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Wednesday, March 20
On Wednesday evening you can discover Women of the World, a quartet that brings together women of Japanese, Indian, Haitian, and Italian heritage, featuring original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist. Since 2008, they have journeyed through the music of Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, presenting audiences an exhilarating experience through chants, story telling, dance, percussion, and improvisation. This is a cappella at its most compelling. Watch them at University of Dayton’s Kennedy Union Ballroom. Performance starts at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $5-$18.
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If you’re out and about on Wednesdays in the Oregon District, check out the lovely Ms Reyna Spears performing a solo acoustic evening at Tumbleweed Connection. 9pm-1am. 21+
Thursday, March 21
On Thursday, you have the opportunity to join in the Levitt Community Mixer from 5-8pm at Hannah’s located on Ludlow right next to the Arts Garage. This is a great way to reconnect and learn about new music coming up for the summer at the new Levitt Pavilion. Enjoy music from Andy Rush, along with the fresh Chesapeake Bay oysters Hannah’s has on special!
Friday March 22
If you’re looking for music right after work on Friday, then I’d head over to see Doug Hart performing solo acoustic at Oregon Express from 5-8pm. He’s a fantastic musician, and the pizza is hard to beat. Plus there’s no cover charge!
Country fans will be delighted to hear that Dwight Yoakam is in town performing at Hobart Arena with special guest Noah Guthrie. Dwight Yoakam is a household name, selling more than 25 million albums worldwide, as a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner, and as an actor on film and television. He’ll be sharing the stage with Guthrie, a South Carolina based, singer/songwriter who made a name for himself as a prodigy discovered on YouTube and then to later fame on the tv show Glee. Enjoy both of these national acts in Troy. Doors 6:30pm. Show 8pm. Tickets start at $37+
Another national tour, featuring the popular Detroit hip hop group Twiztid, is also in town on Friday at Oddbody’s Music Room. They are celebrating 10 years of W.I.C.K.E.D. with local support from Menace 2 Sobriety, Mass Murder Media, and 211. Tickets are $20 advance. $25 day of show. For ticket info and more information, click here. 6pm. 18+
On a local level, there are lots of great new, conscious and cool rock groups to check out on Friday evening. Over at downtown Dayton’s Encore Live Room, you can catch Nashville’s Caleb Blair, along with locals Noah Fogg, Libby Dietrix and Graham Tayton. $5 Advance / $10 Day of Show. 7-10pm.
Roots rock, or self described “clusterfolk”, is on the menu at the Trolley Stop on Friday. They’re hosting The Devil Doves, a Columbus band that’s been delighting audiences for nearly a decade. They are thawing out from the winter and getting ready to ride those highways back to your heart. Music from 9:30pm-12:30am. $5 cover. 21+
You can also catch Mission Man at Blind Bob's on Friday night in the Oregon District. This is his CD Release Tour kickoff show for "The Music Arcade," which comes out the same day! Mission Man plays drums, bass, guitar, keyboard while raps and singing, creating a unique musical blend of hip hop, funk, pop, rock and jazz. 10pm. $5 cover. 21+
Hip Hop is happening at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on Friday night too with Josh Thrasher & Matt Alflen. Brandon Combs DJing all night with additional music from Luv Locz, WeirDose w/ Juan Cosby, The Bread Heals, The Midget Danish, Steve Cooley w/ Larry Magglio, Rebel Spazz, Josh Thrasher, DJ B HoneyCombs. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+
If you’re looking for hard rock, there is going to plenty of it downtown of Friday too. Hannah's hosts local bands Death By Fetish, Far From Eden and Burn The Dead. 9pm. $5 at the door. 21+ While over at The Stage Door (44 N Jefferson downtown), they’ll have Freight, Salvadore Ross and Choke Hazard performing. Remember your ear plugs kids!
The Typical Johnsons, the local alternative country artists that have been raising their profile show by show, will be performing at Peach’s Grill on Friday night. Would be a great after party for those heading home from the Dwight Yoakam concert out at Wright State! Music starts at 10pm. No cover. 21+
Saturday, March 23
On Saturday, you can do a fun daytime outing to see the Outer Vibe, a multi-instrumentalist three-piece rock outfit with an innovative approach toward pop-styled songwriting. The Outer Vibe executes arrangements with the boldness of the great power trios such as The Police, Sublime, and Muse. The three members have been writing, recording, and performing together for 15 years, which is easily recognizable by their onstage chemistry. They’ll be performing live at Omega Music (in the Oregon District) in a stripped down acoustic set! This show is free & all ages from 2-3pm.
Help celebrate Kaleidoscope's 10th anniversary on the air on WYSO 91.3FM by attending a very special edition of the Kaleidoscope Series at Ghostlight Coffee on Saturday. We'll be treated to music from members of Human Cannonball, the very first band that ever played live the show. As always, 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 best seats in the house, and tasty treat from the Ghostlight Bakehouse. Free show. All ages!
Local Americana band Age Nowhere is celebrating the release of their debut album, "Airport Sounds" in truly-Midwestern fashion – with a family get-together. They will be joined by The New Old-Fashioned, Seth Gilliam & The Fake News, Charlie and Amanda Jackson, and other special guests at Yellow Cab Tavern. Tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite! $7 presale. $10 at the door. Doors 6:30pm. Music 7pm.
North of town, don’t miss Nasty Bingo’s debut performance at Little York Tavern. There you can get delicious pizza and beer on as you groove to the flying folkedelia from one of Dayton’s most talented and fun groups!. Music from 8-11pm. Free show! 21+ after 9pm.
Late night, Blind Bob’s presents a mix of new and up-and-coming alternative-indie-pop bands on Saturday with Kerchief, New World Natives, New Moons, and King Serpent. I’m personally psyched to check out the latter, King Serpent, as it’s been too long since I’ve seen Liza rock out. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+
Over at South Park Tavern, there’s a double bill of New York City psych rock with Upright Man and Kyle Duke and the Brown Bag Boys. Upright Man is a New York City-based rock band that met while studying classical music composition at New York University. They intuitively combine influences like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Crowded House, Little Feat, and the Beatles. The result is a tapestry of alternative, psychedelic, progressive and classic rock with complex harmonies and time signatures. Kyle Duke and the Brown Bag Boys (Brooklyn, NY) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and a rising artist with his one-man lo-fi brand of psychedelic, guitar-driven rock. He’ll be performing his originals live with the help of his band The Brown Bag Boys. Music starts 9:30 PM.
Around the corner, Dayton rockers Evil Eye Gypsy, Motel Faces and The Typical Johnsons will be performing at Jimmie's Ladder 11. If you’re looking to support local rock, this is your ticket! $5 at the door, with the music starting at 10pm.
Fan favorites, and world-fusion music group Baoku is back at the Trolley Stop on Saturday night. Nice! What distinguishes their style of world-fusion from other musicians is his integration of African drums such as the Nigerian bata and talking drums, djembe, Senegalese bottom drums and much more into their music. 9:30pm-12:30am. $5 cover. 21+
And as always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
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