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City is as city does

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Dayton Does Dayton showcases local grooves By Mike Ritchie There is a rich love and passion for the Dayton music scene that has become evident in the last half decade, as promoter Louie Wood Jr. has taken over the reins for the Dayton Does Dayton festival. Wood has turned DDD into a juggernaut of local […]

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A touch of country

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Erica Blinn brings Nashville rock to Trolley By Mike Ritchie Columbus-born Erica Blinn started playing the stage at the young age of 14, encouraged by her musical dad. “At first I was excited then I got some stage fright,” Blinn recalls. Raised with a musical pedigree of rock including of Sheryl Crow and The J. […]

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… Was their name-O

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Yellow Cab hosts Nasty Bingo album release show By Mike Ritchie Photo: Nasty Bingo plays their album release show Saturday, Jan. 23 at Yellow Cab Building The core of what is now Nasty Bingo started in 2006. Through many trials, tribulations, experiments in music and different members, they have arrived today with a diversely delivered […]

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Come what may

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Beesly talks genre-acceptance, family loyalty and crazy Bryan Adams fans By Mike Ritchie Photo: Beesly plays Saturday, Jan. 9 at South Park Tavern Though many might think of the doll from the TV series Family Affair, the guys from Beesly got their name from a different, more modern show. Beesly members are big fans of […]

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Point blank

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Two Punch Gun plays Canal Public House By Mike Ritchie Photo: Drummer Tommy Bleigh of Two Punch Gun, who play Dec. 5 at Canal Public House; photo: Ethan Bielik Media Two Punch Gun are about a year and a half old out of the chamber but they have already played 50 days (as of Halloween) […]

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Delivering Detroit rock city

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Jeremy Porter and the Tucos back at Bob’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Jeremy Porter and the Tucos will perform on Oct. 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Doug Coombe They’re as northern American blues as you can get before Canada. Whisky-smooth, with the white hot licks of Ted Nugent, the veteran inspiration of Cheap Trick and […]

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Rise up

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Saliva brings the energy at BMI By Mike Ritchie Photo: Saliva will perform at BMI on Speedway Oct. 10; photo: Steve Sergent Photography Since the mid-nineties, Saliva has traveled countless roads and trucked through various trends, industry fluctuations and the nu metal genre label to keep their brand of hard rock filling the engine with high octane, […]

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Jams for all

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GemFest takes a swing at gender bullying By Mike Ritchie Photo: A Shade of Red will perform at GemFest on Oct. 3; photo: Mike Ritchie Just be you. That’s the theme of the all-day GemFest event sponsored by GLSEN Greater Dayton. The Dayton chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network has dedicated the event […]

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Cancer sucks

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Ghost Town Silence headlines Kick Cancer’s Ass benefit at Bob’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Ghost Town Silence will headline the third annual Kick Cancer’s Ass benefit August 8 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Laura Combs The newly christened Ghost Town Silence is a five piece rock band from Dayton previously known as The Rebel Set, and […]

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Ready for more Riff Raff

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Ira Stanley and Dixie Peach perform annual final show By Mike Ritchie Photo: Ira Stanley and Dixie Peach will perform their “annual final show” on July 25 at Riff Raff Tavern Ira Stanley started his musical career in 1972 in the basement, playing southern rock blues. With friends, he formed Dixie Peach, quickly gaining notice […]

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High-energy R and R

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Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band at Jimmie’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: [l-r] Nato Coles, Sam Beer, Kyle Sando, Mike Cranberry and Luke De Beaumarchais [not pictured] will perform on June 15 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11   From his humble beginnings in Milwaukee to stints in Brooklyn, New York and Minneapolis, Nato Coles has paved […]

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Persistent punks

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Dayton Music Pest slams downtown, again By Mike Ritchie Photo: Cleveland’s Fuck You Pay Me (FYPM) will headline Day 2 of Dayton Music Pest, May 15 at Canal Public House; photo: Shel Greenberg Erba While other huge rock festivals are happening elsewhere in the state, Dayton Music Pest is staying local, bringing the best of […]

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Kicking cancer in the C-Note

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Dayton Blues Society benefits American Cancer Society By Mike Ritchie Photo: [l-r] Paul Goodwin, Greg Calvert and Fred Gillespie of The Beaumonts The Dayton Blues Society (DBS) and Team Vanderpool (TV) present the “Blues in the Key of C” Benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). TV is a group from Indiana and Ohio who […]

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With riotous intent

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High 5 Riot brings “Urban Chaos” to Gilly’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: High 5 Riot will perform on April 25 at Gilly’s A riot is thought of as a bad thing – images of violence and chaos, rampaging pillagers running through the streets and flamed Molotov bottles flying through the air are just a few of […]

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Sax and swagger

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Gerald Albright comes to the Schuster By Mike Ritchie Photo: Gerald Albright will perform on March 27 at the Schuster Center; photo: Lori Stoll He’s been called one of the biggest stars in R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz while earning a well-deserved reputation by world known artists as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, […]

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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 […]