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WEEKNIGHT ADVENTURE: Kayak through downtown Dayton at special event

Ready for a river adventure? The staff at Five Rivers MetroParks are ready to lead you on a water escapade along the Mad River and the Great Miami River. 

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On Wednesday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m., the MetroParks staff and attendees will set off on their aquatic trek on the two rivers.

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Through two whitewater features of RiverScape River Runs, kayakers will see and experience our city from a different perspective.

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There is a chance of tip over while kayaking, and patrons will be getting wet — so dress for the occasion, including wearing water shoes or old sneakers. The trip will include paddling through Class II-III whitewater rapids (novice/intermediate), requiring active paddling through some of the venture.

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This trip is weather dependent and currently has 7 open registration spots. The cost to register is $30 per person. The deadline to register is June 6.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Downtown Dayton River Kayaking Trips

WHERE: Mad River Trail, 2299 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

WHEN: Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted woman

An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan.

A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of a former friend of groping and inappropriately touching her numerous times between 2016 and 2017.

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Tech said that Athletic Director Todd Stansbury would be meeting with Pastner to discuss access to the basketball program by outsiders.

Pastner had been coach at the University of Memphis from 2009 before going to Georgia Tech.

Click here for updates.

UPDATE: One of Akron’s top pizza restaurants coming to Dayton

Ink has been dried and demolition work has begun to bring one of the Akron area’s favorite pizza parlors to Dayton. 

Tony Clark, a Huffman Historic Area resident and the owner of  DK Effect , said he has formally signed an agreement with Gionino’s Pizzeria, a northeast Ohio based pizza chain with about 44 locations between Cleveland and Canton. 

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He started demo work last week to transform the former site of Brother’s tire shop, 1528 E. Third St., into a Gionino’s franchise.

Clark is from Tallmadge, a community in the Akron area. He grew up a stone’s throw from Gionino’s first location. 

He said he looks forward to bringing the flavors from his hometown to the city he loves and calls home.

“It is generally always rated the top (pizza) in the city,” Clark said of Gionino’s. “It is not just a pizza place. They have really good fried chicken and chicken wings and salads.”

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The restaurant also features several Italian dishes on its menu. 

If all goes as planned, Clark’s will be the first Gionino’s in the area. 

The closest Gionino’s  location to Dayton is in Mansfield. There are no locations in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton restaurant will employ about 25 people and have seating for 25, Clark said.

Clark, who is partnered in the restaurant with his uncle Jim Clark, hopes to open by the end of the year.

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He said the location will eventually offer a delivery service to a four-mile radius. 

Gionino’s food will be sold within DK Effect, the 64-seat bar arcade next door that Clark owns with Joshua Brown.

It will mainly be a kitchen for DK Effect,” Clark said. “People will be able to order at the bar and the food will be delivered right there at their tables.” 

DK Effect will celebrate its one year birthday with a party from noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 9. 

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There will be drink specials, a pinball competition and a beat-the-beer-guy at Skee Ball challenge. 

The S&S Meat House food truck will sell food. 

Like DK Effect, Clark said Gionino’s is part of a push to revitalize the Huffman neighborhood. 

He said he likes the challenge of helping improve his neighborhood. 

“Anything that is going to help the neighborhood is going to help me directly,” he said. “When you do these things,  you get to meet interesting people with a similar mindset.”


What: DK Effect’s One Year Birthday

Where: DK Effect, 1600 E. Third St., Dayton

When: noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 9 

Connect:  FacebookWebsite | call: (937) 303-7305

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TONIGHT: Local brewpub hosting Harry Potter trivia with prizes

Ready those wands and prepare to cast a few avada kedavra spells at the competition. 

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The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is hosting its popular Harry Potter live trivia from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. 

Reservations are required and teams must be in groups of four or more. 

Call (937) 956-5216 for reservations. 

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The night includes three rounds of Trivia hosted by Pepper Sprout Productions with a $10 prize awarded for each round. 

The overall prize is $25. 

Prizes also will be given out for winners of a costume contest. 

>> The streets of Yellow Springs will be hopping with music, food, beer and more crazy-weird fun

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

Strawberry donuts. Strawberry shortcake. Chocolate covered berries. All of these sweet treats are part of the charm of the annual Troy Strawberry Festival in downtown Troy. Here is who we spotted on Saturday, June 2, 2018. PHOTOS BY DAVID MOODIE, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

The streets of Yellow Springs will be hopping with music, food, beer and more crazy-weird fun

It’s almost the time again when everyone’s favorite offbeat community throws its annual street fair. The roads of Yellow Springs will come to life with patrons shopping and visiting over 200 craft and food vendors.

