As I peruse through the next week of live music in Dayton, every scene and sub-genre has got to be psyched for at least one show, if not several. The mix of original bands performing around town ranges from hip-hop to country, from the music of Mad Men to the Manray EP Release Party. Everyone is covered, plus this weekend is going to be unseasonably warm, so it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and support your local live music scene!
Thursday, Feb. 18
Windsor’s Song Writers Showcase appears to be a new monthly feature at Canal Public House. Described as a hand-picked showcase to feature the best songwriters in the region, the event is also recorded for a national podcast. Very cool! Tonight you’ll find Tony Leibold, Alex DeLange, and John Dubuck performing from 9pm – 12am. These intimate songwriter evenings are lovely on a winter’s night!
Also downtown for some bootleg Friday fun is the pop/funk/R&B fusion group Freakquency, who will be lighting up Therapy Cafe this evening. I first got to know lead singer Sayyid Jones with his former group Hazy & The Rugged Child, and really loved his energy and soul. Very excited for this relatively new project, so please show them some love. Best part? No cover! And Therapy knows how to make a proper cocktail, so get on it. 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 19
Missing Don Draper? Me too! Dayton is helping with those Mad Men withdrawals with this weekend’s Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performance of Music of the Mad Men Era. Who doesn’t love that iconic theme song? Get well-heeled and head over to the Schuster Center for the 8 p.m. concert. Tickets start at just $27, and there are student and military discounts available. Please note: There is also a performance on Saturday evening as well!
One of the most anticipated shows of the weekend is the dual EP Release Show by two local Dayton bands: The Zygotes and Manray. Fellow area rockers SKRT are kicking off the night at the Old Yellow Cab Building. Indie rock and hard rock fans, this is going to be a seriously fun night, so don’t miss out! The show starts at 7:30 with the final band going on at 9:30 p.m. $5 at the door.
NOTE: The Zygotes’ album “82” will be available in the form of limited edition CDs sponsored by Courier Records, along with new T-Shirts and stickers. Manray will be selling cassette tapes of their new EP provided by Gas Daddy Go.
If you enjoy more of a surf rock sound on the indie spectrum, stop by Canal Public House for Death Before Disco and Lunar Lounge. There might even be some surprise guests in store, so get there early to support these all-original Dayton bands! 9 p.m.
The lovely and talented Miss Angela Perley will be taking the stage with her Howlin’ Moons over at the Trolley Stop Friday evening. Call it alternative country or rock’n’roll with a swagger, either way, this young lady serves up friendly tunes that will delight a variety of audiences. 9:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. $5
Punk rock and metal kids, make sure you check out Grand Mammoth, Duderus, The Involuntarys, and the Gay Black Republican at Blind Bob’s tonight. The latter two bands are from Indianapolis, so it’s going to be a Dayton v Indy night. May the best bands win! Doors 9pm. Show 10pm. $5
Country rock fans will be right at home with Mack McKenzie with Barstool Brown at Oregon Express. Don’t let the label fool you, these guys will get down, and get loud late night, with their searing guitar riffs and driving rhythms. Show at 9:30 p.m.
A new band on my radar, The California Red, is coming up from Cincinnati to play at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. They are part hard rock, and slightly psychedelic, with strong lead vocals. Think Black Sabbath. Check it out and let me know what you all think. 9 p.m.
Nick Johnson, a great Americana style singer-songwriter, also from Cincy, will be in town at South Park Tavern this evening. A laid back show in a cozy neighborhood spot sounds sort of perfect, right? Show at 10 p.m.
Celtic fans will love the Slainte Reunion Show at Dublin Pub this evening. Listening to a truly authentic Celtic group, with fans across the world, is the perfect way to prep for St Patrick’s Day celebrations! 8 p.m.
Feelin’ the Blues? The Bauner Chafin Band and the Doug Hart Band are laying it down at Riff Raff Tavern tonight. Bauner Chafin was a child prodigy, and is emerging on the scene with his new band. Get out and support these guys! Show starts at 8 p.m.
