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So they put together what became the HoliDayton festival, with two stages at the now closed Elbo’s and Chin’s bar and restaurant. Acoustic acts would perform in one room, with the louder groups performing in the other. McMillon said he modeled the event off another Dayton rock tradition.
”I always really admired what Jamy Holiday (Haunting Souls, Luxury Pushers) did with the Monster Hop (at Canal Street Tavern). I always thought that was a really cool Dayton thing. Growing up in the scene, that was something all of us could look forward to,” he said.
The 1984 Draft will be one of 10 acts to perform the 14th annual Holidayton festival.
Ten acts, including Goodnight Goodnight, Jasper The Colossal and Me & Mountains will join The Story Changes for this year's festival. The venue has changed and the format has been adjusted a bit, but there's still two "stages", with one band playing on the main stage and another playing on the floor level, similar to the old days of playing punk shows at bingo halls.
“That’s kind of what it feels like. We tend to get the bands that have that cool, indie vibe that want to (play) the floor,” Lee said.
HoliDayton’s reputation for good lineups with solid turnouts has made the event a magnet for local bands. There’s no shortage of acts who want to be a part of the festival, though having to a be a grownup does get in the way at times.
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"It's not as hard to get people that want to play," Lee began. "It's harder to get people that (have) their entire band is in town, because, as we're getting older, they'll have families and have to go out of town to be with the spouse's family possibly."
“This year, within five days, everyone got back to me right away,” McMillon added.
Dayton's The New Old-Fashioned have been Holidayton regulars.
While some of the bands of HoliDayton may be getting a little older, the result has always been positive. Lee says that’s why bands and fans alike keep coming back.
“It has a brand now. Everybody kind of knows that it’s going to happen. It’s just a fun, big show.”
WANT TO GO?
Where: Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30
More info: 937-938-6405 or www.blindbobs.com