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Dayton Music Insider: We are Dayton Strong

My dear readers and friends, this week’s blog has been difficult to write, to say the least. It’s been challenging to put words together, in light of the mass shooting that happened in the heart of our music community. Is it even appropriate to tell you all about fun and live music, while we are dealing with such a heavy load of shock, sadness, and anger? 

Everyone processes grief differently. Some of us need solitude, some of us need to stay busy, some of us need hugs — lots of hugs.

Director Kevin Smith tweeted after the Dayton shooting: “Please create something today. Create something positive. Create on behalf of all the people killed in the last 24 hours, robbed of their chance to ever create again. Create because you might help someone get through all this destruction with your creation.”

For those of us who are creators, let’s create; for those of us who need stress relief and music is your outlet, read below; for those of us who need time, I honor and respect you. I sincerely love you all. We truly are, Dayton Strong. 

>> 50 free concerts at Levitt Pavilion this summer

>> Who’s playing at Levitt Pavilion this week?

Friday, Aug. 16

The Repeating Arms | Aug. 16 | Bluegrass/Americana Levitt Pavilion Dayton has announced its 2019 season. This year’s concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There will be a family concerts third Sunday of each month — except Sunday, July 21 — at 4:30 p.m. The Greatest Showman will be shown t the pavilion Sunday, July 21 beginning at at dusk as part of the PNC Family Series.

On Friday, Levitt Pavilion Dayton presents The Repeating Arms, a local four-piece string band from who share an unbridled love for music – Harold Hensley on guitar, Max Nunery on banjo, guitar, lap steel and vox, Chip Pritchard on upright bass, and Brian Spirk on mandolin. Be sure to bring your picnic blankets and chairs. Music 7-9 p.m. All ages. Free.

Another free outdoor show is happening at RiverScape, which is part of Five River MetroPark’s R&B Hot Summer Music Series. This Friday, Authorized Personnel performs right on the river! Bring a lawn chair for seating and don't forget your dancing shoes! Weather Dependent. 7:30-9:30 p.m. All ages. Free.

At Yellow Cab Tavern, you can enjoy Beer! A Celebration of Dayton Brewing and August's Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally - Beer!, then stick around as the hosts a late night of bluegrass music featuring an evening with Dayton's own Stringus Khan. Cover starts at 9 p.m, music starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $5 in advance and at the doors. Presale tickets available here.

Put a big band aid on your heart with The Big Wazu at Tumbleweed Connection. They are some of my favorite folks, playing some familiar favorites. Lots of smiles to be had! $5 cover. 21+

Over at Blind Bob’s, they’re hosting local rockers Viceroy Kings, CHEER-ACCIDENT, and Others by No One. 9 p.m. doors. $5, 21+

Saturday, Aug. 17

One of the early music benefits for the victims and families of the tragic Oregon District shootings is happening on Saturday at Turnbuckles. The rockin’ line-up includes: FREEPORTNew World NativesThe Typical JohnsonsBetter AnywayBundy and The SpinsBÈR (debut show). Music 6:30-11:30 p.m. $10 at the door and we will also have a donation box at the front door to collect any extra money you all wish to donate! All ages.

Parsonsfield | Saturday, Aug. 17 | Folk/Americana   Levitt Pavilion Dayton has announced its 2019 season. This year’s concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There will be a family concerts third Sunday of each month — except Sunday, July 21 — at 4:30 p.m. The Greatest Showman will be shown t the pavilion Sunday, July 21 beginning at at dusk as part of the PNC Family Series.

On Saturday Levitt Pavilion Dayton presents Parsonsfield, a folk-rock outfit known for their rich harmonies, vibrant songwriting and energetic live performances. They’ve been praised for making “the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas” (NPR). Their rowdy live performances only upped the ante, with The Bluegrass Situation falling for their “fun and frenzy” and No Depression raving that they’ll “give you rich five-part harmonies one minute…then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms.” 7-9 p.m. All ages. Free.

For the second time ever, live from the rooftop of the Yellow Cab Tavern in downtown Dayton, Ohio, it's Come Together! - an all-Dayton Rooftop Tribute to The Beatles! PLUS - Stay Together - the local bands behind Come Together, featuring Bribing Senators, The New Old-Fashioned, Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds, Seth Gilliam & The Fake News and Lioness will be performing right after the last song is played from the roof of the Yellow Cab Tavern. Cover starts at 5 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 on the day of the show, all ages admitted!

As always, thank you for supporting live music! 

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. This is a listing of interesting original live music in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. Want your show to be considered in future blogs? Send an email to at least 2 weeks before your show to: daytonmusicinsider@gmail.com. You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy the show! 

And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider, 

Libby Ballengee

Blogger, podcaster, journalist and huge local music fan Libby Ballengee has started her own production company, Venus Child Productions, as a vehicle to attract local and national acts to the Dayton area and add performance art to concerts for a unique music experience. (Source: Libby Ballengee Facebook, Contributed)

Note to Readers: Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. This is a listing of interesting original live music in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. Want your show to be considered in future blogs? Send an email to at least 2 weeks before your show to: daytonmusicinsider@gmail.com. You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy the show! 

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