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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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Still bad to the bone

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George Thorogood and Brian Setzer co-headline Rose By Rusty Pate Photo: George Thorogood and the Destroyers will co-headline with Brian Setzer on June 2 at the Rose Music Center George Thorogood and the Destroyers have spent the better part of four decades recording and crisscrossing the country. Their raucous and hard-edged take on bar-band blues […]

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The Wheel Deal

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Kil-Kare puts the family back in motorsports entertainment By Rusty Pate Photo: Jerry Dunkel during time trials at Kil-Kare’s drag strip on April 26, 2014; photo: detroitharrysphotos.com Perhaps no sport loses more in the translation from live to television than auto racing. From the roar of the engines to the smell of the gasoline to […]

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The fest for the rest

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Nelsonville Music Festival returns to Hocking College By Rusty Pate Photo: Celia, Elizabeth and Leslie Rasmussen of Dayton’s Good English will perform at the Nelsonville Music Festival May 28-31 As the winds of winter slowly fade, the spring thaw means many different things. The longer days bring chirping birds and joggers back to suburban streets. Children […]

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An offer you can’t refuse

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Roadhouse Mafia (formerly The Rick Frazier Band) comes to Riff Raff By Rusty Pate Photo: Rick Frazier and Matt Stump perform at Oscar’s in Vandalia; photo: Rusty Pate The Rick Frazier Band has been making music for the better part of eight years. The lineup has changed over the years, and it’s seen a myriad of […]

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Armed and dangerous

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Arms Race head to Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r] Kris Neises, Cole Bohanon, Justin Satinover and Tim Anderl of Arms Race will perform on April 4 at Canal Public House; photo: Lindsey Neises Arms Race formed in 2013, as a bit of a local super group. Members of the band have also […]

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(Covers and) originals wanted

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Dayton Does Dayton festival returns By Rusty Pate Photos by Jennifer Taylor Photo: Rev Cool (Jim Carter) of Wyso will host Dayton Does Dayton: The history of the Dayton music scene is a tale far too elaborate for the space this article allows. As in most cities of any substantial size, musicians and artists come […]

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The shape of jazz to come

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Blood, Sweat & Tears headlines Beavercreek’s annual Weekend of Jazz By Rusty Pate Photo: Musician Jeff Coffin gives students pointers at Weekend of Jazz 2013 Many might view jazz as a strictly intuitive musical form. The classic stereotype of a sweaty horn blower with eyes closed and a furrowed brow blasting off a series of […]

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This ain’t Luckenbach

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Shooter Jennings at Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Shooter Jennings will perform on March 7 at Oddbody’s When your parents are royalty in the outlaw country genre, certain expectations follow you. Shooter Jennings does not eschew his father Waylon’s legacy. He loves his dad’s music and is even currently touring with his father’s old band. […]

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Joyful noise

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Clemency makes Gem City debut at Bob’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Jason and Paul Watkins began writing music together in Oklahoma during high school There’s something about brothers and rock ‘n’ roll that just seems to make magic. From Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks to Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, […]

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When harp meets hip-hop

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Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate at UD By Rusty Pate Photo: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s debut album Faya was released in 2014 Sometimes, the most inspired collaborations arise from the most unlikely of pairings. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate don’t really share many common experiences. Kouyate grew up in Conakry, Guinea. He plays the kora, […]

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Solo Toad

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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips at Canal by Rusty Pate Photo: Glen Phillips will perform on Feb. 5 at Canal Public House Glen Phillips has been at this life a long, long time. He was just 16 in 1986 when a little band called Toad the Wet Sprocket formed. Five years later, their breakout […]

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Kind of blue

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Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater By Rusty Pate Photo: Keb’ Mo’ will perform on Jan. 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Since his 1994 self-titled debut, Kevin Moore has been viewed as a sort of harbinger of the seemingly continuous roots blues revival. While the larger blues community is littered with all […]

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If it’s dope, it’s dope

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Obelo brings hip-hop to Peach’s in Yellow Springs By Rusty Pate Photo: Obelo will perform on Jan. 24 at Peach’s Bar & Grill I’m sitting in the Peach’s parking lot as the temperature approaches negative digits. Even though I’m in a car with the heat cranked, I’m starting to lose feeling in my toes. It’s […]

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La Vie Bohème

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Joseph Downing’s “The Abundant Bohemian: How to Live an Unconventional Life Without Starving in the Process” By Rusty Pate Photo: Joseph Downing’s new book, “The Abundant Bohemian” features stories and tips for living a fulfilling, creative life without starving The American Dream remains one of the most romantic notions and pursuits mankind has ever devised. […]

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Give me the beat, boys

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Chicago Afrobeat Project at Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Chicago Afrobeat Project will perform at Oddbody’s on Jan. 10 Since forming more than a decade ago, Chicago Afrobeat Project has continuously pushed musical boundaries. Dayton City Paper recently sat down with Chicago Afrobeat Project’s guitarist David Glines to talk about Afrobeat as a genre, their […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

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 […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]