New Location, Long Lasting Memories Remain With BarnJam 31

While you drive to or around 3948 Soliders Home-Miamisburg Road in Miamisburg, Ohio, the large steel barn  stands firmly on the property.  The generously proportioned structure is showing the beginning stages of typical  wear and tear on the rooftop.  Meanwhile, the inside of  the barn is still intact.  You take notice of the wood beams  that are steadily holding up the shed and high rise ceiling.  The picturesque farm land that accompanies the barn  is tranquil and pleasing.  Not much traffic flows through, which gives it the serene tone.

The barn has been the centerpiece to many events since the day of its construction.  Stories from the past and  present are quietly cemented within its walls.  Tales of life will be forever etched in memory.  While he lived on  the five acres of land that also included the barn, Eric Suttman would let others create their own unforgettable moments  in the barn as well.  In 1999, Suttman began the bi-annual musical experience BarnJam.  Come rain or shine, patrons were allowed to camp, build fires, and enjoy the music together in their own way on the property.  Starting out as a few bands jamming together, the festival has become one of the most anticipated events in the area that hundreds of people look forward to each spring.

Born in 1959, Suttman went to St. Albert the Great School and was a graduate of Alter High School.  Being well known as a lifelong musician and being respected for his work in recording, Suttman was fortunate enough to be the winner of multiple local Emmy Awards for music and production.  What Suttman will be forever known for, however, is his dedication and passion for teaching at the university he received his degree from-the University of Dayton.  For over thirty-three years, he brought a genuine love to the classroom each day that reached his students in ways that he would never realize.  Although Suttman passed away last April from cancer, the lives he touched will not be forgotten.

BarnJam was more than just a festival to Suttman.  He saw it as an opportunity to promote the music scene by showcasing local and regional musical talent.  He also aimed to raise money for local arts-based charitable organizations.  On top of all that was his desire to help build communities.  Have individuals reach out to one another as a way of connecting, while building friendships on his land.

This year, the group that will run the event wanted it to be accessible to the public more than what it has been.  The decision was made for BarnJam to be located on the Great Miami River just outside Dayton in Tipp City.

On April 18th, 3948 Soliders Home-Miamisburg Road in Miamisburg, Ohio will be oddly quiet.  The sounds of music won’t be blaring out to the night sky.  Lights all hung around will be essentially turned off.  The land won’t be occupied with hundreds of tents sprawling all over. It’s hard to imagine that BarnJam will no longer be the backdrop at the farm, but the new location promises to continue the spirit of what Suttman wanted when he first organized the festival.

The memories and stories made on Suttman’s land, and more importantly the barn, will always live on.


BarnJam 31 will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Adventures on the Great Miami.  Rain or Shine. $10 at the door, $5 with student ID.  

The musical acts performing this year are:

Gin-soaked Angels 
Gem City
Dave Zup
Jersey Joe 
The Backporch Jam
R & D Blues 
Chastity Dragons 
Andy Mustang and the BarnJam All-Stars 

Camping available & encouraged
B.Y.O. tent, beverages, drums, and instruments
NO glass & NO dogs

Road Trip Food Adventure? Seafood Fest in Cincy Starts Tonight!

Delicious, Whole Steamed Lobsters for $10.95

Whole lobsters for $10.95??

WHAT? .. No, the proper comment is YES! YES! YES!  Wanna take a drive?  It is time for a fish, mollusk, and crustacean FOOD ADVENTURE!

The Great Inland Seafood Festival takes place this Thursday through Sunday on the banks of the Ohio River.   More specifically, the fest is at Newport Landing in Newport, KY.

The Food Adventures Crew are the only ones in Dayton with the full scoop on this road trip !



— The Great Inland Seafood Festival runs THURSDAY, AUG. 14 – SUNDAY, AUG. 17th.

 — The event is on Newport Landing, in Kentucky, literally behind the Newport Aquarium, in a parking lot, on the banks of the Ohio River

  — Admission is FREE !  We suggest getting there EARLY, whatever day you plan to go, to avoid crowds/lines.

