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.

Life on a Limb

One of my favorite local rock bands, The Boxcar Suite, is celebrating the release of their newest EP Life on the Limb tonight, and I couldn't be happier for them! Not only are they total rock stars on stage (have you seen the way Tony Moore plays that guitar? whoa!), but they are literally the sweetest guys ever off stage. Makes their music even more endearing.

I cannot wait to celebrate with them and hope you decide to join us. No matter where your weekend takes you, there is a band or musician calling your name. Read on to find out who!


Friday April 1st (First Friday!)

If you are out reveling in the First Friday fun downtown, stop by Omega Music in the Oregon District at 318 E Fifth St for a special prelude before Record Store Day coming up April 16th.

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WYSO DJ and fellow local music enthusiast Rev Cool is releasing his own 45RPM record, and is giving a FREE copy to the first 100 people who stop by! 5-6:30pm

The Dayton Philharmonic is performing the classic music of Romeo and Juliet, as one of their classical series performances. What makes this particular Philharmonic performance extra awesome is that they are joining the Dayton Ballet in this special joint performance. Performances are at 8pm both Fri April 1st - Saturday April 2nd. The Sunday matinee performance is sold out. Find tickets here, or if check out the Dayton Ballet Barre for specials for Friday's opening night performance.

The aforementioned The Boxcar Suite EP release and April Fool's Party at Trolley Stop is happening tonight. These guys are one of the funnest rock'n'roll groups out there, so if you're up for Friday night fun, this is a great pick! 9pm. $5 cover.


First Friday with 3DMentional at Therapy Cafe is always a great time for EDM fans out there. They know how to do it right! Tonight they have DJs Mike Donovan, Lady Bandit, Adam S, Intergalactic Kool Aid and Kiml. 9pm - 3am. $5 admission.

Grateful Dead lovers will be booging down to Terrapin Moon, a GD tribute band, over at Jimmie's Ladder 11. Music usually gets going around 10pm there. $5 cover.

Country fans south of town, check out Truk at  Cadillac Jack's in Centerville. Show 8:30pm.

Saturday April 2nd


We are long overdue for an appearance by Nightbeast at Blind Bob's! Tonight we fix that problem and get to also see Mr Fahrenheit and the Loverboys too. The latter is a Queen tribute band, and is making their first appearance in Dayton! Score! 9pm. 21+ $5 cover (I assume!)

Remedy Revival is coming from their hometown in New Point, Indiana to share their lovely music at South Park Tavern tonight. Love the vocalist of this group. Again, perfect pick for this cozy little neighborhood spot. Whoever is booking for them is doing a great job!!

Local blues favorites Noah Wootherspoon and Doug Hart are teaming up and taking over at Gilly's Jazz. Show 8pm. $10 admission.

Local funk band Freakquency will be out in Fairborn at One Eyed Jacks tonight. They are fun and freaky, and they expect you to dance!! 10pm - 1:30am.

Donna Frost, a true traveling troubadour, one voice, one guitar, and many stories to share in song, is performing this evening at Taffy's of Eaton. Show 8pm.

Sunday April 3rd

I'm in love with this line up at Blind Bob's tonight: Jordan Hull, Charlie Tipton, and Chad Wells! Great Dayton boys who really know how to write and play music. After the Toxic Block Party, this is a great after party - just sayin!

THANK YOU! Hard to believe but it's been a YEAR since I started writing this blog. The intention was to help everyone from hard core music fan to the the random weekend warrior navigate what's going on in live original music in the Gem City. We are the birthplace of funk and have birthed some of the most influential indie rock ever. We have a legacy to be proud of! That legacy continues with our support of the current music scene. We are making history now with innovative acts like Good English and Nightbeast, among many others, like Subterranean, who astound me with their talent and creativity.

Thank YOU for being a cool person who values getting away from your television for a night and seeing live new art and music in your hometown. The arts are the heartbeat of town, and we are the ones keeping it strong! J

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for April 1st -3rd 2016. 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, ticket availability, and music samples. 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 music adventures on Instagram  here .

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