The Miami Valley Music Festival Association is hosting their annual event, Miami Valley Music Fest, this weekend at Eagle’s Campgrounds in Troy, Ohio. The festival began in 2006 and has been growing ever since. The weekend gives the attendees a weekend of camping, fantastic live music all day and night, food from local vendors, visual art displays by local artists, dance performances. Also at the festival you will find informational booths hosted by local charities. Throughout the weekend, the musical line-up will feature rock, blues, bluegrass, reggae, electronic artists and bands. With so much great music being played, here are 5 acts to catch this weekend:
Such A Night
Jeff Opt’s version of the well-acclaimed documentary of The Band’s last live performance has taken the area by storm. The first show at Gilly’s electrified the crowd. The second show at Southgate House Revival at Newport, Kentucky gave folks outside of town an extraordinary view of what local music in Dayton is all about. This next stop shouldn’t be any different. There have been a few changes in the lineup, but the show is still top-notch. The level of play that each musician brings continues to show the appreciation of the original. For people who haven’t had the chance to see the show, this weekend’s act will be one to not miss. For those who have seen the performance, expect the same excellence.
Lost on Iddings
All around the world, there are so many great jam bands. The Grateful Dead and Phish are two that have seen their popularity continue to soar. Dayton has their share of jam bands, as well. One band in particular, Lost on Iddings, are starting to place their name into the jam bands to not miss when they perform. The band comprises of individuals who according to their website allow each member to ‘express themselves fully through their own style of play’. The festival location’s hometown band will give the festival patrons an infectious blend of ska and rock in some of their music. The guitar play from the band is open and airy, very free-flowing. Some of their music also incorporates some country influence. Jam band fans will be craving for more once Lost on Iddings finish their set.
Stillwater River Band
For the folks who enjoy bluegrass, Stillwater River Band will give the audience what they are looking for. To the folks that haven’t really immersed themselves in the genre, give these fellas a look while at the weekend festival. SRB plays the classic American root sound beautifully while also giving it a present day feel. The play of the strings and the vocals possess a wide range of emotion. Festival goers will be watching a band that is heavily influenced from the music that is played in the mountains. Grab a dance partner while watching SRB play, because their music will get you moving.
Yellow Springs is a special place for those who know it well. The town hangs it hat on being heavily centered on the arts. Gin-Soaked Angels stem from the town, and are a great representation. They consider their music genre ‘soul-rock/electric gypsy-punk’. To the listener, they will hear a heavy dosage of electro-acoustic guitar play, hypnotic percussions with moody vocals. Gin-Soaked Angels have a laid-back vibe to them to will suit the late night crowd perfectly. The band has just started getting their feet with being a band, and playing at the Miami Valley Music Fest is just a great way to get some exposure.
The Repeating Arms
A set from The Repeating Arms cannot be missed. The group has a sleepy folk sound that will undoubtedly leave people feeling as good as they will ever feel. Each song maintains a simply assortment of rock that is has a Southern twist to it. One of their best songs to date, the psychedelic-driven ‘Pigeon’, only bulks up their range. The Repeating Arms, like the Gin-Soaked Angels, are still fresh in the music scene in town. Be expecting this band to be a band that everyone will be talking about after the weekend is over. They should be the show that will be one of the best of the event. To hear music from the band, click here.
The 2013 Miami Valley Music Fest will be taking place today and tomorrow at the Eagle’s Campgrounds in Troy, Ohio. Tickets are on sale for $45/weekend, $35/Saturday only, and $25/Friday only. For more on who is will be performing, click here.