Your Definitive Summer Concert Schedule
By Benjamin Dale
Every year, as the summer sun lingers ever later into the night, bands all over the nation pack up their gear and depart on buses and station wagons for faraway venues and the festival circuit. Do not despair, Dayton music fan, because even as your beloved local bands go silent in the Oregon District, famous musicians nationwide are set to stop by for one-night stands in the Gem City, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Just as the summer begins heating up, the reunited Beach Boys will play at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, June 12. After years of court battles and internal disputes, all the surviving Beach Boys decided to put the bad blood behind them and reunite for a tour to celebrate 50 years of their California sound.
June 20, Earth, Wind & Fire will arrive at the Fraze with their timeless blend of R&B and funk — a shining star for you to see, for sure.
Later that weekend, June 23, Steve Miller Band will take the stage to croon with the classic, creamy vocals and pop-rock sound that defined the band in the 1970s. Steve Miller just recorded a new blues album; lately he’s mixing his hits with his new stuff — a nod to his early days as a bluesman in Chicago.
KC & the Sunshine Band will bring their booty-shaking brand of disco to the Fraze, July 1. The Fraze is renowned for bringing world famous acts to play yearly on their outdoor stage, and this summer is no exception.
WORTH THE TRIP
Southgate House, a restored mansion-turned-venue in Newport, Ky., is one of the coolest theaters around. Visible from downtown Cincinnati, Southgate plays host to a myriad of up-and-coming artists this summer.
July 20, up-and-coming quirksters Rasputina will stop by Southgate with their Victorian-era frills and corsets to whip the crowd into submission, turn-of-the-century style.
Trampled By Turtles, the folk-rock harmonizers from Duluth, Minn., play at Southgate House July 27. Cast from the same railroad-iron sensibility as Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe, fans of folk-rock revival won’t want to miss this one.
Riverbend Music Center
Headbangers everywhere will rejoice, June 26, when the reunited Mötley Crüe bring their hair-metal to Cincinnati. Glam rockers Poison and protopunk cross-dressers The New York Dolls are also set to play. The ‘Dolls are the ones to watch, as their influence on rock music spans decades and artists from the Sex Pistols to the Clash to Guns‘n’Roses are infinitely indebted to them.
Later in the summer, indie rock favorites The Decemberists are set to headline at Riverbend on August 4, along with Nashville’s outlaw country star Jamey Johnson who brings his guitar and downtrodden twang to Riverbend, August 7.
Lifestyles Community Pavilion
Conor Oberst’s endlessly depressive band Bright Eyes plays the LC in Columbus, June 8. Come on, we all have a soft spot for emo.
Akron’s Devo are set to play at LC, June 16. Early MTV favorites, the band brings their classic new wave sound to Columbus, proving that it’s still cool to “whip it.”
English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello will play at the LC Pavilion, June 19. Endlessly versatile and effortlessly inventive, Costello has bridged genres and generations to become one of rock’s greatest living artists.
Since lead singer Bradley Nowell’s untimely demise in 1996, stoners everywhere have had to live without their fix of Sublime. In 2009, the surviving band members reunited with singer Rome Ramirez to form Sublime with Rome, re-animating their classic hits to the joy of hippies everywhere. 311 will open the set at LC, July 17, in what is sure to be a bong-ripping good time.
Newport Music Hall
Columbus’ Newport Music Hall, situated across from the OSU campus, plays to sellout crowds of rowdy college students on a weekly basis during the school year. Dance-rock sensations Foster the People are set to headline Newport, June 14. Mixing equal parts MGMT, Passion Pit and Daft Punk, the show is sure to be one of the hippest of the summer.
On July 11, Jewish Rasta-Rap-Afarian Matisyahu will bring his soulful Hasidic hip-hop to the Newport. Not one to miss, Matisyahu’s oddball mixture of Judaism and Jah is mad entertaining. Don’t forget your kosher kush.
Reach DCP freelance writer Benjamin Dale at BenDale@DaytonCityPaper.com.