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JUST ANNOUNCED: Bellwether Music Festival to return next summer — and tickets are on sale now

Just days after its debut in Southwest Ohio, the Bellwether Music Festival has announced it will return next year. 

>> Big expansion on tap for downtown Dayton brewery

The debut event took place this past weekend at Renaissance Park in Waynesville. The two-day music and camping festival will return in 2019 and take place on Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10. Early bird passes are on sale now for both the 2-day GA tickets and 2-day VIP passes for the 2019 event. 

>> Century Bar scores yet another national shout-out for its bourbon-bar excellence

Information on performers and the schedule will be announced at a later time.

The inaugural event last weekend included MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Local Natives, Echo & The Bunnymen, Dr. Dog, The Psychedelic Furs, Whitney, Allah-Las, Japanese Breakfast, Bob Schneider, Erika Wennerstrom, Alex Lahey, Dawg Yawp, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins and Carriers.

>> August music festivals you won’t want to miss



Bellwether Music Festival: Aug. 9-10, 2019 – Gates open at noon. Music starts at 2 p.m. Music ends by 11 p.m. 

Bellwether Camping: Load-in for camping starts at noon on Thursday, Aug.8, 2019. Load-out completed by 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. 

Renaissance Park Ohio: 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio 45068 



Early-bird 2-day GA and 2-day VIP tickets are on sale now. The early bird pricing is in effect until an official announcement is made or while supplies last. Single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date. Ticket prices increase when tier sells out.  

2-day early bird passes for the concerts give you access to both days of the music festival plus in-and-out privileges during the event.  

Two-day passes can be purchased online now at: 

Additional camping packages details will be announced at a later dates. RV packages will also be available. 

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Bellwether Music Festival: ‘If you want to see it all, you can’


Bellwether Music Festival is an all ages rain or shine event. All artists are subject to change without notice. 



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Twitter: @bellwetherfest 


Paul Thorn gives one HELLuva reason you should see him in Dayton tonight

Paul Thorn doesn’t want you to take a one-way cruise to the Lake of Fire. 

>> PHOTOS: Opening night at Levitt Pavilion

“My daddy, the preacher, told me to tell people that if you don't come to the show, you are going to hell,” the  eccentric musician said with a chuckle in a phone interview with on Friday.

>> RELATED: Complete lineup of 2018 concerts at the brand new Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton 

His daddy was actually a preacher (and his uncle a pimp), but it is up to you to decide whether what Thorn said about hell and his show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Levitt Pavilion at Dave Hall Plaza in Dayton is true.

The venue made its grand debut Thursday with a show by Latin singer Gina Chavez.

>> RELATED: Dayton shop saves the day for Texas singer who kicked off Levitt Pavilion’s first concert season last night

‘Trout Fishing in America takes the stage 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, concluding the new venue’s inaugural weekend.

Thorn’s show with the famed gospel act Blind Boys of Alabama is part of the 2018 Levitt National Tour presented by the Levitt Foundation. 

The Blind Boys appear on “Don't Let the Devil Ride,” Thorn’s latest album. 

“It is really an honor and a privilege to perform with them every night,” Thorn said of the Blind Boys.

Like all Levitt shows (excluding fundraisers), admission is free. 

>> RELATED: Everything you need to know about opening week at Levitt Pavilion

Why are shows at Levitt pavilions around the nation among his favorites? The fact that the concerts are free — along with the abundance of fresh towels, name-brand toilet paper and chips and salsa — Thorn told us.

“There are a lot of people in the world today that can’t afford to go to a concert,” he said. “It just makes people smile a little bit more.” 

Levitt Pavilion is offering 34 free concerts in its opening season by a list of musicians known locally, nationally and internationally who play a range of music that includes jazz, rock, blues, folk, R&B, country, pop, world and children’s music.

Thorn said those who attend Saturday’s concert should prepare for a great time. 

“It very high energy (show). It is hard to stay seated,” Thorn said. “Like my daddy the preacher said, ‘you’ve got to let the spirit lead you.’ If the spirit tells you to get up and dance, then get up and dance.”

