Dayton Music Insider: St Patrick's Day Takes Over!

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!

Friday March 16th

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.


BAOKU, an exciting world-fusion artist based in Cincinnati, is performing at the  Trolley Stop on Friday night. He integrates African drums such as the Nigerian bata and talking drums, djembe, Senegalese bottom drums and much more into his music. Truly a musical experience! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+.

Blind Bob's will be rockin' with three unique tribute acts: Back Stabbath,  ROAD EYES (Neil Young tribute) and 53rd & 3rd Ramones Tribute. 9pm $5 cover. 21+

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:

Freakquency, is a cool and captivating group of musicians and singers that perform high energy originals and fun remixes of covers. Definitely a group to check out! Not only is this group talented, they are super smart too. Give a shout of congrats to female singer Mykal for just becoming one of the youngest tenured professors in the country! And a Happy Birthday wish to Sayyid! Friday night you can groove to them at  Dayton Taste  in Trotwood. (Sunday night, they'll be performing a late night show at Blind Bob's)


The Celtic Tenors perform at Kuss Auditorium in Springfield on Friday March 16th.

The Celtic Tenors, as seen on PBS / ThinkTV, are in Springfield performing their beloved folk, classical, and pop Irish songs on Friday evening. This special performance is presented by the  Springfield Arts Council, who invite you to come to the lobby for complimentary St. Patrick’s Day Eve desserts and treats from 6:30 – 8pm. Performance starts at 8pm at the Kuss Auditorium. Tickets start at $30.00 (and up) plus facility and ticket fees. Order online or call 937-328-3874.

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.

Blue Note Bistro In Miamisburg features  Samantha Carlson  from New York, performing classic standards from the 1920s through today, as well as jazz, big band, show-tunes, country, oldies, classical, opera, and pop. Samantha’s music can be heard on Jazz and Adult Standard and Adult Contemporary radio stations throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada, and South Africa, and worldwide on SiriusXm’s “Siriusly Sinatra” Channel. Show at 9pm.

Saturday March 17th - ST PATRICK'S DAY

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.

The Magic Circle Mim Company teams up with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on Saturday March 17th

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.

Another rockin' show is happening north of town at Oscar's, with a fantastic line-up including  Crosley Court, Sever the Ties, and Life in Idle. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Out by Wright State, stop by  W.O. Wright's for a great night of rock'n'roll from local bands Evil Eye Gypsy, Motel Faces and Scarecrow Sideshow. 8pm. $5 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,

Libby Ballengee

Featured Image: St. Patrick's Day at Dublin Pub

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. 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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