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Folks of Dayton Music Festival returns

By Katie Fender

Photo: The Jayne Sachs Band will perform at the Folks of Dayton Music Festival on Sept. 12

Music fests have become synonymous with the summer months. So clearly, there is no better way to kick off the end of the season than by attending the Folks of Dayton Music Fest on Saturday, Sept. 12. Gates to the fest will open at noon and the music will start that afternoon at 2 p.m. and will continue until 9:30 p.m. The fee for adults is $10 and visitors ages 12 and under get in free.

This is the fourth annual year of the Folks of Dayton Music Fest and in these past years the fest has really begun picking up steam with, well, the folks of Dayton. Obviously the quality of music and laid-back atmosphere draws a crowd, but also, the festival’s link to charity brought more attention to the event, as many people wanted to contribute to this great cause. The net proceeds of the Folks of Dayton Music Fest all go to the A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. This charity allows children with a life-threatening disease or illness to carry out a special dream of their choice.

In addition to being a fun and charitable event, the fest is BYOB and will also have plenty of food available for purchase, and of course, a wide variety of music. While you can feel free to bring your own alcohol, people can also feel free to bring their kids and younger children to this family friendly affair. There will be an alcohol-free area designated for families with young ones, or even just for people who want to be away from any drinking.

Mike Babb, the creator of Folks of Dayton, began this local tradition as a spinoff of another popular event.

“We used to have a thing called Fajita Fest for A Special Wish Foundation and it just got so big and labor-intensive that we had to take a break from it,” Babb says. “So now the music festival has been less taxing on us. It’s the spinoff fest.”

While the Folks of Dayton is much different than the Fajita Fest, everyone can still expect a good time, as there will be many different types of music genres to accompany many different tastes.

Babb describes the music of the event as having “no rhyme or reason to it.” “Anything from blues to R&B to rock,” Babbs continues, “each year there are different genres; this year we have a couple acoustic acts and we have some local musicians coming in that are kind of indie, so the music will just vary.”

Those who have been to the past Folks of Dayton Fests will be pleased to hear that Higgins Madewell and rock star Tom Leary from the legendary band Jethro Tull will be back performing together at the fest. Babb also mentions that the two other main attractions this year will be Blue Moon Soup and the Jayne Sachs Band.

The Jayne Sachs Band’s performance this year will be a very special one as it will be one of the first performances since lead singer Sachs was diagnosed with breast cancer last September.

Sachs, who is still undergoing treatment, says she looks forward to the fest as she and the band took quite a hiatus after she was diagnosed.

“I was diagnosed last September and I had my double mastectomy in October,” Sachs says. “At that time they luckily found it had not spread to any of the nodes, but it was the type of cancer that needed chemo and so I went through four and a half to five months of chemotherapy.”

Sachs has a 13 year old son and a 15 year old daughter, making this diagnosis tough not on only her, but her husband and children as well, especially since her mother passed of breast cancer when she was 12.

“I’m a very involved mom and I continued to be involved,” she says. “I was up every morning getting them up for school; I was still involved with them every night with homework; my husband was great—he had to pick up the pieces as far as driving he drove the kids a lot. [But] it was hard it was difficult for me to see them having to see their mom like that.”

Sachs is also heavily involved in writing in the Nashville market and travels there regularly.

“It’s a very different genre for me, but I started working on that goal about a year and a half ago and I don’t make goals lightly,” Sachs says. “I go after them fiercely.”

Sachs describes her band as “indie-alt-pop” and puts emphasis on the fact it will stay that way, despite her country-music writing in Nashville.

This fall, the band will celebrate their 20-year anniversary and after their nearly year-long hiatus, the Jayne Sachs Band is glad to be back.

The Folks of Dayton Music Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Polish Picnic Ground, 3690 Needmore Rd. in Dayton. Gates open at noon; music starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for visitors 12 and under. For more information, please visit

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