Dayton Music Insider: We Want the Funk!

After years of hard work and dedication, the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center is celebrating its grand opening this weekend! This Center is a trully wonderful way to honor the innovative spirit of Dayton, and the people who put Funk music on the map.

Reservations for the Grand Opening are now full, but you can visit the Funk Center downtown at 113 E. Third St on Saturday from 11am-5pm. If you can't make it this weekend, I suggest you plan a visit soon! Particularly for Dayton music fans, there are so many fabulous relics from Dayton's music past to explore and learn about.

>Read more about the Funk Center opening here.

There's lots more funky stuff happening this weekend, so let's get to it!

Friday Feb 16th

Didn't get your RSVP in time for the Funk Grand Opening? Don't fear, you can swing by Hannah's (on Ludlow) for the official after party following The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center's Grand Opening. Starts at 9pm.


Alternative fans are in for a great show over at

Blind Bob's 


 Salvadore Ross, Suck the Honey 

(Cincinnati), and

 Big Lightning. 

Enjoy some fuzz rock with some psychedelic stylings, and a whole lotta fun! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

The Pullouts are performing their piano-driven rock at Trolley Stop on Friday night. If you like Jackson Browne, Elton John, Steely Dan type tunes - this is the show for you! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Over at  Jimmie's Ladder 11  check out the funky multi-genre act The Vibe along with special guest,  The Willy Clark Band. $5 cover charge. Show time 10 p.m

My friends who love folk / Americana rock are in for a major treat with The New Old Fashioned with Harold Hensley at Peach's in Yellow Springs. Such a great band, and with Harold as the special guest, it's definitely going to be a memorable night! Plus it's a free show! 10pm. 21+

South of town, check out Ben Clonch, Max Nunery  (from The Repeating Arms) and Friends at Star City Brewery in Miamisburg. Talented musicians, plus yummy brews, makes for a great night! Music starts at 8pm.

Saturday Feb 17th

It's a timely weekend to catch 7-piece local act Dayton Funk Forever at Jimmie's Ladder 11.  Head over to the Funk Museum for it's first day open to the public, and finish off the eventing with tunes from DFF, who plays tribute to Dayton's legendary funk history. Yeah! Music at 10pm.

Another funky and fabulous show is also happening in South Park with The Johnson Treatment at  South Park Tavern. They are a very talented crew who will be getting the crowd groovin' with their multi-genre tunes.

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Skeleton Dust Records

is hosting an evening of extreme and unrelenting noise with some of Grand Rapids' finest harsh heads including

: Kakerlak, Sensory Deprivation, Infectants,

along with local band


Music from 7-9pm.

An eclectic combo of bands, Brother Rabi & The Soul Seekers and Spanish Tony Sanchez,  are taking over Hannah's on Saturday night. Fun times! Music starts at 9:30pm.

Eric Jerardi Band, a long time staple in the Dayton community, is performing blues rock at  Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday evening. Show from 7-10pm. Tickets are limited to 150 for this show, so get yours in advance here. $10

Another great blues night can be found in Fairborn at WO Wrights. There the Dayton Blues Society is presenting their 4th Annual Youth Showcase from 7-10pm. Lots of great talent to check out - so don't miss it!

And lastly, for the metal / hard rock fans out there, head up north for the Frozen February show at Oscar's Bar. Four bands are featured for this show, including: Grey Cloud Nein, H€\/rais€r,  Slaves Among Death, and  Bearer of Bad News. $5 cover. Doors at 8pm. Music starts at 9pm.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: The information above is for February 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows happening! Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. If I don't list a price, it wasn't listed. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or  Twitter

Featured photo: Photo inside of the Funk Museum and Exhibition Center in downtown Dayton. Photo: Amelia Robinson

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