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Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings

By Mike Breen · January 31st, 2007 · Spill It
· Those behind the revitalization of the area around the "new" Fountain Square downtown are eager to get local music in the mix. Beginning in the spring, the square will host local acts on Fridays for its "Rock the Square" concerts. The initial schedule of events also includes "Unplugged Thursday," which will showcase acoustic performers each week in the afternoons. It should come as no surprise, since Bill Donabedian, co-founder of the local-music-scene-boosting MidPoint Music Festival (as well as a musician), is the square's managing director. Donabedian is also looking for local musicians to contribute to the programming on the square's huge LED video screen. He's looking for music videos or, for those without, creative slideshows set to local music. Donabedian says he hopes to have a regular block of local music clips to show a few times a week. Artists interested in the exposure can go to myfountainsquare.com/video/submit for a list of technical requirements, guidelines and submission applications.

· Leave it to locally-based label Tokyo Rose Records to put another interesting spin on the whole "tribute concert" concept. In the past, the label has hosted tributes to everything from TV show theme songs to Cincinnati-area music, performed by a cornucopia of local bands. They're back at it Friday with a Southern Rock "roast," featuring a boatload of local acts you wouldn't normally (i.e. ever) associate with the genre. Signed up so far are The Wolverton Brothers, The Hiders, Billy Catfish, The Gremlins, The Fairmount Girls, The Libertines U.S., Lovely Crash, Go to Hell, Roesing Ape, My Wife the Tiger, Round Short, Montana Wildhack, MercuroChrome, Tornado Trousers, the Josh Dorsey Blues Band and Good Sister/Bad Sister (DJ Bev Rage will spin throughout the night).

Expect a litany of unexpected Southern Rock classics -- hell, it's worth going just to see who does "Freebird!" The promise of "Southern Rock prizes" should seal the deal. The show starts at 10 p.m. and admission is just $5. (tokyoroserecords.com)

· Local rockers The Stapletons have lost another brother. The band recently announced that their founding drummer Mick Stapleton has decided to leave the fold but will still be helping out behind the scenes. After recording their excellent recent CD, Superstar Revolution, the band also lost original guitarist Newky Stapleton. Chris Mullins now plays lead guitar for the band, and they've quickly picked up a new drummer, Tom Fitzgerald, a Cincinnatian who's also played music in Boston and San Francisco. The lineup shift hasn't slowed the road dogs down one bit -- February finds them playing shows in Texas and the Carolinas. Fitzgerald makes his debut with the band Wednesday, when they play East End Café with The Sundresses. The band also plays The Poison Room Feb. 10 and Jefferson Hall Feb. 14. (thestapletonsusa.com)

· Fantastic "punkadelic Psych Rock" foursome Get Sweaty are also losing an original member -- bassist Ian Thomas is leaving town for Boston in mid-February. Come see off Ian Wednesday as the band plays a free show at Northside Tavern. The show is sure to conjure up some misty-eyed nostalgia for Get Sweaty -- it was the site of their very first show (when they were named Dead Flowers) and also marked the first time the band was ever "banned" from playing at a club! The group even wrote a song about it, "Banned at the Tavern." (Reasons given for the ban have included excessive loudness and underage alcohol sipping.) Expect them to be on their best behavior this time around. Or come see them get banned again. You never know! (myspace.com/getsweaty)

· Versatile Cincinnati-born-and-bred guitarist Danny Adler, who has performed with everyone from Chuck Berry, James Brown and John Lee Hooker to local greats like the late H-Bomb Ferguson, performs a rare hometown show Saturday at The Greenwich. The veteran performer (also known for his cult-fave band Roogalator, based out of London) is joined by drummer Tim Brown and bassist "Uncle" Russell Givens for the 9 p.m. show. Admission is $5. (dannyadler.com)

· Despite a successful two-year run, CincyLatino is reporting that their regular Saturday "Latin Night" at Jeff Ruby's Tropicana restaurant and nightclub at Newport on the Levee was abruptly cancelled a couple of weeks ago. The event -- seemingly a perfect fit for the "1950s Cuba-inspired" venue -- has featured live music from the city's best Latin bands, including Tropicoso, Salsa Caliente and Son Del Caribe, since early 2005. Organizers wasted no time in finding a new location, and they didn't have to look far. On Jan. 27, the event was moved to the Levee's Pacific Moon Restaurant. The next Latin night there takes place Feb. 10. Tropicana continues to host a CincyLatino night on Thursdays. (cincylatino.com)

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen(at)citybeat.com


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