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Play that damn guitar

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Jay Jesse Johnson Band will perform at the Dublin Pub Jay Jesse Johnson playing that damn guitar. Photo: Ed Sawicki By Tim Smith It’s been said that sometimes you have to leave home to find your true calling. Indiana-born blues guitarist and singer, Jay Jesse Johnson is living proof of that adage. His band will […]

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On a mission from God…


Gospel Superfest at Schuster Center to be broadcast nationwide Gospel Superfest host Wendy Raquel-Robinson By Matt Clevenger History is in the making downtown, as the Schuster Center prepares for its first appearance on live national television on Saturday, February 10, hosting the Gospel Superfest program during its first time filming in Dayton. “This is the […]

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Southern rock charm

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Jake Roberts Band bring outlaw country to Dark Horse Tavern Jake Roberts Band (L-R) Jake Roberts, Mark Bishop, and Nate Jenkins. Photo: Kendra Weatherholt By Justin Kreitzer Alongside the recent mainstream success stories of fellow retro-minded country & western artists such as Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, Franklin, Ohio’s Jake Roberts Band embodies the brash […]

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To the stars and beyond


Geek metal crew Starset is bringing their interstellar message to Bogart’s Starset’s Dustin Bates with his unidentified musical objects. Photo: Kevin Estrada By Alan Sculley Many rock musicians start bands hoping they’ll have enough success to never have to work a typical day job – or in some cases, avoid college and the studying it […]

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A little Czech music

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Czech Republic’s Bennewitz Quartet will perform in Yellow Springs Bennewitz Quartet members (L-R) Štěpán Ježek, Štěpán Doležal, Jakub Fišer, and Jiří Pinkas are a classically balanced team By Tim Smith  The Bennewitz Quartet is one of the top international chamber ensembles, a status confirmed not only by their victories in two prestigious competitions, but also […]

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Think: It’s not illegal yet

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Havok metals their way back to Rockstar Havok’s (L-R) Pete Webber, Nick Schendzielos, David Sanchez, and Reece Scruggs By Allyson B. Crawford The third time will be the charm for Colorado based thrash metallers Havok. The quartet will play Dayton’s Rockstar Pro Arena (1106 E. Third St., Dayton) on Thursday, February 1. The stop marks […]

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Thyme to rock

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Jericho Thyme’s well-seasoned jams at Trolley Stop Jason Mowery of Jericho Thyme. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Justin Kreitzer Miamisburg-based Americana band Jericho Thyme is a collaborative effort between drummer/vocalist Josh Johnson, lead guitarist/vocalist Casey Ott, guitarist/vocalist Jason Mowery, bassist/vocalist Rob Thaxton, and violinist John Lardinois. The band formed in 2014 and with five members, their […]

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Getting the band back together

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Bluegrass legends NewFound Road reunite at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre Rob Baker, Tim Caudill, Tim Shelton, Jr. Williams By Matt Clevenger It’s been more than a decade since the original members of NewFound Road have shared a stage in Ohio. Now the wait is finally over, and the legendary bluegrass act is reuniting for a special […]

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Rock’s Lone Wolves

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Los Lobos brings its unmistakable Latino rock to Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall Los Lobos’s line-up has remained unchanged since their inception. (L-R) Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, and David Hidalgo (not pictured: Steve Berlin) By Dave Gil de Rubio Not unlike their musical forefathers, The Band, Los Lobos has always had an outsider approach, embracing […]

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Sophisticated Swing


“Sophisticated Ladies” honors Holiday, Fitzgerald,  Vaughn, and more at Schuster with Dayton Philharmonic Capathia Jenkins is also a successful screen actress By Tim Smith Once upon a time, song lyricists were akin to poets, telling interesting stories set to memorable melodies. Sometimes they were sad, sometimes lighthearted, but most often, the subject was love and […]

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The men in black (shirts) are back

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Trey Stone and the Ringers at Trolley Stop Trey Stone and the Ringers (Left to Right) Jason Swann, Joahn Dubuc, Brian Hoeflich, Trey Stone, Rich Reuter, Eric Knorr, Erich Reith, and Leo Smith By Tim Smith True to their motto “Rock and roll music, played by men in black shirts”, Trey Stone and the Ringers […]

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Garage days revisited 

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The Daytimers return to Bob’s The Daytimers’ guitarist Blake Bergere (L) and bassist Chris Gilkes (R) By Mike Ritchie Whether from  garages, basements, or dorms, all bands start somewhere. The four-piece Dayton garage-rockers The Daytimers started their journey playing at parties, dorms, and charity events. They amassed a loyal core base that liked them as […]

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Keeping it real


Billy Brown brings his country roots to J.D. Legends Billy Brown performs Saturday at J.D. Legends By Tim Walker Billy Brown certainly is the real deal: friendly, talented, down-to-earth, and country as all get-out – and he’s got his Master’s degree to boot. Hailing from Corbin, Kentucky, down on the Tennessee border, 45-year-old Billy Brown […]

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Underground local

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Peach’s Grill presents Subterranean Subterranean’s (l-r) Chuckie Love, Stephen Buttree, Chris Coalt, and Rob Brockman. Photo by Libby Ballengee By Tim Smith Dayton has long been an active market for local bands, and there’s no shortage of talent in every musical genre. There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of listeners and fans, either. In an […]

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What was once old is new again


The Pullouts bring their traditional rock sound to the Dublin Pub The Pullouts (l-r) Andrew Fletcher, John Roby, Scott Houchens, and Geoff Hill. Photo: J Spivey Photography By Tim Walker There’s just something about classic rock. The Eagles, Bob Seger, Elton John, the Who, Steely Dan. You turn on the radio and tune in to […]

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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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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


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Kansas resurrected


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