Dayton Music Insider: Take a musical adventure with these wintertime festivals

This weekend is full of wintertime festivals and adventures from WinterFolk Festival to DBS Winter Blues Showcase and lots more celebrations! I also mention a couple road trip ideas, if you’re looking for some fantastic funk and jam music within an hour drive. Keep reading to get all the details!

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Friday January 18, 2019

Carmen’s Deli, for the second week in a row, hosts an early set of live music from 6:30-9pm with Donnie Rose & Courtney Wise. This location offers yummy food, and is a great place to pre-game before late night show. No cover charge. 

On Friday evening the Yellow Cab Tavern is hosts Dayton's long standing Grateful Dead tribute band, Terrapin Moon, performing an entire evening of your favorite Dead songs. Doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9pm and tickets are $6 in advance and $9 at the doors. Presale Tickets end on Thursday, January 17 at 11:30pm. Doors at 8pm, Music at 9pm.

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Hannah’s is hosting an intimate evening of acoustic music with Glostik Willy and Chris Bro on Friday evening. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Glostik acoustic! This is truly a unique way to see these up-and-coming rockers. Plus there is a special birthday celebration happening too, so it’s going to be an extra fun night. Doors 9pm. I assume there is a $5 cover. 18+

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The High Definitions, an original rock-blues-soul band from Columbus, comes to Dayton to perform their originals at the Trolley Stop. $5 cover. 9:30pm-1:30am. 21+

Kentucky based singer-songwriter Jasmine “Wonky Tonk” Poole, is an artist who touches on folk, Americana, country, and bluegrass, all anchored by a touch of honky tonk and propelled by her punk attitude. She is performing this Friday with Wonky Tonk and the Highlife at Blind Bob’s, along with support performances from Scary Hotel and Randy Cornett. Doors 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Up-and-coming country artist Clayton Anderson performs at JD Legends on Friday January 18, 2019. CONTRIBUTED

Outside of the downtown area, there are always great shows happening too. South of town, at JD Legends, you can catch popular country star Clayton Anderson. He won Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star battle-of-the-bands competition at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati in 2008, and became the opening act for Chesney's show the next night. That pushed this Indiana native to move to Nashville, where he independently released a debut album, Torn Jeans & Tailgates. You can see this exciting performer for just $5 for standing room tickets. Tables for 4 cost $75. All tickets available here. Performance starts at 9:30pm.

Dayton’s own rockabilly band Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds are shakin’ things up at Peach’s Grill on Friday night. They know how to warm up a cold winter evening! Music starts at 10pm. No cover!

Saturday January 19, 2019

Another Roll’n’Roll Lunch is planned at South Park Tavern, but with a bittersweet twist. The Guilty Pleasures beloved brother and guitarist, Tod, will be performing with them for the final time as he is moving from Dayton. Come out and show your appreciation for this great man who has given us all so much wonderful music over the years! No cover. 12-3pm. 

WYSO’s Kaleidoscope show is celebrating 10th anniversary on the air with a very special edition of the Kaleidoscope Series at Ghostlight Coffee! The first band that ever played live on Kaleidoscope was Human Cannonball, so they are the natural pick to perform at this special celebration. Remember, space is limited and the grinders and cappuccino machine will go off when the music starts so be sure to arrive when the doors open at 7:30pm for your favorite drinks, the best seats in the house, and tasty treat from the Ghostlight Bakehouse. Music starts at 8pm. $5 cover. 

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Saturday night evening also brings us the 6th annual WinterFolk Festival at the Yellow Cab Tavern. This year they will once again have nonstop music all night, featuring Young Heirlooms, OldNews, Biscuits & Gravy, Windsor Knotts & Co, Amber Hargett, Daniel Dye. Ellie Mae Mitchell and Thaddeus Williams.

Also, enjoy visual art from Christine Gaffney - paint, mixed media, Jim Shirey - photography, and Douglas Fiely - paint, printmaking. Harvest Mobile Cuisine, with its farm-fresh comfort food, will be on hand to fill your belly and craft beer & cocktails are available to those 21+. All ages allowed into performance. Doors 7pm. Performance 8pm. Tickets will be cash sale at the door for $15. 

One of my favorite local bands is Subterranean, a jam rock quartet that is known for their with infectious grooves, and is elevated by soaring guitar and soulfully seasoned saxophone. They are performing at Hannah’s on Saturday night with Toledo’s Baccano. Baccano performs from 10-11pm. Subterranean from 11:30pm-1:30am. This will be a fun show for sure! $5 cover. 21+

Those of you looking to rock out can also turn to Blind Bob's Bar on Saturday. They are hosting Grenades!?manners, please. and Forage. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+ 

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is hosting Grigio’s album release show on Saturday night, with support from Smoking Television and Bird Brain Breakfast. Some cool new music to check out! Show starts at 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

The Trolley Stop is hosting Pittsburgh’s Clock Reads on Saturday night. Their music is influenced by a wide range of sounds including jazz, funk, Latin and classic rock. $5 cover. 9:30pm-1:30am. 21+

Last but not least on Saturday night, the Dayton Blues Society’s Winter Blues Showcase is happening at WO Wrights. There you can enjoy a rare appearance from Teeny Tucker and her band, plus they send off The Doug Hart Band and Allen Talbott to Memphis with this great showcase. $10 at the door. 7pm-12am

Road Trip Ideas: 

One of the nation’s most exciting funk bands, Lettuce, will be performing in Covington’s Madison Theatre on Thursday January 24, 2019. CONTRIBUTED

If you’re pining to get out of town for some winter fun, may I recommend and/or remind you that Umphrey’s McGee will be performing at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on both Friday and Saturday nights (Jan 18 & 19). They are an incredible national jam rock band that is always fun to see! Doors 6pm. Show 7pm. Tickets start at $30. 

Next Thursday, Jan 24th, all the Dayton funk fans will love to see Lettuce at Madison Theatre in Covington, KY. They are known nationally for their psychedelic sonics, blissful grooves, jazz rhythms and hip-hop inspired beats. Lettuce’s latest album, Witches Stew, is the band’s contemporary jazz fusion tribute to Miles Davis. Nice! Doors 8pm. Show 9pm. Tickets are $22 in advance. $25 day of show. All ages. 

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: 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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