Funk, reggae, blues: 8 concerts you should catch this weekend

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From blues and funk to gospel and reggae, you’re bound to find a concert that fits the bill on area stages this weekend.

In addition to an assortment of free shows including the Dayton Funk Festival at Levitt Pavilion, you can see Grammy-winning reggae royalty Ziggy Marley at the Rose Music Center or Grammy-winning Christian troupe Elevation Worship at the Nutter Center.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 12

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Who: Tower of Power and Lettuce

When: 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

Details: Tower of Power and Lettuce provide audiences two different generations of funky bands.

Cost: $23.50-$48.50

More info: 513-232-6220 or www.rosemusiccenter.com

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Who: Jackie Venson

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12

Where: Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St., Dayton

Details: Jackie Venson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter known for her beautifully complex music and blazing guitar skills. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jackie has played to crowds across the world. Her latest album “Love Transcends,” released in September 2021, is her first collection of music to focus on a central genre - the blues.

Cost: Free

More info: www.levittdayton.org

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Who: Elevation Worship

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton

Details: Premier Productions presents the Elevation Worship Summer Tour featuring Kari Jobe and Cody Carne for a night of worship and celebration.

Cost: Tickets start at $29.75

More info: https://www.nuttercenter.com/

SATURDAY, AUG. 13

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Who: Ziggy Marley with special guest Kazayah

When: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

Details: Ziggy Marley, a second-generation purveyor of the Jamaican-born sound, brings his tribute to his father, Bob Marley, to Rose Music Center.

When: 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $39-$69

More info: 513-232-6220 or www.rosemusiccenter.com

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Who: The Menus

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Details: Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley presents eclectic cover band The Menus in concert.

Cost: $5

More info: 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com

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Who: Freekbass & The Bump Assembly

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St., Dayton

Details: Cincinnati-based Freekbass has cemented himself as a groundbreaking bass player and funk guru. His innovative styling, including his signature double thumb strumming technique, has garnered critical acclaim and a cult fan following.

Cost: Free

More info: www.levittdayton.org

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SUNDAY, AUG. 14

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What: Dayton Funk Festival

When: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St., Dayton

Details: The City of Dayton’s Department of Recreation celebrates the city’s musical heritage with the Dayton Funk Festival. The Next Phaze kicks off the day at 1:15 p.m., followed by Big Gil & the Funky All Stars at 3 p.m. Music continues until 9 p.m. with performances by Thump Daddy Funk Band, LYD and festival closer the Larry Humphrey Band.

Cost: Free

More info: 937-333-8400 or www.downtowndayton.org

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Who: Boz Scaggs with special guests The Robert Cray Band and Jeff LeBlanc

When: 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

Details: Blues-rock singer-guitarist Boz Scaggs brings his “Out of the Blues Tour” to town.

Cost: $23.50-$76

More info: 513-232-6220 or www.rosemusiccenter.com