Jim Morrison sang “the west is the best” and this weekend, that statement is definitely true!
Our neighbors in Eaton are putting on one of the last local music festivals of the season, and they sure are aiming to please! The line-up features an incredible musical legend, Buddy Guy, and lots of emerging local talent. Eaton is only a 40-minute drive due west from downtown, and well worth it. Read on to find out why!
The Eatonic Music Festival is hosted by Taffy’s of Eaton, which is fondly known as the “Music Mecca of the Universe!” There are several ticketing options, including a 3-day pass or 1-day pass, depending on the style of music you like. Read on for the breakdown. For more information about ticket options, click here.
Friday night features Blues music, and is one of the most exciting days of the festival! Bands include major heavy hitters such as Scotty Bracher, Noah Wotherspoon, Ira Stanley and The Dixie Peach, and of course, Buddy Guy. Buddy is 78, so how knows how long he’ll decide to tour. See this Blues legend while he’s in the area!
Saturday the music goes on literally all day, from 10 a.m. till 2:30 a.m.! The Rock-focused line-up includes some super funky bands including Elementree Livity Project and The Almighty Get Down. The eclectic mix also features world artist Baoku Moses, party band The Nightbeast and progressive rockers Avareous late night. The latter reminds me of Tool, so I’m excited to hear them!
Sunday is Bluegrass/Americana themed, which is perfect daytime music. Check out Year of the Buffalo and Rumpke Mountain Boys, for sure. The whole day is great, and there are just too many bands for me to list, so be sure to check out the full line-up here.
If you stop by, say hello! I’ll be hosting interviews with the Gem City Podcast Friday evening. Hope to see you!
Friday, September 3
Out and about downtown early in the evening? Look for The Gathering, a lively group of drummers and musicians, who will be roaming the Oregon District from 6-9:30 p.m. They are so entertaining, so stop and listen — or better yet, join in!
Manray, a local garage rock band, is celebrating the release of their new album, Classic Jurassic, with an Album Release Party at Blind Bob’s. Brat Curse and Steven King are kicking off the evening around 9 p.m. Stop by and help them celebrate this accomplishments! TIP: If you’re at the bar earlier, Bob’s is featuring a First Friday happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., with $2.50 well drinks. Nice!
If you are more of a bluegrass/acoustic music fan, Sawgrass is performing at The Trolley Stop. Ryan Judy and Brian Spirk are couple of my favorite musicians around town. Always enjoy an evening with them. I’m sure you will too!
Ready to dance? Columbus reggae group, The Andy Shaw Band, will be playing at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. This will be a fun night for those who are anxiously anticipating Sunday’s reggae festival! Music starts at 10 p.m. $5. 18+
EDM fans, check out the First Friday party over at Therapy Cafe. 3DMentional Entertainment pulls together a group of regional DJs and parties all night long! $5 admission. Get a free guest at the door until 11 p.m. Call 937-461-4000 for details.
Saturday, September 4
Punk / indie / alt fans will be in for a real treat over at Oregon Express this evening! The Story Changes is throwing a show, supported by Bribing Senators, Goodnight Goodnight and Somersault. The Story Changes features two members of the uber-popular local group Hawthorne Heights. If you are a Dayton music connoisseur, check this one out! 9 p.m. Ages 21+ (Shout out to Poppy! Miss ya man!).
The same fans will also be rockin’ out over at Blind Bob’s — so maybe bounce between both shows? Decisions! Bob’s is hosting CaveofswordS from St. Louis, along with Us, Today from Cincy, Curse of Cassandra and Babbling April, from Dayton. The band descriptions include “dubwave,” “experimental post-punk,” “dark electro dance,” and “indie pop.” Wow! Sounds like an interesting night for sure!
If that all sounds a little too heavy for your liking, check out Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons over at the Trolley Stop. This group is another professional-caliber group playing right in our backyard! Check out the link above for her fun music videos to get a feel for her sound. Rock’n’roll with a hint of country is how I would describe it. This will be fun for sure.
Yellow Springs music fans will love Trey Stone and the Ringers, who are performing at Peach’s Grill. You might remember them from the most recent street festival. Boy it was hot that day! Go inside and cool off with these cool cats.
Sunday, September 5
The annual Dayton Reggae Festival, presented by the City of Dayton, happens today — and is FREE! Held right downtown at Dave Hall Plaza behind the Crowne Plaza, this is a great space to relax and enjoy some of the rockin’ reggae! The event features six live bands, including Ras HoneyComb, Burning Bush, Lungu Vybz, Dougie Simpson & Faith, Enlightenment Reggae, and a Reggae Unity Jam hosted by SEEFARI. There will be food, beer and merchandise vendors on site. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Organizers request you leave tents, coolers, pets, grills, outside food and/or beverages at home. Free water is provided. Call 333-8400 or click here for more details. The event runs from 1-8 p.m.
If you are ready for more, stop by the Reggae Festival After-Party with Reclamation Crew and special guest Jackie Dale, at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Most of us don’t have to work in the morning, so it’s a great night to stay out late!
Tuesday, September 8
The last show of The Rose Music Center’s amazing inaugural season is with 90s favorite, Counting Crows, along with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown. There is a ticket special going on! Just snagged mine for $11! Whoa! Tickets originally started at $48, so this is a great deal. Contact the Rose Center’s box office for details! Show starts at 7 p.m.
As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for September 4th – 8th. 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.