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Dayton Music Insider: This one’s for the ladies

It’s all about the ladies this week with female-focused events happening throughout the Dayton arts community: from Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill celebrating the life and music of Billie Holliday at The Human Race, to Ladyfest Dayton, an annual local two-day festival highlighting Dayton’s female creatives. Plus, Puzzle of Light on Saturday features the lovely Sandy Bashaw. Love it!

A personal bonus: the ultra talented Jennifer Hartswick is making her Dayton debut on Wednesday, Sept. 18, which is doubling as a birthday celebration for yours truly. This is a truly exciting time to check out all the amazing women making incredible music. Keep reading to get all the details!

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All month

I don’t mention theater events too often, but I would be remiss if I didn’t let my readers know about the month-long run of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which celebrates the life and music of Billie Holliday at The Human Race Theatre.

In 1959, Billie Holiday, or “Lady Day” as she was called, performed one of her final shows in a run-down bar in South Philly. With the help of her piano man, Jimmy Powers, she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful and heart-wrenching songs from her memorable canon including: “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and “Taint Nobody’s Business If I Do.”

Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under the age of 15. Runs from Sept. 12–29, 2019. Tickets start at $16. More info here. 

All weekend

All are welcome to Ladyfest Dayton this weekend! This is an annual, volunteer-run event celebrating women in art and music. This year, Yellow Cab Tavern will donate the door proceeds to The Dayton Foundation to aid the victims and families hurt by the recent tragedies in our community. 

Branch & Bone Artisan Ales will premier a limited edition Ladyfest Dayton 2019 beer, "The Liz Lemon" — a hazy lemongrass pale ale. The event runs Sept. 13 & 14 at Yellow Cab Tavern (see schedule below). $7 donation. All ages. 12 and under free.

Paige Beller & Kyleen Downes (pictured) | Saturday, July 20 | Rock 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

Friday, Sept 13th

Doors at 6 p.m.  

6:30pm - S.O.N.A Songwriter Showcase

7:20pm - Kyleen Downes (band)

7:55pm - Neo American Pioneers

8:30pm - Sheri Streeter

9:05pm - a Shade of Red

9:40pm - Amber Hargett Music (and the Who's Who)

10:15pm - YIKES A BAND

10:50pm - A b r a x a s

11:25pm - Houseghost

12pm - Lashes

12:35pm - SKRT

Saturday, Sept 14th

Doors at 4 p.m. 

4:30pm - A Minor Student Showcase

5:30pm - SONA : The Society of Neutral Angels Songwriters in the Round

6:35pm - novena

7:10pm - New World Natives

7:45pm - Jess Lamb and The Factory

8:20pm - Calamity Day

8:55pm- Creamboy

9:30pm - Lioness

10:05pm - Shellshag

10:40pm - Lung

11:15pm - Flatty Patty, Murray, and Mister Ri

11:50pm- Abertooth Lincoln

12:25pm - Jasper the Colossal

Friday, Sept. 13

On Friday, September 13, 2019, Levitt Pavilion presents the music of HuDost, from Kentucky. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

On Friday, Levitt Pavilion presents the music of HuDost, from Kentucky. They weave a tapestry of Folk, World, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners. Having toured the U.S., Canada and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded. Since 2015, they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as KY Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty). 7pm. Free! All ages.

Turnbuckles (638 Watervliet Ave) has a rockin’ and rollin’ early evening in store on Friday night with the punk rock and rockabilly bands Give Ups, the Viceroy KingsThe Typical Johnsons and Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds. Expect high energy fun! $7 cover. All ages. 7-11pm

Late night, the punk rock-theme continues over at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 where Duderus has returned! Local legends Legbone and Slur kick off the evening at 10 p.m. $5 cover. 21+ 

Saturday, Sept. 14

On Saturday, the 19th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival offers entertainment for all ages. Dance to hot and electrifying Latin music and enjoy delicious food, children’s activities, demonstrations of art, food, crafts and traditional dress. 11am - 11pm. Weather Dependent. All ages. Free! 

On Saturday, Levitt Pavilion presents country artist Casey Allen. Despite growing up in the small country town of Coshocton, Ohio, Allen carries an eclectic variety of musical influences like Def Leppard, Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake, Goo Goo Dolls and Neal McCoy but truly has his family’s musical history to thank for his uniquely edgy, country-infused sound. Allen captivates audiences across the country with his high energy performance and charismatic spirit. 7 p.m. Free! All ages.

Eyes Set To Kill, hard rockers from Tempe, Ariz., are set to rock out Turnbuckles with special guest locals KnaveryAbsent SoulBefore My Eyes, and Burning Hollywood. Presales $10. Doors 7pm. Show 7-11pm. No Re-entry. 

Dayton’s beloved world-music band Puzzle of Light, is at Bar Granada on Saturday night. This lovely group of musicians are truly world class, and truly suits the adventurous, world-inspired vibe of Bar Granada. Doors at 7:30pm. $8 cover. Street parking available. Parking lot adjacent to building on Monument Avenue $1 on exit after 8pm.

Anamorph, a Raleigh-based quartet, performs in Dayton on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Blind Bob’s. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Photo: Brian Krahe

Anamorph, a Raleigh-based quartet that deftly weave notes of prog-rock, prog-metal, tech death, math rock, post rock, atmospheric and other influences together, is in Dayton this Saturday night at Blind Bob’s. They’re performing with Others By No One and Crossing the Rubicon, who are kicking off the night. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Flam Feeva & K. Carter present "LYRICIST LOUNGE" at Jimmie's Ladder 11 on Saturday, September 14, 2019. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Catch a super cool hip hop show featuring Flam Feeva & K. Carter "LYRICIST LOUNGE" At Jimmie's Ladder 11 on Saturday night. Very excited about this show! One of the “don’t miss” shows of the weekend - especially for anyone who remotely enjoys hip hop. Music 10pm - 2am. 18 & Up. $5 cover. 

Wednesday, Sept. 18

World-renowned musicians Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino perform at The Brightside on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

One of my favorite female musicians touring currently, Jennifer Hartswick, is making her Dayton debut at The Brightside on Wednesday. She is joined by Nick Cassarino, an amazing guitarist from Brooklyn, who blew local audiences away earlier this spring with his band The Nth Power. So excited to host these two! The stage will be warmed up for this duo by Dayton’s own guitar god, Chris Houser from The Werks. This is going to be an intimate show that jazz and jam fans alike won’t want to miss! Doors 7pm. Music 8-11pm. $15 adv, $18 at the door. All ages welcome. 

The Ohio Players are lead by "James "Diamond" Williams. Founded in Dayton, the band is working on a new album.
Photo: Hand-out/Ohio Players

The leaders of some of Dayton’s Legendary Funk Bands have joined efforts with Planned2Give, a non-profit fundraising organization, to raise funds to help the survivors of the recent tornados in their recovery process. #937- Live, Legends for Relief is a benefit concert with some of Dayton’s top, platinum selling recording artists. The Ohio Players, The Original Lakeside, Zapp, and special guest Steve Arrington, among others, have graciously donated their time and talents to create this special performance. The concert will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, Ohio. Doors 6pm. Show 7pm. Tickets $30, more info here.

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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