The Doug Hart Band-Dayton Blues ShowcaseThe Doug Hart Band Rocks Oddbody’s Music Room

Over the past couple of weeks Music Connection Dayton has been proud to spotlight the Miami Valley Blues scene with highlights from The Dayton Blues Showcase held at Oddbody’s Music Room. So far we’ve shared pics and reviews from the great Ira Stanley & Blues Power, The Noah Wotherspoon Band, and The Scotty Bratcher Band. Now it’s time to put the spotlight on the man that helped organize the Dayton Blues Showcase, Doug Hart.

A Dayton native, Hart hit the ground running back in 2005 with his debut CD entitledThe Doug Hart Band-Dayton Blues Showcase “Reckless Life”. Since that time Doug Hart has warmed his way into the hearts of many area Blues fans. Hart and his band mates proudly represented the Gem City in the International Blues Challenge making it to the semi finals in 2014.

Hart’s high-spirited and soulful rendition of the Blues is invigorating reminding me of the great Robin Trower. Hart showcased his talent on the Oddbody’s stage along with band members Mike Hausfeld (Bass), Mike Jordan (Keys), Keith Cozart Drums/Backing Vocals with a killer set that included an amazing version of Robin Trower’s “Day of the Eagle” from his classic Bridge of Sighs album. But for me the highlight of the entire evening had to be the All-Star Jam at the end of the night.

Hart was joined on stage by Scotty Bratcher, Noah Wotherspoon, and Ira Stanley for a tribute jam for the ages. The quartet filtered in members of each band for a B.B. King tribute that had to make the KING of the Blues smile from his throne. The set also included a marathon version of the Freddie King tune “Goin Down” that featured solos from all four Guitar slingers. It was the perfect way to end an incredible night of Blues.

You’ll have plenty of chances to see The Doug Hart Band this summer as they hit the road with shows at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Florence, IN on Friday, July 10 then on Saturday, July 11 the band will be rockin the 25th Muddiversary at Dayton’s MUD Volleyball for Epilepsy at 3pm held at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Then later that night Doug and the guys roll into Hank’s Pub for a night cap!To find out more about the Doug Hart BAnd visit their Website at


BIG THANKS to Doug Hart for putting together an amazing line-up and to Neilson Hixson and the great folks at Oddbody’s Music Room for allowing us to get up close and personal. You ROCK!

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