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Dayton Music Insider: This Must Be the Party!

This weekend’s events are shaping up to be quite the party! However, before I roll into the events happening this week, I want to give a big round of applause to everyone involved in the documentary Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero, which is debuting in Dayton this weekend. All the screenings at Neon as well as the live show at Brightside are sold out. (That’s why you gotta buy in advance!) As someone who got to see Brainiac back in the day, and is affiliated with the Brightside today, this is an incredibly exciting time for so many reasons! I couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Dayton music scene! Read more here

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Keep reading to find out all about the amazing shows happening this holiday weekend!

Wednesday, April 17

Yellow Cab hosts a special early Wednesday show with the 5-piece Isiclegang, the Wild Moccasins from Houston, and Cincinnati's Multimagic. You’ll hear indie, jazz and retro-sounding synths from these three talented groups! Doors open at 7pm. Music starts at 8pm. Tickets are $6 in advance and $9 at the doors.

Friday, April 19

The long awaited return of This Must Be the Party is finally back, this time at The Brightside! This all-star tribute act debuted in 2017 to much acclaim for their amazingly fun recreation of the Talking Head’s “Stop Making Sense” album. This round is even more exciting because the show is kicked off by the all original 9-piece afro-funk-jazz band Ernie Johnson from Detroit. Count em - 18 total musicians on stage! Both bands will knock your socks off! Speaking of, wear comfy shoes, because their collective energy will have you bouncing onto the dance floor! Join in the fun for what will truly be a "Good Friday!" Advance tickets $15. Day of show $20. All ages. Doors 8pm. EJFD 8:30-10pm. TMBTP 10:30pm-12:30am. (Full disclosure, this is “my” show - so hope to see you there!)

Elsewhere in Dayton, there are other fun shows happening. My friends in NovenaLord Kimbo and The G Thang will bring their soul, rock and funk tunes to the Trolley Stop on Friday night. Music at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

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Blind Bob's Bar will be rocking to Salvadore RossYellow Paper Planes (Columbus, OH), North By North (Chicago, IL) and Sadbox on Friday. You’ll experience a mix from power pop to garage rock to psychedelic stylings. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Yellow Cab Tavern hosts the "Cedar City Sweetheart" album release party for Andy Gabbard & the Cool Ranchers with support from M Ross Perkins and Age Nowhere. This lonesome cowboy music is great for those who love Americana, neo-psychedelic, country and roots music! Doors open at 9pm, music starts at 10pm. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the doors. Doors at 9pm, Music at 10pm.

Alternative / indie rock fans looking for new music, check out Nudists On StrikeMind Behavior and Bird Brain Breakfast take the stage at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Music 10pm. $5 Cover. 21+

In Kettering, there is a cover band worth mentioning: the horn-drenched sound of Ohio Brass & Electric makes their debut appearance at Katz Lounge. OB&E's powerful six-piece horn section allows them to authentically recreate the sound of horn-heavy bands. 9pm. $5 cover charge. 21+

In Vandalia, Wings is excited for a great night of local rock with AuburndaleThe Boxcar Suite, and The 1984 Draft. What a special line-up!

Saturday, April 20


Get your noontime music on at South Park Tavern with the Guilty Pleasures. Always a fun way to start your Saturday! Enjoy late night music from GoodnightGoodnight and Klashing Black from Toledo. Music from 9:30pm- 12am. Both the noon and late night shows have no cover charge!

Jazz Central hosts a jazz and neo-soul night with Tre'Sheek, featuring Triple (vocals), Roderick Wilson (trumpet), Jeon McConnel (keys & organ), Jeff Slinker (guitar), and George "Stix" Furman (drums). Admission: $7 in advance; $10 at the Door. Performance 8-10pm.

One of the 4/20 shows you don’t want to miss is Subterranean with Blue Moon Soup at Hannah’s! I love this line-up!! Blue Moon Soup kicks off the night with their original and beloved bluegrass tunes from 10-11:30pm, followed by the infectious grooves of Subterranean 12-1:30am. $10 cover. 21+

Americana is on the menu at Blind Bob’s on Saturday with Ben Stalets & The Forbidden Fruit (Toledo), A Girl Named Genny (Rochester, NY) and our own David Payne. There will be lots of energy and heart at this show! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

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The Yellow Cab Tavern is excited to host Dayton's long standing Grateful Dead tribute band, Terrapin Moon on Saturday, performing two full sets for an entire evening of live and lively songs. Doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9pm. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the doors.

If you’re more in a punk, hard rock kind of mood, head over to see Raging Nathans, Prozacs, Yardboss and No Balance at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on Saturday night. Music at 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

In Vandalia, Oscar’s Bar presents their own super heavy night of hard rock music with regional bands Bundy And The Spins (Troy), StonecrossGudger (Lancaster) and Burn The Dead (Troy). Music 9pm-12am. $5 cover.

Road Trip!

If you’re up for a bit of a road trip this weekend, Peace Direct is partnering with Bluegrass Ambassadors to co-sponsor Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award for Music and the Performing Arts. These are the only global awards for local peacebuilders – inspiring individuals who are building a better tomorrow in the world’s most fragile places. Peace Direct will be going on tour with the Henhouse Prowlers and Waydown Wanderers to raise funds for this award. The prize winners have worked with ex-child soldiers in Uganda, young people in Israel-Palestine, villagers hit by drug wars in Colombia, tribal groups in Papua New Guinea and more. Support this endeavor at Woodlands Tavern in Columbus on Thursday April 18 or the Southgate Revival (Revival Room) in Covington, KY on Friday April 19. $12 adv / $15 dos. All ages. Doors 8pm. Show 9pm.


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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