Dayton Music Insider

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Dayton Music Insider: Thanksgiving Guide to Live Music

Normally I would start off this week's blog by telling you to go see the annual Such a Night: The Last Waltz performance at Dayton Art Institute, but both performances are sold out already! Congrats to the organizers and musicians! And to my dear friends, please listen to me when I tell you in September to buy your ticket!

Don't have a ticket to that amazing event? Never fear! There are TONS of great shows happening all over the Miami Valley this weekend, so get into some fun with you friends & family this holiday weekend!

The Werks

Wednesday November 22nd

Looking for an early show to check out with friends before Thanksgiving festivities begin? Check out the lovely  Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg, from 5:30-9:30pm, for jazz with Bruce Wilkes. 

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One of my absolute favorite shows of the weekend is the annual Werksgiving concert at  Oddbody's Music Room. These hometown boys, turned national touring act are known for their electrifying dance parties. They will have you groovin' all night long! Always an awesome show! $15 day of show. Doors 8pm. Show 8:30pm. 18+

There's a big ole group party going on at Hannah's  on Ludlow downtown Wednesday night. They are inviting musicians, singers and poets for a pop up jam session, dubbed Danksgiving Party with LuvLocz. Fun goes from 9pm-1am. 21+

Come out to Oscar's on Thanksgiving Eve and get your gobble on with  The Key Concepts, Neo-American Pioneers, and BENT . Nice! Show starts at 9PM. $5 cover. 21+

Friday November 24th

At Blind Bob's, it's another Black Friday Showcase for all those heavy metal music fans out there! The showcase features a fully stocked line-up with Back Stabbath Maharaja,  Hexadiode and  Big Lightning. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+


Hannah's is offering a free show for all of you who have spent all your money shopping today! A special drum set kicks off the night at 9:30pm, then at 10pm enjoy original tunes from  The Willy Clark Band

followed by The DayDreamers at midnight. Free! 21+

Another early night for jazz fans at  Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg, which features two shows: Danny Voris at 5pm, and the Brad Myers Trio at 8pm. Check ahead to check about seating availability.

Yellow Springs folks, make sure you check out the Stark Folk Band  (on at 11pm) who will be playing a double set of old faves and new tunes at Peach's Grill  on Friday night. The night starts off at 10pm with The Whetstone's debut performance!  Free show! 21+

North of town, there is another dynamic rock show at Oscar's in Vandalia, featuring RIND (Rock Is Not Dead), FOUNDING FATHERS, and  Kuber. They perform a mix of rock, new wave, indie and punk. Enjoy! 9pm-2am. $5 cover.

I know tons of jam and hard rock fans will be heading south for the Glostik Willy show at Old Crow for Black Friday. They'll also be in for a great show from opening bands Eyeris Wide, High Altitude, and The Ram Ones. Cover: $7 (10% goes back to Chubby's family. He was a music super fan who passed recently, and helped start this annual show!) Doors: 8:00 p.m. Show Time: 9:00 p.m.


It's Small Business Saturday! Make sure to support your local small businesses, especially those record stores. (Music is always the perfect gift, in my humble opinion!)

Skeleton Dust Records  downtown Dayton is also featuring live-in store performances throughout the day with Noisteria Emission  (abstract modular electronics from Dayton) and Andy Gabbard  (from Buffalo Killers) will be providing live in-store performances throughout the day as well. 12-8pm.

Hard rock / metal fans are in for another great night of music at Blind Bob's with Neon WarshipWild SavagesGrand Mammoth, and  Bison Machine.  Very cool! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

An eclectic show is also going down at Oregon Express on Saturday with Rich Man's TrickWhiskey For Kids, and Earth TongueThis could be RMT's last show for awhile, so catch them while you can! Show at 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

Gin-Soaked Angels  is planning on a raging party to kick off the holidays on Saturday night when they take over  Hannah's on Ludlow. Music kicks off at 10pm!


Dead Tuth has had enough. They explain that they've exceeded their expectations with their band and are deciding to call it quits. Come see their final performance with special guests from the Queen City The ZG'S and Dayton's own  Dipspit. All this is happening at  Oscar's Bar in Vandalia. Doors at 9, music at 10.

South of town, jazz fans at  Blue Note Bistro can enjoy music at 2 times: Danny Voris at 5pm, followed by the Brad Myers Trio at 8pm.

Road trip! If you are up for a bit of a drive, don't miss  The Big Damn Tryptophan Jamone of Dayton music's traditions that has transplanted to  Octave,  a very cool new venue in Covington, KY. This year again features  Johnny Neel,  Chris Houser, Bob Dellaposta  and many other amazing musicians will be jammin together! Doors 8pm. Music 9pm. Tickets $8 at the door.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 23rd-25th 2017. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows, and so much space and time to touch upon them all. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or  Twitter. Cheers!

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