What do a barn, a rap battle and Ben Folds have in common? All three will be part of the Dayton music scene this weekend. So round up your friends and check out one (or all three) of these events…
UD’s ArtStreet will be hosting a Freestyle Rap Battle/Slam Jam at the ArtStreet Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 17th from 9-11 pm. The event was initiated by Navigators, a Christian student organization on campus, and has been a regular hit at ArtStreet’s Thursday Night Live over the past year. Think you have what it takes to be the next Rap Battle champion? Freestylers of all experience levels are welcome to participate, and no pre-registration is required. The event starts out casual, transitioning into one-on-one battles where a winner is eventually selected. The event is free, so if you are missing that college campus atmosphere, come check out this unique event. ArtStreet is located on the 300 block of Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. For more information and directions, visit http://artstreet.udayton.edu.
If freestyle rapping isn’t your style, then pack up your camping gear and head out to Eric and Meg Suttman’s farm for a night under the stars at the 24th semi-annual Barnjam. Gates open at 6 pm on Saturday, April 17, and the music starts at 7 pm. The lineup includes Jahman Brahman, Drew LaPlante, Kelly Fine, Todd Day Wait, Rory Carroll, Pat McInnis, Jersey Joe and an all night drum circle. Admission is $10 and benefits the University of Dayton Appalachia Club. For more info and directions to the farm, visit http://barnjam.com/.
Finally, wrap up your weekend with Ben Folds and a Piano at the UD arena on Sunday, April 18th. The concert is sponsored by the UD Charity Concert Committee, and all concert profits will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The concert begins at 8 pm with opener Kate Miller-Heidke. Great seats are still available to the general public for $27 each (plus Ticketmaster fees). On a budget? Tickets are only $15 each for upper level seats when you buy in groups of 4; order your tickets from Ticketmaster.