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.

Electronic Music Explosion

There is truly an electronic music explosion happening this weekend in Dayton. I do enjoy the ebbs and flows of the music scene, and this weekend, take advantage and go check out these shows. Most are free. So grab some friends and get yourselves warmed up on the dance floor!


Electronica on Canal is a new monthly feature happening over at the Canal Public House. They aim to bring the hottest electronica artists from the local and regional area for a special ragin' night of dance music. This week features Echo Mecca, Xtratic, Inpulse, Turtle, and Fluff. Best part? This is a free show! 8 p.m. Doors. 9 p.m. Show. 18+

Out at One Eyed Jacks in Fairborn, a similar event is going down for all WSU students and party people in the eastern suburbs. Connected is the 2nd installment of Break On Thru Production's special EDM showcase of area DJs, including J Lettow, Jank, Justin Border, and Lady Bandits. Again another free event! Very cool. 18+

Friday, February 5th

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Exciting news on this First Friday of February for downtown! Nucleus Recording Studio powered by MEGA FAUNA SOUND is hosting their grand opening from 5-8 p.m. A 450-square foot recording studio has been added to the basement level, below the first floor office space. The studio's services include recording, mixing and mastering for musicians, voice-overs, and custom music scoring. It also doubles as a swank daytime private workspace, with a library of several hundred vinyls to listen to!

The celebration is made complete with live in-studio performances by local artists. In the recording studio, Grayson Schick performs from 5-5:30, Rubix & Bear 6-6:30, Kelsey Mills Violin & Andrew Harbach Spoken Word 6:30-7 p.m., and Dave Zupp from 7-7:30 p.m. The Sound Stage features The Gathering, with an open mic and jam session to follow. All those present will be entered into a drawing to win a free recording session, mixing and mastering for a three-track EP. Nice!

Ready for more? Wheel just down the street, to the new event The House of Art and EDM at the K12 building on Jefferson Street. SMAG Dance, K12 Gallery for Youth and DJ Scorpius Max are collaborating to provide this new monthly happening. Friday's first event, appropriately named Synthesis, will combine visual art, music and dance under a Mardi Gras theme.

Participants will have the opportunity to make their own mardi gras masks, enjoy fruit smoothies, see a muralist paint a giant canvas with fluorescent paint for the black lights and purchase t-shirts specially made for the event. Participants will also get to try their hand at "dance painting" in which you paint a canvas using dance as the paint brush (participants should bring a pair of socks to work in). DJ Scorpius Max will bring in a special guest DJ from Chicago to spin the latest in EDM. Tickets are $5.

Carolyn Wonderland rocks out Canal Public House Friday night

3DMentional Entertainment is presenting their own long-standing EDM First Friday night at Therapy Cafe. Nautigroove, Grape Ape, Fluff, Impulse, and Mos"ley Def are spinning everything from progressive to dubstep. 3DMentional will be holding a silent auction of all the winners of the First Friday Art Contest all year and donating all proceeds to charity. $5 cover.

Wow! I told you it was an EDM explosion this weekend! If you are ready for some rock'n'roll, check out a fantastic night of Blues music from Austin's Carolyn Wonderland, with local guests Eric Jerardi and Miss Lissa & Company at Canal Public House. If you love soulful Blues, this is truly a "don't miss" show. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. $10 adv $ 15 dos. 18+

A night of indie rock can of course be had at Blind Bob's with the Dirty Socialites, Quiet Hollers, Barstool Brown & The Barstools. Quiet Hollers are in town from Louisville, so make sure to check out these talented chaps. 10 p.m. show.

Country fans, make sure to check out The Lacs at Oddbody's Music Room. Not familiar with them? Well they are described as 65% country music storytelling with 20%  hip-hop attitude, add in 15% rock 'n' roll, which sounds like 100% fun! Special guests Controversy for Breakfast and Travis William & The Backwoods Band kick off night. $20-$25 Tickets. Show 7 p.m.

Outside the immediate Dayton area, you can catch a very righteous punk rock with LegboneDuderus, and Doctor Meat at Peach's Grill. $5 cover. 8 p.m. show.

Americana country rock musician, Jim Pelz comes up from Cincinnati with special guest Sami Riggs to perform in Eaton at TAFFY's. If you enjoyed my New Riders show last year, be sure to check out Mr Pelz's music. Quite a talent, with his feel good, upbeat tunes, balanced with beautiful guitar-based ballads. Music from 8-11 p.m.

Saturday February 6th


Lots of acoustic love this evening for all those who thought electronic music had officially taken over! for only $5 you can catch some of my favorite local acts doing a truly all acoustic evening. No amps, no mics, no effects! Featuring The 1984 Draft, The New Old Fashioned, Cricketbows, and Shrug. All this talent live at Yellow Cab for just $5!! Pure Acoustic - No Mics, No Amps is my "must see" show this evening! Doors open at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 - and since the bands are trading songs, there will be no waiting to see your favorites!

If you're looking to get a little more wild, check out local bluegrass/Americana act, Sawgrass, just down the street at The Tumbleweed Connection. Such a talented band, and a very fun bar, makes for a perfect night in my experience. I always look forward to Michelle's special drinks there! Have fun my friends!

Rock fans don't despair! Abertooth Lincoln, Vis-a-Vis (Columbus), and Superdivorce are all performing at Blind Bob's. Will be a punk/hard rock night, so be prepared for a loud night! Doors 9 p.m. $5


The Dirk Petit Memorial Jam at Gilly's Jazz is also Saturday night, including The Bud Cushwa Group, Melanie Uh with the Sticks and Stones Band, Low Spark, the Pine Grove Music Project, and Shakertown. Free parking is available in the Dayton Convention Center garage. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 donation is appreciated, with proceeds going to SICSA.

The suburbs are rocking this evening with a few great shows to check out:

Dayton Represent! Readers, I had the true honor of representing the Dayton music scene on a national level this past weekend. As the first ever Sirius XM Jam On Fantasy Football Champion, I was presented with a huge trophy on stage in Michigan from super group Umphrey's McGee. It was truly thrilling as the arena was completely sold out! There has been lots of shout outs on Sirius XM, jam band press, and social media mentions. The best part was getting to say I am from Dayton, and represent all the fans in our amazing in our amazing music community. Cheers my friends! Here is the trophy presentation:

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:   The information above is for Feb 4th-6th. If I don’t list a price, it’s because I’m not sure what the price is. Generally 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. As you can see, I try to promote as many shows as possible, but there will be some I miss. Keep me in the loop:  @LibbyBallengee. Check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can also keep up with my adventures on Instagram here.

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