The top 10 events this week

Country singer Jason Isbell will perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, July 2. CONTRIBUTED
Country singer Jason Isbell will perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, July 2. CONTRIBUTED


Since opening in 1919, the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, has focused on both classic fine art and the latest in contemporary art. The latter is currently on display in the traveling exhibition, “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence.”

The show, which opened on Saturday, June 24, is an overview of a new form of bead art called ndwango (“cloth”). The style of art was created by Bev Gibson and Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela and developed by women living and working together in the rural community of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. “Ubuhle Women” is on display through Sept. 10.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $14 adults, $11 seniors (60 and older), students (18 and older with ID), and active military, $6 youth (7-17) and free for museum members. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit


The City of Dayton is celebrating Independence Day with its annual Lights in Flight Festival at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, on Monday, July 3. The event features music, food and beer sales, a children's area and, naturally, fireworks. DJ SKNO kicks off the 5 p.m. party with a set of music followed by the Kellen Williams Trio. Eric Coburn, Son Del Caribe and the D-Funk Allstars will also perform. The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. Cost: Free. Call 937-333-8400 or visit


Jason Isbell first made a name for himself as a member of the Drive-By Truckers but he quickly established himself as a talented frontman when he launched his solo career in 2007. The Alabama native is currently on the road with his band the 400 Unit supporting the new album, "The Nashville Sound." Isbell performs with special guests the Mountain Goats at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Cost: $23.50-$56. Call 937-228-2323 or visit


Attention Dayton Art Institute members: It's time once again to celebrate Independence Day with Red, Art & Blue. The annual members-only party — at DAI, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday, July 3 — has food, drinks, activities and a great view of the City of Dayton's fireworks show. Cost: $30 ages 12 and older, $15 kids ages 3-11, free kids 2 and younger. Reservations are required. If you're interested in attending Red, Art & Blue but aren't a museum member, contact DAI and get signed up now. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit


Corey Feldman had a high-profile career as a teenage actor in the 1980s, appearing in films like "The Goonies," "Stand by Me," "The Lost Boys" and "License to Drive." The actor revealed a very different creative side in late 2016 with a pair of strange musical performances on the "Today" show. This exposure opened up an opportunity to take the show on the road. Feldman, who creates a unique brand of electronic dance pop with his all-female backing band, performs at Oddbody's Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $30-$105. Call 937-813-4272 or visit


Food truck rallies are held in a number of spots in the area but none are quite as well-suited for these events as Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton. The inside of the old taxi dispatch space is used for concerts, art shows and more, while the large fenced in parking lot is large enough more multiple mobile units. Smokinbeebeeq presents the second annual Taco Truck Takeover at Yellow Cab at 5 p.m. Friday, June 30. Participants include The Beerded Pig, Hunger Paynes, El Meson and others. Cost: Free. Smokinbeebeeq joins forces with the Drunken Waffle for the Brunch Food Truck Rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2. The monthly event features brunch, bloody marys, mimosas, craft beer and coffee. Cost: Free. Visit


The 50th anniversary of the Beatles groundbreaking "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is getting a lot of attention right now. However, it is one of many landmark albums from 1967, a year that also saw the release of both "Are You Experienced" and "Axis: Bold as Love" by Jimi Hendrix, Cream's "Disraeli Gears," "Forever Changes" by Love and debuts from the Doors, Pink Floyd and the Velvet Underground. The Moody Blues were also part of that creative outpouring with its now classic album, "Days of Future Passed." The British band, currently celebrating the album's 50th anniversary, performs at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Cost: $46 in advance, $51 at the door. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


Lots of communities celebrate our countries independence with a simple combination of carnival food vendors, musical performances and fireworks in the sky. The Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival, presented in various spots in downtown Centerville on Tuesday, July 4, has all that and more. The 44th annual party, one of the largest of its kind in the region, also has a parade, street fair and a 5K run. The 5K begins at 7 a.m., followed by the street fair at 9:30 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the party continues through the closing fireworks show at 10 p.m. Cost: Free. Call 937-433-5898 or visit


A mix of top-selling stars and rising acts keeps local music fans converging in mass on Hickory Hill Lakes, 7103 Ohio 55, Ft. L0ramie, each summer. The occasion is the annual Country Concert, which returns Thursday through Saturday, July 6-8. The 37th annual festival features Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore and others. Music begins at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $109-$668. Call 937-295-3000 or visit


It has been a decade since Oral Funk Poetry Productions began presenting "The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show," and the series is still going strong. The 10th anniversary season of the theatrical revue opens with "Poetic Muse" at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Friday, June 30. This installment features spoken word artists Ebony Stewart from Texas and Louisville-based Lance Newman, the 2016 feature winner of "Last Poet Standing." Cost: $25. Call 937-228-3630 or visit