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Forged in fire

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Local blacksmiths host international convention in Troy Photo: Most blacksmiths still rely on handtools and other traditional methods By Matt Clevenger Flames, molten metal, razor-sharp blades, and temperatures over 1,000 degrees; it sounds like something straight out of Dante’s Inferno. But it’s just another day at work for the highly skilled blacksmiths at the Southern Ohio […]

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Bikes and beats

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Rock the Bike Music Festival rides into Troy Photo: Eric Jerardi Band performs Saturday night By Matt Clevenger The city of Troy is gearing up for a bicycling-themed weekend, celebrating the arrival of an estimated 3,000 Tour de Donut bicyclists with the new Rock the Bike Music Festival this Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. […]

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Vox Populi

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WYSO Community Concert returns to Riverscape MetroPark Photo: The Claudettes (above) will appear at the WYSO Community Concert By Matt Clevenger Labor Day is almost here, and that means it’s also time for another late-summer tradition; the WYSO Community Concert at Riverscape MetroPark. “We always do it the Sunday after Labor Day,” WYSO development director […]

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When they weren’t called drones

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Giant-scale R/C aircraft take flight at the Air Force Museum Photo:  Soaring above the crowd; photo: courtesy of D.O.G.S. By Matt Clevenger Some of the world’s largest model aircraft will be landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sept. 1-3, presenting an air show of epic proportions hosted by the Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers Club (D.O.G.S.). […]

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The Bird is the word…

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33rd Annual Trans Am Nationals celebrate the Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am Trans Am on display; photo: Debby Manning By Matt Clevenger What do James Garner, John Wayne, and Burt Reynolds all have in common? At one time or another, they have all shared the silver screen with another great American icon: the Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am. “There were […]

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A sonic boom

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Second Baby Boomer Festival returns to Centerville By Matt Clevenger Returning Saturday, Aug. 5 for its second year on the giant lawn at St. Leonard’s Retirement Community in Centerville, the Baby Boomer Festival has already become one of the area’s biggest free festivals. And you don’t even have to be a baby boomer to attend. […]

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All aboard

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Mad River Railroad stops at RiverScape MetroPark Photo: Mad River Railroad’s (l-r) Dave Finster, Pat Carine, Gary Ridgeway, Nora Denning, Dave Younkin By Matt Clevenger Overlooking the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton, RiverScape MetroPark seems like an ideal venue for bluegrass act Mad River Railroad. The band played there once before, in 2015, and […]

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Mommy’s little mobster

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Social Distortion shakes down Columbus and Cincinnati Social Distortion’s Mike Ness (second from left) sheds some light on the band photo: Danny Clinch By Matt Clevenger With a career spanning four decades and two gold records under their belt, Social Distortion has seen it all, enduring as one of the best-selling punk rock bands of […]

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Back to roots

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12th-annual Miami Valley Music Festival camps out in Troy Photo: J. Allen Laack By Matt Clevenger More than 30 well-known bands and artists take over the Eagles’ campground in Troy this weekend, as the Miami Valley Music Festival returns for its 12th year providing “a good time for a good cause.” Shrug, Kelly Zullo, the […]

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Alternative Routes

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The medical tourism trip to Michigan Photo: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) an active compound in marijuana, sometimes used medically to reduce pain, nausea, the effects of PTSD, and other symptoms By Matt Clevenger Ohio legislators approved medical marijuana last year with the passage of House Bill 523, which established the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and set up […]

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Roots, rock, reggae

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Cincinnati’s Know Prisoners break out at Peach’s Know Prisoners’ (l-r) Nikko Manamikko, John Burtke, Luck Spaulding, and Cal Kuhlman; photo: Chuck Loftice By Matt Clevenger “Reggae music is people music,” says Jonathan “Luck” Spaulding, Know Prisoners’ bassist and vocalist. “It’s feel-good music, and it’s also rebel music. It’s music for people who don’t have a voice […]

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Bound and brutal

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DevilDriver headlines Bound By The Road tour at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: DevilDriver’s (l-r) Diego Ibarra, Mike Spreitzer, Dez Fafara, Austin D’Amond, Neal Tiemann  photo: Ben Hoffman   It’s been a few years since a Coal Chamber reunion temporarily sidelined Dez Fafara’s side project DevilDriver, but now the California groove-metal rockers are coming back strong. […]

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Mistaken Karma

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Evil Eye Gypsy releases 3rd album at Oregon Express By Matt Clevenger Photo: Evil Eye Gypsy’s Sheree Jane sings the psychedelic alternative-rock blues; photos: Wesley Holt With influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath to The Cowboy Junkies, Ween, and the Flaming Lips, Dayton-based psychedelic rockers Evil Eye Gypsy are bringing the psychedelic blues […]

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Like Danzig jamming with the Doors

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Heavy Temple transcends at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Heavy Temple’s High Priestess Nighthawk lands at Blind Bob’s Nov. 17; photo: Dante Torrieri Fans of psychedelic metal, horror/sci-fi movies, and the occult will not want to miss Philadelphia’s Heavy Temple at Blind Bob’s Thursday, Nov. 17. Using five-string bass and an assortment of other creepy […]

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The golden age of magic

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‘The Illusionists: Turn of the Century’ teaches history at Clark State By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Conjuress, Jinger Leigh, (left) and The Illusionists appear at Clark State Nov. 18 and 19 Prepare to be amazed (and educated), as Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” returns to Springfield with a brand new show designed to transport audiences […]

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The Bootlegger’s Ball

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A night of Americana music and art at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Blue Moon Soup’s Jon Bauman, Robbie Marion, Brendan Moore, and Justin Moon; photo: Suzy Perler A quartet of well-known bluegrass and folk acts will join local artists at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton Saturday, Nov. 12, to celebrate Americana music and art […]

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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 […]