Dayton Music Insider

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Dayton Music Insider: This Must Be the Party!

For those of you who know or follow me on social media, you're already well aware that this weekend's "This Must Be the Party" concert is very near and dear to my heart. This event combines my love of Dayton's dance and music communities in a very unique and extremely fun way!Dayton Ballet Barre Fundraiser featuring a Talking Heads Tribute Performance and Dance Party

For quite awhile, musicians in the Dayton area have quietly kicked around the idea of re-creating Talking Head's highly influential concert film "Stop Making Sense." The film was released in 1984, and has remained relevant over 30 years later.

As President of the Dayton Ballet Barre, I was looking for a creative approach to fundraising. Instead of a big, expensive gala type event, I wanted to do an event that was pure fun, and affordable. Light bulb went off! What if we re-created the Stop Making Sense film, as the fundraiser? How fun would that be? 

The rest, as they say, is history. It took an incredible amount of time, coordination, patience, and support from many people, but we have finally made it happen! This epic recreation is happening this Saturday April 15th at Oddbody’s Music Room. The cast and crew have put their hearts and souls into this production, and it shows! Truly a don't miss event!

Pre-sale tickets are $15 and going fast! Purchase yours here, or come the day of for $20 at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Dayton Ballet!

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> To view a fun video interview with yours truly and guitarist Patrick Himes about this unique event, click here.

Keep reading to find all about the live music events happening around the area!

Friday April 14th

No automatic alt text available.Metal fan alert! Mushroomhead is invading Dayton with Unsaid Fate, Friday night at Oddbody's Music Room. Mushroom head has been around since the early 1990s, hailing from Cleveland, so lots of Dayton love for this alternative metal group. Supporting acts Clairsentient, Hellraiser, Apt 664 and Bipolar Opposites will kick off the night. Doors 6pm. Show 6:30pm. $30 day of show. 18+


If you love amazing guitarists, be sure to check out Matthew Curry, who is performing at Therapy Cafe Friday evening. He's been praised by the likes of Peter Frampton and Steve Miller, and gets comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Sounds like an amazing show! Especially with one of Dayton's newest collaborations Rite of Venus, featuring Gary D. Williams and Jennifer Taylor. Doors: 7pm. Music Starts at 8pm. Tickets: $12 adv/ $15 dos

Image may contain: textHoney & Houston is coming up from Cincinnati to perform their upbeat, folk rock at Oregon Express. Wonderful songwriters that are easy to listen to on a warm spring night! Enjoy! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Alternative rock fans are going to love love love the line up at Blind Bob's Friday evening, which includes Me & MountainsSpeaking Suns, and Manray, along with Chicago natives Space Gators. Very cool! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

EDM fans, check out Manimal with special guests Heady Ruxpin and Evan Ray at Patterson Pub Friday evening from 9pm doors. 9:30pm music. No cover! 21+

If you're into jam bands or electronica, check out Cleveland's Vibe and Direct at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs. This exciting three-piece knows how to get people dancing, so be prepared for a great time! 10pm. 21+

Saturday April 15th

Reminder, the Talking Heads tribute show is going on. I'd also like to note that the show will end around 11-11:30pm, so we'd love to encourage anyone still psyched to see music, to head to one of the other awesome shows happening on Saturday night! Plenty of time to catch headliners for sure! We are all about sharing the love and supporting each other!


If you prefer heavier rock'n'roll sound, down the street at Oregon Express you'll find Dark BackwardScarecrow Sideshow, Far From Eden and TheGringo performing four stacked sets of live music. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+


The funkiest of them all, Freekbass, is up from Cincinnati and performing at Trolley Stop on Saturday night as well. Always such a fun show! Music starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Out near Wright State, at One Eyed Jacks, there is another funky, jam evening planned with Dana Danielle Kennedy, Quentin and Sarah, Cozmikspirit w/ The Vibe, The Willy Clark Band, and Krunk Town Boogie.  Philosophy the Poet will also be performing spoken word in between sets. Music starts at 9:30pm.


As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for April 14th-15th, 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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