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Tales of terror…

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Ghost stories from Dayton’s most haunted places Photo: Woodland Cemetery in Dayton By Matt Clevenger Every town has its share of urban legends, and the older the town, the more ghost stories there seem to be. The city of Dayton is no exception, and its long history is filled with many tales of haunted places. […]

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Appetite for destruction

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Monster Jam returns to Nutter The originally red, Gravedigger turns 35 this year; photo: Monster Jam By Matt Clevenger It takes a lot of mud to hold a Monster Jam.  “It’s right around 120 truckloads,” says Adam DeSutter, the event’s Director of Marketing and Sales. “The dirt is actually stored on-property at the Nutter Center; […]

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From Bach to rock

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Troy-Hayner’s summer series turn up classics, new hits Photo: Honey Blue perform at Troy-Hayner July 18 By Matt Clevenger From ’80s metal to classic country and blues, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s summer music schedule offers a little something for everyone. The popular Fridays on Prouty concert series will return this year, featuring free shows at […]

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Like father, like son

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Nerak Roth Patterson Band rocks double at Taffy’s of Eaton By Matt Clevenger Photo: Veteran guitarist Nerak Roth Patterson, Sr.; photo: Jeff Shiflett History is filled with tales of famous father and son duos, from Solomon and David to know-it-all cartoon dog Mr. Peabody and his adopted human son, Sherman. But is the world ready for […]

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The witching hour

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The witching hour Doctor Smoke stays up late at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Matt Tluchowski (left) and Steve Lehocky of Doctor Smoke keep the audience up late at Blind Bob’s Feb. 24 photo: Paul Workmeister, Miser Photography Doctor Smoke has examined Blind Bob’s, and the prognosis is good. “We’ve played Blind Bob’s two or […]

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Animal, air acoustics

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Record nature’s noises with Glen Helen’s Trailside Museum By Matt Clevenger Photo: Listen to sounds like the creek on Glen Helen’s Acoustic Ecology hike Feb. 4 starting at the Trailside Museum; photo: Scott Stolsenberg Looking for a new way to experience the Glen Helen Nature Preserve? Grab a digital audio recorder and hit the trails […]

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Bath-salted bluegrass

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The Bath Salt Zombies rise for New Year’s Eve at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Graham Woodard (second from right) and the Bath Salt Zombies looking fresh to death at Oddbody’s, Dec. 31; photos: Adverture Studios The Bath Salt Zombies may seem like a strange name for a bluegrass act, but this is no ordinary […]

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10 Years in Hippie Country

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Higgins-Madewell celebrates 10th anniversary at Little York Tavern By Matt Clevenger Photo: Jeff Madewell and Erin Higgins (right) of Higgins-Madewell celebrate the duo’s ‘hippie-country that rocks’ at Little York Tavern Dec. 28; photo: Tim Shores West Milton-based guitar duo Higgins-Madewell will celebrate its 10th anniversary this week, performing a show at Little York Tavern Wednesday, Dec. 28, […]

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Bury me with my guns on

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Bobaflex are ‘Dead by Xmas’ at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Bobaflex’s ‘Dead by Xmas’ tour hits Blind Bob’s Dec. 17; photos: Payne Productions Succeeding in the music business can be a struggle, and no one understands that better than Bobaflex. After seven albums and more than two decades specializing in giant rock festivals, the West […]

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Super man

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Wonder at illusionist Mike Super at the Victoria Theatre By Matt Clevenger Photo: Mike Super conjures his show that’s ‘turned on its side and dumped out into the audience’ Dec. 10 at the Victoria photo: Duane Rieder If you’re skeptical about mystifier Mike Super’s live show at the Victoria Theatre this Saturday, Dec. 10, just get on […]

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Welcome to Willy Town

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Glostik Willy funks it up at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Glostik Willy draws legions of fans to festival performances, including the festival they created themselves, WillyFest Known as the creators of “hippy metal,” Glostik Willy, the self-proclaimed “life support for the rock and roll you thought was dead.” Formed in 2008, the Muncie, Indiana-based trio […]

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Moving pieces

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Sketch Crawl art walks Yellow Springs By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Art Crawl invites everyone to capture the scenes of Yellow Springs; photo: Nancy Mellon It started with an idea from an article in Dayton City Paper. “A few weeks ago, there was an article about the urban sketch crawl,” says Nancy Mellon, gallery coordinator […]

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Us and the Night

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3 Doors Down headlines Taste of Blue Ash By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Greg Upchurch, Chris Henderson, Brad Arnold, Justin Biltonen, and Chet Roberts of 3 Doors Down On tour in support of their new album, Us and the Night, alternative-rockers 3 Doors Down will offer a free concert at Blue Ash’s Summit Park Aug. […]

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A Dayton musicians watering hole

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Rock This Block parties at Riff Raff By Matt Clevenger Photo: Johnny Fink and the Intrusion Rock this Block at Riff Raff July 24; photo: Mike Howard It started with a simple idea. “It’s built on just a conversation with musicians standing out in front of my bar,” Riff Raff Tavern owner Mike Schmidt says. […]

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Old Crow, new tricks

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Old Crow Medicine Show at Rose By Matt Clevenger Photo: Old Crow Medicine Show brings busker attitude to Rose July 19; photo: Crackerfarm It’s been more than 15 years since Old Crow Medicine Show first started busking on street corners in New York City, and since then, these city slickers have risen to become one […]

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Natural selections

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YS Arts Council brings the outdoors inside By Matt Clevenger Photo: Ann Gayek’s “Early Summer”; photo: Ann Gayek Summer is in full bloom at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery, thanks to a dual exhibition by oil and pastel artists Ann Gayek and Michele BonDurant. Landscapes, flowers, and other nature scenes will be on […]

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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 […]