Although it’s considered “off” season for music festivals, wintertime ones are some of my favorites! We’ve all got cabin fever, and just need to get out of the house and have fun! One of the most highly anticipated of those winter festivals is right around the corner: The 5th annual WinterFolk Festival at Yellow Cab Tavern on Sat, Jan 13th.
It’s a spectacular night of music, art, food, & fun for all ages. This includes a non-stop line-up of best roots and folk musicians from the tri-state area, including beloved acts The Repeating Arms, Tod Weidner, David Payne, Starving in the Belly of the Whale, Kyleen Downes, The Goldberrys, OldNews, Bloody Tambourine, and several more!
It’s also about this time of year, I’m missing food trucks. Come hungry and catch the Drunken Waffle serving food on-site, along with Yellow Cab Tavern’s craft brews and cocktails. This year’s event has expanded, with even more artisans and vendors selling handmade goods. It’s an all around perfect night out!
How did this event come about? Well, it was inspired by a love of music, of course, and also the venue itself, Yellow Cab Tavern. In its infancy, WinterFolk organizers could see the potential in YCT, starting the festival as a fundraiser, which led to the venue’s recent upgrades. This type of collaboration is sign of a true music community! Make sure you stop on out to support these wonderful folks!
How to Go?
Where: The ‘Old’ Yellow Cab Building (700 E Fourth St. Dayton, Ohio 45402) is located at the corner of Fourth St and Walnut just outside Dayton’s historic Oregon District. Plenty of FREE parking is available on and off street at the event.
Time / Cost: Doors will open at 7pm and the first performance will start promptly at 8pm. Tickets available exclusively at the door for $10, children 12 & under are free.
Downtown there are many treasured holiday events that delight children: the stunning window displays, the Tike Shoppe, and of course, Dayton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” performance at the Schuster Center.
Before the Sunday matinee performance, the Dayton Ballet’s volunteer organization, The Dayton Ballet Barre, hosts their annual Sugar Plum Tea, at the gorgeous Dayton Woman’s Club on Sunday December 17th. It’s a delightful Christmas tradition that’s a perfect way to make The Nutcracker holiday tradition that much more special!
The afternoon starts off with a beautiful tea service, along with sandwiches, fruit, and delicious desserts. Parents are encouraged to get holiday photos of their little ones with the Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy by the gorgeous Christmas tree inside the parlor. One of the Dayton Ballet teachers, along with two of the Dayton Ballet II dancers, give the children a dance lesson, followed by a reading the story of the Nutcracker.
Got a little one who is too little to sit still for the entire Nutcracker performance? This is a great intro event into the performing arts, and give them a taste of this beloved holiday tradition. Tickets are $15 for each child and adult and available from Ticket Center Stage or in limited quantities at the door. Tickets to The Nutcracker performance are sold separately.
How to Go?
The Dayton Ballet Barre’s Sugar Plum Tea
at The Dayton Woman’s Club: 225 NORTH LUDLOW STREET DAYTON, OH 45402
Sunday December 17th 12:30pm-2pm (The Nutcracker performance starts at 2:30pm)
Tickets $15 for both children and adults. This is a fundraiser for The Dayton Ballet Barre!
For all the Celtic lovers out there, an upcoming event featuring Celtic music and dance, is just for you! The evening starts off with a performance by Celtic Academy of Irish Dance followed by local musical favorites Dulahan, followed by headliner and acclaimed Irish singer, Colleen Raney. This show is being presented at Centennial Hall inside Stivers School for the Arts in downtown Dayton, and will benefit We Care Arts. This is a family friendly evening that’s sure to entertain Celtic lovers of all ages!
Colleen Raney has been referred to as “among the best in her genre” (Irish Music Magazine) and “one of America’s best traditional singers” (Tradconnect) . Her ability to convey her love of Irish music makes every performance a captivating experience! Colleen is making her first visit to the Dayton area and will perform here with her band, which includes: Hanz Araki on flute and vocals, Bethany Waickman on guitar and Ryan Davidson on upright bass and vocals. In addition to singing, Colleen also plays guitar and bodhran.
Dulahan‘s music pays homage to traditional and contemporary Celtic with 3 and 4 part harmonies and subtle hints of Roots/Americana. The Celtic Academy of Irish Dance is one of Dayton’s fine Irish Dance schools. Many of the students compete at the local, national and international levels, and they are a joy to watch!
