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Radio Return

By Mike Breen · May 12th, 2010 · Spill It

Covington is gaining another new original music club this week, further upgrading its status as one of the premier destinations for music lovers in Greater Cincinnati. Radiodown was Frank Hulefeld’s first stab at a live music venue several years back when it opened above Tickets Sports Café. Hulefeld and his team went on to make The Mad Hatter one of the more popular clubs in Northern Kentucky, and Mad Hatter Productions has booked some of the larger national shows at the Madison Theater just around the corner.

Mad Hatter fans won’t have to look hard to find the new Radiodown (which is co-owned by Kevin McNamee, Mad Hatter alum and member of the band Hazle Weatherfield) — it’s located on the same property as the Hatter, just behind the main room.

This weekend is the club’s “Grand Opening,” and the promoters have set up a really nice stack of local music-heavy shows to get things started. Things kick off Thursday with local Electronic duo You, You’re Awesome. They’ve been especially busy lately, and they’ll hit the road this weekend for dates in Chicago and Brooklyn. On Friday night, Indie Rock foursome All the Day Holiday — whose debut for Linc Star, The Things We’ve Grown to Love, has earned the band high praise from Rolling Stone and AbsolutePunk — return home for a show following a series of tour dates that included the Bamboozle fest in New Jersey. They hit the road with Lovedrug (also performing Friday) for dates across the country in June.

Friday’s lineup is rounded out by Gold Shoes, Come On Caboose, Static Vessels and Canoes.

On Saturday, local faves Pomegranates, No No Knots, Enlou and Walk The Moon will rock the new club. And on Sunday, Radiodown goes Metal with a 6 p.m. all-ages show featuring Pain Link, Suicide Lullaby, Upon Hallowed Ground, Seeking Redemption, Promise to Agony, Beverly Hellfire, Behead the Tyrant and many more. Advanced tickets to all show are available at www.cincyticket.com. (Details on the new club: www.myspace.com/radiodownclub)

More Local Notes

• The good news: Local rockers Caterpillar Tracks are releasing their new album, The Fallbreaker, in conjunction with a free show at Northside Tavern Saturday with guests/labelmates Knife the Symphony (just back from tour) and former local band (now based in Virginia) Heevahava. The bad news: It’s Caterpillar Tracks last show. Between the performance and the sizzling album, CT is going out with a bang. The Fallbreaker is being issued as a digital-only release … with a twist. A limited edition screen-printed poster (featuring the work of artist Robyn Roth, formerly of Knife the Symphony) will be available at the release/farewell show containing a download code for the new full-length album. (Show and club details here.)

• The “listening to music outside” season is officially upon us. Those who work downtown are likely familiar with the LPK Acoustic Lunch series at Piatt Park, which has been drawing crowds for well over a decade. Local artists perform acoustically each Tuesday at Piatt Park (just across from the library) at Vine Streets and Garfield Place, with music beginning at 11:45 a.m. The series (which runs through the end of September) starts this Tuesday with Latin/Jazz music from Zumba. Other performers in the series include Rumpke Mountain Boys (June 8), The Faux Frenchmen (June 22), Wild Carrot and the Roots Band (June 29), Wade Baker Jazz Collaborative (July 13), Cheryl Renee Trio (Aug. 3), Carole Walker (Sept. 7) and Bob Cushing & Chris Goins (Sept. 14). Get the full lineup here.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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