How to Go?
What: 5k for Kelli Run/Walk
When: August 18, 2018 at 9am
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How to Go?
What: 5k for Kelli Run/Walk
When: August 18, 2018 at 9am
There is certainly no shortage of summer music festivals in the greater Miami Valley region, however many of them lean towards jam, folk, bluegrass, and country fans. For the many alternative and indie rock fans, there are far fewer festival options, especially ones with camping.
That’s the gap that Bellwether Music Festival is hoping to fill. Referred to as a “mini-Bonnaroo”- this two-day, two-stage alternative music festival features an impressive lineup of both national and local acts, along with one of the most unique festival grounds anywhere: The Renaissance Park in Waynesville! Last year, my friend mentioned how great it would be to have a music festival there, and low and behold, someone did it!
Not only did organizers nab a prime location, they are pulling in some major acts, including: MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Local Natives, Echo & The Bunnymen, Dr. Dog, The Psychedelic Furs, Whitney, AJ & The Woods, Allah-Las, Japanese Breakfast, Bob Schneider, Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards), This Pine Box, Alex Lahey, Dawg Yawp, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins, Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds and Carriers. Full schedule is posted here. Plus there are After Parties in the campground, as well as morning yoga. For the best experience, download the Bellwether app on the App Store or Google Play for map, schedule and info.
These festival organizers are tuned into what festival audiences want, so they put the stages are across from one another and set times don’t overlap. YES! Nothing more frustrating than going to music festival, and you can’t see everyone on the lineup because they are playing at the same time. Organizers say you’ll have time to grab a beer or run to the restroom and catch every band. Plus they have people and performers coming from 45 states and 8 countries. What a great event to meet all kinds of people! Plus, this festival is already committed to year two and will offer special early-bird ticket prices to those who attend this year. They thought of everything!
How To Go?
When: August 10-11, 2018. Campers can load-in starting at noon on Thursday, August 9 and must load-out by 11am on Sunday, August 12. Click here to learn more about camping at Bellwether. Not into camping? That’s cool. Click here to book your hotel room through Hotels for Hope and get the best rate.
Where: The Renaissance Festival grounds in Waynesville. The entrance to the camping grounds and festival is off OH-73. If you are traveling west, you’ll cross OH-52 and then it will be on your right. If you are traveling east, you’ll cross Harveysburg Road and then it will be on your left. They have a big ol’ field with plenty of parking. Buy your parking pass now for only $5. It’s $10 – cash only – at the gate. (see festival map below)
NOTE: Bellwether is a rain or shine event. We monitor the weather and have various protocols based on the severity of the weather. We ask you pay attention to announcements and follow instructions, so we can keep everyone safe and sound.
Who: The Bellwether Festival is a family friendly event. Kids 10 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. The number of free admissions is at the discretion of gate management. IMPORTANT! Kids that enter for free DO NOT have access to the VIP tent. Only VIP wristbands will be admitted.
Tickets: LOTS of ticket options! You can get passes for all weekend, or Friday or Saturday only. There are VIP options plus camping options. Bonus -Complimentary tickets to the Ohio Renaissance Festival when you purchase either Friday or Saturday tickets. Get the full run down of ticket options here: https://www.xorbia.com/e/bellwetherfest/2018
If you are one of the many avid jam band fans in the Dayton area, no doubt you have heard of The Werk Out. In it’s 9th year, this major music and arts festival is one of the “don’t miss” events of the summer. It takes place on the historic grounds at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, just east of Columbus, where the Grateful Dead, among others, took the stage many times. The venue’s storied past is why Dayton’s homegrown heroes, The Werks, chose to host their yearly musical extravaganza there.
