It’s the weekend of love in the Miami Valley, and nothing tops off a date night like live music and dancing! Keep reading to find out where all the hot spots are this weekend!
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Friday, February 15
Kick off your Friday Happy Hour with live music downtown at Carmen's Deli (40 North Main Street) inside Kettering Tower by Courtney Wise and Donnie Rose. Their acoustic performance starts at 6:30pm. No cover charge. All ages.
South of town, country fans will be in for a treat with local rising star Ashley Martin. She’s rockin’ out at JD Legends in Franklin. Enjoy music from 7-10pm. No cover charge for general admission. $15 to reserve a table for 4, more info here.
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I checked out Black Box Improv recently, and I could not get over how funny it was! Our cheeks were hurting from laughing so much! On Friday there will be two improvised musicals with live music from Trey Stone & The Black Box Band on both Friday and Saturday nights. Bring your favorite alcoholic beverage and get in the mood! Doors open at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm. $12 tickets at the door or online. First come, first serve, so I find it’s best to reserve ahead.
Over at South Park Tavern, you can get cozy and casual at An Evening with David Payne. The local Americana folk rocker is known from his band The New Old-Fashioned. Special guest Casey Abbott gets the music started at 9pm. Best part? No cover charge! 21+
For all my Grateful Dead lovin’ friends out there, don’t miss Arrows of Neon at Yellow Cab Tavern. They will recreate the classic and fan favorite album "Live/Dead" which was released 50 years ago! Wow! This will be quite the show! $10 cover. Music starts at 9pm. 18+
Jimmie's Ladder 11 is gettin ya in the mood with The Johnson Treatment on Fridya night. They'll be kickin' out some of your favorite slow songs along with some jams. $5 admission. Every ticket will be entered into the "Valentine's Day package" raffle. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the door for $1 each. 10pm. 21+
If you’re in the mood for heavier rock’n’roll, head over to the Abertooth Lincoln, Brujas Del Sol (Columbus) and Widesnake show at Blind Bob’s. There you’ll dig into progressive punk and psychedelic space rock. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+
You can also get your hard rock on at WO Wright’s out by Wright State. They are hosting The Grudge - A Tribute to Tool, with special guests Joy Ride. $5 cover. 18+
Out in Yellow Springs, alternative rock in on the menu at Peach’s Grill with This Pine Box and Slymar. The latter is new on my radar, and is an indie-rock, stoner-jazz, dream-rock, quintet based in Cincinnati. Music starts at 10pm. No cover. 21+
Saturday, February 16
Music gets going early on Saturday, which is great for those who can’t go out late, or who are looking for all day fun! Skeleton Dust Records is proud to present a special all-day event featuring the work of artist John Wiese (Cleveland). From 11am to 5pm, visitors are welcome to immerse themselves in a multi-channel sound installation designed by Wiese. Following the conclusion of the installation, live performances by John Wiese along with local artists Final Machine and Being will start at 7pm. Do not miss out on this unique and exciting opportunity! $5-$10 donation. All ages.
It’s always a fun time with the noontime music at South Park Tavern with The Guilty Pleasures. It’s a perfect day date or meet up with friends, enjoy pizza, beverages, and homegrown rock’n’roll! 12-3pm. No cover charge. All ages.
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From there, boogie on down to the Dayton Blues Society’s 5th Annual Youth Showcase at Phone Booth Lounge (1912 Whipp Rd). There you can check out talented youth blues musicians from Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee! This performance raises money for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Masterclass scholarships. Donations taken at
the door. Event starts at 6:30pm.
Area metal fans won’t want to miss the uber popular national act Soulfly performing at Oddbody’s on Saturday night. Lots of other acts are on the bill including Katakylsm, New Haven -NH-, Doctor Meat, Chaos Ritual, Divine Eminence, 3130 and In Times of Turmoil. Doors 5pm. Tickets $30. 18+
It’s time for the rescheduled Winterfolk Festival happening at Yellow Cab Tavern. It’s going to be a non-stop night of music and visual art for all ages. Harvest Mobile Cuisine, with its farm-fresh comfort food, will be on hand to fill your belly. The YC Tavern offers craft beer & cocktails are available to those 21 & up with proper ID. All ages allowed in for the fun and music! Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Tickets will be cash sale at the door for $15.
The power-pop prince, Rick Springfield is rockin’ out at Hobart Arena on Saturday evening. You know him from Top 40 hits like “Jesse’s Girl” among many more. Doors 6:30pm. Performance 8pm. Tickets start at $32+
The famous gospel singer CeCe Winans is in the area, and performing at Kuss Auditorium at Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield. Performance at 8pm. Tickets start at $33+
Late night downtown, there’s lots of great music on tap! Check out a fun night of rockin’ originals with Jon Worthy & the Bends, McGuff and the Dumpster Fires, and Salvadore Ross at Blind Bob's Bar. Music starts around 9pm. $5 cover. 21+
Music is also on the menu at the Trolley Stop, where you can boogie with your sweetie to the always entertaining Todd the Fox Trio. Their unique blend of blues, bluegrass, and old fashioned rock’n’roll is unforgettable! 9:30pm-1:30am. $5 cover. 21+
Sunday February 17
The Sunday Night Jazz Jam at Jazz Central is the longest running jazz jam session in all of southwestern Ohio! Bring your horn, a few friends, and be ready to jam from 8pm to 12am. Free admission for jammers; $2 Cover for audience.
Mark your Calendar!
Head’s up to my most loyal readers to put a flag in your calendar for a couple upcoming, super exciting shows happening in April with my production company Venus Child Productions. On April 9th, The Nth Power, a New Orleans Jazz Fest super group, is coming to Dayton while on tour from Brooklyn back to the Big Easy. And don’t worry, this Tuesday night show will be early, so you all can get to work and school the next day!
Then on April 19th, aka Good Friday, celebrate Easter weekend and the end of tax season with a big ole dance party featuring 9 piece afro funk dance band Ernie Johnson From Detroit performing all originals that you can’t help but get down to. They are followed by the acclaimed tribute act “This Must Be the Party!” performing Talking Head’s Stop Making Sense album. All I can tell you is that it is pure fun! Tickets for both events will be on sale next week. Check on social media for the release or next week’s blog for a link!
And as always, thank you for supporting live music!
Your Dayton Music Insider,
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)
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