As someone (me) once said (last year), a local music scene is only as good as its new artists. This Saturday, many of Greater Cincinnati’s newest musical acts will be on hand for the eighth annual Brink New Music Showcase, scattered throughout the Southgate House. Brink is a sister-event to the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ music program, the ceremony for which takes place Nov. 23 at the Emery Theater in Over-the-Rhine (go to cea.citybeat.com for full details).
The past Brink showcases have been a good barometer for the future of the local music scene, showcasing future CEA nominees like Bad Veins, The Seedy Seeds, Pomegranates, The Sundresses, Kim Taylor, Buffalo Killers, Banderas, Cari Clara, Eat Sugar and many others. This year’s Brink lineup features a little Folk Pop, some Indie Rock, a dash of Funk and R&B, straight-up Rock & Roll and even a modern Surf band.
Music kicks off at 9 p.m. In the Ballroom, catch Daughters and Sons, Eagle to Squirrel, Boss Monkey and The Koala Fires. In Junie’s Lounge, The Tillers, Daniel Martin Moore, Wonky Tonk, Bosco Rossi and The Black Sites perform. And in the upstairs Parlour, you can watch sets by The Chauncers, The Sweep, The Emeralds and The Flux Capacitors.
Find more info on Brink here.
• Speaking of new artists, this Saturday at Covington’s Molly Malone’s, young teenaged musicians Rosie Carson and Lucas Wozniak celebrate their new CD release, A Matter of Time.
Carson, 16 is a remarkable young fiddler, having trained with several Irish fiddle masters and performed with legends like The Chieftains and Fairport Convention. Carson already has one release under her belt, the double-disc “The Preteen Sessions,” which came out when she was just 13. Wozniak, 18 has been studying Irish harp for just four years but has already amassed many accolades, having studied with harp masters, jammed with players in Ireland and placed high in several competitions across the country. A Matter of Time is loaded with Irish, Scottish, English and American Celtic and Folk tunes, delivered with an undeniable virtuosity. The disc suggests a fruitful career in music for both, as if their accomplishments so far weren’t proof enough.
• Successful Folk/Pop duo Ellery celebrates the release of its new EP, You Did Everything Right, with a show at Molly Malone’s Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The EP was originally just supposed to be for promo purposes, as the twosome readied their first full-length since 2006’s acclaimed Lying Awake. After touring extensively and featuring one of the new songs on their 2007 PBS special, the duo was inspired by the response to the tunes and decided to put together the EP for public consumption. (ellerymusic.com)
• Northern Kentucky singer/songwriter Donnie Witt hosts a CD release party this Saturday at Covington’s Madison Theater in honor of his latest, Delicate Ordinary Need. A mix of acoustic-based Folk, Rock and poetry, Witt played all of the instruments on the new disc, which includes a tribute to writer Hunter S. Thompson (“Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride”). Jim Shields & Jon Gresham, plus Terry and Rachel of The Chili Dogs, open the all-ages, 9 p.m. show.
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