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.

Meg Renee: Troy’s Music “Dream”er

Meg Renee

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”


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...]

The Mitchells: Coming Over To Visit Dayton

The Mitchells

Joseph William Mitchell, Marc Aiello, Carlos Mitchell, Nick Mavridoglou-who make up the Cincinnati band The  Mitchells-have been in their share of bands.  When the foursome joined together to make up the current group, they all  vowed that they wanted to make this special.  They grew tired and unhappy with making music that they weren’t happy  with it.  “You just always know where you missed…you were slow on the beat, you didn’t rushed it just to get it to a point  that worked.  At the end of the day, you have all these albums that you are genuinely are unhappy with,” guitarist and  lead … [Read more...]

Jackie Kashian Providing Laughs And An “Excellent Horcrux” At Wiley’s

Jackie Kashian

 When I was younger, I would try to make all of my family and friends laugh by doing impersonations and/or spout off  silly comments and observations.  I had a few (and I mean few) individuals make comments about how I should be a  comedian.  And I actually thought about  going into that world.  I figured that if I made a few people giggle at my  dumb jokes-I could easily have an amazing experience.  As time went on, I determined that I should just stick to I know,  and be a writer. For comedian Jackie Kashian, the past couple of years have been anything but relaxing.  Recently, Kashian has … [Read more...]

Greenfield Project: Elk Creek’s Official Welcoming To Dayton

Elk Creek

 Elk Creek are on the final couple of songs of their two-hour stint outside Findlay Market, which is located at Over the  Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The cool, summer evening has attracted a fairly decent crowd for the event “Findlay After  Five”.  The sweet, enticing aromas that local food restaurants Eli’s BBQ and Pho Lang Thang are serving have begun  swirling all around the area.  Children are running around the vicinity, laughing and smiling from ear to ear.  Local  breweries Rhinegeist & Christian Moerlein have beers being poured for the adults, as they gather around the small tent … [Read more...]

“Silent” and Loud: The Gunshy Comes To Dayton

Matt Arbogast

The open road. Miles and miles of paved cement that stretches and bends at every turn and direction of the United States.  When you  are driving on the open road, you take in the sweeping land that is untouched.  You take in the wide-ranging view of  countryside that surrounds all around you.  You roll down the windows and move one of your hands outside.  You  allow the blowing wind to sway your hand all around.  You turn up the radio to the highest volume, proceed to blare  your favorite song.  The people that accompany you on this journey more important to you than you will ever … [Read more...]

Ultrasphinx: Bringing The Party From Akron To Dayton

(Photo courtesy:  Ultrasphinx)

Before the band’s gig at Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia, Ultrasphinx’s bassist Aaron Rogers is coming back from  taking some down time and collected some vinyl albums at a nearby record store-Steady Sounds.  One of the albums  that Rogers tells me he was really interested in diving into a vinyl album of the great Leonard Bernstein conducting  rejected works from legendary mind of Beethoven.  During our conversation, Rogers had to cut it short temporary  and explains that we will have to call me back.  It wasn't him just being bored with our talk, or that he became  completely offended … [Read more...]

Cityfolk Festival Reunion: Celebrating Dayton’s Past Concert Event One Last Time


To many around the Dayton area, the three-day Cityfolk Festival was one of the high points of the summertime.  Alongside the extraordinary events that are sprinkled throughout the year, one of the most anticipated to attend was the Cityfolk Festival.  The event was created after the National Folk Festival ended its three-year stay here in town.  The festival brought artists from around the world and would share their diverse artistic traditions.  The performances stressed the importance of building partnerships and engaged collaborations of all ages.  From the early days of being in downtown … [Read more...]

Steve Makofka: Life/Music Getting ‘Back To Normal’ In Revealing EP

(Photo Courtesy:  Jennifer Clarke)

Walking up to Fifth Third Field, you will notice the usual fanfare of Dragons shirts, jerseys, hats that people will be proudly displaying  as they enter the ballpark.  There will be the folks walking up and down the sidewalks.  Some with large groups of other individuals.    Some simply walking solo.  The area around Fifth Third Field is starting to really come back to life.  For a period of time, the area  surrounding the minor league stadium was dormant.  What were empty, decaying buildings are now becoming and/or transitioning to  restaurants and shopping centers.  What was the old Buckeye … [Read more...]

‘On The Inside’ Is Quite Special-Just Ask Colleen Badenhop

(Photo courtesy: Jennifer Taylor Clarke)

It was a chilly, mid-morning day when I met up with singer/songwriter Colleen Badenhop.  When she walked up to our  meeting location, I noticed that she was wearing a thin hooded zip-up sweater.  The sweater couldn’t barely keep  anyone warm on this day.  However, Badenhop had a good reason for the clothing choice.  “We are in the process of  moving,” explains Badenhop.  “All of my warm clothes are in boxes [laughter].”  For Badenhop moving into a new home  is just one of many things happening as of late.  She recently finished her eleventh year of teaching music in the Kettering City Schools, … [Read more...]