In 2004, the Dayton music scene was comprised of tremendous acts playing all around the town each and other night. Problem was there were folks who lived in town that still didn’t know just how good the music was here. Dan Clayton, Andy Ingram, and Shawn Johnson went to work and they wanted to showcase the extravagant talent in a unique way. Thus the Dayton Music Fest was started. Going in its 9th year now, Dayton Music Fest is now in the hands of Dayton’s own Don Thrasher and Kyle Melton. The two have assembled 32 acts ready to perform in various locations throughout Dayton for Friday and Saturday night. Each set will undoubtedly give the crowds that fill the venues a diverse collection of talent that shines brighter than most cities. Here are 5 bands you need to check out. For some, these acts are staples. For others that haven’t seen these acts-you are in for a treat.
Noah + The Rescue Radio
Outstanding blues guitarist Noah Wotherspoon has built quite the resume, developing a following all around the world with his performances. He also has opened for Leon Russell, Latimore, and Boz Scaggs. Wotherspoon has multiple appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival, The Blues Masters at the Crossroads Festival in Salina, Kansas. He has now expanded his mastery of blues and has added Tom Rastikas on bass and Josh Johnson on drums to make up Noah + The Rescue Radio. The band’s lo-fi sound will feature influence from ’60s British pop/rock along with Wotherspoon’s signature guitar play. Noah + The Rescue Radio will be performing at Canal Street Tavern, which will suit the band’s style just perfectly. Showtime is tonight at 11.
Tim Pritchard & The Boxcar Suite
Tim Pritchard and the Boxcar Suite’s shows are a music lovers dream. Their jangly sound present a little bit for everyone. Fans of country and fans of rock will come together in unison with the incredible guitar play from Pritchard himself, along with Tony Moore and bassist Phil Caviness. The lyrics of the songs according to the band are ‘bittersweet and beyond’. You can see and hear for yourselves at Canal Street Tavern Saturday night at 10:30pm.
Red Hot Rebellion
For those who to catch a set from a group that are low-key, chilled out-you aren’t going to find it with Red Hot Rebellion. You are not going to get anywhere near that. You will be witness to a band that play at a frenzied pace, with no know having their shirts dry. This punk/metal hybrid, Ramones influenced band will be thrashing the stage, giving the audience all the more reason to rise up and let their hair down. For the faint of heart-you may want to stay away. For those who want to rock-get yourself down to Blind Bob’s on Saturday night. Showtime is at 10:30.
Meghna & The Majority
We can’t forget the ladies that will be highlighted during the Dayton Music Fest. Meghna & The Majority’s sets have included mind- blowing renditions of Adele’s Skyfall and Florence and the Machine’s Dog Days Are Over. Don’t be fooled, however. The band will also play originals that will be infused with jazz, country, and folk. Meghna’s lyrics dive into her relationships from the present and the past, good and bad. Each lyric sung oozes bluesy tones. Meghna & The Majority is perfect for all ages to sit back and enjoy. Catch them 1pm Saturday afternoon at the Midwest Outdoor Experience.
TEAM VOID has recently released their second album ‘Robot Killer’, which is full of their vintage, surf rock sound. These Luchador- mask wearing quarter are simply a pleasure to listen to. Nothing but instrumental play, expect to be dazzled with an onslaught of seamless guitar play and superb horn play. TEAM VOID will be nothing like you have ever seen. The masks will unquestionably throw off newcomers to the band, but will quickly forget it once you start to hear the band play. The band will be closing out the night at Oregon Express on Saturday around midnight. Perfect timing for their set.
Admission for all the shows is $10, and $5 for any one venue. For more info, click onto www.daytonmusicfest.com.