From the 14th Annual Ohmstead Festival to an exciting mix of bands all weekend in the Oregon District, this weekend is yet again overflowing with multiple music options, for fans of all genres.
Check out the listing below, get off the couch, and enjoy the lasts breaths of summer before it’s gone!
Thursday August 20th
Who’s bad? Remember those words from the 80’s? Well you can relive them with a band by the same name at Fraze Pavilion tonight with Who’s Bad, The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Who doesn’t want to see the moonwalk live? Ha! These guys really do look like the real deal! Might be a fun way to show the tweens out there where pop music and those smooth moves started from. 8pm. Day of show tickets are $10 lawn, $20 seats.
Nicholas “The Feelin” David, a recent finalist on The Voice, will be in town performing with local blues rock favorite Eric Jerardi at Oddbody’s Music Room. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 DoS. Doors 7 p.m.
Friday August 21st
Have you made it to a local music festival yet this summer? If not, there is a fantastic one just down the road, conveniently off 75 at the Rte 73 Springboro/Franklin exit: The 14th annual Ohmstead Music Festival. This 2-day festival showcases national touring artists, the regions best and most talented musicians, and aims to create positivity through good people and amazing, conscious, jamming, rocking music. The line-up and vibe is absolutely fantastic, which includes Giant Panda, Guerilla Dub Squad, Elementree Livity Project, Jahman Brahman, Freekbass, Shrub, Tropidelic, The Almighty Get Down, Glostik Willy, Lost on Iddings and more! $60 gets you in at the gate, and includes camping fees for both days. For schedule, directions and more, click here. Music starts at 2:30pm and goes till 12:30am and continues Saturday!
The classic rock blues band, Canned Heat, are in town and performing at The Rose Music Center, with special guests Charlie Musselwhite and rock quartet, Pat Travers Band. Tickets start at $32+. Doors 6pm, Show 7pm.
Douglas Blue Feather, Native American flutist, is performing at the Unity of Dayton, also located in Huber Heights. If you’ve ever been interested in checking out Native American music, this is a great opportunity. First, Douglas is renowned and highly celebrated in his genre, and secondly, this is a FREE show! Love offerings are graciously accepted. Performance is from 7-9 p.m.
For the late night crowd, there are wonderful music options in the Oregon District! Revenge of the Rabbit Showcase, featuring local bands Tim Prichard & The Box Car Suite, Barstool Brown and the Barstools, and The Tigerlilies at Blind Bob’s. This is going to be a fun night of straight-up rock’n’roll. You might spot me in the crowd at this one! $5 cover.
Just down the street, an equally amazing show is happening with Trey Stone & The Ringers at The Trolley Stop. This is another Americana / Rock show, and has such a talented roster of musicians. I’ll probably bounce between both shows! Too hard to decide.
Once again, the infamous Big Damn Jam is going down at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Catch a post-Werk Out Chris Houser performing with the usual cast of local musicians. This is always a fun night of jamming and improv! Music starts at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday August 22nd
Ohmstead Music Festival continues! Music gets going at 11 a.m. and runs till 12:30 a.m. Have fun everyone!
The Dayton African American Cultural Festival is this weekend! Saturday the festivities take place at Island Metro Park from 12-8 p.m. This year’s theme is: “It’s A Family Affair: Culture Matters.” Event organizers describe the mission of this 2 day event as: “…to bring the richness of the African American experience to the Dayton and surrounding communities in the areas of culture (African Village, Drumming, Story Telling); arts (pavilion of paintings, visual displays, authors and literature); education (Job Center, Dayton High School Alumni Directories); music (Live R&B, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues performances). There will be health care (screenings), merchandise and food vendors. Diverse people will be brought together in celebration.” Sounds like a wonderful way to get your culture on! Stop by and enjoy!
Saturday is also the day for Samson’s Summerfest in Jamestown. I’m not too familiar with this festival, but I’m sure glad I found out about it! Over 70 performers are on the line-up, including musicians and comedians. Organizers describe this event as an all genre music festival dedicated solely to raise money and awareness for local charity groups. Opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m., and runs through 11 p.m. Only a $5 cover for a whole day of entertainment – wow! They plan to have Christian music and some country early to early afternoon, country to classic rock early evening, rock and punk are schedule later in the evening. Note from organizers: This is all ages show. The show is rated PG13 until 7 p.m. After that the rating would be MA for mature audience only please.
- Rock/Metal show at Blind Bob’s featuring Mayfly, bummer, Willy Clark and The Casket Company. $5 cover 21+
- Rock’n’roll show at Oregon Express with California Widow, Salvadore Ross, and The Pull Outs. $5 cover. Music 10 p.m. (sigh) I’m such a Salvadore Ross fan!
- Square Roots Records in Troy is hosting one of their first shows, with includes OldNews, Camp (from Athens), and the Finnigan Denson Project. $10 BYOB. 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. This is going a great line-up and a fab venue, so if you are north of town, just go to this show!
- Late 90’s fans might be excited for the 3 Doors Down show at The Fraze Pavilion. $30 advance tickets, $35 DoS. There is a $125 VIP option, where you can meet the band and get a bunch of exclusive goodies. For die-hard fans, this is a great opportunity.
- Rockstar Pro Arena is hosting The Atomic Bitchwax, the American “Super Stoner Rock” band from Long Branch N.J. with special guests Against the Grain, Neon Warship, Grand Mammoth, Bearer of Bad News. 7 p.m. All ages. Tickets are $12 in advance, with a $2 processing fee.
Sunday August 23rd
The Dayton African American Cultural Festival continues, however the location/time is Courthouse Square from 12-6 p.m.
Monday August 24th
The Square is Where is still going on! Check out one on my favorite local bluegrass musicians, Scott Lee, at Courthouse Square from 12-1 p.m.
Special Thanks: Thanks to The New Old Fashioned for giving me their self-titled album at the J. Roddy show last week. Been giving it a listen and loving it. Especially diggin “Queen of the Midwest” tune. Can relate to every line! Love it when that happens. Find their music on iTunes or Bandcamp. Remember to support your favorite local musicians by buying their music!
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 20th-24th. 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. You can also keep up with my adventures on Instagram: https://instagram.com/venuschild/