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Greg Morton’s Standup, songs, and impersonations at Funny Bone Photo: Greg Morton performs at the Dayton Funny Bone the first weekend in December By Gary Spencer For a lot of professional comedians, most of them knew at a young age that doing standup was their calling in life. But that isn’t the case for Canadian-born […]

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Magic men

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The Werks celebrate Werksgiving at Oddbody’s The Werks (l-r) Dan Shaw, Chris Houser, Jake Goldberg, Rob Chafin. Photo: Brian Feruson By Gary Spencer Dayton quartet The Werks have been somewhat quietly making a name for themselves in the jam band community, not just in Ohio, but throughout the United States since the band’s inception in 2005. […]

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Daylight sonata

Philharmonic chamber orchestra performs Prokofiev: The Art of the Sonata By Gary Spencer One of the great things about the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the many innovative and creative programs they present, whether it be the Dayton Ballet, Opera, or the Philharmonic. In the case of the latter, the Dayton Philharmonic 2017-18 season is […]

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Welcome to violence

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Over 20 years later, Buzzov-en returns to Dayton Photo: Vocalist and guiarist of Buzzov-en, Kirk Fisher By Gary Spencer It happens every so often that a musical entity somehow remains a thing despite what seem to be unsurmountable odds such as drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness, and pure bad luck. North Carolina sludge metal band […]

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Guitar and sitar

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Dawg Yawp starts national tour at home Photo: Guitarist Rob Keenan (left) and sitarist Tyler Randall (right) of Dawg Yawp play at The Old Yellow Cab Building this Friday By Gary Spencer Sometimes when you befriend someone, you end up becoming friends for life, even if you don’t know it at the time. That certainly seems […]

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Traditional and modern via Bollywood

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Mystic India’s World Tour dances into Dayton Photo: Mysitc India shows captivating traditonal Bollywood colors and music By Gary Spencer In 2004, an IMAX film was released entitled “Mystic India” about India’s culture, people, and traditions as told through the 12,000 km barefoot journey throughout 18th century India. While it’s no feature film and no […]

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Cult of personality

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‘80s rockers Living Colour shake Oddbody’s Photo: Living Colour (l-r) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun By Gary Spencer There are some guitar riffs that are so instantly recognizable that the second you hear them you know what song it is, whether that be “Smoke on the Water”, “Iron Man”, or “Smells Like […]

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Here comes the (classical) BOOM!

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Black Violin live at Clark State’s Kuss Auditorium Wilner Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester of Black Violin; photo: Colin Brennan By Gary Spencer It’s rare when two seemingly disparate forms of music are mixed together for a singular musical expression, and even rarer when it’s done seamlessly. The latter is certainly the case for the duo […]

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It was 500 years ago today…

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Dayton Philharmonic explores Mendelssohn & The Reformation’s religious overtones The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; photo: DPAA By Gary Spencer European classical music has a storied history of being intertwined with God, the church, and religious faith in general. There were many reasons for this – many composers were well known for being devout men of faith, […]

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Still feelin’ the fire

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Thrash metal icons Overkill return to Dayton (finally) Overkill rocking since 1980; photo: Hakon Grav By Gary Spencer It seems that once a musical artist becomes a household name, they become complacent later in their careers, resting on their laurels and previous achievements and in turn, losing the fire that made them successful to begin […]

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GWAR: bring your raincoats and hide your children

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Extraterrestrial rockers out for blood at Middletown’s Land of Illusion Photo: GWAR is gearing up to perform at Land of Illusion By Gary Spencer The entertainment business has historically had its controversial problem children. Lenny Bruce pioneered free speech in comedy in the ’50s. The Doors were arrested on the stage for profanity in the […]

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Exodus returns

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Thrash metal pioneers Exodus at Oddbody’s Photo: Steve Zetro Souza of Exodus By Gary Spencer Thrash metal is one of those styles of music that you know it when you hear it – breakneck tempos, shredding guitars, furious bass, and clubbing drums are all trademarks of the genre. While the style has waxed and waned […]

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Comic still standing

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Tammy Pescatelli finds the funny back home in Ohio at Funnybone Cleveland native, Tammy Pescatelli, is coming back to Dayton; photo: Natalie Brasingotn By Gary Spencer (Interview performed by Dana Armington) A lot of comedians seem to come from somewhat unusual backgrounds, and that seems to be the case for Tammy Pescatelli. Pescatelli comes from […]

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Home is where the (heavy) heart is

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Veronica Grim returns to Ohio Photo: Members of the outlaw clan: lead singer Veronica Grim and guitarest Honey Osborn By Gary Spencer There’s an adage that goes something to effect of “you can take the girl out of Ohio, but you can’t take the Ohio out of the girl,” or as more specifically heard in Dayton […]

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Knuckles up

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Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 prove that bagpipes are punk as f— Photo: from left to right: Conrad Allsworth, Eric McMahon, TobinBawinkel, Kyle Bawinkel, Brandon Good By Gary Spencer To some listeners, punk seems like a sonically limited genre of music – distorted guitars, three or four chords, rough singing, sometimes fast, sometimes faster. However, there are […]

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Comedy is life

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Leonard Ouzts returns to the Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Headliner Leonard Ouzts By Gary Spencer Some comedians like to go for cheap gags and one-liners, while others weave elaborate tales full of lengthy, intricate stories that lead up to a punch line. Then, there’s comedians like Leonard Ouzts, a rising young star in the world […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]