Dayton Music Insider: Lots of can’t miss shows in Dayton this weekend

Holiday vibes are stirring in the air, and this weekend we rock it punk style with some legendary bands. Plus Paige Beller is back home! Jah Soul is playing their last show of 2018. Lots to get excited about, so keep reading to get all the details!

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Friday November 16

Friday brings local music fans a very special and rockin' evening at Blind Bob’s. This very special and rockin’ evening features Parasites, a legendary punk band from New Jersey that haven’t been back to Dayton since the Sub Galley days! Whoa! They will be performing with local acts The Raging NathansParade Rainer, and GOON. $5 cover - wristband gets you into Tumbleweed, Trolley Stop and Dublin Pub too! 8pm. 21+

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If you’re looking for places to dance and let loose - there are a couple options happening in the Oregon District. Will be fun to bounce between both shows! First up is Jah Soul. They are hosting a Scorpio dance party at Tumbleweed. If you’re a fan of Jah Soul (who isn’t?) - then make sure you’re there - this is their last show of 2018! $5 cover. Music from 9pm-1am. 21+

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Next up is Freakquency! They are bringing their good vibes, and high energy music to Oregon Express. Feel free to get funky with yo’ bad self! This will be a fun one! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Outside of the Oregon District, there is more high energy rock to be had. You can check out and rock out to Lady HandsomeDeath By Fetish, and Motel Faces (Cincinnati) at Hannah’s on Friday night. I’m assuming there is a $5 cover. 10pm. 21+
Original Dayton punk and indie rock is on the menu at South Park Tavern, with Gloomy WeatherThe Daytimers and Bird Brain Breakfast. This is a free show - donations accepted. Doors at 9pm.

Saturday November 17, 2018

The “big show” this weekend features TheRealBigSmo, the incredibly popular southern rapper. He is returning to Oddbody’s with Controversy For BreakfastOrganic BanditsJulia Neville Music, and The Typical Johnsons. Tickets $20. Doors 7pm. Ages 18+

The November edition of The Kaleidoscope series at Ghostlight Coffee features Harold Hensley, one of Dayton’s most beloved singer / songwriters. These intimate monthly shows will feature the best regional acts in a stripped down (but caffeinated) setting perfect for a short night out or the start of your party til morning. Doors 7:30pm. Music 8pm. $5 cover. Please note: 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 Yellow Cab Tavern is hosting a full evening of music by local Dayton, Springfield, and Columbus artists: The American LandscapeDaniel Dye and the Miller Road BandBrother Hill, and Matt Beckler. Very cool! Show starts at 8. $5 cover at the door.

Paige Beller's is back home from two months on tour! Let’s welcome her home Dayton style, and show her some love! She is performing at Blind Bob’s with Greg Rekus (Winnipeg, Canada) and Third Twin Sister (Chicago, IL). 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Nasty Bingo is bringing their folkadelich freakshow back to The Trolley Stop on Saturday night. This is a seriously talented crew, a fun night all around. Music starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

North of town, check out Dayton homegrown rock’n’roll with A Voice of Your Own, Auburndale, and RIND at Wing's Bar and Grille in Vandalia. Oh yeah! 9pm. $5 cover. 

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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