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Hamilton gets down on the river

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On Saturday September 8, the city of Hamilton once again becomes Jam!lton with 24-hour honorary mayor David Shaw presiding over all the festivities marking the return of the 4th annual Big River Get Down presented by Miller Light. To paraphrase Pantera, they’re taking over this town, with the help of six top-notch talents sure to […]

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Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi Binning, and Tarun Nayar. By Mike Ritchie On August 9, the Dayton Levitt Pavilion opened for its inaugural season, bringing a multi-cultured series of free concerts to downtown Dayton. The tunes began with Gina Chavez […]

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The Once and Future Pavilion

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On August 9, the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton will open for its first season featuring diverse acts across multiple genres offering free shows to the public. The new donation- and sponsor-funded venue is the latest in a national chain of pavilions started by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation in the vision of founder […]

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Latin funk by way of New Orleans and Motown

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Bernardo Lopez started his musical journey playing in a variety of other bands throughout Cincinnati. Whether playing the Latino music of his homeland Mexico or other genres, a desire to create his own artistic statement steadily grew. Started in mid-2016, Levee has taken blues, soul, funk and R&B, crafting it into their own style under […]

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Bringing the classic boom

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Black Violin is coming to Dayton to jam with local youth at the Fraze. Violinist Kev Marcus with violist Wil B created a sound and experience that not only crosses genre’s, breaking stereotypes but shows how music can truly unite people. Black Violin began in high school, was nurtured in college and passed the ultimate […]

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Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the Promised Land, they’ve always upped their game. With recent issues behind them, they’ve moved forward, working on their third record with vocalist Todd La Torre. A new album is coming late 2018 or early 2019. […]

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Pulling Classical Strings

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Media entrepreneur Pendra Lee Snyder has spent her career traveling the roads, broadcasting and writing the news, taking pride in all she creates. The Indiana State graduate is currently celebrating a decade of strings with her traveling ensemble Viva La Strings. After operating The Christian Citizen newspaper she dusted off the violin, and started playing […]

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Divinely damning evil

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With the power of God, in the ’80s Stryper helped pave the way of decadence, greatness and MTV pomp and circumstance, leaving a heavenly stamp on the glam era. They’re still soldiers under command, spreading the good news through screaming guitar epics spanning 12 records. Vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet talks about their new record, God Damn […]

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Soaking up good tunes

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Spungewurthy has graced the Dayton scene since 2001, playing the coolest tunes from rap, rock, country and dance to the dancefloor delight of participating patrons. Members have put time in other acts, bringing a wealth of history and experience to the group including Northside Tribe, Festive Skeletons, Funky G and Mad Hatter.

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Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, and Mike Emmons. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Mike Ritchie Evil Eye Gypsy has been around for almost a decade, taking stage-filling form in 2010, playing their first gig in 2012. For three years, member-wise they […]

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A phoenix rises

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Stella’s Demise shakes off the ashes for CD release at Oscar’s Bradley Bowermaster and Jill Dodson lead Stella’s Demise “lite jazz” assault. By Mike Ritchie The name comes from the demise of a former band. “Bradley [Bowermaster] and I used to play in a band called Stella Blue about eight years ago,” recalls lead singer […]

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Going Forward with Dark Backward

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Playing good art at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Dark Backward (L-R) Patrick Berry, Eric Purtle, Jim Ingram, Jeff Brelsford, and Jeff Vahldie. By Mike Ritchie  |  Photo by Corn Photography The five-piece Dayton-based Dark Backward have long-standing ties to the Los Angeles scene and almost two decades in the local scene. Named after a movie as […]

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Garage days revisited 

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The Daytimers return to Bob’s The Daytimers’ guitarist Blake Bergere (L) and bassist Chris Gilkes (R) By Mike Ritchie Whether from  garages, basements, or dorms, all bands start somewhere. The four-piece Dayton garage-rockers The Daytimers started their journey playing at parties, dorms, and charity events. They amassed a loyal core base that liked them as […]

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Enter the creepshow

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I Died Trying plays cross-media event in Miamisburg Tony Goff playing his guitar with a Pee Wee Herman doll. Photo: Mike RItchie By Mike Ritchie   The one-man band I Died Trying will play a special cross-media event at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre Saturday featuring an opening 75-minute set, preview reel, and the theatrical screening of […]

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Something wicked comes

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Raven Black’s Dark Metal Carnival at Fairfield’s The Tavern Photo: Raven Black (l-r) Raven, the ‘Doctor’, Muppett, and Stiches. Photo: Cruella Photography By Mike Ritchie Cuter than Chucky and more bewitching than Annabelle, Raven Black’s family tree could be traced back to The Twilight Zone’s Talky Tina. Though she conjures more creepiness than the average […]

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What music they make

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The Transylvania Hellhounds rock Hanks Pub Transylvania Hellhounds (l-r) Allen McCowan, Eric Barnes, Keith Byerman, Greg Vaughn. Photo: Jay Allen Herndon By Mike Ritchie Spawned and foaming from the worlds of horror and rock n’ roll, the Transylvania Hellhounds have changed lycanthropic formation a few times dedicating countess hours and energy to their second album. […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]