This weekend brings us one of the most anticipated events of the year: Sideshow, which showcases a plethora of local original music and art, for free, and for all ages.
Sideshow 13 is the biggest Sideshow yet which adds on dancers, comedy, wrestling, along with kids events, food trucks and local breweries. All this fun is hosted at Yellow Cab Tavern (700 E 4th St, Dayton Ohio) all weekend, Friday May 25th from 5pm to 1am, Saturday May 26th from 3pm to 1am (full performance schedule below). All ages. Free. Donations to offset costs are greatly appreciated.
Friday Main Stage
7:00pm-7:40pm John Dubuc and the Guilty Pleasures
8:20pm-9:00pm The Repeating Arms
9:00pm-9:40pm The Zygotes
9:40pm-10:20pm Nasty Bingo
10:20pm-11:00pm The New Old Fashioned
11:00pm-11:40pm Bribing Senators
11:40pm-12:20am Todd the Fox
12:20am-1:00am Dip Spit vs. Duderus
Friday Acoustic Stage
7:00pm-7:40pm Max B Greene
7:40pm-8:20pm Mandy Jewell
8:20pm-9:00pm Doug Nichols
9:00pm-9:40pm Steve Makofka
9:40pm-10:20pm Sam Stone
10:20pm-11:00pm Rich Reuter
11:00pm-11:40pm McGuff and the Dumpster Fires
11:40pm-12:20am Ryan Jones
12:20am-1:00am The Typical Johnsons
Saturday Main Stage
5:00pm-5:40pm Evil Eye Gypsy
5:40pm-6:20pm The Vibe
6:20pm-7:00pm Lord Kimbo/Flam Feeva
7:40pm-8:20pm Thank The Maker
8:20pm-9:00pm Neo American Pioneers
9:00pm-9:40pm The 1984 Draft
9:40pm-10:00pm Scarecrow Sideshow
10:20pm-11:00pm Stella's Demise
11:00pm-11:40pm Dark Backward
11:40pm-12:20am Burn the Dead
12:20am-1:00am Far From Eden
Saturday Acoustic Stage
5:00pm-5:40pm Achilles Tenderloin
5:40pm-6:20pm Debbie DeCasio
6:20pm-7:00pm Moringa Moon
7:00pm-7:40pm Chris Ball
7:40pm-8:20pm Boo Lee Crosser
8:20pm-9:00pm Vincent Holiday
9:00pm-9:40pm Dan Sebree
10:20pm-11:00pm Sharon Lane
11:00pm-11:40pm Dayton Poetry Slam
11:40pm-12:20am Dayton Poetry Slam
12:20am-1:00am Kevin Milner
The other weekend-long music event is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It’s a beautiful performance that King fans will not want to miss! Performances Tue through Sunday at 8pm (May 22-27), with weekend afternoon matinees at 2pm. Ticket info here. Starts at $26+
Friday May 18, 2018
Pagu, a young Dayton synthpop performer is making his live debut on Saturday night with support from fellow indie rock and electropop bands Sun Culture, Superdivorce, Fevre and Forage. You can find all the fun at The Brightside Event & Music Venue (905 E. Third Street Suite B). All Ages. $5 advance, $10 at Door.
Bertram will be celebrating the release of their debut LP “You Can't Get There From Here” at Blind Bob’s on Friday night. They will be sharing the stage with their very cool indie friends from Grenades!? and Lackluster. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+
Hip Hop and MCs are on the menu at Hannah's Friday night, with Flam Feeva, West Water, Kevin Carter, Ohio Pranksters, Noetic Navigator, and CozmikSpirit. For those who have been missing hip hop shows, this one is right in the heart of downtown! 9pm. $10 at door with ID.
North of town, there’s a sweet rock show at Oscar’s with Papa Frita (a side project with Dillion Brown from Barstool Brown and Matt Zalar from RIND). They will be performing with Black Sire and Tin Foil, whose making their way all the way from Detroit! Door at 9pm. Tickets $5
West of town, at Taffy’s of Eaton, you can catch a relatively early show with Dinosoul, a dark pop, indie band formed by partners Donny Donovan (vocals, guitar) and Carolyn Hilliard (vocals, keyboards) from Pittsburgh. The band is inspired by unique indie sounds and hip-hop beats, led by the powerful female duo. Also performing is Nuke! and Natalie Claro. 8-11pm.
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My Yellow Springs friends are in for a funky treat on Friday night with Lord Kimbo headlining an extra fun evening of music at Peach’s Grill. These guys are worth checking out! Seriously! Special guests Jetsun Sky are also performing. Show at 10pm. 21+
Saturday May 19, 2018
Like I’ve mentioned in previous articles, the amount of free summer music downtown is really incredible! This Saturday, we get a new one! The Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series at the 804 E Monument Ave Building is a new free summer music series that will unfold in 5 installments, this Saturday’s being the first. The music starts at 5pm with Mick Blankenship followed by Dayton’s own Alex Speller at 6pm. Brooks Daugherty from Nashville will close out the event. The Dock opens at 3pm and Rocks till 11pm. Free entry, although donations to Breast Wishes (a local breast cancer charity) is appreciated!
Another interesting show is happening at the cool new music venue downtown, The Brightside (905 E 3rd St Suite B). Saturday night’s line up features a fantastic lineup of bands including Year of the Buffalo, Grayson David Schick, Probably Fine (Geoffrey Stump), and Noah Rauch. Show 6:30pm-10:30. $5 Advance / $7 Day of Show.
There’s lots of excitement for the Dayton debut of Columbus hip hop band Blueprint, and their new album "Two-Headed Monster.” Along with the featured band, Blueprint, additional performances by DJ Detox, Tino, and Juny D are also going down at Blind Bob's on Saturday night. 8pm doors. $10 cover. 21+
A local favorite, Erica Blinn (with full band) are back at their trusty stomping ground, the Trolley Stop. For good reason, it’s a fun place to see music, especially during the summer! Special guests The High Definitions will kick things off at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+
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The Cincy Blues Society and Miami Valley Gaming are proud to announce the Spring Blues Festival a free blues concert in Lebanon on May 26th. The festival features music from Blues Music Award Winner, Danielle Nicole and her band, local favorite and International Blues Competition Best Guitarist Noah Wotherspoon, and the Tempted Souls Band. Event runs from 5pm-9:30pm in the MVG Grandstand (6000 SR 63, Lebanon, Ohio 45036). Free admission!
Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short are headed to Huber Heights, OH to appear at Rose Music Center. The show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," will include stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will be joined by the Grammy® Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers and renowned jazz pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko. Doors 7pm. Performance 8pm. Tickets start at $63+
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As always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
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