The sights and sounds at Miami Valley Music Fest
By Tim Walker
The summer is here, the weather is hot and the sounds of laughter and outdoor live music will be filling the air in Troy in August. And it’s all being done to raise money for local charities.
Local residents have always been supportive of the Dayton area’s vibrant music scene, and now local music lovers and the charitable-minded from Troy and the surrounding Miami Valley will get the chance to hear an eclectic mix of music from a wide variety of those same local bands, all over the weekend of August 12 and 13 at the 2011 Miami Valley Music Fest.
This is the third year for the festival, which will take place over the weekend at the Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road in Troy, and two days of great live music are scheduled. “The headliners of the festival will be Ekoostik Hookah, a very well-known band from Columbus and the Spikedrivers, who are kind of a honky-tonk, hard-driving country act and are also from Columbus,” said Brad Denson, the festival’s organizer. “The remainder of the bands are all Miami Valley bands, basically from Dayton and the surrounding areas.
“We have Nine False Suns, which is a jam band,” he continued. “Soul Rebels, who are a reggae band; Blue Man Soup, which is bluegrass; Magic Jackson, a funk band, and The Alabastards, which is a southern rock outfit. Lost On Iddings, a jam band from Troy, will be performing, along with SOL, a jam band from Piqua; the Clark Manson Band, which is a country band from Covington; and Terrapin Moon, who are a Grateful Dead cover band.”
Proceeds from the annual event always go to benefit local charities. The Miami Valley Music Festival Association, Inc., is a registered non-profit in the state of Ohio, and oversees the Music Fest and then makes sure the proceeds go to benefit local causes. The 2010 Miami Valley Music Fest at Lost Creek raised over $1,000, which was donated to the Covington Outreach Association and the UVMC Cancer Care Center, and the HOPE Foundation of Darke County is also a past recipient of charitable funds from the organization.
Additional bands on the festival’s lineup are scheduled to include Boen Chaney, Paradijm Shift, Kris Hanson, DC Connection, Gem City Sound, Shank Bone and Brewer’s Droop.
Other acts that will be rounding out the weekend’s events include performances by Kira’s Oasis, a bellydancing troupe; Maggie Mazeli’s bellydancing; and Nocturnal Arts, which is a troupe of dancers who perform fire dancing, fire breathing and juggling routines.
“We have 20 total acts over the two days – just trying to highlight what’s going on in the local music scene,” Denson explained. “We really reached out to the Dayton music scene this year to try to keep this a homegrown thing.” Denson will be performing during the festival as a member of his Troy-based jam band Lost on Iddings.
The festival starts at 6 p.m. Friday, with the last band scheduled to wrap up their set at about 2:30 a.m., into the wee hours of Saturday morning. Saturday’s performances start at 9 a.m. with Native American performer Singing Horse, who is schedule to do a land dedication and some morning sunrise flute work. Afterwards, there will be a Native American drum demonstration, then bluegrass music, and on through the rest of the Saturday lineup.
Admission is available through pre-sale tickets at a cost of $20 up until 11:59 p.m. on August 7. Anyone under the age of 12 will be admitted free. The organizers are encouraging people to buy their tickets from the various bands, if possible, or tickets can be purchased directly through the website at www.miamivalleymusicfest.com. Tickets are also available for Friday or Saturday only; day of show tickets will be $30 for both days, $20 per single day. Camping is $5 per night.
“Our goal this year is to draw between 800 to 1,000 people,” said Denson. “Last year’s paid attendance was about 550, the year before was about 675. We tried to get a little bit of everything. We didn’t want to be heavy on jam bands, didn’t want to be heavy on the blues or bluegrass – we wanted just a taste of everything the Miami Valley music scene has to offer.”
The Miami Valley Music Fest will take place August 12 and 13 at Eagles Campground in Troy. Prices are $30 for the entire festival, $20 for Saturday and $15 for Friday. Overnight primitive camping is available for $5 per night. The campground’s location is 2252 Troy-Urbana Road in Troy and tickets and more information can be found at the festival’s website, www.miamivalleymusicfest.com.
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writer Tim Walker