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But Street Fair isn’t just about shopping and eating. There are two stages of music, a beer garden, street performers and plenty of fun.

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Fair-goers are invited to FREE Yoga On The Lawn with Monica Hasek of the Wellness Center at Antioch College. Following Yoga, guests will experience the wonderful sounds of Native American Flute Artist Matthew Thoma followed by Kaitlin Morrison. 

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The Yellow Springs belly dance troupe Egyptian Breeze will perform at noon and 2 p.m., with beloved local group Scary Balance in between at 1 p.m. The day will close out with Jake Riley & Friends at 3 p.m., followed by The Nautical Theme at 4 p.m.

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At the Beer and Music Fest located at the John Bryan Community Center, guests can enjoy larger bands and delicious craft beer from noon until 7 p.m. The music kick off at noon features the Columbus band Unlawful, followed by Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered, Rachel Litteral and The Abstracts, Devil’s Backbone, and Gin-Soaked Angels (who will be celebrating their first album release that day). At 5 p.m., enjoy the impressive stylings of Ontario, Canada-based Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold. Closing out the show with the 6 p.m. slot will be Andy Shaw Band, a Reggae act based out of Columbus. 

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To make getting to Street Fair easier, guests are invited to use the free shuttle service from Young’s Dairy and Yellow Springs High School which will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Locals are invited to ride their bike and use the free Bike Miami Valley bike valet service at the corner of Dayton Street and Rt. 68. 

Street Fair is free and open to the public. Handicapped parking is available at the Municipal Lot on Corry St. Please note, the Yellow Springs Street Fair is a pet free festival.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Yellow Springs Street Fair & Music Fest

WHERE: Downtown Yellow Springs

WHEN: June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

INFO: Call (937) 767-2686 | Website 

What makes the SOLD OUT Dayton Art Institute Art Ball so special

For those who love partying for a good cause, the Miami Valley offers a wide range of options. In many ways, the Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball remains in a class by itself.

This year’s gala, the 61st Art Ball, is slated for Saturday, June 9. Here are just a few of the ingredients that make this annual summer bash so special.

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It’s Dayton’s oldest black tie gala 

The DAI formal event traces its roots back to the Junior League of Dayton’s Christmas Ball, also known as the Holiday Ball. Beginning in 1957, these elegant parties were organized by the Junior League of Dayton and held at the museum with proceeds benefiting the DAI.

Dayton Daily News Women’s Editor Elizabeth Lyman got it right when she predicted that the first gala “has promise of establishing a precedent.”

The annual party moved to the spring in 1963; in 1965 the museum’s Associate Board, comprised of 32 couples in the community, took over planning and execution of the event.

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It has always been inspired by art from the museum’s collection

Each year, Art Ball chairs are invited to choose a piece from the permanent collection as the basis of the year’s theme. Nat Croumer and Jeff Pizza, this year’s chairs, selected a colorful Willem de Kooning painting for their featured artwork.

Willem de Kooning was a Dutch abstract expressionist artist who was born in the Netherlands and moved to the United States in 1926. Along with his contemporaries — Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline — de Kooning was characterized as an “action painter” because of his unique abstract and gestural painting style.

When the Croemer and Pizza were walking through the galleries and spotted the vibrant painting, they immediately realized they’d found the perfect piece of art.”The style of — and colors in — the painting evoke a mid-century sensibility and gave us the perfect theme of a glamorous 1960s cocktail party,” Croemer explains. “We have always enjoyed abstract art, particularly bold and colorful pieces. Our goal was to highlight an important part of the collection that reflects the vibrancy, boldness and vigor with which the Museum has entered the 21st century.”

The men say the multiple colors in the painting will be evoked in the linens, flowers and lighting: rich blue, vibrant orange, yellow, cream, royal purple and vivid green.

The elegant setting makes this party special

Dayton’s gorgeous art museum looks even more spectacular on the night of the Art Ball, which begins with a VIP cocktail hour for major donors then continues with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for all 850 formally attired attendees.

A highlight of the evening is always the formal dinner served in the galleries, where patrons are surrounded by artistic treasures. This year’s guests will dine on beef tenderloin with Dijon mustard sauce; chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms; an Athena salad (red and yellow tomatoes; cucumber cones with feta mozzarella; basil carrot ring and edible flowers topped with fried red onion). Featured desserts are Alaskan cheesecake bake-covered in meringue with a tuile spoon and banana custard tart topped with bananas foster topping and meringue garnish with tuile spoon.

