Excuse me while I kiss the Sky

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Libby Ballengee and Sky Emmanuelle Crume, as high school students, circa 1994.

This week’s blog is dedicated in loving memory to my lifelong best friend, Sky Emmanuelle Crume Noble. In high school, she took me under her wing my first day of freshman year and introduced me to rock’n’roll, from Black Sabbath to Nirvana. She took a bonafide band dork and did her best to make me cool!


Our first concert was in March of 1994 where we saw Guided by Voices, The Breeders, Afghan Whigs, Gaunt, and New Bomb Turks at Hara Arena. What a show! Ever wonder how I became the “Dayton Music Insider”? It all started that night. I’m forever grateful to her for showing me the magic of live music!

d41746dfac1a5435934675d05cf31d29Sky tragically passed away this week from complications from a rare autoimmune disease. She leaves behind a fourteen year-old daughter, Summer Sky. If any of you know this family or are moved by her story, we are collecting funds for Summer’s college fund here. To all the people out there that have offered their love and prayers the past week, thank you! It has meant so much to me and her loved ones. She will live in our in our hearts and memories, especially when we hear music! Love you Sky!

Thank you for letting me pay tribute to her, and now on to the music this weekend!

Friday September 16th

Right after work on Friday, take a stroll along Main Street (between First and Second Streets) for the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s epic end of summer celebration: Downtown Takes the Stage: Performing Arts Street Party. This free party combines the best of all the performing arts, including music, theater, dance, puppetry and more. Food and beer also will be part of the fun. Stay tuned for more information about programs and partners as it becomes available! To learn more about this and other DP&L Summer in the City signature events, visit http://bit.ly/DaytonSummer. Runs from 5-9pm. All ages. Free.

Also after work, check out Trey Stone and the Ringers at the The “Old” Yellow Cab building during their Food Truck Rally. The rally features 12 food trucks, and runs from 5-10pm. They are also partnering with The Night Market to bring produce to the event as well. Entry is free.

14138784_1089613517740625_3976462062963046616_o.jpgA really cool tribute to Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone and the Black Arts Movement is being held at the University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre. This performance is a tribute to song writer, jazz singer, composer, pianist and arranger Nina Simone, who released the song FOUR WOMEN on her 1966 album Wild Is the Wind. It tells the story of four different African-American women. Each of the four characters represents an African-American stereotype in society. The production will also weave a medley of performances highlighting the dynamic experiences of the Black Arts Movement. 8-11pm. Tickets are $25.

The old Vex club, also remembered as the Diner, at the corner of St Clair and Fourth Street is now the Cloverdale. It’s being run by one of Dayton’s coolest gals, Mary Katherine! Tonight she’s got Bribing Senators, The Story Changes, and The Boxcar Suite performing. What a great line-up of good ole Dayton rock’n’roll! Show at 9pm. $5 cover.


14258106_10154094842863495_3688325561149519561_o.jpgIn the Oregon District, check out Salvadore Ross performing with Patsy and The Wasteland Vultures at Oregon Express. Love me some Salvadore Ross! 10pm. $5 cover.

Over at Blind Bob’s check out a full night of hardcore and punk music. Gang Green (Legendary Boston Hardcore Punk), Legbone (Dayton Punk Veterans), The Raging Nathans (Dayton Pop Punk lluminati), Blind Rage (Straight Edge Hardcore), Give Ups (Reigning kings of the opening spot). $10 cover. 9pm show time. 21+

In the UD area, check out the Harvest Moon Lucha Rock-N-Roll Blast at Flanagan’s Pub. TEAM VOID is the band to see here, starting at 9pm. Free event on the outdoor patio.


More of an EDM fan? Check out Volume [11]: Deep House Fridays: featuring Andy Caldwell at THERAPY cafe. 9pm-3am. $15 admission, available at the door.
Metal fans will want to get over to Oddbody’s for Metal Church80 Proof, Forces of Nature, and War CurseDoors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM. 18+ $20.00 day of show.

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Definitely one of the “don’t miss” events of the weekend, and this month, is the annual Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival. Loads of great bands across four stages. Please see schedule to the right for band listings and times.

In addition to the live music, we will be hosting artist showings and film screenings. The Main Stage is located at 341 S. Jefferson St., the K12 Gallery. In addition to our Main Stage, Gilly’s Jazz and Blind Bob’s will be hosting music.

Doors open at 11:30am. Tickets range from $15-$35. They will be accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover cards as well as Android and Apple Pay at the Main Stage! There are ATMs between Blind Bobs and Gilly’s on 5th St if you need cash for those venues. Main Stage is also kid friendly and those under 10 may come for free! (11-16 1/2 price.)


vivelafrance_1South of town, bluegrass fans will be skoked for the The 2016 Miami Valley BrewGrass Festival at Riverfront Park in Miamisburg. Featured bands include: Big Country Bluegrass, The Clay Hess Band, Nightflyer, Henhouse Prowlers. Music starts at 11am and runs till midnight. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show. 

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance kicks off their 2016-2017 Season with Vive la France! Season Opening Spectacular, featuring Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera Chorus and DPO ChorusThe powerful forces of all three art forms will honor the great French composers who have written some of the most exquisite music ever. Schuster Center. 8pm.

Late night, check out the Hello Kidney Benefit Show is happening over at  Jimmie’s Ladder 11 as well. The benefit will be $5 at the door and will feature four live bands! A Side B Side, John Debuc, Suicide Hill and the Bauner Chafin Band will all be performing for your enjoyment. 8pm – 2am. 21+

Parlour Tricks is back at Trolley Stop! They will be performing 3 sets including some material not heard in a few years. Exciting! These guys are fun! Usually $5 cover here. 21+

Gem Fest is going to be great too! Wow what a night! Proceeds from the show will go to fund the GemFest finale on October 7th, which will donate all proceeds to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Of The Greater Miami Valley and GLSEN Greater Dayton.  Featured performers include; Evil Eye Gypsy, Kyleen Downes (and The Whole Crew), Achilles Tenderloin, Georgia, Jill & Kyleen, Moriah Haven, Mandy Jewell, and James Thomas. $5 at the door. 21+.

Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, from Kokomo, Indiana, are also playing in the Oregon District, over at Tumbleweed from 9pm-1am.

Soul Tribe has a very special night planned at One Eyed Jack’s with Members from Boogie Matrix’s and Peanutbutter Williams new project COLORS. Opening the night is Sped and Spun and the Willy Clark Band. Door is $5
Sunday September 18th
Paige BellerLiz de Lise, and Kyleen Downes are all performing at Blind Bob’s for a late night Sunday show. Love it! Performance from 9pm-1am. These ladies are fantastic, so don’t miss it!

Liz de Lise performs at Blind Bob’s Sunday September 18th, 2016

Over at Trolley Stop, another great show with Sean Watkins and special guests Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle. 7pm – 11pm.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for September 16th-18th, 2016. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what the price is. Typically 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.  Check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can keep up with my adventures on Instagram here or follow me on Twitter @LibbyBallengeeCheers!

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