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.

A Weekend to Celebrate, Get Down, and Disco!


This weekend is packed with celebrations: Doc Severinsen's 90th Birthday, Jeff Opt's 50th Birthday, The Gem City Get Down, Curse of Casandra's album release, and the annual Discogiving, among many more live music events.

Keep reading to get details on all the fun to be had!

Friday November 17th

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big-band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late-night television for three decades. That trumpet blast came from  Doc Severinsen. Johnny Carson often referred to him as "the greatest trumpeter in the world."

This year, Doc is celebrating his 90th Birthday with a whirlwind tour, that includes a stop at the beautiful Schuster Center, with our own Dayton Philharmonic. Enjoy iconic American classics from pop, jazz, ballads, and big-band in a truly unforgettable performance. You have an opportunity to see this show both on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov 17th and 18th, at 8pm. Tickets start at $29+. Contact Ticket Center Stage here for tickets or call (888) 228-3630.

Looking for an early show to relax and unwind after work? Join Rachel Litteral & The Abstracts at the  Emporium Wines & The Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs for a night of wine and beer tasting and funky blues/rock. 7-10pm

Late night downtown, Curse of Cassandra will be celebrating their NekonomicoN ! album release at Blind Bob's. They've planned a "Nigh† of WI†CH D∆NCE"  with visuals by VJ Siren Ella Tyler,  and music from Damn the Witch Siren (Witch Rock/Columbus), Village Druids (Druid Dance/Mary Jane's Grave), and Playfully Yours (Strange Electronic/Cincinnati). $5, 21+, 9pm, Cosplay Encouraged/Come As You Are!

I'm excited to check out Red Clay Pigeons , a rockin' band led by folk singer/songwriter Wesley Moore, at Tumbleweed Connection  on Friday night. They are sharing the night with local faves Bar Stool Brown. 9:30pm. 21+


Loud young rock'n'roll is on tap at South Park Tavern, with the Heisey Glass Company and Puru. Please bring a can of food for donation! 9:45pm.


Grateful Dead fans, boogie on over to  Hannah's to check out tribute band  Terrapin MoonMusic starts at 10pm and goes late!

I've been so curious to check out Watermarkthe new, hip restaurant in Miamisburg. Now I find out that every Friday I can also enjoy jams from  Kevin Dumont and Jeon McConnell, I'm definitely more interested to make that drive south! Music from 8:30-10:30pm.

Also in Miamisburg, don’t forget about the live jazz most days of the week at Blue Note Bistro & Lounge . Check their site for their full schedule, which starts early, so it's great as a date night!

Neil Young fans out there? I know there are! Check out an early night of Neil's tunes performed by Briz at Taffy's of Eaton . 8-11pm.

The Dayton metal family comes together to support one of their own at a special benefit show at  Jimmie's Ladder 11, featuring live performances from  A bertooth Lincoln , Maharaja, and Calamity Day.   Also a chance to win raffle prizes from great local companies too. $5 cover. 9:30pm. Anyone unable to attend the event can still support the benefit directly by sending a donation via PayPal to

North of town, there's a fantastic Tool & Panera Tribute night at Oscar's Bar in Vandalia. The Grudge and Black Tooth Grin will rock your faces off! 9pm. $7 at the door. 18+

Saturday November 18th


As a reader of this blog, you're also invited to a Sneak Peek of The Brightside Event & Music Venue! It's a brand new and completely unique space on E 3rd that's coming back to life in a major way - and you can be part of it! DJ Bobbylite will be spinning funk, hip hop, guaranteed to get you moving on dance floor! Cash bar. Stop on out and see the new awesomeness coming to downtown Dayton!

And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 17th-18th 2017. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows, and so much space and time to touch upon them all. 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 information.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or  Twitter. Cheers!

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