11 events in Dayton include festivals, music and a car show


Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, offers another packed week of live music. Chart-leading R&B singer Keith Sweat presents a one-night showcase featuring special guests SILK and Ginuwine at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 6. Cost: $ 50 to $ 82. On Saturday, August 7, The Rose is hosting an 8 p.m. show with two headliners Emmylou Harris and Los Lobos. Cost: $ 23.50 to $ 72. Grammy winner Harry Connick Jr. brings time to play! Visit of the outdoor site at 8 p.m. on Sunday August 8. Cost: $ 23.50 to $ 99. Jason Mraz, on his Look for the Good Live! Summer Tour, performs at the Rose Music Center at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10. Cost: $ 23.50 to $ 92. The doors open every evening one hour before the time of the show. Call 513-232-6220 or visit www.rosemusiccenter.com.

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3) The Contemporary

Experimental films, figurative paintings and embroidered designs are part of the diverse work of three new exhibitions that open at The Contemporary Dayton, 25 W. Fourth St., Dayton, Friday August 6. Oakwood-based Mychaelyn Michalec, “From a Basement on a Hill,” New Jersey-based Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings, and Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Sara Cwynar’s “Soft Film” are on display until October 24. The gallery, which recently moved to a space inside the Dayton Arcade, is open 11 am to 6 pm Wednesday to Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. No cost. Call 937-224 -3822 or visit www.thecontemporarydayton.org.

Award-winning country singer Trace Adkins will perform at the Fraze Pavilion on Sunday August 8.

4) Fraze Pavilion

Award-winning country singer Trace Adkins and special guest the James Barker Band kick off a week of eclectic music at the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 8. Cost: $ 25 to $ 45 in advance, $ 30 to $ 50 day of performance. Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown and special guests Pop Evil will perform at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10. Cost: $ 49 to $ 119 in advance, $ 54 to $ 124 on the day of the show. The Turtles bring the Happy Together tour back to the Fraze Pavilion at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11. The annual summer excursion includes Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Association, Classics IV, Vogues and Cowsills. Cost: $ 40 to $ 60 in advance, $ 45 to $ 65 on the day of the show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.

5) Theater of the human race

It is the summer of 1965 and Tallulah Bankhead’s Hollywood career is coming to an end. This means trouble for a frustrated young editor who tries to re-record a line of dialogue from the intoxicated actress. That storyline drives the action and humor in “Looped,” which opened at the Loft Theater, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, Thursday August 5th. Human Race Theater Company presents the Dayton premiere of Matthew Lombardo’s R-rated comedy through August 22. Show hours are at 8 p.m. on August 6 to 7, 12 to 14 and 19 to 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. August 8 and July 4, 7 p.m. August 10 and 11 and 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. August 15 and 22. Cost: $ 17 to $ 53. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.daytonlive.org.

6) Lebanon Blues Festival

Jay Jesse Johnson and Stacy Mitchhart headline the Lebanon Blues Festival, which returns to historic downtown Lebanon, 47 E. Mulberry St., on Friday and Saturday August 6 and 7. The annual event, presented by the Lebanon Optimists Club, begins with a set by Gary Applegate & Joe Rock at 6 p.m. on Friday. The music begins Saturday at 11am with a set by John Ford. Other artists include Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel and Mikey Mike and the Big Unit. In addition to live music, the festival features the Blues, BBQ and Bumpers Car Show on Broadway Street, KidsRow, food vendors and a beer garden. No cost. Call 513-268-6069 or visit https://lebanonbluesfestival.com.

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7) Beach party

The surf will be at Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, on Saturday August 7th. The beach party starts at 3:30 p.m. and will feature food trucks such as Tin Roof Mobile, Taco Street, Little Z Concessions and Heart Attack on Wheels. Tropical-themed beer, wine, and cocktails will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of alcohol benefit Fisher-Nightingale House, a local non-profit organization that helps house military families while a member receives medical treatment. Local cover band The Fries will perform at 5 p.m. Cost: free. The event also falls on duty-free weekends, so there will be opportunities to shop in the stores in the mall and save some money that day. Visit daytonmall.com.

8) Tobin shoot

With a global pandemic shutting down the world, Tobin Sprout, from Dayton, was unable to perform any shows in support of the September release of his album, “Empty Horses.” With restrictions loosened, the Michigan-based indie rocker and visual artists recently returned to live performances to catch up with some of the dates postponed from last year. This includes returns from Sprout to Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 7. The former Guided By Voices guitarist and songwriter will perform that evening with local artists Nick Kizirnis and This Pine Box. Coverage charges begin at 8 p.m. Cost: $ 10 in advance, $ 13 at the door. Call 937-424-3870 or visit yellowcabtavern.com.

9) Mike’s block party

Michael Bisig, owner of Mike’s Bike Park, 1300 E. First St., Dayton, teamed up with Gem City Bicycle Club, Wagner Subaru and the Wright-Patt Credit Union for an evening. True to form, Bisig will bring pleasure while promoting an active lifestyle on two wheels. Mike’s Block Party takes place in the parking lot of Mike’s Bike Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features craft vendors, visual artists, food trucks and live performances on the WYSO stage by Etch and Funk Lab Dance Center. No cost. Visit mikesbikepark.com.

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10) Levitt Hall

Contemporary soul group Bassel & the Supernaturals released their third album, “Smoke & Mirrors”, in April 2020. The group is now supporting the album with shows, including a performance at the Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St. , Dayton, Friday August 6. Next stop at the Levitt Pavilion is the Air Force Band of Flight: Flight One. The group presents their Hometown Heroes concert on Saturday August 7th. The 2021 Eichelberger concert season continues with Washington, DC ska band the Pietasters on Thursday, August 12. Music starts at 7 p.m. each evening. No cost. Visit www.levittdayton.org.

11) Seltzer Fest and art exhibition

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association will host Seltzer Fest & Art Show at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. Saturday August 7. Guests can try over 50 different seltz and shop at the Craft Market featuring creations by artists from the Front Street Gallery. There will be food trucks and live music at the event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $ 20 in advance or $ 25 at the door to receive 10 tastes and a sample drink, $ 40 VIP tickets receive 12 tastes, access to the VIP tent and a seltzer party loot bag. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dineoutdayton.com

Contact this contributing writer at 937-287-6139 or by email at [email protected].

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