The natural valley serves as an ideal spot for viewing multiple stages and comfortably camping all weekend long. You pull in right off of I-70, get parked, put your tent set up, then wander down the tree lined path, which is peppered with hammocks, vendors, food on your way to the massive stage set up. There you’ll get to see some of the most exciting national jam and rock bands touring today, including: Umphrey’s McGee (2 sets), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 sets), Lettuce, Papadosio, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (2 nights), Twiddle, Turkuaz, Spafford, The Marcus King Band, KNOWER (full band), Zach Deputy, Steady Flow, ekoostik hookah, TWERKAPOD: A Tribute to the 90s,, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Octave Cat, Ghost Light featuring Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang Music, Mungion, Mom and Dad (featuring Chuck Jones & Neal Evans of Dopapod), Mike Perkins, Electric Orange Peel, and Conscious Pilot.
When I think of seeing all that great music individually, it would be so expensive. That’s what makes this festival a real value for music fans like me! Plus, it’s not just music that you can take part in, as there are tons of cool classes and “Werkshops” happening as well. From yoga and classes on tarot reading, to ecological leadership classes (yeah!) and kids activities, there is something for everyone. Or just kick it at your camp site with all the new friends you are bound to make!
How to Go?
Legend Valley Music Center and Campground: 7585 Kindle Rd, Thornville, OH 43076
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM –Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
NOTE: Wednesday “early bird” admission is an extra fee.
Click here for ticketing information.
Three great local alternative bands, Swearing At Motorists, Human Cannonball, Smug Brothers have come together for a very unique benefit show for Dayton musician Ian Kaplan [of Motel Beds, Lioness, Lab Partners] who recently underwent a liver transplant. This is a cool way for the bands to give back to Ian. He once rescued Smug Brothers when their regular drummer and fellow Dayton music writer Don Thrasher fell ill the day of the release show for their Fortune Rumors album. Ian volunteered to learn their set the day of the show and did an incredible job.
That’s not the only cool thing about this show. While Human Cannonball and Smug Brothers will open the show with live performances at Yellow Cab, Swearing At Motorists will be performing via live video feed from Hamburg, Germany. Wow!
How to Go? Head over to Yellow Cab Tavern Saturday, July 28th. Doors open at 8pm
Tickets are $7 advance, or $10 at the door.
The other way you can get involved in the Dayton music scene, whether you attend the event or not, is by helping Smug Brothers get their “Attic Harvest“ album release on vinyl! The band commissioned original collage artwork to grace the covers from FLIRST Handmade Collages in Cagliari, Italy. This is a 30-DAY fundraiser, wrapping up on August 16. The band explains “We’re very excited about the way these 18 tracks flow as a listening experience and how the artwork we’ve got going for it is a great visual component. It would be such a thrill for us to put this one out on vinyl.” Visit this link for more information on how you can help!
Listen to a preview track here: https://soundcloud.com/smugbrothers/rare-double-clutch-preview
Put some adventure into your summer with 12-hours of uninterrupted music at the first ever Adventures Fest, held on Saturday, July 21 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, Ohio. Located along the banks of the Great Miami River, Adventures on the Great Miami occupies over 34 acres along two and a half miles of riverfront. The concert bowl sits right on the Great Miami, making for the perfect setting to enjoy a day of music, the river, and friends. Attendees can watch the bands, throw a few holes of frisbee golf, take a walk in the woods, or rent a canoe, kayak or SUP for a leisurely river trip.
If you’ve been waiting for a perfect summer music fest to enjoy the Dayton’s best original music, this is the lineup for you:
RIVERBANKS ACOUSTIC STAGE:
1-1:30pm Kyleen Downes
2:30-3 Charlie Jackson of Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway
4-4:30 Thaddeus Williams of The American Landscape
5:30-6 David Payne of The New Old-Fashioned
7-7:30 Andy Smith of Me Time
8:30-9 Age Nowhere Duo
10-10:30 The Neverly Brothers of Shrug & The Boxcar Suite
WHEN & WHERE:
Saturday, July 21. Gates open at 10am and music goes until midnight. (Optional Pre-Party the night before Great Miami River Parade)
Located at: 1995 E Ross Rd, Tipp City, Ohio
PRICING & TICKETS:
Tickets for this one-day event are $20 in advance or $30 at the gates. Kids four and under are free. Primitive camping and river trips are not included, but will be available at the event. Presale Tickets end on Friday July 20th at 11:30pm. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adventures-fest-tickets-45521070748?ref=estw
On July 20, the Friday night before Adventures Fest, for a one-of-a-kind musical adventure as we host Max and Harold from The Repeating Arms for the Great Miami River Parade. From the stage of a 18-foot Stand Up Paddle Board, float alongside and listen to the sounds of music and nature. Wear a costume, make a flag for your boat, bring along your own instrument to join in the jam – it’s a River Parade! Please note that this event is not included in the cost of admittance to Adventures Fest and Adventures on the Great Miami boat rentals are $25 per person, $15 for personal craft transport, and primitive riverside camping for that night is available for $10 per person. More details to be announced as we get closer – come join us!
