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Making his own name

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Rhythm and blues from the past six decades has provided a treasure trove of songs that have spurred a cottage industry of artists releasing albums consisting of material drawn solely from the vaults of labels like Motown and Stax/Volt. That approach can provide diminishing returns as each year passes and more and more of these […]

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Modbilly Comes to Franklin

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For a self-proclaimed “accidental” actor, Billy Bob Thornton is enjoying the fruits of small and large screen success. As a kid, he wanted to be a musician. In his younger days, Thornton spent time working as a roadie and assisted acts like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Johnny Paycheck. The jobs let him be […]

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Twenty years of blues

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For two decades, the Lebanon Blues Festival has been the most highly anticipated event of the summer for the surrounding community. Hosted by the Lebanon Optimist Club, this free event is family friendly and truly has something for everyone. From blues music to food vendors, an extensive classic car show, a Beer Garden, and the […]

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Feeding the soul

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The onslaught of festivals in and around the city of Dayton is in full swing, but not all of them can make you feel it in your bones the way the Dayton Blues Festival can. Coming back for the 33rd year, this gathering celebrates the history and love of blues, while also introducing the genre […]

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Playin’ with my friends

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Jonny Lang says his current album, Signs is an example of just letting an album be what it wanted to be musically. “I don’t know what will come next,” Lang said in a recent phone interview. “But yeah, this one was just the record that felt right in this season of my life.” Signs is […]

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Play it forward

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It was over twenty years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. My wife and I were living in the old Samu Apartments building in the Oregon District above Sloopy’s bar—and I mean directly above Sloopy’s; the noise from the bar shook our pictures off the walls on a regular basis. One […]

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Mayor of Bluesville

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Doug Hart Band blueses Trolley Stop Doug Hart controlling his stratocaster By Tim Smith I’m continually amazed at the wealth of musical talent in the Dayton area. Some bands have a solid local following, but many have found fame outside of their comfort zone. One such example is the Doug Hart Band. They’ll be appearing […]

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Trust the treatment

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The Johnson Treatment draws on Dayton’s musical roots The Johnson Treatment (L-R) Huston Brice, Jelani Stokes, Danielle Tripp, Tory James, and Evan Fiehrer. Photo: Glenna Jennings By Joey Ferber Thinking Dayton Music scene? Think the Johnson Treatment. The Dayton-based band is a multi-faceted ensemble of talented instrumentalists who congruently move through genres in a single […]

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He saw the sign

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Jonny Lang live at Cincinnati’s Taft Jonny Lang performs at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre Jan. 14.   Photo by Daniella Hovsepian By Alan Sculley Jonny Lang says his new album, “Signs” is an example of just letting an album be what it wanted to be musically. “I don’t know what will come next,” Lang said in […]

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King of the Boogie

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John Lee Hooker 5 disc set Photo: John Lee Hooker’s 5 disc set released August  22, 2017 in celebration of his 100th birthday. By Tim Walker What can one say about John Lee Hooker and his music that hasn’t been said already? The legendary man’s name itself defines a certain strain of electric blues, steeped […]

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Cosmic dancers

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The Claudettes return old school blues and a dash of punk to the Miami Valley Photo: The Claudettes (l-r) Matthew Torre, Johnny Iguana, Berit Ulseth, Zach Verdoorn By Tim Walker Punk rock piano-playing blues troubadour that he is, Johnny Iguana is also a very busy man, and therefore, one not always so easy to connect with. […]

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Humor, human release

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Sun Hound ‘go big or go home’ at Taffy’s of Eaton Photo: Sun Hound’s (l-r) Nicole Pyeritz and Jessica Fisch bring a full-band sound to Taffy’s June 2 By Gary Spencer Some may call it fate, but most rock duos don’t start out as a twosome—usually some circumstance or happy accident takes a band from […]

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Do the punk rock twist

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The Claudettes shake up Chicago blues at Blue Note Bistro By Tim Walker Photo: The Claudettes’ (l-r) Zach Verdoorn, Berit Ulseth, Matt Torre, and Johnny Iguana perform at The Blue Note Bistro April 14; photo: Marisa Klug-Morataya Johnny Iguana is no stranger to airports, it seems, and he’s comfortable speaking over the phone with Dayton […]

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Carrying that weight

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The Lucky Dutch buries the night at Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer Photo: The Lucky Dutch’s (l-r) Claire Corriveau, Ben Dacoba, Nathan Graham, and David Padula get hot and heavy at Trolley Stop Feb. 18 Blues music, or simply the blues, is as American as baseball and apple pie. With roots situated in the Deep South […]

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Searchin’

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Dayton Philharmonic Soul Singer Search heats up By Gary Spencer Photo: Peter Brennan of Jeans ‘n Classics partners with DPO to find Dayton’s next soul singer One thing I’ve always admired about the Gem City is its ability to put the spotlight on homegrown talent, and sometimes in unusual or intriguing ways. That certainly seems to […]

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Smokin blues on the soul side

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El Dorado Brown vibes Trolley Stop By Joey Ferber Photo: (l-r) Byron Crews, Jeff Friend, and John Hughes bring the blues to Trolley Stop Sept. 10 The blood runs deep through Dayton’s musical veins. For generations, Dayton has welcomed musicians unafraid to express the entire emotional spectrum, unhindered by light-heartedness or the Midwest veil of nicety […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]