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The village people

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Street Fair celebrates Yellow Springs By Gary Spencer As the adage goes, nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes. But there are perhaps a handful of things that are almost as sure of a thing, and ones that are much more positive than dying and forcefully giving your money to the government. […]

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Everyday Sunshine after all these years

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Cult legends Fishbone at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some things are meant to last, other things not so much. Then there are things that, on paper, don’t look like they were meant to happen at all, let alone last almost 40 years. The latter scenario is the case for Los Angeles-based combo Fishbone, who have […]

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It isn’t unity without U

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Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus’ Pride weekend performance at the Victoria By Gary Spencer Dayton Pride weekend kicks off this Friday with many events planned for the entire weekend. While everyone knows about the Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, one annual event during Pride weekend that seems to fly a bit under the radar is […]

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Antenna party

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Dayton’s annual Hamvention takes over Hara Arena By Gary Spencer For those of you out there who think that Dayton’s annual Hamvention at Hara Arena is a gathering of chefs and diners celebrating all things pork, I’m sad to report that this just isn’t the case. Hamvention is a 66-year-old, annual three-day festival for amateur […]

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Boogie Downton

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Bach Society of Dayton presents the Music of Downton Abbey By Gary Spencer Often times classical music performances can be pretty standard fare—you walk into the concert hall or recital space, take your seat, the orchestra or chamber ensemble plays, audiences clap—it doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But this coming Sunday the Bach Society […]

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Swan song

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Escher String Quartet returns to close the 2016 Vanguard Concerts season By Gary Spencer Music and performing arts organizations are a hard thing to sustain. Often times they are based out of nonprofit endeavors and have to rely on donations from the public. People in the public can be fickle as tastes change, trends come […]

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The root of all metal

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Death metal role model Suffocation shreds Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some musical movements and eras have so much impact and lasting influence that they are timeless. This argument can be made for the first wave of heavy metal subgenre of death metal. While what many historians and fans consider to be the very first death […]

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Brought to you by the letter ‘B’!

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Bach, Beethoven and Brahms By Gary Spencer A classic piece of music is one that stands the test of time and endures for generations to come. In the case of classical icons such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, their works continue to be wildly popular centuries after those composers’ deaths […]

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From Springfield with love

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Springfield Symphony performs Russian Passion at Kuss By Gary Spencer Russian classical music, particularly that from the 19th century, has over time become some of the most heralded eras of classical. Although Russian classical music has roots dating back to the 1600s, it was during the 1800s that Russia became a hotbed for some of […]

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Let it move you

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Things get innovative at Oxford Kinetics Festival By Gary Spencer Oxford Dictionary defines the word “kinetics” as “the branch of chemistry or biochemistry concerned with measuring and studying the rates of reactions.” Referencing this definition is more than appropriate in this instance, as this coming Sunday a different Oxford—Oxford, Ohio, to be exact—will be hosting […]

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Casting a spell

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Voodoo Glow Skulls bring ska-punk to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer The first time Californian ska-punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls came to play in Dayton was 1992. The location was Brookwood Hall, a popular spot to be rented out for DIY punk and metal shows in town. It was an all day, outdoor music festival. As […]

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The girls are back in town

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Vanguard Concerts’ DAI series proudly welcomes back Claremont Trio By Gary Spencer If I have ever noticed any trends in Dayton, one that stands out in my mind is that if you’re a musical group that plays here and you’re a big hit with the audience, you keep coming back. That certainly seems to be […]

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Modern millennium jazz brew

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Dirk Quinn Band grooves Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars. However, there is a wave of young […]

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So scary it’s scary

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Razakel brings horrorcore rap to Dayton By Gary Spencer It’s a shame that female musicians still struggle to be taken seriously, regardless of their chosen musical genre. And it’s well known that women have struggled historically to be taken seriously particularly in rap music. But the most dedicated of these ladies fight through, oftentimes twice […]

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’Tis the Cézanne

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DAI’s Fractured Forms exhibition examines timeless influence on modern painting By Gary Spencer The Fixx once sang in their one-hit wonder from the 1980s “one thing leads to another,” and that is certainly the case in the history of visual art. Although one artist or movement may not have seemed like the logical successor to […]

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The bastards’ siren

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Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom homebound at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Dorothy once sang in “The Wizard of Oz” that “there’s no place like home,” and many former Dayton residents echo that sentiment. One such former Gem City ex-patriot is singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of Heartless Bastards, Erika Wennerstrom, who will be making their first […]

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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 […]