A Weekend to Celebrate, Get Down, and Disco!

This weekend is packed with celebrations: Doc Severinsen’s 90th Birthday, Jeff Opt’s 50th Birthday, The Gem City Get Down, Curse of Casandra’s album release, and the annual Discogiving, among many more live music events.

Keep reading to get details on all the fun to be had!

Friday November 17th

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big-band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late-night television for three decades. That trumpet blast came from Doc Severinsen. Johnny Carson often referred to him as “the greatest trumpeter in the world.”

This year, Doc is celebrating his 90th Birthday with a whirlwind tour, that includes a stop at the beautiful Schuster Center, with our own Dayton Philharmonic. Enjoy iconic American classics from pop, jazz, ballads, and big-band in a truly unforgettable performance. You have an opportunity to see this show both on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov 17th and 18th, at 8pm. Tickets start at $29+. Contact Ticket Center Stage here for tickets or call (888) 228-3630.

Looking for an early show to relax and unwind after work? Join Rachel Litteral & The Abstracts at the Emporium Wines & The Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs for a night of wine and beer tasting and funky blues/rock. 7-10pm

Late night downtown, Curse of Cassandra will be celebrating their NekonomicoN! album release at Blind Bob’s. They’ve planned a “Nigh† of WI†CH D∆NCE”  with visuals by VJ Siren Ella Tyler,  and music from Damn the Witch Siren (Witch Rock/Columbus), Village Druids (Druid Dance/Mary Jane’s Grave), and Playfully Yours (Strange Electronic/Cincinnati). $5, 21+, 9pm, Cosplay Encouraged/Come As You Are!

I’m excited to check out Red Clay Pigeons, a rockin’ band led by folk singer/songwriter Wesley Moore, at Tumbleweed Connection on Friday night. They are sharing the night with local faves Bar Stool Brown. 9:30pm. 21+


Loud young rock’n’roll is on tap at South Park Tavern, with the Heisey Glass Company and Puru. Please bring a can of food for donation! 9:45pm.


Grateful Dead fans, boogie on over to Hannah’s to check out tribute band Terrapin MoonMusic starts at 10pm and goes late!

I’ve been so curious to check out Watermarkthe new, hip restaurant in Miamisburg. Now I find out that every Friday I can also enjoy jams from Kevin Dumont and Jeon McConnell, I’m definitely more interested to make that drive south! Music from 8:30-10:30pm.

Also in Miamisburg, don’t forget about the live jazz most days of the week at Blue Note Bistro & Lounge. Check their site for their full schedule, which starts early, so it’s great as a date night!

Neil Young fans out there? I know there are! Check out an early night of Neil’s tunes performed by Briz at Taffy’s of Eaton. 8-11pm.

The Dayton metal family comes together to support one of their own at a special benefit show at Jimmie’s Ladder 11, featuring live performances from Abertooth Lincoln , Maharaja, and Calamity Day. Also a chance to win raffle prizes from great local companies too. $5 cover. 9:30pm. Anyone unable to attend the event can still support the benefit directly by sending a donation via PayPal to Help4Malacai@Hotmail.com

North of town, there’s a fantastic Tool & Panera Tribute night at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. The Grudge and Black Tooth Grin will rock your faces off! 9pm. $7 at the door. 18+

Saturday November 18th

22904712_1713415628700007_719684000254449233_o.jpgOne of Dayton’s biggest champions of local music, Jeff Opt, turned 50 this summer and he hasn’t had a party yet! So here it is – Jeff’s Belated Birthday Bash at Yellow Cab. Featuring awesome music from The Boxcar Suite and The Big Wazu! There’ll be cake and hopefully some fun surprises! Doors at 8pm and music at 9pm. No cover, so no excuses! Although please feel free to make a donation, which will go towards a new mixing board at Yellow Cab. They do so much to support the music scene, why not drop in a few bucks? Share the love! Most of all, just come out and enjoy the party and have a good time!

