s a good place to be,” said Sean Askren, a Middletown resident, pilot committee member and FAA liaison.

This is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

There will be live music on Friday night with Broken Road, a Rascal Flatts tribute band and on Saturday evening featuring The Skallywags from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Main Stage activities, including opening remarks and the National Anthem, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Wounded Warrior Honoring Ceremony, recognizing Purple Hearts and Gold Stars, will be held on Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of events and activities, visit the Ohio Challenge website.

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Competition balloons fly over Hook Field during the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

6. Car show

The show featuring 125 to 150 cars will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration for the car show is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to register is $15. Dash Plaques are guaranteed to the first 100. A number of awards will be given.

7. Balloons & Breakfast

Watch hot air balloons before enjoying a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday. The breakfast supports the Middletown High School girls soccer team. The cost is a suggested donation of $5.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Ohio Challenge Balloon and Festival Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember

WHEN: Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. The festival is open 4-10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday and again from 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Balloon activity only from 7-9:30 a.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave and Verity Parkway in Middletown

ADMISSION: During regular evening festival hours, walk-in admission is $5 per adult (children ages 12 and under are free), $15 per car load (which includes a free shuttle ride and admission for all in the vehicle). Vehicles should enter the festival grounds via Middletown Regional Airport, 1800 Germantown Road.


Hot air balloons are inflated for attendees to get a closer look during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

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Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult are coming to Dayton — and you can still get tickets

Published: Monday, April 02, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

10 live performances

Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult just announced their tri-headlining Revolution 3 tour, which will be making a stop in Dayton.

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They’ll perform a concert at the Rose Music Center on Sunday, July 22. Tickets range from $23.50 to $79.

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The Revolution 3 Tour, featuring Stone Temple Pilots (pictured), Bush and the Cult, pulls into Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, July 22. CONTRIBUTED

On Revolution 3, the bands will take the stage in a different order on every stop of the revolving headliner tour. 

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The 20-city outing marks the first time that these groups are touring together.

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“It is with great honor and pleasure to know we will be spending our summer vacation on the road with the Gents from The Cult and Bush,” said Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots in a press release. “Two great bands and more so, great friends. Also, to be there with you is even better. With love. See y’all soon.”

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Want to go?

WHAT: Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult
WHERE: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

WHEN: 6 p.m. July 22

TICKETS: 1-800-745-3000 | Ticketmaster

INFO: Rose Music Center 

*While supplies last. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

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More than 30 food trucks at Darke County’s first food truck rally and competition

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

Food truck rally and competition

Dayton loves food trucks — and competitions. The two together make for one savory event.

This new food truck event will be worth the trek to Greenville this weekend, with over 30 trucks on the list.

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Mr. D's was one of more than 50 trucks that participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

This will be the first food truck rally and competition to take place in Darke County.

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On July 21, dozens of food trucks will park and serve their best bites in hopes of taking home the bragging rights. There will also be craft and small business vendors set up to sell accessories, candles and wax melts, soaps and more. 

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McNasty's Mobile Food Truck makes a stop at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.(Connie Post)

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Confirmed food trucks include:

Latinarepas food truck 


Shantz Express 

Creme de la Creme Cakery 

Tin Roof Mobile Food 

Dayton Urban BBQ 

Lilia's Outside Cafe 

TJ's Nice Cream Truck 

Underdogs Mobile 

Son Of a Biscuit 


Chicago Gyros and Dogs Beavercreek 


Cookie Mayhem 

Claybourne GRILLE 

Rock Stop N Roll 

Papa Dog Grub Hub 

Little Z Concessions 

Drunken Waffle, Twisted Taco 


PA's Pork 

Christian Bros Meat Company LLC 

Zombie Dogz 

Taquitos Truck 

Tennessie's Philippine Cuisine 

~Nacho Pig~ 

Sinsational Sandwiches 

Wild Fire Pizza 

BEME Concessions LLC, Potato Tornados & More 

Kona Ice of Troy 

Fourman Family Concessions 

Creole 2 Geaux 

Cumberland Kettle Corn 

The Bobby Cue Grill 

Bowman's Texas Tenderloins 

Bowman's Sausage 


Wild Boar BBQ 

Karma Kitchen Food Truck 

Kettle Fixins 

Pita Pockets Concessions 

Shrimp Lips Seafood and Chicken

Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts. The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Drunken Waffle.(Submitted)

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Confirmed craft vendors include:

Mobile BowTiki 

Dog-On-It Bakery 

Wolfes on a Mission - Advocare Health & Wellness 

Color Street nails 

Accessorize with Andrea 

AJ Laser Co. 