After the meal, guests will dance in both of the Gothic Cloisters and can spend time in the outdoor lounge setting with its beautiful view of downtown Dayton.

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The party helps ensure the future of the museum 

“The Art Ball continues to be the second most profitable fundraiser for the DAI,” says the museum’s director Michael Roediger. “Funds raised support the care of the facility and the collection as well our educational programs. It’s as much a friend-raiser as it is fundraiser.”

For many years, funds raised by the event supported the museum’s permanent acquisitions fund, enabling the museum to add many works of art to its permanent collection. Pieces acquired include “Allegory of Summer and Winter” by Giovanni Battista Pittoni; “Wolfeboro II”; “The Flea Hunt” by Gerrit van Honthorst; and “Sea Change” by Helen Frankenthaler.

In 2006, Art Ball proceeds conserved one of the museum’s most recognized pieces, “Joy of the Waters.” Most recently, funds raised by the Art Ball have supported general museum operations.

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It’s a night to remember

The couples who make up the DAI’s Associate Board host both the Art Ball and Oktoberfest.

“Art Ball is a singular and well-loved event,” says Croemer. “Our fellow Associate Board members and the DAI staff have all worked very hard with us as a team to bring to this year’s Art Ball all the fun and sophistication of the 1960s — from the music throughout the evening to the dramatic and innovative lighting to the sumptuous food. Guests will be treated to a feast for all the senses.”

Pizza says the DAI is one of Dayton’s most important cultural jewels and is much more than a warehouse for a fine art collection. “It provides educational opportunities, inspires people of all ages through its programming and exhibitions and is a true community partner,” he says. “We care about art and the impact it can have as much as we care about Dayton and its future. Being involved with the DAI has given us the opportunity to help ensure the museum will be an integral part of Dayton’s bright future.”

How to participate

This year’s Art Ball is already sold out, but you can still participate in the Grand Draw Raffle. You need not be present to win. Prize packages include a four-night stay in Punta Cana with airfare for two, as well as items from James Free Jewelers, spa, restaurant, gym, adventure and travel prize packages.

Raffle tickets are $100. Call the museum or visit for more information about prizes and to purchase raffle tickets.

Only 600 tickets will be sold. Purchase three or more raffle tickets and get one free Oktoberfest Preview Party ticket.

The BEST festivals, music and events in June

Hello, summer. Festivals. Concerts. Music. Theater. All of these and more await … Here are some of the best things happening around Dayton in June.


One of the region’s biggest events of the year, the Vectren Dayton Air Show, returns to the Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Dr., Vandalia, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. The annual show, founded in 1975, features world-class aerobatic champions, military jets, live music and more.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Redline Airshows, Screamin’ Sasquatch jet Waco, Tora! Tora! Tora! And U.S. Army Golden Knights are featured. Announcers Danny Clisham and Rob Reider will be on hand to give live commentary on all the high-flying action.

Air show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with featured shows from noon to 4:15 p.m. Cost: Gate tickets are $25 adults, $16 youth 6-11 and seniors 60 and older. Discounted advance tickets are available. Free for kids 5 and younger. Call 937-898-5901 or visit

Greater Dayton Pride Weekend is back and it’s once again filled with unique events. The 42nd annual celebration, presented Friday through Sunday, June 1 through 3, begins with Affair on the Square with the Rubi Girls and a food truck rally at Courthouse Square, Third and Main streets, Dayton, at 5 p.m. Friday. Other activities include a parade and festival on Saturday and PGLAG 5K run/walk and the annual Spikes & Heels Kickball Tournament on Sunday. Festivities begin at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. Visit


Courthouse Square, Main and Third streets, Dayton, is also the site of the next performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. DCDC, with support from Wright State University and Synchrony Financial, presents “Street Beats,” a free concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9. DCDC was founded by Jeraldyne Blunden in 1968. Today, the company is run by her daughter, artistic director Debbie Blunden-Diggs. Cost: Free. Visit


The Capitol Steps has been putting the mock into democracy since forming in Washington, D.C., in 1981. The faces have changes over the years but the troupe continues to be one of the nation’s most beloved practitioners of political satire. Along the way, the Capitol Steps has released more than 40 comedy albums, including 2017’s “Orange is the New Barack.” The Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival presents the comedy group in concert at Turner Pavilion, Veteran’s Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Cost: Free. Visit

