Mega tours make it to Dayton

The next week is absolutely packed with mega tours in town, stopping by The Schuster Center, The Rose Music Center, Fraze Pavilion and Oddbody's. Of course our local favorites are still rockin' out as well. There is so much going on - it's really unbelievable. Get the scoop below!


The Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour is making its way through town, stopping by The Schuster Center on Thursday night. This Celtic cultural extravaganza mixes traditional standards with contemporary pop songs, performed by three angelic vocalists, a Celtic violinist, full band, choir, dancers and bagpipers. Gotta have the bagpipers! While writing this, there are still tickets available, but definitely contact Ticket Center Stage before you go. Cost: $47.50-$77.50 + service fees, if applicable. Performance starts at 7 p.m.

Another tour that's in town tonight is the Flo Rida and Echosmith SummerJam at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights. This will be a fun time for hip-hop, pop and Top-40 fans in the area. Tickets start at $23.50, but may be subject to day-of-show increase. Price includes parking. Show starts at 7 p.m. Check on ticket availability before you go!

Two of my favorite local musicians,  Tod Weidner and Todd Clemmer, will be trading songs, banter and debating how to correctly spell their first names at Canal Public House. This will be a fun, light-hearted evening with two charismatic gentleman. Show starts at 9 p.m.

If you're in the Oregon District, you've got some great options for a Thursday night: The always entertaining  Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle are playing with equally talented  The Great Wide Open at Trolley Stop. This is going to be a sweet show, especially for anyone who likes upbeat acoustic music. Fans of Americana, folk, bluegrass or country - this will be an enjoyable evening for sure. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. (Note: Gem City Podcast recently interviewed TGWO, so if you want to hear more about them, check it out here )

Need something a little more funky? Check out the horn section on  Gem City ! They are a fabulous up-and-coming group that is holding Thursday night sessions at Oregon Express. It's a no-cover night, and you won't want to miss these guys. Great bet for a date night or girl's night out! Nice music to dance or chill to. Music typically starts around 9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 19th

Mark Kroos will be performing at Fifth Street Brewpub (photo from Facebook)

Country fans are going to have a hard time choosing between two great shows in the area on the same night: Superstar  Easton Corbin and American Idol winner  Scotty McCreery will be at The Rose Music Center . The show starts at 7 p.m. and ticket prices are $35.50 and up. Check availability. Across town, up-and-comer  Cole Taylor  will be performing at Oddbody's Music Room , with special guest TRUK. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 DoS.

Love Bruce Springsteen? Get over to Fraze Pavilion tonight for Jersey, a local Bruce Springsteen tribute band. This concert is extra special because proceeds benefit Project READ , a literacy program. The show starts at 8 p.m. $10 advance tickets, $15 DoS.

I'm personally looking forward to checking out the Mark Kroos set at Fifth Street Brewpub starting at 8 p.m. Mark is coming from North Carolina, and one of the only people touring who plays multi-neck guitar. Super cool! This is also a free show, with donations accepted. This is all part of FSBP's " 3 Cheers for 3 Years " Birthday Bash Celebration.

Rock fans will be buzzing over to Canal Public House for the The Curse of Cassandra , Far From Eden and Jasper the Colossal  show. What I love about this show is that all the bands have female lead singers, and absolutely know how to rock as hard as the boys. Don't miss this special show! Music starts at 10 p.m.

For all of you who are home with kids and can't get out, don't worry about a thing! Every Friday night from 8-10 p.m., you can tune into Rev. Cool Carter's Around the Fringe set on WYSO. He only plays the coolest of the cool, that's for sure. Wanted to give a special shout out to Rev Cool because he's this week's  Daytonian of the Week ! Congrats! Well deserved, my friend.


The first ever Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival is happening Saturday, starting at 12 p.m., at Riverfront Park in Miamisburg (3 N. Miami Ave.). This festival has quite the lineup, including: Mountain Heart, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, The Clay Hess Band, Mad River Railroad, The Great Wide Open, My Brother's Keeper, Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, and The Repeating Arms. What a fantastic time this is going to be for local bluegrass enthusiasts!! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 DoS. Children 12-18 are $5, and under 11 are free.

