Dayton Music Insider: Outlaws & Highwaymen

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

When I think of "cool country" music, I tend to think of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. They are the genre's original bad boys who sang songs of the road that most anyone could relate to.

This Saturday evening, The Springfield Arts Council celebrates these outlaws and highwaymen at a special performance at Clark State Performing Arts Center. Elsewhere this weekend you can find many original bands that were inspired by the likes of Cash, Jennings, and Nelson!

I'll be thinking of my family's own outlaw musician: David Morris. On Saturday, he is being inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. Originally from WV, he had many connections to Dayton, including his final resting place at our National Cemetery. He was a true musician of the people, notably performing the score to the Academy Award winning documentary, Harlan County USAFrom his fans, friends and family in Dayton, we salute and congratulate you on this enormous honor, David!

Keep reading to find ways to get your own rebel spirit out this weekend...

Friday February 9, 2018

A highly anticipated show for Americana / folk rock fans is happening Friday evening with Young Heirlooms,   The New Old-Fashioned and  The American Landscape at  Yellow Cab Tavern. An incredibly talented line-up, that is one of the "don't miss" shows of weekend. 7pm. $12 at the door.

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

If you are looking to rock out, be sure to check out progressive local rock band


with special guests

Hero Jr 

(Indianapolis) and

 Bribing Senators


Explore Blind Bob's. 

$5 Cover / Doors at 9pm.

Hannah's is hosting Menace 2 Sobriety, is a local up-and-coming touring band that is known for mixing hardcore, punk and hip-hop in their sound. The night kicks off at 10pm with  DJ Bloodbath Mcgrath, followed by Kita Da Monster, and Cozmikspirit. $10 at the door.

Back in the Oregon District, there are other groovy shows happening, including sets by the jazz inspired group The Johnson Treatment. They'll be putting everyone at the Oregon Express in lively spirits on Friday night! $5 cover. 21+

Dayton favorites Kevin Milner and Paige Beller perform early acoustic sets over at Trolley Stop. They are opening up for 2 sets from The Cricketbows. $5 cover. 9:30pm. 21+

Out in Yellow Springs, the super popular reggae group Rockstead and local funky group  Krunk Town Boogie will be throwin' down at Peach's Grill. This will be a fun show for locals and those up for a jaunt out to the Springs! 21+ 9pm Free show.

Rock fans who like the louder the better, head up north for show with Death By Fetish, Irongate and Far From Eden at Oscar's  in Vandalia. $5 at the door. 9pm.

Saturday February 12, 2018

Vinyl collectors, there is the  Dayton Record Fair at  Yellow Cab on Saturday from 11am-4pm. DJs James Downing, Jack Davidson, and Tim Dylan will be performing during the event, and food trucking vending by The Drunken Waffle. $5 admission. 10am early bird entry = $10 admission. 

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Late night at  Yellow Cab,  Neil Young fans will not want to miss Road Eyes, a fantastic tribute band performing, made up of members of Buffalo Killers, Side Sleeper, Heavy Mole and Deerhead. This is their debut performance, featuring "Live Rust" era songs.  Doors at 8pm / Show at 9pm. $10 at door.

Saturday is also when you can enjoy the Springfield Arts Council's   Music of Waylon, Willie, Cash: Outlaws and Highwaymen.  This performance features songs including On the Road Again, Ramblin Man, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Luckenbach Texas, Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue and many other favorites from everyone's favorite "outlaws and highwaymen."  8pm showtime. Tickets start at $32.00 + fees. Order online or call 937-328-3874. Performance at Clark State Performing Arts Center - Kuss Auditorium, 300 S. Fountain Ave. Springfield, OH.

A special show is happening at  South Park Tavern  on Saturday night with local alternative rock group  Goodnight Goodnight.  They are celebrating their new album release with special guests Control and OldNews. Going to be a great show for those who like alternative music, and something new! 9pm

>Learn more about Goodnight Goodnight on one of the newest episodes of Gem City Podcast here, a great resource to learn about new local music.

A Voice of Your Own

 is hosting their own album release party with their friends

 The Typical Johnsons, Cricketbows, Seth Canan & The Carriers 


Blind Bob's

 Congrats to them and all the bands producing new music! Show starts at 9pm.

Oregon Express has a very rockin' night plan with local punk/pop bands Choke Hazard, Crosley Court, and Flee the Valley. Music starts at 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

A wonderful group of musicians known as Jericho Thyme  are back at Trolley Stop on Saturday night. They are great for those of you who like Americana and roots rock type music. Music starts at 9:30pm with a $5 admission. 21+

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

The jazz inspired group

Explore The Johnson Treatment

performs with special guests



Top Secret 





(no, not the superstar Adele),

 Salt Orchard,

Explore The Boxcar Suite,


Colly  area ll coming together for a special show at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. Doors at 9 pm. $5 cover.

For my jam band fans, head south for

The Powerful Pills - Phish Tribute 

show in Middletown at

Explore Old Crow Bar.

Very special guest High Altitude kicks off the night at 9:30pm. No cover! 18+

Sunday February 11, 2018


Explore Chamber Music in Yellow Springs

with the

Explore B ennewitz String Quartet.

Based in the Czech Republic, the Bennewitz Quartet has won wide critical acclaim and has performed at major venues around the world. Don't miss the chance to see world-renowned strings in our backyard! Further ticket and event info

Explore here.
Sunday night you can check out Atlanta's New Junk City, along with Ball of Light and The Voice of God at Blind Bob's. Music at 9pm. $5 cover.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: The information above is for February 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows happening! 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

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