Several local musicians and their fans have started a new "get out the vote" campaign. And they're not pretending to be bi-partisan. At the group's site, CincyRocksObama.com, one can find useful voting information (including voter registration info and Web sites that help confirm you are registered and where you should vote). A calendar for shows and events will be added to the site soon. In the interest of fairness, we looked for a CincyRocksMcCain.com, but it just took us to Wilford Brimley's site dedicated to Cream of Wheat recipes and tips on staying "regular." · Another political event featuring a local music component is next Wednesday's (Aug. 13) "Jam for Democracy," a benefit concert for the Butler County Democratic Party. Emily Adams, Rob Ervin, Okeanas, The Steve Gattermeyer Band, Wendy Oakley, Rob Hoffman, Kyla Mainous, Ed Burbee and Dusty Bryant are slated to perform at the 6 p.m. event, which takes place at the Third Street Tap and Grille in Hamilton. Tickets are $20. For more info, call the Butler County Democratic Party at 513-896-5201. Oh, John McCain is supposed to be in town Thursday for a fundraiser at a country club near Mason.
It'll probably cost you more that $20 to attend. See, we're fair!
· Singer/songwriter Chris Haubner is the "Artist in Residency" at the Southgate House's Lounge for the month of August. Haubner -- a member of Indie/Electro/Folk duo The Sheds -- will be backed by Uncle Smokin' Joe and the Solid Pack for each of his free Wednesday August shows.
Haubner will also be joined each week by various special guests. This Wednesday, it's Stick Figures and Hoboshaman. Down the line, Haubner will perform with Dayton's Drexel and Caves (Aug. 13) and Joey Cook (of Pomegranates), Rainy Day Parade and Joe Thomas (Aug. 20). For the finale on Aug. 27, Haubner welcomes Matthew Shelton and The Reminiscent, plus a possible reunion with his Sheds partner Cameron Cochran (the band has been on hiatus).
The Southgate House's Artist in Residency series features a different artist each month, performing every Wednesday. Scheduled future participants include the Jon Justice Band (every Wednesday in September), The Sundresses (October) and The Tillers (November).
· It's a night of either brotherly love or sibling rivalry (what do I look like, Dr. Phil?) this Saturday as three bands featuring brothers perform together at Northside Tavern. The show will feature Goose (with bros Jason and Jordan Arbenz), The Tigerlilies (with the Hennessys, Steve and Pat) and Ska/Reggae band duppy a` jamba, which has siblings Alex and J. Duckworth.
· Goose will have to get up early on Sunday, because they are also playing the fun Second Sunday on Main event, a free open-air street fair on Main St. in Over-the-Rhine. Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers kick off the music at noon, followed by Goose, Marvin Hawkins, The Newbees and The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. (secondsundayonmain.org)
· Local label Sofa Burn Records is hosting a showcase this Saturday, taking over all three floors of the Southgate House. Presented by the label's flagship/only band, Heroes and Madmen, the night will also include music from Rosemary Device, 650 North, Morning Star, Pete Dressman & The Soul Unified Nation, Painkiller Hotel, Nick Tuttle, Andrew Niebuhr, Travis Talbert and Red Meets Green. (heroesandmadmen.com)
· This Friday is Aug. 8, 2008, meaning it's 8.8.08, meaning ... well, nothing really. But Rock bands don't need much to throw a party, so several join together for "Summer Fest 888" Friday at the Southgate House. Scheduled to appear: The Host (fresh off of several dates on the Warped Tour), Chakras, patientZero, The Myths and Cleveland duo, Mr. Gnome. The fun starts at 8 p.m. I, for one, can't wait until December 34, 2056. I'll be hosting the biggest party Cincinnati has ever seen (assuming, as I've calculated, that by 2056, we will have added three more days onto December).