Skeleton Dust Records at 133 E 3rd St is excited to present their first live in-store event, featuring: Alba Cell – electronics from Bellevue, KY, Brad Griggs – harsh noise from Cincinnati, and Orgasmic Response Unit – extreme noise duo from Dayton. 7pm. Free with donations accepted.

Hannah’s is excited to start a Weekly All Ages Blues Sesh (family friendly) on Saturdays from 5-8pm. They are encouraging young artists to participate! If you’re a musician – bring your instrument. If you’re a singer – bring your voice. If you’re a fan – bring yourself! And after, from 8-11pm, you can catch The Primetime Blues Band!

23379971_1724544610903047_2326694313368563874_n.jpgThe Gem City Get Down returns to Blind Bob’s Bar this weekend with Trunk Bound Regime, DJ Domestic Bliss, and MC Picket Fence. The Gem City Get Down was started by members of the Dayton Hip Hop Dialogue as an alternative to typical local Hip Hop shows. This one showcases all elements of Hip Hop in an old-school party atmosphere! All they ask is $3 at the door to benefit Kiva.org. Doors open at 9, music till 2am. 21 & up.

Rock out to McGuff & The Dumpster Fires, Death By Fetish and Stella’s Demise at the Oregon Express on Saturday night. They all play a mix of high-energy rock, punk, and alternative that will get ya fired up! $5 at the door. 21+

Rite of Venus and The Johnson Treatment join forces for a great night of live music at South Park Tavern. No cover, so be sure to stop by and show these locals some love! 9-11:30pm

Around the corner, you can also check out local band Jericho Thyme at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Lots of very talented musicians in this group, performing a mix of southern rock, Americana, blues and jams! Music gets going at 10pm. $5 cover.

There’s a cool all ages show at Mike’s Bike Park from 9pm-12am with The Voice Of God (dyt hard core), Smells Like Trees (alterintive rock), Knavery (alterintive punk), Tawny Indian (dyt hip hop), and Standard Issue (rock). Bring a skateboard! BYOB


Heavy metal fans will be out in force at Oddbody’s Music Room on Saturday night. Dayton’s loudest bands will pay tribute to Jeb Law and Sam Holliday, who have supported their scene in major ways. Forces of Nature, Fetus Omelet, Dark Soul, Retreat Hell, and Stonecross are all performing! 7pm Door / Show. $5 admission. 18+

The Surly Gentlemen return to Star City Brewery in Miamisburg, with their sweet vocals, blazing instrumentation, and stripped down versions of many of your favorites in a great listening room environment. This super group features Grammy award-winning guitarist Clay Hess, Brennan Hess, and Veteran bluegrass singer Tim Shelton of New Found Road. $10.00 Advance. $15.00 Door. 8pm-11pm

The Buckeye Sports Lodge in Springfield is hosting a night of jams with one of my local faves, Nasty Bingo! They are lots of fun! If you’re east of town, make sure you stop out to see these guys! 9pm-1am. $5 cover.

Last, but certainly not least, is the 3rd Annual Discogiving at the Old Crow Bar in Middletown. What a line-up they have in store! Wowsa! Eyeris Wide 8:30pm- 9:30pm, Ernie Johnson From Detroit 10pm-11pm, Freekbass 11:30pm-12:45am, and Subterranean 1:15am- Close. Donations for Hannah’s Treasure Chest are accepted at the door. They are in need of baby diapers, hygiene items, blankets, toys, equipment, and 0-3 clothing. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit Direct Relief. $10 door. 18+


As a reader of this blog, you’re also invited to a Sneak Peek of The Brightside Event & Music Venue! It’s a brand new and completely unique space on E 3rd that’s coming back to life in a major way – and you can be part of it! DJ Bobbylite will be spinning funk, hip hop, guaranteed to get you moving on dance floor! Cash bar. Stop on out and see the new awesomeness coming to downtown Dayton!

And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 17th-18th 2017. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows, and so much space and time to touch upon them all. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Cheers!

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