Levitt Pavilion Dayton will host four free concerts this week. Here’s what to expect so you can plan your week:
House of Hamill |Thursday, Aug. 15 | World-Celtic
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theater in rural Pennsylvania. Both Baldino and Buchanan are accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, with more than 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.
The Repeating Arms | Aug. 16 | Bluegrass/Americana
The Repeating Arms is a four-piece string band from Dayton. Four friends that share an unbridled love for music - Harold Hensley on vox and guitar, Max Nunery on banjo, guitar, lap steel and vox, Chip Pritchard on upright bass and vox, and Brian Spirk on mandolin.
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Parsonsfield | Saturday, Aug. 17 | Folk/Americana
Parsonsfield, praised for making "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas” (NPR), is a folk-rock outfit known for their rich harmonies, vibrant songwriting and energetic live performances. The band draws their name from the rural Maine town that's home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned-recording-studio of Josh Ritter keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there that Parsonsfield cut their outstanding debut, Poor Old Shine (2013 Signature Sounds), which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with. Their rowdy live performances only upped the ante, with The Bluegrass Situation falling for their "fun and frenzy" and No Depression raving that they'll "give you rich five-part harmonies one minute…then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms."
Michael & the Rockness Monsters | Sunday, Aug. 18 | Family
From Preschool of Rock founder Michael Napolitano comes Michael & The Rockness Monsters. An interactive, super galactic – funk inspired, rock-n-roll experience for families.
The shows and music of this act shine with creativity. The music is both silly and serious—filled with catchy melodies and thick instrumentation. Live, the band takes on new life with a full horn section, props and becomes a what New York Family calls “an odyssey of imagination”.