Dayton Music Insider: In Memory of Jerry Gillotti

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This week’s post is dedicated to the memory of Gilly’s owner Jerry Gillotti, who passed away last week. He had a tremendous impact on the Dayton music community, and will be missed and remembered by many. To read more about Jerry, click here.

In memory of Jerry, please continue to support local musicians, artists and small businesses in Dayton. I know at times that watching Netflix and ordering on Amazon is the easy thing to do, but do make an effort to support local talent and businesses too. They are truly the heartbeat of our city, and we shouldn’t take them for granted.

Let’s start this weekend! There is so much to do and see, especially if you are getting in the holiday spirit!

Friday December 1st

23915798_1853414948005366_8973990558877597793_nIt’s First Friday downtown, and that always means FUN! There are events and surprises around every corner. Although this blog is focused on music, I encourage you to get out early to take advantage of the amazing local shopping downtown too! Get free photos with Santa at Clash, snag handmade goods at Handmade Holiday, or pop into any of the adorable shops around town. They truly make unique gifts that are sure to please event the hardest to shop for!

  • Meeting up with friends after work? Stop by Oregon Express for the Linda Prevo Band from 5-8pm.
  • At Dublin Pub you can also get your live music on early with the Miami Valley Pipes & Drums performance at 7 p.m. and 9 Castle Close at 9 p.m.
  • Blind Bob’s gets rowdy once again with very some seriously cool rock bands: TIGER SEX (Cincinnati)Parade Rainer (Columbus), and Viceroy Kings. 9pm doors. $5 cover. 21+
  • One of my fave local guitarists, John Gentry Jr. is performing at Hannah’s on Ludlow as part of the B.C. Duo. It will be funky and fun! 10pm
  • In the Cannery District, stop by  Therapy Cafe, where David Winner will perform music from his new Album, “Just Do it Yourself.” Show starts at 10 p.m.


Outside of the immediate downtown area, there’s even more fun to be had! I’m super excited for The Winter Warm-Up at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 with Subterranean and Love Alive. Music lovers are in for a treat there! $5 cover.

Want to check out a truly original show? Check out Moon Hooch, GnomeDad, and Wanyama at Oddbody’s Music Room. If you haven’t heard of Moon Hooch, you have to check out this trio made up of two saxophones and a drummer who met while attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. Moon Hooch is like no other jazz trio you’ve heard! It’s gonna be a good one! Doors 8pm. Show 8:30pm. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show. 18+

22048140_1623587264339725_7159994582096757481_o.jpgPunk rock fan? Head north to Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia for BATS along with Salt Orchard, The Frankx, Negative Protein and Uncle Sammy. EPs Available. Door at 9. Tickets $5.

Saturday December 2nd

Want to check out one of Dayton’s newest music and event venues, and party while you’re at it? Head over to The Brightside Music & Event venue this Saturday night. Rick Sylvester is playing music the first half of the night and Adam Elfers and Gregory Bogard for the second half. It’s a fundraiser too, so it’s a win-win all around. Event runs from7pm-11pm. Early enough to still go out later and check out more bands too!


Missin’ 90s rock? You’re in luck! Sponge is performing at Oddbody’s Music Room. You’ll remember their hits “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)” among others. Best of all, they are sharing the stage with some fantastic local acts, including Brent James and The Vintage Youth, Seth Canan and the Carriers, and BlackwaterThere’s lots of anticipation to see Brent James, in particular. All Access Magazine (Los Angeles) proclaims: “This kid is from another space and time. Breath of fresh air.” Doors 7pm. Show 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show. 18+

Puzzle of Light, Dayton’s own fabulous quintet of musicians who play American Creative Music, are back at one of the favorite stomping grounds, the Trolley Stop. 9:30pm. $5 admission. Great show for groups with a variety of musical tastes!

Hip Hop fans don’t miss Blind Bob’s Hip Hop Invasion with Tino, Flam Feeva, Sam Rothstein, Issa Ali & MerQ (as Royal Mane), Eman Jones, and D.U.E.C.E. 23905251_10102762427225886_7571811818789495031_n.jpg9pm Doors. $5 cover. 21+

Electronic Dance Music fans – be sure to check out one heck of a party at 3DMentional Entertainment‘s Snowed In event at Club Masque. The party will feature two floors of local and regional electronic dance music DJs, along with a headlining set from internationally recognized DJ/producer J.Phlip. 

This is going to be one of Dayton’s largest EDM parties ever! Doors will open at 9pm and tickets for those 18+ can be purchased at the door. Hard copy tickets can be purchased at Club Masque, Clash Dayton, and Shake It Records in Cincinnati for $18. Online tickets can be purchased at VIP and bottle tables can be secured by contacting Billy Dickensheets at

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Well worth the drive just a bit north, to check out some seriously cool bands: Next To Nowhere, Salvadore Ross and The Reset Button live at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia.
Doors open at 8:00
Show starts at 9:00
$5 cover at the door

It’s a complimentary singer/songwriter night at One Eyed Jack’s (near WSU) with lots of acts on the bill including: Crow Spoon Creek, Eric Henry & Miss Lissa, Harold Hensley & Cassie Barker. Home Sown, Kim & Nathan (from Far From Eden), and Michaela Back & Aaron Cramer. 7pm Doors. 8pm- 2am Music. Free show!

The Springfield Arts Council Showstoppers series features The Midtown Men-Holiday Hits this Saturday, with stars from The Jersey BoysIt’s a night of classic sixties music, Midtown-style, and a healthy sprinkling of yuletide selection. Be sure to arrive early for the complimentary holiday dessert bar from 6:30-8pm. Show at 8pm. For tickets call 937-328-3287. Tickets start at $37.00 plus fees.


Sunday December 3rd

Sunday in Dayton is for classical music lovers! Want to experience the Philharmonic in a new way? EDGE String Quartet at the Dayton Metro Library Main Branch in the Eichelberger Forum (first floor auditorium). They will be playing Beethoven String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, arr. Peoples: Arabian Dance and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy! And it’s free! Show 3-4pm.

Love choral music or just feeling the Christmas music bug? Check out the Bach Society’s Sweet Sounds of the Holidays.   Kettering Adventist Church (map). This is an evening that is sure to lift your spirits and bring closer the memory of family and friends! Ticket info here.

And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for December 1st-3rd 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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