Make sure you try one of the HUGE crabcakes

 — Festival Hours are: 

          THURS 5pm-11pm

          FRI 5pm-11pm

          SAT: Noon-11pm

          SUN: Noon-9pm


Now, pay attention, because we are gonna tell you something most important.  We are gonna share with you our favorite things, because we are not ‘shellfish!” (groan)


 — WHOLE MAINE LOBSTERS FOR $10.95:  Need we say more?  Served with drawn butter, these are the tastiest items and best deal at the festival.  We usually eat 2 or 3 each.  Yeah …. Food Adventure problems.  They sell thousands of lobsters each year, so you don’t have to worry about clawing your way to the top to get one.

— THE COLOSSAL CRAB CAKES: Delicate enough to be delicious, but huge enough to curb your hunger, you gotta try one of these pan seared babies.

What about the other stuff? Well the world is your oyster.. There are fried seafood platters galore, and combos too.  Not all the food is fried, there are some steamed items like tilapia and other grilled items.

Be warned, seafood is expensive, so some of the sampler and combo plates can be $20.  So don’t be “crabby” when you see a few price tags.

Take it from us, eat some seafood, enjoy some free live music, check out the view, and even visit some watering holes at Newport Landing afterwards… Bring some friends, now is not the time to “clam up.”

In fact you can do what we like to do.  Go to the festival early, then explore Newport, and hit the festival again on your way to the parking garage at night.  Nothing says Food Adventures like live, whole lobsters at 10:00pm !  Hope to see you there if you make the drive.

There is something fishy going on here, but that’s how we like it at the Great Inland Seafood Festival.


Do you like seafood?  Want to SEE more FOOD?  Then “like” Food Adventures on Facebook by  clicking HERE.  It is a foodie’s paradise, and we aren’t just “fishing” for compliments.

Check out the photo gallery below for some incredible pics of all angles of the festival !


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Taste of the Oregon Festival Takes Over Fifth Street This Sunday

TasteOfOregon_LogoSample the many things that make the Oregon District one of Dayton’s longest-standing hotspots this Sunday, Aug. 25, during the first Taste of Oregon festival. The event — which features food and drinks, live music, shopping, arts, vintage cars, and a home and garden tour — celebrates the area’s 40th year as a Historic District.

Fifth Street will be closed in the District for the festival, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, and food and drink tickets are $1 each, with food items priced between $3 and $6. The event will highlight the several new District establishments that have opened recently, along with long-time District favorites.

The Menus, a popular band based in Cincinnati, will headline the festival with a set that begins at 4 p.m. Funky G and the Groove Machine will perform from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Yuengling and craft beers, along with nonalcoholic beverages, will be available on the street, in addition to those served in the eateries and taverns.

The Oregon Historic District Society will present a home and garden tour from 1 to 4 p.m., starting at 22 Brown St. (Inn Port D’Vino/Deaf Monty’s Wine). Tickets are $5.


Blind Bob’s
Vegetarian Basket
Chicken Wing Basket

Jay’s Seafood
Jay’s Chocolate Mousse
Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lily’s Bistro 
BBQ, Cheddar and Bacon Deviled Eggs
Watermelon Gazpacho
Homemade Lemonade: Watermelon Mint, Cucumber Basil and Classic Flavors

Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery
Vegan and Beef Sloppy Joes & Sliders with a Side of Slaw

Oregon Express
Gourmet Pizza Slices

Salar  Restaurant and Lounge
Marinated Chicken Skewer with Spanish Rice
Fish and Chips
2 Carnitas Tacos (Pork, Rice, Cheese and Lettuce)

Smokin BBQ
BBQ Pork and Chicken

Thai 9
Chicken Spring Rolls
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Shrimp Salad
Coco Shrimp
Thai Tea
Thai Coffee

Trolley Stop
Red Beans and Rice
Organic Keener’s Farm Sliders
Ginger Lemonade

Grilled Meatloaf Sandwiches
NY Strip Kabobs

All Good Festival Announces 2013 Dates, Nominated as ‘Music Festival of the Year’


The 2012 All Good Festival

Returning to Legend Valley in Central Ohio for the second year in a row, the All Good Festival announced dates for the 17th annual event taking place July 18 – 21, 2013.

