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Cross my heart and hope to Dye

Jeff Dye at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know that one friend you have who’s always good for a story? It doesn’t even have to be about anything extraordinary, they just have a really engaging way of telling you about daily minutia. If you’re lucky, that friend is something like Jeff Dye, […]

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Won’t you take me to funkytomb

Beyond-the-grave funk at Oddbody’s with Here Come the Mummies By Josher Lumpkin It’s not every night that a group of eight funky mummies rise from the underworld to entice you with their fresh sounds. This Saturday, Dayton will get a chance to bear witness to this astounding phenomenon. Here Come the Mummies, an immensely talented […]

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A touch of country

Erica Blinn brings Nashville rock to Trolley By Mike Ritchie Columbus-born Erica Blinn started playing the stage at the young age of 14, encouraged by her musical dad. “At first I was excited then I got some stage fright,” Blinn recalls. Raised with a musical pedigree of rock including of Sheryl Crow and The J. […]

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Sink or swim

Jas Patrick’s one-man show at Taffy’s By Katie Christoff It’s difficult to browse the Internet for too long without encountering some criticism of the modern-day music industry. Frustrated commenters yearn for the days of vinyl, or when bands went on tour every year (with new music to show off each time). Nashville-based rocker Jas Patrick […]

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The language of song

Francesca Blanchard brings her multicultural music to UD By Gary Spencer Inspiration for writing music comes from many places and personal experiences. That inspiration is drawn from far away memories, experiences growing up, places we lived a long time ago and everything in between. For Francesca Blanchard, a singer/songwriter, style, sound, lyrics and inspiration is […]

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Some kind of Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland brings Texas-tinged blues to CPH By Rusty Pate Austin, Texas, is a musical mecca. It has spawned American legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Townes Van Zandt and Janis Joplin. Contemporary acts such as The Black Angels, Gary Clark Jr. and Okkervil River show the diversity of the scene. For an artist to stand […]

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Keepin’ it real redneck

The Lacs bring their “redneck rap” to Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate The Lacs are the ultimate country music outsiders. The genre that has largely been known through the squeaky-clean corporate image of Nashville usually doesn’t welcome deviations from the norm with open arms. Even legendary mainstays like Johnny Cash, George Jones and Willie Nelson didn’t […]

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Foundation of stone

Nashville band Frances & the Foundation at Bob’s By Gary Spencer As most any artist from Dayton past or present can attest, being an ambitious, young musician can be challenging and frustrating. The burning desire to make a living out of your craft and get your music out for the world to hear drives many […]

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Songs made of human clay

Scott Stapp takes you higher at BMI By Alan Sculley As Scott Stapp begins a winter tour in support of his latest solo album, Proof of Life, he sounds ready to be on point and deliver strong performances. “It really feels good to have direction, and I’ve made quite a few tremendous lifestyle changes over […]

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Singin’ the Detroit blues

Eliza Neals and the Narcotics play Taffy’s By Josher Lumpkin Eliza Neals is no stranger to music and performing. Song filled her home as she was growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Her father would play guitar, her older sister would play piano and Eliza and her two sisters would sing together to pass […]

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Let’s go to the movies

Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/9/16

Another one bites By Marsha Bonhart Okay everybody, there’s a new bug in town and the World Health Organization (WHO) […]

Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery […]

Climate UPHEAVAL

ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the […]

Flying high on the ground

Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO […]