The inaugural Sound Valley Summer Music Festival is being held over Labor Day weekend, at the Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday, September 1st. This festival has a dual purpose: one, to showcase talented rock bands from across the Miami Valley, and to raise awareness and funds to help combat the heroin epidemic through the local non-profit, Brigid’s Path.
“Dayton has been considered the heroin capital of the United States. We want to shift the national perspective and reclaim our reputation as a place for innovation, creativity and artistic expression through music,” Zac Pitts, co-owner of Sound Valley said.
With a full day of live music, Sound Valley Summer Music Festival will feature local rock, indie, and alternative bands, including: Life In Idle, Knavery, Beesly, Yardboss, Weathervein, NOVAGOLD, Seth Canan And The Carriers, Crosley Court, Isicle, Flee The Valley, Dave Zup, ThunderTaker, and A Voice of Your Own.
“This event is meant to connect those who want to take Dayton’s music scene to the next level.” Pitts said. “There will be two stages, both indoor and outdoor, and some amazing local food trucks throughout the day to keep hungry fans happy!”
In addition to great music, half of Sound Valley Summer Music Festival’s proceeds will benefit the Dayton organization, Brigid’s Path. This local non-profit provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns, non-judgmental support for mothers and education services to improve family outcomes. “The heroin epidemic has hit our community hard,” Pitts said. “We want to work alongside those that are taking away the stigma and standing with our neighbors who are struggling.”
HOW TO GO?
Sound Valley Summer Music Festival
Saturday, September 1 at 4pm
Yellow Cab Tavern 700 E 4th Street Dayton, OH
$10 in advance / $13 at doors
Dayton Native Zac Pitts, a local tv host and member of the band Flee the Valley and his business partner (and fiancee) Ashley Karsten have just announced the launch of their passion project, Sound Valley! Their goal with SV is to put Dayton’s music scene on the map by promoting local shows, interviewing local bands/artists and highlighting Dayton’s rich history of music and art.
To celebrate the launch, they are hosting the first ever Sound Valley Summer Music Festival at Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday, September 1st. The festival will feature more than 10 bands from all over the Miami Valley. There’ll be 2 stages (indoor and outdoor), food trucks and much more.
Their vision with Sound Valley is to build our community through music.
A portion of the proceeds from the music festival will be donated to Brigid’s Path. Zac shared this announcement on his facebook page saying “Let’s be a city that is nationally recognized for its music, not it’s heroin epidemic. I’ve always been passionate about music and my hometown. . There are countless people who’ve helped me get to where I’m at in my career and now is my chance to give back to the city that made me who I am.”
You probably know Zac Pitts from his day job, as a host of Living Dayton on WDTN. But when he’s not hosting the daytime show, he’s been working with his band and they are getting ready for their debut show in Dayton. Recently we had the opportunity to talk with him and find out a little more about him. And here’s what Zac shared with us, “A lot of people I grew up with know I have passion for making music. I was always the kid in class drumming on text books and playing air guitar! My dream growing up was to be a rockstar! I don’t think a lot of people who watch Living Dayton know that about me.”
We asked him how his band got the name Flee the Valley?
The meaning of the band name comes from a discussion I’ve had with several people since I’ve moved back home to Dayton. It seems like everyone tries to leave the area because they don’t think Dayton is “good enough” or “there’s nothing to do”. However, by some force of nature, Dayton always has a way of pulling you back to it, and you’re ok with it! You don’t realize how great it is or how much you appreciate it until you leave it for a few years.
How did the members of your band meet?
The drummer, Matt Harm and I have known each other since 2nd grade. We both attended St. Anthony Elementary School in Dayton. In high school we both played in a pop punk band called “Banknine”. There’s absolutely no significance for the name… (for some reason it just sounded really cool to us). He’s our X-factor when it comes to taking a song to the next level with intricate beats.
I met Mike Davis through Matt. We occasionally would jam in high school. He’s definitely the one that brings an extra edge to our band’s sound.
Meeting Steven Willis is perhaps the coolest story…Over the summer my girlfriend and I went to the Blink-182 concert in Cincinnati. We we’re lucky enough to get VIP tickets that allowed us into the venue early to see the band sound check. If that wasn’t already cool enough, the band invited three fans to come on stage and help them sound check by performing their song, “All the Small Things”. I was picked to play guitar and sing…the person picked to play bass was Steven. We didn’t know each other at the time, but weeks later he started following me on twitter. We discovered we both lived in the same area and it just so happened the band I was starting still needed a bassist. He was the perfect fit. If that’s not fate, I don’t know what is!
How long have you been together? Describe your bands style and inspiration.
The band started in June of this year. The band wasn’t a complete until Steven arrived in late August. Our genre is considered pop-punk. It’s a genre all of us grew up listening and ultimately makes us feel like a kid! Some people say the genre is dead, but we feel like it’s coming back! We all grew up listening to bands like Green Day, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, Alkaline Trio and of course Blink-182. While we have a strong connection to those influences, we’re constantly looking for ways to stand out and be original. A perfect song in our eyes involves catchy lyrics with punchy guitars and loud drums!
Here’s a link to the lyric video of their first single, “Lose it All” :
We’ve been recording music and hope to release our album EP by February.
Can you share with us each band members favorite song?
Zac Pitts– Lead vocals and Guitar Blink-182: “Dumpweed”
Mike Davis-Lead Guitar & Vocals– Issues: “Issues”
Matt Harm- Drums– Foo Fighter’s: “Ever Long”
Steven Willis – Bass – Alkaline Trio: “Radio”
The band’s first show is at Blind Bob’s on Friday, December 23rd at 9:30pm. They’ll be playing with two other local bands, Nightbeast and You vs. Yesterday. For more info on Flee The Valley, follow them on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.
WDTN-TV today announced the addition of Dayton native Zac Pitts to the Living Dayton team. Pitts comes to Living Dayton from WCPO-TV in Cincinnati where he’s spent the last year and a half as a morning reporter.
“We are thrilled to have Zac join our Living Dayton family,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN-TV President & General Manager. “He has strong ties to the community and will be an asset to the Living Dayton team.”
Pitts was born and raised in Dayton and is an alum of Chaminade-Julienne High School. He went on to the University of Dayton and graduated with a degree in Electronic Media Communications.
“I’m honored with the opportunity to come back home and join the amazing team assembled on Living Dayton,” said Pitts. “The Miami Valley is a great place to live and I can’t wait to do my part to showcase the best that Dayton has to offer.”
Pitts will be joined by co-hosts Katie Kenney and Sallie Taylor beginning Wednesday, October 21st. Living Dayton airs live each weekday from Noon to 1pm on WDTN-TV.