Dayton Music Insider Top Pick: Bootlegger's Ball

This past election cycle has divided us as a nation in unprecedented ways. I'd love to see live music pull us together as citizens, and as a community. We all do so much better as people when we are out from behind our screens, and connecting with one another face to face. Enjoying live music is the perfect way to do just that!

In that spirit, I'd encourage you to attend the Levitt Pavilion public meeting coming up on Monday November 14th at the Crowne Plaza Dayton from 5:30-7:30pm. If you are not familiar with this awesome opportunity, this meeting is a great way to learn all about it. In a nutshell, it's going to be very cool for the Dayton music scene.

Keep reading to find out more about the Levitt project, my top pick for this weekend, The Bootlegger's Ball, and all the other great shows happening this weekend.

Levitt Pavilion Dayton is an amazing opportunity for the City of Dayton!

Friday November 11th

The highly acclaimed Kettering National A Cappella Festival takes place at the Kettering Fairmont Performing Arts Center Auditorium on Shroyer Rd. This 2-day festival features special guests Duwende, M-Pact and Mix. Friday evening you can attend the Academic Showcase t 7:30pm. $15 admission. There is also a daytime festival on Saturday, which includes group classes, masterclasses and performances. This is a great opportunity for any A Cappella enthusiasts in the area!

I'm really excited to see Cheezcake again, a side project and passion for local guitar guru Chris Houser from The Werks, Chuck Love from Subterranean, and T'Bone the Metronome, a beloved drummer in the local jam scene. The French start things off at 8:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Need to vent some anger? I have a feeling some of you do. Head over to Blind Bob's for the Off With Their Heads, The Raging Nathans, The 1984 Draft, and Yardboss show. That's a hell of a line up! Sounds like OWTH may have an acoustic spin on things this evening, which should certainly be interesting! $5 cover. 9pm.


Another great show for punk and hard rock fans is the Abertooth Lincoln, Dirty Socialites, and Earworms show at Cloverdale. Earworms are coming all way from Brooklyn, so this is a great chance to check them out! $5 cover. 10pm - 2am.

If you're looking for more of an Americana vibe, check out Frontier Folk Nebraska with Bill Methaney at Trolley Stop. I think a lot of music fans out there will appreciate this show, and is a perfect pre-game to the Bootlegger's Ball tomorrow. Typically $5 cover, music at 9:30pm. 21+

Doug Hart and his band will be serving up blues rock for ya over at the Oregon Express, along with their delicious pizza. Yum! Sounds like a great date night pick for this evening. Typically $5 cover, music at 9:30pm. 21+


Enjoy straight up rock'n'roll for your soul with The Boxcar Suite with Matt Monta and the Haymakers out in Yellow Springs at Peach's. No cover. Music starts at 10pm. 18+

Saturday November 12th

My top music pick this weekend is The Bootlegger's Ball, A Night of Americana Music, featuring The Way Down Wanderers, Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Blue Moon Soup and Cliff Starbuck. All of these regional groups keep getting more popular, and are frequently on tour. This is a perfect opportunity to catch up with a bunch of amazing Americana bands all in one night! $15 advance. $20 at the door. NOTE: Veterans and active duty military get the $15 pre-sale price at the door. Please bring ID. 18+

Local blues fans will be delighted to hear that Noah Wootherspoon is back at his old stomping grounds at Gilly's this evening. Just $5 cover, which is a great deal! What a treat his shows always are. If you haven't heard of him, he's a local blues virtuoso, so be sure to check him out! Show 8pm.

In the mood to get funky? Get over to Trolley Stop to see Freekbass & The Bump Assembly. What a sweet show that will be! Definitely a great show to get our groove on. Show 9:30pm - 1:30am. $5 cover.

The Great Northern String Band performs Saturday night at Jimmie's Ladder 11. Photo by Libby Ballengee

Saturday night hard rockers have a couple options, including Rock out to Gringo, The Filthy Lowdown, and The Transylvania Hellhounds at Blind Bob's. Or head over to the Oregon Express for Death by Fetish, Thundertaker, and Alfie Lucky Project.

Last but not least, my dear Grateful Dead fans out there, there is a fantastic local tribute band The Great Northern String Band, which does beautiful acoustic renditions of our favorite Dead songs. Be sure to show them some love! Jimmie's Ladder 11. $5 cover. 10pm Show.

Monday November 14th

Levitt Pavilions build community through music, and Dayton has been selected as the ninth city to host such a site, to be located on Dave Hall Plaza.The public is invited to attend the Public Input Meeting at Crowne Plaza from 5:30-7:30pm to provide design guidance and suggestions for the proposed new Levitt Pavilion on Dave Hall Plaza. City staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions regarding the development process. Please join us and help maximize the potential of this tremendous opportunity!  More info:

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 11th - 14th, 2016. 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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