The Blues can often conjure images of sweltering heat and sweat-inducing sun rays (like in that movie, Crossroads, with the Karate Kid), but a swift winter chill can be just as fitting. Be it Seasonal Affective Disorder or just the need for some down and dirty grooves to grind to (and keep warm), the Blues can be your best friend come wintertime. Luckily, Cincinnati Blues doesn’t take the winter off.
The Cincy Blues Society’s annual “Winter Blues Fest” is coming up at the end of January (two nights, three stages and 26 bands at the Southgate House, Jan. 29-30). But Monday you can get your Blues fix via a stellar lineup at Play By Play in Silverton. And it’s for a good cause — helping area artists spread the good word of Midwestern Blues. The “Road to Memphis 2010” showcase kicks off at 7 p.m. and raises money to help local musicians get to Memphis at the end of the month and battle in the International Blues Challenge (check blues.org for more on the IBC festivities).
Monday’s benefit show will feature IBC competitors Cheryl Renee with Them Bones (competing in the “Band” category and representing the Cincy Blues Society) and Ricky Nye (CBS rep in the “Solo/Duo” category), as well as Twelve-Eight (participating in the new Youth Showcase at the IBC) and Jimmy D. Rogers, who is the Columbus Blues Alliance’s entry in the “Solo/Duo” category. (Oddly, Cincinnati’s Sonny Moorman Group — not performing at the benefit — is the CBA’s “Band” competitor and the band’s Live as Hell album is up for Best Self-Produced CD honors.)
Get show and venue details here.
Next Sunday (Jan. 17), the Kentuckiana Blues Society’s IBC representative Dick and the Roadmasters team with Nye and Them Bones for another “Road to Memphis” show at Covington’s Madison Theater (6 p.m. start time).
More Local Notes
• Local Hardcore band Paralyzer — formed from the ashes of File & Claw and featuring members of several other current/ former bands — will release its new CD, Counting Catastrophe, Saturday at the CS13 gallery/performance space in Over-the-Rhine. The show is free (though donations for CS13 won’t be frowned upon) and all-ages. Showtime is 8 p.m. Till Plains and White Walls will also perform. (Get show and venue details here.)
• When CityBeat profiled Butler County kinda Roots, kinda Indie/Alt rockers Sohio a few months ago about the band’s forthcoming album, it was confirmed that the release was finished (after more than three years in the making) and that it would hit streets in early 2010. What the band members didn’t know was what the full-length would be titled. Well, it’s early 2010, the album is being released Friday and it finally has a name — Impossible Hope. For the release show Friday, the group is joined at the Southgate House by local Indie Rock/Pop bands Black Owls, Cash Flagg and The Transport. Show starts at 9 p.m. (Get show and venue details here.)
• OK, here’s the deal. A “new rule,” if you will. If you move to Cincinnati and are in a really good, active band, even though your bandmates may not live here, we still get to claim you as an honorary “local band.” (If your band sucks … we’ll pass, thanks.) So, with this new edict in place, head to the Blue Wisp Jazz Club this Saturday to see and hear Cincinnati’s newest “revved-up Swing/Rockabilly/Blues/Jazz” band, Neon Swing X-perience. The group is based in Pittsburgh but singer/trumpeter Mike Urick moved to Cincy to go to grad school, so the band members split travel time. The group has been a popular hire around the country, having performed at The Derby in Hollywood and Central Park in the Big Apple, and NSX already has steady tour dates booked into the summer. (Get show and venue details here.)
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