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.

March Music Mixes Lambs and Lions

This weekend's music is filled with an eclectic mix, from the softest styles to the hardest rock. So whether your mood is mild or fierce, there is a show for you!

Keep reading to find out how you can see and support live original music!

Friday March 24th

For classical fans, don't miss a fascinating mix of old and new works, which features guest soloist Yevgeny Kutik perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Dayton Philharmonic both Friday and Saturday evenings. This performance also includes Supermaximum, written by Portland, Oregon, violist and composer Kenji Bunch. Known for his “genre-defying chamber works,” Bunch premiered this piece in Brooklyn in 2011. 8pm show time at Schuster Center. Tickets start at $15+

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The folkadelic stylings of local band Nasty Bingo are back at Oregon Express Friday evening, with special guest Rachel Litteral. These are talented groups, who offer music with a fun vibe! You'll be smiling for sure! Show starts at 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

The Bashful Youngens are traveling from their hometown in Champaign, Illinois, to bring their original music to South Park Tavern. Their Americana style blends traditional folk, alternative country, and roots while incorporating their own unique musicality for an eclectic mix. Seeing it live is the best way to discover new music! Show 8pm.


Ready to boogie down? Check out DJ's spinning at a throw-back disco party at Therapy Cafe. Kitchen will be open too! Just $3 at the door. Music starts at 9pm.

Blues fans, Doug Hart will be rockin' out the Trolley Stop Friday night. I'm feeling a warm tinge to the air, so enjoy both the music and that amazing patio we've been missing! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

There is much more rock'n'roll for your soul. Black Stone Cherry, with special guests Caleb Johnson and Through Fire are performing at Oddbody's Music Room. A don't miss show for those who love southern influenced hard rock! $21 advance. $26 day of show. 18+

Downtown, longtime Dayton punk favorites Legbone are performing with A Gathering of None (ex-Blitzkid), Mummula (Columbus surf-rock), Webcamz (ex-The Retreads), and GeeGee's Punk Rock All Stars (members of The Jackalopes) at RockStar Pro Arena on East Third St.  7pm doors. All ages. Tickets available at


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Feeling funky? Get your dancin shoes on and head over to Oregon Express for up-and-coming local bands Zane and The SwayKrunk Town Boogie, along with the laid back stylings of LuvLocz Ex. This is going to be straight up fun! $5 cover. Doors at 9pm, music at 10pm. 21+

One of my favorite local rock bands, The Boxcar Suite welcomes Indy's Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery back to town for a night at South Park Tavern. Songwriter Charlie Jackson will open the night at 9:00. Absolutely love this line-up! Enjoy!

Bones Jugs is back in Dayton from their hometown in Illinois. Catch this unique Americana Ragtime Jugband at Blind Bob's. On stage you'll see them playing everything from bones, jugs, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers! Wild! Show starts at 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Rock'a'billy favorites Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds perform at Trolley Stop Saturday night. Always a fun venue for this throw back sound, that keeps you bouncing in your seat! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Jazz pianist lead Keigo Hirakawa Trio returns to Gilly's Jazz, a group that is both original and improvisational! If you're a true music fan, or searching for a more sophisticated sound, this might be just the show for you! 9pm. $5 admission.


Jazz fans – don’t forget about the live jazz every single night of the week at Blue Note Bistro & Lounge in Miamisburg. It's a lush setting, with swanky live music. A great place for dates, or meeting up with friends!

Reminder about a very special fundraiser, This Must Be the Party, which combines two awesome art scenes: music and dance. A group of the region’s most talented musicians have come together to perform songs from Talking Head’s epic rock documentary “Stop Making Sense” as a benefit for the Dayton Ballet. All this fun is happening at Oddbody’s Music Room. Tickets are just $15 pre-sale for this special April 15th event. Learn more about this epic dance party on the latest episode of Gem City Podcast here.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for March 24th-25th, 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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