Dayton Music Insider: Ramble & Rock

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“The time is now to sing my song.” Those lyrics from one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs “Ramble On” reminds me of the music happening this weekend in Dayton. From the Rainy Day Ramble event to Charlie Jackson & the Heartland Railway’s EP release, the spirit of the ramblin’ rocker is alive and well.

Keep reading to find out about all the cool original music events happening this weekend!

Friday March 2nd


It’s First Friday downtown, and finally sunny, so take advantage of both by checking out music early and often this weekend. You can get started early at Oregon Express with the Linda Prevo Band from 5-8pm. No cover and yummy pizza too!

Skeleton Dust Records is excited to present an art opening for Tony Hoogsteden featuring live performances by Static Transmissions, Fever Spell and Delicious Beverage. 7-9 pm. Free. Light refreshments served.

Hannah’s on Ludlow is proud to present The Musicians Co-Op on First Fridays. Kevin Milner is hosting this monthly special event, which features the best of Dayton’s area singers and songwriters. 7pm. No cover.

The Bees Trees (Youngstown) is on their swinging by Jimmie’s Ladder 11 for their Spring Break Tour. The Bees Trees deliver a dynamic fusion of melodies that highlight a wide range of musical influences including funk, roots rock, reggae, jazz and blues. Show starts at 10pm. $5 cover.

For the death metal fans out there Merciless Reign (Akron), Zuel, Well of Night, and Flesh Warfare will be performing at Blind Bob’s. $5 cover. 9pm. 21+

Over at South Park Tavern you can help celebrate with The Heisey Glass Company on their EP release! Bird Brain Breakfast and Puru will kick off the night. No cover. 9:45pm.

Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 12.29.23 PM.pngSouth of town, an excellent show with This Pine Box, an alternative rock band formed by Springboro grads who are back performing in their hometown at Mr. Boro’s Tavern. 7-10pm

Gary “Guitar” Williams will be performing his cosmic mix of soul, reggae and psychedelic blues at The Spirited Goat Coffee House in Yellow Springs. BYOB, if you like. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. 7-10pm

The hell raisin’ country boys Controversy for Breakfast are at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia, along with Chad CremeansWhiskey Boys and Barstool Brown. 9pm

And last but not least, it’s a jam-packed Weekend of Jazz in Beavercreek. Friday night’s line up is epic with The Victor Wooten Trio. Starts at 8pm. There will be a handful of tickets available for sale, first come first serve, when the doors open at 6:30. They will also resell any unclaimed tickets right up to performance time. For the full schedule of the Weekend of Jazz, which continues through Sunday, click here.

Saturday March 3rd

Saturday’s Rainy Day Ramble at Yellow Cab Tavern will feature musical performances by the 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival finalists Flatland Harmony Experiment and Dayton’s own Great Northern String Band. Columbus based blues/roots songster Barry Chern will start things off. Visual art, raffles, craft beer and a food truck will also be on-site. All ages. Suggested entry donation of $5 with kids 12 and under admitted FREE of charge. Proceeds will go to Yellow Cab’s community gardening projects this summer! Rain or shine, 5pm-10pm. 


Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is celebrating the memory of one of Dayton’s most beloved musicians, Norman Dimitrouleas. The show is hosted by the local band Cheezcake, and will feature a host of their very talented friends. Free show. Music at 10.

> Learn more about Norman Dimitrouleas here.

The Trolley Stop presents an evening of singer-songwriters and Americana-influenced rock’n roll with Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway. They are celebrating their debut album, alongside sets from both Harold Hensley and members of The New Old-Fashioned. This is going to be a great show!Music starts at 9:30. $5 cover – 21+

Get down with Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds at Tumbleweed Connection. This talented rockabilly crew is celebrating Miss Cherry Lee & friends birthdays, so it’s an extra good time! 9:30pm.


Punk meets metal at a special throwback show featuring 5 bands for only $5: The Big Bad (horror-punk from WV), Forces of Nature (metal from Dayton by way of TN), The Transylvania Hellhounds (horror-metal hybrid), Suffer These Wounds (thrash/death metal), and Bundy and The Spins (horror-fueled “trash-rock”). 8pm doors at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St. All ages. (beer available w/ID). 8pm-12am

Alternative rock bands Knavery, New Moons (Cincinnati) Beesly, and Flight Club (Richmond, VA) are all performing Blind Bob’s on Saturday night. Looking for new music to explore – this is a great place to start! $5 cover. 9pm 21+

Out in Yellow Springs, the effervescent and entertaining Todd the Fox Trio and The GThang are performing live at Peach’s Grill. Fun night! Don’t miss it. $5 cover. 21+up. 10pm

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Featured Image: Charlie Jackson & The Heartland Railway

Note to Readers: The information above is for March 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


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