I think back to the days when I saw the beginnings of The Werks forming at Jag's, a local pub in Kettering where Elsa's is now. It was a delight to hear so many talented local musicians swapping complicated chords back and forth, trying out different combinations of bands. One such union has made it big, and although a couple faces have changed over the years, The Werks remain deeply rooted to their Dayton origin.
Their hometown summer festival has ballooned into one of the "don't miss" events in the jam and electronica world, so they have outgrown local venues. They host The Werk Out, their annual gathering, at the Grateful Dead's old stomping grounds, Legend Valley (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center).
Tons of Dayton music fans who enjoy the Werks will be flocking east of Columbus for this festival, and with good reason. This year is the biggest Werk Out ever, with premiere national acts joining them, including STS9, Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass, Twiddle, Dopapod and many more! The Werks have said: “Good people sharing one of the best times of their lives together – that’s what makes this event really special.” Couldn't agree more!
The festival kicks of Thursday August 4 through the wee hours of Saturday August 6. General Admission tickets are still available at the gate. So get on it and get out to Legend Valley for a truly legendary weekend!
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Friday, August 5th
Nothing like summertime on the river! One of the best events that combines music and the great outdoors is Canoegrass, a two-day bluegrass festival held at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City. The festival includes camping, yoga, sand volleyball, food trucks, fishing, biking hiking, squirt gun battles, rope swings and more! For more information on tickets to this amazing event, click here.
Staying downtown for the weekend? Stop by Riverscape Metro Park for their free Pickin' in the Park series featuring progressive bluegrass music, craft beer and food from a variety of food trucks. This week features Sawgrass and Old Salt Union. Bring your dancing shoes and a lawn chair for seating in case you need a break. Weather-dependent. 6-10 p.m. All ages. Free.
If you like hard rock / goth / rapcore, check out Otep and Fire From the Gods at Oddbody's Music Room. Otep got their start in late 2000, when singer/band namesake Otep Shamaya brought her Marilyn Manson-meets-Kim Gordon style of singing to a crew of musicians known only as Rob, Moke and eViL j. The foursome formed in LA, but have been touring ever since, and released their fifth LP last year. Ages 18+. Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.
If you're downtown for First Friday, check out Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds at the Trolley Stop. They perform classic rock'a'billy, and yes, they have an upright bass! Love those personally. Great music for a summer night! 9:30 p.m. $5 cover. Ages 21+.
It's gonna be a funky time with Freakquency at Jimmie's Ladder 11 this evening. They are performing at 10 p.m., ages 21+. $5 cover.
The Baby Boomer Festival is being hosted today on the beautiful multi acre lawn located at St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community 8100 Clyo Rd. Centerville, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tons of great bands are in store, including Joe Tellmann Band, The Wretched Few, Bob Dellaposta, Eliot Lewis of Hall & Oates and more! Free admission, no excuses!
One of the big shows downtown this weekend is certainly The Motel Beds, Smug Brothers, and The Kyle Sowashes at Blind Bob's. Lovin' this line up! Rock'n'roll for all! Seriously, this is going to be sweet, so don't miss out! 9 p.m., ages 21+, $5 cover.
Just down the street, also in the Oregon District, The Big Wazu returns to the Tumbleweed Connection. 9 p.m., ages 21+, $5 cover.
Another group from Los Angeles, The BulletBoys is at Oddbody's Music Room this weekend. The BulletBoys formed in 1988 at the very peak of the Los Angeles glam metal movement. Unlike the other glam rockers of the day, the BulletBoys were more hard rock and blues fusion than pure hair metal. Over the years, they have dominated both MTV and radio airwaves, and remain relevant to this day in heavy rotation on VH1's "Metal Mania" and Internet (SiriusXM's Hair Nation, KNAC.COM, etc.) radio throughout the world! Ages 18+. Cost: $10 advance, $15 at the door. Doors 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
In Yellow Springs, catch Cincinnati's favorite reggae group The Cliftones at Peach's Bar and Grill. These guys will have ya feeling alright in no time! Bring your dancing shoes for sure! Ages 18+. No cover. 10 p.m. music starts.
As always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for Aug 4th-6th, 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!