The End of The Den

Kris Neises
Last month the Dayton music community lost a valuable press and
promotional resource when the Buddha Den music blog went offline after
4 and a half years.

“Ultimately it was a situation where I was paying out of pocket to
host the site and the renewal came up,” said Den founder Kyle Melton.
“I feel that I've taken the project far beyond what I ever imagined it
could be and that it is simply time for me to let it go,” he added

Shortly after it’s inception in 2007, the Den became the go to place
to find information on shows and bands in Dayton. It was up to the
minute and had fresh content for readers consistently.

“The point of the Buddha Den was always to connect people in town and
out with what is going on in Dayton. Its one thing to let everyone
here know about everyone here, but another to connect the dots of
Dayton to everywhere else,” said Melton.

Melton also brought the Den to life by sponsoring a variety of unique
shows in Dayton. These events included the NTRO/XPO, the Buddha Den
Showcase, and the month long residency. These shows became a major
staple in the Dayton music scene and encompassed what the Den was
really all about.

“I remember the first Buddha Den showcase with Andrew and the Pretty
Punchers. I think that is when it all got real,” said Melton. “The
response was really good and I think people took to it quickly,” he

The list of bands that participated in these shows is mountainous.
They include Toads and Mice, R. Ring, Grizzzy Bear, Roley Yuma, the
Turkish Delights, Vanity Theft, Buffalo Killers, Motel Beds, and on
and on.

“I always tried to find what was next. My thing was digging through
the dirt of the Dayton music scene to find new sprouts. Every so
often a new band would come along and just blow me away,” said Melton.

One highlight was the month long residency with Kelley Deal at South
Park Tavern last April. Melton gave her free reign over the
performances that also included a number of community related guest
speakers and bands such as the Motel Beds, Jasper the Colossal, and
the Smug Brothers.

“She really liked the idea of playing every week for a month and she
ran with it,” Melton said.

The Buddha Den will be missed, but not soon forgotten by the music
fans in Dayton, Ohio.

“Honestly I hope it is remembered at all,” said Melton. “Its one more
piece in the story of the Dayton Music Scene. I hope people keep in
mind that the Den gave bands opportunities to be heard and it brought
cool out of town acts to Dayton,” he added.
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