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Dayton Music Insider: Sing Dayton and a week’s worth of music

This week’s blog is really a weeklong blog, as there are very cool musical events happening almost every single day this week! Plus it’s quite an eclectic line up that covers classical, Celtic, jazz, metal, soul, southern rock, dream pop, alternative rock, along with tributes to some of music fans favorites: Guided by Voices and The Beatles! 

Don’t miss out on these great shows! Keep reading to get all the details...

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Tuesday, February 19

The Bach Society of Dayton presents Sing Dayton from 6-9pm on Tuesday February 19, 2019 at Yellow Cab Tavern. CONTRIBUTED

Any of you miss being in a choir? Or you love to sing, but karoke is a bit too much in the spotlight? If there is a singer living inside you that’s waiting to come out, there’s an event just for you! Tuesday evening, the Bach Society of Dayton presents Sing Dayton. Imagine: People all around you choosing vocal parts for a popular song. The music director stands up and guides everyone through the harmonies. Voices merge, spirits lift, time slides… “Beer Break!” rings out, and the camaraderie continues, all the way to the next round of song. Song sheets are provided. Hard drinks and soft drinks are available for purchase. Pizza courtesy of Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory. Newcomers, choral ninjas, and all ages are welcome. Festivities from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Yellow Cab Tavern. $5 admission.

Wednesday, February 20

On Wednesday, February 20, University of Dayton presents Terell Stafford Quintet at 7:30pm at Sears Recital Hall. CONTRIBUTED

On Wednesday, The University of Dayton presents Terell Stafford Quintet. Known as a master of the trumpet, Terell Stafford is a gifted and versatile performer, collaborator and educator. With his quintet, he delivers a classic sound full of authority as well as warmth. Based in New York City, Stafford is Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). He can be heard performing on over 130 albums, several of them Grammy nominated classics. Performance at 7:30pm at Sears Recital Hall. Ticket information: UD Students: FREE. Student/Child (8-18): $8. UD Fac/Staff/Alumni & Seniors: $15. General Admission: $18. To secure tickets or get more information, call (937) 229-2545.

Every Wednesday evening Hannah's on Ludlow presents the Vibe Session featuring a rotating cast of local musicians (as available), along with Jack Turner (aka one of the coolest guys I know!) spinning vinyl from his legendary collection. Either way, it’s a fun time for music lovers! Starts around 9 p.m. 21+

Thursday, February 21

Metal fans in the area, there’s a big show happening on Thursday over at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Toledo's Mutilatred bringing their heavy death metal to the stage, as well as Cincinnati's Sewage Grinder and Dayton's Apartment 664 and Lectularius. Doors at 9 p.m. $5 cover. 21+

Friday, February 22

On both Friday and Saturday evenings February 22 & 23, 2019, The Dayton Philharmonic presents Celtic Spirit featuring Eileen Ivers, a master of the Irish fiddle, who will join the DPO for an evening of Celtic music and tradition. CONTRIBUTED

On both Friday and Saturday nights this weekend, The Dayton Philharmonic presents Celtic Spirit featuring Eileen Ivers, a master of the Irish fiddle, who will join the DPO for an evening of Celtic music and tradition. This Grammy award winner has been hailed by the New York Times as “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” Sounds like an amazing show, so get out of the February cold and into the warm hearth of music that will envelop the Schuster in Celtic Spirit. Performances both Friday and Saturday evenings start at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center. Ticket prices start at $14 + applicable fees. Don’t forget there is special pricing available for seniors, military, educators, and students!

