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Local Music Venue News

By Mike Breen · May 2nd, 2012 · Spill It
The local Roots music scene and its fans have a cool new music venue to check out. This Friday-Sunday is the grand opening of Plain Folk Café, a converted two-room schoolhouse (originally built in 1913) featuring coffee, beer, food and regular live music from area Folk, Bluegrass, Americana and acoustic acts. (They’ll also be selling various arts and crafts by local artisans on consignment.) The Café is located in Pleasant Plain, Ohio, near Loveland. 

Things get started at 7:30 p.m. Friday with AltCountry act Terminal Union, followed by popular Newgrass/Bluegrass troupe the Rumpke Mountain Boys (pictured). The fun starts at noon on Saturday with music from Ellen Mershon. Music runs until 1 a.m. and the lineup also includes Vaughn & Co., The Missy Werner Band, Blue Caboose and Hickory Robot. Sunday from noon-4 p.m., Terminal Union’s Ian Mathieu hosts a special grand-opening open jam. To learn more about the venue, visit plainfolkcafe.com. 

The Thompson House — in the spot formerly occupied by long-running, much-beloved venue the Southgate House — will present a “Grand Opening” weekend Jun 1-3, with “Preview Weekends” May 18-20 and May 25-27. Looks like touring Ska/Reggae band The Aggrolites will be the first to break the seal, performing May 18 at the venue with locals The Newport Secret Six and The Ohms. The Thompson House will be featuring regular local Jazz acts; veteran promoter Walter “Doc B” Broadnax has a steady rotation of acts scheduled for Fridays at the club, including the Eddie Brookshire Quintet (June 1), Mike Wade and Phil DeGreg (June 8) and Bruce Menefield’s Omni-Beat Ensemble (June 22). Other shows on the Thompson House schedule include Leadfoot Johnny (June 8), Crossfade (June 11) and the “Cincinnati Metal and Hardcore Fest II” featuring Sea of Treachery, The Plot in You and others (June 2, starting at 3 p.m.).

Visit thompsonhousenewport.com for more info on the new House.

More Local Notes

• Saturday at the Front Porch Café (frontstcafe.com), just up the river in New Richmond, Ohio, great Bluegrass ensemble Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers perform at 7 p.m. for the group’s banjoist’s new instructional book release party. Becoming Banjo Worthy by Trina Emig is a book and four CDs of musical instruction for those interested in learning (or honing chops on) five-string Bluegrass banjo. Visit trinaemig.com for more on the book. (macrowmusic.com)

• Local Boogie Woogie piano Blues master Ricky Nye is playing musical ambassador again this week as he and his “Paris Blues Band” (French musicians with whom Nye has recorded and toured with in Europe) embark on another local mini-tour. For this, their third annual Midwest jaunt, Nye and Co. will also be promoting a new recording titled Oh Man!. The ensemble kicks off its area dates with a Kentucky Derby Party in Burlington, Ky., on Saturday afternoon, followed by a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington (call ahead if you don’t have tickets; at press time, the event was close to a sell-out). Next week, on May 9, the Paris band joins Nye at Covington’s Chez Nora for a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Then on May 11 they perform at the Rabbit Hash Barn Dance in Rabbit Hash, Ky., and on May 12 they play the Big Song Music House in Oxford. For full show details, visit rickynye.com.

• Cinco de Mayo celebrations abound around Greater Cincinnati this Saturday, but the best bet for hardcore May 5 fans is at Fountain Square for the Cincy-Cinco Latin Festival (happening Saturday and Sunday). Music runs all weekend at the event, which is free. Visit cincicinco.com for the full lineup. 

• The best Cincy-Cinco after-party is at The Newport Syndicate Saturday. BMM Productions has put together a stellar lineup of area Latin bands for the 8 p.m. party (most of which are also performing on Fountain Square): Tropicoso, Cla’ve Son, Son Del Caribe and the all-women Salsa orchestra Orquestra Kandela. Two large dance rooms will be filled with dancers all night. The TriState Bachata Open Championship will also be decided. Admission is $15 in advance (V.I.P. options are available) by calling 513-351-7222 (during the week between 9-5). It’s $20 day of the show. There will be a pre-party on Friday at the Step’n Out Studio in Covington. A free Bachata class begins at 7:30 p.m. for anyone who needs to brush up on their moves. (bmmproductions.com)

• The third annual Mayday Fest at Northside club Mayday goes down Saturday. The event takes on a Cinco De Mayo flavor this year, with Mexican food (from brand-new Northside spot Django Western Taco) and drink galore. The club is also serving Mint Juleps and showing the Kentucky Derby on the big-screen. And, that night, Garage Rock takes over as The Cincinnati Suds return, joined by newcomers Buenos Crotches (featuring members of The Jellyhearts and The Sundresses). The fun starts at 4 p.m. (and it’ll be “kid friendly” until 9 p.m.). (maydaynorthside.com)

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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