Celebrate Dayton's Birthday with Live Music this Weekend!

This weekend Dayton turns 221, and musicians around the area are pulling out some amazing collaborations to celebrate! Keep reading to find out all about these rockin' shows!


Friday March 31

Yellow Cab is hosting one of the most anticipated shows of the weekend, featuring M Ross Perkins at 8pm, Andy Gabbard at 9:30pm, and Dawg Yawp at 11pm. This is an all-star line-up that will delight fans of alternative to folk rock. Trust me, it will be amazing! Tickets are $9 at the door, and they will be able to take cash or card.Doors open at 7pm.

Another fantastic show is happening just across the street at Dublin Pub with Winchester Gray, Rite of Venus & Mack McKenzie. This eclectic but complimentary line up features styles from Rock, Blues, Country, and Americana. Something for everyone! Music runs from 8pm - 12am. No cover!

Alternative and indie rock fans, check out some new bands over at Blind Bob's: This Pine Box, Room & Board (Columbus), The Key Concepts, and Charlie Jackson. Music starts at 9pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Blues aficionados will be loving that Noah Wotherspoon is performing at Oregon Express this evening. He's a homegrown legend in the Blues world, so if you've never checked him out, do so immediate if not sooner! 9:30pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Saturday April 1

I learned a fun fact this weekend: Dayton was founded on April 1st, 1796 by 12 settlers known as the Thompson Party. They traveled in March from Cincinnati up the Great Miami and landed near what is now St. Clair St. Cool! To celebrate, Jimmie's Ladder 11 is hosting a April Ship of Fools Dayton Birthday Party. They are local beers and spirits, as well as Dayton's Great Northern String Band. Music starts at 10pm. $5 cover for the show.

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

An epic all day party is also planned at Yellow Cab on Saturday, which also heralds the beginning of Food Truck Season!


Head over for

, for a serious live music line-up, as well as great food. Bands include:

(featuring Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline),





(featuring Danny Tamberelli of The Adventures of Pete and Pete/All That), Calamity Day,

. WOW! Now that is a line up! All proceeds are going to TJ's Place of Hope and Building Bridges, two great non-profit organizations in the Dayton area serving at-risk youth. $10 admission. Show 4pm - 12am.

>> Check out all the details with Wicked 'Wich owner Katie Marks and yours truly on Gem City Podcast here.

Over at Blind Bob's, another sweet line-up of alternative rock bands with Swimming With SharksBig Dudee Roo (Grand Rapids, MI) and NOVAGOLD. Great Dayton bands, with a new band to check out from Michigan! Rock on! 9pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Lucha rock-n-roll is rolling through town with the Terrifying Team Void Experience at Oregon Express. Starting at 10pm, check out TEX, TEAM VOID and then THE TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE! It's one of a kind! $5 cover. 21+

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

If you're looking for something a bit more mellow, but definitely fun, check out Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons at Trolley Stop. Always a favorite when they are in town, it's a show that's sure to please a variety of rock and country fans. 9:30pm $5 cover. 21+

Reminder about a very special fundraiser that's coming up soon! This Must Be the Party, features a group of the region's most talented musicians who are performing songs from Talking Head's epic rock documentary "Stop Making Sense" as a benefit for the Dayton Ballet. All this fun is happening at Oddbody's Music Room. Get your $15 pre-sale ticket for this special April 15th event here, or come the day of for $20 at the door. Learn more about this epic dance party on Gem City Podcast here.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,
Libby Ballengee
Note to Readers:  The information above is for March 31st & April 1st, 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what the price is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.   Check out the latest shows I’m promoting  @theVenusChild . You can keep up with my adventures on Instagram  here or follow me on Twitter  @LibbyBallengee Cheers!

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