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Photo by Rob Woodcox Photography

The First Friday of June is a magical time. Our winter blues are behind us, and it’s sunshine and blue skies for a nice stretch now. We all have to take a time out and enjoy these sacred summer nights, because as well all know, it goes by way too fast. This weekend’s music line up is truly eclectic, so no matter where you are or what you like to listen to, there is something fun for you!

Thursday, June 4

If it’s been one of those kind of weeks, and you are starting your weekend early, there are a couple fun options for ya. An absolutely solid option for anyone really is popping by the Oregon Express for Gem City’s set. Who doesn’t like horns? And these guys deliver. Usually there is no cover, and music starts at 9:30 p.m.

There is also an interesting concept going down north of town, in Vandalia at Oscar’s: bands and solo acts are invited to take the stage in a friendly competition, with a cash prize! (Okay, all you starving musicians, here’s your chance!) Acts will be judged on a variety of indicators, including overall performance, stage presence and crowd involvement. Interesting! Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Apparently this going to be a fairly regular gig.

Friday, June 5

For the folk, Americana, and bluegrass fans in the area, there is a fantastic show at RiverScape! The Hocking River String Bandfrom Hocking County of course, and The Appleseed Collective, from Ann Arbor are both performing. They are amazing, so don’t miss this show! And it’s free!! If that gets you warmed up, then head over to Oregon Express for the Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle. It will be a really similar show to what you heard at Riverscape, so it will be a perfect transition to a late night evening.

Photo by Rob Woodcox Photography

The Appleseed Collective – Photo by Rob Woodcox Photography

Some unusual music around town tonight includes: The Gathering, which is artistic collaboration of drummers and performance artists that will be in the Oregon District starting at 7 p.m. The official Clash “Wonderlandafterparty is going down at Therapy Cafe, with a variety of DJs for only $5. (Not really live music, but it’s music and live DJs!)

Some big names will also be in town tonight as well. Hard rock and metal fans will be lined up to see the very popular band, Flaw at Oddbody’s. And country fans will be packed in to see Mr. Dwight Yoakam, with very special guests Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights. Please check ticket availability on both of these shows!

If you’re in Yellow Springs, The Spirited Goat Coffee House has a two talented singer/songwriters, Achilles Tenderloin and Moriah Haven, that will be playing from 6-10 p.m. Afterwards, stop by Peach’s and check out JoJo Stella from Bowling Green. They play a psychedelic mix of jazz, rock, funk and soul — which is perfect for the Yellow Springs crowd! Also performing is William the Accountant. I know that’s a funny name for a band, but they are really cool. They are inspired by Brazilian Samba, cajun music and traditional rock. I’m really looking forward to checking them out!

Ready to make a weekend of it? Remember the Bunbury Festival is going on all weekend down in Cincinnati. Some great acts are performing, including The Black Keys, The Decemberists, the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Snoop Dog and more! A one-day pass is $79 and a three-day pass is $154.

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Artwork from Magic Jackson’s Facebook Page

Saturday, June 6

The music scene downtown has got it going on tonight! Hard to choose between some really great acts:

  • The earliest show of the evening will be at Fifth Street Brew Pub. They are hosting Jim Trace and the Makers, a folk rock band from Cincinnati, starting at 7 p.m. in the Biergarten. If you are down for something early, low key and local, this is ideal. P.S… I hear there are special $5 Lynchburg Lemonades for this event. Ah! Refreshing on a summer night!
  • Indie fans will be loving the line up at Canal Public House: Austin’s Adam Torres is in town, and performing with local bands Manray and Human Cannonball. Show starts at 8 p.m.
  • I’m personally pretty pumped for the Magic Jackson and Strange Mechanics show at Oregon Express. These boys are coming from Cincinnati to show us some love. Let’s return the favor! This show will be quite funky so be prepared! Musically typically starts around 9:30 p.m.
  • Puzzle of Light is playing at Trolley Stop starting at 9:30 p.m. They are Dayton classics, led by the very talented Bashaws. No matter what style of music you are into, this show will put a smile on your face.
  • Last but not least, Cherry Lee and the Hot Rod Hounds are performing at Tumbleweed Connection. This is a fun show for rockabilly fans, and anyone who just loves some classic rock’n’roll. Music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Not downtown for the evening? There are some good shows on the outskirts of town, including: City of Glass performing in Hot Rods & Harleys in Greenville; Blues duo Miss Lissa and Eric Henry at Zetland Street in Bellbrook; and another Blues act, Doug Hart at Dog’s Breath in Kettering. Have fun!

Sunday, June 7

Photo from Riff Raff website

Photo from Riff Raff website

Riff Raff Tavern on N. Patterson is continuing its Blues and BBQ Summer Series with Ira Stanley and the Blues Power. This group is fairly new to the scene, but you can check out similar style here. Ira hails from the band Dixie Peach, and has played with some of the greats, including a personal favorite, Roy Buchanan (if you’re not familiar with him, click that link for some pure guitar mind-blowing Blues joy!). Music is from 2-6 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, which includes the BBQ.

If you are still rolling after that show… grab an “in-between” drink at Southern Belle for a rest and a pool game, until the 9 p.m. Tod Weidner and Todd Clemmer sets at Canal Public House. From 2 p.m. on, I have your whole Sunday Funday set up for you! Enjoy!

As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.

Your Dayton Music Insider,
Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for June 4-7th. Please click the links to find out detailed information about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions and pricing. I try to link band names with samples of their music. Always check with the venue about start times and ticket availability. As you can see, I try to promote as many shows as possible, but there will be some I miss. Keep me in the loop: @LibbyBallengee


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