A Funky First Friday!

Dayton is sure living up to it's Funk Capitol reputation for First Friday! At every turn, there are funky beats to fill the air! I simply can't decide where to go first, so I'll be bouncing around trying to take it all in. Read on to find where your perfect spot for original, live music is this weekend. I promise, these shows will have you dancing and smiling all night long!

Friday, November 6th

Elementree Dave will have Yellow Cab jumpin Friday night! Photo by Brian Glass.

First up is a dynamic duo in the world of reggae: regional powerhouses Tropidelic (Cleveland) and Elementree Livity Project (Cincinnati) are bringing their good vibes to Dayton. To simply label these bands as "reggae" is doing them an injustice. They combine elements of funk, hip-hop, jam and roots rock, to bring a unique Ohio flavor to this genre. Opening up the night is Dayton mainstay The Willy Clark Band, who brings people together who love to play music! Where is all the fun? Yellow Cab Tavern. $10. 18+

One of my all-time funky favorites, Magic Jackson, are kicking off a night of fresh tunes over at Jimmie's Ladder 11. They are followed by Bright at Night, an Athens-based band who is making their Dayton debut. Show them some love! Just make sure to wear your dancing shoes! Music starts at 10pm $5. 18+

Just when you think those two shows are hard to choose between, you throw in the The Wretched Few at South Park Tavern, and now you're really scratching your head on what to do! This band is way funky too!! Guaranteed to be a good time, so whichever show you find yourself at, you'll be feeling just fine! (PS. clink the link above to hear their "Dayton Ohio" song! Digging the love!)

Nothing pleases my little live music loving heart more than to see Good English on a line-up! YESSSS! The lovely ladies are back in town to rock out Blind Bob's, along with  The New Old-Fashioned,  Me & Mountains and  Whoa Thunder (St. Louis). Wow! This is going to be one heck of a rock show. Do not miss it! 9 p.m. $5. 21+

Blues fans will be delighted to hear that our treasured guitar virtuoso Noah Wootherspoon is playing at Oregon Express tonight. Always a treat to catch him around town!

If you're in the mood for the hard stuff, head over to Canal Public House for a two-night run of metal and mayhem! Watch Them Rot,  The Gringo,  Echoes of EmpathyThrottle, and From Silence To Violence kick off the first night of this "Rockin' Ass" weekend.

Out of the Dayton area? Check out Asheville's favorite jam band, Jahman Brahman, at Peach's Grill. An absolutely ideal night of music for the carefree Yellow Springs Crowd!

Saturday, November 7th

Soul Asylum is in town at Oddbody's Saturday night!

Who here is proudly part of Generation X? Wanna take a time warp back to our 90s heyday? Yes, it's true, Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets are in town at Oddbody's Music Room! Yes, that Runaway Train is back! (oh boy that song is going to be in my head now! ha!). Throw on the Doc Martin's in the back of your closet and let your 90s soul return home for a night! Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. Tickets $25-$30.

I'm really excited the show at Jimmie's tonight too! They are debuting two new Dayton bands: Jericho Thyme and The Great Northern String Band. Jericho is a new original band, that appears to have Americana influences. Looking forward to checking them out! And GNSB is an acoustic tribute to the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, and features a powerhouse of beloved Dayton musicians. 10 p.m. $5. 18+


Rock fans have two classic spots to hit up in the Oregon District: Blind Bob's where you will find The 1984 Draft, The Left Hooks , Cliffs, and Bribing Senators. And over at Oregon Express, *Curse of Cassandra , Where the Nameless Dwell, and Echo Mecca are all sharing the stage. These are some talented line ups, and are both going to be rockin', so why not do both?!

For hard rock and metal fans, remember it is night #2 of a special rockin' weekend over at Canal Public House. This evening features The Gringo, 20 Year CrutchRight Way to Nowhere, and The Transylvania Hellhounds.

If that gets too loud for ya, pop in next door and check out the bluesy Miss Lissa & Co at Riff Raff Tavern. Will be a soulful and sultry evening of music, in a fun little spot downtown!

Last but not least, can't forget that it's Arrogant Bastard Day! Soooo Good Bar & Grill in Springboro is celebrating by featuring live music by Josh Miller, who is performing 2 solo acoustic sets. He's a fantastic guitar player, and in town from Colorado, so check him out while you can! Also, Stone Brewery will be giving away swag! 6-11 p.m.

Wednesday, November 11th


Jimmie's Ladder 11 is celebrating their birthday with a special celebration of live music from A Sides B Sides, along with some special TBA guests. They are featuring a Dayton beer tap take over, dining and drink specials, and a silent auction to benefit local disabled veterans. Music starts at 10 p.m. but special events are going all evening long, so stop in and check out the fun!

*Reader Bonus: Check out a recent 'storyteller' episode of Gem City Podcast featuring Curse of Cassandra here.

As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:   The information above is for November 6th-11th. 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. Also, check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can also keep up with my adventures on Instagram here.

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