We were graced with the first breaths of spring this week, and it’s got me and lots of other music fans ready to bust out of the winter doldrums and have some fun!
This weekend’s live music scene is vibrant with music for all genres, from Celtic, country, singer/songwriter, Americana, alternative and punk. Seriously, something for everyone!
Keep reading to find out all the details!
Friday February 23rd
For those of you who are pining for the Dayton Celtic Festival, which doesn’t happen until July, you can get some amazing Celtic music in this weekend. Festival favorites Scythian return are back in town both Friday and Saturday nights to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day season. These two all-ages shows will be held at the Greek Orthodox Hall (500 Belmonte Park North). Tickets are available at www.daytoncelticfestival.com or at the door. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.
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The Music of Carole King and Friends is celebrated this weekend with The Dayton Philharmonic as part of their SuperPops Series. The DPO will perform your favorite songs from Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Laura Nyro, Paul Anka, Dionne Warwick, Neil Sedaka, Marvin Hamlisch, and Barry Mann. Tickets start at $29 and up. More info: Box Office (888) 228-3630. Performances are at 8pm at Schuster Center both Friday and Saturday nights.
Speaking of moving singer / songwriters, head over to the Yellow Cab Tavern for a beautiful and moving evening of music from Adam Torres (Austin, TX). He is touring nationally with Wild Pink (Brooklyn, NY), who are reminiscent of early Death Cab for Cutie or American Analog Set. Local band Speaking Suns kicks off this “don’t miss” evening of live music. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Country / folk fans have a couple great shows downtown to check out! At Hannah’s on Ludlow, for an evening of music from Dayton’s own Scott Lee, one of the “last of the true blue folk singers.” He’s got a fantastic voice, and spirit! Sassy Molasses and Chad Cremeans get things started off, so make sure you get there early to catch their sets too! 9pm. No cover.
At Blind Bob’s you can catch Alex Culbreth, a high energy alternative country up and comer from Fredricksburg, VA. If you’re into country, definitely check out his tunes via the hyperlink and get on out and see him live! $5 cover. 9pm 21+
Local hard rock band Stella’s Demise is back at Oregon Express with special guests The Typical Johnsons and Thank the Maker. If you’re looking to rock out in the Oregon District, here’s your spot! Music at 10pm, $5 at the door, 21+
If Blues is more your thing, stop by the Trolley Stop for the Doug Hart Band’s performance. Doug’s band incorporates free form, yet controlled versions of many blues standards along with the blending of Doug’s blues and rock influences to form creative original compositions. 9:30pm. $5 at the door. 21+
Alternative rock fans, head over to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 to check out Chicago’s Third Twin Sister, supported by local acts Whiskey For Kids and Paige Beller. If you’re looking for new music, this is a great show to check out!
North of town, at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia, there’s a great night of funk and punk in store! Enjoy sets from Krunk Town Boogie, with Yardboss kicking off the night! Fun times all around – don’t miss it! $5 at the door. 21+ 9pm.
Head to Miamisburg if you’re in a jazz state of mind. There are 2 acts performing both Friday and Saturday nights, at 6pm and 9pm at Blue Note Bistro. Or try out Watermark restaurant where Kevin Dumont and Jeon McConnell offer sultry jams for your listening pleasure. Both spots sound like fantastic date night options!
Lastly, there is a Hip Hop Farewell Show planned at One Eyed Jack’s, which is closing soon. This special show features Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Cozmikspirit, DJ Sparechange, Josh Thrasher, DJ Ike B, Villange Fam, Johnny Wiids, Planet Boom Bap (Indiana), Vice Verses and more! Doors 9pm. 18+ w ID. Free show! VIP tickets are $15.
Saturday February 24th
Another great night of music is in store at Yellow Cab Tavern with David Payne, Seth Gilliam and the Fake News, The Typical Johnsons, and Neo American Pioneers. It’s a stellar line-up of Americana style local bands that you will not want to miss! Music starts at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+.
It’s a punk rock kind of night in the Oregon District. Down the street, you can see the female fronted group Secret Circle Society, along with The Ram Ones (Ramones Tribute) at Oregon Express. 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+
Fresh off of a successful Mardi Gras gig, the John Lardinois NOLA band (aka Lardinola Band) is congregating once more to bring you an evening of acoustic renditions of some classic tunes. Check out this talented crew at Trolley Stop on Saturday night. $5 cover. 9:30pm. 21+
Super stoked for for Saturday night’s show at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs, featuring Nasty Bingo and Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds. What a fun crew all around! They will have you dancing all night long! 10pm. 21+
As always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Featured Image: Dayton Celtic Fest faves Scythian, (left to right) Larissa Fedoryka, Danylo Fedoryka, Alexander Fedoryka, Nolan Ladewski and Fritz McGirr, returns to town for concerts at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. CONTRIBUTED
Note to Readers: The information above is for February 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows happening! 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.