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markcantwil-featuredimageAll this month, we’re putting the spotlight right square on local singer-songwriter, Mark Cantwil!  Together with his band, The Punch Drunk Heroes, Cantwil weaves his Americana roots of heavy topics and storytelling into a mix of high-energy alt-country and late 80’s and early 90’s rock. If you’re a fan of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, Chris Knight, Drive-By Truckers, or Van Morrison, then having a local act like Cantwil around is gonna make your year!

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In the last couple of years, I’ve had the chance to meet some truly amazing people thanks to the work we’re doing here at Music Connection Dayton, and there is one group in particular that I always enjoy having the chance to hang out with, The Mainline Funk!

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eatonicwebgraphicWe are proud to announce that Music Connection Dayton has been named as the “Exclusive Online Source” for the Eatonic Music Festival to be held Labor Day weekend September 4th, 5th, and 6th at the Preble County Fairgrounds!

 The Eatonic Music Festival features 3 days of music with 35 bands, both international and local!

The event will be held over Labor Day Weekend, September 4th, 5th, 6th at the Preble County Fair Grounds in Eaton OH. The weekend is filled with amazing music with a line-up that is packed from top to bottom with talented acts!  Friday night is your blues hookup! Saturday night will rock your world, and Sunday’s Bluegrass and Americana will blow your mind!

Buddy Guy“We are extremely excited to welcome Blues legend Buddy Guy. The six time Grammy Award Winner, Rock Hall of Fame Inductee and Presidential Life Time Achievement award recipient is our Blues headliner on Friday night.”

Friday’s Blues night also includes amazing local favorites Scotty Bratcher, Noah Wotherspoon, Bob Dellaposta, Ira Stanley & Dixie Peach, and more.

The Almighty Get Down voted best rock performance in the Midwest is our headliner on Saturday. The Almighty Get DownYou do not want to miss these guys!”

Rock night is packed with a variety o great talent including Elementree Livity Project, To No End, Emma Woodruff & the Ruffians, Baoku Moses and Band, Kelly Richey, and more.

“Bluegrass and Americana music fans get ready, Sunday is for you!”

National touring bluegrass band, the Rumpke Mountain BoysRumpke Mountain Boys, headlines a stellar line-up that includes The Worley Boys, DW Brykalski, The Year of the Buffalo, Lawson Reunion Band, and Sugar Lime Blue.

In addition to a holiday weekend filled with family, friends, and a ton of great music, this gathering is for a good cause!  $5.00 from every ticket will be donated to the Preble County Agricultural Society and ALL proceeds from alcohol sales will be donated to the local Rotary.


Music Connection Dayton is honored to join Eatonic Music Festival in this great event. To help celebrate local music, Taffy’s is graciously offering you the chance to win 1 VIP ticket to the Eatonic Music Festival valued at $150.00.

Enjoy the festival in a premier atmosphere:

• Exclusive roped off front-stage-section seating
• Complimentary Chair massages if possible
• Personalized service for drinks within VIP seating area
• VIP tent access – meet & greet artists, etc.
• Many surprises, gifts, etc.



For ticket information and to find out more about the Eatonic Music Festival visit

Eatonic Music Festival
Labor Day Weekend
September 4th, 5th, and 6th
Preble County Fairgrounds

You’ve gotten THE gig, and you’re super excited. You’ve been rehearsing, but now you’ve kicked rehearsals up a notch or twelve. You’ve also come to the place that most musicians dread but every musician must deal with: You have to make a set list.

Some bands don’t bother with set lists, but they are important. Why? A bad set list can ruin a show. A good set list can take a decent band and make it sound like a good band. A great set list can reel a listener in, keep them with you for the entire show, and win you new fans.

There are many different things to consider when creating a set list, but we are going to focus on five key elements for creating and using your set list to its fullest potential. These five elements are:

  • Purpose/Audience
  • The Technical Stuff
  • The “Feel” of the Song
  • Transitions
  • The Art of Spontaneity

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frontpagecaptureHelping support one of our main goals of connecting the local music community, we’re bringing you our 3rd issue of the Dayton Regional Music Directory!

With over 500 local acts sorted by:
– Type of music (acoustic, electric, both)
– Style of music (originals, covers, both)
this listing will help you easily discover cool local music!

