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About Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson moved to the Dayton area 10-plus years ago from a small town and hasn’t looked back. With his obsession for music, a love affair with Dayton, and a passion for writing, Tommy recently developed a blog called The Dayton Scene. Tommy guides readers through local events, and shows from local talent. He also visits local shops, and gives you an in-depth look into what the business brings to the Gem City. Tommy is also on Twitter @thedaytonscene.

Buffalo Soldiers: An Interview with Zachary Gabbard of Buffalo Killers

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The Cincinnati-based rockers Buffalo Killers have been busy since the beginning of this year. First, they helped kick off this year’s Dayton Music Festival 10th year anniversary with a special show featuring a church choir in the  Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Dayton back in April.  They followed that with a coast to coast summer tour, which was in  support of the release of Heavy Reverie, which was released in May.  During their time on the road, the made their annual stop in  Austin, Texas and performed at South by Southwest “This past year was probably the wildest one,” bassist and … [Read more...]



Art Jipson: Still Teaching Us After 10 Years Being On-Air

Art Jipson

It’s another Tuesday afternoon, and that means University of Dayton students, along with devoted followers, have their radio dials locked onto  the  college station WUDR 98.1/99.5 FM and Flyer Radio online.  Between the hours of 3-6pm in the WUDR Studios at ArtStreet on the University  of  Dayton, the animated and jovial voice of Art Jipson (aka his radio persona Dr. J) graces the airwaves as they spin music from local and  national  bands and artists.  Jipson wears multiple hats in his role with the university-Director of Criminal Justice Studies Program, professor,  coordinator  of the Self … [Read more...]



Tele Novella In Dayton: No “Trouble In Paradise”

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Before Tele Novella was formed recently, lead singer Natalie Gordon was in a band titled Agent Ribbons.  Gordon and her band mate  at the time, Lauren Hess, met  while Gordon was scrolling through the catalogs of music at a local record store in their hometown  of Sacramento.  Their newly formed friendship and love for music inspired them to set up the band.  Once things started to  pick up, setting up dates that spanned throughout the Western seaboard, and some other cities, Gordon and Hess enlisted Austin,  Texas native Naomi Cherie to play violin. Soon Agent Ribbons started seeing … [Read more...]



Western Sky: Dorsie Fyffe Comes Full Circle

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 The story that is Dorsie Fyffe’s life has seen the highest of the highs, and the lowest of the lows.  Each page of his existence that has  been written is chalk full of experiences that have molded him into the person that he is today. Fyffe will be releasing his new limited edition 7-inch single featuring the original song “Western Sky,” Dayton.  The single is a tour  de force of shimmery guitar, driving bassline and traditional country beat.  Another single being released this Saturday will also  contain a version of “Amazing Grace”, which was recorded live at the historic Ryman Theatre … [Read more...]



Country Strong: An Interview with Mack McKenzie

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Aaron McKenzie slowly inhales a drag off his cigarette on the front patio area at Toxic Brew Company on a chilly September evening  and exhales.  Wearing a simple black t-shirt and blue jeans, he quietly looks onward.  He watches the people walking around the  Oregon Express, heading to and from several of the establishments in the small area.  When he finishes his cigarette, we walk back  into the bar and take a seat.  It’s a quiet night in the brewery, but begins to pick up.  Sitting next to the stool is McKenzie’s guitar  inside a black, leather case. Music has been present throughout … [Read more...]



Ugly Kids Club: Recruiting Dayton’s Own To Join

Ugly Kids Club

One of Aliegh Shields’s older silbings was part of an emo/indie rock band from Nashville, Tennesse titled The Class of 98.  The  band, led by guitarist and vocalist Steve Wilson, saw some of success with some of their songs being played on some of the television  programming on the E! and the WB networks.  The band was short lived, only being together between years 2004-2007, and 2010-  2014.  During a tour across the Midwest, however, Wilson and the band stayed over at the Shields residence instead of getting a  hotel room. During the duration of the band crashing at the house where the … [Read more...]



An Evening With Bruce Hornsby

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“An Evening with Bruce Hornsby”, will be held at Victoria Theatre tonight starting at 8pm. Every ticket to this performance includes a copy of Solo Concerts.



Daytonpoolza!: Dayton Music Fest 10 Years Strong

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Dayton Music Fest organizers Don Thrasher and Kyle Melton take a seat with me in the patio area at South Park Tavern.  While we  are sitting at our table, an influx of people come and go throughout the duration of the early evening.  It’s mostly due to the  establishment’s half off priced pizza promotion that they are running that evening.  For some others, they have chosen to stick  around and settle in the covered patio.  Those same individuals are also taking full advantage of the fall weather and the terrific  selection of craft beers that are waiting on tap. Since the end of May, the … [Read more...]



Meg Renee: Troy’s Music “Dream”er

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This past May, Meg Renee released her first album, Dream Awake.  While sitting inside the Winan’s Chocolates and Coffee located  in the heart of downtown Troy, Ohio, I asked singer/songwriter Meg Renee a simple question.  A question that I thought would be  probably be one of the easiest to answer for her.  A question that most musicians get immediately.  I questioned her on when she  realized that she wanted to go into music. Her response? “I honestly don’t know,” Renee replied with a giggle. That’s it.  Nothing more. At a time when people that when teenagers, like Renee, are … [Read more...]



Finding Some “Me Time”

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Andy Smith and I are sitting in one of the tiny, wooden booths at the independently owned Christopher’s Restaurant in  Kettering, Ohio.  The cozy restaurant is serving breakfast at the time the two of us agreed upon to meet up.  Dayton has  some of the greatest breakfast spots around.  One of the spots to hit is Christopher’s.  The restaurant, which has homey,  country-like setting and feel when you enter, caters to all lifestyles with their menu.  This morning-Smith and I will be  diving into some of the essential staples that make up the best breakfasts-eggs, home fries, and toast.  "You … [Read more...]