Area briefs

Jah Soul to play Prouty Plaza

TROY — Dayton-based soul-reggae-funk-dance band Jah Soul will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Prouty Plaza. The show is part of the annual Downtown Troy Summer Music Series, a collaboration of the City of Troy, Troy Main Street and the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.

Bring your lawn chairs to Prouty Plaza, 1 W. Main St., and enjoy music under the stars.

The Southern Gothic to headline Rock Piqua!

PIQUA — After a successful first concert, Rock Piqua! is cooking up some Southern-fried rock’n’roll for their second free event on Saturday, when Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Arts Council will welcome The Southern Gothic from Atlanta and opening act, Springboro’s Ashley Martin, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. at Lock Nine Riverfront Park.

Susie’s Big Dipper and the Duck Wagon will be on site selling food and artists will have merchandise available.

Hayner hosts Lucky Lemonade concert

TROY — Trey Stone and the Ringers, a favorite on the Dayton music scene, will bring their folksy rock to the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21. The concert, part of the Lucky Lemonade series, is free and open to the public.

The Lucky Lemonade Series is four Tuesdays in July featuring regional musicians who perform current and original music. Delicious lemonade is served after an evening of music under the summer sky. Bring a blanket or use chairs provided by the Hayner.

Miami Valley Music Fest coming

TROY — The Miami Valley Music Festival Association, is proud to announce the 2015 Miami Valley Music Fest: “Where Charity Rocks!” The family-friendly festival with camping will be held July 31 and Aug. 1 at 2252 Troy-Urbana Road.

The annual event, which raises funds and awareness for charitable causes, will feature diverse music from some of the region’s best musicians and artists.

Since 2008, the Music Fest has donated $7,000 to local charity organizations; donated more than 1,500 hours of service to the Miami Valley; showcased more than 60 bands from the area; and educated more than 4,000 attendees on charitable giving.

Tickets are on sale for $45. For more information, visit

‘Murder’ planned at Johnston Farm

PIQUA — Join Johnston Farm & Indian Agency for a real “whodunit” featuring a delicious three-course dinner with a twist. Become part of the fun to solve the “Murder in the Museum” by assuming the role of observers, of observers, suspects, detectives, or maybe even the corpse!

On Saturday, July 25, the evening will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, and a murder, dinner and clues, concluding with dessert and a resolution.

Be one of the first call (937) 773-2522 or 1-800-752-2619 to confirm your reservation, because there is only room for 50 guests.

The cost is $35 adult general admission and $30 for Johnston Farm Friends and Ohio History Connection members. The event is semi-formal with a black tie option.

Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is located at 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua.