Dayton Music

“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...]

Local Bands To Reload The 90s Friday Night At Gilly’s


Friday, July 25th marks the fourth annual 90s Reloaded tribute show, the first time for this particular event, at Gilly’s in downtown Dayton.  The show will feature seven local bands performing sets that include both 90s favorites and their own original material, as well as five acoustic performers doing an “in the round” style set, belly dancing, DJ sets and more. “The 90s is my second favorite musical decade,” says presenter Louie Wood Jr.. “I grew up on five albums: Emf Schubert's Dip, Jesus Jones' Doubt, Primitive Radio Gods' Rocket, Kristen Barry's The Beginning Is The Middle Is The … [Read more...]

Get the Blues at the 29th Annual Dayton Blues Festival

Free summer entertainment returns to downtown Dayton’s Dave Hall Plaza (Fourth and Jefferson Streets) on Sunday, July 20, as Recreation and Youth Services presents the 29th annual Dayton Blues Festival, with the finest in local and regional blues from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The line-up includes: Joe & Jack Waters – Dayton The Wright Brothers Band – Dayton Back Talk Blues Band, featuring Gary ‘Guitar’ Williams – Dayton The Mojo Kings – Columbus Mark May Band, with the Soul Horns – Columbus Cheryl Renee Project – Cincinnati Joey Gilmore ‘The Blues Legend’ – Ft. Lauderdale, … [Read more...]

Zydeco Master Terrance Simien Returns To Oregon District Music Club


Two time Grammy winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will make a return to The Trolley Stop on Sun, July 13th at 5pm.  Armed with an accordion, an infectious smile, and a voice straight out of a sixties soul hit, Simien has been sharing his innovative approach to zydeco for more than 30 years. Singled out as an “alluring” performer by the Village Voice, he and his band have been in numerous commercials and films, made a memorable appearance in the classic film The Big Easy, and are regulars at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Ever changing, their sound hearkens back to Creole … [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...]

Springboro FREE Tues Concerts Kickoff Tonight


It’s that time of year again for the Amphitheater at North Park to be rockin’ with the sounds of Summer!  The City will host a FREE concert every Tuesday night from July 1 to July 29 at 7:00pm. New this year is the addition of 3 concerts on Friday nights!  The Park Board has been discussing ways to offer more concerts with a slightly different genre of music and to attract a more diverse crowd to the performances and Friday night concerts seemed to be a great way to do that!  In addition, beer sales will be occurring at the Friday night concerts (only), with the Wee Panthers Football … [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...]

C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks, The June Jazz featured on Sound Check Chat podcast

(C) 2010 Christopher L Corn

  The Sound Check Chat podcasts with Andrew Low of The Jazz June and Christopher Wright of C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks went live on Friday, June 13 via iTunes and Stitcher.   While magazines and blog interviews often provide a peek behind the curtain and into the minds of music’s best musicians, every interviewer knows that there are nuances of humor, sarcasm, honesty, and even sadness that are left on the tape. Even the best journalist, one who gets close to translating the experience of hearing someone’s thoughts and words in their own voice, could never quite share 100 percent … [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...]