Dayton Music Insider: Alt Rock Reigns

Dayton Ohio is famous for its alternative rock scene, and this weekend you can get lots of it around the area from Blind Bob's downtown to Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs!

If that's not your scene, no worries, there's jam, jazz, blues, and even a classical performance for the more sophisticated crowd. Something for everyone!

So please switch off Netflix and support your local musicians! I promise you'll have a lot more fun when you do!


Friday November 10th

Stark Folk Band is emerging from their fall-out shelter for a rare performance at  Blind Bob's, along with Convington's Frontier Folk Nebraska and folk rocker Grayson David Shick. A lot of these guys I grew up with, so please get out there and show them some love! Music will begin with SFB at 10pm. 21+. $5

For the heavy rockers out there, head up to  Oscar's Bar in Vandalia, where they are hosting  Irongate, along with special guest from Indiana  Kings Amongst Men. Local bands Hellraiser and  Slaves Among Death  will be kicking things off. 8pm-2am. $5 cover.

Over in Yellow Springs, you won't want to miss an awesome line-up of local alternative music from The Story Changes,   (home from tour!)  RIND, and  Motel Faces at Peach's Grill. 9pm. 18+ $5 cover.

West of town, you can support a worthy cause and hear great music at the Suicide Prevention and Heroin Awareness Event at the  Courtyard Lounge. There will be guest speakers, live art, vendors, raffles and of course, live music from Subterranean, Gin-Soaked Angels, The Ram Ones, and Kommunity Service. 5pm-1am.

Saturday November 11th

The Yellow Cab is hosting a hometown performance from  This Pine Box  along with support from Cincinnati's  Automagik  and  Telehope. All bands have received rave reviews, and fans are excited for this show! Come with an appetite too, as they are going to have StuffedatZays on site!

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Doors are at 8pm and tickets are $10 in advance through eventbrite or $15 at the door, with $5 extra for under 21.  The "Old" Yellow Cab building is located at 700 E. 4th St., Dayton OH 45402

Another show with a huge regional line-up is thYou vs. Yesterday  album release show at RockStar Pro Arena. Along with YvY, you can enjoy Cinema Century,  Crosley Court,  Heavy Things, and  Life In Idle. $10 pre-sale. Doors 7pm. All ages.

Singer Duante Beddingfield , a longtime presence in the Dayton-area jazz community, brings his throwback style to the Gilly's stage with fun, unique jazz arrangements of both standards and modern pop tunes.  He's performing and collaborating with renowned pianist/arranger Randy Villars,  along with Indianapolis bassist Scott Pazera and Cincinnati-based drummer Phil Tipton. Tickets are $5, available at the door or in advance by calling Gilly's at 937.228.8414.

Country fans will want to check out Texas duo SmithField  at Oddbody's Music Room on Saturday evening. This duo moved to Nashville last year, and has been up-and-coming ever since. Check out what the hype is about! Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day of show. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. 18+

Hardcore fans will be rocking out to

Lo-Pan, Floodwalker, Tight Fright,




Blind Bob's

on Saturday night. 9pm Doors. 21+ $5cover.

Blues fans can catch the

Explore Doug Hart Band


Trolley Stop. 

The 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 Doors. 21+ $5cover.

Aggressive country / bluegrass band

Controversy For Breakfast 

are performing 2 45min sets at

Explore Hannah's

downtown. Doors open at 9pm. 9pm-12am. No cover charge!

From Detroit, Heartsick comes to  Oscar's Vandalia to rock out with Chronic Aggression, Temper, and Grey Cloud Nein. 8pm-2am

Waxtastic & Friends, a funky space jam groove band from Toledo will be having people boogin' at One Eyed Jack's. (across from WSU). 9pm-1am.

Sunday November 12th

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Dayton Philharmonic 

Concertmaster Jessica Hung, Associate Concertmaster Aurelian Oprea, and guest pianist Zsolt Bognár join forces to present a program dedicated to one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century: Soviet-born composer, conductor, and pianist Sergei Prokofiev. The Renaissance Auditorium of the elegant

Dayton Art Institute

resonates with two violins and one piano together in perfect harmony. Spend a splendid Sunday afternoon immersed in the beauty of the art of the sonata. Performance at 3pm.

General Admission Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $14 for students. There's also a Post-performance event: The Inside Scoop  at Leo's Bistro, about 5:30 pm with Jessica Hung, Aurelian Oprea, and Zsolt Bognár plus free Graeter's ice cream.

And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 10th-12th 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.  Keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or  Twitter. Enjoy the show! 

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