Jamby Styles 

Tastefully Simple 

Winnie Hittle - unique jewelry and accessories 

Gena Hoyt - topiary, unique garden items 

Tennessie Hamilton - unique Philippine crafts 

Bath Fitter 


Brenda Sparks - unique crafts 

Young Living Essential Oils 


Leathered Up - hand made leather products 

Just Four Pups 

KenKare Jewelery & Crafts 

Anita Blakley -crafts, decorated lassware 

Jane Baldwin - unique bath items 

Rachel Shaw - Pampered Chef 

Tracy Barr - Barr's Soapery & Creative Works 

Garah Lefeld - Mother of Wolves 

Paula Wheaton 

Susan Lutz - JC Mining Store 

Angela Gibbons- The Ugly Mug 

Michelle Heckler - Avon 

Connie Imel - vintage aprons & hand towels 

Marcia Sowry - wooden benches & signs 

Lilly Rose Essentials 

Country Creations 

Cabin in the Pines Wood Products 

The Gutter Shutter 

My Gorilla Garage 

Aesthetic Artistry 

Rustic Eweniques 

Amber Row - Mobile Boutique - women's clothing and accessories 

Kra Z Paint 

Love Me Knots 

Kits for the Cure 

Grandpa Bob's Gifts

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If you make something special, you can get involved too. To sign up as a food or craft vendor, visit this website.


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Want to go?

WHAT: The Darke County Food Truck Rally and Competition

WHEN: July 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 

INFO: Facebook

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Top 10 things to do in Dayton this weekend include new adventures and familiar favorites

Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 3:58 PM

Adventures on the Great Miami hosted its second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23. Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event hasd tons to do for the family. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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Adventures on the Great Miami hosted its second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23. Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event hasd tons to do for the family. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

You can find a little summer fun everywhere this weekend with new events and familiar favorites.

There’s more to do during the week and on the weekends than ever.

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Stay prepared and plan ahead with our guide to the best 10 things to do in Dayton:


For nearly three decades, emerging and established playwrights have had the opportunity to present new work at FutureFest.The annual festival of new plays, now in its 28th year, is presented at Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22. 

FutureFest 2018 showcases six finalists. The festival opens at 8 p.m. Friday with “What Are Words Worth to a Long Fellow?” by Carl L. Williams from Houston, Texas. Saturday’s productions are Colorado-based William C. Kovacsik’s “Fettered” at 10 a.m., “Late in the Game” by Minnesota-based Barbara Snow at 3 p.m. and South Carolina-based Randy Neale’s “Last Rites-Detroit, 1967” at 8 p.m. 

FutureFest concludes Sunday with “Of Men and Cars” by California-based Jim Geoghan at 10 a.m. and Massachusetts-based John Minigan’s “Queen of Sad Mischance” at 3 p.m. Cost: $20 per show, $100 for weekend package. Call 937-424-8477 or visit

>> Reasons to go to FutureFest this weekend

Victoria Theatre Association President and CEO Ken Neufeld



In early July, Victoria Theatre Association announced the retirement of VTA president and CEO Ken Neufeld. To commemorate his impactful career, the local arts organization has established the Ken and Lesley Neufeld Innovative Programming Fund. On Sunday, July 22, the VTA hosts A Midsummer Soiree, the first benefit for the fund, at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton from 6 to 9 p.m. John Paul White, one-half of the Grammy Award-winning group the Civil Wars, presents a solo set that evening. Local bluegrass duo Snapp & Clarke will also perform. Cost: $100. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

>> A Q&A with Ken Neufeld

Dave Koz (pictured), currently on the Summer Horns Tour with Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan, returns to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Friday, July 20. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)



Saxophonist Dave Koz enjoyed great success with the 2013 album, “Summer Horns,” with collaborators Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair. Rather than repeat that template for the follow-up album, Koz replaced the unavailable Abair with trombonist Aubrey Logan and trumpeter Rick Braun. In June, the expanded horn ensemble released “Summer Horns II: From A to Z.” Koz & Friends, currently on tour supporting the release, perform at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.Cost: $46.50 law & terrace, $56.50 side orchestra, $66.50 center orchestra in advance. All ticket prices increase $5 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit

