Tomorrow night Dayton’s Subterranean will bring their unique “improvisation with intent” to Casa Cantina. (

Dayton’s Subterranean Brings Jam Rock To Casa

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For the past five years, Dayton’s Subterranean, a four-piece jam band, has been performing at numerous festivals and clubs, bringing to their shows what they refer to as “improvisation with intent.”

Tomorrow night the band, which has played with the likes of Gov’t Mule’s Ron Holloway, will bring their unique brand of jam rock to Casa Cantina alongside opener Morgantown, WV-based Fletcher’s Grove.

Front man and lead guitarist Chris Coalt said that the band is ready for some indoor gigs and some time to finish recording their debut album this winter.

“It’s been a brutal summer for us,” said Coalt in reference to the many ridiculously sweaty summertime gigs that the band endured this year. “It seems to be that playing outdoor festivals is how most bands operate these days. You play a festival with anywhere from 15 to 50 or 60 bands, and there are so many people attending that you get a chance to win over some new fans. You get a lot more exposure than you would just playing an indoor club. It seems like our festival season starts pretty early now – I think we started playing back when there was still snow on the ground in the springtime.”

Even though the festival circuit may die down a little as the temperatures plummet, Coalt said that doesn’t mean that the band won’t be staying busy.

“We actually just secured a loan to help us finish recording our first album, which is really half the battle when it comes to recording,” said Coalt. “It’s hard to try and keep growing the band while touring and trying to record —  it’s hard to fund all of that – maintaining the van, gas, recording. So this loan should really expedite that process.”

Coalt said that fans can anticipate the band’s debut sometime around the first of the year, since a good portion of the recording is already finished.

When asked about returning to Athens (Subterranean has played Casa, as well as Jackie O’s, a handful of times over the course of the past five years), Coalt expressed that he is excited at the prospect.

“We haven’t really played Athens consistently, but every time that we do play there, we get a great response,” said Coalt. “It seems like you guys really have a thirst for art and music down there, and that’s great.”