Food and beer sales will be offered at both events, featuring exclusive beers from Dayton’s Warped Wing Brewing Company and the Trotwood Trailer, featuring: Ermal’s, Liquid Picnic, Gamma Bomb, Trotwood, Golden Glow.
Primitive camping is not included with ticket, but available.
Please note that this event is not included in the cost of admittance to Adventures Fest and Adventures on the Great Miami boat rentals are $25 per person, $15 for personal craft transport, and primitive riverside camping for that night is available for $10 per person.
No RVs are permitted. No weapons, fireworks, glass, styrofoam or outside alcohol will be permitted.
Miami Valley Music Festival is a beloved, family friendly music festival that raises money and awareness for local charitable causes. MVMF features multiple stages where you can experience the best regional, original musical talent, along with unique vendors and children’s activities. This year’s festival features over 20 exciting, up-and-coming bands on multiple stages. Lots of variety! Couldn’t be more of a win-win for everyone!
More information can be found at www.miamivalleymusicfest.com. See below for the full music schedule and event details:
Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 12:00 PM – Sun, Jul 22, 2018, 12:00 PM EDT
Friday Music Schedule:
Stage 1: 6:30pm The Vibe / 10:00pm The Ark Band
Stage 2: 5:00pm Grampybone / 8:00pm Subterranean / 12:00am (midnight) Spikedrivers
Acoustic Stage: 6:00pm Joseph Gillis / 7:00pm Scott Lee
Saturday Music Schedule:
Stage 1: 11:30am Scott Lee / 1:30pm OldNews / 3:30pm Mike Perkins / 6:00pm Krunk Town Boogie / 8:00pm Charity Announcements and Movement Arts Performance / 8:30pm Wolf Moon Revival and Sharon Lane / 11:30pm D-Funk All-Stars
Stage 2: 10:00am Mystical Flutes and Tribal Drums with Yoga by Beth Weaver (The Space Between Studio in Tipp City) / 12:30pm Stringus Kahn / 2:30pm Typical Johnsons / 5:00pm Dustin Smith and the Daydreamers / 7:00pm R.I.N.D. / 10:00pm Jah Soul
Acoustic Stage: 12:00 – 3:00pm Open Mic (sign ups start Friday at the opening of the festival) / 3:00pm Vicki Brown / 4:30pm Dillon Brown / 6:00pm Tony Herdman / 7:30pm Amber Hargett
As with many festivals, there is a VIP upgrade, which includes the perks listed below. More information and pricing details here.
Troy Eagle’s Campgrounds:2252 Troy-Urbana Rd
Follow signs to entrance on Cathcart Road
Full detailed ticket information here.
$60 for 2 day weekend, including camping
$60 VIP upgrade
$40 for single day passes
$25 VIP car pass
$75 Reserved camping spot
$25 Car camp pass (this allows you to camp by your car)
No refunds. Please no pets.
We are living in a time of much discord, both within the society at large, and within our own hearts. It’s a time when many people are finding the stresses of everyday modern life are taking a toll on their health, careers and relationships. What can we do to find some balance in such an overwhelming, fast paced world?
One of the most important ways to maintain inner peace is through meditation. For most people, this advice is not new. They’ve heard it time and again, but with so much to do, who has time to do “nothing”? Ultra successful people like Steve Jobs, Oprah, Seinfeld, Madonna and many others credit meditation as a key factor in their success. If they have time to meditate, then surely we do too!