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The Walt Disney Company was behind some of the most iconic animated characters of the 20th century, from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Items with their likenesses, from apparel and furniture to toys and figurines, have become highly collectible. The Dayton Plane Crazy Chapter of the Disneyana Fan Club caters to those collectors with the Dayton Disneyana Expo. The annual gathering of Disney devotees is presented at Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, 10823 Chidlaw Road, Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. This year’s special guests are Mike and Patty Peraza. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Adults $10 per day or $15 for two-day passes, free children 17 and younger with an adult. $35 for early bird admission. Visit


Many inmates are hardened by time in prison. Ali Siddiq found a different path during his six years behind bars, where he survived through his knack for comedy. A decade later, he has established himself as a talented comedian and philanthropist. Siddiq brings his stand-up act to the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday through Sunday, June 8 through 10. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $17-$47. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit

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In the late 1950s, British composer Lionel Bart began writing the lyrics and book for a musical adaptation of a Charles Dickens classic. “Oliver!” premiered on London’s West End in 1960 and has remained an audience favorite since. The Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival begins a new season with a Broadway in the Park presentation of “Oliver!” at Turner Pavilion, Veteran’s Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 14 through 16. Cost: Free. Visit


WDAO-AM (1210) presents the Indulge Summer One-Stop Shopping & Indulgence Experience at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2. This event, which features more than 60 small businesses, also offers wine from JW Wine Cellar, paint & sip, a silent auction, free massages and more. The Deron Bell Band performs in the V-Spot Lounge. Cost: Free. Call 937-416-3667 or visit


Breakfast with the Beatles has been a constant on the Fraze Pavilion schedule for nearly two decades. The early morning DJ party, presented by WTUE-FM (104.7), opens its 17th season at Lincoln Park Civic Commons, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 17. It’s Mug Day so attendees can get a special Breakfast with the Beatles coffee mug. Cost: Free. Breakfast with the Beatles continues with Memorabilia Day on July 15 and Open Mic Day on August 26. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


Tracey MacDonald developed her comedy skills in her native Canada before turning her sites on the United States. Her breakthrough in America was hastened by her first-place finish on “Star Search” in 2003. MacDonald, who has appeared on “The Bob & Tom Show,” “Comics Unleashed” and “Gossip Queens,” performs at Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $10. Call 937-224-5653 or visit


Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton, has a full day planned for the eighth annual Jewish Cultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10. The annual cultural event features educational programs, vendors, games, the Oy Vey 5k, live music, kosher craft beer and Jewish dishes. Performers include the Miami Valley Music Men, the Boxcar Suite and the Shimmy Cats. Cost: Free. Raffle tickets are available for chances on jewelry, gift cards, trips and more. Call 937-496-0500 or visit

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June marks a major milestone for the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow. The annual event returns to SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park, 2301 W. River Road, Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. Pow Wow hours are noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors 60 and older and students 6 to 17. Weekend passes available. Dayton Society of Natural History Members admitted half price. Free for children 5 and younger. Call 937-268-8199 or visit


Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering is getting ready to launch a new season of programming. This means concerts by Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire, Roger Daltrey, Dave Koz and other top names along with the return of signature events like the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest on July 14 and Spass Nach on June 20. The Fraze kicks off the season from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 11, with Kettering Block Party in Lincoln Park Civic Commons, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. The annual event features live music, a volunteer celebration, free hot dog roast, bicycle helmet fittings and other activities. Cost: Free. Kettering Civic Band performs at 7 p.m. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


The majestic history of the locomotive is the central theme of the Rail Festival at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. Dayton History and Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society present the 13th annual fest for railroad enthusiasts with model train displays, free miniature train rides, live steam engines, food and merchandise vendors. Festival hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults (18-59), $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 children (3-17) and free children younger than 3 and Dayton History members. Call 937-293-2841 or visit


Wilmington, Ohio was once believed to be the birthplace of the banana split. While it appears that culinary breakthrough actually occurred in Pennsylvania a few years before Ohioan Ernest R. Hazard started serving up the treat, the town still celebrates the now classic dessert. The 24th annual Banana Split Festival, at Denver Williams Park, 1100 Rombach Ave., Wilmington, on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, features craft vendors, food, rides, games, a car show, banana split eating contest and live music from Hadden Sayers Band, Passion, Blue Steel, Sawgrass and others. Festival hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Visit


Each spring, the City of Kettering celebrates its association with Steyr, Austria with Spass Nach, which translates to fun night. The Kettering Sister City Association presents the Austrian Festival in Lincoln Park, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. The Chardon Polka Band will perform traditional polkas, original songs and covers of songs by Justin Bieber, Lady Ga Ga and other pop acts. Beer will be available but glass steins are not permitted. Cost: Free. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


