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Cincinnati’s Ampline at Bob’s By Katie Christoff Cincinnati-based rockers Ampline are no strangers to the stage at Blind Bob’s. The punk rock band has played many shows in Dayton over the course of its 15-plus year career, and always looks forward to coming back. “We always get a lot of support in Dayton,” says Rick […]

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We want the neo-funk

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Charles Walker Band gets groovy at Trolley By Katie Christoff Jazz, funk, soul, R&B—the Charles Walker Band has done it all. Since Charles Walker started the band over 12 years ago in Milwaukee, he’s had a variety of musical influences and styles. Walker is the only original band member, and he says that has had […]

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Sink or swim

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Jas Patrick’s one-man show at Taffy’s By Katie Christoff It’s difficult to browse the Internet for too long without encountering some criticism of the modern-day music industry. Frustrated commenters yearn for the days of vinyl, or when bands went on tour every year (with new music to show off each time). Nashville-based rocker Jas Patrick […]

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The Business of Happiness

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Winans Chocolates and Coffees remains a community staple By Katie Christoff According to Joe Reiser, owner of Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, his products are both an art and a science. Both chocolates and coffees require a laborious and meticulous process in order to satisfy Winans standards. The family-owned company makes its own chocolates and […]

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Have tunes, will travel

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Wandering duo make stop at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: The Punknecks will play Canal Public House on Dec. 10 at 9:30 p.m.; photo: Al Graham From living out of a car to starting their own record label, Jason and Polly Punkneck, known to their fans as the Punknecks, have done it all. […]

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Laugh tracks

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Trey Stone brings improv influenced rock to Trolley Stop By Katie Christoff Photo: Trey Stone and the Ringers will perform Dec. 4 at the Trolley Stop; photo: Dave Boudinot Trey Stone is versatile, in every sense of the word. The Dayton resident and frontman of Trey Stone and the Ringers, performing at the Trolley Stop […]

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Those who play together, stay together

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Redleg Husky at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: Redleg Husky will play Nov. 12 at Canal Public House; photo: Zoe Dehmer It began at a potluck, attended by students hoping to create new friendships. It sounds like the beginning of a teenage indie flick, but it’s actually the story of how Redleg Husky […]

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This little piggy…

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Preble County Pork Festival spotlights local rural community By Katie Christoff Photo: The Preble County Pork Festival takes place Sept. 19-20 at the Preble County Fairgrounds; photo: Kimberly Nichole Photography County festivals are a popular and effective way to bring communities together, especially in Dayton and surrounding communities. If they revolve around a theme, they […]

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A taste of something local

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Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; photo: Tall James Photography Lately, the words “tasty” and “trendy” are one in the same—gourmet food festivals are popping up all over the country boasting the latest (and most exclusive) treats. The nearby city of […]

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A family affair

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Dayton African American Cultural Festival returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Dayton African American Cultural Festival takes place Aug. 22 at Island MetroPark and Aug. 23 at Courthouse Square; photo: Terry Flucas It’s a family affair at the annual Dayton African American Cultural Festival—the theme has mandated this for the past three years, but it’s […]

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Keep your top on

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Miamisburg Whirled Tops Competition returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Miamisburg Whirled Tops Competition brings top competitors of all ages to Miamisburg to test their mettle; photo: Jay Robinson Spinning tops may be considered a lost art. The days when children would battle it out over spinning their toy top the longest have been replaced […]

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Toot your flute

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Annual SunWatch Flute and Art Festival returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Native Flute and Art Festival, held at SunWatch on Aug. 16, also features booths, vendors and food for visitors to experience Dayton, Ohio is known for many things. It’s a cultural epicenter filled with great music, great beer, great arts and great people. […]

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The thousand year festival

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Wham Bam Thank U Jam returns to Oxford By Katie Christoff Photo: [l-r] Nathan Goff, Mike Carpenter, Kimberly Weiss, Nathan Goff, Todd Panstingel and Brian Wise [not pictured] of Killed By Art perform at the 2014 Wham Bam Thank U Jam The self-proclaimed “best weekend of the summer,” Wham Bam Thank U Jam, returns to […]

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Guitar heroes

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Local guitarists compete to perform with DPAA By Katie Christoff Photo: Guitarist Max Mobarry, 20, will perform as part of the Guitar Heroes concert on July 10 The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is all about community. Just ask Marketing and Communications Director Dave Bukvic, who compares the organization—comprised of ballet, opera and philharmonic art forms—to […]

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Great sexpectations

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Couple sheds light on swinging lifestyle By Katie Christoff Photo: Local couple Diana and Tony McCollister were briefly featured on A&E’s series Neighbors With Benefits Tony and Diana McCollister have been together for almost 12 years, and have been married for close to five. They have three children and live in a suburban community in […]

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Let’s talk about …

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Sex, health and personal questions, in a room full of strangers By Katie Christoff Photo: Contini and team member Amber do an exercise at a Pure Romance training session Lindsay Contini gets paid to talk about sex. As a local consultant and team leader for Pure Romance, the world’s largest in-home party company specializing in […]

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Conspiracy 6/19: Reality Check

I follow the Dayton Daily News, so I thought everything was wonderful around the area. People are moving into subsidized […]

Plugged In

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]