This weekend ushers in the Miyelo Music Festival in Tipp City, which is an exciting new festival, reminiscent of the Gentleman of the Road tour that overtook downtown Troy a couple summers back.
The lineup overall this weekend is especially eclectic, and offers a lot of great options especially for the hard rock and metal fans out there…. Find out what suits your musical tastes the best:
Thursday, July 16th
- Every Thursday, Sssaxy Haze hosts a battle of the bands at Oscar’s in Vandalia. Bands and solo acts alike are welcome to come crash the stage, and win $100 in prizes! Bands and solo acts will be judged on a variety of categories, including overall performance level, stage presence and crowd involvement. To sign up, turn in your submission in to Kevin Dumont by no later than 8 p.m. on Thursdays via email email@example.com. This is fun for the crowd too, so check it out! Music starts at 9:30 p.m.
- If you can’t get tickets to the Eagles show next week, get over to Springfield tonight and listen to Hotel California, an Eagles Tribute playing for free as part of the Springfield Arts Festival. The show takes place at the Veterans Park Amphitheater (250 Cliff Park Road). Get there early for the Beer & BBQ Blast at 5 p.m., with the free music starting at 8 p.m. Bring a camping chair or blanket!
- Downtown? Hop over to the Oregon Express for Gem City. No cover Thursdays are extra sweet with this talented up-and-coming group. They are fantastic, especially if you like a great horn section!
Friday, July 17th
- If you’re looking for something to do right after work, check out the Happy Hour at Fifth Street Brew Pub from 4-6 p.m. Dana Farley and Reyna Spears will be serving up tunes. This is a nice relaxing way to ease into a wild weekend.
- Former ekoostik hookah guitarist John Mullins and bassist Cliff Starbuck are performing at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. These are two legends of the Ohio jam band scene who are coming to Dayton for one very special night of music and storytelling. Music starts at 10 p.m. Cost is $5, ages 18+.
- A fabulous show is going down at Blind Bob’s, as always, featuring A Shade of Red, Good English and William The Accountant. If you like indie or alternative music, you’ll be in heaven!
- Hard rock fans have two great options, both featuring some of the areas mainstays in this scene. The first features The Reefer Hut, Flesh Warfare, Split the Abyss and White Cop at Therapy Cafe 8 p.m. The other option is Legbone, Jasper the Colossal, The Z.G.s and Red Hot Rebellion at Canal Public House 7 p.m. Both shows are sure to satisfy, so have fun wherever you land!
- Out of the downtown area? Check out the Tyler Cochran Trio at Spirited Goat Coffee House in Yellow Springs at 7 p.m. Or if you’re a 90’s music fan, you can see Sister Hazel in Springfield, as part of the aforementioned Springfield Arts Festival. This is a free show, and again, remember the camping chairs. The Beer & BBQ Blast also starts at 5 p.m., if you’re ready to pre-party!
Saturday, July 18th
- The biggest music event in the area is the Miyelo Music Festival in Tipp City. Pronounced “my-EL-oh” the word loosely translates to “I AM” in the language of the Lakota. The music on the lineup is a mix of rock, country, Midwest folk and Americana. Why should you go? Proceeds are going to charity, and this is an excellent way to check out our quaint neighbor to the north. Music starts at 1 p.m. and rocks out on three stages. This promises to be a fun day, and admission is only $30! There is a VIP option for $150 as well. Check out more: TV Stars, Charity Among Reasons to go to Miyelo
- A little more cajun in your soul? Stop by the Swamp Romp at Fraze Pavilion for sounds of Zydeco and a Taste of Lousiana! This is a free festival that starts at 4 p.m. and continues into the evening.
- Classic rock fans are in for a treat! Make the drive to Springfield, and you will get to see Jefferson Starship for free! Very cool. This is again part of the Springfield Arts Festival. The show takes place at the Veterans Park Amphitheater (250 Cliff Park Road). Get there early for the Beer & BBQ Blast at 5 p.m., with the free music starting at 8 p.m. Bring a camping chair or blanket!
- I told you there were options for the hard rockers. Kicking off the evening is Loudfest, which features: The Orphan The Poet, Nightbeast and Violent Kind at Canal Public House. Music starts early, at 5 p.m. This is an all ages show. Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door. An afterparty will be held at Hole in the Wall with a DJ set by Nick Testa. Couldn’t have planned it better myself! Enjoy my friends!
- Your other rockin’ option is equally cool: Local favorites Grenades!?, The Modern Novas, Rogues Satellites and The Flesh Pets at Blind Bob’s at 10 p.m.. Cost is $5; ages 21+.
- South of town? Support the 3rd Annual Rockin’ 4 Paws at The Old Crow Bar in Middletown. Cost is a $5 donation or Petco card at the door. This is again, a show for the hard rock and metal fans out there. Proceeds benefit PAWS Adoption Center, a no-kill animal shelter. Aw!!
- A little more mellow but fierce with talent is Nasty Bingo performing with Sharon Lane at Oregon Express.
- Funk fans will get their groove on with Mainline Funk at Brixx Ice Company. Music starts at 9 p.m.
- Last but certainly not least, I’m super excited for Freekbass with The Goods at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 starting at 9 p.m. Les Claypool your man? You’ll have fun at this show! The Goods are one of my all-time favorite local bands. They deliver the goods, that’s for sure. Funk, jam band and rock’n’roll fans of all kinds, don’t miss this dynamic duo!
- The 30th Annual Dayton Blues Festival is being presented by the City of Dayton, and is an awesome opportunity to see free live music downtown. Music goes from 1-9 p.m. and there will be plenty of food and merchandise vendors on hand. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a lovely afternoon of Blues music. Click here for the line-up.
- Heading to Garlic Fest? There will be music! The area’s favorite zany cover band, The Menus, is performing from 5-8 p.m. This is a free event at Bella Villa Hall. Garlic-infused yummy food and live music sounds like a great way to spend your Sunday Funday! For more reasons to go, click here!
- If you are south of town and like bluegrass, folk music, I recommend you check out Berachah Valley at Stubbs Amphitheater in Centerville. These ladies are a talented group! Music starts at 7 p.m.
- The Holy Roller Release Party is happening… Max B. Greene is presenting is 5 song EP “Holy Roller” at One Eyed Jacks. Cost is $5. (If you miss this show, you can also see him on July 21st at Canal Public House and on July 22nd at Tumbleweed Connection.)
- The best bet for Sunday evening is hands down Noah Wootherspoon’s album release party at Gilly’s Jazz Club. Noah is one of the most incredible guitarists to come out of our neck of the woods. Support him by attending and getting the new album!
Tuesday, July 21st
- Love the Steve Miller Band? Well Boz Scaggs is at The Rose Music Center, with Tower of Power. This is going to be a solid classic rock show. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $33+.
- Also north of town, as part of the Lucky Lemonade Concert series, local favorites Trey Stone and the Ringers are playing at 7:30 p.m. at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy. This is a free show, so make the most of a Tuesday night and check out this wonderful group of musicians.
Wednesday, July 22nd
- Classic rock fans are in for a real treat as the The Eagles make their way to town. The “History of the Eagles” Tour will be taking place at the Nutter Center, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. Check for availability before you go!
As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for July 16th-22nd. 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