This week’s music lineup proves that Dayton is not only strong, it’s made for lovers! Keep reading to get all the details on this week’s stellar schedule of amazing music.
Wednesday, July 10
Sheryl Crow is back at Fraze Pavilion with special guest Yola on Wednesday, July 10. Sheryl’s fame in the country music world goes without saying. Her 11th brand new full-length album “Threads” will be released in August. Performance at 7:30 p.m. $65 - Side Orchestra. $45 - Lawn & Terrace. All ticket prices increase $5 day of show.
Thursday, July 11
On Thursday evening, Levitt Pavilion will host Hannah Gill, a 21-year-old vocalist and lyricist from Maryland. Hannah grew up listening to and influenced by the likes of Nina Simone, The Beatles, and Otis Redding. She recently released her sophomore EP, “Lost In Words”, a five-song sampler showcasing her booming voice and soulful songwriting. She has been covered by The New York Times, Teen Vogue and NPR amongst others, has toured nationally with her band, “The Hours,” and her original music videos have garnered over 650K YouTube views. Check her out for free right here in Dayton! 7-9 p.m. All ages.
RiverScape MetroPark presents another one of its Big Band Nights with the Tom Daugherty Orchestra. Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes for a great night of music. Be sure to join the free lesson offered by the Dayton Ballroom Dance Club at intermission. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. All ages. Free! Note: This event is weather dependent.
Friday, July 12
It’s a wild Friday night in Dayton, with tons of great shows happening all over the city. It’s a great night to try to catch a couple shows if you plan it right.
Festivities kick off with Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers at Levitt Pavilion. They first hit the stage in the late 1980s, reintroducing the great jazz of 1920s and 1930s to eager audiences. The group quickly developed a devoted fan following in their native Dayton, Ohio, while also winning over jazz and music lovers across the country and even abroad. Music 7-9 p.m. All ages. Free!
RiverScape MetroPark also continues more of their free music events with the R&B Hot Summer Music Series on Friday night with Premium Blend Music. Bring a lawn chair for seating and don't forget your dancing shoes! 7:30- 9:30 p.m. All ages. Free! Note: This event is weather dependent.
One of the biggest events of the weekend is the 5th annual Hawthorne Heights presents "Dayton is For Lovers” event at Yellow Cab Tavern. Hometown shows are truly special to this acclaimed national act, and they are excited to be able to make this happen for the fifth year in a row. Truly one of the “don’t miss” concerts of the summer. There will also be food trucks on site. General admission pre-sales available here. (I recommend buying ahead!) 6 p.m. Doors. Music starts shortly after. Hawthorne Heights will be on around 10:15 p.m. All ages!
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If you’re looking for funk on Friday, turn no further than the new Turnbuckles & Brews venue in Belmont. They are hosting the one and only Freekbass with very special local guests Lord Kimbo Music, Freakquency and Vatics. 7 p.m. doors. All ages! Advance tickets $12 ($15 at the door).
With all the fantastic things happening around town this evening, some of my favorite folks are planning on working the graveyard shift. Why not finish your evening with a nightcap at Blind Bob's Bar. They’ll be celebrating the birthday of drummer extraordinaire & Dayton's top-ranked hired gun Brian Hoeflich. Now that is truly worth celebrating! Late night entertainment provided by: Bribing Senators (rock band), DAYMARE (rock band), and Viceroy Kings (rock band). 10 p.m. $5 cover. Music at 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 13
Saturday brings us the Dayton Strong benefit show with music, food and fun. This event is brought to you by a partnership between Five Rivers MetroParks, SOCHE, The Dayton Foundation and many caring community partners who want to honor those in the Miami Valley who were impacted by the recent tornadoes. This is a free event, however donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds go toward The Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, established by The Dayton Foundation, to help rebuild the community. See the full entertainment schedule below. The entire event runs from 1-6 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark. All ages! Bonus: RTA will be offering FREE rides on routes to and from the event. Note: This event is weather dependent.
1-1:10 p.m. — All Community/Unity Choir
1:25-2:05 p.m. — Just Vince and the Fellas
2:20-3 p.m. — The Sinclair Community College Faculty Jazz Combo
3:15-3:55 p.m. — Jamie Suttle
4:10-4:50 p.m. — Moment's Notice Band
5:05-5:50 p.m. — Dayton Funk All-Stars
Saturday at Levitt Pavilion, you can catch The Right Now, a pop-meets-soul band that features Stefanie Berecz’s captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums. 7-9 p.m. All ages. Free!
Speaking of powerhouse females, you can catch local ones at Yellow Cab on Saturday. The evening is headlined by Dayton’s own novena, who delivers unmistakable vocals, killer bass lines, and backbeat driving through the heart of their original songs. They are supported by Dayton's own Amber Hargett,. Cincinnati’s Sarah Asher, and Yellow Springs soul sister Rachel Litteral. Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. $8 cover.
And as always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
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