Sideshow 13: This weekend’s free art and music festival the biggest yet

Local musicians Ryan Palcic of Thundertaker and Taylor McGuff of McGuff & the Dumpster Fires are staunch supporters of Sideshow, presented at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26.

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Sideshow is celebrating its 13th anniversary of creating a free show of art and music for all ages. Sideshow is run entirely by volunteers and uses fundraisers and donations to offset the cost of hosting a show featuring more than 100 local artists and musicians.

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This event will be the biggest Sideshow yet with sculpture, painting, music, performers, wrestling, dancers, comedy, food trucks, local brews, photography and more. It will also feature a special Kid’s Sideshow portion.

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Palcic and McGuff, who have both played the festival with their bands, are in charge of the music portion of Sideshow 13. They sat down recently at the Yellow Cab Tavern to discuss their duties for the annual festival, which features work from more than 40 local artists and music from more than 40 area performers.

Novagold (pictured), the New Old-Fashioned, Sharon Lane, Far From Eden and Mandy Jewell are among the acts performing at Sideshow 13 at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Friday and Sturday, May 25 and 26. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

Palcic: “Both of our bands were able to use Sideshow as a launching pad. We met other bands and got other gigs from it. If you’re a new band and it’s one of your first shows, if you come in here and you’re put in the right spot and you do a good job and you get a good crowd response, it’s easy to get involved out here. It certainly worked for us.”

McGuff: “Just for a show to go see, if you want a sampling of Dayton music, this is it. I can’t think of any other show where you can see this wide a swath of bands and acoustic artists and visual artists and poets as well. I get so excited for Sideshow. It really is my favorite event every year. I have a warm feeling every Sideshow weekend.”

Palcic: “I met so many people through Sideshow 10. That was the first year my band Thundertaker played. We played with Death By Fetish, Evil Eye Gypsy, Dead Tooth and McGuff & the Dumpster Fires. I met Taylor that night. I volunteered that first year and I had such a good time I’ve been doing it ever since.”

McGuff: “We had 110 applications or something like that this year. That’s the most I’ve seen so far, which is a great sign, but we had to cut that down to 42 acts and that made it even more difficult. This is also the first Sideshow we’ve worked where there are less spots than before.”

Palcic: “The hardest thing to do is cut band. “There is so much talent in the city, and we all have different tastes, so you inevitably end up having to make some tough decisions and cut bands you care about.”

Sideshow 13 performers include the New Old-Fashioned, Sharon Lane, Far From Eden, Mandy Jewell, the Repeating Arms and XL427. Exhibiting visual artists include Christine Gaffney, Matthew Reynolds, Tara Moore, Tom Gilliam, Jackie Wagner and Chris Corn.

Sideshow is celebrating its 13th anniversary of creating a free show of Art and Music that all ages can enjoy on May 25-26. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)


Bradley the Dark

Cherry Fullam

Chris Corn

Christina Lewis

Christine Gaffney

Coco Birdi

David Kenworthy

Elysia Pritchett

Gary Mitchell

Grant Nikanowicz

Hannah Jones

Heather Lea Reid

Jackie Wagner

Jen Dyke

Jenny J. Ink

Jess Fecke

Jess Gilbert

Joe Augustin

Josh Arnold

Kara McCray

Lauren Wantz

Mal Thokey

Marishah Paddock

Matthew Reynolds

Megan Fiely

Melanie Dufresne

Michelle Carr

Mikee Huber

Nashonba Hostina

Phil Preston

Reilly Stasienko

Ron Rollins

Samantha Farkas

Sarah Mackenzie

Seth Ratliff

Summer Rose Fig

Tara Moore

Tiffany Hunter

Tom Gilliam

Travis Waller

Wendy Wagener-Harris

Whitney Marie

Sideshow is celebrating its 13th anniversary of creating a free show of Art and Music that all ages can enjoy on May 25-26. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)


Friday Main Stage

7-7:40 p.m. John Dubuc and the Guilty Pleasures

7:40-8:20 p.m. NOVAGOLD

8:20-9 p.m. The Repeating Arms

9-9:40 p.m. The Zygotes

9:40-10:20 p.m. Nasty Bingo

10:20-11 p.m. The New Old Fashioned

11-11:40 p.m. Bribing Senators

11:40 p.m. -12:20 a.m. Todd the Fox

12:20-1 a.m. Dip Spit vs. Duderus

Friday Acoustic Stage

7-7:40 p.m. Max B Greene

7:40-8:20 p.m. Mandy Jewell

8:20-9 p.m.Doug Nichols

9-9:40 p.m. Steve Makofka

9:40-10:20 p.m. Sam Stone

10:20-11 p.m. Rich Reuter

11-11:40 p.m. McGuff and the Dumpster Fires

11:40-12:20 a.m. Ryan Jones

12:20-1 a.m. The Typical Johnsons

Sideshow 12, one of Dayton's longest-running music and arts festival, was held at Yellow Cab on Friday, May 12 to Saturday, May 13. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam

Saturday Main Stage

5-5:40 p.m. Evil Eye Gypsy

5:40-6:20 p.m. The Vibe

6:20-7 p.m. Lord Kimbo/Flam Feeva

7-7:40 p.m. Enzo

7:40-8:20 p.m. Thank The Maker

8:20-9 p.m. Neo American Pioneers

9-9:40 p.m. The 1984 Draft

9:40-10 p.m. Scarecrow Sideshow

10:20-11 p.m. Stella’s Demise

11-11:40 p.m. Dark Backward

11:40 p.m.-12:20 a.m. Burn the Dead

12:20-1 a.m. Far From Eden

Saturday Acoustic Stage

5-5:40 p.m. Achilles Tenderloin

5:40-6:20 p.m. Debbie DeCasio

6:20-7 p.m. Moringa Moon

7-7:40 p.m. Chris Ball

7:40-8:20 p.m. Boo Lee Crosser

8:20-9 p.m. Vincent Holiday

9-9:40 p.m. Dan Sebree

9:40-10 p.m. XL247

10:20-11 p.m. Sharon Lane

11-11:40 p.m. Dayton Poetry Slam

11:40 p.m.-12:20 a.m. Dayton Poetry Slam

12:20-1 a.m. Kevin Milner

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