Among the many things Thorn shared with us, he routinely belts out Boston’s classic song “More Than a Feeling” — one of his favorite songs to sing.

“I only sing it in my car when I am by myself,” Thorn said, adding that few living humans can properly hit the high notes.

But don’t expect it at the concert Saturday. “I never sing it in person,” he said.

When he is on stage,  Thorn said he loves singing “I Have a Good Day Every Now and Then,” a fan favorite. 

“It mostly describes the human condition,” he said. “Every day is not going t o be sunshine, but let’s live through the good days.” 

From skate punk to southern blues rocker: JJ Grey at the Rose tonight

You wouldn’t know it from his recorded output, but before making his name as a southern-blues rocker, JJ Grey was a skateboarding, teen-age punk rocker with an affinity for the Dead Kennedys.

The Florida native recently discussed that revelation, songwriting and more during a recent phone interview in advance of his band Mofro’s co-headlining concert with Blackberry Smoke at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Friday, Aug. 10.

>>Everything you need to know about opening week at Levitt Pavilion

What’s happening with you today?

I’m working around my house. We have to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew came through. It didn’t destroy the house but it put five inches of water in it, which was enough for the city to say we had to lift the house and do this and that. We took the opportunity to update everything in it. My project is just my pump house, which is a miniature version of the house. I’ll be back over there in a minute working on that.

How does manual labor feed you creatively?

I’ve done all that stuff for a living at one point or another, whether it’s installing air conditioning, working on a framing crew or driving a truck, and that’s when a lot of the music would come to me. I can’t set aside time to write songs. The songs I like are the ones that seem to write themselves. It’s like whistling while you work, and the songs just kind of happen — so I like to stay busy.

Breakfast, brunch and lunch Eatery will move into former LaRosa’s Pizza space. 

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Speaking of songs, what are your plans for a follow-up to “Ol’ Glory” from 2015?

It’s like the trade winds, man, they shift when they shift and they change and blow from different directions at different times of the year. For me, I’m still in this mode of making up song ideas to build on later. I have the most of those I’ve ever had for any record, even more than when I started, so hopefully soon the winds will change directions and I can settle on some of them and get into a studio.

I heard you’re a Dead Kennedys fan. What can you tell me about your punk past?

Oh, yeah, I’m a huge Dead Kennedys fan. I grew up a skate kid in Jacksonville and that’s where I got introduced to hardcore punk. It was music of teen-age angst but (singer) Jello Biafra tried to be a little more in depth with what he sang about. I liked a lot of bands like that back then and it introduced me to a different way of looking at the world.


Who: JJ Grey & Mofro and Blackberry Smoke

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

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $23.50-$60

More info: 937-228-2323 or

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Carrie Underwood is coming to Indianapolis 

The “Cry Pretty Tour 360” is coming to Indianapolis with special guests Maddie & Tae as well as Runaway June. Here is all the info you need to see her on tour next summer.

  • Date: Sunday, June 16th 2019 
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
  • Tickets: Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 17th @11AM EST 

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Watch Carrie Underwood’s new music video “Cry Pretty”

Carrie Underwood is coming to Cincinnati 

The “Cry Pretty Tour 360” is coming to Cincinnati with special guests Maddie & Tae as well as Runaway June. Here is all the info you need to see Carrie on tour next summer! 

  • Date: Saturday, June 15th 2019
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: US Bank Arena
  • Tickets: Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 17th @11AM EST 

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Watch Carrie Underwood’s new music video “Cry Pretty”

Jake Owen is coming to Indianapolis 

With special guests, David Lee Murphy and Morgan Wallen, on the second leg of the “Life’s Whatcha Make It” Tour 

  • Date: Thursday, October 18th 
  • Time: TBA 
  • Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum 
  • Ticket Prices: Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 10th @11AM EST 

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Watch the music video for Jake Owen’s most recent #1 “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)”

Jake Owen is coming to Columbus 

With special guest Morgan Wallen on second leg of the “Life’s Whatcha Make It” Tour

  • Date: Friday, October 12th 
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: The Schottenstein Center 
  • Ticket Prices: Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 10th @ 11AM EST 

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Watch the music video for Jake Owen’s most recent #1 “I was Jack (You were Diane)”

Dayton to ‘Come Together’ for a rooftop bash tribute to The Beatles at Yellow Cab

The Yellow Cab Tavern has a new event on its busy schedule, and if you’re a fan of The Beatles, you won’t want to miss it.>> Food trucks, beer, music and shopping await at Yellow Cab

On Friday, Aug. 24, Yellow Cab will host Come Together, an all-Dayton Beatles tribute band including Nathan Peters, Brian Hoeflich, Kent Montgomery, Philip Caviness and Patrick Himes. >> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Yellow Cab’s brunch food truck rally?

