About Duante Beddingfield

The Duante Beddingfield is a nocturnal mammal found at watering holes throughout the Dayton region. Its diet consists of vodka and cheese, and it is noted for its hypnotic scent and brightly colored plumage, which it displays as part of courtship. It has two short, fixed fangs in the front of the mouth which channel venom into the prey like hypodermic needles. It can be easily irritated by pickles, death metal, and knock-knock jokes.

From Elvis Tribute Shows To Touring Elvis


It sounds like the beginning of a joke, or some impossible showbiz fairy tale: “Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins walk into a recording studio…”   And yet, on December 4, 1956, at Sun Records in Memphis, it happened, and they jammed on record together for the first and only time. Perkins, riding the success of "Blue Suede Shoes," was in with his band to cut some new material. Cash, a fellow Sun artist and a fan of Perkins, dropped by to listen. Sun's owner, Sam Philips ("The Father of Rock and Roll"), added Lewis to Perkins' session in search of a more … [Read more...]

Local Entrepreneur Celebrates 2nd Anniversary In A Fair Trade City


Within a two-week span this summer, Dayton became a Fair Trade City and a Fair Trade Town.   Many are still unaware of this, as well as what it means to individual citizens, the region, and the world. Fair trade promotes methods of commerce that eliminate slave labor and unfair working conditions to provide a fair living for the people behind the products we buy.   London Coe, owner of fair trade store Peace on Fifth (508 E. Fifth St., Dayton) has made this her passion.   “Chocolate is the easiest example to explain why fair trade exists,” she said. “There are … [Read more...]

Linden Avenue Eatery Provides Taste of Puerto Rico


Update: This Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m., Antojitos Criollos will host a "Puerto Rican Christmas" buffet. Pedro "El Jibaro" Rodriguez will step in as musical entertainment. The buffet will include Lechon Asado (roasted pork), Pavo en Fricase (turkey fricasseed in wine sauce), arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), yuca al Mojo (yuca in mojo sauce), guinetitos con mollejas (chicken gizzards with green bananas), ensalada de papa (potato salad), ensalada verde (green salad), and pan con ajo (garlic bread)--many staples that can be found in American holiday meals. Yet another reminder … [Read more...]

Midwest Premiere of ‘Bayou Maharajah’ at Neon Profiles New Orleans Piano Giant


Director Lily Keber's acclaimed new documentary film Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, will be shown on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Neon (130 E. Fifth St., Dayton). Keber will be on hand to introduce the film and lead a discussion about the movie following the screening. Admission is $10. Advance tickets are available at the Neon. James Booker, “The Piano Prince of New Orleans” who died 30 years ago this fall, was a mercurial figure in New Orleans, a prodigy who was leaving his mark on legendary R&B records while still in his teens. A spectacularly … [Read more...]

Dayton’s Party of Parties Takes On Fairytales


 Dayton’s biggest party, ARC Masquerage, is just six weeks away! The signature event of AIDS Resource Center Ohio, held annually on the third Saturday of October, will take place October 19 in the Colesium at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds (1043 S. Main St., Dayton). Thousands have attended the elaborate masquerade ball, billed as “Dayton’s party of parties,” since its 2002 inception, helping raise $1.1 million for HIV/AIDS treatment and awareness. This year, Masquerage is expected to bring in $160,000 in unrestricted funding for ARC Ohio, with $90,000 in corporate sponsorship alone. The … [Read more...]

Join The Century Bar For A Nationwide Toast


A special event will take place at the Century Bar (10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton) on Wednesday, August 28. At 7:30 p.m., the bar and its patrons will take part in a national "simul-toast" along with each of the nation's top 55 Bourbon bars as designated by The Bourbon Review. Each year for the last five years, the leading industry journal for bourbon aficionados has created its grouping of the United States' best watering holes for Bourbon lovers, and on 2013's list, TBR referred to Century as "what could be the most underrated Bourbon bar in the country," and "the sort of place every … [Read more...]

Deja Vu for Morning Radio Show Host


A familiar voice returned to Dayton radio this summer when Gina Ferraro joined The Mix Morning Show on Mix 107.7, bringing her back to the Miami Valley after six years in Chicago. From 5 – 10 a.m. each weekday, she  joins hosts to cover traffic, entertainment news, and social media during the broadcast, among other topics. Ferraro’s first broadcast with the program was July 1, and today she celebrates one month at Mix. “I just couldn’t turn down the offer,” Ferraro said. “The timing was perfect. My family lives north of Dayton in the Wapokoneta area, and my 80 year old grandmother lived in … [Read more...]

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Will Have Cityfolk Swinging Saturday Night


Celebrating their 20th anniversary on the music scene, famed neo-swing outfit Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will hit Dayton this weekend to headline the Cityfolk Festival from 9:30 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Founded by lead singer/guitarist Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren in 1993 Ventura, California, the band was at the forefront of the ‘90s swing revival. Much of the credit for that craze—which suddenly found horn-heavy bands like the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers selling millions of albums—can be traced back to the … [Read more...]

Victoria Theatre Association Presents PSY + TICKET CONTEST


The Victoria Theatre Association invites you to tumble down the dark corridors of the human psyche on April 12 and 13 when it presents PSY, a wild commingling of acrobatics and psychology by the same company that brought last season’s successful Traces. (NOTE: We’ll stop here and reiterate that this article is not about Psy, the Korean “Gangnam Style” superstar, nor will he be performing in Dayton this month.) Written and staged by Shana Carroll (who also staged the Cirque du Soleil performance at the 2012 Academy Awards), PSY features an 11-member cast displaying inspired acts based on … [Read more...]

Green Day’s American Idiot comes to Dayton + TICKET CONTEST

The company of AMERICAN IDIOT

The Victoria Theatre Association continues to expand its boundaries in bringing the best of Broadway to Dayton, and will provide a musical theatre experience of a different kind with Green Day's rock opera American Idiot, playing at the Victoria Theatre March 12 - 14. A story very much of this era, American Idiot is the tale of three young men who've been friends all their lives. The story finds them on the brink of adulthood, and soon they'll have to decide whether they'll strike out into the world to follow their hearts or take an easier path and remain in the comfort of the suburbs. The … [Read more...]