Posts Tagged ‘Dayton City Paper’

By Gary Spencer   April 14, 2015

Photo: Garage rockers The Woggles will perform at Blind Bob’s on April 23

The Dayton music scene has evolved a lot over the years, both for better and worse. One thing many longtime Dayton concertgoers bemoan is the lack of national touring acts stopping to play the Gem City, something that in the late 1980s and ’90s was actually pretty common. One promoter in particular was instrumental in making Dayton a regular place for national touring bands to play. His name is Ken Gross.


Vivienne Machi  11:54 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 | Filed in: What To Know

The Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival released the first wave of artists that will grace Gem City stages September 18-19. Stay tuned for announcements on more sets, and art and film offerings for the former Dayton Music Festival’s 11th year running. CONTRIBUTED

The Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival released the first wave of artists that will grace Gem City stages September 18-19. Stay tuned for announcements on more sets, and art and film offerings for the former Dayton Music Festival’s 11th year running. CONTRIBUTED

If you’re like us, you’ve been itching to start planning out your bands to see at the 2015 Dayton Music Fest. Yesterday, we got a sneak peek at which groups will grace Dayton’s stages for the newly branded Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival, and the lineup should get you excited for September already.

The 11th annual Dayton Music Festival is re-branded this year, branching out to the visual arts under new leadership by Great Guys Entertainment. The event is co-sponsored by Dayton City Paper and Bonbright Distributors.



By Gary Spencer

Photo: Local dance/pop rock group Grenades?! will perform live at Omega Music on Record Store Day, April 18

Record stores – especially independently owned and operated ones – have become increasingly rare within the past decade. Dayton alone lost one locally owned record store after another in the 2000s, including favorites like Dingleberry’s, Renaissance Music Media, Gem City Records, Trader Vic’s and several others. But fortunes for mom and pop record stores have turned around in the past several years due to the resurgence of vinyl – y’know, those 12- and 7-inch round things people used to play at home on these things called turntables. With that changing of the tide, brick and mortar record stores are making a comeback – thanks to rabid dedication of record collectors who love their fuzzy warbles, both new and old.


Michael Angelo Batio’s wild guitar heroics at Oddbody’s

By Christian Roerig

Photo: Michael Angelo Batio will perform at Oddbody’s Music Room on March 14

In a world where most guitar players fumble their way through a solo, there are those who can actually play. And then there are those who can shred – and they are just happy to have a world filled with guitars.



By Tim Anderl
Photo: Stelth Ulvang will perform at Canal Public House on March 11; photo: Norah Hoover

Although the name Stelth Ulvang may not be familiar, his performance with celebrated Denver, Colorado-based folk rockers The Lumineers probably is. The band’s self-titled debut album, released in mid-2012 peaked at number two on the Billboard charts in early 2013 and has been certified platinum in the U.S. As a result, they were nominated for both Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards.



By Gary Spencer
Photo: Full of Hell will perform March 12 at RockStar Pro Arena

Sometimes, life can be downright mean.

Full of Hell founding member and guitarist Spencer Hazard is one musician who uses that darkness to create something else: music. In a recent interview, Hazard summed up the inspiration for the music, sound and lyrics of the young East Coast band.

“Mostly human experience,” Hazard said. “Whether it be other people’s or one’s own pain experienced in life.”


Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Claritye

An extraordinary event is about to take place in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center: the first Midwest production in a decade of the gripping contemporary opera, Dead Man Walking. Composed by Jake Heggie to a libretto by Terrence McNally, Dead Man Walking does not shrink from asking the most difficult questions. Is all life precious? Even the life of a murderer?



Rusted Root will make a stop in Dayton to play at Oddbody’s this Friday, Feb. 13, as part of a month-long tour of the Midwest and East Coast. Dayton jam band The Goods will also take the stage.

“We love what we’re doing,” Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root founder and frontman, said during a recent telephone conversation.

Finally, as a musician who has played thousands of concerts in clubs as well as giant festivals, Glabicki discussed his preference between the two.

“If I had to give a preference I’d say club shows, because the smaller the better,” Glabicki said. “I like playing smaller, more intimate venues, but at the same time, there’s some festivals where we just have a blast each year. Like the Peach Fest coming up in Scranton. We always have a great time there. There’s just some really special festivals out there that we just really look forward to.”

Rusted Root will play Friday, Feb. 13 at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Rd. Doors at 7 p.m. The Goods are also on the bill. Tickets are $25 in advance, $32 at the door, for patrons 18 and up. For more information, please visit

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The rock that will save us all


Contemporary punk rock could be seen as a very limited music genre – there are certain expectations of what punk bands can do musically and otherwise, which seems ironic given the original feelings of rebelliousness that birthed the movement.

But there is a handful of bands who are trying to think outside the punk box about things they can do with their music that are off the beaten path some 40 years after the first wave of punk began.

Dayton’s own Red Hot Rebellion (RHR) is one such band, and this Saturday they will unveil their brand new album, The Mission, an ambitious concept album (something of an anomaly for a punk band, Green Day’s American Idiot notwithstanding) that comes with a fully illustrated comic book.

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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. (more…)