Just after Christmas, multi-instrumentalist Justin Todhunter, who performs with the Folk/Americana band Jake Speed and the Freddies and the Bluegrass group Rattlesnakin’ Daddies, was the victim of a home invasion that resulted in the loss of most of his valuables, including the tools of his trade — his instruments.
The instruments taken are likely making their way around the black market, so keep an eye out at local music and pawn shops, as well as online sites like Craigslist. Here are the instruments, which Todhunter posted on his Facebook page just after the break-in at his Westwood home: a 1985 Kentucky KM-1000 mandolin; a 2008 Eastman MD 815 mandolin (red finish); a 2005 Martin OOO-M acoustic guitar; a 2000 Blue Fender Stratocaster guitar (Mexican); a 1949 National 1088 Triplex Lap Steel guitar; and a 2009 Douglas bass guitar (Hofner copy). If you spot any of the instruments, let Todhunter know through his Facebook page at facebook.com/jdogfreddies.
Besides keeping a lookout for the instruments, you can also help Todhunter this Monday, Jan. 13 when MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com) hosts a benefit show to assist in replacing the items. Both the Freddies and Rattlesnakin’ Daddies are scheduled to perform. Showtime is 9 p.m. There is no cover charge but, obviously, donations are strongly encouraged.
If you can’t make the show, fellow member of the Freddies Chris Werner has also set up a donation site through FundRazr. Visit fundrazr.com/campaigns/6fkQ4 to donate. As we went to press, $700 had already been donated.
CEA Voting Ends Soon
• If you’re interested in helping your favorite local artists nominated for this year’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards win an award, you better get on it.
Voting for the 17th annual event honoring the Greater Cincinnati music scene (organized and presented by CityBeat) closes at midnight this Tuesday, Jan. 14. Click here and make your voice heard.
The awards will be presented at the annual CEA party/ceremony on Jan. 26 at Covington, Ky.’s Madison Theater (madisontheateronline.com). An exciting late addition — dubbed the “Saint Ain’t Mangled Angels” — is slated to open the event at 7 p.m., but you’ll have to show up to see what that entails. Besides the surprise opening performance, attendees can also catch mini-sets by DAAP Girls, The Upset Victory, The Yugos, Honey & Houston, Moonbow, Valley High and The Almighty Get Down. The show is open to music fans of all-ages. Tickets are available now at cincyticket.com for $20 (they’re $25 at the door on the day of the show). Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes various facets of the area’s rich musical history. Find more about the org at takingyoutothebridge.org.
If you’d like to get out of the house and learn more about this year’s CEA nominees, stop by Rock Paper Scissors (1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, rpscincinnati.com). The new art supply/local music shop, which opened last fall, has constructed a storefront display dedicated to this year’s CEA nominees and music and merchandise from many of the artists are available for purchase. The store’s Adam Petersen says the just-erected storefront display and CEA-affiliated stock will be “present and growing” between now and the awards ceremony.
More Local Notes
• Eclectic rockers Strangetunge are hosting a party to help warm up local music fans this Saturday at Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com). “Strangetunge’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Winter Party” will take place in the venue’s Sanctuary Room, with music beginning at 9 p.m. Joining Strangetunge for the party will be unique Americana act Wild Mountain Berries and Haymarket Riot, a regionally-popular band that formed in the ’60s and had success throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. Haymarket Riot reunited in 1994 to play at a tribute to famed local venue Ludlow Garage; the show went so well, the band decided to continue.
Strangetunge — which is working on the follow-up to last year’s Tunge in Cheek album — is dedicating Saturday’s event to Rob Elkins, the group’s former bassist who passed away in November. (strangetunge.com)
• College Hill Coffee Company (6128 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, collegehillcoffeeco.com) celebrates its eighth anniversary this weekend with performances from a couple of the many artists the coffeehouse/café has hosted over the years. On Friday, singer/songwriter Tracy Walker performs, while Saturday will feature Chris Collier, the Folk artist who just released her latest album, Portraits (which will be available at the show). Both performances start at 7:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge (though tips for the musicians, of course, are appreciated).