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After being accused of the murder of Joseph Side in Dayton more than a century ago, Charles “Dayton Slim” Stimmel led authorities on a cross-country manhunt that ended in Denver. In December 1903, he stood trial for the charges, which is the basis for this summer’s installment of Dayton History’s “Old Case Files.” The historical courtroom drama series offers a dramatic reenactment of the controversial murder at the Old Court House, 7 N. Main St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22. Performances begin at 7:30p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. “Old Case Files” is also presented July 27 through 29 and August 3 through 5. Space is limited, reservations requested. Call 937-293-2841 or visit

The Spikedrivers, D-Funk All-Stars, Mike Perkins and Subterranean (pictured) are among the acts performing at the Miami Valley Music Fest at the Eagles Campground in Troy on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. CONTRIBUTED



Combining music, art and charity has been the focus of the Miami Valley Music Fest since it began in 2006. The Spikedrivers, D-Funk All-Stars, Mike Perkins, Subterranean, the Ark Band, the Typical Johnson and Sharon Lane around are among the acts performing at the annual event, returning to the Troy Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road, Troy, on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. Cost: $40-$60. General admission tickets include festival entry, parking fee and camping. VIP car parking is $25. Visit

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Dayton’s hometown baseball team has teamed up with Orthopedics Associates of SW Ohio for the Dragons 5K. The fundraising run/walk returns to Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Cost: Registration fee is $25 adults, $15 ages 17 and younger. Proceeds from the Dragons 5K benefit the team’s MVP Program, which supports Miami Valley Youth. Call 937-228-2287 or

>> What to know before you go to Dragons 5K

The Revolution 3 Tour, featuring Stone Temple Pilots (pictured), Bush and the Cult, pulls into Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, July 22. CONTRIBUTED



Package tours usually have a theme, whether it’s by genre, decade or some other hook. For this summer’s Revolution 3 Tour, the connective tissue seems to be guitar rock. The musical roadshow — making a stop at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22 — features ’90s bands Stone Temple Pilots and Bush with the Cult, which was recording and touring for nearly a decade before its current tour mates formed. Doors open Sunday at 5 p.m. Cost: $49-$79. Call 937-228-2323 or visit

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While stand-up comedy remains his primary focus, Lavell Crawford has had a growing presence as an actor since landing the life-changing role of Huell the bodyguard on “Breaking Bad” in 2011. He also reprised the role in an episode of the spinoff series, “Better Call Saul.”Crawford’s other credits include “American Ultra,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “The Ridiculous 6” and “Legends of Chamberlain Heights.” The actor-comedian returns to town for performances at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Cost: $15-$45. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit

Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in "Irma La Deuce," the 1960 romantic comedy from director Billy Wilder, presented by Victoria Theatre Association's Summer Cool Films Series at Victoria Theatre in Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22. CONTRIBUTED



Billy Wilder is no longer a household name, but the director created some of Hollywood’s most beloved films during his lengthy career. A brief look at his filmography includes “The Lost Weekend” (1945), “Sabrina” (1954) and “Some Like It Hot” (1959). For his 1963 romantic comedy, “Irma La Deuce,” Wilder returned to Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, who appeared together in his 1960 film, “The Apartment.” Victoria Theatre Association’s Summer Cool Films Series presents “Irma La Deuce” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Other films in the series include “Die Hard,” “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Cost: $6 per screening or $39 for a 10-ticket passbook good for any film screening in the Cool Film Series. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

>> The lineup for this year’s Cool Film Series

Jessica Lea Mayfield, a singer from Kent, Ohio, headlines of the new Adventures Fest at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City on Saturday, July 21. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)



Jessica Lea Mayfield, the headliner of the new Adventures Fest, is from Kent, Ohio, while Sylmar is based in Cincinnati. The other acts on the bill, Shrug, Young Heirlooms, Lioness, M. Ross Perkins, This Pine and Neo American Pioneers, are from the Dayton area. The first-time event is presented at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City, on Saturday, July 21. Cost: Festival admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Camping is $10. Call 937-266-6252 or visit

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