Exciting Album Releases!


The theme of this weekend's shows has certainly got to be album releases! There are several this weekend, which is awesome! I love seeing all the new music bubbling up in our scene. Please go out and support these bands and the local stores who carry them.

Speaking of which, this Saturday September 24th is the first ever Omega Flea! Join Omega Music in the parking lot behind their store in the Oregon District for a market of local band and label merch, posters, t-shirts, records and more! Omega Music will have over 1000 records priced under $1! They'll also have refreshments and Mike Cooley will be outside spinning all of the local labels vinyl! Free entry!

What a great way to support local vendors and music at the same time! Read on to find out about live music opportunities around the area too!

Friday September 23rd

Who doesn't love Blues and Brews? Nasty Bingo (the band, not a peculiar version of the game) is performing a Blues evening with fantastic guest artists including Sharon Lane, Trey Stone, Rich Reuter, and many more. I'm excited for this event, knowing how incredibly talented this group is! Craft beer, and food from The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton will be available. Doors open at 8pm at Yellow Cab Tavern, just north of the Dublin Pub. $10 admission.

Are you all familiar with The Cloverdale yet? If not - the old Vex / Pearl / Diner (depending on what era you remember) is now called The Cloverdale. It's a music venue that's being run by Mary Katherine of Clash, who has been a longtime event organizer in the area. Her events are epic and inventive, so I'm extremely excited to see this venue develop!

The Cloverdale is at the corner of Fourth and St Clair Streets

This Friday evening you can experience the "Sweet Release" event, which celebrates a trio of EPs all coming out on the same day, from Dip/Spit, Dead Tuth, and Duderus. All those bands will have CDs available, along with live performances. Yikes A Band and the Skashank Redemption are also playing in this special night of rock'n'roll mayhem! Doors at 9pm. Music at 10pm. 18+ $5 cover at the door.

In the Oregon District, check out Magnolia Supernova at Oregon Express. They are new on my radar, and I've heard some fantastic reviews, so be sure to check them out and report back! I'm curious myself, so you might see me there! Typically music gets going around 9:30pm, with $5 cover and 21+

At Blind Bob's Bar there is a really interesting mix of indie / pop rock bands, including 3 Piece SuitNick D' & the BelieversThe Head, and The French. A few of these bands are on tour and new to me, so this is another one I'd love to hear back on. Tweet me (info below)! Show 9:30pm $5 cover.


North of town, check out The Sandwich, a rock band out of Nashville, performing at Oscar's Bar, off N. Dixie in Vandalia. Local acts Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hound and Dark Backward are supporting this show and getting the crowd warmed up! 8pm.

New this year has been Music Connection Dayton, LLC's showcase called 'The Dayton Underground Series', which has featured curated shows in a multitude of genres. For their 6th show, they've put together a metal madness line-up at The Courtyard Lounge in Englewood, which includes: Letters To The Blind is a powerful, progressive metal band, Forces of Nature a highly sought after "guitar driven thrash metal" band, and  Omeni is a vicious and Earth-shatteringly heavy metal act from Xenia. Day of Show Tickets are $10.21+ w/ ID. Doors at 8:30pm; Show at 9:30pm

Saturday September 24th

Looking for a live music event to enjoy with the little ones? Trek out to The Learning Tree Farm for Autumn Fest. From 10am to 4pm, kids can enjoy pony rides, hay rides, face painting, pumpkins, games, conservation exhibits, farm animals galore, sheep herding, the Cow Pie Plop, food, and much more! From 11am to 2pm, enjoy music from the always fabulous Todd the Fox. All ages are welcome, and best part - its free! It's going to be a gorgeous day, so get outside and enjoy!


Another event that offers a ton of entertainment under one roof is the Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret, albeit this one is definitely for the adults. This Cabaret is a Steampunk Spectacular, which features music, belly dancing, circus arts, burlesque, fire spinning, merchandise vendors, food trucks, beer and more! Live music will be provided by VourtequeAUTOMATON and DJ V-RAL. This is a fun one, for sure! Takes place at Yellow Cab, starting at 7pm and runs till 1am. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show.

Over at The Trolley Stop, you can see a couple great rock bands: The Boxcar Suite and Lost Coast, with an acoustic set by Tim Prichard to kick off the evening. These Dayton and Cincinnati bands, respectively, deliver really solid, good time rock music. Just heavy enough to rock, but not so much that it's hard to listen to, is my cup of tea! I think you'll agree! 9:30pm music starts. Usually there is a $5 cover and 21+


More music releases in town, this time it's happening at Oregon Express, who is hosting Wheatley Matthews. He's releasing his third album, and celebrating with other awesome Dayton bands: OldNews, Whiskey for Kids, and Paige & The Belairs. Sweet!  Doors at 9pm. $5 cover.

Cool kids will be kickin it over at Jimmie's Ladder 11 for a wild show with Yardboss, Go Go Buffalo, and Radny Corvette. Go Go Buffalo got nominated by the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Best New Artist, so be sure to catch them! Music at 10pm. Usually $5 cover and 21+


Country rap fans out there? If so, head's up - a hugely popular act in this genre, Bubba Sparxxx, is in town and performing with Billy B-Raw, B.S.P., Wicked Tones, and Theorians at Oddbody's Music Room. 7pm Doors. 7:30pm Show. Advance tickets $18. Day of show $25. 18+

Oscar's is really stepping up their original music game and again has a big rock show lined up with MayflyNew HavenThe Casket Company, and Bundy & the Spins. Doors 8pm. Show 9pm. $5 (Ages 21+). $10 (Ages 18-20)

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for September 23rd-24th, 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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