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There are many annual customs that have become time-honored traditions. Whether it’s national holidays such as Independence Day or something we’ve come to expect like the Super Bowl, there are certain things we can look forward to each year. One of the traditions those of us in the Miami Valley can count on is the […]

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And all that…

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Jazz & Beyond series continues with Jimmy Leach Jazztet at the Dayton Art Institute Jimmy Leach brings his Jazztet to the DAI. By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that if something isn’t broke, you don’t fix it. That certainly seems to be the case for the annual Jazz & Beyond series at the Dayton Art […]

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Shooting Stars

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NASA Astronaut Terry Virts touches down at Victoria Terry Virts at work in the Cupola Module By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that adults used to refer to a youngster with a lot of intelligence, ingenuity, and drive: “That kid’s going places.” That adage could have certainly applied to Terry Virts, as he’s gone […]

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Back to Ohio

The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago's Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums.

Joe Policastro Trio at Spinoza’s The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago’s Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums. By Gary Spencer There seems to be some strange, magnetic pull on people from Ohio who relocate to other parts of the country—they always […]

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Rockstar goes global

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New Japan’s Tetsuya Naito’s Dayton Wrestling Debut Tetsuya Naito (Center) leads New Japan Wrestling’s assault on Dayton. Photo: Seriously Funny Photography By Gary Spencer International entertainment doesn’t come to Dayton often enough. But that’s about to change this coming weekend when one of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest stars, Tetsuya Naito, invades Rockstar Pro Arena […]

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Rock to restock

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Annual Restock festival at Oddbody’s unites bands to benefit local charities Electric Orange Peel is (L-R) Marko Manastyrskyj, Austin Crumrine, Dylan Aughe, and Nate Labine By Gary Spencer The holiday season has come and gone, just like it always does. But even though the calendar says the season for giving is over, there are still […]

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Electric Celtic

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Cleveland’s Mary’s Lane’s unique style at Dublin Pub Mary’s Lane (l-r) Tessa Thistlewaite, Patrick Mulloy, Brent Hopper, Matt Sofranko,     Michael Crawly, Mark Whalen By Gary Spencer Cleveland has a long, varied, and storied history of the annals of rock history. Everyone from The Moonglows to James Gang to The Raspberries to The Dead […]

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Horror business

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Ex-Misfits vocalist Michale Graves performs at Dayton’s Rockstar Michale Graves performs at Rockstar on December 21 By Gary Spencer     Some names are synonymous with certain styles of music, whether it be Beethoven with classical, Robert Johnson with the blues, Duke Ellington with jazz, or Black Sabbath with heavy metal. When “horror punk” is […]

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Belly laugh ab workout

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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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Yes, Flying Saucers Do Exist!

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Please don’t call it Frisbee. Colorful flying plastic discs fill the air around this time of year, tossed from hand […]

Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Who in their wildest dreams thought Donald Trump could be a consensus builder? Certainly not me. Donald has done something […]

Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. […]

Jump, jive, and wail!

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Since 1982, Muse Machine has been a staple of many lives in the Miami Valley. Over 76,000 lives, each year, […]

A Monument to Insurrection

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Dayton Society of Artists’ special summer exhibit Alan Pocaro, The Distance Between Us When We Communicate (Detail) By Tim Smith […]