Dayton Music Insider: Mardi Gras, WinterFolk Fest, & More!

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The holidays are over, and now a mixture of winter blues and cabin fever may be setting in. Don’t despair! This is one of the most festive weekend’s of the winter! From Mardi Gras to WinterFolk Fest, there are lots of ways to warm your body and soul this weekend.

Keep reading to get all the details!

Friday January 12th

There’s lots of fun to get into downtown on Friday night, with some great rock shows including: A Voice of Your Own, Morning Theft, Gam Gam Buckmaster, and Radar are all performing at Blind Bob’sIf you’re into indie / alternative music, this is your spot! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Over at Hannah’s, you can hear the roots / alt country / southern rock and punk influenced The Typical Johnsons. They are getting lots of praise, so stop on out and check out their original tunes from 10pm-1am. $5 cover.


Punk fans are in for a ragin show at Mike’s Bike Park, also downtown. It’s the The Voice Of God‘s album release show, and they’re sharing the stage with Waterheads (Cincy Punk Rock’n’Roll), TBA These Bastards Again (CBUS Punk), and Negative Protein (DYT hardcore punk). $5 cover. All ages. BYOB. 8pm-12:30am

I think it’s well worth the drive up 75 for a sweet rock show from Krunk Town Boogie and Crosley Court. Two seriously great bands at Oscar’s Bar. 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

If you’re west of town, there’s a spectacular guitarist Spencer Elliott, performing at Taffy’s of Eaton. Really wonderful for anyone who really appreciates complex fret work. Show from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

South of town, if you’re looking for an excellent meal along with some sultry jams, check out Kevin Dumont and Jeon McConnell at Watermark in Miamisburg. This is a regular Friday night gig, and this week features special guest Chris Bowman. A truly perfect date night for sure! 8:30-10:30pm.

Saturday January 13th

If you’re in the Yellow Springs area on Saturday afternoon, be sure to pop into Emporium Wines & The Underdog Cafe for a free Edge performance by a string and harp quartet from our very own Dayton Philharmonic! Their goal is to bring unconventional music to unconventional places, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy! Free event! 3-4pm.

Another early show is Hannah’s Weekly All Ages Blues Session from 5-8pm, hosted by the Troubled Waters Band. If you’re a musician – bring your instrument. If you’re a singer – bring your voice. If you’re a fan – bring yourself. Children are welcome to participate too! Late night, they keep the Blues rollin’ with Blues Healer from 9pm – 2am.

25299257_535184690173212_2782871853973819334_n.jpgOne of the most highly anticipated shows this season is the 5th annual WinterFolk Festival, featuring a night of non-stop music from the best roots and folk musicians from the tri-state area. There will be performances from: The Repeating Arms, Starving in the Belly of the Whale, Bloody Tambourine and the Musical Mafia (Indiana), The Goldsberry’s (Columbus), Tod Weidner, David Payne, Kyleen Downes, and OldNews.

This is an all ages show at one of downtown’s friendliest venues, The Yellow Cab TavernIn addition to the fabulous bands performing, visual artists will be on hand displaying and selling their artwork. Drunken Waffle food truck will be on site, and craft beer and cocktails are available to those 21 & up with proper ID. Doors will open at 7pm. Music at 8pm. Tickets available exclusively at the door for $10, children 12 & under are free. 

Don’t forget it’s also that time of year to Celebrate Mardi GrasThe party is planned at Jimmie’s Ladder 11, with live music from Dave Greer & the Classic Jazz Stompers starting at 7:00 pm, followed with an hosted by Nick Brandell & Mikey Dread. Food specials include Shrimp & Grits, Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Shrimp, Oyster & Beef Po’ Boys, King Creole Cheesecake and Bourbon Street Bread Pudding. YUM! For all of you looking for a way to celebrate north of NOLA – there ya go! Enjoy!

26168368_1756886157675890_6423554055844625699_nIn the Oregon District, I’m seriously excited for the This Pine BoxJoshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery (Indianapolis), and Salvadore Ross show at Blind Bob’s Bar. For alternative rock fans, this is hand’s down the “don’t miss” show of the weekend. 9pm doors, 10pm showtime. $7 cover. 21+


South of town, Blues fans will be in store for a real treat when the Dayton Blues Society celebrates their Road To Memphis winners: Ben Levin Duo and The Soul Fixers on Saturday night. Check out these acts before they head down to represent Dayton! 6-11pm at Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg.

Yellow Springs is going to be rockin’ with local original improv band Subterraean at Peach’s Grill. Check out their new line-up with Stephen Buttree on keys and sax. The keys add a new dimension to their already complex and funky sound. It’s a free show! So if you haven’t checked these guys out, this is a great night to do so!

And last but not least, Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia is hosting their New Year’s Deathfest II, with a host of metal / hard core bands performing: Nak’ay, Choking, Deterioration, Swamp Squat, Menstrual Munchies, FaithXtractor, Flesh WarfareCouple SkateSyphilic DiarrheaWell of Night, and Lectularius. $10 at the door. Doors 8pm

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Featured photo of The Repeating Arms taken by Jennifer Taylor. 

Note to Readers: The information above is for January 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. If I don’t list a price, it wasn’t listed. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

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