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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.

Nice And Steady “Pace”: An Interview With Tim Korenich

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In a couple of days, singer/songwriter Tim Korenich will pack up his vehicle with his music gear and head back onto the road solo.  He revealed  during our phone conversation that he will be performing to audiences at not only bars, but a variety of house shows that will also feature other  singer/songwriters.  When the performance are over, he will be choosing to sleep on people’s couches and floors instead of forking over money  to stay in a hotel.  While being out on tour, he will engage and interact with some of the most incredible people that want to help.  For example,  Korenich talked … [Read more...]



No Troubles In ‘Paradise': An Interview with Smug Brothers

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The Smug Brothers celebrate the release ofWoodpecker Paradise tonight at Blind Bob's Bar. Show time is 9pm. 21+. Copies of the album will be available at the show.



Renaissance Man: An Interview with Singer/Songwriter Jason Trout

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Singer/songwriter Jason Trout, who spent most of his early days growing up in the city of Marion, Indiana, has been a pretty free  spirit throughout most of his life.  Without any proper training or push towards it, Trout was around eight or nine when he started  writing music.  Late last year, Trout released his solo debut LP Out Of My Mind And Into Yours.  The album is a lo-fi indie/folksy album  that was recorded in his home using a Tascam 4 track.  The new album, which follows his debut EP Off The Field Issues, marks a  new direction for Trout.  A path that didn’t come easy. Creating … [Read more...]



Sound Check: An Interview with Tim Anderl and Frank Steele of Sound Check Chat

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 It’s a relatively low-key night at South Park Tavern when I join Tim Anderl and Frank Steele.  The patrons are all scattered around the establishment, as the televisions above the bar are showing one of the few college football games left in the season.  The three of  us dive into a nice little collection of pizza and wings, and partake in some of the draft beers that are available to choose from. Being  in the journalism field since 1996, focusing primary on the music side, Anderl’s bio comprises thousands of hours invested and  countless interviews conducted with artists that are listed in … [Read more...]



Hold On: DCDC Set To Premiere Latest Production “HeartShakes”

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It took five years for Lalama to be choreograph a piece for DCDC. When the opportunity finally came, she released Shed to critical praise with not only the community, but within the company. The act, inspired from a deep desire to spread the message and importance of self-love, challenges the spirit to find courage, let go, and be free.



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...]