So, You Like Live Music?

As the days and evenings heat up, so does the live music scene in Sidney and Shelby County. Located on I75, just 30 miles north of Dayton, this area is known for presenting some of the best in live musical entertainment. This upcoming outdoor concert season is no exception.

Country music fans will note two big dates on this year’s June and July concert calendar. On Saturday, June 15th, Tyler Hubbard rolls into Sidney as the headliner for the Boots in the Street show. Boots in the Street launched only last year and was a huge success. This year’s lineup features Hubbard at 10pm. preceded by The Cadillac Three at 7:45pm and opening act Dylan Marlowe at 6:30pm. Most know Tyler Hubbard from his days with Florida Georgia Line. His first, self-titled debut solo album features popular singles 5 Foot 9 and Dancin’ In The Country featuring Keith Urban. Subsequent chart-topping singles include Back Then Right Now, A Lot With A Little, and Strong.

In July, one of the top three-day music festivals in the US kicks off in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Now in its 43rd year, Country Concert is a perennial fan favorite for those who love country music. Taking their place on the main stage this year are Hardy, Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson, Riley Green, Dustin Lynch, Bailey Zimmerman, Warren Zeiders, Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, and many more. On-site camping is available, and guests can bring their coolers to the show. Choose from single-day and multi-day ticket options. Day one of this year’s three-day bonanza is July 11th.

Looking ahead, another highlight of this year’s local events calendar is September 21st and 22nd, when the Shelby County Historical Society presents a Civil War Living History Weekend and Reenactment. Here, guests will immerse themselves in Union and Confederate battle reenactments, spontaneous skirmishes, military and civilian encampments, and more. Cannon and rifle fire add to the realism of these experiences, accompanied by a series of living history educational programs that will provide first-person accounts of life in the Civil War era. Tawawa Park in Sidney offers the perfect location for this unique outdoor drama.

While visiting the area, downtown Sidney’s locally owned restaurants and bistros are perfect for a bite to eat and a cold drink. Options include the famous Spot Restaurant, where guests have enjoyed mouthwatering meals for more than 117 years. The fresh, homemade pies are out of this world. Other downtown dining choices include Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen and Amelio’s Italian Pizza Shop. Murphy’s features locally sourced ingredients on their varied menu of tasty dishes along with 48 taps of your favorite beers. Amelio’s is best known for their signature brick-oven pizza, fresh salads, and pasta.

Another local favorite is The Bridge Restaurant. The Bridge offers steaks, chops, and fresh seafood selections in a lovely setting. Guests can dine in or “Al Fresco” on their beautiful outdoor covered patio. For lighter fares and a unique menu of healthy choices, Greenhaus Coffee is the place to go. Not only is their coffee out of this world, but their offering of fresh, tasty breakfast and lunch items will have you planning your next visit before you leave the table.

Just a short drive beyond the downtown shopping and dining district opens up a variety of additional options. Gallery 2:10, Re:Vive Home Décor & More, and Sidney Flower Shop are ideal stops to pick up something special for yourself or a friend. Fun, locally-owned dining options include Los Toros Cocina & Cantina, Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse, High Grounds Café, and Cazadores.

To learn more about the area’s attractions, local events, outdoor adventures, and urban delights, log onto VisitSidneyShelby.com. Sidney, Ohio—a spirit shared.

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