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With so many talented bands out there, carving out a space in the jam arena can be a challenge these days. Just over a week ago though, I had the opportunity to play a show at Hank’s Pub with a sweet, new band called The New Outdoors, and these guys appear to be challenging the standard definition of jam a bit by mixing it with blues and a little twist of dirty, indie rock.

This trio has only been playing together for about six months, and I was initially surprised to see them take the stage with no bass (just drums and two guitars). They ripped out an hour-long original set of tasty jams though like it was nobody’s business, and Sean O’Brien even switched it up to play bass late in the set!   Andrew Shough’s chill vocals were the cream and sugar to my coffee, especially while also playing guitar. His rich vocals are a standout and would lend themselves well to any number of acts. Ryan Magner is the centerpiece, holding them all together on the drums and driving each tune exactly where it needs to go. Together, the trio’s relaxed, smooth jams have a little funk and a little blues guitar making The New Outdoors easy to groove too!  The oh-so-smooth guitar leads and fills take it up a few notches, and there’s a killer dirty, grungy, and almost psychedelic sound to their tunes that take it to the interesting and intriguing and “I want more” level!   These cats are hitting the Dayton scene right now, and YOU should make it a point to catch an upcoming show, or two or three!

August 20 – One Eyed Jacks 10pm  FREE

September 13th – Jimmie’s Ladder 11 10pm wsg Love Alive

September 27th – Brothers Drake Meadery (Columbus) 10pm with Love Alive

MVMF

Miami Valley Music Fest is Where Charity Rocks!

Dates:    August 1st-2nd                 Location:    Troy Eagle’s Campgrounds
Ticket Prices:                                                              2252 Troy-Urbana Rd, Troy, OH 45373
$35 Early Bird **sold out**
$45 Presale                                        WEEKEND CAMPING:
$30 Gate Friday only                          FREE primitive camping
$40 Gate Saturday only                      $20 standard RV/Camper site, no utilities
$60 Gate Weekend                             NO PETS ARE PERMITTED at the event without a service dog permit. No exceptions.
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guitarstogunstocks_logo_adjustedNew retail shop, Guitars to Gunstocks, in Springfield, Ohio recently opened its doors to feature store owner, Jacob Collins’, beautiful wood carvings, guitars, guitar repair services, and what he hopes will be one of the largest selection of local music and related merchandise in the area!

Later this month, Guitars to Gunstocks will host its Grand Opening Celebration along with the 1 Year Anniversary of its neighbor, Artistic Delirium Tattoos and Piercings! There will be great celebration day only specials, raffles for cool prizes, and live acoustic performances in the afternoon from area artists!

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cover imageOver the last few months, I’ve heard about a number of large shows coming out of Rockstar Pro Arena in Dayton. While I hadn’t had a chance yet to personally make a show there, I was curious as to what’s going down at this venue, so late last month, I contacted and met with part-owner, GeeGee Bradley, to feature them on our second Venue Spotlight!

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guitarIf you’re involved in the entertainment world as an artist, musician, or other entertainer, you probably want to make it more than a hobby, perhaps even a career.  If you want to be successful in the entertainment world, you need to treat your craft as a business, and that includes having some knowledge of the legal issues that come up.  If you don’t have this basic knowledge, you could be taken advantage of by someone who does, and wind up losing everything you’ve worked hard for.

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Facebook.com… It’s a name that millions of people have heard of, even if they don’t use it. Many people would also love to have that kind of name recognition.  In the meantime, there’s a really easy and effective way to build your “brand” from within Facebook, and I see it getting missed ALL the time…. your Facebook web address!

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Free Places to Post Show Fliers

There are a number of local places (both physical and online) where bands and musicians can post fliers for free!  Here is a handy reference list of places to post…

START HERE: MUSIC CONNECTION- DAYTON, OH 

PHYSICAL LOCATIONS (in Dayton, unless otherwise specified):

1.) Second Time Around Music & Video
2.) Guitar Center
3.) Omega Music
4.) Hazy Shade Disc Golf Store
5.) Belmont Party Supply
6.) Headquarter’s Music  – New Carlisle
7.) Play It Again Music
8.) Recreate Shop
9.) Sound City Music – Troy
10.) The public board – Yellow Springs
11.) Other public boards
12.) The venue you’re playing at
13.) Locations around the venue you’re playing at

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RepAvatrNow that you have your music, what do you want to do with it? Probably sell it, perform it live, and of course, make a little bit of money. There are many ways you can accomplish these goals. These include selling your music in a store or online, licensing your music, and using a sponsor. When you decide to sell, license, or use a sponsor, the arrangement should be represented by a written agreement to protect you and your music. Here are some things to consider with each type of agreement:

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Covering the SceneThe Big Four of Dayton Release Quadruple CD’s at Courtyard Lounge » Covering the Scene.

BRAT CURSE DELIVER HOOKY, MEMORABLE ROCK

By Tim Anderl

Columbus, Ohio indie rock trio Brat Curse came together by chance. They stay together by sharing their significant (and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek) interests: drinking, “Terminator 2,” Tecmo Bowl, swimming pools, smoking bowls, popping ollies and mollies … and making memorable rock music. Their latest, self-titled record is a fuzzy, melodic, poppy album that shows off their propensity for creating noisy rock music that straddles the borders of punk, indie and rock ‘n’ roll in familiar and fantastic ways.

Dayton City Paper recently caught up with guitarist/vocalist Brian Baker, also of Astro Fang and Smug Brothers, to discuss the hooky record, which shows the band has as much in common with Baker’s self-admitted vocal hero Lou Reed as they do Superchunk, Pavement and The Pixies. View full article »

5th Annual Wham Bam Thank U Jam | August 15 – 17, 2014.

How to Properly Share a Copyrighted Professional Concert Photo | Rock ‘n Roll CocktailRock ‘n Roll Cocktail.

(Photo by: Jennifer Clarke)

(Photo by: Jennifer Clarke)

Preparations are underway for Dirty/Clean’s show at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Joshua Egeland, who makes up one half of the duo (drummer Jay Madewell is the other half) will be performing at the Boonshoft in little over 24 hours from when I meet with him at Ghostlight Coffee. The special event will be in the museum’s Science on a Sphere room, and will incorporate a choreographed light show featuring digital projection synced to the live music.  View full article »

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