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New Years Eve Guide: The best places in and around Dayton to ring in 2018

Published: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Looking to ring in the new year with a bang? 

Here are some of the best ways you can ring in 2018 in Dayton.

✨ BALL DROP NYE at Yellow Cab Tavern

Yellow Cab will start its first Ball Drop party at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. DJ “Fab Gear ( Jay Madewell) will play dance music starting at 10 p.m. There will be food trucks and a  champagne toast.

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton 

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1

Cost: Free admission

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✨ New Year’s Eve Brunch and Ringing in the New Year Party

Mudlick Tap House gets the party started with a New Year’s Eve “boozy brunch” that includes mimosas and the bar’s epic Bloody Mary Bar. 

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The menu includes crab hash, sweat potato and kale curried hash, Mudlick Rancheros, crab hash, three egg frittata, Nog Cakes, The Morning After, Elvis’ French  Toadst and cured salmon Benedict. 

The tavern’s New Year’s party includes a prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu for $55 per person. 

First course includes choice of:

• Scallops - Pan-seared sea scallops on butternut squash puree and arugula finished with apple-bacon marmalade and sage oil  

• The Board - an array of three cured meats and two

artisanal cheeses 

Salad course includes choice of:

• Market Salad  — field greens tossed in a creamy feta dressing with hard-boiled egg, sundried tomatoes and bacon 

 • Tuscan Spinach Salad - field greens tossed in jalapeño honey vinaigrette topped with shaved pecorino, castelvetrano olives and marinated figs 

Main course includes choice of: 

• Prime Rib — roasted prime rib topped with a dollop horseradish cream. Served over a roasted root veg with arugula, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds and red wine balsamic vinaigrette 

•  Grilled Swordfish  — marinated grilled swordfish over a warm bacon, fingerling potato, and blistered tomato salad. 

Dessert includes choice of:

• Mud(lick) Pie 

• Chocolate Stout Brownie Crust filled with ANDES mint cream topped with brownie crumble and chocolate ganache. 

•  House Made Peanut Butter Pie — rich and fluffy with a chocolate ganache on a graham cracker crust

Where: Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St., Dayton

When: Dec. 31. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner will be served 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Cost: Dishes served at brunch vary. Dinner is $55 per person. 

Reservations: (937) 895-4066 

✨ Harlem Globetrotters

The beloved basketball team returns for its annual New Year’s Eve game at Wright State's Nutter Center.

Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn

When: Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. 

Cost: Tickets start at $28.50 on

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✨ New Year’s Eve at MJ’s

MJ’s on Jefferson’s party includes a big drag show, a balloon drop and more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. The kitchen will be open late. There will be tables available for reserve -- and they’ll receive champagne. There will be a free toast at midnight. 

Where: MJ on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton 

When: Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. Shows start at 9:30 p.m. 

Cost: $10

✨ Freakquency NYE Bash at Blind Bobs

Where: Blind Bob’s Bar, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31 

Cost: $10

Pro tip: Get there early. Last year’s party was standing room only. 

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NYE at Dayton’s Hollywood Casino

Dayton Raceway Hollywood Casino to host Bourbon style NYE Bash

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway’s party includes dining specials, promotions and live entertainment. 

Where: Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Dayton 

When: Saturday, Dec. 31 all day and night

Cost: Free admission; cost of games and food vary

Info: Call 937-235-7800 or visit

✨ NYE at Austin Landing (MOVED INSIDE)

Channel a little bit of the Times Square atmosphere this New Year’s Eve at Austin Landing. Live music from Stranger and Party with a Purpose benefiting The Pink Ribbon Girls. There will be fireworks and a live ball drop. Food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase from food trucks. Free champagne toast for ages 21+. While you're at Austin Landing, don't miss the first NYE Bash at Bar 145 featuring Neon White.

Where: Austin Landing, 10050 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

When: Starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 31

Tickets: $15 in advance online; $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $60 each.


