Local musicians and the fans who love them will be getting gussied up for the 13th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music Sunday night at Covington’s Madison Theater, a new home for the event. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7.
Ticket proceeds will benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, the organization dedicated to illuminating our area’s rich musical history and vital importance to popular music’s evolution. On Sunday afternoon the group will unveil a historical marker downtown to commemorate Herzog Studios' connections to Hank Williams, The Delmore Brothers, Patti Page and other recording stars of the 1940s and '50s. The Herzog festivities will be held at 1 p.mhere.
Performers for the 2009 CEA ceremony are nominees this year for good reason. The eclectic lineup showcases some of the best of what our city has to offer to today’s musical landscape: addicting Garage grinders The Lions Rampant, original Americana juggernaut Magnolia Mountain, playful Electronica twosome You, You're Awesome, Blues/R&B powerhouse II Juicy, Hip Hop/Pop squad Small Time Crooks and eclectic Soul rocker Brian Olive and his band featuring members of local Indie champs The High and Low.
Even if you disdain the concept of award shows, the CEAs are always one of the best parties of the year and totally down to earth. The afterparty ranks up there too — buy a ticket and get into the post-ceremony shindig at The Mad Hatter, where The Fairmount Girls will hand out their Fashion Trashie Awards. Details here.
Find all the nominees, CEA background and previous years' Hall of Fame inductees here.