Dayton Music Insider

This blog is for all the fans of live music, from the casual listener to the weekend warrior, so they can easily find great music in Dayton area.

Dayton Music Insider: Sing, Dayton!

There is a wide variety of live music for you to choose from this weekend, as always. There is a quite unique event happening at Yellow Cab on Friday evening, however: Sing, Dayton!

It's an opportunity to flex your vocals without too much personal pressure. You sing as a group, which is an idea I can get behind! This type of event lifts our spirits, and just when we need it the most!

Keep reading to find out about this event, and all the other fun stuff happening this weekend!

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Who loves to sing? If you raised your hand, then make sure you get over to the Sing Dayton event at Yellow Cab on Friday evening. Event organizers ask you to imagine: People all around you choosing vocal parts for a popular lyric of a pop song. A music director stands up and guides the gathering in song. Voices merge, endorphins release, time slides... “Beer Break!” rings out, and the camaraderie continues, all the way to the next round of song. I love this idea! The Bach Society of Dayton is hosting this unique event. Just $5 admission. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. What fun!

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Blues fans will love hearing that Noah Wootherspoon is performing back at the Oregon Express this evening. Always a great night of music with one of Dayton's favorite sons. Music usually gets going around 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Acclaimed Wisconsin based rockers Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton are in town and performing at Trolley Stop. They are known for their dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel, and are highly regarded. I'm definitely intrigued to check them out. Please show them some love this evening! 9:30pm-1:30am. $5 cover. 21+


Jimmie's Ladder 11 is celebrating Matt's birthday (one of my fave bartenders!). They pulled together 3 bands for this party: Conscious Pilot, The Grove, and Toaster Bath. Starts at 8pm. 21+. $5 cover

Jazz fans, don't miss Duante Beddingfield and the Randy Villars Trio at the Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg. Show 8:30-11:30pm. Note, they did sell out last month, so please reserve your table by calling (937) 247-3000. A very popular act, for good reason!

Heading east of town, check out The Matchsticks featuring Giancarlo Caffarena from Houston, Texas at Wandering Griffin, from 8:30-11pm. $5 cover.

In Yellow Springs, there are two female-driven bands performing this evening: Emma Woodruff & the Ruffians at the Emporium Wines  from 7-10pm. And then Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds at Peach's Grill starting at 10pm. Great night of music from ladies! Gotta love it!


Saturday February 25th

Saturday night, don't miss the Boxcar Suite at the Trolley Stop. Charlie Jackson opens up at 9:30 and The Boxcar Suite will play two sets. The first will be representative of current material and the late set will include some "deep cuts" and covers. Nice! $5 cover at the door. 21+

Another great show is just down the street, with Joshua Freshour, Todd Clemmer, Kramer Welker and Joey Shaggs all performing at Oregon Express. Great guys, and great music! Starts at 10pm. 21+. $5 cover.

A benefit show is happening at Blind Bob's this evening, for a friend who has been unable to work due to chemo treatments. Local bands Duderus, Sidekick Complex, Mayliner, and Bear will provide hip hop and punk jams, for this special show. There will also be sweet raffle prizes too! Doors at 9, come have fun for a good cause and celebrate a great dude!


Blues fans will have another evening of enjoyment, this time with Johnny Fink & The Intrusion at Riff Raff Tavern. Lots of buzz around this show - so don't miss it! 9pm-12am

Coming Up For Air's release show for their new EP "Cathexis" is being held at Jimmie's ladder 11 Saturday evening. Accompanying them will be Lunar Lounge. Doors open at 9:00 pm and music starts at 10:00 pm. There will be a $5.00 cover charge at the door.

Super stoked to see Jericho Thyme at One Eyed Jacks near Wright State. Major bonus points goes to Rich Reuter will be joining them on lap steel for the evening, and Gary King who will bless some of our tunes with his trombone. Music starts at 9:30.

South of town, check out The Surly Gentleman at Star City Brewing. Grammy winning guitarist Clay Hess, and New Found Road's Tim Shelton created this group, and are sure to delight! Show starts at 7pm with local opener The Repeating Arms. Last time this show sold out, so get there early!

Jam band fans can catch Ekoostik Hookah with High Altitude at Old Crow Bar in Middletown, Ohio. $15 admission. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. 18+

Reminder to Readers: Friendly reminder that summer concerts are already being announced at Rose Music Center and Fraze Pavilion, among other summer venues. Make sure you check them out because tickets are already on sale! To get the best seats, jump on it early!

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for February 24th-25th, 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what the price is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.   Check out the latest shows I’m promoting  @theVenusChild . You can keep up with my adventures on Instagram  here or follow me on Twitter  @LibbyBallengee Cheers!

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