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.

Oktoberfest, Dayton is for Lovers, & Rave'n'Roll kick off fall music festivities

I'm going to warn you, there is simply an overwhelming amount of extremely cool concerts happening this week. Apparently the memo went out that it's my birthday, so musicians went out of their way to make sure I had plenty of fun options to choose from! Ha! Well, that's what I like to think! How else to explain the explosion of exciting events happening?!

Not only were we blessed with so many awesome shows, we've got glorious weather too! So please get out there, have fun, and support all the original live music Dayton has to offer. Keep reading for the details!

Thursday September 21st

Yes, it's the first day of autumn, but it sure doesn't feel like it! So why not get your weekend started a bit early? There is a great reason to do: Nashville troubador Tim Easton is back in town after touring the world the last 2 years. Known as a "songwriter's songwriter" - he's sure to please musicians and fans alike.


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Tim will be performing at  Yellow Cab  for a special night of acoustic music and story telling. David Payne, of The New Old Fashioned will open the show. Doors 7pm. Music starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10, and are available online or at the door.

Every Thursday you can also enjoy jazz at Hannah's on Ludlow from 8:30 to 11 p.m. They are also serving up oysters and other yummy foods, brews and cocktails. Check out this new bar and eatery in the Arts District downtown.

Late night, I love watching Medicine Wheel at Oregon Express. The band features members from Subterranean along with Chris Coalt Sr, and a fun cameo or two. Music starts at 10pm.

Weekend Festivals

It's time for the epic Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute! Oktoberfest features live music in the food tent and on the main stage, family activities, outstanding artisans, delicious food, a Weingarten, and, of course, an amazing selection of more than 40 different craft and international beers.

Oktoberfest Hours: Lederhosen Lunch (Sept. 22): 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Free Admission; Food & Drink Available for Purchase. Preview Party (Sept. 22): 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Tickets for preview party are Advance: $55 members; $75 non-members; At the Gate: $95. Saturday (Sept. 23): Noon - 11:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24): Noon - 7:00 p.m. Tickets In Advance: $5 adults; $3 seniors (60+) & youth (7-19). At the Gate: $7 adults; $5 seniors & youth. Children 6 & under free. Both Preview Party and General Admission advance tickets may be purchased by phone at 937-223-4ART (4278) or in person at the museum during regular hours.

>> Read more about Oktoberfest here!

Friday September 22


Food trucks and beer sales (for those of age w ID) are also available. 6pm Doors. Music starts at 6:30pm. Note:  Hawthorne Heights  will be on around 10:15pm. Tickets $15. All Ages! 

Most of my friends and readers know that along with Arts advocacy, I am a champion for peace and the environment. So I was delighted to see a show supporting both of those causes! The  Feast For Peace and Climate Awareness is part of Dayton's International Peace Day Celebration, featuring a potluck dinner, live music from Ludlow, a campfire, drumming, and campout. The event starts at 6pm, dinner at 7pm at SunWatch Indian Village (2301 W. River Road, Dayton, OH 45418; 937-268-8199). Please click here for more information and to make a reservation.

The Dayton Philharmonic is getting their Masterworks series started off by celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, with his Overture to Candide. The program also features the “West Coast Maverick school of composers,” Lou Harrison and his Piano Concerto. The evening concludes with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, one of the most highly regarded orchestral works of the nationalistic era. Performances take place at the Schuster Center both Friday and Saturday nights (Sept 22nd and 23rd) at 8pm. Tickets start at $15.45 and up, depending on seating.


Late night, there's lots of fun happening downtown. At Tumbleweed Connection, it's gonna be a good ole time with  Cherry Lee's Dayton Music Review! Crazy awesome musicians are sitting in with Cherry Lee, including: Rich Reuter, Harold Hensley, John Dubuc, Jennifer Taylor, Charles Hartman, Gary Guitar Williams, Louu Stahl, Jimmy Joz, and Kevin Schirmer. Wowsa! Show at 9:30pm.

It's always a fun time when Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons performs at Trolley Stop. These fan favorites are back, and ready to rock, so make sure to get there early for good seat! 9:30pm-1:30am

Over at South Park Tavern, check out rockers  Death Before Disco (Cincinnati Psych/Rock), The Heisey Glass Company (Dayton Alternative), and Rion Ringo (Dayton Acoustic Folk/Punk). Show at 9:30pm.

Reggae fans will feel the love from Luv Locz and Camaflauge at Jimmie's Ladder 11. 9pm-1am. $5 cover at the door. 21+

North of town, there's a fantastic night of Indie Rock, Funk, and Americana music with  A Voice Of Your Own, Krunk Town Boogie, and Neo- American Pioneers live at Oscar's Bar (320 N Dixie Dr Vandalia, Ohio 45377). 8pm-1am.

Saturday September 23

Classic Rock fans, don't miss The Doobie Brothers at Rose Music Center . The show will feature support by JD & The Straight Shot. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Tickets start at $50, which includes parking. Please check availability.
The Redneck Rebellion Tour, featuring  Soil and  Saving Abel at Oddbody's Music Room. Kira and Before the Day are kicking off the show at 7:30pm. Doors 7pm. Tickets are $20 advance, and $25 day of show.

Sunday September 24

Another classic rock legend is at Rose Music Center this weekend: ZZ Top.The show will feature support by Black Stone Cherry and The Summit. Doors 5:30pm. Show 7pm. Tickets start at $53, which includes parking. Please check availability. Extra cool perk to this show, all patrons who purchase a ticket to ZZ Top will be treated to a Pre-Show Craft Beer Tasting. Pre Show Tastings begin 90 minutes prior to the show and end 15 minutes before the concert begins. Must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID to participate.

The Heart to Heart Tour  featuring Purple Hearts and Demi The Daredevil at Blind Bob's. Local rockstars  Crosley Court will start off the night! $5 cover. 9pm. 21+

Tuesday September 26

Friends, don't forget! There is free music outdoors still! Take your break along the river with live music for your week day at  RiverScape MetroPark,  a perfect lunchtime destination. Whether it's meetings, free WiFi, or just a casual lunch break, you'll enjoy the sights, sounds and fresh air of Dayton's downtown MetroPark.
At Courthouse Square, enjoy The Square Is Where until September 29th. A variety of performers take the stage around the noontime lunch hour on most weekdays. Food vendors also set up, allowing downtown workers and others to grab lunch and take in the live entertainment while enjoying the outdoors downtown.
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!

And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for September 21st-26th, 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.   Keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or  Twitter. Enjoy the show! 

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