• Local acoustic rocker Bob Cushing is celebrating his 20th year as a professional musician with a show Sunday at the Blue Note in Price Hill. Joined by friend/producer/harmonizer Chris Goins, Cushing will be performing a VH1 Storytellers-like show, talking about and playing songs from Cushing’s five studio albums (as well as some of their favorite covers). Cushing is recording the show for a CD to be released next year (the first 50 people through the door will get a voucher good for a free copy of the disc when it is completed). There is no cover charge. (bobcushing.com)
• The merry pranksters of Foxy Shazam host their first annual “Snow Show” at Covington’s Mad Hatter this Friday. The band has a lot to be cheery about — they’ve spent much of 2008 incessantly touring the country and turning more and more people on to their frantic, fun-house blend of Punk, Hard Rock and complete originality (they recently got off the road opening for big-timers Senses Fail). The band is joined by Banderas and Look Afraid for Friday’s 6 p.m., all-ages show. (myspace.com/foxyshazam)
• The holidays are always a good time for catching up with old friends who have moved away.
And if they’re musicians, there’s a good chance you’ll get to hear a few tunes in the process. Dubkids, featuring former Cincinnati musicians Kris Brown and P.J. Herrington, will be doing a special homecoming show this Saturday at the Southgate House. The Reggae crew is joined by special guests DJ Jah Seh, Marvin Hawkins and Judah Manni for the 8 p.m. show. (myspace.com/dubkids)
• Just as red is the new black, Thursday is the new Friday and 60 is the new 30, New Year’s Eve Eve is shaping up to be the new New Year’s Eve. Lots of local bands are hosting NYEE parties/shows this Tuesday. At Stanley’s Pub, Noah Hunt returns with his 420 All-Stars for his annual holiday show. Hunt — who has been the lead singer for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band for the past 11 years — will have copies of his collaborative disc All the Dark Things, with former local guitarist Jason Dennie, available at the show. The Rumpke Mountain Boys will open, and fans are encouraged to bring canned good donations.
• It’s an eclectic night of music at the Northside Tavern Tuesday night. Ring in New Year’s Eve with Indie Pop band 7 Speed Vortex, performance art/spoken word/Hip Hop/Jazz troupe Eagle to Squirrel and Indie/Soul/Hip Hop squad Bullying Ben Jones.
• At Baba Budan’s Tuesday, Hip Hop/Jazz group IsWhat!? performs a special collaborative show with Jazz drummer Hamid Drake. The Nati Groove Alliance also performs. IsWhat?! recently released a new digital EP titled Nu Takes, featuring a few remixes and new tracks. The EP is available via iTunes, eMusic and Amazon. (myspace.com/iswhatsince1997)
• Big Whiskey’s annual New Year’s Eve Eve show takes on special meaning this year. The show at Oakley’s 20th Century Theater will be a benefit for Chris Walker, former Big Whiskey bassist (and member of about 30 other bands) who is still recovering from a horrible car accident. Joining BG at the 7 p.m. show: the Dan Varner Band, Ten Foot Big and the Paul Otten Band. (bigwhiskeymusic.com)
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