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Local Dayton Music Scene

The history of the Dayton music scene has included The Ohio Players, Tommy James and Rick Derringer, each of which have had million selling legendary recordings. In the 2000s Hawthorne Heights sold millions of albums on Victory Records before moving on to Wind-Up in 2009. The Dayton metropolitan area had a population of over 841,000 in the 2010 Census. Campuses include University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College. The local scene is covered by the Dayton Daily News.

Dayton Music Acts

Cherryblood * The Famous Hoff * Speedbump * AMichael Catfish Karr * The Werks * Vanity Theft * Katius * James Murrell * Seefari * Donnie Rose

Dayton Local Music Scene History

In May 2020 the Downtown Dayton Partnership began offering Virtual First Friday on Facebook so that people could experience local culture from home during the pandemic shutdown. Meanwhile, many live concert events remained cancelled or postponed through the summer.

Three Dayton areas (Kettering, Troy and Lebanon) were awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) as among the Best Communities for Music Education, as reported by the Dayton Daily News on April 7, 2017. Out of 527 school districts across America, 36 were based in Ohio. Kettering Catholic elementary school St. Albert the Great won the Support Music Merit Award for schools that offer strong music education. This evaluation is a collaborative effort between NAMM and University of Kansas researchers who analyze school funding, the skill level of teachers and commitments to music education. is a variety website that keeps you up to date on things going on in Dayton. The site serves as both a business directory and an events calendar. It also provides a dining guide and a list of things to do. The site was founded by Christopher James, who owns the web design company Websource LLC. The site also provides blogs on community, health and lifestyle. is a website that focuses on the Dayton local community and includes information about the music scene. It provides links to live music venues, as well as other establishments in the local community. Bands can promote themselves on the site and submit show information to the event calendar.

Folks of the Dayton Music Festival began in 2012 at the Polish Club, where it was held again September 12, 2015. It's a celebration of folk/rock music, food and family fun. The 2015 line-up included Jayne Sachs, Higgins-Madewell, Tom Leary, Blue Moon Soup, Zach Smith and Fernando Rivera. The acts are booked each year by Mike Babb, who has also been an organizer for A Special Wish Foundation events.

Dayton Music Fest celebrated its ninth year in 2013, showcasing underground music. It was started in 2004 by Dan Clayton, Andy Ingram and Shawn Johnson. The event was curated by Don Thrasher & Kyle Melton. The event's website features photo galleries of past festivals going back to 2008 at Other Dayton festivals in 2013 included Midwest Outdoor Experience, Folks of Dayton Music Festival #50 and Pagan Pride Day.

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