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✨ FOA Party with a Purpose

Families of Addicts is partnering with community members for a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes vision board crafts,  beginners yoga, music and a “Purpose Spark class focusing on deepening connection with self and community. 

Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to adults and children.  

Where: City Church 141 W 5th St., Dayton

When: 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Dec. 31 

Cost: Free

Info & registration: Eventbrite

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✨ Toast to 2018 at the Barrel House

Enjoy a bubbly tasting featuring M. Lawrence Dry Rose. 

Where: The Barrel House,  417 E. Third St., Dayton 

When: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31

Cost: $4.50 per tasting of M. Lawrence Dry Rose. Other bottles of bubbly will be sold with a $2 cork fee if popped in the bar. 

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✨ New Year’s on the French Riviera at Lily’s

Lily’s Bistro will celebrate the flavors of the French Riviera during its special New Year’s Eve dinner. 

The evening includes a champagne toast at midnight and wine and cocktail specials all night. A five-course prix fixe meal will be $59 per person, plus tip and tax. 

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First course (amuse bouche): 

Breakfast radish with roasted garlic, black balsamic and orange zest 

Second course, choice of: 

• Braised pork shoulder and poblano pepper sopa verde 

• Beet-brined octopus ceviche with Kracken Rum marinated pear chips 

• Frissee salad with spiced nuts, feta, pomegranate seeds and citrus vinaigrette 

Third course, choice of:  

• "Gin And Tonic" Oysters on the half-shell with juniper berry, lime and smoked salt 

• Housemade rabbit terrine with carrot and fennel, whipped date butter and toast points 

• Rosemary ricotta bruschetta with persimmon, cayenne honey and roasted pistachios 

Fourth course, choice of:

• Sweet potato gnocchi with sun dried tomato velouté and brussel petals 

• Bouillabaisse of scallop, mussel, and cod with rouille and crostini 

• Cabernet-braised beef short rib with cauliflower puree and fried leeks 

Dessert, choose one: 

• Beignets with foie gras 

• Valrhona dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate peppermint bark

Where: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

When: Reservations will be taken for meals served 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Cost: $59 per person

Info & reservations: (937) 723-7636

✨ Retro New Year’s Eve Party at DK Effect

The bar and arcade invites you to party like it’s 1982 at this retro party. The year is considered the “golden year” for arcade games, with the release of  Dig Dug, Donkey Kong Jr., Burger Time, Ms Pac-Man, Super Pac Man, Q*Bert and Tron. 

DK Effect will give away prizes for best 1980s dress, as well as high scores. There will be a midnight champagne toast. 

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Where: DK Effect, 1600 E. Third St., Dayton 

When: 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31 

Cost: Free 

Info: (937) 303-7305 | DK Effect Facebook page

✨ New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance 

The evening features dinner, dancing and music from the Frank Moravcik Band. Dinner includes roast pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, salad, bread, desserts, beer, wine, soda and coffee.

Where: American Czechoslovakian Club, 922 Valley St., Dayton. 

When: Dinner from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Dancing is from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.. Dec. 31-Jan. 1. 

Cost: $30 dinner and dance; $20 dance-only

Info: (937) 222-9771 

✨ New Year’s Eve: The Grand Tour 

Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents this special program to celebrate the arrival of 2018 with music, song, dance and a balloon drop at the end. 

Seats should be reserved early, as New Year’s Eve with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance nearly sells out every year. 

The Schuster Center New Year’s Eve traditions that revelers have come to love and anticipate will again be part of the evening’s festivities: delicious food-by-the-bite in the Wintergarden beforehand, a flute of champagne at intermission, and a colorful climactic balloon drop

Where: Mead Theatre section of the Schuster Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton

When: 8-10 p.m. Dec. 31  

Cost: $19-74 per ticket

Info: 937-228-3630 | Website

✨ El Meson’s New Year’s Eve Dinner 

The expansive menu includes favorite dishes from 2017 and chef specials:

Asado Grill — beef medallion, chorizo, chicken breast, and jumbo shrimp all served with a Colombian green onion aji sauce on a sizzling hot plate with choice of side item. $32 

Paella Valencia  — Spanish rice dish with chicken, pork, chorizo, fish, shrimp, scallops, mussels and rice. $32

The complete menu can be found here.

