Dayton Music

Silent Lions: Setting Themselves Up To Roar In Dayton

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 “We have a little cabin fever up here [laughs],”explained Silent Lions drummer Matt Klein during a recent phone  conversation.  Klein, along with his bandmate Dean Tartaglia, resides a little over two hours away from the friendly borders of Dayton in the beautiful city of Toledo.  Just like pretty much everywhere in the Midwest,  Toledo is just now coming out of one of the worst winter seasons that has ever occurred.  The record low temperatures and the significant amount of snow that accumulated during the beginning of the year forced a lot of folks to stay  indoors.  Spring is now upon us, … [Read more...]

Buffalo Killers Kick Off DMF’s 10th Year Anniversary With Special Show

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For the past nine years, the Dayton Music Fest has spotlighted the burgeoning music scene in Dayton, Ohio.  Founded by Dan Clayton, Andy Ingram, and Shawn Johnson, the Dayton Music Fest features artists and bands from all around the area over two days in several area establishments.  Within walking distance from each other, festival attendees are able to experience live, local music in ways that they never thought possible.  The event also allows people who don’t come down and watch live shows often the opportunity to witness the rich musical talent that is coming out of Dayton. Now curated … [Read more...]

NFL Films Select-Dayton’s Own ‘The 1984 Draft’


 The last seconds of the National Football League’s season winds down at the Super Bowl, and a champion will be  crowned.  For those who root for the soon-to-be champions, they will be taking in the sweet taste of knowing that their team just won the most prized trophy in the world.  The euphoric feeling is beyond anything they could dream of or explain.  For those whose teams just simply can’t get out of being an absolute bottom-dweller embarrassment of a  franchise, they will be in despair.  They wonder if that day will ever happen.  For most, they deal with the realization they  will never … [Read more...]

Where the Rivers Meet: Sequel to Playing for Change Video


 Since its release in June 2013, the first locally-produced YouTube sensation “Where There is Love” has been viewed by over 200,000 people in more than 200 countries.  Local artists, Michael & Sandy Bashaw, from the local band Puzzle of Light, organized the original video which featured 14 acts  from jazz, reggae, spoken word and even The Burundi Royal Court Drummers. The video presented Dayton to the world – via YouTube – in a very positive light to lots of people. Using music in this way to celebrate diversity and collaboration demonstrates to those outside Dayton that this is a great … [Read more...]

Help Make “Mick Montgomery Way” A Reality!


From 1981 to 2013, 1st. Street and Patterson Blvd. was an address we were as familiar with as that of our own. With the world around us changing, we will always identify with that corner, like a childhood home. Efforts for an honorary street naming of "Mick Montgomery Way" began in December of 2013.   Members of the City of Dayton Planning Dept., City Managers Office and Downtown Priority Board have been enthusiastic and generous with their time to make this a reality for the community. There are a few steps remaining to finalize this project. Paper work up to this point is finished. The … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Shamrock Athletic Club Host Benefit for East End Community Services

Curse of Cassandra (photo by Mike Ritchie)

Safe, engaged neighborhoods, stable, employed families and successful youth. Those are the goals and objectives of East End Community Services, a nonprofit organization formed in 1998 to help meet the needs of people living in East Dayton. They provide programs as part of a neighborhood transformation effort to help children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly succeed in becoming successful citizens, giving back to the community. Over 20 different agencies, donors, funders and neighbors along with AmeriCorps members and other volunteers have helped achieve these goals. On Saturday January … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Revolver’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour Columbus

Sick Puppies (Samantha Stewart Photography)

On Friday, February 28th, The Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock according to Revolver Magazine soared into Columbus via Columbus Events Group, the Alrosa Staff, 99.7 The Blitz, Revolver staff and The Shrunken Heads co-owner and Azoic singer Kristy Venrick with a parking lot full of people following them in. Cilver, Eyes Set to Kill, Lacuna Coil, Sick Puppies and the winner of the Facebook fan voted local opener Able Danger all played for an appreciative loud crowd. Long ago and gone are the days of women being the sexy background or provocative eye candy of the show. Despite the tours descriptive … [Read more...]

‘Queens Of The Scene’ Showcasing Local Music Scene To The World


Gretchen Kelly begins with the story of one of the most wild and exciting nights that she's been a part of as a show booker for the Oregon Express. She goes in depth about the Saturday night when local band The Professors took the stage.  The Professors are a fuzz-inspired, psychedelic rock band that featured heavy riffs and 1960s style songwriting.  Their style of music made them a big draw and would capture the audience’s attention anywhere they would perform.  The Professors were more than just a band that would come and play music; they became one of the premiere acts in town.  The band … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Alrosa Villa Host Amplified Awareness II Benefit

Jasmine Caine performs at Amplified Awareness II (photo by Samantha Stewart Photography)

On Saturday February 7th, the second annual benefit fundraiser raising awareness for children with Autism and Tourette Syndrome was held at Alrosa Villa in association with the Make It Fit Foundation and the Iron Brothers of Ohio. Last year’s inaugural show featured Loboz, Fat Dog and Jasmine Cain. This year the sultry, bass-hammering songstress returned continuing the party where she left off last time, stage diving and all. Event organizer and Make It Fit founder Mike Hoover has made Autism awareness/research his mission, working tirelessly with local businesses, charities and musical … [Read more...]

‘On The Way To The Punchline’ Gives Smug Brothers Boost For 2014

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 When it comes to the Dayton music scene, Kyle Melton and Don Thrasher are in knee deep with their  involvement.  Along with their daily obligations, the two are currently in the middle of working on setting up this year’s forthcoming Dayton Music Fest.  For many, the Dayton Music Fest is a yearly welcome party of sorts, a chance to observe all  the bands that perform around town on a nightly and/or weekly basis.  For Melton and Thrasher, it’s an opportunity for  them to showcase the marvelous talent that continues to grow each and every year.  The duo also works closely  together on signing … [Read more...]