Following 16 years of putting on the All Good Festival, the event was recently nominated by leading live music industry trade magazine, Pollstar, for 2012 ‘Music Festival of the Year.  Festival co-founder Tim Walther stated, “We are thrilled to be recognized by our peers in the industry – this Pollstar nomination is a huge honor. We would not be where we are today without the support of the thousands of fans nationwide and our world-class crew, all who converge for a fantastic summer weekend of music and community. We thank everyone for their support.”

Following 10 years in West Virginia, the All Good Festival debuted in Ohio in 2012, at the site of the former Buckeye Lake Music Center where the Grateful Dead did some of their largest outdoor performances in the 1980s and 90s. A lineup announcement is forthcoming later this winter with festival tickets slated to go on sale in conjunction with the unveiling of the lineup.

Presenting The Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival

John Legend

The Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival has just been announced along with the initial lineup for its inaugural year – including performances by several acts with local ties, like John Legend (a Springfield native), Guided by Voices (based in Dayton), Motel Beds (based in Dayton) and the Heartless Bastards (Dayton/Cincinnati area natives) . This two day street festival is scheduled for September 8th & 9th, 2012 and will have 3 stages in key locations in downtown Dayton.

Confirmed acts include:

Several more performers will be announced in the coming weeks, and as DMM is a Media Sponsor we will have festival updates right here as they happen!

Guided By Voices

“We are very excited to fill the streets of downtown Dayton with exceptional music from a wide variety of artists.  From Grammy winners to local talent, and everything in between this will be a weekend to remember,” said Matt Luongo, President, Downtown Revival, LLC. A Dayton native himself, Luongo graduated from the University of Dayton in 1998 and is enthusiastic about creating this music fest right here in Dayton.

The Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival is to be a mix of national and local talent, with several slots still open for local acts.  If you are interested in playing this event, send them your info at  In addition to over 30 bands, festival organizers are planning family friendly events as well as other activities to be announced.

Two day passes will be available at beginning April 24th, 2012 at 10:00a.m. A limited number of discounted early bird ticket will also go on sale on April 24th and will include entry into a contest for a VIP package upgrade including reserved seating, VIP hospitality tent, invitations to a Friday night preview party, artist meet and greet and more.

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Dayton Musicians Celebrate Community, Each Other This Weekend at Canal Street Tavern

Particpants in the 2nd Annual Dayton Does Dayton Music Festival (Photo by Amanda Barbosa, courtesy of MidWest Promo)

The name Dayton Does Dayton may make your thoughts go all sorts of places, but it actually is the most accurate description of what’s happening this weekend at Canal Street Tavern.  This is the second year for the two music festival that kicks off Friday (February 3rd) and continues on Saturday night.  The concept came from Rich Reuter of Nine False Suns: an event that celebrates Dayton Music by having local bands perform both their own work and unique renditions of other Dayton musicians’ songs, past or present.  Local promoter Louie Wood Jr decided to run with the idea, and last year’s debut Dayton Does Dayton festival was performed in front of a packed house at Canal Street Tavern.

20 bands are poised to take the stage this weekend for the festival’s second outing.  You’ll hear the expected Guided by Voices covers alongside tunes by the Breeders and Brianiac, but then you’ll hear some groups reach back further and cross genres to cover the Ohio Players, Slave and Lakeside. The Fair Shakes will be joined onstage by Real Lulu’s Kattie Dougherty for a rendition of “Chief,” while Me & Mountains will perform songs by the Motel Beds and Roley Yuma.  Additionally, all of the bands performing will play some of their own material to give you a taste of what you can hear right now in Dayton.

The music starts each night at 8:30pm sharp so get to Canal Street early for a good spot and the full bill.  The cost each night is $5.


Wild Forrest Blackberrri
A Shade of Red
Gathering Mercury
Dan Raridan and the Calientes
Akillis Green
Me & Mountains
Niki Dakota, Rick Good, Ben Cooper, and Israel Parker
The Fair Shakes
The Dirty Socialites
Wade Baker

Charge Scenic
Good English
Al Holbrook Band
Nine False Suns
Red Hot Rebellion
Dark Backward
Ed Pittman and Jay Madewell
My Latex Brain