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton

When: 4-9 p.m. Dec. 31. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m. 

Cost: Prices vary 

Info & reservations: (937) 859-8229

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✨ New Year’s Eve at Salar (CANCELLED) 

Salar Restaurant and Lounge will feature a special menu that includes Peruvian seafood rice, pork tomahawk, Tierra Y Mar (Surf and Turf) and grilled lobster tail.
Where: Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: The kitchen will be open 4-11 p.m. The restaurant’s bar will remain open after the New Year’s Eve countdown and beyond. The menu will be served all New Year’s  weekend long. 

Cost: Menu items vary.

Info & reservations: (937) 203-3999

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✨ Watermark New Year’s Eve

The new restaurant owned by the couple behind Nibbles Catering will serve a six-course meal.

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First course | Chef’s amuse bouche 

Second course | Raw Bar Trio — oyster on the half shell with pickled radish, cucumber mignonette, snow crab claw, citrus-vodka cured salmon

Third course | Tomato Tart Tatin — tomato confit, caramelized onion, puff pastry, melted mascarpone 

Fourth course | Roasted beet, grapefruit, frisée, tarragon mousse, maple vinaigrette

Fifth course, choice of:  

• Roasted Strip Loin — roasted pepper-crusted center cut prime strip loin, with duchess potatoes, bordelaise sauce, duck fat-roasted carrots

• Scallop & Lobster — seared jumbo scallop and petite lobster tail with crawfish roe beurre blanc, parsnip puree, microgreens

Sixth course | Holiday Dessert Trio  

• Bittersweet chocolate ganache torte with candied orange, 

• Sweet potato beignet rolled in cinnamon & sugar with salted caramel 

• Brown butter ice cream with gingersnap crumbs

Where: Watermark, 20 First St., Miamisburg

When: Two seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 31

Cost: $79 per person

Info & reservations: (937) 802-0891 |

✨ Yellow Springs Ball Drop and Little Art Theatre Party

Can't get to New York City for the ball drop this year? Yellow Springs should be a bit more manageable with its annual ball-drop celebration in front of the Little Art.

The Little Art promises the best seats for the event, along with music from Devil's Backbone and a special showing of the 2008 film “Mamma Mia!” starring Meryl Streep. 

Admission to the Little Art party is $25 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. NYE Punch, craft beer, wine and other spirits will be sold. 

Where: Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

When:  8 p.m. Dec. 31  

Cost: $25 per person

Info: (937) 767-7671 |

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Scene75 New Year’s Eve Bash

Scene 75 will welcome 2018 with a balloon drop and champagne or sparking cider toast at midnight. There are tons of things to do from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., including go-karting, Ohio’s first virtual reality arcade, laser tag and so many games in the game room. The event is for people of all ages. 

The New Year’s festivities begin at 9 p.m. For adults, there is a bar in the center of the arcade, along with dining areas to enjoy a nice meal. 

Where: Scene75, 6196 Poe Ave., Dayton

Cost: $39 NYE package includes a $20 arcade game card, unlimited lazer tag from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., $10 food voucher, a party pack and a champagne or cider toast. 

Info: 937-619-3200 |

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Carly Pearce to headline next K99.1FM charity concert

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

Carly Pearce
Carly Pearce(Contributed)

Dayton’s  premiere country radio station is once again giving back with a charity concert, and the lineup is nothing to wag a tail at.

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The acts have been announced for the next K99.1FM Concert For A Cause. Runaway JuneLindsay EllCam and Carly Pearce will be performing at May’s Concert For A Cause on May 24 at Miami Valley Gaming benefiting SICSA Pet Adoption Center. 

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Carly Pearce

Tickets go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 26. General admission tickets are $10, premium seating tickets are $25 and VIP seating is $75. 

