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.

Lift Ev'ry Voice

Today we are a divided nation, torn apart by ideological differences that appear impossible to reconcile. My hope is that through the power of music and art, we can bridge the divide we all feel.

One amazing way to do just that is by attending the Lift Ev’ry Voice concert presented by the Dayton Philharmonic this Sunday at the Schuster Center. Every seat in the house is just $10, and is a gesture to the community to come together as one. It's an inspirational concert you won't want to miss!

Find out more about that concert, and the rest of the line up this weekend. Truly some amazing shows! We have decent weather and lots of shows with no cover charges, so please get out there and support our local musicians! I promise it will lift your spirit!

Friday January 20th

If you are a movie buff, or just love classic soundtracks, the Lights, Camera...the Oscars show is for you! Spend an evening with the Dayton Philharmonic as they feature the best of the best in cinematic music. Performances at 8pm at the Schuster Center. Tickets start at $29 and up. (NOTE: This performance also occurs on Saturday evening too. If you are a young professional, check out Dayton Encore for a special reception Saturday night and ticket discounts!)

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Blues fans have two great options in the Oregon District this evening: Noah Wotherspoon at Oregon Express and Doug Hart Band at Trolley Stop. Both are fantastic! Music starts 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Heading out of the downtown area, check out an early set with Todd the Fox at The Wandering Griffin brewery out near Wright State. What a fantastic opportunity to check out a great entertainer and a new local brewery! Music 8-10pm. No cover. 21+

Wanna dance?  It's time for Deep House Fridays at Therapy Cafe. This Friday is the two year anniversary of the Volume Nights, so they are bringing back some favorties including DJ Mark Farina & DJ Colette from sunny southern California! Ohio DJs Jackie Boy and Tom Reed are also on the bill. Tickets $20 at the door. Show 9pm - 3am. 18+

Saturday January 21st

Lots of great shows on Saturday night! Yellow Cab Tavern has so much music planned they've set up two stages! Check out this awesome line-up: Kelly Hanus, Goodnight Goodnight, Charlie Jackson, Jill & MicahPaige BellerGood Luck YearJetty Bones, and YIKES A BAND. Just $7 for all this! All ages too!


Metal fans, you gotta check out the line up at Oddbody's this evening. Superjoint is headlining the night. Their style can be considered a mix of Pantera's style of groove metal and hardcore punk. Supporting them are: Battlecross, Child Bite, Forces of Nature80 ProofOmeni, and Clairsentient. Doors 5pm. Show 5:30pm. Tickets $30 advance. $35 day of show. 18+

Blues fans are in for a treat at the Dayton Blues Society Winter Showcase at Gilly's. Stacy Mitchhart headlines, with Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Dan Holt, and the Joe Tellmann Band. DBS members $15. Non-members $20. Doors 7pm. Show 7:30pm.

All the cool kids in town will definitely be at the Shrug, Wonky Tonk, and Lioness show at Blind Bob's tonight. What a fantastic show that's going to be! 9PM. $5 cover. 21+

If you're into garage rock, head over to Jimmie's Ladder 11 to see Garbage Greek from Columbus, The Harlequins from Cincy and Manray from Dayton. Another fun rock'n'roll show! 9pm 21+ $5 cover, I'm assuming.


Heading south of town, there is a great show at Star City Brewery with The Surly Gentlemen. This group features Grammy award-winning guitarist Clay Hess, and Veteran bluegrass singer Tim Shelton. Nick Lawson & Ryan Lakes kick off the evening. Tickets only $10.00 advance, $15.00 door. 7-10pm

Rock and jam fans, check out Zane and The Sway and FOUNDING FATHERS for a night of fun tunes to boogie to! Head over to Bootlegger's Tavern off Taylorsville Rd, which also features plentiful parking, reasonable drink prices, pool tables, and a spacious dance floor. Music starts at 9:30pm. No cover charge! 21+

Anther great show north of town is happening at Oscar's Bar in Vandalia. They are presenting Musician Fest. 8pm. This is a great chance for musicians to meet with photographers, videographers, promoters, managers, graphic designers, tshirt and merch people, club and venue managers, audio engineers (sound guys), lighting and visual operators. What an awesome idea! Five bands are being featured on stage: Monocle, Coming up for air, Watch Them Rot, Death by Fetish and Vibrant Troubadors. $5 cover

Subterranean performs in Yellow Springs for free Saturday night at Peach's (contributed photo)

One of my local faves, the Great Northern String Band is at One Eyed Jack's in Fairborn this evening. If you are a Grateful Dead fan, you've got to check them out! Fantastic musicians, and best part - no cover! Music from 9:30pm - 2am.

Last but certainly not least, one of my other local faves, Subterranean returns to Yellow Springs to play a free show at Peach's. The YS crowd is gonna lap this original music up! Enjoy and thank me later! 10pm. 21+

Sunday January 22nd

The aforementioned Lift Ev’ry Voice is happening on Sunday at 3pm. This is a musical celebration of the human spirit! This concert marks  10 years of Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's acclaimed Stained Glass Community Engagement Concert Series. Church choirs from congregations that have hosted the Stained Glass series over the years will join the DPO for a glorious afternoon of uplifting music.

The first half of the program, the DPO will dazzle with Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony, described by E. M. Forster as “the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.” After a brief intermission, the second half of the program will be bursting with rousing works for chorus. ALL tickets - every single seat - are just $10. Very affordable! 3pm at the Schuster Center.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for January 20th-22nd, 2017. 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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