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Dayton Music Insider: Hard driving rock 'n' roll weekend

Somebody wanted to turn it up to 11 this weekend! I feel ya. This cabin fever is something else. The music line-up blasts you off the couch and headbanging throughout the weekend, from the debut of ENMY, another chance to catch Lung, to a seriously rockin’ Saturday night. Keep reading to get all the details!

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020


Friday kicks off in a major way with the long overdue Dayton debut of ENMY, with special guests Better AnywayFriday Giants and The Rendering Silence at The Brightside Music & Event Venue (905 E 3rd St.) ENMY (pronounced “Enemy”), with members hailing from both Dayton and Cincinnati, has rocketed in popularity! See what all the buzz is about! All Ages. Doors 7pm. $10 advance. $13 Day of show.

Kickoff your Mardi Gras Celebration early, as the Yellow Cab Tavern hosts a very funky evening with massive sets from Cincinnati's Ernie Johnson From Detroit and Dayton's Freakquency! Always a fun time with those crews. Cover starts at 8pm. Music at 9pm. Tickets $13 in advance. $18 at the doors.

The Trolley Stop presents the boisterous, vibrant, and enticing band, Sunmates, an original indie rock band from Lexington, Kentucky. Grooving bass, atmospheric synths, biting guitar, and smooth vocal melodies craft earworms you won’t want to forget! 9:30pm-1:30am. $5 cover. 21+

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 gets back to their jam band roots with the Skeleton Crew, a Dayton based jam band that takes the tradition of the Grateful Dead into the 21st century by combining Midwest roots rock sensibility with high-flying, anything-goes improvisation. They mix their innovative originals with your fave Dead and Phish covers. And maybe a surprise or two too! I assume a $5 cover. 10pm-1am. 21+


Yellow Springs is in for a special show tonight with Lung and Speaking Suns at Peach’s Grill. Lung is a powerhouse rock duo comprised of Kate Wakefield (electric cello and vocals) and Daisy Caplan (drums). Their sound is thick, dark and commanding, evoking the driving sludge of early grunge/post rock with layered sinister undertones. Speaking Suns is very familiar with their hometown crowd! Sounds like a fun night! Typically no cover charge at Peach’s. Music 10pm-1am. 21+

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020


Scythian, the fan favorites from the Dayton Celtic Festival, returns to the mighty Brightside this Saturday. Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays immigrant rock with thunderous energy, blending Irish-Gypsy-American string-rock, clever storytelling, catchy songwriting and humor, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance rock concert experience. The Hussey Brothers warm up the stage! Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. All Ages. $20 adv tickets.

Aaron Lewis

Country fans, you can catch Aaron Lewis at the Dayton Masonic Live on Saturday evening. Over his two-decade career, whether topping the charts as front man of the rock band Staind, or his second act as a No. 1 artist on the Country charts as a solo artist, he’s always been honest in his music. "That's all I've ever done. My songs have always been me wearing my heart on my sleeve," Lewis says. The evening kicks off at 7:30pm with Ben Danaher. Tickets start at $35+. 

Turnbuckles in Belmont hosts an early, all ages rock show featuring Noise OrdinanceLaw of OneDreadful Rumor, and Ten Second Cure. 7:30pm doors. All ages. (alcohol available w/proper 21+ ID). Admission is only $7!

It’s a punk rock night at the South Park Tavern with the Viceroy Kings and The Give-Ups. Oh yeah! They are celebrating birthdays too, so it’s gonna be an extra special night for this crowd. Get there early to get a good seat! 9pm. $5 cover.

Blind Bob’s is also feeling the punk rock love on Saturday night with Legbone, FliT, SLUR, and Perfect Day. The Ohio-based punk band Legbone has been playing their originals for 25 years! (That makes me feel old!) If you’ve never seen them, you’re missing out! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Going even harder, Bar Granada presents a night of brutal death metal and pulverizing thrash metal from all over Ohio! Experience EradicateTrash Knight, Fast Lectularius and Apollyon Revolt. $5 cover. Doors 8pm. Show 9pm.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

On Tuesday evening, you’re invited to the 1st Annual Dayton Battle of the Bands Finale! After 5 weeks of amazing competition, the winners back for one final round of music at The Brightside Music & Event Venue. The finalists are: Gabe Maas and the Bruins, The Katawicks, Todd Clemmer (of May the Sky); Steven Gregory, Bundy and The Spins, and Kindergarten the BandTickets are $10 advance. $15 at the door. (proceeds go towards prize package!) Doors 6:30pm. Music starts at 7pm (please try to be there at 7pm so you don't miss out on any bands!). All ages welcome! Handicapped accessible. On site parking available.

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! 

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)