This weekend, musicians are taking it to the streets! That’s excellent news for fans, which get the benefit of free live music in the sunshine. The joys of summertime are truly in full swing!
Take part this Saturday by attending the much-beloved Yellow Springs Street Fair. The music starts at noon, kicking off an entire day of street performances, coffee shop gigs and late night revelry. There are smaller, but equally fun festivals happening in Tipp City and Miamisburg as well. In Columbus, the Park Street Festival is featuring some of Dayton’s finest bands, including The Werks, who are headlining both nights of this eclectic festival. Way to represent! Get all the details below.
Friday, June 12
It’s very cool that there are multiple options for live music downtown during the lunch hour this summer. I’m looking forward to the Todd the Fox set at Riverscape Metro Park, starting at 11:30 a.m. Between the music, sunshine and splash park, I can’t think of a better way to start the weekend!
Hard rock fans have a couple fun options this evening: Back Stabbath, a cleverly named Black Sabbath tribute band, is putting on a show with Wait for the Ricohet, a Deep Purple tribute band, at Canal Public House. This should be fun! And coming all the way from Las Vegas, Jeff Young and Sherri are performing at Oddbody’s Music Room with local supporting band Far From Eden. Jeff Young was made famous through his lead guitar work with Megadeath, but his current project is calmer and features a mix of originals and covers. Give it a try! Just $10 at the door.
If you’re in the suburbs, there are shows in your area too: A wonderfully talented guitarist, Richard Giliwitz, is performing at Taffy’s in Eaton. $20 tickets. It is recommended that you call to make reservations. Jam band fans will be happy campers at the Old Crow Bar, where veteran Deadheads Terrapin Moon will be playing your favorite Grateful Dead tunes.
If you ever tune into the Sirius Jam On channel, you’ll hear Dayton/Columbus natives, The Werks, in regular rotation. These guys make me so proud, because I watched them form, grow and develop into a national touring band. This weekend they are doing a 2-night headlining slot at the official Park Street Festival after party in Columbus, on the Park Street Saloon stage. $15 for one day tickets; $25 for 2-day passes.
Saturday, June 13
The weekend really shifts into gear on Saturday, where there are a plethora of choices for live music, especially on the outskirts of Dayton. The best bet this weekend is definitely the Yellow Springs Street Fair. Do you yourself a favor and get there early to get the best parking. I’d also recommend you you travel via Rt. 68 or other alternative routes. There is construction on I-675, and Dayton Yellow Springs Road gets really backed up at times, so save yourself a headache! Further details on directions and parking can be found here. There is even a free shuttle service, for your convenience. Also, it’s a great excuse to bike in!
Once you’re settled, there are two stages of live music and entertainment. Looking forward to Trey Stone and the Ringers, who kick off the music at noon on the main stage. Music continues through the day, with a great mix of musical flavors. Take a break from the sun and check out music at some of the cafe’s in town, like **The Spirited Goat Coffee House and Aleta’s Cafe. There will truly be music and dancing at every turn, including The Gathering’s Drum, Dance, Flow Jam at the center of the event. The party culminates late night at Peach’s Bar & Grill with a special Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks show. It’s Jonny Dread’s birthday, so plan on a party! A reggae show really is the perfect closing to a day of music, sun, and fun! Enjoy!
I don’t often recommend that people venture out of Dayton, but if you happen to be in Columbus for the Park Street Festival, check out two of my favorite Dayton bands, Subterranean and Lost on Iddings. They will be performing back-to-back on the Woodlands Production stage from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at no charge! And again, The Werks will end the evening with their show starting at 9 p.m. Previously mentioned pricing still applies for the late night show.
South of town, in Miamisburg, there will be fun, food and all-day tunes coming from the Rock’n’Green Tomato Festival. Love me some green tomatoes – and live music too?! You’re speaking my language. Music runs from 12-9 p.m., with lots of festivities in between. Closing out the night is a 14-piece Elvis tribute band, called Comeback Special. (I’m going to have to tell my Mom about this one!)
North of town, there are some super special events taking place in your neck of the woods! Start off with the Canal Music Fest in Tipp City, where the featured band is Almost Queen, a very convincing Queen tribute band from New York. Doors open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7:30 p.m. This is a free show, so no excuses to miss this one!
The show up north that I’m really excited about is the “Hey Mirage” album fundraiser concert featuring Scott Lee & the Whiskey River Boys and Lost on Iddings at Square Roots Records. Square Roots is a brand new live music venue located at 105 S. Market St. in Troy. I’ve seen the preview photos of the venue, and it looks amazing!! Troy, this is gonna be your spot! Check it out Saturday. $10 ticket, BYOB. Pre-party starts at 8 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m.
For old school fans of Ozzy… his 80’s recluse guitarist Jake E. Lee is touring again and in Dayton! His new band, Red Dragon Cartel is performing at Oddbody’s Music Room with support acts 80 Proof and Alfie Luckey Band. Tickets are $25 DoS.
Not venturing out of downtown? Don’t worry — there are plenty of options downtown as well! There is a fantastic rock show going down at Blind’s Bob’s, featuring Good English, Bent Knee, The Whipoorwills and Jasper the Colossal. I heard a very passionate plea this week to check out Boston’s Bent Knee. I watched a music video of their avant-garde progressive music, and I have to say, my interest is certainly piqued! If you’re tired of the same ole thing… here is your chance to check out a band who is truly unique. **Bent Knee is also playing an afternoon set at the SGCH during the YS Street Fair.
More options for rock fans are just down the street at Oregon Express, where the Rock Monsters Live show is going down. This gig includes The Nicky Kay Orchestra, Warsaw Falcons and Team Void. Across town at Canal Public House, McGuff and the Dumpster Fires are celebrating their EP release. Congrats!
Last but certainly not least is the fifth edition of the Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret, which runs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Yellow Cab Tavern. Ford Theatre Reunion from Lexington is headlining a night of belly dancers, fire spinners, burlesque and more! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 DoS.
Sunday, June 14
The party continues with the Blues & BBQ Series at Riff Raff Tavern, this week featuring Deuce n’ a Quarter Band, playing from 2-6 p.m. $12 at the door gets you both the music and BBQ, so it’s a great deal!
Evening entertainment includes an Artist Showcase and Super Jam at One Eyed Jacks, across from Wright State University. Musicians will be jamming from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., with no cover charge.
Who is looking forward to the upcoming Cityfolk Celebration on June 27th? This girl sure is! Help the funding of this free festival by stopping by Fifth Street Brew Pub from 6-9 p.m. for their weekly Guest Bartender series. FSBP generously donates proceeds from food sales and tips, so stop for dinner and drinks. If you aren’t familiar with the Cityfolk Celebration, check out a great interview I did on Gem City Podcast with the organizer here. Weather allowing, there may be some musical previews!
On a personal note, if you will let me indulge… I’m happy to announce that yours truly is starting a production company to host my own concerts. The support of this new venture has been humbling. Thank you everyone who has shown Venus Child Productions love the last week. If you like this blog, also keep in touch with my events on Facebook and Twitter as well. Appreciate the support! There are some great concerts in the works… So stay tuned!
As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for June 12-15th. 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