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Rockabilly roundup gets Rusty (York, that is)

By Mike Breen · July 6th, 2007 · Spill It
Rockabilly/Hillbilly kings the StarDevils celebrated the third anniversary of their monthly Rockabilly Roundup showcase last year by bringing in one of the queens of Rockabilly, Rosie Flores, for a ballroom blowout at the Southgate House. This Friday, the Devils (fresh off some tour dates in England) celebrate the event's fourth birthday at the Southgate with another 'billy giant -- Greater Cincinnati's own, Rusty York.

A Kentucky native, York has had a long, storied career, from his days recording for Chess and King Records to his sideman gigs with Jimmy Skinner and Bobby Bare to live appearances at the Grand Ol Opry and Hollywood Bowl. Though he rarely plays dates in the U.S., York is still active in the local music scene -- he owns Jewel Recording Studios in Mount Healthy, which has hosted sessions by everyone from Ralph Stanley to the Grateful Dead. The Rockabilly Hall of Famer will be backed by the StarDevils for his rare local performance Friday. For more on his illustrious musical life, check out rockabillyhall.com and search "Rusty York."

Doors for the show open at 9:30 p.m.; admission is $10. (myspace.com/rockabillyroundup)

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings
· Assuming you pick up (or dial up) your new issue of CityBeat first thing in the morning on Wednesdays (you do, right?), you should immediately head over to Northside to check out the awesome Fourth of July parade at noon. If you can't make it until a little later, that's OK -- at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, immediately after the parade, Hoffner Park (right on Hamilton Ave., in the heart of downtown Northside) is hosting a 4th of July Festival featuring music from locals like the World Beat masters, Baoku & the Image Afro-Beat Band, Bluegrass masters, The Comet Bluegrass Allstars, and Hip Hop/spoken word legend Jibri. Say it with me: "U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.

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· Starting this week, every other Monday at Stanley's Pub is an installment of the club's new Jazz Jam Session series. The jams will be helmed by drummer Jason Smart, the former Ray's Music Exchange skinsman who has toured extensively with nationally beloved "Jam"/Jazz bands like the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Music kicks off at 9 p.m. with Smart and his trio, capped off by an open jam later in the night. There is no cover charge. Also (relatively) new to Stanley's is another "theme"-type night. Every Thursday, the club presents "Jammin' Thursdays," featuring different local and touring "Jam" bands each week. This Thursday, local faves the Rusty Van Band are the featured act, joined by Dayton's The Goods. Not enough jammin' for you? Then be sure to check out Bluegrass revivalists/reconstructionists Rumpke Mountain Boys this Sunday at Stanley's as they host a 'grassy jam of their own.

· Two of Cincinnati's greatest Bluegrass heroines team up this Sunday at Kaldi's for a special afternoon show at 2 p.m. Join Katie Laur and Ma Crow for a special Sunday brunch show (there's no cover charge, but you may want to make reservations). The gig is also a part of the Second Sunday on Main celebration.

· Area Indie rockers Sohio have been invited to play the humongous Summerfest in Milwaukee this week. The band plays Sunday at the fest, which runs 11 days and features big acts like Built to Spill, Peter Frampton, Saliva, Dashboard Confessional, Live, Guster, Son Volt, Old 97s, Toby Keith, Lupe Fiasco and many, many others. (myspace.com/sohio)

· Amazing local rockers Pearlene are out on the road in support of the national release of their magnificent For Western Violence and Brief Sensuality (the band put the disc in stores locally late last year). On Sunday, the band joins Radio Birdman in Ann Arbor, the first of several tour dates with the Australian music legends. The new album is still racking up praise; Harp magazine recently said, "Pearlene's Reuben Glaser has one of those delicious, maple-coated voices that recalls the golden age of classic Rock & Roll and all that was good about it, with none of the bad. But make no mistake, this ain't no hippie stuff: it's the new breed of psychedelic Garage Blues. Dig It." (pearlenemusic.com)

· The Jon Justice Band won the Cincy Blues Challenge this year, meaning they'll be representing Cincinnati at the International Blues Challenge early next year in Memphis. Justice's group won in the "band" category, while Ricky Nye took home top honors in the "solo/duo" category of the Challenge (Nye also gets to go to Memphis for the Cincy Blues Society to compete). Both acts also receive main stage slots at the Cincy Blues Fest, which is coming up on Aug. 3 and 4 at Sawyer Point. Other local artists slated to appear at the Blues Fest include the Sonny Moorman Group, Jimmy D Rogers, Them Bones, Dick & The Roadmasters, Miss Lissa & Company, The Bluebirds, The Conrail Saints, Blumanchu, Tempted Souls and G. Miles and the Hitmen. (cincyblues.org)

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen(at)citybeat.com


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