THE JUDGES

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George Balog

George is a life long music lover, with mind and ears open wide to all forms of creative musical expression He enjoys rock, indie, jazz, classic hip hop, R&B, folk, blues, soul, pop, Americana and more. George has attend many local, regional and national concerts/events throughout the years. Recently retired from Dayton Public Schools after 45 years of service, he was the founder/teacher of jazz studies/history at Stivers School for the Arts for the past 23 years. He has been a downtown resident for 18 years and a passionate supporter of all things Dayton. (David Byrne photo by Chris Corn)

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Juliet Fromholt is the Music Director at WYSO Public Radio 91.3 FM. 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.

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Madeline hart

Madeline Hart is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Levitt Pavilion Dayton. She has her Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Murray State University. She is also a classically trained vocalist who furthered her studies in Germany.

 

Madeline has called Dayton home for over 6 years now. She has been with the Levitt Pavilion since they opened in 2018 and loves seeing people connect through the power of music.

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SHARON LANE

Dayton, Ohio musician Sharon Lane has played more gigs than she can remember. Her roots in hillbilly and rock and roll opened the doors to appreciate all music. She is an artist, musician, and mentor to many.

 

Canal Street Tavern opened opportunities to share the stage with musical legends like Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor, Josh White, jr., John Hammond Jr. Maria Muldaur and many more. Sharon Lane is a spark of bold soulfulness and tender moments. She is a storyteller with songs that can take one on a musical journey of shared emotions. 

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CHRIS "POPPY" POPADAK

Chris Popadak is the drummer for legendary Dayton rock band Hawthorne Heights and one half of the"2-piece rock 'n roll party" The Story Changes. Between both bands, he's been on countless world tours!

 

With his music partner MarkMcMillon,Poppy has been a touring manager and event promoter, hosting long-running local music showcases such as HoliDayton. He is co-owner of TeamWork Ohio, a screen printing company in Troy.

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Terry "izzy rock" Martin

Terry "Izzy Rock" Martin has given voice to the Dayton music scene for many years 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 in 2018, Daytonian of the Week, among other accolades. The Gem

City Podcast is currently on hiatus, but Izzy has remained dedicated to Dayton's local music as an avid fan & supporter.

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Evan miller

Evan Miller is a percussionist, lover of sound. He got his start in radio in 2012 at WWSU at Wright State University, where he was studying percussion performance. He followed through with both endeavors and eventually landed a lucrative dual career playing experimental music at home and abroad, and broadcasting those sounds to unsuspecting listeners Sunday nights on The Outside.

Maintaining a connection to normal music, Evan also plays drums in bands, and hosts WYSO's weekday music show Excursions. 

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PUCCA SCOTTY

Pucca Scotty is a super producer, musician, and DJ from Houston, TX. Currently she's located in Dayton, and has been making a big name for herself here the past 2 years. She has been innovative on progressing the sound here by curating large "Artist Showcases" with a variety of music genres.

 

She is also an audio engineer/producer at Heartland Creative Studios, one of the hottest studios in Downtown Dayton.

She has been in the music industry for almost 8 years and has an eye for talent and developing artists/musicians.

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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.

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Lisa wagner

Lisa Wagner is the Executive Director for the Levitt Pavilion Dayton, hired in 2017 to build and lead the non-profit organization with the mission of building community through the power of music, one free concert at a time. Previously, Lisa spent 15 years working for the Victoria Theatre Association,

as the Vice President of Ticketing and Hospitality.

 

Lisa attended Miami University and she holds a certificate in Strategic Leadership for Non-Profits from the University of Pennsylvania and she completed the Senior Management Institute in a joint program with National Arts Strategies and University of Michigan.  

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Stacy "dj Cuest" Worley

Stacy's musical background started at Stivers School of the arts being a member of the school’s orchestra as a cellist.

After graduating Stivers, he attended Wright State University where he would become the music and Programming director at WWSU, Wright State's college radio station. It was also at Wright state where Stacy started Djing for several organizations around campus. Today Stacy DJs around the Miami valley community ranging from local concerts to community events.

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Jennifer behm

Jennifer Behm is a Levitt Pavilion Dayton Board Member. and her family, The Wyse family, have been active in the Dayton community for several generations. 

In addition to being an owner of Projects Unlimited, Jen also spends her time running the family’s philanthropic foundation and volunteering with several non-profits.

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Abbey brown

Abbey Brown is the Director of Operations at the Levitt Pavilion Dayton. She attended Wright State University and holds a Master’s degree in Leadership Development.  

 Abbey was born and raised in Dayton and is an avid music lover and concert-goer. Being a part of the Levitt Pavilion team has afforded her the opportunity to combine her love of music with the ability to make a difference in her community

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Dr. Arthur Jipson

Dr. Arthur Jipson is an Associate Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. He joined the faculty in 2001 and received tenure in the department in 2004. Dr. Jipson's areas of special interest are white racial extremism, social movements and collective behavior, white collar crime, fraud, and corporate crime, sociological and criminological theory, unions and labor movements, Internet community, and the sociology of popular music.