Can we collectively believe it’s August already? The kids will be going back to school soon, and how have you spent your summah? It is the ultimate season for fun, after all! Take advantage of the nice weather with the exciting live music options listed below.
Thursday, August 6th
- The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival starts today and runs through Saturday, August 8th. This event is in Columbus, so a bit of a cheat here, but I’m featuring it because it’s hosted by Dayton’s own jam band super stars, The Werks. The lineup also includes a host of nationally recognized jam bands, electronic, funk and bluegrass music, including: Umphrey’s McGee, Papadosio, Lettuce, EOTO, Dopapod, The Floozies, Zach Deputy, Ekoostik Hookah, The Nth Power, The Main Squeeze, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Tauk, Blue Moon Soup, Glostik Willy and more! Cost is $150 for a 3-day pass or $270 for VIP option. Please note these are online prices, and may be more at the gate. Cost of admission includes camping at Legend Valley, where the festival takes place. Let’s werk it!
- Feeling nostalgic? Overdue on bonding time with the parents?The Beach Boys and The Temptations are teaming up in 2015 for a once in a lifetime tour, and it stops this evening at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights. Doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $47+. Check with the venue for ticket availability.
Friday, August 7th
- The Pickin’ in the Park series at Riverscape wraps up with Mad River Railroad and The Tillers. Stop on by! This is appropriate for all ages and is free! The show is from 6-10 p.m. Remember to bring a lawn chair. Please note: This event is weather dependent.
- I’m really stoked about the Psychedelic Soul Pop Experience Fundraiser at Yellow Cab Tavern. Bands include: Dear Fawn, The Meal Tickets, Phonic Uproar and Moriah Haven. What’s cool is that all profits go to start up a new music education program for Dayton at-risk youth, called “On the Verge.” Yes! Love this idea! The event runs from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Cost: $5 advance, $7 at the door.
- On a date night? Check out Puzzle of Light at Jay’s Seafood. They are wonderfully talented! From 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
- Ready for a late night dance party? Join First Friday with 3DMentional Entertainment at Therapy Cafe. Lots of live DJs with a variety of styles. Cost is $5 and gets you in for a long party, so buckle up!
Saturday, August 8th
- The Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret VI is back! This installment is titled “Vive la France!” and is billed as “a festival event with a steampunk flair.” Along with live music from Frenchy and the Punk (from New York), Curse of Cassandra and Blue Heron Trio, there is additional entertainment by a sideshow circus, belly and fire dancers, and DJs. Food will be on hand with Bad Dog Gourmet Hot Dogs, gourmet cotton candy and additional vendors. The event runs from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets are $15 in advance here or $20 at the door.
- Lots of folks are excited about the Kick Cancer’s Ass Show at Blind Bob’s. Who doesn’t want to kick cancer?! This benefit show features McGuff and the Dumpster Fires, Todd the Fox, Ghost Town Silence, Sam at Eleven and Jamie Suttle. All proceeds benefit the Gala of Hope Foundation. $5 cover, 8 p.m., 21+.
- Are you a country fan? Rock out with Backroad Anthem at Oddbody’s. Cost: $8 advance ticket, $12 DoS. 8 p.m. showtime. Ages 18+.
Sunday, August 9th
- Having a leisurely Sunday afternoon? My good friend Charlie Tipton, a wonderful local singer/songwriter, is performing a set at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 at 1 p.m. He’s soulful and talented. A great Sunday Funday diversion!
- Riff Raff Tavern is hosting Ellie Lee & Blues Fury as part of their Summer BBQ & Blues series. The venue describes: “Ellie is a blues guitarist/singer/songwriter that fronts the band with her soulful voice, ripping guitar solos and her obvious joy in performing. Ellie’s guitar virtuosity has been compared to Carlos Santana, Albert King and Jimi Hendrix.” Wow! This show runs from 2-6 p.m. Cost: $10 advance, $12 at door.
- Classic rock fans are in for a double dose of awesome with Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick at Rose Music Center. Tickets start at $43+. Doors at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Check ticket availability here before you go!
Wednesday, August 12th
- Last but certainly not least is the show I’m most looking forward to: J. Roddy Walston & The Business at Oddbody’s, with special local guests Nightbeast and The New Old Fashioned opening. Cannot stress enough how fabulous this show is going to be! They sold out 2 straight nights in Columbus and are blazing their way across the country on a major tour. We are super lucky to host J. Roddy and the Business in Dayton! Trust me – they are quite cool. Agest 18+. 7 p.m. Cost: $15 advance, $20 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 August 6-12. If I don’t list a price, that’s because I’m not sure what the price is. Generally cover charges for local shows are $5. 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