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Dayton Music Insider: A fund-raiser with ‘heart,’ and free family fun

It’s felt like all of hearts have grown over the last month, between uniting against racism and helping our friends and neighbors after a devastating storm.

This weekend there is even more heart, quite literally, with a fundraiser for Heart co-owner Amanda Hensler, additional benefit shows, free & family friendly performances, and more.


Friday, June 14

Carillon Brass | Friday, June 14 | Classical Levitt Pavilion Dayton has announced its 2019 season. This year’s concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There will be a family concerts third Sunday of each month — except Sunday, July 21 — at 4:30 p.m. The Greatest Showman will be shown t the pavilion Sunday, July 21 beginning at at dusk as part of the PNC Family Series

Friday’s live music roster starts with two outdoor, free and family friendly performances! At Levitt Pavilion, you can check out Carillon Brass, consisting of five talented brass players from the Dayton Philharmonic, with diverse experience, significant careers and a love of brass music in a variety of forms and styles. They perform worldwide, including numerous educational concerts, clinics and masterclasses each year. Their varied experience and wide-ranging concert venues speak to their ability to fit the occasion for whatever audience they entertain. Show starts at 7 p.m. Free. All ages.

>> Who’s performing at Levitt Pavilion this week?

Kick-n-Flava kicks off RiverScape MetroPark’s R&B Hot Summer Music Series on Friday evening. CONTRIBUTED

The second free show is with Kick-n-Flava, who kick off RiverScape MetroPark’s R&B Hot Summer Music Series on Friday evening. Bring a lawn chair for seating and don't forget your dancing shoes. Weather dependent. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

Amanda Hensler and her family.

Friday also brings us Folk and Friends for a cause at Brightside Music & Event Venue, featuring local legends Amber Hargett, Sharon A. Lane and headliners Brother Hill. Plus your admission to this show gets you access to a spaghetti dinner buffet as well. All this plus a major feel good factor: 100% of proceeds benefit Amanda Hensler, a Dayton native, a wonderful mother, loving wife, dear friend, and one of the co-owners of Heart Mercantile. Amanda has been diagnosed with Stage 3 triple-negative breast cancer. Her friends aren’t going to let her battle cancer alone. This benefit show is just the start of all the support we are rallying for this amazing lady. Tickets are $15 in advance (only 200 available) and $20 at the door (if still available). Show is 21+ with special permissions granted upon pre-approved request and adult 21+ present. Event runs from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Cincinnati-based Synth-Pop and New Wave band Founding Fathers are teaming up with San Francisco-based duo Big Gorgeous on their ‘Wrapped Up Tight’ 2019 tour on Friday night. Expect high-energy performance of infectious music that is virtually guaranteed to get people moving. Local acts Curse of Cassandra and Yikes a Band are also supporting this show! Stop by Yellow Cab Tavern for a full night of live music. $7 advance. $10 at the door. Doors 8 p.m.

A mix of rock, indie and Americana is on the menu at Blind Bob’s on Friday night with Seth Canan & The CarriersA Voice of Your Own, and The New Old Fashioned. Similarly, an eclectic night of indie and experimental rock will be happening at Hannah's on Ludlow with Dark BackwardSiren Suit and GoodnightGoodnight. Both shows: $5 cover. 9 p.m. 21+

Up-and-coming bluegrass band Stringus Khan is going to be laying it down at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs. Their friends The Nautical Theme will be kicking off the night. For friends in the area who love string music, this is a don’t-miss show for you. No cover charge. 10 p.m. 21+

Saturday, June 15

Subterranean, (left to right) Stephen Buttree, Rob Brockman, Chuckie Love and Chris Coalt, is just one of the acts performing at Hog Jam 2018 at The 804 Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 25. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

Saturday brings us another opportunity to give back to Dayton’s tornado victims at "Jim City Jam for Tornado Relief” presented by Jim Hamden at Hannah's on Ludlow. This special event will feature music and comedy from Lyle, The Ram Ones, Secret Circle SocietyWolf Moon Revival, John Arthur Gentry Jr., Milk & Honey, Tony Red Band, Subterranean, Jeff Bang (Banger), Raymond Jackson and more TBA. This is a free show, however Jim is asking for donations: non-perishable food items, bottled water, diapers and toilet paper are some items most needed at this time (no clothing accepted — see updated list of items here). Monetary donations will also be accepted at the door, along with a 50/50 raffle, to benefit the Dayton Foodbank. Organizers will be taking donations at 2 p.m. Music starts at 4.p.m. 

