Dating a band from Dayton

Fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gilly’s

By Justin Kreitzer
Photo: Local alt-rock favorites Gathering Mercury will perform at the fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival at Gillly’s Feb. 14-15
The fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton music festival will return this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15 at Gilly’s. Boasting an impressive lineup that represents some of the Gem City’s most talented musicians, this truly unique and diverse event requires each band to play only their best original songs while also putting their own spin on some of their fellow Dayton band’s songs.

The event is presented by Mick Montgomery and Louie Wood, Jr. – who, in addition to hosting, will spin Dayton-centric music between sets as his alter-ego, DJ MisterKid – and hosted by scene veterans Don Thrasher, RevCool and Niki Dakota along with another surprise presenter. Another exciting addition this year will be presentations by The Fire Lilies Belly Dancers and Miss Theresa’s Burlesque with Veronica Laine on Friday night.

Nearly 20 bands are set to perform, including the Leap Years, Gathering Mercury, the Repeating Arms, Dark Backward, Paige Beller, Free Fall Theory and Junkyard Dojo.

Dayton City Paper spoke with three of the bands about their upcoming performances, cover song choices and more.


The super-eclectic and energetic Columbus-based band William The Accountant will play Friday, Feb. 14. 

Your music is influenced by Brazilian music and bands like the Talking Heads. Tell us more about your band and influences. 

The initial idea was to bring music from the street inside to the stage. Our intent isn’t about putting on a good show. It’s about creating an atmosphere where you can be a part of that show. Each time we play in Dayton, Columbus or any other city, it is with this objective. – Kevin Luce

You are from Columbus and are playing Dayton Does Dayton again this year. What are your ties to Dayton?

Four-fifths of William The Accountant began in Columbus, but we’ve spread out since then. Two of us now live in Springfield and Yellow Springs, so we’ve spent a lot of time in the Miami Valley. Dayton isn’t a second home at all […] it is home. – KL

What Dayton band’s song you will be covering during your performance
and why? 

We’re Bieber-level fans of The Nightbeast, so that’s priority one. We’ll be reuniting with the wonderful and fantastic Josh Weston, a former and founding “Accountant,” to perform his new single. He’s just launching The Josh Weston Experience now, and we’re elated to have him back on stage with us again. – KL


Dayton’s best young bar band The Broken Lights will also play Friday, Feb. 14. 

When you started out, you played mostly popular classic rock songs as you honed your own originals. How did you form and what influences your sound?

We decided to play classic rock because that’s what we had all grown up listening to and enjoyed. It’s also a blast to play live and gets a positive reaction from diverse crowds. – Tyler Cochran

Tyler contributed a lot of Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers and ZZ Top to our sound. Zach draws from a heavy blues background. My biggest influences are the Beatles and other British Invasion groups, but I don’t get hung up on genre labels. – Andy Uzzel

You released your eponymous debut album last year, so what does the future hold for the band?

We don’t have anything in the works as far as the recording of a follow-up album goes, but we are currently writing new material. We’ll debut a new song at Dayton Does Dayton. That show is huge, since all three of us all have roots in Vandalia and we’ve always attended and watched other bands perform there. – TC

What Dayton bands will you cover and why?

We wanted to cover bands that we’ve interacted with. The songs we’ve picked are all from artists we know personally or have played shows with. We have selections from Gathering Mercury and the Eric Jerardi Band. We’re also covering “Take Control” from Good English’s debut album. We think it really fits our sound. – TC


The all-female blues/folk/rock band The Curious Sound will play Saturday, Feb. 15. 

How the band form and what has influenced your “Curious” sound?

Emma and I were working on recording her solo album – hopefully to be released this spring – and we needed a drummer, so I asked Theresa to join. We all share a love of late- ’60s and ’70s to alternative ’90s music, so we had a great time jamming and formed the Curious Sound in 2012. Parisa joined a few months later when we were in need of a bass player to fill out our sound for an ’80s tribute show and it ended up being a really good fit. – Kyleen Downes

What Dayton band did you choose to cover and why? 

Well, it’s no secret Paige Beller is an extremely talented musician who we are super happy we’ve gotten to know around the Dayton music scene. We chose “Don’t You Dare” off her album of the same name. All the songs are really well-written, but she does something pretty cool with this one and we hope we do it justice since she will be performing on the same night as us. – KD

What can we expect from your show? 

Fun hats! Oh, and stickers! We got our favorite graphic artist, Jackie Godsey, to make us a logo, so we look forward to passing those out.” – KD


The fourth annual Dayton Does Dayton will take place on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 at Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St. Music at 8 p.m. each night. $5 admission at the door each night. For more information, please visit


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