Dayton Music Insider: Travelin’ to Dayton

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This weekend’s live music line-up in Dayton features lots of out of towners, some originally from here, a few in town for the first time, and one group from very far away! I certainly love our hometown groups, but mixing in new music is always a delight too.

Keep reading to find out how you can see a reggae artist from Hawaii, a quartet from Russia, rockers from Boston, jams from Athens, and a hometown singer back from Nashville!

Friday March 9th

Local Americana style singer / songwriter Brooks Daugherty is coming home from Nashville to release his newest EP “The Dakota Hill.” Special guests Roanoke from Nashville and Dayton’s Tony Red Band start off this special night of homegrown music, mixed with Nashville influence. Music starts at 10pm at Hannah’s downtown on Ludlow. $7 at door.

> Read more about Brook’s EP release here.



Universal Sigh visits Trolley Stop on March 9, 2018. CONTRIBUTED

Trolley Stop is thrilled to be hosting Universal Sigh, from Athens, Ohio, for its very first show in Dayton!  This high-energy foursome features a two-guitar attack and driving rhythm section, producing versatile music which reflects a deep fondness for artists such as Radiohead, Snarky Puppy, and Umphrey’s McGee. Love all those bands, so will be interesting to check them out, for sure! $5 cover. 9:30pm – 1:30am. 21+

Another heavy show is happening in the Oregon District at Blind Bob’s with a hardcore show featuring 2 local acts, 2 bands from Boston area: Maharaja, Black Mass (Boston), Led to the Grave (Cape Cod) and Crewneck. Starts at 9 , $5 cover. 21+

Soulful pop rock is on the menu at South park Tavern with Salt Orchard and Adele (our own local version!). Check out their music – really cool stuff. Plus it’s a free show! 10pm-1am.

Speaking of soulful rock, you can also check out local band The Pullouts at Oregon Express. Their piano-driven originals are dynamic, going from highs to lows seamlessly. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

26805071_10215012515093386_8180069827957149927_nOutside of the immediate Dayton area there are lots of great shows happening too. It’s going to be a rager with Dip Spit, Duderus, Zoo Trippin’ and Yikes! a Band at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. Show 9pm-1am.

In Yellow Springs, the groovin’ jazz combo The Johnson Treatment is performing at Peach’s Grill. A fun show for folks out east of town! 10pm.

South of town you can get very funky at Old Crow Bar in Middletown. Former member of George Clinton And The P-Funk All Stars and current Drummer for Freekbass and The Bump Assembly, Rico Lewis is performing with his band SONS of F.U.N.K10:30pm-1:30am

Looking for a date night idea? Blue Note Bistro is a great spot, and this Friday you can see Greg Abate. He’s a jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe. 9pm show.

Saturday March 10th

13179440_10154022330966655_3745646636093714966_n.jpgOne of the highly anticipated shows of the weekend features Hawaiian reggae artist Mike Love, who is in town and performing with Jungle Man Sam (Toronto) and Luvlocs with Jonny Dreads at W.O. Wrights. For reggae fans, this is a “don’t miss” show! Show from 7pm-12am. 18+ Admission $15

Major rock show is happening at Blind Bob’s on Saturday with the Yardboss tour kickoff with Party Man and Tino. They are heading to SXSW, so please support them on their upcoming adventures as they represent Dayton Ohio!

One of my favorite local rock acts that is up-and-coming is Salvadore Ross. Saturday night you can catch them perform at Hannah’s on Ludlow. They are supported by Enzo and Jay Dorsey Band. Great night of music! 9pm.

Yellow Cab celebrates Chuck Norris’s Birthday with cake, an arm-wrestling contest, a Chuck lookalike contest, and music from The New Old-Fashioned, The Neverly Brothers featuring Tod Weidner and Tim Pritchard, and Harold Hensley, and projected scenes of Chuck Norris delivering roundhouse kicks all night long! FUN! Doors are at 8pm and entry is $5. Show 8pm-12am.

28279286_10101126533776240_439269641538737082_nIn the mood to get funky and dance? Head over to Oregon Express to party with Freakquency! They’ve got some of my fave local singers, plus there’s great food, good vibes, and music with lots of energy! 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

There will music and memories at the Austin Siler Memorial Fundraiser at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Featured music includes Trenton Lundy, and Tyler Smith, fresh hip hop with a conscious message from Noetic Navigator, local indie band Loach, soulful songstress Sway (Stephanie). Plus there will be lots of stellar surprises, and generous donations of raffle prizes, auction items, and a portion of food and drink sales from the bar will be donated as well! Proceeds go directly to Austin Siler’s family to fund travel and related expenses as they seek justice for his homicide in New Jersey. $5 donation at the door.

Hank’s Pub will be rockin with The Transylvania Hellhounds with guests Grey Cloud Nein and Choke Hazard. Free show. Doors open at 8:00. 18 and up.

Up north, another rager at Oscar’s Bar with Burn The Dead (11:30), Stella’s Demise (10:30pm) and Spanish Tony Sanchez (9:30pm). $5 cover.

Sunday March 11th

Sunday you can experience the St Petersburg Piano Quartet: A Vanguard Legacy Concert. The ensemble is anchored by Russians Alla Aranovskaya (violin) and Boris Vayner (violist), founding members in 1985 of the award-winning St. Petersburg String Quartet. Cellist Thomas Mesa, winner of the 2016 Sphinx Competition, and pianist Tao Lin complete the ensemble. How to go? Head over to the Sears Recital Hall at the University of Dayton. More information, including ticketing, click here or call 937-229-2787. Show at 4pm.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Featured Image: Nashville-based Americana artist Brooks Daugherty, a graduate of Centerville High School, celebrates the release of his new EP, The Dakota Hill, at Hannah s in Dayton on Friday, March 9. CONTRIBUTED

Note to Readers: The information above is for March 2018. This is a listing of interesting original music 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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