Taking time to meditate is not “doing nothing.” It’s giving your restless mind time to calm down, to slow your heart rate, and connect with your inner-self. Uma Mullapudi, a local meditation trainer, explained to me “You take a shower and brush your teeth. You don’t think about it, it’s just part of your daily routine. Meditation is a cleansing for the mind, and it needs it just as badly as your body.” I inquired why our minds need this cleansing so badly. “It’s because you take in stressors and negative impressions going through your day. Meditation, especially Heartfulness method, clears those away.”
The Heartfulness Way that Mullapudi describes is a century-old method of meditation with the power to facilitate an immediate, tangible spiritual experience, irrespective of a person’s faith. This non-denominational practice is taught all over the world, and most recently, the subject of a new best selling book The Heartfulness Way – Simple Tools for Spiritual Transformation. In this heart-centered book, a student, Joshua Pollock, is in conversation with his teacher, Kamlesh D. Patel—affectionately known as Daaji.
While many books describe refined states of being, The Heartfulness Way goes further, providing a pragmatic course to experience those states for oneself, which, per the book’s guiding principle, is “greater than knowledge.” Joshua Pollock is a Heartfulness trainer and practitioner from the United States. In fact, he visited Dayton in his early days of learning the Heartfulness meditation practice. He returns to Dayton on June 24th and June 25th to discuss the journey of writing this book, and how Heartuflness has changed his life, and can help yours too!
The sessions include Q&A with the Joshua Pollock, along with a 30 min Heartfulness medtation session. Find out how you can earn about the Heartfulness Way at one of two local sessions listed below. Also a trailer for the book is at bottom of this article.
How to Go?
Sunday, June 24
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Heartfulness Dayton Meditation Center
3153 Lantz Rd.,
Beavercreek, OH 45432
Monday, June 25
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dayton International Peace Museum
208 W. Monument Ave,
Dayton, OH 45402
For more information:
Email: [email protected]
The annual music and art extravaganza Sideshow is being held again at Yellow Cab Tavern (700 E 4th St, Dayton Ohio) this weekend on May 25th from 5pm‐1am and May 26th from 3pm‐1am. Admission is free! All ages are welcome too.
Sideshow is celebrating its 13th anniversary of creating a free show of Art and Music that all ages can enjoy. Sideshow is run entirely by volunteers and uses fundraisers and donations to offset the cost of hosting a show featuring more than 100 local artists and musicians.
This event will be the biggest Sideshow yet with sculpture, painting, music, performers, wrestling, dancers, comedy, food trucks, local brews, photography and much more. It will also feature a special Kid’s Sideshow portion. Over the years this has become an event that draws creators from all backgrounds, all levels of skill and all media. Fostering an open creative environment that will grow talent of all kinds has been the organizer’s goal from the start.
Yellow Cab Tavern is a community art space and music venue in Dayton, Ohio in the Motor Car District near the Oregon District. Formerly, home to a taxi business for more than 40 years, they now host a variety of events – art shows, live music, food truck rallies and much more.
