For over 20 years, I've been going to see live music, and I think it's safe to say I'm one of the biggest fans out there. As a fan, I have some dream shows I'd love to see.
For instance, I never miss an opportunity to see Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live. An entire stage filled with Dayton's best talent. I noticed that a lot of the musicians are in two bands, Trey Stone & The Ringers and Tim Prichard & The Boxcar Suite. I have always wanted to see those guys play their original music together on one stage. That dream is a reality this weekend!
The best part is that they are christening a brand new venue with this show, Square Roots Records, in downtown Troy. It truly is the listening room that we've all been missing!! Read on to find out the details on this show, and many more!
Friday the 13th
Kicking off the weekend's live music events is Gilcherfest, a special benefit for a special guy who is battling leukemia. Friends and musicians have rallied to bring together an amazing night of music, featuring Swimming with Sharks, God Bless and Asher Jones, and The Nightbeast at Blind Bob's. They have also gathered a huge heap of raffle prizes, worth thousands. Door cover will be $10, or $20 for entry with 3 raffle tickets. Raffle tickets can be purchased individually for $5 each, or 5 for $20. Please show your love and attend this event, or consider donating to Tyler's Go Fund Me page, to help cover medical costs for his treatment.
Just down the street, over at Oregon Express, you will find the hard rock band Dark Backward, fresh from the studio and debuting new material. Special guests and local pals Cherry Lee And The Hotrod Hounds and The Sandwhich (from Nashville) start the evening off. Very cool. PS... If you're not familiar with the headliner, take a listen to a recent storyteller episode with Dark Backward on Gem City Podcast, or click on their name above for direct link to their music.
Those are pretty heavy line ups for my jam band friends. You all might want to head over to see Jojo Stella (Michigan) and The Mainline Funk at Jimmie's Ladder 11. This show is both funky and experimental, so if you're looking for a show to dance to, or just some fresh sounds, this is one to check out! 9 p.m. $5. 18+
Saturday, November 14th
Who remembers the incredible "Gentleman of the Road" weekend a couple of years ago in downtown Troy? What a weekend that was! That same Americana vibe and top-notch talent is back in Troy this weekend with Trey Stone & The Ringers, Tim Prichard & The Boxcar Suite , and singer/songwriter Jack Ballengee Morris at a brand new venue, Square Roots Records Live. I'm proud to presenting one of the first shows at his beautiful space. It's got a very cool bohemian vibe and state-of-the-art sound system, and is perfect for this dream team local line-up. hope you consider the drive up for this sweet show! Admission $10. BYOB. Music from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
If you have not been to see the world-class Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra it's time you remedy that fact. If you are a young professional, you have a great opportunity to do just that. This Saturday is Encore night at the Dayton Philharmonic. All YPs are eligible for a 60 percent off discounted ticket! You're also invited to our pre-show party at 6 p.m. at Deaf Monte's Wine Bistro (across from Thai 9) for some free food and an incredible wine / beer selection! At 7:30 p.m. head over to the Schuster Center for a night with internationally-acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Biegel. The program, "A Hero's Journey" honors the sacrifices of our country’s military, meshing the somber and the visceral - an event not to be missed! Please call Ticket Center Stage and mention "Encore" for ticket discount, or click here for ticket info.
South of town, in Miamisburg, there is a stellar lineup to celebrate Star City Brewing Company's two-year anniversary! Live music is provided from It's People and Babbling April . Plus a very cool art exhibit will also be on hand by Zane Reichert. Love it! Find out more reasons to attend this party here! This event kicks off at 8 p.m.
Downtown, you can catch our Blues virtuoso Noah Wootherspoon performing at Gilly's Jazz Room. 8 p.m. $5. Or you can venture over to Jimmie's Ladder 11 for the Open Fam Jam a free, totally improv jam show. Those always prove to be interesting! Music starts at 10 p.m.
Canal Public House also has a hard rock line up for ya and it's a big one! Seventeen bands!! Music starts at 4 p.m. and runs through 2 a.m. This is all part of the Dayton Music Pest 3 event. $10 per show, or both shows for $20! Doors for early show at 3 p.m., first band at 4 p.m. Doors for late show at 8:30 p.m., first band at 9 p.m.
Jam band friends, or just anyone who likes to smile-smile-smile, check out Emily and the Lost Cat Ramblers at One Eyed Jacks , across from WSU. Always a fun show with those cats. No cover and drink specials. Woot!
For those of you way out of town, there are some cool shows for you, too. Evil Eye Gypsy , McGuff & The Dumpster Fires and ThunderTaker will be returning to Club Panama in Springfield for a night of great rock & roll. Music starts at 10 p.m.
Last but not least, the Old Crow Bar in Middletown is serving up a stacked night of rock'n'roll, including: Bad Remedy, Wicked Fixx, temper, Secret Circle Society, and Alive Inside. There's a lot of music on the menu, so make sure to get there early! 8 p.m. 21&UP $5. 18-20 $8.
Sunday, November 15th
Who is ready for more? Family Jam Productions is promising a night of pure party, as they welcome nationally acclaimed Andy Frasco and The U.N., and regional powerhouse Yosemight. This is going to be a night of infectious entertainment - so don't miss it! It's OK to be sleepy on Monday mornings! 18+ show. Doors 9 p.m. Presales $10 (plus fees). $15 at the door.
No rest for the weary over at Blind Bob's! They are soldiering on with another night of incredible music!! Fearsome folk artist, Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery is in town for the evening. Nice! Scott Lee and Babbling April are opening, which is a real treat. 8pm.
If you're planning on checking out Scott Weildand's show in Covington, or need extra motivation to head down to that show, make sure you get there early to see Dayton-based opener, Shotgun Surprise. Show starts at 6:30. Tickets $25 pre-sale, $30 at the door. Info here.
Tuesday, November 17th
Please don't forget to attend the Dayton Music Video premiere this upcoming Tue evening at Top of the Market. The folks over at Nucleus Co-Share and Indigo Life Media have been working hard to get this video produced, and it's been a fun ride helping them with it. Meet the crew and see exclusive behind the scenes footage showing how this was put together in less than two months! The event runs from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. This is a free event, and appropriate for the whole family! There will be a cash bar available. Love the Dayton enthusiasm!!
As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for November 13th-17th. 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, 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. Check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can also keep up with my adventures on Instagram here.