“We’re always trying to think of unique shows that we can do and one of the most famously unique ones has to be The Beatles last performances on top of the Apple Building,” concert promoter David Obenour said in a press release to this news organization. “That show was only five songs though with multiple takes of a few, so we didn’t want to strictly re-create the performance. It was more of an inspiration to create our own performance.”

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Come Together features members of The Last Waltz and Dayton bands The Boxcar Suite, Lioness, The New Old-fashioned, The Big Wazu, Bribing Senators, Cherry Lee and the Hot Rod Hounds and many more. The band plays music from all eras of The Beatles with a lifetime of appreciation and the experience of playing in many of their own wholly original projects.

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“Fronting the Dayton supergroup Lioness, Nathan Peters was one of the first people we reached out to about heading up this project,” Obenour said. “From there we just floated it out to a few other musicians known to be big Beatles fans; there’s no shortage of amazing talent here in town.”

>> Food truck eats, local brews and live music part of Friday night festival in Fairborn

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 on the day of. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be food trucks and beer sales in the parking lot along with Yellow Cab’s full bar inside or underneath the stage.

>> Two of Dayton’s biggest ‘Taste’ events coming up next week

Want to go?

WHAT: Come Together Beatles tribute band debut

WHERE:  The Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.

TICKETS: $7 advance, $10 at door. Click here to purchase


NEW FESTIVAL: A donut-eating contest, donut-flavored beer, mini golf and free concerts part of Troy’s Donut Jam

Troy Main Street will host a jam-packed night of music, fun and of course, donuts, at the new Donut Jam Festival. 

>> Troy named one of Ohio’s ‘best hometowns’

The fun kicks off on Friday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. as singer Meghna opens the night with soulful renditions of popular songs. Funky G and the Groove Machine will follow with their high-energy R&B, Hip-Hop and Funk renditions. >> WHERE TO EAT THIS WEEK: Troy restaurant serves up seafood with a gorgeous river view

At 8 p.m. The Buckeye Donut Dash will take the stage to host its first annual Donut Eating Contest.Cheer on some of Troy’s finest as they devour unheard of quantities of donuts in this messy event. Once the full-bellied winner is announced, Hey There Morgan, will perform.

>> 4 reasons to visit Troy

There will be a bounce house, face painting, and a photo booth for the kiddos, as well as donut-themed activities, miniature golf holes, a learn to kayak area, a 2,200 gallon aquarium and a giant game of Operation.

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Free donuts will be available to both children and the young at heart. Moeller Brew Barn will be on site to offer donut-flavored beer in addition to their craft beer options. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be for sale with proceeds going directly to Be the Match, an organization that provides funding for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. 

>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you having a BERRY good time at the Troy Strawberry Festival?

The next morning, cyclists will be peddling their way through Troy in the Tour de Donut bicycle event. Others will be participating in the Buckeye Donut Dash 5K. There will be even more musical entertainment and children’s activities on Saturday, including a visit from the Columbus Zoo. The Farmer’s Market will also be running in the morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

>> Meet Eric Roetter, the berry boss of Troy

Want to go?

WHAT: The Donut Jam  

WHERE: Downtown Troy, 405 Public Sq., Troy

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 11 p.m. 

INFO: Facebook

Easton Corbin is coming to Toledo 

Want to see Easton Corbin live in concert? Here is all the info you need for this show!

  • Date: Friday, September 21st 
  • Time: 6:15PM
  • Location: Promenade Park Stage - Toledo 
  • Ticket Prices: $10
  • Get Tickets 

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