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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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Blooming from the blues

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Janiva Magness brings soulful blues to Canal Public House By Miranda Brooks Janiva Magness knows the blues, and has the voice to prove it. Singing since a teenager, and performing now for nearly forty years, Magness’ gained wisdom from life’s lessons continues to inspire a career that clearly chose her. On tour currently to promote […]

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Aged and defined

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Zakk Knight brings award-winning blues to Taffy’s in Eaton By Tim Walker Zakk Knight is a busy man. The 21-year-old guitarist, songwriter and performer is on a mission, and that mission today is getting ready to perform a sold-out show in his own hometown. “I don’t play Indianapolis too often with my full band,” Knight […]

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A touch of country

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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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Singin’ the Detroit blues

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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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Only going up

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Blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey to play Oddbody’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Kelly Richey plays Oddbody’s Saturday, Dec. 19; photo: Sonya Ziegler Cincinnati-based veteran blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey is set to release a new album early next year titled, Shakedown Soul. It will be Richey’s 16th album in a career spanning 35 years. In anticipation of […]

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