Dayton Music Insider: Sideshow 13 and more shows to see over Memorial Day weekend!

This weekend brings us one of the most anticipated events of the year: Sideshow, which showcases a plethora of local original music and art, for free, and for all ages. 

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Sideshow 13 is the biggest Sideshow yet which adds on dancers, comedy, wrestling, along with kids events, food trucks and local breweries. All this fun is hosted at Yellow Cab Tavern (700 E 4th St, Dayton Ohio) all weekend, Friday May 25th from 5pm to 1am, Saturday May 26th from 3pm to 1am (full performance schedule below). All ages. Free. Donations to offset costs are greatly appreciated. 

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Sideshow 12, one of Dayton's longest-running music and arts festival, was held at Yellow Cab on Friday, May 12 to Saturday, May 13. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam

Friday Main Stage

7:00pm-7:40pm John Dubuc and the Guilty Pleasures

7:40pm-8:20pm NOVAGOLD

8:20pm-9:00pm The Repeating Arms

9:00pm-9:40pm The Zygotes

9:40pm-10:20pm Nasty Bingo

10:20pm-11:00pm The New Old Fashioned

11:00pm-11:40pm Bribing Senators

11:40pm-12:20am Todd the Fox

12:20am-1:00am Dip Spit vs. Duderus


Friday Acoustic Stage

7:00pm-7:40pm Max B Greene

7:40pm-8:20pm Mandy Jewell

8:20pm-9:00pm Doug Nichols

9:00pm-9:40pm Steve Makofka

9:40pm-10:20pm Sam Stone

10:20pm-11:00pm Rich Reuter

11:00pm-11:40pm McGuff and the Dumpster Fires

11:40pm-12:20am Ryan Jones

12:20am-1:00am The Typical Johnsons


Saturday Main Stage

5:00pm-5:40pm Evil Eye Gypsy

5:40pm-6:20pm The Vibe

6:20pm-7:00pm Lord Kimbo/Flam Feeva

7:00pm-7:40pm Enzo

7:40pm-8:20pm Thank The Maker

8:20pm-9:00pm Neo American Pioneers

9:00pm-9:40pm The 1984 Draft

9:40pm-10:00pm Scarecrow Sideshow

10:20pm-11:00pm Stella's Demise

11:00pm-11:40pm Dark Backward

11:40pm-12:20am Burn the Dead

12:20am-1:00am Far From Eden

Saturday Acoustic Stage

5:00pm-5:40pm Achilles Tenderloin

5:40pm-6:20pm Debbie DeCasio

6:20pm-7:00pm Moringa Moon

7:00pm-7:40pm Chris Ball

7:40pm-8:20pm Boo Lee Crosser

8:20pm-9:00pm Vincent Holiday

9:00pm-9:40pm Dan Sebree

9:40pm-10:00pm XL247

10:20pm-11:00pm Sharon Lane

11:00pm-11:40pm Dayton Poetry Slam

11:40pm-12:20am Dayton Poetry Slam

12:20am-1:00am Kevin Milner

The other weekend-long music event is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It’s a beautiful performance that King fans will not want to miss! Performances Tue through Sunday at 8pm (May 22-27), with weekend afternoon matinees at 2pm. Ticket info here. Starts at $26+

>>MORE: See the story of how Carole King rose to stardom in Dayton this week 

Friday May 18, 2018 


Pagu, a young Dayton synthpop performer is making his live debut on Saturday night with support from fellow indie rock and electropop bands Sun CultureSuperdivorceFevre and Forage. You can find all the fun at The Brightside Event & Music Venue (905 E. Third Street Suite B). All Ages. $5 advance, $10 at Door. 