On Saturday evening, Fraze Pavilion presents one its best shows of the season with Lake Street Dive, a band that makes music that’s timeless yet immediate, exuberant yet reflective. In the 15 years since their formation, the band’s infectious vitality has only magnified in appeal. They truly are a band that has exploded in popularity for good reason. They are joined by The Wood Brothers, an amazingly talented trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix. Across the evening, you’ll hear a mix of rock, soul, Americana and more. Performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30-$45. All ticket prices increase $5 the day of show.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be accompanied by video footage, synchronized lighting, interactive on-stage segments, electronic percussion and other elements during Video Games Live at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Saturday, June 15. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

The Dayton Philharmonic presents Video Games Live, an immersive concert experience featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. It’s the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert mixed with the technology and interactivity of a video game! A costume contest will be held at 7 p.m. prior to the concert in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Pre-registration for the contest will occur between 6-6:30 p.m. There will be separate judging categories for adults and for children, and prizes will be awarded. Unfortunately, there will be no dressing rooms available. Be sure to come dressed as your favorite character and join in on the fun of the pre-concert activities! Performance at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center. Tickets $18-$45.

Sidewalk Chalk | Saturday, June 15 | Hip Hop/Jazz Levitt Pavilion Dayton has announced its 2019 season. This year’s concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There will be a family concerts third Sunday of each month — except Sunday, July 21 — at 4:30 p.m. The Greatest Showman will be shown t the pavilion Sunday, July 21 beginning at at dusk as part of the PNC Family Series.

Saturday at Levitt Pavilion brings us the Chicago-based ensemble Sidewalk Chalk, transcends genre with a wholly original sound that blends elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop and R&B. As The Chicago Tribune says, “While many bands strive hard for originality, it’s unlikely that any of them could best Sidewalk Chalk.” Show starts at 7 p.m. Free. All ages.

Brett Eldredge will perform at the Rose Music Center at the Heights on June 15, 2019. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Country music superstar Brett Eldredge will make a stop at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Saturday. Seven years into one of the hottest careers in country music, there are more eyes on Brett Eldredge than ever before. The show will feature support by Muscadine Bloodline, proud natives of Mobile, Alabama. From the first time they took stage, Nashville started talking... so now, with two Billboard charting critically acclaimed EP’s under their belt, it’s no surprise the rest of the music world is quickly catching on. Tickets $23.50+ (parking included). Doors 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. 

Downtown, Bar Granada’s re-opening celebration includes a night of good music, food, drinks and dancing, with Dayton Salsa Project. Doors at 5 p.m. Music starts at 9 p.m. $8 at door. 18+ after 8:30 p.m.

>> Bar Granada to reopen this weekend

Oscar’s Bar and Grill is celebrating of the longest day of the year: the Summer Solstice. Summer is almost here, and these bands are definitely bringing the heat: Big SmileSeth Canan & The CarriersGrey Cloud Nein and Bundy and The Spins. Doors open at 8 p.m. $5 Cover. 18+

And as always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider, 

Libby Ballengee

Blogger, podcaster, journalist and huge local music fan Libby Ballengee has started her own production company, Venus Child Productions, as a vehicle to attract local and national acts to the Dayton area and add performance art to concerts for a unique music experience. (Source: Libby Ballengee Facebook, Contributed)

Note to Readers: Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. This is a listing of interesting original live music in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. Want your show to be considered in future blogs? Send an email to at least 2 weeks before your show to: daytonmusicinsider@gmail.com. You can keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy the show! 

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