On Friday night you can catch soul singer Bashiri Asad (Indianapolis) at the Trolley Stop. Bashiri’s vocals were honed in a variety of ways, from shoo-wop style singing groups to classical vocal training, and is influenced by Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. Sounds like a great date night! Music from 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. $5 cover. 21+ 

Blind Bob's Bar presents an evening full of dream pop and alternative rock from Cincinnati’s MOIRA and MARR, along with doomy rock’n’roll from Gaffer Project (Roanoke, VA), and Dayton’s own Paige Beller! 9 p.m. $5 cover. 21+

Common Center is a 7-piece ensemble from Covington that includes a 12-string guitar, violin, saxophone, keyboards, bass, and drums. They will be rockin’ out at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs with Zoo Trippin’ from Columbus. No cover. Music starts at 10 p.m. 21+

Saturday, February 23

On Saturday, The Yellow Cab Tavern is excited to welcome the Blazing Gentlemen, who will perform the entirety of Guided By Voices’ classic album Do The Collapse 20 years after its release, along with a salty salute to other hits, live favorites and deep cuts. To mark the occasion, there will be an exclusive first-tapping of Branch & Bone Artisan Ales's "Hold on Hops," an American light lager. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance. $10 at the doors. Note: Presale tickets available here until Friday, Feb. 22. 

The Springfield Arts Council presents BritBeat: a multimedia concert journey through Beatles music history, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center on Feb. 23. CONTRIBUTED

The Springfield Arts Council presents BritBeat: a multimedia concert journey through Beatles music history , from their early days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, dynamic debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, and attendance-breaking concert at Shea Stadium, onward through the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper era, and into the later years of Abbey Road and the White Album. The show is complete with immersive, captivating moving multimedia that intertwines with the moods and emotions of the Beatles’ iconic music catalog. Performance 8 p.m. at Clark State Performing Arts Center Kuss Auditorium (300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield). Tickets start at $32. 

Out in Englewood, the Courtyard Lounge presents Lucky Mic, Controversy for BreakfastChad Cremeans and the Decent Fellers. They are influenced by Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band, among others. Will be a fun night for those lovin’ a southern rock kind of a night! Music  9:30 p.m. $5 Cover. 21+

Rock fans have a full helping at Jimmie's Ladder 11 with Death By FetishA Shade Of Red and Kool-Aid Kult. $5 at the door. Music 10 p.m. 21+

On Saturday evening, the Nashville based indie/folk band "BRUNS" is swooping through Dayton on a leg of their midwest tour along with support from local indie artists ISICLE & Noah Fogg. This show is happening at the underground Fire Blocks District Secret Speakeasy! A portion of the proceeds are going to Dayton Victory Project, "an after school program mentoring disengaged young men." A donation of $7 will be accepted on arrival. The historical Speakeasy is located in the basement of the Fire Blocks leasing office on 3rd St. The Elevator door opens at 7:00 pm. For more info and to RSVP click here: https://goo.gl/P4rNHf. Note: space is limited.

North of Dayton, Sons Of Giants will be rockin' out at Oscar's Bar in Vandalia. I don't normally mention cover bands too much, but it's Dayton musician Norm Lilly's birthday celebration too, so let's raise a glass to him! 9pm. 21+

Wednesday, February 27

Last but not least, I do want to give you all a head’s up that Eric Jerardi Band’s album release party is happening on Wednesday, Feb 27. This is a free event with tequila samples, so not sure how much more arm twisting you need for this one! It’s gonna be a party at Yellow Cab! Doors 6 p.m. Show 7-10 p.m. No cover. 

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Mark your Calendar!

Head’s up to my most loyal readers to put a flag in your calendar for a couple upcoming, super exciting shows happening in April with my production company Venus Child Productions. On April 9th, The Nth Power, a New Orleans Jazz Fest super group, is coming to Dayton while on tour from Brooklyn back to the Big Easy. And don’t worry, this Tuesday night show will be early, so you all can get to work and school the next day! 

Then on April 19th, aka Good Friday, celebrate Easter weekend and the end of tax season with a big ole dance party featuring 9 piece afro funk dance band Ernie Johnson From Detroit performing all originals that you can’t help but get down to. They are followed by the acclaimed tribute act “This Must Be the Party!” performing Talking Head’s Stop Making Sense album. All I can tell you is that it is pure fun! Tickets for both events will be on sale next week. Check on social media for the release or next week’s blog for a link!

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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