One of Cincinnati’s most popular bands, Rumpke Mountain Boys, celebrates the release of its new album with a series of release parties in the region, kicking off Friday at Inner Circle (the former Annie’s location). Following the Cincinnati date, the Boys will perform for their growing fan bases in Lexington, Ky., Bloomington, Ind., Columbus, Ohio, and Cleveland. The group’s new album (its second) is titled Trashgrass, the name the members have given their eclectic, jammy, sometime trippy brand of Bluegrass. The band has all the markings of a standard Bluegrass troupe — mandolin, banjo, upright bass, acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies — but the members’ varied influences (they cite Grateful Dead, Ralph Stanley, Tom Waits and Jimmy Cliff among their key inspiration) make the end result its own organic, spontaneous beast. Vince Herman — a pioneer of the Rumpkes’ jammy take on Bluegrass with Leftover Salmon — called the seven-time Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners for Best Bluegrass act “a party waiting to happen.” Rumpke Mountain Boys perform Friday at 9 p.m. and admission is $10 (or $12 for those ages 18-20). Visit rumpke.ning.com for more info.
• Strong local Rock/Pop act Majestic Man celebrates the release of its debut full-length, Manatee, this Friday at Mayday in Northside. Local bands The FrontRunners and Plastic Inevitables open the free show at 10 p.m. Manatee is loaded with melodic, well-written songs, but the varied groove the band manipulates throughout the album is just as distinct and magnetic. Be it the Jazz slink of “Someday,” the dubby sway of “Bodysnatcher” or the angled Funk of “Age of No Reason,” the music is rhythmically fascinating. The dazzling guitar playing and superb vocals add cohesion to Manatee, an album that shows Majestic Man to be one of the more gifted newer groups in the Cincinnati area. To preview and/or purchase Manatee, visit majesticman.bandcamp.com.
• Though Noah Wotherspoon is best known ’round these parts as an ace Blues singer/guitarist (his eponymous group won top honors at this summer’s Cincy Blues Challenge), his duo project with singer/songwriter Jessi Bair shows he’s more than just a one-trick pony. Bair and Wotherspoon teamed up to record the EP Carolina Songs, which was released this summer on iTunes.
The recording — which showcases the duo’s clear songwriting compatibility and some wonderful vocal harmonies over five tracks of soothing, original Americana/Folk Pop — will be available in physical form when the twosome performs at the weekly “Leo Coffeehouse” event this Sunday at the Zion United Church of Christ Founder’s Hall in Norwood. Show starts at 7 p.m. and there is a small cover charge. (jessibair.com)
• Young Southeastern Indiana Country Pop trio Jetset Getset promotes its debut album Saturday Night (which was released in early October) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill next Great American Ball Park. Showtime is 8 p.m. The trio, whose members are 14 and 15 years old, were on a Nashville TV show when retired producer/DJ Jack Gale saw them and decided to come out of retirement to sign them to his Playback Records. The group has that catchy, twangy sound that Country and Pop radio are both in love with right now, so the sky’s the limit. Jetset Getset’s free, all-ages show at Toby Keith’s also serves as a benefit for Play It Forward, the local organization formed to help area musicians in their time of need (with medical, financial and other assistance). Proceeds from the sales of Saturday Night on Nov. 7 will be donated to the cause. (jetsetgetset.com)
More Local Notes
• Ironfest, the music festival started by friends of late local music booster “Iron” Mike Davidson to benefit his daughter, is set for its third annual event this Friday and Saturday at the Southgate House Revival in Newport. Each night features a staggering amount of great local bands. On Friday, catch Mad Anthony, State Song, Switchblade Syndicate, The Shanks, Goddamn Gravity, The New Void, Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues, Vito Emmanuel, Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s, Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, Chiva Knievel, Total Dudes, A Juliet Bender, Smoke Signals, Rising Shotgun, DC Project and Dead August. Performing Saturday are The Dopamines, Moonbow, Honeyspiders, Red Soul Rising, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Queen City Radio, Another Tragedy, The Tammy Whynots, 500 Miles to Memphis, The Sound Museum, SHIVS, Kelly Steward and the Restless Kind, The Mudpies, Martin Luther and the Kings, The Perfect Children, Buenos Crotches, Sticky Honey and The Andyman Hopkins Band. Tickets are just $5 each night and music starts at 7 p.m. (southgatehouse.com)
• The Ludlow Theatre (322 Elm St., Ludlow, Ky.), home to community circus troupe Circus Mojo, is mixing Blues into their usual merriment this Saturday for the first show in its monthly “Rockin’ the Big Top” series. R&B/Blues/Funk group The Medicine Men and Blues singer/pianist Chery Renee will perform the first concert with a “circus twist,” which includes clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more. Doors open (and circus fun starts) at 7 p.m.; music kicks off at 8 p.m. Visit ludlowtheater.blogspot.com for more on the event and venue.
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