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The Dreadful Yawns at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Ben Gmetro, Clayton Heuer and Rick Spitalsky of the Dreadful Yawns; photo: Kurt Curtis Ben Gmetro’s calloused fingers rest atop a rickety table. The fingernails on his right-hand are carefully grown-out, long and lopsided with the left – it’s a utilitarian move; the Dreadful Yawns frontman […]

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Kettering’s summer soundtrack


After 23 years, Fraze Pavilion continues to impress By Leo DeLuca Photo: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie will perform as part of the Happy Together tour at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 6, 2014 Wind whistles low, visiting the tops of trees, as the sun sinks off in the horizon. Concertgoers gather near and far, seeking […]

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Ohio creativity, post-Internet


Dayton native Keith Rankin and Giant Claw at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Album artwork for “Free Willy Style” by Keith Rankin Keith Rankin is multi-talented. The Dayton native plays in both the sound collage project Giant Claw and the electronic duo Cream Juice, runs experimental label Orange Milk Records, creates visual art and composes […]

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‘Black Mayors, White Majorities’

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Author includes former Dayton mayor  Rhine McLin in new book By Leo DeLuca Photo: Author Ravi K. Perri with his new book, “Black Mayors, White Majorities”; photo: The Blade/Dave Zapotosky Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is a central subject in “Black Mayors, White Majorities,” a new book by Ohio native Ravi Perry (Ph.D, Brown University, 2009). […]

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You can’t corral this pony


Detroit’s Electric Six plays Southgate House Revival By Leo DeLuca Photo: Electric Six perform on June 6 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky. “Detroit has always been a fantastic place to be an artist or a musician because of the economic ruin,” said Dick Valentine, the front-man and founder of Electric Six, a Motor City-based […]

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The hills are alive …


Nelsonville Music Festival celebrates 10 years By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dinosaur Jr. will perform at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival; photo: Brantley Gutierrez Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, a two-hour drive from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) celebrates its 10th anniversary with Dinosaur Jr., The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Shovels & Rope, Motel […]

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Calling all hams!


Dayton Hamvention 2014 Leo DeLuca Photo: DZ Kits owner Brian Wood, W0DZ, discusses new technology at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention Dayton Hamvention celebrates its 63rd anniversary at Hara Arena on May 16-18. The long-running amateur (ham) radio convention got its start in the Gem City back in 1952; it has since become the largest in the […]

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The Brothers are back in town!

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Smug Brothers reunite with two new releases By Leo DeLuca Photo: Smug Brothers release their new album at South Park Tavern on Feb. 22; photo: Jordan Frei Smug Brothers celebrate the release of their new album On the Way to the Punchline, Saturday, Feb. 22. The all-ages show takes place at South Park Tavern. Human Cannonball, […]

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Let the world know: Dayton is the Birthplace of Aviation

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Wright Image Group plans monument at Crossroads of America  By Leo Deluca   Photo: Aerieal view of I-70 and I- 75 intersection with a model of the Wright Memorial The Wright Image Group (WIG) plans to honor the “Birthplace of Aviation” by erecting a 250-foot-high monument to the Wright brothers at the intersection of I-70 […]

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Changing disabilities into possibilities


We Care Arts celebrates 30 years  By Leo DeLuca   Photo: We Care Arts has helped clients such as Veronica [pictured] find a creative outlet for 30 years “Changing disabilities into possibilities through art.” That is the mission of We Care Arts (WCA), a local non-profit organization rooted in the belief that art has the power […]

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Protecting the past


Art detective Robert K. Wittman at DAI  By Leo DeLuca   Photo: “Living legend” and art detectiveRobert K. Wittman will speak about his adventures at the Dayton Art Institute on Nov. 21; photo: Donna Wittman Robert K. Wittman, former senior investigator and founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Art Crime Team, will speak at […]

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Gem City son


Dayton native Lou Barlow re-launches Sebadoh, plays Columbus By Leo DeLuca   Photo: Sebadoh will perform in Columbus on Nov. 14; [l to r] Bob D’Amico, Jason Lowenstein and Lou Barlow Dayton-born Lou Barlow – founding member of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. – plays Thursday, Nov. 14 at The Basement in Columbus, Ohio. Lou will be […]

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Make life pop!


Kris n. releases The Thankful Parade  By Leo DeLuca  Photo: Kris n. will release The Thankful Parade at Canal Street Tavern on Nov. 1; photo: Nikki Stargel Dayton pop band Kris n. will release their new album The Thankful Parade Friday, Nov. 1 at Canal Street Tavern. Joining the revelry will be Motel Beds, Hospital Garden […]

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Choo-choo-choose the Dayton Train Show!


Model trains invade Hara Arena By Leo DeLuca   Photo: All aboard! The 38th Annual Dayton Train Show brings model trains and railroad memorabilia at Hara Arena Nov. 2 and 3 The Miami Valley Division of the National Model Railroad Association presents the 39th Annual Dayton Train Show (DTR) at Hara Arena the weekend of Nov. […]

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The more I love you

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Neko Case visits Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre By Leo DeLuca  Photo: Neko Case will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Oct. 22; photo: Neko Case Neko Case will play Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in support of her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder […]

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The sound of the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel


Dayton Philharmonic highlights New York’s favorite sons By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jonathan Beedle and A.J. Swearingen present the music of Simon & Garfunkel with the DPO on Oct. 11 and 12; photo credit: Chelsea Beedle The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) and Schuster Center present “The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel” Friday, Oct. 11 and […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]