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Dayton Music Insider: Sideshow showcases dozens of local artists

This weekend feels like summer is finally here! Not only is it a warm Memorial Day weekend, but it’s also when one of Dayton’s favorite festivals happens: Sideshow! This giant free 2-day extravaganza showcases dozens of local musicians and visual artists. Keep reading to get all the details on this event and lots more! 

Weekend Long Festivals

Yellow Cab hosts Dayton Sideshow on Friday and Saturday. This “don’t miss” event features over 20 bands and solo artists, performance art, and over 40 visual artists - all for free! Enjoy live performances by: Dayton Poetry SlamCharlie & Amanda JacksonThe Typical JohnsonsAge NowhereTrey Stone & The RingersKyleen DownesThe New Old Fashioned, New World Natives, Choke Hazard, Achilles Tenderloin, Moriah Haven, Sadbox, A Voice of Your Own, Crosley Court, Death by Fetish, A Shade of Red, Motel Faces, Seth Canan & The Carriers, Burn the Dead, Bundy & The Spins and The Heisey Glass Company. The event runs from Friday May 24 runs from 5pm-1am to Saturday May 25th 3pm-1am. 

Friday, May 24

On Friday Hannah’s hosts the Bootlegger Reunion Pre-Party, a bluegrass / Americana night of music featuring live performances by Jake Riley & Friends, Lewis On The Guitar (Columbus), and Donnie Rose. $7 at the door. Doors 6pm. 

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Over at the Trolley Stop, check out The Katawicks, an indie soul duo from Yellow Springs / Nashville that’s new to my radar. Always fun to check out new groups! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+ 

Hard rock fans, head over to Blind Bob’s for GromulousMarijuana JohnsonMidas (Detroit) and Papa Frita. It’s gonna be a super heavy night of rock’n’roll for your soul! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Country fans, Wheelhouse will be performing all of your favorites at Oscar's Bar & Grill located at 320 N Dixie Dr, Vandalia. The party starts at 9pm!

Saturday, May 25

David Bowie fan alert! Live on Mars celebrates the very best of iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship at the Rose Music Center. Expect a stunning light show, state of the art visuals and animation, and electrifying vocals and uncanny likeness of singer and lifelong Bowie fan, Alex Thomas. Express your inner space oddities on Saturday night! Tickets start at $23.50. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. 

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Hip-Hop music and culture is on the menu at Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar on Friday night. DJ Colson Kelly hosts an evening of music from Ian Kenville MusicKing Silxs, CABREJA, Will Kellum, William Pippins and more! 7-10pm. $5 cover. 

Blind Bob’s gets very punk on Saturday night with Chicago’s 88 Fingers Louie and UK’s Canavar, with local support from  The Raging Nathans and Legbone. This is quite literally going to be a ragin’ night! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Trolley Stop hosts a fan favorite on Saturday night: Baoku, a world class Afro-fusion music powerhouse based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. This all-original act is led by Nigerian front man, Baoku Moses, a professionally-trained African drummer who performs a fusion of solid rock and jazz with African instruments and languages. Quite the cultural experience! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+ 

New young indie bands Nudists on Strike, Grigio & Maximillo take the stage at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on Saturday starting at 10pm. $5 cover. 

Sunday, May 26

One of the beloved Memorial Day weekend traditions in Dayton, is the Sunday Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, performance at Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park. After a full day of historical demonstrations, miniature train rides, and general merriment, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra fills the air with beautiful music brimming with Americana flair, including a tribute to famed composer Leonard Bernstein.

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Carillon Park will open at 11am. Admission is $10 for Adults, $9 for Seniors, $7 for Children aged 3–17, and FREE for Dayton History Members and Children under 3. Admission is $7 for all active military, military retirees, veterans, and reservists with valid I.D. Parking is free. No carried-in food or beverages are permitted. In the event of cancellation due to weather, the rain date for Dayton Heritage Day and the DPO performance will be Monday, May 27. 

A Sunday Funday reminder that Jazz Central’s Sunday Blues Jam continues with jammin’ from 8pm-12am!


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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