Happy St Patrick's Day Weekend, my friends! Cheers to all of you - especially the Irish!
Since this beloved cultural holiday falls on a Saturday this year, it goes without saying that there is a long list of amazing shows to go to all weekend long. If you plan this out, and pace yourself, you can catch some seriously cool live music all over town.
Keep reading to get all the details, and as always, please be safe this holiday weekend!
Wanna kick off the weekend right after work on Friday? Pop into Omega Music in the Oregon District. They are proud to present Born Ruffians at 4:30pm for an acoustic in-store performance, followed by a meet and greet with the band. Born Ruffians are a Canadian indie pop band and have toured with Franz Ferdinand, Caribou, Peter Bjorn and John, Hot Chip, The Hidden Cameras, and Tokyo Police Club. Free. All ages.
Looking for signs of spring? Well, we made it to food truck season. Yes, it's true. The first food truck rally is on Friday, and this first one of the season is extra special because you can see the super sweet local rockabilly band Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds (for free!) at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally. Lots of great food, brews and vendors. Event runs from 5-10pm. Free. All ages. Can't get enough of Cherry Lee? They'll be heading over to Oregon Express for a late night show starting around 10pm. Fun and Free! 21+
Need an idea for an elegant date night? How about this weekend's Dayton Philharmonic Masterworks concert featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, paired with Claude Debussy's La mer. Top the evening off with a breathtaking view from the Racquet Club or a cocktail from Century Bar, and you're all set! Performances start at 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights at the Schuster Center. Tickets start at $8+
Country fans are most likely already aware that country icon Alan Jackson is in town performing at the Nutter Center. Ticket prices: $49.99+ Show: 7:30pm. Doors will open at approximately 6:00 p.m. Note to ticket holders from Nutter Center: This concert is nearly sold-out, so please plan to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion and delays. If at all possible, avoid the N. Fairfield Rd. exit as that area gets especially congested.
It's a night of touring, from the big stage to smaller ones around town. Friday night you can catch When Particles Collide from Bangor, Maine at Jimmie's Ladder 11 . This band is self described as "Southern Rock choruses, New Wave a la Blondie vocals, lightning speed Green Day-esque drumming, classic Motown grooves and Queens of the Stone Age-style riffs." Sounds like a fun rock show to check out! 9pm.
On the other side of the South Park neighborhood, another ragin rock show is happening at South Park Tavern. They are hosting Old City, an indie group from Cincinnati, GRLwood, a "scream pop" duo from Louisville, and Dayton hardcore / punk band Negative Protein. 9pm. $5 cover.
Outside the Dayton area, there are cool shows to go to as well. Actually, some really cool shows. So consider getting out of your comfort zone and making a trip to one of these:
The Celtic Tenors perform at Kuss Auditorium in Springfield on Friday March 16th.
West of town, there's an early St Patty's Day show happening at Taffy's of Eaton . Larry Wayt will be performing a special set of Irish tunes from 8-11pm.
There are so many vents going on all day long for St Patrick's Day. It's impossible to list them all, but I've done my best to touch upon some "don't miss" events happening around town.
I'm going to start off with an event for parents in town, who are looking for a fun event to do with the kids. The Magic Circle Mime Company, which unites theatrical presentation and orchestral performance, has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, introducing musical concepts to young audiences. Saturday they perform at the Schuster Center as part of the Dayton Philharmonic 's Family Series. What happens when aliens land on Earth? What do they think of Earth music? What does alien music sound like? To answer these questions, Magic Circle performers and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra explore various musical works by favorite American composers. 2pm Pre-concert fun in the Wintergarden. 3pm performance starts. Tickets start at $14.
For those of you St Patty's Day revelers who are getting in the festive spirit early, music gets started at Dublin Pub at 7am with Jameson's Folly, and continues all day long, intermixed with Celtic dancing, bagpipes, and frivolity of all sorts. For the full St Patty's schedule at Dub Pub, click here. Please note they are offering a free 10am shuttle bus to Flanagan's. Music gets going at Flanagan's at 8am, and also continues throughout the day. Check their schedule here.
> Read more about St Patrick's Day celebrations in Dayton here.
If you're more of a music fan or are looking for a break from the traditional Irish venues, there are some really cool shows happening. I'm excited to see John Dubuc & the Guilty Pleasures at 2pm at South Park Tavern . I love that this new super group of Dayton musicians is playing a mid-day set. It's a perfect time to get away from the big crowds, hear some great music, and get some yummy pizza while we're at it! Hanging out at SPT late night? Check out The GThang starting at 10pm.
At 3pm, wheel straight down Wayne Ave to catch another talented crew, The Green Grass All Stars, perform at Trolley Stop. Another super group that I'm thrilled to see! This one is geared more for bluegrass and folk fans, so if you love that type of music, be sure to stop in at 3pm sharp.
The day of music keeps on rolling with an all ages Blues Session from 5-8pm at Hannah's on Ludlow. They invite any singers or musicians to stop and participate, even kids! Free event. All ages.
Blues fans in the Oregon District can also pop into Tumbleweed Connection to see Doug Heart Band from 4-8pm. Around earlier? Check out Doug's solo set starting at noon. Late night, the Sean Lamb Band performs from 8:30-12:30.
The St.Patrick's Day Jam at Jimmie's Ladder 11 is another exciting musical collaboration of Dayton musicians performing acoustic originals and covers. This is a group of "feel good" folks performing "feel good" music. Can't wait! Show from 8:30pm-11pm.
Another highly anticipated show is Hannah's 1st Annual St Patrick's Day Shakedown with top notch progressive bluegrass bands the Restless Leg Syndrome Band (Lexington, KY) and Blue Moon Soup (Yellow Springs, OH). There is a lot of local love for these groups, so get there early for a good seat! $10 cover. 10pm show.
All of this sound too tame for your rock'n'roll heart? Then head over for the Red Hot Rebellion (metal / punk from Dayton) and 500 Miles to Memphis (alt country / punk from Cincinnati) show at Blind Bob's on Saturday night. 10pm. $10 cover.
In Miamisburg, longtime local Blues singer/songwriter Eric Jerardi is performing at 9pm at Blue Note Bistro. Sounds like a good show to get a reprieve from St Patrick's Day events. Call ahead to ensure seating.
Last but certainly not least, I'm excited for Brookville, my hometown, to get such a cool show out their way with the Mainline Funk. They are performing at the local watering hole, O'Riley's , which is certainly going to be feeling the Irish spirit on Saturday night. Love funk music and this town. To all my friends and family out there - Cheers!
As always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,