Every summer has a sweet spot, and this weekend is absolutely it in Dayton. The musical choices this weekend are some of the best we’ll see in this area, so take advantage! Get all the details below…
Thursday, June 25th
- Love Led Zeppelin? So do I! “Get the Led Out,” a tribute band that claims the “American Led Zeppelin” title. The band painstakingly recreates Zeppelin classics, along with early songs that were rarely played live by the original LZ. This will be great fun for rock fans, especially with ticket prices only $10-$15 DoS. Music starts at 8 p.m. at The Fraze, and promises to deliver a solid two-hour set.
- If that gets you worked up, head over to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 for even more amazing music! Thursday evening kicks off the first annual Jimmie Jam. A mutual celebration of music and Jimmie’s birthday has culminated in a three-day evening festival, spanning Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Thursday’s lineup includes: Dayton/Cincinnati funk band Magic Jackson, Philadelphia’s jazz funk four-piece The Dirk Quinn Band, and Asheville’s popular jam band, Jahman Brahman. Cover is $10. Doors at 9 p.m., Music begins at 10 p.m. Be prepared to dance and get funky!
- For those that are a bit more adventurous, the 7th Annual Rock on the Farm Festival is starting tonight as well. This is a three-day, three stage festival strategy, with two stages dedicated to hard rock and metal. The third stage mixes jam bands, DJ’s and other styles of music. Now your girlfriend has something to dance to! Tickets range from $35 for the whole weekend, in advance, to $20 for single Fri/Sat night tickets. Contact organizers if you have questions on ticket options.
Friday, June 26th
- Jimmie Jam continues this evening with two great bands, both coming from different musical influences, but equally upbeat and energetic! Scott Lee & the Whiskey River Boys start off the night, playing progressive folk, followed by Elementree Livity Project, Cincinnati’s premiere rock reggae band. This will definitely a great night of music! Cover is $10. Doors 9 p.m., Music begins at 10 p.m.
- In the Oregon District, Bakou, an Afro-beat band from Cincinnati, is performing at the Trolley Stop. This group is formed by an eclectic group of musicians, all inspired by their multi-cultural fusion. Looking for something different from the norm? This is it! Have fun and be inspired. Music starts at 9:30 p.m.
- Across downtown, at Canal Public House, you can find LA band Dale performing with local funk rock band Gem City. I’ve mentioned Gem City in previous blogs. What a talented group! I’m such a sucker for a great horn section, and they sure do deliver! Dale is an energetic rock band passing through town on a Midwest tour. Give them a listen, and let me know what you think. I love getting feedback on shows. Music starts at 9 p.m.
- Folks south of town are in for a real treat at Old Crow Bar. Cincinnati’s funkiest funk is combining for an incredible show: Freekbass is performing with Magic Jackson. Doesn’t get more booty shakin’ than that! Never heard of Freekbass? Well if you are a fan of Les Claypool and Primus, this is your local equivalent. Worth the drive from Dayton!
Saturday, June 27th
- Saturday is the pinnacle of the sweet spot, and it starts off with a day-filled of free music at Courthouse Square with the Cityfolk Celebration. Music starts at 1 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. Bands include most of my local favorites: Seefari, Acarya, Corndrinkers, Paige Beller, Celtic Academy of Irish Dance, The Blackbirds and Gem City. There will be food vendors, beer, crafts for kids and some special features like the giant “You Are Here” selfie station, provided by The Collaboratory. This is truly a labor of love for the organizers and musicians, so please stop by. You can hear more about this event on Gem City Podcast here.
- Saturday evening is my personal version of heaven: The Wheels of Soul Tour, with Blues-rock super group Tedeschi Trucks Band, with very special guests Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Doyal Bramhall II, at the Rose Music Center. Derek Trucks, a child prodigy and part of the Allman Brothers family, was raised with blues guitar in his blood and soul. After he married Susan Tedeshi, they merged both of their individual bands into a true supergroup. Of all the tours coming to the Dayton area this summer, this is THE band to see. Having Sharon Jones as an opener is a true score! I saw her perform in New Orleans years ago, and she knocked my socks off! Guarantee she’ll do the same for you! Doors are at 5:30 p.m., Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $48. Check ticket availability before you go.
- There are two great options for people who want to keep the party going after leaving the Tedeschi Trucks show: Check out the last night of Jimmie Jam at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 with the uber-talented improv group Subterranean and local legend Sharon Lane. Cover is only $5, with drink specials! Music starts at 10 p.m., and is a fantastic way to close out the evening.
- Or head to One Eyed Jack’s in Fairborn to see Arrows of Neon, a Grateful Dead tribute band that is reminiscent of the Dead’s early years. Love their sound! They are celebrating the Dead’s 50th anniversary, the band’s three-year anniversary, birthdays and more! Going to be a fun night for sure. Music starts at 9 p.m.
- If you are downtown and like rock/punk, please go to Blind Bob’s Grime Prom, a benefit show and super fun night! Bands include: Astro Fang, The Nightbeat, Swimming with Sharks, Grand Mammoth, Mean Mug and The Involuntary’s. Cover is $7, and show starts at 7 p.m.
- Country fans, Montgomery Gentry is in town with Dayton’s American Idol contestant, Alexis Gomez, at Fraze Pavilion. Tickets start at $35, and again, check availability. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
- Hip hop/rap fans, there is a show for you this evening: Detroit’s DJ Clay comes to Oddbody’s with a slew of supporting artists. Doors open at 4 p.m. This is an 18+ show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 DoS.
- Looking for something local and a little more chill? Join the party at Gilly’s with The New Old Fashioned and The Repeating Arms, as they celebrate the release of their new split e.p. “Hilltops & Highways” coming out June 27th on Gas Daddy Go Records. This is a super solid bet for anyone who likes Americana, folk or bluegrass style music. Congrats on the album, guys!
Sunday, June 28th
- Riff Raff Tavern‘s Blues & BBQ Sunday series is being held this Sunday, and is a great value. Love the music and BBQ combo on Sunday afternoons! Music is from 2-6 p.m., and this week features Pett Crow and Colin Richards. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 DoS.
Wednesday, July 1st
- Mid-week next week is my own concert I’m throwing in celebration of the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary, as a pre-party to the Fare The Well shows, and any of your July 4th plans! The party (at Oddbody’s) gets started at 8 p.m. with the previously mentioned bands Arrows of Neon and Subterranean, followed by the featured band, New Riders of the Purple Sage. NRPS is an important part of the Dead’s family tree, and was founded by Jerry Garcia and David Nelson. David still leads the band, and is a legendary music figure in the jam band scene. It’s been a few years since NRPS has been in Dayton, and we are happy to welcome them back. Don’t miss your chance to see them in an intimate setting. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 DoS.
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 25th – July 1st. 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