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A-stompin’ and a-strummin’

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Scott H. Bira-m raises a ruckus in Newport Scott H. Biram bills himself a “Dirty Old One Man Band” By L. Kent Wolgamott Scott H. Biram plays electric guitar and stomps away on a board while he’s singing his songs for a reason that has nothing to do with precisely what he is playing. Rather, […]

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Celt of personality

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Scythian infuses traditional Irish music with new enthusiasm and energy Danylo Fedoryka on Accordion. Photo: Danielle Lussier By Dr. Jill Summerville Once, when you were a child, you stood on the side of a hill with your arms straight out at your sides, your fingers stretching out so far you swore you could’ve touched a […]

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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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Home is where the heart lives

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Adam Torres returns home from worldwide tour (L-R) Dailey Toliver (bass), Adam Torres (guitar/vocal) and Thor Harris (drums).    By Tara Pettit Wanderlust, international adventure, and the opportunity to take on “wide open space” recently sent Athens-based and beloved singer-songwriter Adam Torres abroad to discover new geographies and landscapes while connecting audiences to the more […]

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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…

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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

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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

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“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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]