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Winter Blues Fest, NachoFest and Brews and Bands

By Mike Breen · January 28th, 2009 · Spill It

• The Cincy Blues Society, renowned across the region for its annual summertime Cincy Blues Fest, is once again giving local Blues fans a hot taste of some of Cincy’s best Blues acts this winter. The Winter Blues Fest used to feature acts scattered around various Northern Kentucky clubs, but this year it will have the music all under one roof (so you can leave your galoshes at home). The event takes place this Friday and Saturday at Newport’s Southgate House, but that doesn’t mean organizers are skimping on performers. Utilizing all three of the Southgate’s stages, the fest features nearly 30 area bands. Each night, the event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a set from some of the participants in the “Blues in the Schools” program, which encourages Blues education and exploration amongst high school musicians.(See Rick Bird's story about "Blues in the Schools" here.)

On Friday, the performers include The Bluebirds, Dick and the Roadmasters, Ricky Nye Inc., The Heaters, G. Miles and the Hitmen, The Medicine Men, Mississippi Watershed, Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project, Chris Carero, the Scott Bratcher Band, the Doug Hart Band and John Redell & the Company He Keeps.

On Saturday night you can catch The Blue Shivers, the Chuck Land Band, Kelly Red and the Hammerheads, Sweet Alice’s Unfinished Business Blues Band, The Mudpies, Leadfoot Johnny, Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Lucky Strike, the Natalie Wells Band, Willy D, Cash Ownly and the Badaires, the Jimmy D. Rogers Trio and another set by John Redell’s band.

Tickets are $15 per night, though you get a $5 discount if you become a member of the Blues Society (or already are one). For more info, go to cincyblues.org.

• Once upon a time, Bogart’s wasn’t strictly reserved for bigger national bands. The club actually featured local music on a steady basis and usually drew very well (and I’m not talking about just the “battle of the band” contests). From Punk Rock matinee shows to gigs by some of the bigger local bands to “tribute shows” featuring local acts playing the music of The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, Bogart’s was seen as a valiant local music supporter.

This Saturday, several of the club’s employees are setting out to prove that Bogart’s can still attract a crowd with just local music. Dubbed “NachoFest,” the 7:30 p.m. show features Rock, Punk and Indie bands Lost Hands Found Fingers, thistle, Silver Bridge Disaster, John Walsh, Banderas and The Dopamines. Admission is just $7. Local music back on Short Vine? It’s been a while.

• Bearcast Radio, the student-run radio station at the University of Cincinnati, has always supported our local music scene. Starting this month, they’ll continue the tradition by hosting a monthly “Brews and Bands” show featuring several local acts on the last Friday of each month at Baba Budan’s in Clifton Heights. This Friday’s event kicks off at 9 p.m. and features Wonky Tonk, The Happy Maladies and Molly, Eli and Ben (formerly Bosco Rossi). (bearcastradio.com)

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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