July came Swiftly

Did you go to the big show downtown last night? I did! It was everything I hoped for and more!

I’m referring, of course, to the Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones show in downtown Dayton at the Levitt Pavilion, with Dayton’s own The Mulchmen doing a stellar opening set.

Why yes, that is Jim McPherson of The Breeders on drums for The Mulchmen. I challenged him to an arm-wrestling contest after their set. It did not end well for me.

The Mulchmen and Dave Alvin both sounded great – Dave even busted out a few Blasters tunes. Admission was free, and Levitt Pavilion allows attendees to bring their own food and beverages (cans only). Such a deal!

Alrighty, let’s take a gander at some upcoming live shows in the Tri-state area.

Tonight, it’s The Invasion of the Swifties, Part II. I’m not a Taylor-lover (or ex-lover… no songs about me) but I’m also not a hater. CincyMusic had a great take on Taylor-mania:

Just down the street from Paul Brown Stadium (that payroll company isn’t paying me, so I’m using the old name), local blues wunderkind Erin Coburn will be playing at Sawyer Point at 4 p.m., followed by The Classic Rock Experience (6pm) and the AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck (8pm).

Greensky Bluegrass is at the Bobby Brady.

Levitt Pavilion in Dayton (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) has another freebie show tonight, featuring Ernie Johnson from Detroit.

Last but not least (except in Liam Gallagher’s rankings), Noah Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Garbage and Metric are at Riverbend.

Then there’s a bit of a lull in live gigs as we celebrate our independence with discount fireworks.

On Thursday:

  • Tab Benoit plays a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in Dayton (yes, that place again)
  • Noah Wotherspoon will be “Rockin’ the Roebling” in Smale Park (the stage by Moerlein)
  • The Harmed Brothers Duo does a freebie at Washington Park
  • Candlebox is at Bogart’s
  • Chicago is at the PNC Pavilion
  • (Yours truly will be at Summerfest in Milwaukee, watching Jenny Lewis, Horsegirl, The Regrettes, The War on Drugs and perhaps a bit of Dinosaur Jr.)


  • Lettuce and Steel Pulse play the PNC Pavilion
  • 3 Doors Down and Candlebox are at the Rose Music Center
  • The Steve Miller Band will be at The Hard Rock Casino (“Take the money and run”…)
  • Kansas plays the Taft
  • The Sunburners play a free show at Stanbury Park in scenic Mt. Washington (a.k.a. “Anderson Heights”)
  • (Yours truly will still be in Milwaukee, watching the Reds-Brewers game)

Saturday (7/8) shows:

  • Future Islands are at Bogart’s
  • Lettuce and Steel Pulse head up the road to the Rose
  • For those who just can’t get enough T-Swizzle (or couldn’t drain their bank account for tickets), RiversEdge in Hamilton! has Kanin Wren’s Taylor Swift Experience for free.

Dream Theater is at the Ovation in Newport on Sunday (7/9) and Post Malone plays Riverbend.

Belinda Carlisle goes (or Go-Gos) to the Rose Music Center on Tuesday, July 11th.

The High Kings play Memorial Hall on Thursday, July 13th, and RiversEdge has “Nirvani” and “Fooz Fighters.” (Isn’t “Dave Grull” in both of those bands?)

Braxton Brewing in Covington, KY is hosting the Paradise Music and Beer Festival on 7/14-15:

Also on Friday, July 14th, Jessica Lea Mayfield headlines the free show at Fountain Square. I’ll probably make that gig. You should join me, unless you’re the type of person who likes Neil Diamond, then you can catch Super Diamond, the Neil Diamond tribute band, at Ovation.

Other shows on Saturday, July 15th:

  • Ruby Vileos has an album release show at The Loon in Northside, with special guest Tyler Ramsey (formerly of Band of Horses).
  • Fall Out Boy plays Riverbend
  • George Thorogood & the Destroyers are at Fraze Pavilion
  • The Cincy Blues Fest happens in Fairfield

Jesse is a friend…

… and he needs our help. Longtime “This week in live music” favorite Jesse Malin was climbing onto the bar at Webster Hall in NYC during a concert in late March…

In early May, he suffered a rare spinal stroke, and has been paralyzed from the waist down since. A Sweet Relief fund has been set up to help with Jesse’s medical bills.

“The reports from the doctors have been tough, and there’s moments in the day where you want to cry, and where you’re scared. But I keep saying to myself that I can make this happen. I can recover my body.”

Jesse Malin in Rolling Stone

Hiding in plain sight

We mentioned the Ruby Vileos album release earlier… Billy Alletzhauser’s other band The Hiders also is working on some new music. Dave Tellmann and I chatted with Billy and his Hiders bandmate Beth Harris about that (and towns in Arkansas… and Ass Ponys… and much more) in the latest episode of the 97X Rumblings from the Big Bush podcast.

Modern Rock 500 heavy hitters

97X superfan Scott Buckley created an interactive data visualization that allows you to get a snapshot view of the various artists in the 2023 97X Modern Rock 500 on Inhailer Radio and quickly see where their songs landed. Check it out here.

Speaking of Inhailer Radio, former 97Xers Matt Sledge and Jae Forman now have weekly airshifts there, along with list member Ken Laube (Fridays 3-7pm).

Album Cover of the Fortnight

Dennis Coffey makes his own Declaration of Independence. He’s a red, white and blue (and maroon and fuchsia) hero!

3 Replies to “July came Swiftly”

  1. Lisa

    Is it just me or does the Kurt Cobain portrait look more like David Spade? I was so confused – why did they paint David Spade next to a Kurt Cobain or Rolling Stones quote?

    1. Damian

      It IS David Spade… and a Neil Young song quote… it’s an internet thing.

  2. Elizabeth Cannon

    I wonder if I am the only person on your list that went to Taylor last night and Noel Gallagher tonight? Anyone else??


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