The volunteers with The Gem City Podcast invite you to the 12th Annual Santa Pub Crawl, benefiting US Marine’s Toys for Tots campaign! This is always a fun time to gather with friends, don your most festive holiday gear, and give back to kids in our community. We want to make sure every child has a gift for the holidays this year, and annually this event gathers 1000 toys for Dayton area children!
This year’s event is on Saturday December 9, 2017 from 5pm – Midnight. You don’t have to arrive right at 5pm to participate – join in whenever you are able! Be sure to register at either Dublin Pub or Oregon Express by 8:30pm. Admission: Bring $10 or a toy of equal value (not in wrapping paper, please)
You will receive a card to get marked at each participating bar. Have your card filled out by 10pm and you are eligible for door prizes! Those fabulous door prizes are given out at 10pm at Blind Bob’s, where there will also be prizes for costumes!
How to Go?
5pm-8:30pm Registration at Oregon Express or Dublin Pub.
Addt’l participating bars include: Trolley Stop, Newcombs, Ned Peppers-Hole in the Wall, and Tumbleweed
10pm Costume contest at Blind Bob’s: Best Dressed Male, Female, Best Couple, Best Group – Plus Door Prizes!
Admission: Bring $10 or a toy of equal value (not in wrapping paper, please)
BIG thanks to our sponsors: Heidelberg / Budweiser, Buckeye Vodka, Dayton Most Metro, Folio DesignHaus
The Red Shoe Society Dayton and the Jr. Red Shoe Society invites sons and their mothers, grandmothers, and friends to share an evening of dancing and games, to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton. The Boys Night Out with Mom is a memory-making event that is both fun and teaches our young men the importance of giving back to help others.
Festivities include: Dinner & Dancing, Raffles, Sports, Games & Prizes, Sweets & Treats, and Photo Station! If you’re interested in attending, don’t delay, register today!
Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton and its mission to provide a “home-away-from-home” to families of critically ill or injured, hospitalized babies and children. Can’t attend but want to help? Share this event and Subscribe to their mailing list for future Red Shoe events.
- HRTC is hosting their very first COSPLAY CONTEST NIGHT on September 11 with more than $1800 worth of prizes (full list of prizes and rules are posted on the FB event page). Comedian Jessica Graue is MCing the event. $10 for participants, $5 for general audience. Kids can compete too! Registration starts at 6:15pm, pre-judging at 7pm, and parade of costumes at 8pm. All participants ages 13 and up will receive a ticket voucher good for and show on our 2017-2018 Loft season.
Young Professionals Night is Saturday, September 16. The pre-show party begins at 5pm in the HRTC rehearsal hall on the second floor below the theatre. They have a massive selection of board games to play, a taco bar, margaritas and craft beer. We will also be giving away prizes donated from 2nd & Charles, The Human Race Theatre, and Sixteen 37. (board games, gift certificates, and more!) Tickets are available at www.ticketcenterstage.com by entering code YPGAME. A value of $70+ for $35!
126 N. Main Street, Suite 300, Dayton, Ohio 45402-1766
We’ll name our winner here Thursday, so check back to see if it’s you!
Dayton is renowned for it’s incredible legacy in the history of American dance. In 1927, The Schwarz School of Dance (now Dayton Ballet School) was opened in Dayton, by the gifted Schwarz sisters, who returned home after performing professionally around the world. Ten years later, the sisters created “The Experimental Group for Young Dancers,” and staged a performance at the Dayton Art Institute. This was the first performance of what is now the Dayton Ballet, the second oldest regional ballet company in the US.
The Schwarz sisters instructed another pioneer of dance, Jeraldyne Blunden. In 1968, Jeraldyen went on to create her own school, Jeraldyne’s School of Dance. A few years later, she established the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the first modern dance company in Ohio. The company regularly performs in Dayton, and around the world, including an upcoming trip to Russia and Kazakhstan next May as part of Dance Motion USA, a cultural diplomacy program organized by the U.S. Department of State and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
These incredible achievements and milestones are being celebrated with style over the next year or two. The Dayton Ballet celebrates it’s 80th Season, and next year DCDC hits their 50th Birthday! Volunteers from the Dayton Ballet Barre and DCDC Ambassadors are joining forces Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at Brixx Ice Company to kickoff these spectacular seasons! They’ll be slinging drinks as dueling bartenders, and might even have a dance off or two!
Enjoy commradere, drink specials, and a fun way to support these historic arts organizations. Best of all – there will be random ticket giveaways for the exciting up-coming seasons! There will also be ticket discounts available to anyone interested. Tickets to these outstanding artistic events are perfect for date nights, girls nights, and gifts!
How to Go?
