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Dayton Music Insider: Strings and soul

Lots of strings and soul this weekend in the Miami Valley! Enjoy string music from a variety of bands including the iconic Peter Mulvey, The Ragbirds and The Rum River Blend. Get your soul from the return of Jah Soul to a fun night with Jojo Stella. Read on to get all the details!

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Thursday April 25, 2019

Showcase Thursday at Yellow Cab Tavern offers up new local talent during their weekly curated open mic night. This week features Art Casci, Bret Haulk, Mini Bingo, Greg Mahan and Chris Ball. Music 8:30 p.m to midnight. No cover. All ages.

A fresh batch of local indie bands is on the menu at Blind Bob’s with Scary Hotel, Ordinary Madmen, and Iron Lung Maggie. Looking for new alt music to check out? This is your ticket. 9 p.m. $5 cover. 21+

Friday April 26, 2019

The Story Changes, (clockwise from bottom left) Chris Serafini, Mark McMillon and Chris Popadak, host a listening party for the new album, "To Hell With This Delicate Equation," at Omega Music in Dayton on April 26. CONTRIBUTED

On Friday, Omega Music is hosting an exclusive listening party for The Story Changes' new album, To Hell With This Delicate Equation. We'll listen through the full album, and then the band will treat fans to an intimate acoustic set. You'll also have the chance to grab a copy of the new album on vinyl in each of the 3 color variants. Complimentary pizza and coffee will be provided by Pizza Factory, Dayton's Original & Press. 7 p.m. All ages. Free entry.

Peter Mulvey, supporting his new Ani DiFranco-produced album, performs with Shrug at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, April 22. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

Over at Yellow Cab Tavern, they are a stop on the first leg of the release tour for Peter Mulvey's upcoming album, There Is Another World. Check out the first single, "The Fox," here. Promises to be a lovely evening of original music from a prolific storyteller and songwriter. Music 7-10 p.m. Presale $15, At the Door $18. 

It’s gonna be rockin at the new Turnbuckles & Brew (on Watervliet) with punk rockabilly bands Koffin KatsViceroy KingsThe Transylvania Hellhounds and Bundy and the Spins. $10 presale. $13 at the door. Doors 7 p.m. All ages.

Jah Soul | Thursday, Aug. 29 | Funk/Dance 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

One of Dayton’s funky, soulful and beloved bands, Jah Soul is back for spring/summer season with a show at Tumbleweed Connection. They’ve got a reggae feel, and most certainly make you dance! This will be such a fun show. Don’t miss out! $5 cover. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+

It’s live hip-hop at Blind Bob’s on Friday night with TinoCarnage the Executioner, Kudo, Sam Rothstein, and Flamborghini Gallardo. Don’t see a lot of hip-hip nights, so if it’s your thing, make sure you show your support. 10 p.m. $5 cover. 21+

Hannah's is proud to present Latin Night hosted by The Dayton Salsa Project on the Last Friday of every month. Bring your friends, meet new ones, eat, drink and dance the night away. 9 p.m. Music starts at 10 p.m.

North of town, check out Dayton's premiere Tom Petty tribute, Petty Thieves, as they make their debut at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. Bring your dancing shoes and run down a dream with this all-star local band! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 cover. 21+

Salvadore Ross and Enzo will be rockin’ out Mother Stewart’s Brewing in Springfield on Friday night. For those out east of town, sounds like a super fun night. Music 8-11 p.m. 

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Saturday April 27, 2019

The Ragbirds will be the headline act for the fourth annual Dayton Barbecue Rodeo at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on April 27. CONTRIBUTED

Find daytime fun on Saturday at Yellow Cab Tavern, which presents the fourth annual Dayton Barbecue Rodeo. It's a competition. It's a festival. It's a concert. And most importantly, it's a whole lot of delicious barbecue! Live music kicks off from 1-2:15 p.m. with Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds, 2:30-4:05 p.m. with Kyleen Downes Band and headlined from 5-8 p.m. with The Ragbirds, performing folk rock with pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow. Entire event runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $3 entry with kids 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

Bring the whole family to up north to The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday for a fun hands-on music workshop followed by a bluegrass concert at 7:30 with Rum River Blend. At the workshop children will have the opportunity to work with one of our instructors to learn to play a few notes on the same type of instruments that Rum River Blend uses. Then we will all pile up in the Ballroom for a concert with the band and their famous kazoos! Free and all ages! Call 339-0457 or visit www.TroyHayner.org for complete details.

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Classical Mystery Tour joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for “Sgt. Pepper’s Complete,” a symphonic mounting of the Beatles’ landmark 1967 album at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. CONTRIBUTED

Beatles fans rejoice! Our own Dayton Philharmonic shares the stage with the band Classical Mystery Tour for a full performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although the album turned 50 in 2017, the music still exudes the joy and innovation (and sometimes whimsy) that listeners first heard back in June 1967. Tickets start at $37. Check on TicketCenterStage.com or call 937-228-3630 for ticket availability and more information. Performance at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.

Late night, check out Americana tunes from local bands Neo American PioneersSeth Gilliam & The Fake News, and Brandon Berry at South Park Tavern. Free entry! Much fun with these guys. Get there early to grab a seat! I have a feeling this is going to be a very popular show. 9 p.m.

Local rock band Jasper the Colossal hosts their long-time friends The Rough Customers (Lexington Ska perfection) with a super-fun show at Blind Bob’s with support from YIKES A BAND. Doors at 9pm. Music starts at 10pm. $5 cover. Ages 21 and up

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 presents lots of indie bands on Saturday night too. Check out In Winds (Emo Music from Columbus OH), One Small Step (Pop punk from Dayton OH), Spectrvms (Emo/Alternative from Cincinnati OH), and Life In Idle (Pop Punk from Dayton OH). $5 at the door. 9 p.m. All Ages.

Last but not least, Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs is getting down with Jojo Stella, a lyric focused funk-rock-soul trio from Toledo. They are joined by Papa Bear and Make Believe is an Ohio based roots rock ensemble with a touch of soul. Sounds like a fun night for my Yellow Springs friends! Music at 10 p.m. No cover charge!


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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