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Headlining the concert is Carly Pearce, an accomplished artist who hails from the Cincinnati suburb of Taylor Mill, Kentucky. “Carly is the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015 and joins an elite group as one of only three women to accomplish this feat in the past 12 years,” according to her website.

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All of the proceeds from the concert will go directly to SICSA Pet Adoption Center. SICSA’s mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. They do so through their many animal-centered programs and services throughout the Dayton-area. 

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To purchase Concert For A Cause tickets, visit

Runaway June(Contributed)


WHAT: K99.1FM’s Concert For A Cause benefiting SICSA Pet Adoption Center

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24

WHERE: Miami Valley Gaming, 6000 OH-63, Lebanon

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Where you can see The Breeders this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The seminal 1990s alt-rock band, The Breeders, fronted by the Dayton-born Deal sisters (left and right) will be performing at MusicNow on April 28. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer
The seminal 1990s alt-rock band, The Breeders, fronted by the Dayton-born Deal sisters (left and right) will be performing at MusicNow on April 28. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Since 2006, the MusicNow Festival has hosted cutting-edge artists and musicians from around the world. Now in its 13th year, the festival will feature live music and artistic installations at several venues throughout downtown Cincinnati this weekend. Here are the top 5 reasons to attend MusicNow this year:


Of the over 20 acclaimed indie rock bands performing this weekend, 1990s alt-rockers, The Breeders, are perhaps the most recognizable. In 2013, The Breeders, fronted by Kim and Kelley Deal, both Dayton natives who still make their home there, commemorated the 20th anniversary of their 1993 hit album, “Last Splash,” with a tour and a reissue of the album. Last month, they released “All Nerve,” their first album since 2008. The Breeders will perform on the West Stage at Smale Riverfront Park (100 Ted Berry Way) on April 28 from 5-6 p.m.

Kelley Deal, left, and Kim Deal of the Breeders, in New York, Jan. 17, 2018. Twenty-five years after “Last Splash” turned them into alt-rock heroes, the Deal twins have recorded a new album with the band’s 1993 lineup.(Ben Rayner/The New York Times)


Bryce Dessner, Founder and Artistic Director of MusicNow and guitarist for the acclaimed, Cincinnati-based indie rock band, The National, will be all over the place at MusicNow. He and his brother, Aaron Dessner, multi-instrumentalist and principal songwriter for The National, will perform as Red Bird Hollow during the festival’s Opening Celebration at the Cincinnati Masonic Lodge (317 E. 5th St.) on April 27. The opening celebration will also feature several other artists such as Lisa Hannigan, Spank Rock and Sam Amidon. Bryce will perform with The National on the West Stage at Smale Riverfront Park on April 28 from 9-11 p.m. Aaron and Bryce will also give a quick concert on the East Stage at Smale Riverfront Park on April 28 from 1-1:45 p.m. The National will play a second show, where they will perform their seminal album, “Boxer,” in its entirety, on the West Stage at Smale Riverfront Park on April 29 from 9-11 p.m. Finally, Bryce will join country punk rocker, Bonnie “Prince” Billy (a.k.a. Will Oldham) and Eighth Blackbird, a contemporary sextet comprised of flute, clarinet, drums, violin, cello and piano, to perform the works of Julius Eastman, Frederic Rzewski, and those of Billy and Dessner themselves at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (50 E. Freedom Way) on April 29 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Bryce Dessner, founder of MusicNow, will be performing at several times and venues both with The National and with his brother, Aaron Dessner. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


This contemporary Icelandic artist uses video, drawings, paintings and live performance in his work. Two of Kjartansson’s video installations are currently on display in the Schiff Gallery at the Cincinnati Art Museum and will be available for viewing throughout the festival. In “The Visitors,” eight musicians in different rooms of a manor house sing individual refrains that eventually merge into a single song. “Scenes from Western Culture,” has single-channel videos that play on a continuous loop, like moving paintings.

