Dayton Music Insider: Canal Street Stories

Welcome to 2018! As we are all making our resolutions for the new year, remember that the best way to sustain your local music scene is by showing up to a show! I sincerely hope to see bigger audiences, better shows, and lots more smiles in this upcoming year.

Let's get on that resolution and see a show this weekend!

Friday January 5th


If you're looking for something more experimental and abstract, check out Skeleton Dust Records on Friday evening. They're hosting an art opening for Dayton's Jonathanen Brojazz, an abstract video artist. The opening event pairs his video art with his experimental sound project mASScOMM (performing live). Also performing is Iovae 

(Cincinna), described as deep space oscillations, and Begravd (Piqua), making their debut performance. Starts at 7pm.

You know it's going to be a party when you see Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds on the bill! They're gonna have people dancing to their original old style country and rock-a-billy originals at  Blind Bob's. 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Saturday January 6th 


Mick and Yellow Cab invite you to this special reunion and special evening of storytelling about memories of Canal Street Tavern. If you ever listened to music here, worked here, drank here, or just hung out here, this show is for you! Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help Mick with publishing his book. Event from 7pm-12:30am

For the many of you who are missing David Bowie, there is a special event for you this weekend too! The Dayton Philharmonic presents  Space Oddity: David Brighton as David Bowie. Mr. Brighton is considered one the world's best David Bowie impersonators. Performing Bowie's music, paired with the power of the full Dayton Philharmonic, makes for an unforgettable evening. Tickets start at $29+. For tickets call 228-3630 or visit Show at 8pm at Schuster Center.


Rock fans have a fun night in store at Blind Bob's with  Life In Idle (9:00-9:35), You vs. Yesterday (9:50-10:30),  Heavy Things (10:45-11:25),  The Forty (11:40-12:20). +21 (must have valid ID). $5 cover.

Visit, a Cincy band featuring former members of the Lexington band Noble Giants, make their way back to Dayton for a night of music at Trolley Stop. Their influences are Tame Impala, Beach House, Bon Iver, and Local Natives. Sounds interesting! Music starts at 9:30pm with a $5 admission.

Two new bands on my radar are performing Saturday night at Jimmie's Ladder 11:  Brother Rabi and the Soul Seekers and  Vinyl Monologue. This is a fun place to check out new music, and get some food too! Music gets started around 9pm. $5 cover.

North of town, heavy rock is on tap at Oscar's Bar with Secret Circle Society,  Evil Eye Gyp$yand  Viceroy Kings. This is going to be a rockin' show for sure! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: The information above is for January 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. 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. Cheers!

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