After taking a year off, the One More Girl on a Stage music festival returns this week bigger and better than ever. Founded by local musician Kelly Thomas (Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, The Tammy WhyNots), One More Girl (OMG) is striving to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
Instead of hosting the festival at one venue, this year’s One More Girl benefit has expanded to six local venues in two cities over three nights. Thursday night’s lineup will be spread over four venues on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine, Friday’s festivities take place at Newport, Ky.’s Southgate House Revival and Saturday’s closing night is being held at York Street Café, also in Newport.
The lineup for One More Girl showcases female solo artists and bands with a strong female presence from the Greater Cincinnati area. Many of them also happen to be some of the best acts in the region, playing a range of styles that includes everything from Hard Rock and Pop Rock to Bluegrass, Folk and many other variations on the Americana theme.
One More Girl on a Stage’s opening night in Over-the-Rhine Thursday is an entirely free affair, with music starting at 8 p.m. The OMG lineup at MOTR Pub (motrpub.com) features Good Night Noises, A Juliet Bender, Sticky Honey and Darlene, while Japp’s (japps1879.com) will have The Missy Werner Band, Kelly Thomas & Randy Steffen, Salty Candy, Magnolia Mountain Quartet and Heavy Hinges. At Neons Unplugged (facebook.com/neonsunplugged) on Thursday, fest-goers can catch singer/songwriters Sami Riggs, Debra Randall, Carrie Sample, Jenny Ward and Mia Carruthers. The lineup at The Drinkery (thedrinkery.net) features the Holly Spears Band, Kerosene Alley, Wendy Oakley and The Posse, Stompin’ Revolvers and Buenos Crotches.
On Friday, the OMG fest takes over the three stages at the Southgate House Revival (southgatehouse.com) starting at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s performances will be held on two stages at York Street Café (yorkstonline.com) beginning at 7 p.m. The main stage on the second floor will have The Dishes, Terminal Union, Houston & Honey, Alone at 3AM and Kelly Thomas and The Fabulous Pickups, while the third floor (home to the venue’s art gallery) will feature Kelly Routt, Wonky Tonk, Chelisa Bailey, Carole Walker and Hickory Robot.
Admission for Friday’s OMG at the Southgate is $15; those tickets, as well as a $20 weekend pass that will get you into York Street Café on Saturday, are available in advance though ticketfly.com. Admission to just York Street’s OMG shows is $10 at the door.
Visit kellythomasonline.com/omgas for complete information on all of the OMG festivities.
Get Psyched for Cincy Psych Fest
A few years ago when the latest Americana/Folk revival kicked in, many said it was due to a cultural desire to return to our roots post-9/11. The past few years, artists playing music with a Psychedelic edge seem to be on the rise. (Last month’s MidPoint Music Festival was loaded with trippy acts.) What that means, I have no idea.
Whatever the cultural significance, the Cincy Psych Fest came along at just the right time, debuting last year with a mix of local and national Psych Rock acts. The fest returns this Saturday to Mayday in Northside (maydaynorthside.com) for its second annual affair. Music starts at 4 p.m. and will be featured on the club’s outdoor and indoor stages.
Headlining is Philly band Purling Hiss, which joins numerous other national touring acts, including Killer Moon (Chicago), Ttotals (Nashville, Tenn.), Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor (Detroit), The Golden Grass (New York City), Abby Gogo (Atlanta), Plastic Crimewave Syndicate (Chicago), Heaven’s Gateway Drugs (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Haunted Leather (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Nest Egg (Asheville, N.C.). Cincinnati’s Psych scene will be represented at the fest by Brian Olive, Electric Citizen, Temple and Mark Zero and the Cave Managers. Indiana-based Dr. Robert’s Ocular Odyssey (Fort Wayne) will again provide a psychedelic light show, while DJ Kyle Havens will spin Psych music between sets.
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