Kings of Party Castle

I'm just getting back in the saddle after a much needed vacation. Traveling always makes one appreciate certain things about home, and one of them for me is the people here. I've traveled extensively, and I have to say, the most genuinely cool people are right here in Dayton, Ohio! The coolest of which has to be my friends in the alt party band, Nightbeast. These guys show you how to really party in their new video "Kings of Party Castle," which premiered this week. After watching this video, I'm more inspired than ever, to get out and party Dayton-style! Trust me, you don't have travel far to have fun and see amazing talent in this town!

Friday, October 9th

The Dublin Pub is so excited about their special musical guest this week, they booked him for both Friday and Saturday night! Chris "Breeze" Barczynski returns to Dayton after starting a whirlwind career that launched from his UD days here. Since then he's been featured on TV shows such as "The Singing Bee," "The Tudors" and Carson Daly's "Last Call," among others. This will be a cozy evening with a soulful voice!

Across the street at Trolley, you'll find the mood kicked up a notch with rock-a-billy rockers Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds performing from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. I'm always up for any band with an upright bass and a strong female lead!


At the end of the Oregon District at Oregon Express, you'll find the harder edge of the musical spectrum. The evening features the hard-rocking ladies of Chakras and local outlaw rappers Dip Spit.

Across town at the Canal Public House, local bands The Willy Clark Band and Gin Soaked Angels are taking the stage. These are all young guys who are working hard, so show them some love!

Freakquency is keeping on the funky side at De'Lish Cafe this evening, from 9 p.m.-midnight. This show features the soulful stylings of Aaron Thomas Vance, and is also the kickoff show for Central State's homecoming. No cover charge!

Blues fans will be be delighted with Eric Henry's Blues Challenge over at Jimmie's Ladder 11. If you're a musician and you've got chops, show them off! There are prizes involved. Gotta love that! This is another no cover show, so that means no excuses for not going out! Music starts at 10 p.m.


If you are outside the immediate Dayton area, there are some great shows for you too! Bluegrass fans, head over to see Sawgrass (duet) at One Eyed Jacks.

North of town, check out singer/songwriter  Zane Gerlach at Oscar's Bar in Vandalia. 10 p.m. No cover!

The best bet of the entire night may well be all the way down in Middletown at the Old Crow Bar. They have an action packed weekend lined up, which starts with The Spikedrivers and Subterranean. These are two of the most entertaining bands in the local area. If you are south of town, do not miss this show!

A special note to area music fans: Check out the"Show Your Love of Music" night with Rev Cool and the Amazing Andy from 8-10 p.m. on 91.3 during the WYSO Fall Membership Drive. They have extremely special thank you gifts for those that pledge! Can't call Friday Oct. 9th? Arrange an early bird pledge by contacting

Saturday, October 10th


After the Street Party, check out a truly interesting show at Peach's, featuring Speaking Suns (Athens), Netherfriends (Chicago) and Weird Science (Athens). The latter band describes themselves as Positive Energy Super Rock. Ha! I love that! Seriously, this will be a fun one. Well worth staying in the Springs for a late night party.

Heady folks heading back to Dayton, there is a great show on your way home from the street fair: Terrapin Moon, a Grateful Dead tribute band, will be performing at One Eyed Jacks in Fairborn. Conveniently close to 675 and WSU, this is a great stop over after a day of debauchery!

Back in Dayton, there is lots of music, as always! Jazz fans -- finally, some love for you! Columbus's Urban Jazz Coalition will be performing at Gilly's Jazz Room. $10 admission. 8 p.m.

Local legends Puzzle of Light are at Trolley this evening from 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. This group is perfect for a mixed crowd, as they are easy on the ears to listeners of all genres and ages! If you've never seen them, it's about time you did!


Psychedelic rock is on the menu at Blind Bob's this evening! Local favorites Cricketbows are performing with Detroit's Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor. Love that name! Fresh off a European summer tour, SYSV should be in fine form for their Dayton debut!

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Marta Pacek will take the historic stage at Canal Public House this evening, along with special guests Kyleen Downes and Elenore and The Elephant. This is going to be a magical night of music! Very cool. 9 p.m.-midnight.

Didn't make it to the Blues Challenge last night? No worries! Bob Dellaposta's 8th Blues Showcase at Taffy's of Eaton is happening tonight, and is well worth the drive. Twice a year Bob Dellaposta hosts a showcase of incredible Blues musicians in the area. For reservation, please call 937.456.1381. Music 8 p.m.-midnight.

Last but certainly not least, Freekbass & The Bump Assembly with special guests Elementree Livity Project and Souse are all playing at Old Crow Bar in Middletown. Now this is a freeking amazing show! Funk, reggae, improv fans will be raging to get over to this show! So exciting!! This is a great show if you want to dance and let loose.


Sunday Funday is in full blast at Canal Public HouseTruslow with Jetty Bones, Forgery At Best, Me Vs Gravity. This lineup features some of the region's best indie and alternative bands. 7 p.m. $10 admission.

YES! The Walking Dead returns party is happening with live music at South Park Tavern. Cool idea! Musicians Tod Weidner, Rue Snider, M. Ross Perkins, and Ward Lawson provide the tunes. This is a fun way to celebrate and share the mutual love of The Walking Dead.

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 October 9th-11th. If I don’t list a price, that’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 information 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. You can also keep up with my adventures on Instagram here.

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