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Allyson B. Crawford

Writer and Editor

Been there, rocked that. Dynamic writer with over a decade's worth of experience creating content, especially in the entertainment and music space. Areas of expertise include heavy metal, 80s metal and rock bands.

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Business Journalism

Dayton Business Journal
Xenia schools foundation - Dayton Business Journal

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation assists students with money for special programs and academics. Each year, the foundation awards $25,000 in grant dollars to a variety or programs, touching students from grades kindergarten through 12.

Graceworks
Bethany Village Employee To Run 2019 Boston Marathon

For distance runners, there is no race more important than the Boston Marathon. Known simply as "Boston," the race is the oldest annual marathon in the world. The event is always held the third Monday of April. For many non-elite runners, qualifying for Boston is a life-changing, bucket list item.

Dayton Business Journal
Chamber has new three-year strategy - Dayton Business Journal

Phil Parker is president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber this year will move its offices deeper into the downtown Dayton core with plans to invest $250,000 to renovate the current Business Furniture space when that company relocates. What pockets of Dayton are seeing the most new business?

Dayton Business Journal
Yankee Trace adds new golf carts, simulators - Dayton Business Journal

The city of Centerville continues to bet and win on golf. Officials just allocated nearly $1 million in improvements for the 27-hole municipal course and clubhouse to help retain members and attract new, younger golfers. "Golf, for some reason, has been trying to dumb things down over the years," said Yankee Trace PGA Head Professional Steve Marino.

Dayton Business Journal
Stebbins Career Tech students rebuilding a home - Dayton Business Journal

Gone are the days of all students reporting to the same high school for the same classes, day after day. There are more educational choices than ever - from traditional classroom learning, to online high schools and the continued rise in popularity of homeschooling. Career tech education has changed too.

Dayton Business Journal
Kettering city manager says thriving businesses attract others - Dayton Business Journal

Long-time Kettering City Manager Mark Schwieterman says during a period of growth for the city, business retention and the attracting of new companies remains a priority. "The biggest thing for us is to make sure (business owners) know where we are and then work with them at the speed of business so that we're able to help them with situations they have," Schwieterman said.

Arts Journalism

Dayton City Paper
08/28/2018
Tumbling into town

Boy George: Still stylin' after all these years. "It's very exciting for us to get a date out there for new music. It's been a few years, making this record. It's finally coming out," George Alan O'Dowd tells The Dayton City Paper. You might know him better as Boy George, the glittery frontman of Culture Club.

Dayton City Paper
07/31/2018
One Ringy Dingy...

Lily Tomlin brings Ernestine, Edith Ann, and many of her other beloved characters to the Taft. Photo: Greg Gorman. When comedic legend Lily Tomlin comes to Cincinnati this week, it will be for a good cause. Tomlin, currently starring in the Netflix smash Grace and Frankie, will bring a night of classic stand-up to the Taft Theatre.

Dayton City Paper
06/26/2018
Roger Daltrey: the original Tommy himself

Daltrey's on-stage energy and charisma still wins over audiences, as much as during the early days of The Who. By Allyson B. Crawford Roger Daltrey has nothing left to prove. He's a bona fide living legend: lead singer and founder of The Who, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Kennedy Center Honors recipient, among many other awards and accolades.

Dayton City Paper
06/05/2018
The return of Judy Blue Eyes

"I have to tell jokes and keep people laughing... when you sing all those sad songs you have to!" singer Judy Collins tells the Dayton City Paper. Picking up where they left off, folk heroes Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are touring America together this summer.

Dayton City Paper
05/15/2018
Women rockers sing out

The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true. Earlier this year, the VTA held auditions for an intensive singer-songwriter boot camp.

Dayton City Paper
04/10/2018
Through cracked lenses

David Sedaris' dark humor illuminated at Springfield's Kuss Auditorium The cracked lenses aren't in David Sedaris' spectacles... By Allyson B. Crawford We are living through a world of tension. Each day, we all step over political landmines, trying not to destroy what's left of our friendships and family rel

Dayton City Paper
03/13/2018
A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity

Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian "What I love about community theatre is that it is local," explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood.

Dayton City Paper
01/23/2018
One giant leap for gifted women

Valerie Reaper will be running a singer-songwriter boot camp for Dayton-area women who rock By Alyson Crawford Calling all budding female singer-songwriters! The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wants to help foster female musical talent in the Miami Valley. The VTA is holding auditions to find up to 20 exceptional women to foster in an intensive singer-songwriter boot camp.

Dayton City Paper
05/23/2017
Come As You Are

Photo: Kinky Boots struts into the Schuster Center May 23-28; photo: Matthew Murphy By Allyson B. Crawford When someone says "Broadway," Cyndi Lauper isn't necessarily a name you think of. But maybe it should be. Lauper, the '80s hit-maker, along with Harvey Fierstein, created Kinky Boots, a musical theatre production based on the 2005 British film of the same name.