Mid-June marks a major anniversary for the City of Miamisburg, which is hosting a Bicentennial Celebration. The multi-day party, at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg, runs Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23. The Bicentennial Celebration features live music, carnival rides, family entertainment, food trucks, craft vendors, kids’ activities and more. Country singer Ricky Skaggs performs on June 20. Cost: Free. Call 937-866-8999 or visit


During its Summer Arts Festival, the Springfield Arts Council programs musical acts, comedy, theater and special events like Sip of Summer. The Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival presents the special wine and beer tasting at Turner Pavilion, Veteran’s Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30. Cost: Free admission. Wine, beer and food are available for purchase. Visit

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Mid USA Credit Union presents the RocknGreen Tomato Festival at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg, on Friday, June 8. The eighth annual event features live music, food trucks, craft vendors, cornhole tourney, 5K, motorcycle run and kids’ activities. Night Magic opens up the music stage at noon, followed by the Drunk Uncles at 3 p.m. Elvis Presley tribute the Comeback Special headlines the day with a 7:30 p.m. set. Festival hours are noon to 11 p.m. Cost: Free. Visit


Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, is known for long-running signature events like Spass Nach on June 20 and the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest on July 14. However, the outdoor venue is also open to new events such as Sliders, Sides & Suds, which returns for a second year to Lincoln Park Civic Commons, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The Hathaways perform at 3 p.m. followed by the Exploit Band at 5:30 p.m. and Brother Believe Me at 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


The Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival features plenty of events designed for the entire family. However, on one day, Sunday, June 17, the annual arts celebration is all about the youngsters. While most of the Summer Arts Festival events are held in Veteran’s Park, KidsFest is presented at Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield. The event begins at 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Visit


Alison Krauss has covered a lot of stylistic ground in recent years between albums with her band Union Station and side projects like “Raising Sand” with former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant. One thing the singer hadn’t done since 1999 was release a solo album. That changed in 2017, with the release of her album, “Windy City.” Krauss returns to the area for a concert at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. Cost: $40 lawn & terrace in advance, $45 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


Stephen Stills and Judy Collins both have long, storied careers in music. While they had once been friends, lovers and musical compatriots, the two singer-songwriters had never collaborated on a major project together. They finally made that happen in 2017 with the album, “Stills & Collins,” which revisits their relationship and career through song. Stills and Collins a currently supporting the release with a series of concerts, including a performance at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 11. Cost: Tickets start at $38. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


This year marks 45 years since Kenny G started his musical career as a member of Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra at age 17. He spent the next decade honing his craft with a number of groups before going solo in the early 1980s. Today, he is one of the most successful artists in his field. Kenny G returns to area with the Tenors for a concert at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $23.50-$78. Call 937-228-2323 or visit


Tony Bennett is a true musical wonder. At 91, he is still touring and out-singing artists in any age group. The legendary singer, who released his debut album in 1952, won a Grammy Award in January for his latest album, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90.” Bennett brings his summer tour to Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21. Cost: $46 lawn & terrace in advance, $51 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


While the Monkees have reunited frequently over the years, Michael Nesmith has rarely been involved. Surprisingly for many fans, he is back on the road this summer alongside Micky Dolenz singing songs by the Monkees. The set features the band’s ’60s hits along with songs from the 2016 comeback album, “Good Times!” The enduring pop-rock group performs at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $23.50-$56. Call 937-228-2323 or visit

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Ricky Skaggs is one of the most respected performers in modern bluegrass. That’s not surprising since he studied with pioneering musicians Bill Monroe and Dr. Ralph Stanley. In March, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside Dottie West and Johnny Gimble. Skaggs performs at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg, on Wednesday, June 20. The country singer is headlining Miamisburg’s Bicentennial Celebration, which runs June 16 through 23. Cost: Free. Call 937-866-8999 or visit


Classically trained musicians are discouraged from veering from the written source material but that tactic held little interest for Wil B. and Kev Marcus of Black Violin. Since forming in 2004, the duo has been mixing classical with hip-hop, pop and other styles. Black Violin, currently on the Classical Boom Tour, performs at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Wil B. and Kev Marcus will be joined by members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Cost: $30 adults, $20 young adults 13-20, $10 12 and younger. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


