Dayton Music Insider: Reflections on losing Dayton music legend Mick Montgomery

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

This week the Dayton music community suffered an absolutely heartbreaking loss. Mick Montgomery, beloved owner of Canal Street Tavern , passed away in his sleep.

How does one start to describe all that Mick contributed to our community and culture? It's an impossible task. The thing I admired most about him was his single minded determination to bring original music to Dayton. In a time when cover bands dominated the bar scene, Mick wanted his own club, so original musicians had a voice. At Canal St, Mick got to perform his own music, and along the way, inspired countless others to do the same. His tenacity, enthusiasm for all types of music, and many personal sacrifices, helped produce a vibrant Dayton music scene, that is renowned to this day. He leaves behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.

More than that, Mick was a true friend, and even father figure, to many. All the music lovers in this town owe him a enormous debt of gratitude for everything he gave us. Thank you, Mick, for the memories, your friendship, and of course, the music. We love you! This weekend, when you're out seeing live music, please raise a glass to his memory.

Keep reading to find out about the shows happening this weekend, including A Good Ol Fashioned Mick Montgomery Hootenanny,

> To read more about Mick Montgomery, click here.

Friday January 19th

Friday night you can catch Trey Stone & The Ringers , a full-bodied super group of well known Dayton musicians. They are back at one of their favorite stomping grounds: the  Trolley Stop.  You're in for a treat with three full sets of piano-fueled rock'n'roll! Show starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

You can catch some early tunes after work on Friday at Oregon Express with Dave Greer Jazz Band for Happy Hour.  Late night Barstool Brown, Viceroy Kings, and Next to Nowhere  will get the place rockin'! Late show starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Excited to check out a couple up-and-coming acts from Cincinnati,  The Lovers and  Freedom Nicole Moore,  both performing at Hannah's on Friday night. They mix soulful vocals with indie and Americana rock stylings, and singer-songwriter influences. Local musician Tony Herdman kicks off the evening. Doors 9pm. No cover. 21+

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Garage rockers The Deadlicks and The Daytimers  are back at Blind Bob's  on Friday night as well. Going to be a wild, ragin night over there! Doors 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Two new acts on my radar are performing at South Park Tavern on Friday night: Salt Orchard and Adele Backus. Always enjoy a cozy night at SPT, so checkout some new music while you're at it! Show from 10pm - 1am.

Every Friday, exclusively at Watermark  restaurant in Miamisburg, Kevin Dumont and Jeon McConnell perform sultry sounds of the saxophone. Looking for a fantastic date night? This is it! Enjoy some top notch cuisine, along with great music from 8:30-10:30pm.

Oscar's Bar is offering a sizzling night of live original electronica to Vandalia, featuring the musical trifecta, Echo Mecca, Goodnight Goodnight and Curse of Cassandra ! This is truly a line-up not to be missed! 9pm - 12am. $5 cover.

Rachel Litteral & The Abstracts brings their blues-rock to Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs for a mid winter warm up. Come on out and shake it with them! 10pm. No cover.

Saturday January 20th

Saturday is when the Dayton music community collectively celebrates the life of Mick Montgomery. A drop in service will be held from 1-4pm at Tobias Funeral Home at 3970 Dayton Xenia Rd in Beavercreek. Afterwards, at 6pm, his family and friends will gather at The Brightside Event and Music Venue (905 E 3rd St. Dayton, OH) to throw a proper Hootenanny in his honor.

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

The Hootenanny is a free event that is open to anyone interested in celebrating Mick's life. It's a family style pot luck, so please bring some kind of dish, desert or snack to share. There is a cash bar (no outside alcohol, please). Non-alcoholic beverages are available as well. Anyone interested in signing up to play a song at the Hootenanny will sign up when they arrive to the event space. Children are welcome earlier in the evening. The event will run until 2am. Parking information is posted on the event page here.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to support the Dayton music community and the folks at Bright Side: or at the venue itself. Online condolences may be sent to

We can't predict these type of losses, so naturally many other shows were already booked for Saturday night. Mick would have wanted everyone to keep playing their music and so we shall! Over at Blind Bob's  you can catch  Nightbeast, Jack O'Shea (guitarist of Bayside from NY), and RINDThis is going to be a rockin' party night that will be fun, fun, fun! Love these bands! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Two of my favorite locals acts Nasty Bingo and The Boxcar Suite  are performing at Hannah's.  These talented folks perform an fun mix of blues, rock, and Americana. 9pm-1am. $5 cover.

Another funky and fabulous show is happening at Trolley Stop  with  Lord Kimbo. They are high-energy, fun and funky! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Rock & Roll Anarchy is in store at Oregon Express on Saturday night with  Evil Eye Gypsy,  Motel Faces, and A Sides B Sides. $5 at the door. 21+.

It's a night of serious rock'n'roll with Far From Eden, Earth Tongue , & This Blessed Hatred at Hanks Pub on Patterson. It's going to be a fun night at this neighborhood bar! 9pm No cover. 18+

North of town, don't miss the ferocious band Tiger Sex , along with Filthy Lowdown, Negative Protein and Fuzzmuck at Oscar's Bar in Vandalia. It promises to be "loud, live and raw" in there! 9pm. $5 at the door. 21+.

Grateful Dead fans, don't miss the very talented tribute act Arrows of Neon at One Eyed Jacks.  These guys always put a smile on my face! Two full sets start at 10pm. No cover!

Also in Miamisburg, don't forget about the live jazz most days of the week at Blue Note Bistro & Lounge . Check their site for their full schedule, which features early set times, so it works great as a date night!

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

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