Local original music groups Trey Stone & The RingersTim Prichard & The Boxcar Suite, and Jack Ballengee-Morris performed at a new music venue, Square Roots Records, in downtown Troy, Ohio on Saturday November 14th. We stopped in and recorded interviews with the performers and organizers of this amazing event!

Square Roots Recordsa new listening room, recording studio and event space, officially cut the ribbon on their space at 106 Market St in downtown Troy on Thursday November 12th. Two days later, they hosted three of the area’s brightest original music groups: Trey Stone & The Ringers, Tim Prichard & The Boxcar Suite, and Jack Ballengee-Morris. Attendees were blown away by the incredible sound system, bohemian decor, and cozy vibe! Square Roots Records has been developed by Brad Denson, the primary organizer of the Miami Valley Music Festival.

This event was presented by Venus Child Productions, a new local business that specializes in producing concerts and special events, and is the brain-child of our own co-host, Libby Ballengee! This is the first all-local concert for VCP, and the first event presented outside the immediate Dayton area. Libby explains how the idea for this event came about: “I’m a huge fan of the Such A Night: The Last Waltz  event at The Dayton Art Institute. I realized a lot of the musicians in that super group have their own original bands. Two groups in particular, Trey Stone & The Ringers and Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite, have the biggest representation of musicians in the Last Waltz. That’s how I got hip to both of these amazing bands. Bringing their original bands together on one stage has been a labor of love.”

Capping off this labor of love, was the addition of Ballengee’s own nephew, Jack Ballengee Morris, to the mix. This third-generation Appalachian traditionalist played acoustic guitar along with a cello player, bringing a contemporary twist to his traditional mountain music sound. Morris was raised in West Virginia, and currently resides in the Columbus area. He was excited to be perform his first concert in the greater Dayton region. Morris’s music is featured in a new documentary, Shelter, by Academy Award winning documentary film maker, Barbara Kopple.

The Boxcar Suite took the stage next, performing their signature sound: home-grown, Midwestern rock’n’roll. Their songs feature thoughtful lyrics set against dynamic guitar arrangements. Their music is reminiscent of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young. Check out their newest album, Across the Vast and Deep, on iTunes or by clicking here.

Trey Stone & The Ringers headlined this talented showcase. This eight-piece ensemble is led by keyboardist and songwriter, Trey Stone. Trey served as Musical Director at the famed Second City comedy theater for 15 years, working with many of the greats of modern comedy, including SNL’s Horatio Sanz, Jason Sudeikis, and Vanessa Bayer. His music and sound is inspired by the great New Orleans piano masters, including Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, and Professor Longhair. This is good time music that will leave you with a smile on your face!


About Square Roots Records

Square Roots Records is a revolutionary event space in Troy, Ohio. It’s a space for music, creativity and community.

Square Roots is a place to hear music in a listening room atmosphere where the emphasis is on presenting live music in an ideal setting for both the listener and performer.
Square Roots is a recording studio where artists can realize their vision.
Square Roots is a flexible space where you can hold wedding receptions, birthdays, holiday parties, corporate events, fundraisers – whatever event you envision, the staff can help you realize it.


About Venus Child Productions

Venus Child Productions delivers exciting and eclectic entertainment events to the Dayton area. Venus Child Productions is the love child of Libby Ballengee, a promoter, photojournalist, podcaster, and philanthropist. Libby is presenting eclectic and exciting special events that showcase her love of live music, dance, art, yoga, mediation, and more!


Keep up with VCP events on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VenusChildProductions 

and Twitter: https://twitter.com/thevenuschild











The Gem City Podcast were welcomed to Square Roots Records on November 14, 2015 for Venus Child Productions first all local music showcase featuring: Trey Stone and The Ringers, The Boxcar Suite, and Jack Ballengee Morris.

Square Roots Records is located at 105 S Market St. Troy, Ohio.

Website: http://www.squarerootsrecords.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarerootsrecords/

Featured on this podcast are:

Scott Epic

Izzy Rock

Rich Reuter

Brad Hoeflich

Trey Stone

Brad Denson

Jack Ballengee Morris

Peter Fox

Libby Ballengee

Tim Pritchard

Tony Moore


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