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Toto

Toto at Summit Park By Alan Sculley Photo: Steve Lukather, Toto guitarist/singer; photo: Darek Kawka In 2008, Steve Lukather figured he had played his last show in Toto. Despite a variety of personnel changes (including four lead singers), the death in 1992 of drummer and founding member Jeff Porcaro and the frequent absence of founding […]

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Better days are here

Winger

Winger classics plus a classical twist at BMI Speedway By Allyson Crawford Photo: Winger will perform on Aug. 23 at BMI Speedway in Versailles “It’s well known to rock musicians that Ohio Rocks!” Kip Winger told The Dayton City Paper about his upcoming show at BMI Speedway in Versailles. “I play with the band and solo […]

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Between the ditches

Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band dirties up the blues By Gary Spencer Photo: Breezy Peyton and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell of The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band; photo: Birch Miller The blues has existed as a form of musical expression for well over a century. It’s a sound and style that once you hear it, […]

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Let’s do it

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Blues legend Buddy Guy at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Buddy Guy will perform at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 15; photo: Steven C. Pesant Buddy Guy’s latest release, Rhythm & Blues, is a rarity in an era where EPs and singles are becoming popular formats to release new music. It’s a double album, 22 all-new […]

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Causing an uproar

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Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati In 2012, Godsmack put out a concert album called Live And Inspired.  If the music lived up to the title, Live And Inspired did not describe the state of the band. By year’s end, Godsmack […]

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Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass!

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Canoegrass returns for a second year of tomfoolery  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Canoegrass will take place Aug. 15-17 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City If you’re a fan of live music, you’ll pretty much go anywhere to see a cool band. Well, how about on a river? No, I mean literally, like the […]

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Mysterious ways

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The Mitchells are the enigmatic whole of unlikely parts By Tim Anderl Photo: The Mitchells will perform on Aug. 16 at South Park Tavern; photo: Jared Bowers Cincinnati’s The Mitchells are a bit of an enigma. Tempering experience with classical performance and a history of performing in some of the region’s most celebrated independent rock bands […]

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Getting steamy

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Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret does it again By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bronwen Belly Dance Troupe performs at Ye Old Yellow Cabaret I; photo: Joe Mays Some subcultures are on the fringe; others are so underground the majority of the public isn’t aware they exist. That seems to be the case when the subculture in question […]

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Whiskey fueled, hell bent

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The Loveless bring sinner’s rockabilly to South Park By Gary Spencer Photo: The Loveless will perform on Aug. 8 at South Park Tavern On Twitter, Dayton rock ‘n’ rollers The Loveless bill themselves as “whiskey fueled” and “hell bent.” I couldn’t think of a better introduction to this contemporary psychobilly band that calls the Gem City […]

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I smell a Brat

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Brat Curse deliver hooky, memorable rock By Tim Anderl Photo: Brat Curse will perform on Aug. 29 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Kelsey Cahoon Columbus, Ohio indie rock trio Brat Curse came together by chance. They stay together by sharing their significant (and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek) interests: drinking, “Terminator 2,” Tecmo Bowl, swimming pools, smoking bowls, […]

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When Getting Is Giving

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Annual outdoor Miami Valley Music Fest By Tim Anderl Photo: The sisters of Jah Soul perform at the 2013 Miami Valley Music Fest; photo: J. Allen Laack On the first weekend in August, organizers and volunteers from the Miami Valley Music Fest provide a weekend of music and camping for concertgoers from around the area and […]

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Cliffs of Cinci

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Eric Johnson takes on Taft Theatre By Brandon Semler Photo: Eric Johnson will perform on Aug. 5 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati World-renowned guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson will hit the road on a U.S. tour in support of his most recent live album Europe Live, stopping by Cincinnati’s Taft Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The […]

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A swift kick in the Astro Fang

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Dayton rockers reunite for two shows By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Astro Fang will perform on Aug. 1 at Hole in the Wall; photo: Jordan Frei Anyone who has been involved in the downtown Dayton underground music community will surely remember Astro Fang with great fondness. The band, whose founding members – Brian Baker, Christian Roerig […]

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Teamwerk makes the dream werk

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Werk Out Festival returns to Legend Valley  By Zach Rogers  Photo: The 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at Legend Valley Music Center For a festival only in its fifth year, the 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is returning like a titan champ. Having already outgrown its original […]

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All the same

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Australia’s Sick Puppies ready to connect with Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Sick Puppies will perform June 25 at JD Legend’s; photo: Myriam Santon It is somewhat unusual the Miami Valley gets an internationally touring band on its musical calendar in any given year. But that rarity will become the case this Friday, when Australian hard […]

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Triumphant returns

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The Gunshy delivers Silent Songs to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Arbogast, known as The Gunshy, will perform on July 23 at Canal Public House For his first proper full-length in several years, Chicago’s Matt Arbogast, who performs under the moniker The Gunshy, assembled a robust cast of collaborators and pulled out all the stops […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]