Dayton Music Insider: March Goes Out with a Roar

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

This month's Dayton music line-up goes out with a roar, showcasing some of Dayton's best talent and some very cool out of town guests. Keep reading to get all the details!

Friday March 30th

Friday night is extra exciting as one of the newest music venues downtown,  The Brightside Event & Music Venue (905 E. Third Street), is starting to open up for limited-capacity music performances. The venue was endeared to many Dayton music fans when they hosted the magical send off for Mick Montgomery earlier this year. Friday night Hear&See  takes over to present a very cool indie band,  Champion Electric (Nashville) along with  Gabe Maas and the Bruins, Mountain-House, Weathervein, isicle,  and  Gloomy Weather . (Gotta say that last band's name couldn't be more appropriate for this week!). Doors open at 6:30pm. $5 Advance. $7 Day of Show. All Ages.

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Another exciting show is happening just around the corner at

EP release show at

Yellow Cab Tavern.

Kyleen has been a mainstay in the Dayton music scene, so be sure to show her some love! She is in good company Friday evening, performing with fellow bands

Wonky Tonk, The Lovers, Kerchief, 


Blossom Hall. Doors at 7:30pm. Music at 8pm-12am. $8 entry. Plus the first 40 people at the door will receive a FREE copy of EP! Tasty eats will be available from  Smokinbeebeeq food truck.

Miles Davis fans out there? I personally adore him! If you're like me, then you won't want to miss the show happening at The Trolley Stop with  Dogfish Head Brewery and Jacob Campbell Quartet (jazz ensemble). The Delaware-based brewery is releasing its Bitches Brew Stout in honor of the 48th anniversary of the release of Mile Davis' album, Bitches Brew, and will be featuring several other sought after beers from their line-up. Sounds like a fun night! Music 9pm. 21+

Think those shows are hard to choose from? We're just getting started! The super popular local psychobilly / punk band  The Loveless  are performing with The Bismarck (Seattle rockers), for the debut show of local band Sadbox at Blind Bob's. Doors open at 9pm, Sadbox goes on at 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

More of a bluegrass / folk fan? Got a great show for you!

 “The Folkin’ Grassholes”

make their

debut! This Dayton super group featuresBrian Wallen on guitar, John Lardinois on fiddle, Ben Cooper on upright bass, and Brian Spirk, on mandolin. They’ll be throwin’ down three sets of high energy. hard driven’, action packed bluegrass.Out

My jam band friends will be getting their grove on at the Electric Orange Peel  show at Hannah's . Looking for mind blowing improv? This is the show for you! Enjoy! $5 cover. 9pm.

As always, their are live music gems happening outside of the immediate downtown area. The Lovers (Nashville) are coming back to Vandalia at Warehouse 4 for the end of their March tour with fellow blues & R&B singer/songwriter Kate Barnette (Atlanta). This is going to be such a great show, and an early one too! Kate performs from 6:30-7:30pm and The Lovers from 8-9:30pm. Tickets are $20.

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Troy rockers

will be bringing their signature pop punk/pop rock sound to

Stop by the store to indulge in some free local original music from 7:30pm-9pm. All ages!

Late night, there's a full punk / hard rock line up at  Oscar's Bar off North Dixie. They are hosting 5 bands for $5 - including  The Voice Of GodBundy and The Spins, GeeGee's Punk Rock All StarsYirf,  and Big Wooly. 8pm.

South of town, the Blue Note Bistro  features jazz sets at 6pm and 9pm on both Friday and Saturday nights. Check out the hyperlink for info on music and making reservations.

Saturday March 31st

A mix of soul, r&b and funk can be enjoyed with  Maze featuring Frankie Beverly  at the Schuster Center on Saturday night. This group has been performing their soulful songwriting for more than 40 years! They are joined by special guest Alex Bugnon , a proflific jazz pianist. Performance starts at 7:30pm. For ticket information call (937) 228-3630 or visit

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Dayton rock fans are psyched for the Shrug Presents: Night Of The Lifers show at  Yellow Cab Tavern. Shrug invites their Cincinnati friends, Flying Underground to perform along with the new group John Dubuc  &  The Guilty Pleasures.  Love straight up rock'n'roll? Here's a great show for you! Doors at 8. Show at 9. $7 cover

Punk rock is on the bill at  Blind Bob's  on Saturday night with Rad Company , along with Sok (their 10 year Anniversary show!) Amuse  (Indianapolis), and Break Yourself at Blind Bob's. A "don't miss" show for anyone who likes their rock loud and extra rowdy9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Hannah's gets their day of music rolling early with their weekly  All Ages Blues Session,  a family friendly music event each Saturday from 5 - 8pm. They encourage musicians of all ages to bring an instrument and join in the fun! Free.

Late night, they have  The Vibe  performing with Willy Clark starting things off with an acoustic set. The Vibe mixes hip hop, funk grooves, soul, and rock'n'roll into a good time! Check them out at 9pm. $5 cover.

Jam lovin' folks will also be loving the Great Northern String Band  night at Tumbleweed Connection. GNSB performs acoustic inspired covers of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band tunes. As a Dead Head myself, I really truly enjoy their energetic and engaging takes on Jerry's beloved jams. 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

, a Dayton singer-songwriter, performs at

Trolley Stop

on Saturday, sharing the stage with cohorts Josh Gonzalez, Jesse Kepner, and Casey Ott. Join them for original, eclectic pop/rock music. 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Definitely worth a trip out to Fairborn on Saturday night for the  Tom Petty Tribute Celebration!  It's an evening of celebrating Tom Petty's contributions to music both solo and with The Heartbreakers involving many different musicians from the Dayton music community. Members of bands from Ithika, Big Mother, ThunderTaker, RIND, Blackwater, The Pullouts, Uptown, The New Old Fashioned, Thank The Maker, Blue:30 and Motel Faces have come together for this special show at the  Fairborn Moose Lodge at 1550 Kauffman Ave. $7 Cover. 7pm.

Country rock fans, check out Strum N' Honey, a dynamic duo who have received multiple awards in the Cincinnati area. They'll be at  JD Legends on Saturday night. 9pm. No cover!

Americana fans, don't miss Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs. This four piece band from Bloomington are perfect for fans of The Band, Little Feat, and the Turnpike Troubadours. Check them out! Free show, starts at 10 pm. 21+

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Featured Image: Shrug performs at Yellow Cab Tavern on March 31, 2018. Photo by Jennifer Taylor. Check out her work on Instagram: @jennifertaylor.photographer.

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. 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. Thanks for reading and enjoy the show!

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