When contemporary Christian star Michael W. Smith began his solo career in the early 1980s, he was one of the few artists focused on creating original, faith-based music that appealed to both religious and secular audiences. Today, he remains one of the most successful artists in the genre. Smith, whose latest album, “A Million Lights,” was released in February, performs at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Matthew West will also perform. Cost: $35 lawn & terrace, $50 plaza & orchestra in advance. All ticket prices increase $5 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


Michael Bashaw and the Theater of Sound ensemble had such a great response to last summer’s Sound Sculpture Concerts, the local group has added an extra day this year. Theater of Sound presents an encore engagement at Dayton Theatre Guild’s Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, June 8 through 10. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert features Bashaw and his wife Sandy, with John Taylor and Erich Reith, who will play traditional instruments along with unique sound sculptures inspired by handheld thumb pianos. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Cost: $22. Call 937-278-5993 or visit


Each summer, the City of Dayton presents three free downtown festivals. For the second year, the one-day concerts are presented at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave, Dayton. First up is the Dayton Jazz Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 10. The lineup includes the Johnson Treatment, the Next Phaze, Anthony “Saxtone” Arrington, Chango, JT Fredrick & Saxgroove and Robert Sanae. The festival also has vendors selling food, beer, merchandise and more. Cost: Free. The city-sponsored series of free festivals continues with Dayton Blues Festival on Sunday, July 15 and the Dayton Reggae Festival on Sunday, Sept. 2. Call 937-333-8400.

Take your cosplay costume to a whole new level at new maker event at Proto BuildBar this weekend

Now’s your chance to build that Voltron costume.   

If you’ve always wanted to get into cosplay, you’ll want to be at Proto BuildBar this Saturday. Dayton’s premier makerspace is throwing its first Proto Cosplay Connection.

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This event, which will take place on the first Saturday of every month, will be a chance for seasoned and novice cosplayers alike to network, brainstorm and create components for costumes. 

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Here is what you need to know about this new event:

“We’ll be offering our discounted maker services, included 3d printing and soldering equipment,” says Aubrey Johnson. “We’ll be giving away prizes based around collaboration and best costume designs.”  

Proto’s general manager, Alex Todd, says 3D printing is the perfect medium for making accoutrements for costumes. 

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“There’s unlimited possibilities for creating embellishments,” says Todd. “For those who don’t have great skills with foam, carpentry or fabric, 3D printing gives you the ability to create incredible customized pieces with professional and polished results.”  

Aubrey Johnson says Proto’s Cosplay Connection is a great way for newbie cosplayers to acquire the skills necessary to make stunning costumes.  

“We really wanted to show the inexperienced folks who have a desire to get into cosplay that the 3D printer can be an awesome tool in helping them easily create whatever their imagination can come up with,” says Johnson. “It’s going to be a really fun, relaxed event — and if you’ve ever dreamed of creating a costume, this will be a great place to start!” 

Special pricing at Proto Cosplay Connection will include discounts on 3D printing services, along with free use of the space’s maker benches.  

It’s all about building a community and helping wannabe cosplayers express themselves, says Proto employee Izzie Harlow. 

 “Cosplay is a super fun expression of yourself, through the characters that you’ve grown to love,” she says. “It allows you to take a character that you relate to and love and personalize that connection in a very fun, personal and creative way.” 

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WHAT: Proto Cosplay Connection  

WHEN: The first Saturday of every month, starting June 2, from 6 PM to 12 AM 

WHERE: Proto BuildBar, 534 E. 1st St., Dayton 

MORE INFO: Facebook | 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Ziggy Marley adds Dayton-area concert  

An eight-time Grammy winner with “The Power to Move Ya” is set to play in the Dayton area. 

Reggae icon Ziggy Marley will perform at the Rose Music Center at The Heights on Tuesday, Sept. 11 with Steel Pulse.  

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Tickets will go on sale 11 a.m. Friday, June 8 at and the Rose Music Center Box Office. 

Marley, the son of Rita Marley and reggae legend Bob Marley, recently released Rebellion Rise, his seventh full-length solo studio album. 

Marley long ago stepped out of his father’s famous shadow. 

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He had eight records with Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers including “Look Who’s Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down," before starting his solo career in 2003 with the album “Dragonfly.”

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He won Grammys in the best reggae album category in 2006,  2013, 2014 and 2016 for the self-titled Ziggy Marley, which marked his fourth consecutive debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart. Marley first children’s album “Family Time” won the 2009 Grammy for “Best Children’s Album.” 

He also won a Daytime Emmy Award for “I Love You Too,” which shares its title with his 2012 debut children’s book. 

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