Sound Valley Music Festival returns to unite Dayton through music

Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Last summer, Sound Valley Summer Music Festival made its debut with a goal of bolstering Dayton through music.

This year, it has more meaning than ever.

>> PHOTOS: Sound Valley Summer Music Festival 2018

Sound Valley returns this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Aug. 31, as part of the Dayton United event series to promote community healing and raise funds in the aftermath of the Oregon Dayton mass shooting and the Memorial Day tornadoes.

>> Dayton United to promote community healing and raise funds through music, shopping, brunch and more

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Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

ABOUT SOUND VALLEY

Zac Pitts, a graduate of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School and a host of WDTN's Living Dayton, and his fiancée Ashley Karsten are passionate about supporting local music, and introduced Sound Valley Summer Music Festival in 2018. 

>> TV host, UD grad launching new Dayton music festival to combat heroin, grow local music scene

A winter edition was held in March.

“There are so many talented musicians and artists in this area,” Pitts told us last summer.

“We want to do whatever we can to grow the scene.”

He called Sound Valley an initiative that aims to bring national attention to Dayton’s music scene, a passion project and a launching point.

>> The best live music events this weekend

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Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

ABOUT THIS WEEKEND’S EVENT

This weekend’s event will take place The Yellow Cab in Dayton

Performers include Nightbeast, Tino, The New Old Fashioned, The 1984 Draft, The Boxcar Suite, DC King, Grenades!?, McGuff and the Dumpster Fires, Salvador Ross, Better Anyway, Amber Hargett & The Who’s Who, and The Typical Johnsons.

Pre-sale tickets ($10) are available here. Tickets will be $15 at the door.

Proceeds will help support The Dayton Foundation and SICSA.

The event will begin at 4 p.m.

Food vendors will include Cupzilla, Smokin Bee-Bee-Q, Billie Gold Bubble Tea.

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Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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Zac Pitts and his fiancée Ashley Karsten featured some of Dayton's best local bands during their first Sound Valley Summer Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival had food trucks and music on two stages from a list of local pop, rock and alternative acts that include Life In Idle; Knavery; Beesly; Yardboss; Weathervein; NOVAGOLD; Seth Canan And The Carriers; Crosley Court; Isicle; Flee The Valley; Dave Zup; ThunderTaker and A Voice of Your Own. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

WANT TO GO? 

What: Sound Valley Summer Music Fest

When: 4 p.m.- 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

Cost: Pre-sale tickets ($10) are available here. Tickets will be $15 at the gate.

More info: Facebooksoundvalleydayton.com

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