Classic rock, comedy, musicals and more

January 6-1) Zeppelin II

Classic Albums Live was scheduled for a three-concert series in Dayton for the 2019-20 season. “Abbey Road” premiered in November, followed by Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in late February. Of course, the pandemic shutdowns a few weeks later caused May’s final concert, “Led Zeppelin II,” to be postponed.

Now, over 20 months later, this note-for-note recreation of the revered 1969 album is set to take place at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 7. make-up show is part of the Universal 1 Credit Union Music Series and launches a new three-concert series for Classic Albums Live, founded in Toronto in 2003.

The next episode in the series is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Chronicle” on February 4, followed by AC/DC’s “Back In Black” on April 30. Cost: $25 to $46 per concert. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

2) Tony Rock

Tony Rock learned long ago that he couldn’t rely on being Chris Rock’s brother. As such, he remains a driven and hard-working performer, whether performing in films and TV projects, doing stand-up comedy, or through recurring gigs like his time as a panelist on “Lights Out With David Spade”. He recently filmed a pilot for the potential sitcom “Roomationship.” Rock is coming back to town for a run at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., Suite 200, The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 7-9. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. This special commitment is for 21 years and over. Cost: $22. Call 937-429-5233 or visit

3) DPO

In its upcoming “East Meets West,” the Dayton Philharmonic not only contrasts distinct musical cultures, but also different time periods. The Masterworks Series Concert at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 7 and 8, features classic works by Eastern composers such as Strauss and Mozart. However, the centerpiece of the upcoming Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presentation is Reena Esmail’s contemporary composition “My Sister’s Voice.” For this piece, the DPO will be joined by Hindustani singer Saili Oak and soprano Kasia Borowiec. Cost: $14 to $68. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

4) ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

A biting, all-around competition is recreated during “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the Tony Award-winning musical put on by INNOVAtheatre. Nicholas Brown conducts a new production presented at the Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Thursday to Sunday, January 13-16. The rest of the technical team includes assistant director Christopher Koonce, choreographer Anna Rae Brown, vocal director Adelyn Rae Helms and orchestra director Judy Mansky. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $25. Visit

5) Oddbody’s

Bubba Sparxx is wasting no time getting back on stage in 2022, with a handful of dates slated for the first part of the year. Its first schedule includes a show with DJ Domino at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 8. Cost: $20 to $25 general admission. This show is for ages 18 and up. Next up at Oddbody’s is Blaze on Thursday, January 13. The rescheduled Return from the Grave tour date is an all-ages show with performances by Redd, Insane E, Loc the Demigod, Capn Smoke, Ninja Newman, Lil Ceej, Saint Vengeance and Mile J. Cost: $15 admission general, $25 reserved seat at the booth. Visit

6) Marc Chalifoux

Like all performers, Mark Chalifoux has been hit hard by the pandemic shutdowns, but he’s found a way to work. The Cincinnati native has adapted to doing socially distanced shows and outdoor performances and has contributed dad jokes to When the restriction eased, he hit the road and began filming the experience for the next five months. The Results is his first stand-up special, which will be released in 2022. Chalifoux performs at Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., Dayton, Friday and Saturday, January 7 and 8. Show times are 8:00 p.m. Friday and 7:15 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $15. 937-224-5653 or

7) Singer-songwriters

Level Up Productions has scheduled three major acoustic showcases in January at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton. There’s a winter mix with Nasty Bingo and Friends on Friday January 14 and Winterfolk Fest 2022 on Saturday January 15. Before that, however, is an intimate singer-songwriter night with Charlie Jackson, David Payne, Brandon Good and John Duty at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 8. The. Cost: $7 presale, $10 the day of the show. Visit

8) ‘divine fate’

The late 60s and early 70s were a time of change for musicals with contemporary productions like “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Like the latter, “Godspell,” which premiered Off-Broadway in 1971, used the Bible as source material for a modern update. “Godspell” is the next show from La Comedia Dinner Theater, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. It opens on Thursday January 13. Show times are between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. Doors open two hours before show time. The buffet opens around 11:15 a.m. for matinees and 6:15 p.m. for evening performances. Cost: $67 to $78 adults, $37 children 11 and under. “Godspell” runs until Sunday, February 13. Call 1-800-677-9505 or visit

9) Battle of the Bands

The Katawicks’ indie-folk outfit reigned supreme at the inaugural Dayton Battle of the Bands in early 2020. After a COVID-19 hiatus last year, the Sound Valley co-sponsored event returns to The Brightside, 905 E. Third St., Dayton, to crown another champion. Local artists compete in weekly live rounds where performances are judged on scores from a panel of judges and votes from the public. The first round of the second battle of the bands on Thursday, January 13 includes funk, rock and jam. Music starts at 7 p.m. The second round on Thursday January 20 includes hip-hop, R&B and soul. The event continues weekly with the final scheduled for February 26. $10 weekly cover charge. Call 937-410-0450 or visit

10) 90s Dance Party

Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton has plenty of acoustic shows booked in January, but venue management also realizes that sometimes the best advice is just “Dance!” With that in mind, the club hosts DJ Sexbox on the first Friday of every month for Love U: A ’90s RnB Night. The next episode, at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7, features a mix of Destiny’s Child, Usher, TLC, and other acts from the era. Cost: $5 presale, $7 the day of the show. Visit

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