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The venue for music lovers by music lovers.

We’re the Dixon family and we really put the ‘family’ in family-owned business. Oddly enough we never really planned to own a music and event venue, yet it suits us quite well.


The beauty of The Brightside is that we have been able to create a free-spirited and welcoming space for genuine people. Our mission is simple - to bring people together to dance, celebrate love, enjoy art, and build stronger community bonds…and have a good time while doing it!


Our music team is led by women (something truly unique in the music industry!): Carli Dixon, Venue Owner and General Manager, Monika Shroyer, Sound Engineer extraordinaire with SoundMonika, and Libby Ballengee, Music Booker and Promoter with Venus Child Productions.⁠

In our debut year, this team brought Guided by Voices, Brainiac & Miss May I back to their hometown, along with many exciting musical acts, including: Scythian, The Werks, The Nth Power, Ekoostik Hookah, Jennifer Hartswick, Ellis Paul Music, and Dead Horses among many others. ⁠

We've also collaborated with Sound Valley to launch Dayton Battle of the Bands to give a platform to emerging local artists.⁠ We're always striving to create a thriving and vibrant local music scene.

We cultivate music and cultural curiosity through our adventurous line-up of public events, which includes all kinds of music genres, dance, art shows, and wellness experiences.  Our goal is to create a welcoming, independently owned, community space in the heart of downtown, Dayton.

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Meet Your Team

The memories we create together are why we are here...
so let's go make some new ones!

Brighter Days Ahead...

The Brightside Music and Event Venue once sat dark and abandoned.  Follow our journey as we breathed fresh life into this forgotten hundred year old coal depot.

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