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JUDGES

GEORGE BALOG

George is a life long music lover, with mind and ears open wide to all forms of creative musical expression. His playlists span rock, indie, jazz, classic hip hop, R&B, folk, blues, soul, pop, Americana and more. He's also been an attendee at many local, regional and national concerts throughout the years. Recently retired from Dayton Public Schools after 45 years of service, he was the founder / teacher of jazz studies and history at Stivers School for the Arts for the past 23 years. He's  been a downtown resident for 16 years and a passionate supporter of all things Dayton. He's looking forward to hearing what you have to play!

(David Byrne photo by Chris Corn)

Sam dorf

Dr. Samuel N. Dorf is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Dayton. He is a musicologist and dance historian whose research areas include intersections between musicology and dance studies and the history of technology, reception studies, queer studies, and film studies. He has won awards and grants from Northwestern University, Harvard University, and the Birkbeck Humanities Institute. His book, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance from Paris to Delphi, 1890-1930, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. More at. www.samueldorf.com

juliet fromholt

Juliet Fromholt is a Host, Webmaster, Programming Coordinator and Deputy Operations Director at WYSO Public Radio. She began volunteering at the station while also serving as Program Director and General Manager at WWSU, the student station at Wright State University. 

An avid music fan, Juliet hosts two music shows on WYSO as well, Alpha Rhythms and Kaleidoscope, which features studio performances from local musicians every week.Juliet is proud to be from Dayton, Ohio and is an active participant in the city’s arts and music scene.  In her spare time, she co-owns an independent comic book company.

JAMY HOLLIDAY

Jamy Holliday has been sweating, snarling and pontificating in the back seats of vans and on stages across N. America and Europe for many years. After starting his first band, Haunting Souls, in 1986 he started or joined Toxic Reasons, The Mystery Addicts, Wanda Chrome and the Leather Pharaohs, Luxury Pushers and Dumbell as well as short stints with JJ Pearson and Ricky Rat.

 

As a Canal Street Tavern veteren (doorman, sound engineer, bartender and manager) of 12 years he worked literally hundreds of Band Playoff gigs. Between playing and supervising live performances he has a wide view of what it takes to create music as well as present it well. With tastes from Sinatra to  Motörhead he is quite aware that it isn't all only Rock and Roll....but he likes it.

Tracy jipsom

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tiffany johnson

Tiffany Johnson is the CEO of GigMerge, a music industry consulting business. She provides guidance and tools for artists to navigate and understand the music industry. One of the main goals of GigMerge is to connect music artists with businesses/services to create a beneficial situation for both parties.

 

Tiffany was a Vice President of A&R for an affiliate company under Sony Music. By interning all thru her studies at Drexel University (major in Music Industry, minor in Business Administration), she was able to get a well-rounded understanding of the music business. This helps her to assess situations from multiple perspectives. 

Nicole nett

Bio info to come

izzy rock

Izzy Rock has given voice to the Dayton music scene via The Gem City Podcast, where he has hosted storyteller episodes with hundreds of local musicians and bands of all genres. He is inspired to create community through the arts, music and podcasting, and has been dedicated to that task for nearly a  decade. He was awarded for his efforts with the Best Dayton Podcast award, Daytonian of the Week, among other accolades. You can listen to his archive of Dayton music at GemCityPodcast.com or wherever you listen to podcasts.

don thrasher

Don Thrasher has been playing music since 1982 and writing about it professionally since 1993. He has been a writer for The Dayton Daily News since 2003 and has written for outlets such as The Dayton Voice, In These Times, Treblephonic, Sponic and Moo. Thrasher helped form the punk rock trio the New Creatures in 1982. He went on to play drums with Guided By Voices, Swearing At Motorists, Johnny Smoke, Lonesome Tumblers, and a member of Smug Brothers since 2008. In December 2019, he released “Land Baron of Barren Lands,” the first album from his electronic music project Crossfade Rivals.

jay webb

Jay Webb, a veteran MC from Dayton, has been involved in Hip Hop Culture for over 30 years. In the early 80's he started b-boying (break dancing). Later in the 80's he started doing small tags (graffiti) on abandoned buildings around the city. Along with tagging he found a passion for MC'ing and Dj'ing

Jay joined his first rap group when he was 12, and has been. making music  ever since! Picket decided to join Trunk Bound Regime and Seth Rock in throwing charity events called ‘The Gem City Get Down’ to give back to the community.

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