Dayton Music Insider: Shake off the Winter Blues!

We were graced with the first breaths of spring this week, and it's got me and lots of other music fans ready to bust out of the winter doldrums and have some fun!

This weekend's live music scene is vibrant with music for all genres, from Celtic, country, singer/songwriter, Americana, alternative and punk. Seriously, something for everyone!

Keep reading to find out all the details!

Friday February 23rd

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The Music of Carole King and Friends  is celebrated this weekend with The  Dayton Philharmonic as part of their SuperPops Series. The DPO will perform your favorite songs from Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Laura Nyro, Paul Anka, Dionne Warwick, Neil Sedaka, Marvin Hamlisch, and Barry Mann. Tickets start at $29 and up. More info: Box Office (888) 228-3630. Performances are at 8pm at Schuster Center both Friday and Saturday nights.

Speaking of moving singer / songwriters, head over to the  Yellow Cab Tavern for a beautiful and moving evening of music from  Adam Torres  (Austin, TX). He is touring nationally with  Wild Pink (Brooklyn, NY), who are reminiscent of early Death Cab for Cutie or American Analog Set. Local band  Speaking Suns  kicks off this "don't miss" evening of live music. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Country / folk fans have a couple great shows downtown to check out! At  Hannah's on Ludlow, for an evening of  music from Dayton's own  Scott Lee,  one of the "last of the true blue folk singers." He's got a fantastic voice, and spirit!  Sassy Molasses and Chad Cremeans get things started off, so make sure you get there early to catch their sets too! 9pm. No cover.

At Blind Bob's you can catch Alex Culbreth, a high energy alternative country up and comer from Fredricksburg, VA. If you're into country, definitely check out his tunes via the hyperlink and get on out and see him live! $5 cover. 9pm 21+

Local hard rock band Stella’s Demise is back at  Oregon Express  with special guests  The Typical Johnsons  and Thank the Maker. If you're looking to rock out in the Oregon District, here's your spot! Music at 10pm, $5 at the door, 21+


Alternative rock fans, head over to Jimmie's Ladder 11  to check out Chicago's Third Twin Sister, supported by local acts  Whiskey For Kids and  Paige Beller. If you're looking for new music, this is a great show to check out!

North of town, at Oscar's Bar in Vandalia, there's a great night of funk and punk in store! Enjoy sets from Krunk Town Boogie, with Yardboss kicking off the night! Fun times all around - don't miss it! $5 at the door. 21+ 9pm.

Head to Miamisburg if you're in a jazz state of mind. There are 2 acts performing both Friday and Saturday nights, at 6pm and 9pm at Blue Note Bistro . Or try out  Watermark  restaurant where  Kevin Dumont and Jeon McConnell offer sultry jams for your listening pleasure. Both spots sound like fantastic date night options!

Lastly, there is a Hip Hop Farewell Show  planned at One Eyed Jack'swhich is closing soon. This special show features Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Cozmikspirit, DJ Sparechange, Josh Thrasher, DJ Ike B, Villange Fam, Johnny Wiids, Planet Boom Bap (Indiana), Vice Verses and more! Doors 9pm. 18+ w ID. Free show! VIP tickets are $15.

Saturday February 24th

Another great night of music is in store at Yellow Cab Tavern with David Payne, Seth Gilliam and the Fake News , The Typical Johnsons , and Neo American Pioneers. It's a stellar line-up of Americana style local bands that you will not want to miss! Music starts at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+.


It's a punk rock kind of night in the Oregon District. Down the street, you can see the female fronted group Secret Circle Society, along with  The Ram Ones  (Ramones Tribute) at Oregon Express. 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Fresh off of a successful Mardi Gras gig, the John Lardinois NOLA band (aka  Lardinola Band ) is congregating once more to bring you an evening of acoustic renditions of some classic tunes. Check out this talented crew at Trolley Stop on Saturday night. $5 cover. 9:30pm. 21+

Grateful Dead fans will be headed to Hannah's on Ludlow for the fantastic tribute band  Arrows of Neon.  Two sets of jammin' tunes starts at 10pm. Free show!

Super stoked for for Saturday night's show at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs, featuring  Nasty Bingo and Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds.  What a fun crew all around! They will have you dancing all night long! 10pm. 21+

Hard rock fans will be loving the line-up once again at  Oscar's Bar in Vandalia, with  Founding Fathers,   Tooth Lures a Fang  (Cincinnati),  Death By Fetish,  and  Novagold. Rock on! 8pm. 21+

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Featured Image: Dayton Celtic Fest faves Scythian, (left to right) Larissa Fedoryka, Danylo Fedoryka, Alexander Fedoryka, Nolan Ladewski and Fritz McGirr, returns to town for concerts at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. CONTRIBUTED

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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