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W937_logo3.5On the 2nd anniversary of Music Connection’s official creation, we are extremely excited to announce that the official launch of W937 Dayton Radio – Your Local Music Connection is scheduled for March 5th!   Read on to find out how you can get the early preview on our mobile app!

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logoblue copyIf you’re tired of searching the Dayton area groups and websites for whatever it is you really need as a fan, musician, promoter or other Dayton music service,  I can totally relate to your utter confusion and frustration; that’s why I started Music Connection Dayton and why I’m bringing you two very special groups on Facebook that are dedicated to making your life easier!

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The Wretched Few are proud to announce their debut album “Wretched Enough to Know Better”.

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coverfinalbrightwcropSmooth, sultry, and danceable is the name of the game for Bernie Journey, an electronic dance pop artist originally hailing from the Cleveland area, and his new digitally remastered release of his self-titled debut album is all that and more!

The fully remastered version of the album has been distributed to iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Google Play with an official drop date of September 22nd, 2015.  Produced by Joe Vulpis (Lady Gaga) and Dave ‘The Rave’ Rickard, Journey’s debut album was met with positive reception from both fans and critics. The eight song record is digitally remastered and accompanied by a radio edit and two newly recorded acoustic tracks produced by Peter Litvin. The original release and re-release are under the umbrella of J2 Records. View full article »

D Funk All Stars - Miami Valley Music Fest 2015-182If you were at the Miami Valley Music Fest this year, then you saw and heard all the amazing talent and experienced the love, but for those of you who missed it and those of you who’d like to reminisce, I’ve got a festival wrap up for ya and some great pictures from my good friend and business partner, Jimmy C.! View full article »

seeyoutherecoverThe excitement has been building for months, but the wait is finally over for the 6th Annual Wham Bam Thank U Jam at Hannon’s Camp America in College Corner, OH, going down this weekend August 14-16!!!

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albumcoverremoraComing August 8th to the Old Crow Bar in Middletown, Ohio, To No End, will be knocking the socks off of blues, indie, and alternative rock fans as they celebrate the release of their third full-length album, Remora!

Attendees will not only get to hear some of the coolest new music coming out of the Dayton area, they will also be privy to a live performance that is not to be missed!

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Miami Valley Music Fest 2015-The wait is almost over for one of the most anticipated events of the summer. This weekend, music fans converge on the Troy Eagle’s Campground in Troy, OH for the 10th Annual Miami Valley Music Fest. This year’s event features over 50 of the area’s best bands and musicians performing on four stages including The Spikedrivers, Shrub, Glostik Willy, D Funk All-Stars, Subterranean, Mike Perkins, and many more.

The Miami Valley Music Festival not only brings great music to the Dayton area, they also contribute much needed funds to local organizations such as The Covington Outreach Association and the Darke County Hope Foundation. The great folks at the Miami Valley Music Festival Association work tirelessly to bring the community together through music and charitable giving. miami valley music

Their “Charity Rocks!” initiative seeks to “educate the public on opportunities to give back to the community, and expose younger festival audiences to the public services offered by non-profit organizations.”

The 10th Annual Miami Valley Music Fest is gearing up to be the BIGGEST yet with a line-up that Jah Soul-Miami Valley Music Fest 2014includes Elementree Livity Project, The Almighty Get Down, Bill Kurzenberger, Terrapin Moon, Emily & the Lost Cat Ramblers, and local favorites like Arrows of Neon, Magic Jackson, Paige & The Belairs, Jah Soul, Grover, Trey Stone and the Ringers, Gem City, and Will C & F.A.M.I.L.Y., and THIS is just a TASTE of all the amazing bands that will be performing!  Click HERE for the complete lineup!

Pre-sale tickets for The 10th Annual Miami Valley Music Fest are still available online for $45 (deadline for Pre-sale is NOON on Thursday, July 30) and will be $65 at the gate. Admission includes camping with a limited number of RV spots available for an additional $30.  VIP upgrades are also available!

Music Connection Dayton will be there enjoying the festivities and sharing our love for local music. Stop by and visit our booth!

10th Annual Miami Valley Music Fest
July 31 – August 1
Troy Eagle’s Campground
Troy, OH.


It is official! WE (YOU) MADE OUR GOAL!  Thanks to your generosity we were able to meet our goal, and then some, raising an amazing total of $1005 for our Kickstarter campaign!

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