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Don Black and the Dayton Weekly News By Zach Rogers Photo: [l to r] Donerik Black and his father, Don Black in the Dayton Weekly News office Don Black is a man of many trades – businessman, entrepreneur, publisher and co-founder of the Dayton Weekly News, Dayton’s longest running African-American community newspaper – and he’s […]

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Firmly rooted

2014 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival By Zach Rogers Photo: Whiskey Bent Valley performs at the 2013 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival Jim Morrison once sang something about summer almost being gone. “We had some good times,” he crooned, “but they’re gone.” In another line, he asks, “Where will we be/When the summer’s gone?” I don’t know […]

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Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass!

Canoegrass returns for a second year of tomfoolery  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Canoegrass will take place Aug. 15-17 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City If you’re a fan of live music, you’ll pretty much go anywhere to see a cool band. Well, how about on a river? No, I mean literally, like the […]

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Teamwerk makes the dream werk

Werk Out Festival returns to Legend Valley  By Zach Rogers  Photo: The 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at Legend Valley Music Center For a festival only in its fifth year, the 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is returning like a titan champ. Having already outgrown its original […]

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Holy hell!

Sam at Eleven releases sophomore album at Oregon Express By Zach Rogers  Photo: Sam at Eleven guitarist/vocalist Jeff Rudolph; photo: Bobby Leonard Rising from the ashes of pop-punkers HQAX (pronounced “hoax”), Sam at Eleven came out in 2011 with their debut album, The Year We Won. Throughout the release, the trio – which consists of guitarist/vocalist […]

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Mississippi drinkin’

John the Conqueror bring the crossroads to Canal Public House By Zach Rogers Photo: John the Conqueror will perform on June 12 at Canal Public House; photo: Cinthya Vong Fresh off of two solid full-length albums in only three years, Philadelphia rockers John the Conqueror have found a sound that combines vintage blues with a harder […]

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Heavy metal Cosby kid

Jim Breuer brings the laughs to Dayton’s Funny Bone By Zach Rogers Photo: Jim Breuer will perform at Dayton Funny Bone on April 25 and 26; photo: Gregory Pallante Goat Boy. “Half Baked.” Metallica. All of these things could easily be used to describe comedian Jim Breuer, yet they’re all just one side of the famous […]

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Under the gun

Dayton International Peace Museum explores America’s gun culture By Zach Rogers Photo: Dayton International Peace Museum volunteer Bill Meers adds a news clip to the “blank panel” on April 8. The board, which contains news clips of gun-related violence, was empty on April 1; photo: Sarah Sidlow The issue of guns in the United States is no […]

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The art of pulling

Elsinore bring new album PUSH/PULL to Dayton By Zach Rogers Elsinore perform on April 12 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Oliver Peng After a decade of making music and rediscovering both their sound and stability in the process, it finally looks like the members of Champaign, Ill.-based Elsinore have achieved a near-perfect state of balance and […]

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Dark, dangerous, Danish

The Foreign Resort brings New Frontiers across the Atlantic By Zach Rogers Photo: The Foreign Resort will perform at South Park Tavern on March 21; photo: Morten Ryming In Denmark, the music of New Order and The Cure rings loud and clear. From the city of Copenhagen comes The Foreign Resort, a band that mixes post-punk […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]