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Dayton Music Insider: Dayton Battle of the Bands begins

One of Dayton’s well-deserved points of pride is its strong history of arts innovation, particularly being the birthplace of funk music, and being one of the most influential cities for the alternative music explosion in the early 90s. 

As we embark on a new decade, I’m excited about what is new and up next from this highly creative community. I’m proud to partner with Carli Dixon at The Brightside Music & Event Venue, as well as Zac Pitts and Ashley Karsten at Sound Valley Dayton, to launch the Dayton Battle of the Bands. This six-week series features new musical acts, and gives them the opportunity to win a prize package aimed at taking them to the next level.

Read more below about this new series and all the amazing shows happening this weekend!

6 Week Series (Jan. 14 to Feb. 25)


You are invited to join the Dayton Battle of the Bands, as it launches this week and occurs every Tuesday evening through the end of February. The goal with the Dayton Battle of the Bands is to shine light on the newest and best bands on the scene, with a focus on a different genre each week. Doors 7 p.m. Music 7:30-10 p.m. Winner announced at 10:30 p.m. All ages. $5 advance ticket or $10 at the door. Learn more here.

>> Learn more: Who will be Dayton’s next rising star? Battle of the Bands coming to Dayton 

Friday, Jan. 17

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and two Broadway phenomenons join forces to honor two singing legends and famed father-daughter duo with Unforgettable: Nat & Natalie. CONTRIBUTED

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and two Broadway phenomenons join forces to honor two singing legends and famed father-daughter duo with Unforgettable: Nat & Natalie. Enjoy their beautiful ballads like “When I Fall in Love,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “This Will Be,” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” Performances take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center. Tickets start at $24 via Ticket Center Stage

Alternative music fans, are in for a treat at Blind Bob’s on Friday. They’ve got a stacked lineup featuring extremely talented local acts including: MOIRAStrobobeanBlossom Hall, and Paige Beller. Now that’s gonna be cool! My advice: get there early to get your spot. 9 p.m. $5 cover. 21+

The Trolley Stop features an evening of Americana and indie rock from The Lone Wolf Hippies, hailing from just south of Dayton. They are new on my radar, and sound right up my alley! Always excited to check out new bands. Music from 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. $5 cover. 21+

The B. C. Duo featuring the extraordinary pairing of 7 string guitarist John "Biskit" Gentry Jr. and percussionist Chris "Cupcake" Ellison. They play an eclectic mix of instrumental music. Catch them on Saturday as they make their New Year 2020 debut at Bar Granada. Door at 8 p.m. $8 cover. 21+

Speaking of new bands on my radar, Chi Chi & The Nightlights are brand new and performing at Jimmie’s Ladder 11, along with Bird Brain Breakfast and Olivia Meade. More to check out! Music at 10 p.m. $5 cover. 21+

Lioness will be playing The Emporium’s Friday night wine tasting. CONTRIBUTED

A very cool show is happening in Yellow Springs on Friday evening: Lioness will be playing The Emporium’s Friday night wine tasting, with special guest Kyleen Downes. Take a tour of some of the world’s finest wines, with flights of 4 tastings are only $10. Entry is free and all ages! Music from 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Saturday evening, don’t miss Funk Unplugged at the PNC Arts Annex downtown. This is a new kind of concert experience featuring the dynamic Dayton Funk All Stars Band. CONTRIBUTED

Saturday evening, don’t miss Funk Unplugged at the PNC Arts Annex downtown. This is a new kind of concert experience featuring the dynamic Dayton Funk All Stars Band. They’ll be playing your favorites but through the reimagined sound of acoustic instruments. Tickets $25-$35 via Ticket Center Stage.

KISS fans will be rockin’ out at The Brightside on Saturday night with Mr. Speed, the world’s best KISS tribute bands. CONTRIBUTED

KISS fans will be rockin’ out at The Brightside on Saturday night with Mr. Speed, the world’s best KISS tribute bands. This all ages show allows the KISS Army to gather for one amazingly fun recreation of their double platinum hits! Local band Blackwater kicks off this show! $15 general admission at The Brightside (905 E 3rd St). VIP sold out. 7 p.m. All ages. 

>> Learn more: Best events in January

Yellow Cab Tavern presents another intimate evening of music and stories at this year’s WinterFolk festival! Enjoy performances from an incredible group of Americana/folk bands including: The Repeating Arms, The New Old Fashioned (acoustic), Biscuits&Gravy, Windsor Knotts, John Dubuc, and Amber Hargett. Doors at 7 p.m., music starts promptly at 8 p.m. $10 cover. 

GoodnightGoodnight celebrates two band members birthdays at South Park Tavern on Saturday night, along with Small Disco (Portsmouth, Ohio) and AnnDromeda (Lexington, Ky). This promises to be a very special show for alternative rock fans! Bonus: No cover charge. Suggested $5 tip for the out of town bands. 9 p.m.

This Pine Box returns home to Dayton, performing at Blind Bob’s. CONTRIBUTED

Also on Saturday, This Pine Box returns home to Dayton, performing at Blind Bob’s with friends Sugadaisy (Bowling Green, KY) and Johnny Conqueroo (Lexington, KY). This promises to be another cool night of indie / alternative rock for Dayton music fans. Music at 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

The Typical Johnsons, Dayton’s very popular Americana-folk-rock band is performing at The Trolley Stop on Saturday night from 9:30 p.m -1:30 a.m. A cozy venue for this awesome act! $5 cover. 21+

Like the heavier stuff? Head over to Turnbuckles for a full night of metal and hard rock with My Dark Reality, Burn The Dead, The Grey Veil, and TheGringo. 7pm at 638 Watervliet Ave. All ages welcome. 

And last but not least, my Yellow Springs friends are in for an awesome night of bluegrass music with Stringhus Khan at Peach’s Grill. This group is the real deal. String fans of all stripes, I highly encourage you to check out this crew. Music 10 p.m. 21+

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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