A still shot from the video, “The Visitors,” by Icelandic multimedia artist, Ragnar Kjartansson. “The Visitors” and one other Kjartansson piece will be available for viewing throughout the festival at the Cincinnati Art Museum. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


The Cincinnati Ballet will collaborate with acclaimed New York City dancer/choreographer, Justin Peck, to perform Bryce Dessner’s “Murder Ballades,” a set of seven instrumental ballads inspired by the American folk music tradition. There will also be world premieres by choreographer, Kate Weare (her first), and hip-hop/contemporary choreographer, Jennifer Archibald (her third). “Bold Moves” will be performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on April 26-29. Performance times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$125.


Ireland’s leading new music ensemble consists of ten instrumentalists and a conductor. They perform classical/contemporary compositions from international composers, including the Hollywood film composer, Phillip Glass. Their concerts incorporate lighting and video effects and sound amplification. At MusicNow, they will be performing “Schnee,” by the Danish composer, Hans Abrahamsen, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on April 28 from 2-3 p.m.


What: MusicNow Homecoming Festival

When: April 27-29; 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday

Cost: $89.50 (Saturday and Sunday passes), $169.50 (weekend pass) $50 (opening night pass)


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Top 10 things to do in Dayton this week

Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit present Battle of the Breakfasts at White Allen Chevrolet in Dayton on Sunday, April 29. CONTRIBUTED
Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit present Battle of the Breakfasts at White Allen Chevrolet in Dayton on Sunday, April 29. CONTRIBUTED

Nothing to do this weekend? More like decisions, decisions, decisions ...

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Brantley Gilbert became a new father at the end of 2017, but it hasn't slowed down the country-rocker behind Top 10 country hits like "Bottoms Up" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." His latest album, "The Devil Don't Sleep" (2017), yielded the top 10 hit "The Weekend." The Georgia native, currently on The Ones That Like Me Tour with special guests Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips, returns to The Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26. After this tour, Gilbert will join Kid Rock and Wheeler Walker Jr. for more live dates. Cost: $29.75-$59.75. Call 937-775-4789 or visit

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Jennifer Joplin stars as the literary legend from Dayton — Erma Bombeck. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Human Race Resident Artist Jennifer Joplin stars as Erma Bombeck in "At Wits End," a one-woman play based on some of the more notable columns by the late writer. The play, written by sisters Allison Engel and Margaret Engel, is presented by Human Race Theatre Company in the Philips Creativity Center, 116 N. Jefferson St., Second Floor, Dayton, on Friday, April 20. Cost: $25. "Erma Bombeck: A Wit's End" is presented through May 13. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

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Jackie Evancho, who went from YouTube sensation to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” to chart-topping singer, joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for a pair of SuperPops Series concerts at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. CONTRIBUTED

Before a 10-year-old Jackie Evancho captured the nation’s attention with her television debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” she was racking up big numbers in YouTube views. Today, at 18, the Pittsburgh native is a celebrated classical crossover artist with several chart-topping albums.

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Even before that, Evancho had come to the attention of celebrated producer David Foster, who has remained a champion of her talent. The singer joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for “An Evening with Jackie Evancho,” a pair of SuperPops Series concerts at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28.

Evancho’s debut album, “Prelude to a Dream,” was released in 2009. Her latest album, “Two Hearts,” was released in 2017. Cost: $13-$79. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


(Andy Snow)

When Dayton Visual Arts Center presents its 24th annual DVAC Art Auction, attendees will have an opportunity to bid on locally-produced paintings, mixed media, ceramics and more. More than 100 original works are available during the casual gala fundraiser at Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St., Dayton, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 27.

