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Kick out the jams

Road warriors Ekoostik Hookah return to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Rusty Pate Photo: Ekoostik Hookah will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 18 Ekoostik Hookah has become an institution on the Ohio live music scene. Formed in 1991 and weathering more lineup changes than most bands could handle, Hookah has built a following the old fashioned […]

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What The funk?!?

Spotlight returns to Dayton’s musical legacy By Rusty Pate Photo: The Ohio Players; image courtesy of the Dayton Daily News Archive at Wright State University Music helps define the places from which it springs. The mere mention of certain cities or musical styles drips so thick with nostalgia and palpable energy it seems impossible to separate […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

Ohio’s Lydia Loveless returns for Bunbury Music Festival By Rusty Pate Photo: Lydia Loveless released her second album, Somewhere Else in Februrary 2014; photo: Patrick Crawford/Blackletter Music festivals have become a rite of passage for music lovers. They offer fans a chance to not only see the bands and artists already known, but the ability to venture […]

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Look! Up in the sky…

Vectren Dayton Air Show spotlights Dayton’s history of aviation By Rusty Pate Photo: One of the most popular air show attractions, The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 28-29; photo: Tim Gaffney It might be easy to take for granted the importance Dayton holds in the world […]

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The Rise of DiVerse Records

Local rap crew headlines Youth Benefit Music Fest By Rusty Pate Photo: [l to r] Cameron Campbell and Jamelle Johnson of DiVerse Records; photo: Matthew Grathwohl Positivity is a commodity in short supply in the modern world. It seems at every turn, be it the nightly news, social media or daily conversations, the grand societal machine […]

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Ditch the cart

Downtown Troy Farmers’ Market, a different grocery shopping experience By Rusty Pate Photo: Blue Jacket Cheese sets up shop at the Downtown Troy Farmers’ Market The world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller may have been talking about cutting class, but […]

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Say it isn’t so!

Daryl Hall and John Oates play Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion By Rusty Pate Photo: Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform at PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati on May 11; photo: Mick Rock Daryl Hall and John Oates have been making music longer than most realize. It’s been more than 40 years since the duo released their debut […]

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Who’s your muse?

Sideshow returns to the Yellow Cab By Rusty Pate Photo: Dayton Sideshow Nine is May 9-10 at the Yellow Cab building; photo: Jennifer Clarke Sideshow has become a fixture in the Dayton arts and music scene. Entering its ninth year, the two-day event serves as a lynchpin for the two communities. It also brings lovers of […]

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The bare necessities

Dayton natives do more with less By Rusty Pate Photo: “I thought the reason we were discontented was just because we didn’t make much money.” – Joshua Fields Millburn   The brilliant comedian George Carlin once had a routine about “stuff.” While the multi-layered genius could never be conveyed on this written page, the crux of […]

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Jamming as one

Jahman Brahman brings flaws and all to Dayton By Rusty Pate Photo: Jahman Brahman will play Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on April 17 Live music is a powerful medium. Virtually every other form of art separates the audience from the artist. Film and stage productions have the “fourth wall.” Painters and sculptors usually work behind closed doors […]

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International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]

Meet the artist

Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in […]

Addressing dress

Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which […]