Dayton Ballet Barre & DCDC Ambassadors
Dueling Bartenders / 2017-2018 Season Kickoff!
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm
Brixx Ice Company – 500 E 1st Dayton, OH
When the Collaborator himself, Peter Bekendorf, first approached me about putting on Dayton Porchfest, I thought he was crazy. Cleveland does it, he explained, involving 30 some porches all simultaneously playing free music throughout neighborhoods. That sounded like a tremendous amount of effort and energy. “Peter, I love the idea, but you’re crazy,” I’d say to him. He grinned with a gleam in his eye. “We’re going to do this,” he replied determinedly.
That was a year or so ago, and more recently, while perusing the interwebs, I stumbled across an article about International Play on a Porch Day on August 26th. I had no idea there was an international day dedicated to playing on porches! The IPPD website explained “Music goes beyond words. It can transcend the most difficult barriers. It ties us together like a thread through our hearts. Our skin is many colors but music is in our blood, our bones and our soul.” Given the current climate in our country and even community, it sounded like just the remedy we needed. I forwarded the info on to Peter, who immediately ran with it.
That is how Dayton’s first Porchfest was born. In just a couple short weeks, home owners in St Anne’s Hill, came together to support this idea in the most amazing way! What seemed like overnight the porches were lined up, as were the musicians, and schedules were being made. An after party at Fifth Street Brew Pub was also arranged. Kudos to Peter, the musicians, homeowners, and the entire team of ad hoc group of volunteers who are making these free concerts happen!
Come on out and enjoy the show Saturday August 26th, which is the official “Play on a Porch” day. Meet the St Anne’s neighborhood and support local music at the first of what will be an annual festival celebrating the quality and diversity of the Dayton music scene. All ages welcome! No cost! Bring a chair or blanket, and the whole family, for some summer fun!
How to go?
When: Saturday August 26, 2017 from 3:30pm – 10pm
Where: St Anne’s neighborhood. Starts at 4th and Henry Streets.
Kickoff 3:30 – 3:45 TRSS Drum Corps at Fourth and Henry
Music Block 1 4:00 – 4:45 Craig Jackson Jazz Band, Charlie Campbell and Steve Makofka Accordion Duo, Nick Kizirnis and Firecreek.
Music Block 2 5:00 – 5:45 Harmonica Neil, Aaron Maheu, Spill The Wine, Sonny B. Gould and Blue-Eyed Grass.
Music Block 3 6:00 – 6:45 Berachah Valley, Skyp Krantz, John Dubuc, Andy Rush, Jack Ballengee Morris and Tim Spoores.
AfterFest 7:00 – 9:30 Nothing But Treble at Fifth Street Brewpub
Summer is quickly winding down, kids going back to school, and September nearly upon us. Where has the time gone? Luckily for us in Dayton, there is an end of summer festival that serves as a fantastic last hurrah: the annual Hog Jam music festival, running strong in it’s 12th year!
As the event has evolved over the years, the location has bounced around a few very special sites. This year’s event is back “home” – located just south of Dayton, in Franklin Ohio’s VFW campgrounds, right off 75. It’s a sprawling property with a covered stage, plenty of shade, and easy access to many amenities.
It’s no surprise Hog Jam is such a popular event for area music fans: it showcases the region’s best singer / songwriters, as well as amazing bands on the local, regional, and even national stage. Awesome bands including the up-and-coming sensation Dawg Yawp, Johnny Neel (formerly of Allman Brothers fame), local faves Subterranean, Electric Orange Peel, Great Northern String Band, Jah Soul, my fave for many reasons, Jack Ballengee Morris, among many others! The music runs late into the night, so camping is encouraged, and including in the ticket price.
Hog Jam started as a backyard picnic with a hog roast, so it serves as the namesake and the festival’s longest traditions. Organizers invite you to break bread, have some drinks, and decide who gets to take the pig ear home to the dog! Additional food vendors will be on site to ensure no one goes hungry. Speaking of hunger, this year’s proceeds benefit The Foodbank!
No weekend babysitter? No worries! The entire family is welcome to this family friendly event, which includes bounce houses, arts & crafts, and a playground for the kids. So no excuses staying home this time! Get your summah on while you’ve got the chance! This is definitely one of the “don’t miss” local music events of the season!
How to Go?
When: August 25th-27th, 2017
Where: 8718 Claude-Thomas Rd, Franklin, OH 45005
How much: $50 GA Admission. $100 RV. Additional $25 to camp by car or to get in early. Click here to purchase.
Visit www.hogjammusicfestival.com for even more information about attending.