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Human Race Theatre presents Festival of New Musicals By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jim Poulos, Dana Mierlak, Maria Couch and Jamie Cordes in the 2011 Loft Series production of “right next to me”; photo credit: Gregg Coffin The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) hosts its Sixth Annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 2-4 at […]

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Blues power

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The Lebanon Blues Festival keeps on growing  By Rusty Pate Photo:Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers perform at the 2011 Lebanon Blues Festival; photo credit: PBamber  The blues have been described many ways by many different people. In the film “Crossroads” (the Ralph Macchio version, not the Britney Spears version) Willie Brown said, “Blues ain’t nothing […]

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It’s not prop comedy

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Kristen Lundberg is ‘Super Serious’ about making us laugh  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Kristen Lundberg brings “The Super Serious Show” to Mayday in Cincinnati on Aug.1; photo credit: Lindsey Driscoll Kristen Lundberg and I have chosen to meet during happy hour at a bar with a patio. I’m jarred by the startlingly deep voice that […]

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The thrill remains

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The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

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Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Sunday of swing

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31st Annual Michelob Women In Jazz Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Petra Van Nuis Quartet headlines the Women in Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 23; [l to r] guitarist Andy Brown, vocalist Petra Van Nuis 1982 was an interesting year for music. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, The Who held a formal […]

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Swing into summertime!

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The Ron Jones Quartet at the Dayton Art Institute By Benjamin Smith Photo: Saxophonist Ron Jones brings his quartet to Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, June 13 Live jazz performances are electric – even illuminating. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that energy giant Vectren has sponsored the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Jazz & Beyond concert series […]

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Jazz blues in the city of funk

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Wade Baker at Jazz Central and Tumbleweed By Benjamin Smith photo: Wade Baker bridges the gap between jazz and blues on May 2 and 3; photo credit: jcaptures.com On April 28, 1960, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded a seminal four-track album entitled Leeway. Not only did this record earn contemporary critical acclaim, but decades after its […]

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The odyssey of Chick Corea

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Iconic jazz pianist visits University of Miami-Middletown By Khalid Moss Photo: Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will perform solo at Miami Middletown on Sunday, April 21 When a young artist emerged on the New York jazz scene in the early ‘60s, you could listen to the vinyl records he recorded monthly, and in most cases even […]

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Dervish does Dayton

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Emerald Isle-style at Stivers By Benjamin Smith Photo: Irish folk outfit Dervish  returns to Dayton for a performance at Stivers School for the Arts on Friday, March 22 Although Dayton arguably contains more lepers than leprechauns, most Gem City citizens will leap at the chance for a little Irish entertainment, especially during the month of March. […]

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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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Get your groove on

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Beavercreek High School hosts 13th Weekend of Jazz By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ramsey Lewis  Quintet will headline Saturday evening, March 2, at Beavercreek High School’s 13th Annual Weekend of Jazz In 2001, Doug McCullough, the Director of Bands at Beavercreek High School, had a goal. McCullough’s goal was two-fold. He wanted to increase awareness […]

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Song of South Africa

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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Viva Detroit!

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Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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And the beat goes on … for over 80 years

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University of Dayton Arts Series and Cityfolk present “Cuban Connections”  By Joe Aiello When I was in my teens, I had my first run-in with a set of bongo drums. You know, the kind that are in a pair, stave-constructed of wood, about eight inches high, joined together by a small slab of wood, with […]

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Fluid, polished, sleek, and oh yeah … smooth

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Jazz at Gilly’s with Bob Baldwin and Toni Redd By Khalid Moss I’ll admit that I, as a voracious, jazz-hungry, sabre-toothed tiger of the music scene, have tracked all the great pianists, from Vladimir Horowitz to Allen Toussaint. I’ve tried to examine the entire spectrum of the art of manipulating the 88-toothed leviathan. But in […]

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]