Dayton Music Insider

This blog is for all the fans of live music, from the casual listener to the weekend warrior, so they can easily find great music in Dayton area.

Cool off with the Blues

There is something I find very visceral about being in a hot, sweaty bar listening to the Blues. Soul soothing and memory evoking, there really is nothing like a great night of Blues music. You will find it abundance this weekend in Dayton…but we crank the AC! Read on to find out where.


Your best bet for Blues this weekend is the Dayton Blues Showcase at Oddbody’s Music Room this evening. The lineup is chock full of Blues guitar virtuosos, including Ira Stanley & Blues Power , Doug Hart, Noah Wotherspoon and Scotty Bratcher . Those are some heavy hitters. All on one stage? Too cool. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. Ages 18+; cost is $15 DoS.

If you are up for a bit of an adventure, I’d really recommend you travel out to Eaton this evening. Taffy’s (aka The Music Mecca of the Universe) has two outstanding guitarists performing: Michael Kelsey and Edgar Cruz . Michael was a finalist in Guitar Player Magazine’s national competition. His style is a unique blend of influences, and quite beautiful. Edgar’s Spanish style is hypnotic. This will be a gorgeous evening of guitar playing. Don’t miss it!

Closer to downtown Dayton, but still in the mood for the Blues? Check out Miss Lissa & Co with very special guest Bob Dellaposta at Jimmie’s Ladder 11.

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In the Oregon District, jam band enthusiasts will be partying at Oregon Express with Arrows of Neon , a Grateful Dead tribute band. Rock fans will be at Blind Bob’s for the MAMA , The Mound Builders and Frontier show. More of a bluegrass, acoustic fan? Sawgrass at Trolley Stop is your ideal spot.

On the outer edges of town, check out one of my personal faves, Subterranean at Peach’s in Yellow Springs for a free show starting at 10 p.m. In Middletown, Appalachian jam band  Fletcher’s Grove and progressive funk rock band  Yosemight will share the stage at the Old Crow Bar . Both shows are jammy yet fun for a diverse audience. Give it a shot! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Saturday, May 30


Lots of options for live music late this evening! First on my list is the Miami Valley Music Fest Promo Show , featuring Lost on Iddings, Scott Lee & The Whiskey River Boys and Hazy and the Hammertones at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. All of these bands are talented and enjoyable! Starts at 10 p.m. with $5 cover.

Rock fans will have a hard time choosing between some interesting shows downtown this evening: Dayton favorites The Motel Beds and The New Old Fashioned , with Dan Tedesco from Nashville, are playing at Canal Public House at 9 p.m. They are going to be busting out some new tunes, which along with the intimate setting will make for a don’t-miss show!   Life in the Circus returns from the 90s with a reunion show at Blind Bob’s with local supporting acts The Cricketbows , Dirty/Clean (from England) and The Saturday Giant. Down the street at Oregon Express, you will find Able Danger , Killed by Art and Chakras performing at 10 p.m.

Looking for something a little different? Jazz fans, check out Jazz Arts Studio featuring Andy Rush at Gilly’s . Funk fans, head over to  Brixx Ice Co for Mainline Funk . Hard rock fans will have fun at Paradise Key Cafe at the Shotgun Surprise show. Acoustic lovers, check out Flying Blind's Adam Brooks Dudding (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Gulliver's Traveling Medicine Show's Brian Spirk  (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) for a cozy evening at  Fifth Street Brew Pub, starting at 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 31


As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:   The information above is for May 29th - 31st, 2015. Please click the links to find out detailed information about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions and pricing. I try to link band names with samples of their music. Always check with the venue about start times and ticket availability. As you can see, I try to promote as many shows as possible, but there will be some I miss. Keep me in the loop:  @LibbyBallengee


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