Friday Main Stage
7:00pm-7:40pm John Dubuc and the Guilty Pleasures
8:20pm-9:00pm The Repeating Arms
9:00pm-9:40pm The Zygotes
9:40pm-10:20pm Nasty Bingo
10:20pm-11:00pm The New Old Fashioned
11:00pm-11:40pm Bribing Senators
11:40pm-12:20am Todd the Fox
12:20am-1:00am Dip Spit vs. Duderus
Friday Acoustic Stage
7:00pm-7:40pm Max B Greene
7:40pm-8:20pm Mandy Jewell
8:20pm-9:00pm Doug Nichols
9:00pm-9:40pm Steve Makofka
9:40pm-10:20pm Sam Stone
10:20pm-11:00pm Rich Reuter
11:00pm-11:40pm McGuff and the Dumpster Fires
11:40pm-12:20am Ryan Jones
12:20am-1:00am The Typical Johnsons
Saturday Main Stage
5:00pm-5:40pm Evil Eye Gypsy
5:40pm-6:20pm The Vibe
6:20pm-7:00pm Lord Kimbo/Flam Feeva
7:40pm-8:20pm Thank The Maker
8:20pm-9:00pm Neo American Pioneers
9:00pm-9:40pm The 1984 Draft
9:40pm-10:00pm Scarecrow Sideshow
10:20pm-11:00pm Stella’s Demise
11:00pm-11:40pm Dark Backward
11:40pm-12:20am Burn the Dead
12:20am-1:00am Far From Eden
Saturday Acoustic Stage
5:00pm-5:40pm Achilles Tenderloin
5:40pm-6:20pm Debbie DeCasio
6:20pm-7:00pm Moringa Moon
7:00pm-7:40pm Chris Ball
7:40pm-8:20pm Boo Lee Crosser
8:20pm-9:00pm Vincent Holiday
9:00pm-9:40pm Dan Sebree
10:20pm-11:00pm Sharon Lane
11:00pm-11:40pm Dayton Poetry Slam
11:40pm-12:20am Dayton Poetry Slam
12:20am-1:00am Kevin Milner
Visual Artists Featured:
Bradley the Dark
Heather Lea Reid
Jenny J. Ink
Summer Rose Fig
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the warm weather this weekend, may I recommend the first Block Party in the ‘Burg on Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 8pm at Star City Brewing Company in Miamisburg. There you’ll find great beer, live music, local vendors, food trucks and fun!
This event dovetails with Miamisburg’s Spring Fling, which kicks off with a parade at 9:45am. Starting at 9am, you can get a great parking spot to watch the festivities at Star City Brewing. They will have Ohio Hunger Force One and Shantz Express food trucks set up and running bright and early!
At noon, they’re kicking off live music in the field adjacent to the brewery. The music will continue throughout the day till 8pm. That’s right – 8 hours of non stop local original music! These are really cool bands too (see schedule below). Lucky Star Brewery and Star City Brewing Company will have beer for sale in the field, along a great selection of local vendors selling one-of-a-kind items and treats (see vendor list below)
Entry is free! So bring your lawn chair or a blanket, and plan on spending the whole day! A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated towards the Miamisburg Viking Boosters.
Tina’s Sweet Treats (A Gluten Free Bakery)
Barefoot Girl Soap Company LLC
The WoodenSchu, LLC
Twisted River Coffee Roaster LLC
Damsel In Defense
Kreations by Debby
Pure Haven’s Live Toxic-Free with Liz Engel
Statements by Alex
…and more to be announced! If interested, please submit online athttps://
Dayton has been missing having a true “listening room” since the closing of Canal Street Tavern. The Brightside, a new music venue downtown, is looking to fill that void.
On First Friday, May 4, 2018, they welcome Laurie McClain, a folk singer / songwriter all the way from Los Angeles. While Laurie accompanies herself expressively on guitar, ukulele, viola, and harmonica, it’s her honey voice that soothes and her powerful lyrics that heal hearts. Reminiscent of 60s/70s folk, her songs are messages of hope for a weary world.
Here’s what a few of her fellow singer-songwriters have to say about Laurie:
“Will very much touch your emotions in a most valuable way.” -Steve Forbert
“Laurie has got to be from another planet. I’ve never met anyone – except maybe Richie Havens – who is so open-hearted and full of love for humanity, yet who appears to experience life on a different plane than everybody else. Her music is as innocent as it is informed by experience, as playful as it is rooted, and as detail-oriented as it is grand in scope.” -Devon Sproule
“Laurie turns each venue into her own living room, and each listener into a new friend with her disarming humor and passionate performance. She is a gem of uniqueness and authenticity.” -Michael Kearns
“Laurie is a true artist. She opens hearts and sings from a place of depth and love. She held my tough NYC audience with her masterful storytelling, strong lyrics and vulnerable voice, moving them to tears and laughter.” -Kathryn’s House Concert Series (NYC)
How to Go?
The Brightside Event & Music Venue at 905 E 3rd St Dayton, OH 45403
Friday May 4, 2018. Performance from 7-10pm.
Free off-street parking