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There is an extra generous helping of music on tap this weekend, and much of that is due to a couple fantastic local festivals that are happening. This is going to be such a great weekend to get out and enjoy yourself, so please do just that! Below are details on those festivals, as well as my complete run down of music in the Dayton area. Enjoy!

YES! It’s time for Ladyfest! This 2-day event celebrates the fabulous group of female musicians, dancers, comedians, and artists that are right here in Dayton. Ladyfests are a cultural phenomenon, so it is quite cool that we have one in Dayton! Kudos to the creative minds behind Dayton Ladyfest who have rocked this the last few years. Extra karma points: Proceeds benefit local charities, and this year they go to WE CARE ARTS.11792115_10154183796174062_1982792380424776666_o

The best part, of course, is the entertainment. The music line-up includes local powerhouses Sharon Lane, Jayne Sachs, Paige Beller, Good English, and so many more! Gorgeous dance groups, comedians, as well as a plethora of visual artists are all part of the line-up as well. For the full schedule, click here.

And gentleman… If you’re on the fence on this one, check out “3 Reasons Why Ladyfest Isn’t Just for Ladies

WHAT: LadyFest Dayton 2015
WHEN: Aug. 28-29, 2015
FRI- 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
SAT- 3 p.m.-2 a.m.
WHERE: Yellow Cab, 700 E 4th St., Dayton, Ohio
COST: $10 presale 2-day tickets for sale at clash consignments.
$7 per day or $12 for the 2-day pass at the gate!
Children under 12 free with adult


11892250_1613446748894063_5305713160010271009_nThis weekend also celebrate’s the 10th Anniversary of Hog Jam, a local festival that features not only bands, but a Saturday night hog roast! What started as a small gathering of local musicians, has turned into a 2-day camping event that local fans of improv, blues, and rock look forward to. Located right off 75, at the Rte 73 exit, it’s a super easy festival to get to, which is a always a nice plus!

Friday evening there is a wonderful group of songwriters planning an in-the-round session, which features local favorites such as Charlie Tipton, Reyna Spears, Ramblin Mac, Sharon Lane, Mark Cantwill, Scott Lee, and festival organizer, Tony Herdman. Plus more! The evening closes with couple of my favorite improv groups, TNT and In Ten Cities.

Saturday gets more intense with an absolute packed line-up with my absolute favorite Dayton bands, including: The Goods, Blue Moon Soup, Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree, Tony Red Band, Jonny Dread & The Mystiks, Subterranean, Magic Jackson, Repeating Arms, and Buddy Danko & The Tokens. I’m stoked! Tickets are $30 pre-sale and $45 at the gate. Sat only tickets are $30 at the gate. For more information, click here. (Sorry for not linking bands, but there were just TOO many! ha! Google them and you’ll find them!)


Thursday August 27th

  • Brit Floyd, hailed as The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, is performing at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights this evening, as part of the band’s North America 2015 Space & Time World Tour. Organizers say this the band’s most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show and an even bigger stage production. Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd; from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, The Endless River. Wow! For Pink Floyd fans, this is pretty amazing. Doors are 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets start at $31+
  • Reggae super star Pato Banton is in town and performing live at Jimmie’s Ladder 11! This event promises to be the biggest reggae party of the summah – so don’t miss it! Rumor is that Dayton legend and trombonist Skabone Stan Middleton back, and will be resuming horn duties with Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks, the local opener for the evening. Very fun! There will definitely be good vibes at this show, that’s for sure. $10 Presale/$15 DOS. Doors 9pm, Show 10pm.
  • Friendly reminder, Gem City, the local up-and-coming horn-centric funk band, is still in residency on Thursday evenings at Oregon Express. Best part? No cover. It’s fun and free, so stop by if you’re out late. Music starts around 10pm.

Friday August 28th

Blind Bob's celebrates 7 years with a night celebration!

Blind Bob’s celebrates 7 years with a night celebration!