Music Journalism

Dayton City Paper
08/07/2018
Modbilly Comes to Franklin

Billy Bob "Bud" Thornton, Teddy Andreadis, and J.D. Andrew (l-r). Photo: Rob Fenn. "accidental" actor, Billy Bob Thornton is enjoying the fruits of small and large screen success. As a kid, he wanted to be a musician. In his younger days, Thornton spent time working as a roadie and assisted acts like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Johnny Paycheck.

Dayton City Paper
07/24/2018
Nothing but a good time

Bret Michaels. Photo: Mark Mazzanti. Bret Michaels is everywhere these days. He's the face of Life Rocks, a foundation that raises money for diabetes (Bret was diagnosed as a child). He had a product line with PetSmart called Pets Rock. He's done reality TV (and won Celebrity Apprentice).

Daytoncitypaper
07/17/2018
What the funk?

George Clinton and P-Funk are known for colorful and outlandish stage presence. "If some people don't like funk music then it's just the wrong time for them. They will get it. It's addictive," George Clinton recently told The Guardian. "That's why they call it dope. It gets you.

Dayton City Paper
03/20/2018
Hawthorne Heights side project

The Story Changes at Jimmie's The Story Changes (L-R) Mark McMillon, Christopher Popadak, and Chris Serafini By Allyson B. Crawford "I fly the Dayton flag all over the world every time I do an interview!" The Story Changes singer and guitarist Mark McMillon tells the Dayton City Paper.

Dayton City Paper
03/06/2018
Fun with a K!

As hype man or behind the kit, Rico Lewis lives for fun(k) "Funk is freedom!" Sons of F.U.N.K. bandleader and hype-man Rico Lewis tells the Dayton City Paper. Lewis sat behind the drum kit with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for 15 years. He's also the current drummer for Freekbass & The Bump Assembly.

Dayton City Paper
03/06/2018
Outstanding Warrant

Warrant wants YOU! (L-R) Joey Allen, Jerry Dixon, Robert Mason, Erik Turner, and Steve Sweet might be surprised to learn that Warrant released an acclaimed new album in May of 2017. For folks that equate Warrant with late '80s hits like "Cherry Pie" and "Heaven," the modern Warrant is still rocking, with an updated sound and touring on the back of A lot of people Louder Harder Faster.

Dayton City Paper
01/30/2018
Think: It's not illegal yet

Havok's (L-R) Pete Webber, Nick Schendzielos, David Sanchez, and Reece Scruggs By Allyson B. Crawford The third time will be the charm for Colorado based thrash metallers Havok. The quartet will play Dayton's Rockstar Pro Arena (1106 E. Third St., Dayton) on Thursday, February 1.

Dayton City Paper
10/10/2017
The Things That She Is Made Of

Mary Chapin Carpenter; photo: Aaron Farrington By Allyson Crawford Mary Chapin Carpenter is a different kind of songstress. She's not so much straight country anymore but more so evolved in to her own lane. She's a storyteller first and has a knack for creating melodies that highlight the ebb and flow of each tune she creates.

Dayton City Paper
09/26/2017
Living The Good Life

(L-R) B.B. Borden, Rick Willis, Doug Gray, Marcus James Henderson, Tony Black, Chris Hicks; photo: Marshall Tucker Band By Allyson B. Crawford "We're nothing special, we're just a bunch of guys that get together and make people smile and have a good time," Doug Gray tells the Dayton City Paper.

Dayton City Paper
06/20/2017
Scream your own luck

Ethicist's (l-r) Michael Wojtkiewicz, Chad Snowden, Johnny Finger, and Scott Stevens; photo: Adam Weeden By Allyson B. Crawford When you think of post-black metal, what comes to mind? Norwegians in corpse paint? What about Midwesterners with beards and day jobs? For Cincinnati-based band Ethicist, it's definitely the latter.

Dayton City Paper
05/09/2017
Road Warriors

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Flaw's (l-r) Dan Johnson, Tommy Gibbons, Chris Volz, and Jay Daunt perform May 13 at Oddbody's; photo: Jonathon Walters The music industry is often a cruel mistress. It's always been hard to break into the business, a fact that is truer today than it ever was.

Dayton City Paper
04/25/2017
They Will Rock You Again

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Rachel Wooding performs The Music of Queen in 2012, back to the Schuster Center by popular demand April 29 For conductor Richard Sidwell, Queen wasn't a favorite band or even one that was on his radar.

Dayton City Paper
01/24/2017
Geeks and Superheros

Dayton City Paper offers news of challenges to prevailing notions, investigations of local institutions. Our entertainment pages are filled with Dayton concerts

Dayton City Paper
01/01/2017
Anti music

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Greasy Mike (left) and Trashcan of Lima's Pizza Hi Five will deliver their 'grooviest mincing goregrind' this weeken Fans of local music know Dayton has a proud metal scene. Multi-day music festivals are hardly new. Splitting fests between two cities and 75 miles is certainly less common and definitely edgy.

Dayton City Paper
10/18/2016
Stranger things - Metal in Strange Places conference

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Gabby Riches from Leeds Beckett University in England examines women's participation in extreme metal as a form of feminism Oct. 22 "The metal research community is very welcoming," explains Bryan Bardine, Ph.D, and associate professor of English at the University of Dayton.

