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 Top Pick: The Taper's Ball

Dear readers, I apologize in advance. I've attempted to make picking what show to go to easier and with this particular weekend, I'm not sure I've accomplished that. I'm still torn! I'm going to try to bop around and catch what I can. It's all too good to miss!

Keep reading to find out exactly what I'm talking about!


Looking for a Friday night of straight up rock'n'roll? How about  The Motel Beds, Quemado, and  The Fur Coats at Jimmie's Ladder 11 . Very cool! On this rainy evening, Quemado might even do an extra long version of "November Rain," if you ask nicely! Seriously, this will be fun. Enjoy! Show 9pm-1am. 21+

To make that "what should we do tonight" decision harder, Paige Beller & Friends is at Oregon Express on Friday night too! Don't stress - you can make it between Oregon Express and Jimmie's in one night, trust me, I've done it! So hit up both shows. Both very classic, awesome Dayton shows! 9:30pm. 21+ $5 cover.

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There's even more rock'n'roll in town with Curse of Cassandra (witchy electronica, Us, Today, (experimental post-punk) Relic (industrial cyberpunk), and Evil Eye Gypsy (psychedelic blues rock) at Blind Bob's. 9pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Saturday June 24th

Been pining for the 90's lately? Head over to  Oddbody's Music Room for a double header 90's Grunge Tribute Night with Hollow, a tribute to the music of Alice in Chains and STP2 , a tribute to Stone Temple Pilots. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 18+

Pining for the 80's? Well you can catch one of the original acts, A Flock of Seagulls with local 80's cover band, Stranger. Yes, for real. Right here in Dayton at  Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Best part? These shows are free and open to the public! Must be 21+


South Park Tavern has a great show Saturday night with  Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway,  The New Old-Fashioned and Paige Beller.  Another night of hard choices! So much good music! $5 cover. 9pm

The cool shows keep rolling with prog rockers  Salvadore Ross and special guest Lord Kimbo at Trolley Stop. A very cool show! 9:30pm - 1:30am. $5 cover.

Even more rock with  Rich Man's Trick, Lot Lizard, Once-ler, and Whiskey for Kids  are all at Oregon Express. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Metal fans, check out  Choking, FALSE, Ethicist at Blind Bob's. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Up north, there is an extremely worth benefit show in Vandalia at Oscar's Bar with a terrific line up of local talent including:  Krunk Town Boogie,  FOUNDING FATHERS,  Zane and The Sway, and  Winchester Gray.  Proceeds benefit The Longest Day and the Alzheimer’s Association, to help end Alzheimer’s and support families. What a fun show for a feel-good cause!

Sunday June 25th

One of the most highly anticipated events of the weekend is happening all day Sunday at the  Old Crow Bar in Middletown. The Taper Ball  is a benefit for area super fan John "Chubby" Howard. Chubby is best known for his love of music, and his love of archiving and sharing that music, having flown his mics at countless shows spanning decades. He also hosts a weekly internet radio show, and was a co-founder of Buckeye Music Magazine. Musicians are showing their love by putting on this all-star show! Pre-sale tickets can be purchased here . $20 presale, $25 at the door. This show is 18+ with valid ID, and ALL AGES until 7pm!!

Bands/Musicians include:

- The Werks (Dayton, OH)

- Glostik Willy (Marion, IN)

- Ray "Chubby" Howard & Friends (Dayton, OH)

- Magic Jackson (Dayton, OH)

- High Altitude (Middletown, OH)

- Electric Orange Peel (Columbus, OH)

- Eyeris Wide (Hamilton, OH)

- The Mainline Funk (Dayton, OH)

- Cosmik Spirit & The Vibe (Dayton, OH)

- Convertebrae

- Freekbass (Cincinnati, OH)

- Dino Dimitrouleas (Dayton, OH)

- Evan Ray Music (Cincinnati, OH)

- Chad Rothermel (Middletown, OH)

- Ben Clonch (Yellow Springs, OH)

Boney James & Morris Day & The Time on Sunday June 25th at the Rose Music Center

Sunday night also offers a fun blast to the past with Boney James & Morris Day & The Time on Sunday night at Rose Music Center! Oh yeah! If you were a Prince fan, this is an especially cool show. Cooler still, is the Pre-Show Wine Tasting starting 90 min before the show. Doors 5:30pm. Show 7pm. Tickets start at $23.50+. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

The wonderful Diana Krall is also in town, performing at at Fraze Pavilion. Tickets for this show include a copy of Diana Krall’s brand new album, Turn Up The Quiet. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer following your ticket purchase. Please allow 7 business days for this email to arrive. Tickets start at $38.75, and are subject to $5 increase the day of show.

Tuesday June 27th

One of my favorite annual shows of summer time is the Springfield Arts Council's Summer Arts Festival with Dark Star Orchestra. It's a "must see" for any Grateful Dead fans in the area! This wonderful tribute band tours the nation all year, just like the Dead, and recreate specific shows. Admission is free!

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for June 23rd-25th 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local concerts are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.   Keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or  Twitter. Enjoy the show! 

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