  • A very talented local Americana folk band, The Great Wide Open, is performing during the lunch hour, as part of The Square is Where concert series provided by the Downtown Dayton Partnership. There has been music there all summer, and I rarely call out specific bands. This is one not to miss!
  • Remember our friends at the festivals Ladyfest and Hog Jam are kicking off their respective parties. For info, scroll up.
  • Looking for some music earlier in the evening? Check out Todd the Fox and Queen Victoria and Alan, at the Fifth Street Brew Pub. Music runs from 7-9pm in the biergarten. It’s really lovely out there, and the food is good too! No cover.
  • Gifted singer/songwriter, Ellis Paul, is taking the stage at Oddbody’s with very special local guests Tod Weidner (from The Motel Beds & Shrug bands), Jayne Sachs and Todd Clemmer (from Take Back Kings). This show is extra special because it’s being presented by Mick Montgomery and Canal Street Concerts. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, and can be purchased online here.
  • Classic rock fans, if you haven’t heard, yes – Lynyrd Skynyrd will be at the Rose Music Center. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets start at $52. I’m sure there will be a “Free Bird!” in the house! ha!
  • Downtown? Blind Bob’s 7 Year Anniversary Party is running tonight and tomorrow too! Check out a mix of metal, indie, punk and hip-hop groups, including Grand Mammoth, Injecting Strangers (Cincinnati), The Involuntary’s (Indianapolis), and TINO (Cleveland). Sounds ultra cool, as always!
  • Not your scene? Then try Blues virtuoso Noah Wootherspoon Band at Oregon Express, or local country groups TRUK and Mack McKenzie. Whew! I think I’ve covered everybody now!

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  • Ladyfest and Hog Jam continue today, and offer their biggest and best sets today!
  • If you’re not at one of those festivals, chances are you’re at Alefest! Head’s up: Sweetwater Brewing is presenting the official Alefest After Party at Jimmie’s Ladder 11, which includes Grateful Dead tribute band Terrapin Moon, Troy Tipton’s Hit Squad and local singer/songwriter Zane Gerlach. TTHS features the guitarist from 80’s band Tommy Tutone (how can we forget the 80’s classic “867-5309”?!) and an all-star backing crew. And there’s no cover, thanks to Sweetwater. All ages show. Music starts at 6pm.
  • My mom’s birthday is today! (Shout out to Mom!) Can be so challenging to find stuff appropriate to do with her, and the Kristin Chenoweth show at Fraze Pavilion would be right up her alley! She raised me on Broadway show tunes and American classics, and that’s what you’ll hear at this show. Kristin is a fantastic performer and actress, and she’ll be sure to please. Tickets start at $50. Please check availability. Show starts at 8pm.
  • On the complete opposite end of the musical spectrum is rap show, featuring Do or Die at Oddbody’s. Do or Die is an American rap trio originally from the Westside of Chicago,consisting of group members Belo Zero, N.A.R.D. and AK. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 DoS.
  • Downtown? There are some great options to choose from! Check out local favorites, Puzzle of Light at Trolley Stop, if you’re in for music that is fun, listenable and entertaining. If you’re more of a rock’n’roll fan, head to Oregon Express for Thunder Taker, Far From Eden and A Shade of Red.
  • Last but not least: if you are a hard core metal fan, be sure to support the Binsin Benefit at Canal Public House. Admission is on $5 for 21 and up ($7 for 18-20), and proceeds go directly to help with medical bills for a fellow rocker. On tap are local punk band, Legbone, metal band Killing Khaos & hip-hop group Eklypz Period. I love it when bands come together to help each other out, so support this show if you’re into the punk/metal scene. (Check the event page for the most recent line-up)

Sunday August 30th

Alexis Gomez and members of her band. Photo by your Dayton Music Insider, Libby Ballengee.

Alexis Gomez and members of her band. Photo by your Dayton Music Insider, Libby Ballengee.

  • Last weekend I got to meet and interview local country star and American Idol finalist, Alexis Gomez, for an interview for Gem City Podcast. Alexis is celebrating the release of her EP with a FREE concert in Centerville (her home town) at Stubbs Park starting at 6:30pm. She will be doing meet and greets before and after the music, so it’s a great chance to meet her! By the way, you can listen to the my interview with her here. What a sweetie!

As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.

Your Dayton Music Insider,
Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for August 27th – 30th. 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 information about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions and pricing. 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 here.


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