Want to combine two of summer's best activities, canoeing and live music? Then you are all set on Saturday! Check out the Canoe Mon' event at Adventures on the Great Miami River in Tipp City. The canoe trip starts at noon and afterwards, starting at 4 p.m., there is a fun lineup of reggae inspired bands: Jonny Dreads & The Mystiks , Jah Soul , multiple sets by Doctah X , drum circles and all-star jams. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the gate. Save $5 if you bike in! If you bring a canned food donation, there is a special prize for you. Tickets include primitive camping, slip and slide, rope swing, slackline park and other surprises. Youth 13 and under are free. Bring your own food and drink or you can let food trucks do the cooking! No glass bottles please. Gates open at 11 a.m., and I highly encourage you to get there early to get set up. What fun!!

There is a very special one-time festival happening downtown this weekend: The Malawi Music Fest at Yellow Cab Tavern. This event is described as "a collaborative effort of local Dayton, Ohio musicians, artists and food trucks coming together as a community to help build up and raise awareness about development and education in Malawi, Africa ." Along with various musical acts performing throughout the day, there will be food trucks, visual art for sale and vendors. The event runs from noon to 11 p.m., and tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the Friday night food truck rally at Yellow Cab Tavern.

Can't forget about Blues Fest going down at Fraze Pavilion from 4-10 p.m. The best part about this festival? It's FREE! They've got four bands ready to sing the Blues, along with BBQ and cold beers. Sounds perfect!

Rock legend Sammy Hagar is performing with a super group called "The Circle," which includes Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson. Nice! This is happening at The Rose Music Center starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $52 and up.

The Dayton Philharmonic's Rockin' Orchestra series will be hosting a lovely evening with the full orchestra, along with the Indigo Girls ! I enjoy both groups separately, and can't wait to see them intertwine their talents. This show is at the Schuster Center, at 8 p.m. Tickets are limited so check out Ticket Center Stage before you go!

If you are a metal/hardcore fan, there are options for you too! In Dayton, check out Rockstar Pro Arena at 1106 East 3rd St., Dayton for a the  Famous Last Words tour. There are several supporting acts that are super popular with these scene as well. $10 pre-sale. All ages show!

West of town, at the E Street Pub in Richmond Indiana, Shotgun Surprise is hosting a special video release with Jasper the Colossal. This video is a hard rock remake of Funky Cold Medina. I remember when Dale Spradling first started covering this song years ago, and it's super fun. Check out the details on the making of this video here.

Sunday, June 21st

Jimmie's Ladder 11 is hosting a Hoppy Father's Day Celebration , with food specials and music from 3-6 p.m. The music is hosted by Brandon Hawk, and features Andy Rush, Brett Hill and Nathan Peters. No cover charge. Sounds awesome!

I just got clued into the free concert series in Centerville that takes place at Stubbs Park . Classic rock band The Termites are playing this Sunday from 7-9 p.m., and is perfect for Dad! If the weather is questionable, call the concert hotline at (937) 433-7155 for updates.

And last but not least... what father would not enjoy a night of "Weird Al" Yankovic at Fraze Pavilion. Ha! This will be silly fun for sure. $30 in advance, $35 DoS.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang end their tour in Dayton!

Monday-Wednesday, June 22nd-24th

Since my blog comes out on Thursday, the mid-week shows don't get as much love. There are some notable shows happening early next week as well:

Tuesday, June 23 - Super popular singer/songwriters  David Grey and Amos Lee are co-headlining a tour that's stopping at The Rose Music Center. Tickets are $49+. Check for ticket availability.

Traditional music and folk fans, check out  Alex Smith and the Mountain Sound at Canal Public House Tue evening. I think this will be a really sweet show, so show him some love by attending!

Wednesday, June 24 - The epic blues rock tour featuring Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepard concludes at The Rose Music Center. Tickets are $33+ and subject to availability. Music starts at 8 p.m. sharp. This is the last stop of the tour, so don't miss it!

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 June 18-24th. Please click the links to find out detailed information about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions and pricing. I try to link band names with samples of their music. Always check with the venue about start times 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

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