Sweet Spirit, the new album from phenomenal local Blues/Rock singer/guitarist Kelly Richey, will be celebrated with a release party this Friday at West Side club Legends (legendscincinnati.com). Showtime is 8 p.m. and admission is $10.
The 10-track Sweet Spirit is Richey’s 10th studio effort and first to feature the always-impressive bass playing of Chris Sherman, a.k.a. Freekbass from Freekbot and local Funk group Freekbass. Sherman and studio drummer Robby Cosenza (formerly of the D.C.-spawned Indie Folk Rock band These United States) give Richey’s muscular, riff-laden songs a serious groove upon which the ever-soulful musician dazzles with both her six-string and vocal chords. While a powerful record, there are also lots of varying shades and subtleties to the album (there’s even a guest slot from Funk legend Bernie Worrell, who plays keys on “Everybody Needs a Change”). Sherman is now a full-time member of the Kelly Richey Band and, along with drummer Jyn Yates, has been touring steadily with Richey in support of the release. (kellyrichey.com)
• One of Cincinnati’s best Bluegrass ensembles, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, has released its debut album, Wayward Daughter, a stellar collection of Bluegrass/Americana/Country standards delivered in Crow and Co.’s flawless, soul-stirring “mountain music” style. The musicianship, arrangements and vocals (melodies and harmonies) on the album — a follow-up to Crow’s 2011 solo release, Smoky Junction — are impeccable.
• A year ago, area Hip Hop greats Wonder Brown and MC Forty released their latest collaborative project, the album Walking Words, at the “Triple Trouble” release show at Rohs Street Café in Clifton Heights, which also featured release celebrations for new efforts by MC Till and Sean LittleOffbeat Collective will provide live back-up Saturday and MC Till hosts. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $3 or you can pay $10 and also receive both albums. (mcforty.bandcamp.com; wonderbrown.bandcamp.com)
• In 1997, Aperiodic was formed in Greater Cincinnati by guitarist Kevin Parrett, multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Perkins and drummer Matt Schulz. Tiring of the “Indie Rock” scene of the time, the trio reportedly formed as a free, improv-heavy outlet, which combined Jazz, Post Punk and other influences into something wildly experimental and singular. Since then, the band members have scattered to Dayton, Chicago and Brooklyn, but remain busy musically. Schulz, formerly with Enon, has been playing with experimental electronic rockers Holy Fuck from Toronto for the past several years. Via email, Schulz told me it was difficult to get all three members in the same city to play a show, especially with Holy Fuck working on a new album.
Despite only a few live shows and minimal recorded output, Aperiodic left its mark. Last fall, area label Phratry Records (phratryrecords.com) issued the band’s debut LP, Future Feedback, on vinyl. The group makes a rare live appearance in honor of the release Saturday at The Comet in Northside. The free show starts at 10 p.m. Knife the Symphony and Hyrrokkin also perform.
Early-Bird MidPoint Fest Passes on Sale Friday
For a limited time (while supplies last, as they say), seriously discounted tickets for the MidPoint Music Festival — which returns to the clubs and venues of Over-the-Rhine/Downtown Sept. 26-28 — will be made available starting this Friday at 10 a.m.
During this “Loyalty Presale,” three-day “All Music Access” passes can be purchased through mpmf.cincyticket.com for just $49 (they’ll be $20 more come MPMF time). They are expected to sell out fast, so get ’em while you can. For those wanting a VIP MPMF experience, the popular VIP passes will also be available Friday for $129 ($40 off the normal price). The VIP tickets get you priority admission to all shows, access to catered VIP-only events and other goodies. (Last year’s VIP passes sold out before the fest.)
In other MPMF news, if you are a musician/performer interested in being considered for a showcase slot at the festival, submissions are now being accepted via Sonicbids (visit MPMF.com to link to the site for directions). The submission fee is just $20 until this Friday; after that it goes up to $25. (Those without a Sonicbids account can register for MPMF and receive a two-week free trial of the service.)