Dayton City Paper
08/30/2016
Not 'cryin' no more

By Allyson B. Crawford photo: (l-r) Share Ross, Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, and Gina Stile of Vixen hit BMI Speedway not a minute too soon Sept. 4 Vixen may or may not be a household name depending on your music worldview.

Dayton City Paper
09/15/2015
Bring on the Battering Ram

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Saxon will perform on Sept. 19 at Oddbody's Music Room "We are a live band... no click tracks running with Saxon so I suppose [the stage] is where we like to be!" says Biff Byford, Saxon frontman, of his band's current North American tour.

Dayton City Paper
06/07/2016
Here they go again

By Allyson B. Crawford Whitesnake, the iconic band fronted by British singer David Coverdale, will once again roll through the Miami Valley, stopping for a gig at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Wednesday, June 15. The band played Rose last year during its Purple tour.

Dayton City Paper
08/02/2016
Open fire with open arms

By Allyson Crawford There's a lot of chaos in the world around us, from terrorist attacks to deadly mass shootings to an increasingly divided political scene. Sometimes, something as simple as a shared bond over a favorite song or band can build a bridge between different groups of people.

Noisecreep
Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Is Not His Band's 'Puppetmaster'

In 2009, Billboard magazine named Nickelback in the top ten 'artists of the decade.' It's true, Nickelback has had a dizzying amount of success since their self-released debut 'Curb' back in 1996. (Roadrunner rereleased 'Curb' in 2002). Since that release, the band has moved something like 30 million records off store shelves.

Noisecreep
Duff McKagan on Carrie Underwood Outselling Motley Crue

"When you're in a band and it's your passion, you've got to be careful about your catalog," says Velvet Revolver bassist and financial guru Duff McKagan. "When you license a song to a movie or T.V. show, you've gotta make sure that it's something that adds more validity to the song and not take away from it."

Noisecreep
Asking Alexandria Guitarist Ben Bruce Hates His Scene

While it might be difficult to classify Asking Alexandria as any particular type of band, one thing is for sure: guitarist Ben Bruce understands his scene - and he doesn't like it. "I hate our scene. Not the fans, but the bands - they are so f-king fickle," Bruce tells Noisecreep.

Noisecreep
Warrant Prove They Are 'Rockaholics' With New Album - Exclusive Interview

Warrant, the '80s band best known for its mega-hit 'Cherry Pie,' is back with a new record. Dubbed 'Rockaholic,' the album features new vocalist Robert Mason and is due out May 17th. "Robert has never received the notoriety he deserved and I don't think this band has received it [either]," Warrant bassist Jerry Dixon recently told Noisecreep.

Dayton City Paper
03/08/2016
Thrashing about

By Allyson B Crawford "Being on the road can be creatively prohibitive," Havok rhythm guitarist and vocalist David Sanchez tells the Dayton City Paper. "There are a lot of other things to do. We don't have techs, so we do everything ourselves, and that means we don't have tons of down time.

Dayton City Paper
06/10/2014
Bring on the heavy

By Allyson Crawford Photo: Swarm will perform on June 14 at Canal Public House "We jump around and have a good time, but we're definitely serious about the music we're playing," Scott Bodine of Swarm told Dayton City Paper. "It's a good live show and we sound just like the record."

Dayton City Paper
07/23/2013
L.A. Guns - Always on tour

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: '80s glam metal mainstays L.A. Guns will perform at McGuffy's House of Rock on Friday, Aug. 2 For diehard fans of '80s metal, the story of L.A. Guns is both complicated and frustrating. Strong album releases, popular videos on MTV and the big hair craze of the late '80s helped L.A.

Dayton City Paper
08/12/2013
Truckfighters rock ... and roll on

By Allyson B. Crawford For singer and bassist Oskar "Ozo" Cedermalm, Blind Bob's is the definition of a perfect rock venue. "It's always a lot of people, great atmosphere and great people who work at the club, superb sound tech and sound system. Hey, even the food is great.

Feature Articles

Dayton City Paper
10/04/2016
Kraut Rocks

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: An aerial view of Waynesville's North Main Street, where hundreds of thousands check out wares and fare at the annual Sauerkraut Festival Fall is festival season in Ohio, and the Dayton area is lucky to host many of its fests.

Dayton City Paper (Cover Story)
11/04/2014
Watch & Learn

By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Keynote speaker Josh Bernstein will present on the business of heavy metal; photo: Rob Fenn Studying heavy metal as an academic pursuit isn't new. The interdisciplinary study has gained popularity in recent years, first in European countries and now in America.

Dayton City Paper (Cover Story)
10/08/2013
Hear ye! Hear ye!

Photo: Children of all ages enjoy the human powered rides like the Sea Dragon at the Ohio Renaissance Festival; photo: Will Thorpe Don't be the village idiot! Get thee to the Ohio Renaissance Festival! The Renaissance, known broadly as a period of great enlightenment, occurred between the 14th and 17th centuries.