Oh Yellow Springs, you’re in for a real treat tonight. Cincinnati’s golden boys, Elementree Livity Project , are playing a free show at Peach’s Grill. Get ready for a night of roots, rock, and reggae! They are joined by The Magic Lightnin’ Boys, bringing with them their unique flavor of swamp blues rock! Show 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 18+
South of town, party boys Glostik Willy, Derick Howard and High Altitude are at The Old Crow Bar in Middletown tonight. These guys will rock and jam, then get funky and folky. The whole enchilada in one evening! Doors 8 p.m. Show 9 p.m. $7.
Saturday Feb 20th
I don’t often put a show in the suburbs first on the list, but when you put two of my favorite bands on the same bill, you’re going to land on top. Saturday night Nightbeast and Good English are performing at W.O. Wright‘s in Fairborn. If you are a WSU student, or live remotely close by, get to this show. These are two of Dayton’s brightest stars, so see them before you have to pay big bucks to do so. PLUS they’ve got Swimming with Sharks and Violent Kind with them too! All I can say is get there early. 9 p.m. $5
Star City, a brewery in downtown Miamisburg, is starting a new monthly Bluegrass Jam from 7 – 10 p.m. Performers can sit in with others on the new stage, or if you’re in a bluegrass group they would love to hear a few tunes! Sign up starts at 6pm. The evening will feature beer specials, as well as a chilli bar and deserts from Christopher’s Restaurant for a small fee. A great option for those with an early babysitter.
Chicago’s uber popular metal boys Soil are rockin’ out Oddbody’s Music Room. They are bringing heavy hitters Flaw (Louisville), Beyond Threshold (Illinois), along with local bands Epikist and National Headcase, to make it a full night of hardcore rock’n’roll. Doors 7pm. Show 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 pre-sale, $20 at door. 18+
Another one is with punk rock bands The Frankx, Dip Spit, and Dead Tuth at Oregon Express. Dead Tuth are newbies, so please stop in early to check out these fresh faces in the Dayton music scene. Show at 10pm.
An interesting night of haunting and hard rock indie tunes from regional bands Noble Giants (Lexington), The Easthills (Indiana), Colossal Brother can be found at Blind Bob’s tonight. I like the more experimental nights at Bob’s, so please, enjoy!
Columbus psychedelic rock band Love Alive are gonna get the night funky with special guest the Willy Clark Band at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. The usual suspects at JL11 will enjoy this high energy dance band! 10 p.m.
Hip Hop fans, you so often get left out of the mix. South Park Tavern is making up for that with Josh Thrasher’s Hip Hop Showcase. For a mere $3 cover you’ll get to see six performers from 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Grateful Dead fans in the area have two opportunities to see tribute bands honoring the 50-year old beloved rock group. Acoustic virtuosos make up the Great Northern String Band, who are performing at The Trolley Stop from 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Out in Fairborn, you can catch Terrapin Moon at One Eyed Jack’s starting at 10 p.m.
What a weekend for the folks in Yellow Springs! The Wretched Few is at Peach’s Grill tonight, and man, these guys are funky and fabulous. This is a special show as they welcome new members Skip Leeds and Julie Sigler. Their friend Kyleen Downes starts the show at 10 p.m., Be prepared to dance your pants off till the lights come on!
PS… Remember there is a Music of the Mad Men Era performance at 8 p.m. too!
Sunday Feb 21st
Wednesday Feb 24th
The Canal Public House is trying out a new Wednesday evening event. They are hosting a family dinner night served up with a big helping of jam. This ongoing weekly event is hosted by Marcus Cornwell of The Vibe and Mr. Willy Sunnshine Clark of The Willy Clark Band. It is a plug and play jam and all are welcome.
In the spirit of community fellowship, they are serving free dinner until all of the food is gone. Feel free to bring along a side or dessert. Doors are at 8 and music begins at 9. Ages 18+ NOTE: This is a completely free event!
Save the Date: On Monday May 9th, your Dayton Music Insider will be a speaker at The Music Power Conference, alongside other amazing industry professionals to discuss the Dayton music scene. We’ll also be talking about how to make your band or venue a more successful business, including important information about booking, promoting, legal matters, and more. If you are a musician or venue and you want to step up your game, check out this great conference coming up!
As always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for Feb 17th-24th. If I don’t list a price, it’s because I’m not sure what the price is. Generally cover charges for local shows are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions, 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. Check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can also keep up with my adventures on Instagram here.