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Progressive indie funk band Dropsickle (Columbus, OH) and local favorites Krunk Town Boogie will have you booty shakin’ at Oregon Express on Friday night. Music at 9:30pm. No cover! 21+ 

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Bertram will be celebrating the release of their debut LP “You Can't Get There From Here” at Blind Bob’s on Friday night. They will be sharing the stage with their very cool indie friends from Grenades!? and Lackluster. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+ 

Hip Hop and MCs are on the menu at Hannah's Friday night, with Flam Feeva, West Water, Kevin Carter, Ohio Pranksters, Noetic Navigator, and CozmikSpirit. For those who have been missing hip hop shows, this one is right in the heart of downtown! 9pm. $10 at door with ID. 

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is hosting a rockin’ night of music with Creamboy, Salt Orchard, and Isicle and Friends on Friday night starting at 10pm. 21+

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North of town, there’s a sweet rock show at Oscar’s with Papa Frita (a side project with Dillion Brown from Barstool Brown and Matt Zalar from RIND). They will be performing with Black Sire and Tin Foil, whose making their way all the way from Detroit! Door at 9pm. Tickets $5 

West of town, at Taffy’s of Eaton, you can catch a relatively early show with Dinosoul, a dark pop, indie band formed by partners Donny Donovan (vocals, guitar) and Carolyn Hilliard (vocals, keyboards) from Pittsburgh. The band is inspired by unique indie sounds and hip-hop beats, led by the powerful female duo. Also performing is Nuke! and Natalie Claro. 8-11pm.

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My Yellow Springs friends are in for a funky treat on Friday night with Lord Kimbo headlining an extra fun evening of music at Peach’s Grill. These guys are worth checking out! Seriously! Special guests Jetsun Sky are also performing. Show at 10pm. 21+ 

Saturday May 19, 2018



Like I’ve mentioned in previous articles, the amount of free summer music downtown is really incredible! This Saturday, we get a new one! The Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series at the 804 E Monument Ave Building is a new free summer music series that will unfold in 5 installments, this Saturday’s being the first. The music starts at 5pm with Mick Blankenship followed by Dayton’s own Alex Speller at 6pm. Brooks Daugherty from Nashville will close out the event. The Dock opens at 3pm and Rocks till 11pm. Free entry, although donations to Breast Wishes (a local breast cancer charity) is appreciated!

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Another interesting show is happening at the cool new music venue downtown, The Brightside (905 E 3rd St Suite B). Saturday night’s line up features a fantastic lineup of bands including Year of the BuffaloGrayson David Schick, Probably Fine (Geoffrey Stump), and Noah Rauch. Show 6:30pm-10:30. $5 Advance / $7 Day of Show.

There’s lots of excitement for the Dayton debut of Columbus hip hop band Blueprint, and their new album "Two-Headed Monster.” Along with the featured band, Blueprint, additional performances by DJ Detox, Tino, and Juny D are also going down at Blind Bob's on Saturday night. 8pm doors. $10 cover. 21+ 

A local favorite, Erica Blinn (with full band) are back at their trusty stomping ground, the Trolley Stop. For good reason, it’s a fun place to see music, especially during the summer! Special guests The High Definitions will kick things off at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

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Hannah’s has booked a dream indie rock show with Speaking Suns (Yellow Springs, OH), Manray (Dayton, OH), and Crooked Spines (Athens, OH). Doors $5. Show at 9. 21+

The Cincy Blues Society and Miami Valley Gaming are proud to announce the Spring Blues Festival a free blues concert in Lebanon on May 26th. The festival features music from Blues Music Award Winner, Danielle Nicole and her band, local favorite and International Blues Competition Best Guitarist Noah Wotherspoon, and the Tempted Souls Band. Event runs from 5pm-9:30pm in the MVG Grandstand (6000 SR 63, Lebanon, Ohio 45036). Free admission!

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Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short are headed to Huber Heights, OH to appear at Rose Music Center. The show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," will include stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will be joined by the Grammy® Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers and renowned jazz pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko. Doors 7pm. Performance 8pm. Tickets start at $63+

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The Yellow Springs hometown crew Spanish Tony Sanchez at Peach’s Grill on Saturday night. These rockers are joined by Brother Rabi, with music kicking off at 10pm!


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: 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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