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If you’re interested in purchasing some art but can’t attend, you’re in luck because DVAC has added mobile bidding this year, which allows interested parties to bid via text message or e-mail. Cost: $50 members and $65 nonmembers in advance, $75 at the door. Call 937-224-3822 or visit


Scenes from past Taste of Greene County events at the Nutter Center. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

More than 20 area restaurants, bakeries and caterers will be participating in the 21st annual Taste of Greene County. The event, at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, features samples of special dishes, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Attendees can vote for their favorite dishes. An awards ceremony will be held at 2:45 p.m. Cost: $15 adults in advance, $20 day of the event, $13 seniors and military, $6 children ages 6-12 and free children younger than 5. VIP tickets are $25 and include early entry at 11 a.m. Call 937-775-4789 or visit


Dancer Gabrielle Sharp joins musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for “500 Years of Dance in 40 Minutes,” an EDGE Series Concert in Wright-Patterson’s USO Center in Fairborn on Saturday, April 28. CONTRIBUTED

Dancer Gabrielle Sharp will join musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for “500 Years of Dance in 40 Minutes.” Kirstin Greenlaw (violin), Kara Camfield (violin) and Stephen Ullery (double bass) will provide the musical backdrop for this contemporary dance program. The concert, part of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s EDGE Series, is presented in Wright-Patterson’s USO Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 2221 Birch St., Bldg. 22, Fairborn, at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Cost: Free. Visit


It has been five years since Metaphorically Speaking began presenting live programs mixing spoken word poetry, performance and music. To celebrate the occasion, the local group presents “I Love Sex and Poetry” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Ace Metaphor and Jay Martinez are among the performers that night. Cost: $38.30 to $88.30. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Minneapolis-based pop-punk band City of the Weak is currently on a co-headlining tour with New York glam-rockers Echo Black. While the group’s sound completely different, they are kindred DIY spirits with a taste for the road, rock ’n’ theatrics and melodic hooks. The groups bring the new tour to Therapy Café, 452 Third St., Dayton, at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29. In Loving Memory will also perform. Cost: $10 21 and older, $12 18- to 20-year-olds. Call 937-461-4000.


Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit present Battle of the Breakfasts at White Allen Chevrolet in Dayton on Sunday, April 29. CONTRIBUTED

Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit present the second round of Battle of the Breakfasts. This installment is held at White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St., Dayton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29. This round pits Greek Street Food Truck against Son of a Biscuit, who defeated Drunken Waffle in the first battle in November. Ghostlight Coffee Truck will be on hand to serve coffee and officiate the food competition. The food truck with the most sales will be crowned the winner and advance to face a new competitor in May’s battle. Cost: Free. Call 937-985-2633.

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Dayton’s own The Boxcar Suite celebrates the release of their second album “Farther In and Farther Out” at Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday April 28, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Since forming in 2012, the Boxcar Suite has been delivering a guitar-heavy brand of Midwestern Americana with elements of ’70s rock and ’90s power pop. The group’s debut album, “Across the Vast & Deep,” was released in 2014, followed by the EP, “Life on the Limb,” in 2016. This weekend, the band drops the excellent new full-length, “Further In and Farther Out.” The Boxcar Suite is marking the occasion with a release party with special guests Speaking Suns and Seth Canan & the Carriers at the Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Cost: $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit

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Buy a beer, get a tree: don’t miss this ‘mad’ giveaway this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

MadTree Brewing and Lucky's Taproom & Eatery are teaming up for an Arbor Day tree giveaway.
Lucky's Taproom
MadTree Brewing and Lucky's Taproom & Eatery are teaming up for an Arbor Day tree giveaway.(Lucky's Taproom)

Let’s say you like beer AND you like trees -- why not put them together?

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Lucky's Taproom Eatery and Cincinnati-based MadTree Brewing are teaming up for a Arbor Day celebration at the taproom, located at 520 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

“We like trees and we like the environment,” server Jill Donovan said.

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The MadTree Giveaway for Arbor Day is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27. 

Those who buy a pint of MadTree’s PSA infused with grapefruit and cedar will be given a cedar sapling to plant.

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The pints will be sold for $5 each. There are a limited number of trees. 

Want to go?

WHAT: MadTree Giveaway for Arbor Day 

WHERE: Lucky's Taproom Eatery, 520 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27 

COST: Each pint of PSA infused with grapefruit and cedar is $5

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