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Dayton Music Insider: Summer solstice celebrations

The first day of summer is this Friday, and the entire weekend is packed with summer solstice celebrations! So much “don’t miss” music happening at every turn. Keep reading to get all the details!

Thursday, June 20

The Yellow Cab Tavern is excited to celebrate the summer solstice with a 4-night concert series with some of the area’s most talented musicians playing some of their favorite music! Thursday night kicks off the weekend long festivities with Live Band Karaoke with The Big Wazu. Some of my fave musicians will be on stage hosting one heck of a party! Doors 7pm. Music 8-11pm. $7 advance. $10 day of show.

>>Yellow Cab to say ‘hello’ to summer with four-night concert series 

Levitt Pavilion continues the summer season with indie folk band Horse Feathers, hailing from Portland, Oregon. Music starts at 7pm, and as always, is free and open to the public of all ages! Remember to bring a blanket or chair, and relax with friends. Remember, it’s officially summer!

Singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald is on the road this summer on a co-headlining U.S. tour with R&B legend Chaka Khan. The tour will be in Huber Heights this Thursday at The Rose Music CenterDevon Gilfillian joins the show as the supporting act at 7pm. Doors 6pm. Tickets start at $43+

Thursday is jammed with music! Over at Fraze Pavilion, catch Chris Janson, a platinum-selling, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter who is making waves on the country chart. He is joined by special guest Walker Montgomery. $25 general admission (limited quantity). 7:30pm.

>>Thunderbirds coming to Kettering this Thursday

Dayton locals Crossing the Rubicon get experimental with progressive rock with special guests Faintlife from Chicago. Music starts at 10pm at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. $5 cover. 21+

Friday, June 21 

Friday’s date night alert: Flor De Toloache, the Latin Grammy Award-winning, all-female mariachi sensation presents an electrifying evening of soaring vocals, plush harmonies, and genre-busting fusions of mariachi, jazz, salsa, pop and more at Levitt Pavilion! Music starts at 7pm. Free. All ages.

Yellow Cab Tavern celebrates the anniversary of Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand with the Blazing Gentlemen, a salty salute to Dayton, Ohio's finest. These Northern Kentucky gentlemen will be performing this classic album twenty-five years to the day from its release! This event follows June's Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies - so come early and come hungry! Special guest Chuck Papp opens the show. All proceeds will be donated to tornado relief recover! Cover starts at 9pm, music starts at 10pm. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the doors. Presale tickets available here. 

>>Kick off your weekend with street eats at Yellow Cab food truck event

There are even more feel good shows on Friday night! Musicians For Unity and Blind Bob's present Rock To Stop, a benefit concert to help stop domestic violence, featuring music by McGuff & the Dumpster Fires, Kool Aid Kult, and Sunset Junkies. All proceeds go to the Artemis Center in Dayton. 10pm. $5 at the door. 21+

Kings of Chaos take over Fraze Pavilion on Friday night. This rock supergroup features Matt Sorum (The Cult, Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Deadland Ritual,) with additional members of from Megadeth, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Foreigner, Ratt and John Mellencamp. They will perform their collective hits in a way you’ve never heard them before. Show at 7:30pm. Tickets $45+

The Jah Soul Family gets funky in Vandalia during the Dayton Airshow weekend to celebrate the First Day of Summer 2019! They are gonna bring their disco - funk - reggae - rock sound to Oscar's Bar. This is one of the few shows they are performing this summer! Get on it! Music from 9:30pm-1:30am.

Saturday, June 22

The songs that Matt Beilis (pronounced Bay-liss) crafts combine his singer-songwriter aesthetic with electronic beats and pop hooks. His videos resonated with fans immediately. “Perfect for Me” was featured by PeopleMagazine.com calling it one of “the most important things on the internet” and has since racked up well over 1,000,000 spins on Spotify. He is performing with support from BJSR at Levitt Pavilion on Saturday. 7pm. Free. All ages. 

Yellow Cab’s Summer Solstice series continues with one of my favorites - Old and in the Way with Stringus Khan. This show is ideal for fans of Americana, roots rock, bluegrass or string music of any kind! The original band was comprised of Peter Rowan (guitar, vocals), Vassar Clements (fiddle), Jerry Garcia (banjo, vocals), David Grisman (mandolin, vocals), and John Kahn (string bass). See the local version of this super group at 9pm on Saturday. Doors 8pm. $7 advance. $10 at the door. 

The uber popular group O.A.R. is on tour performing fan favorites from their extensive catalog as well as brand-new material from the band’s forthcoming album, The Mighty. The tour will make a stop in Huber Heights, OH at Rose Music Center on Saturday with support by special guests Welshly Arms and Huntertones. Doors 6pm. Show 7pm. Tickets available for $23.50 and up. 

On Saturday, enjoy the 15th Annual Concert at Fraze Pavilion benefiting Project READ, the Dayton area’s literacy coalition Bookstock: A Woodstock Revival is a celebration of the music played at Woodstock 50 years ago! Bands include Deron Bell & Silky T featuring the Woodstock All Stars playing the music of Jimi Hendrix, Sly & Family Stone and Santana; Arrows of Neon & Friends playing the music of Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker; and Locking Up Otis playing the music of The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more! Bring a book with you to donate to Project Read the night of the concert. Raffle tickets sold on site to support Project READ. Dozens of great prizes available! $15 general admission. $5 price increase day of show. 7:30pm.

Late night Blind Bob's gets seriously rockin’ with the release of the new A Voice Of Your Own album "Satellites". Their friends NightbeastLegbone and Smoke Parade round out this amazing night of punk and party rock! Recommend you get their early! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+
Age of Nowhere, Seth Gilliam & The Fake News, Samantha Rogers and Matt Terry all perform at South Park Tavern on Saturday night. This will be great for Americana rock fans! Music at 9pm. Free entry!

Saturday, June 23

Summer fun continues on Sunday with the “must see” band The Accidentals at Levitt Pavilion. Billboard Magazine says, “The Accidentals display a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.” NPR says, “they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression.” 7pm. Free admission. All ages.

The alternative band Better Off, hailing from Nashville, is swinging through town with support from Ohio grunge and pop/punk bands WeatherveinOvergrow and Better Anyway at Dayton’s newest venue: The Brightside Music & Event Venue. 7pm. All these bands for $10! All ages. 

And for all those Grateful Dead fans out there, it’s gonna be a true Sunday Funday with Yellow Cab Tavern’s Summer Solstice: The Grateful Dead with Arrows of Neon. Cover starts at 7pm, music starts at 8pm and tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the doors. Always a fun time with this crew!

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)

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