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Bluegrass brews in Miamisburg

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Miami Valley Bluegrass Heritage Festival Photo: The Repeating Arms, with Max Nunery; photo: Max Nunery By Tim Smith The Dayton area boasts ardent fans of many types of music, but none has a following quite like bluegrass. Each year there are concerts and festivals devoted to bluegrass music across the region, but local musician and […]

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Forever Young

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Sara Watkins gets back to her roots at Taft Theatre Photo: Sara Warkins, performing at Taft Theatre on Aug. 12 By L. Kent Wolgamott Sara Watkins is best known for her work in Nickel Creek, the bluegrass trio she co-founded as a teenager. But you won’t hear bluegrass or much of her fiddle on “Young […]

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All aboard

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Mad River Railroad stops at RiverScape MetroPark Photo: Mad River Railroad’s (l-r) Dave Finster, Pat Carine, Gary Ridgeway, Nora Denning, Dave Younkin By Matt Clevenger Overlooking the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton, RiverScape MetroPark seems like an ideal venue for bluegrass act Mad River Railroad. The band played there once before, in 2015, and […]

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Gravity-defying ’grass

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The Infamous Stringdusters travel on to Cincy Infamous Stringdusters’ (l-r) Travis Book, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, and Jeremy Garrett; photo: Scott McCormick By Alan Sculley Coming off of a 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, that was a bit of a musical detour, The Infamous Stringdusters knew it was time to re-establish what the […]

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Honest, smoking brass

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Davina and the Vagabonds wander to Oddbody’s Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds travel on to Oddbody’s June 17; photo: Garrett Born By Joey Ferber Barring the laws of space and time, if Davina and the Vagabonds were to share a bill with any artist, this non-stop act would be playing alongside Fats Waller, Tom Waits, […]

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Come Helen Highwater

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Bluegrass tag-team including Balsam Range at MU By Joyell Nevins Photo: Balsam Range will perform Saturday, Feb. 28 at Miami University, Hamilton What is the mark of a truly great musician? Is it someone who plays for the joy of playing and the love of music – not for the money and glory? If so, […]

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Worth the trip to the Opera house

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Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers at the Clifton Opera House By Katie Christoff Photo: Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers will perform at the Clifton Opera House on Nov. 28 The Clifton Opera House has served as a symbolic venue in the Historic Village of Clifton since it was built in 1893. “It’s a […]

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Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass!

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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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That high lonesome sound

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The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival returns to Wilmington  By Rusty Pate   Photo: Bluegrass hall of fame member J.D. Crowe will perform at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington on Saturday, Nov. 9 as part of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Talk to anyone that knows and loves bluegrass music and Joe Mullins’s name […]

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All-American bluegrass girl

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Rhonda Vincent keeps high lonesome sound alive  By Rusty Pate  Photo: Bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent will perform in Hamilton on Saturday, March 9  Talk to any hardcore bluegrass fan and Rhonda Vincent’s name is bound to come up. She was named the Female Vocalist of the Year each year from 2000 through 2006 by the International […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]