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CityBeat Music Stage at Taste of Cincinnati

May 30 • Fifth and Race Streets

By Mike Breen · May 25th, 2010 · Sound Advice
If you're thinking about dropping by Taste of Cincinnati this weekend, make sure you come downtown on Sunday, when the “CityBeat Stage Presented by Riverbend Summer 2010” features a stellar collection of national up-and-comers and local heroes. The music stage is located at Fifth and Race streets.

Headlining at 9:30 p.m. is Chicago DJ duo The Hood Internet (pictured), a sort of a two-headed version of Girl Talk with more of an interest in Indie Rock. The twosome blends Rap and Hip Hop hits with songs from the Indie Rock realm, so, in Hood Internet world, Kanye West and Wilco do some jamming, Ludacris mingles with She & Him and Jay-Z and Xiu Xiu join forces.

Also on the bill is a local duo with dance-floor leanings: You, You're Awesome, performing at 7:30 p.m. Winners of Best New Artist at the 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, the twosome has gone on to receive national accolades including being listed in Spin's Top 25 Artists to Hear at the CMJ music festival in NYC.

The duo’s mix of big beats, squiggly synths, vocoder singing, choreographed video accompaniment and clever samples has made them a band to watch in the Indie world.

Cincinnati party-starters Buckra (playing at 5:30 p.m.) have been an entertaining force on the local music scene for over a decade. The group blends its varied influences (from Bad Brains and Django Reinhardt to Sly Stone and Stray Cats) into a cohesive, magnetic, singular sound. The band is probably the “most decorated” of all local bands, winning oodles of band contests/awards both local and national. And their live show can’t be touched.

Cincinnati’s Daughter and Sons will bring a different dance-party vibe to Taste (playing at 3:30 p.m.), one steeped in classic, authentic Soul/Funk. The horn- and groove-driven crew has made a name for itself with tight musicianship and an incredibly entertaining live show. The band has been nominated for several Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.

Kicking off CityBeat’s Taste entertainment at 1:30 p.m. is Seattle Garage Pop/Rock group Visqueen. The group has teamed up with some pretty impressive musicians over the past decade. The revolving bass-player role has been filled by Kim Warnick from The Fastbacks, Ronnie Barnett from The Muffs and super-producer Barrett Jones. Neko Case sings on the band's most recent effort, Message to Garcia, returning the favor after Visqueen singer/songwriter Rachel Flotard sang harmonies on some of Case’s albums. And the band has indirect Queen City ties: Another top-notch Seattle musician, former Cincinnatian Barb Hunter (Roundhead, Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Pigface), is currently playing cello with the group.

(Get all the Taste of Cincinnati details here. Read Michael Schiaparelli's account of helping judge the "Best of Taste" food winners here.)



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