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The Orphan, The Poet play Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: The Orphan, The Poet will host their Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 18 at Canal Public House; photo: Corey Davis The Orphan, The Poet are a rock band. They play loud and aggressive rock music. They were once told at their merch table that […]

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Go, Johnny Go!

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Johnny A. brings his genre-bending guitar work to Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Johnny A. performs Friday, Dec. 11 at Oddbody’s; photo: Michael Sparks Keegan Johnny A. has spent the better part of his life as a musician. Those decades have seen him in virtually every situation in which a professional musician can find themselves. […]

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The Boys are Back in Town

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Dayton hockey finds new life after losing the Demonz By Rusty Pate Photo: Dayton Demolition player Harry Mahesh gets rowdy on the ice; photo: Haynes Photography It’s a busy Thursday night at the Englewood BW3’s. Waitresses and bartenders hustle around the dining room floor, delivering hot wings and beer. Two young boys run around, parents […]

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Back from the dead

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Vinyl records creep back to mainstream By Rusty Pate Photo: The Raging Nathans, Losing It (2014) There’s a growing revolution in the music industry, and it has little to do with instruments or musical notes. Vinyl records have risen from the dead. The process of recording and selling music dates back to Thomas Edison and […]

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All that’s old is new again

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The New Old-Fashioned’s folk-tinged rock at Bob’s By Rusty Pate Photo: The New Old-Fashioned will perform on Nov. 6 at Blind Bob’s It has been nearly three years since The New Old-Fashioned released their self-titled debut album. While that collection of songs sprung from the singer/songwriter roots of David Payne and Kent Montgomery’s solo shows, […]

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Calling all angels

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Gin-soaked Angels bring improv-rock to Peach’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Yellow Springs’ Gin-soaked Angels will perform at Peach’s on Oct. 30 There are many ways for musicians to come together and form a band. Perhaps someone sees a flier at a music store or an ad on Craigslist. Maybe a mutual friend introduces people with […]

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Take the Shush out of the shelves

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Dayton Metro Library’s Innovative Check out the Arts program By Rusty Pate Photo: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) principal dancer Qarrianne Blayr will perform with DCDC as part of the Check Out the Arts program; photo: Indigo Life Media, Kameron Davis The arts have always been an integral part of society and civilization. From the earliest drawings […]

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Keep on growin’

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Dayton Music, Art & Film Fest expands to embrace city’s creative culture By Rusty Pate Photo: Shaun Flemming of Diane Coffee is also the drummer for Foxygen and a former child star. He will close the main stage on Sept. 19. The Dayton Music Fest has been a staple of the local music scene for the […]

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Talking about a revolution

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Elementree Livity Project performs at Eaton’s new Eatonic Music Festival By Rusty Pate Photo: Brandon “Bean” Bastin, Elementree Livity Project lead guitarist. ELP will perform at the Eatonic Music Festival, Sept. 4-6; photo: Brian Glass Musical groups can be contentious unions. Clashing egos and personalities can sometimes make keeping a project’s head above water a […]

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Wickedly good

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Kristin Chenoweth brings big voice to Fraze By Rusty Pate Photo: Kristin Chenoweth will perform Aug. 29 at Fraze Pavilion Kristin Chenoweth is that rare force of nature in the entertainment world that can seemingly do everything. She has starred on the Broadway stage for the last two decades, most notably as the originator for […]

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A world of pure imagination

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Primus brings Willy Wonka to Rose Music Center By Rusty Pate Photo: Primus brings their Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour to Rose Music Center on August 4 Fans of Primus have come to expect weird and strange offerings from the group. Songs such as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and albums like Sailing the Seas […]

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The Canadian Rockies

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Finger Eleven hits Oddbody’s Music Room By Rusty Pate Photo: Finger Eleven will perform at Oddbody’s on July 24 in advance of their latest album, Five Crooked Lines; photo: Dustin Rabin The terms “rock band” and “longevity” rarely go together. Some bands aren’t successful enough; others collapse under the weight of too many expectations. Creative […]

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Rock and roll circus

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Wheels of Soul tour with old friends at Rose By Rusty Pate Photo: Tedeschi Trucks Band will play Rose Music Center on June 27 as part of the Wheels of Soul tour; photo: Mark Seliger The husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have won Grammy Awards, critical praise […]

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Moanin’ the blues

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang at Rose By Rusty Pate Photo: Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform with Jonny Lang at Rose Music Center on June 24 It may be hard to believe, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been making music for nearly 20 years. He first burst onto the blues scene […]

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Define this

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Genre-less McGuff and the Dumpster Fires celebrate new release at Canal By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r]  Keith Klein, Emily McGuff, Taylor McGuff and Phil Doncaster of McGuff and the Dumpster Fires will celebrate their latest release, Peel it Back, June 13 at Canal Public House; photo: Nicole Klein   I have a theory that we are […]

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The singer and the song

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Jason Isbell and Dwight Yoakam to play Rose Music Center By Rusty Pate Photo: Jason Isbell will open for Dwight Yoakam June 5 at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights The singer-songwriter has become a mythic figure in modern popular music. The songs of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and Joni Mitchell […]

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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 […]

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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 […]