We often hear about things like the Punk revival and the endless offshoots it’s spawned. Or we find an article about the rebirth of Hip Hop and how its true culture never died. But what we don’t see or hear about quite as often is Bluegrass spinoffs like Midwestern Jamgrass. The reason, perhaps, is that many might beg the question — is that a thing?
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages have
had more lives than a Buddhist cat. They recorded two brilliant albums
in the early ’80s, broke up in 1986 and reunited in 2010, resulting in
three exceptional albums — 2011’s Savage Kings (on Cincinnati’s Shake It label), 2013’s acclaimed Dig Thy Savage Soul and their latest, Under the Savage Sky (both on Bloodshot Records).
Live Reggae music still exists in the
U.S. and in Cincinnati, though it is not as prevalent as it once was. In
the ’70s and ’80s, live music schedules in town were rife with
rub-a-dub jams by both locally and regionally based groups, as well as
bands straight out of Jamaica.
Conventional wisdom, which is always a
dangerous thing, says that Jackson Browne lost his command of the
zeitgeist — and his status as a Top-40 hitmaker and album-oriented Rock
hero — with 1983’s Lawyers in Love album (and its single of the same name).
It’s a sultry, late-August afternoon and the acclaimed, wildly popular New York Times-bestselling
author Kim Harrison is explaining why she decided to cross over into a
new literary genre by writing the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller The Drafter, the first of The Peri Reed Chronicles trilogy.
The free MidPoint Indie Summer shows on
Fountain Square are ending with a bang, as diverse Connecticut-spawned
rockers The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to
Die play the last concert of the season this week.
A first-of-its-kind community infoshop
for books, zines and events opened two years ago in Northside. It’s now
reopening at a new location in Brighton Saturday and expanding its
breadth of public services.
The Ohio Renaissance Festival is back and
bringing fall weekends filled with costumes, turkey legs, mulled mead,
jousting, games, glass-blowing demonstrations, choirs, crafts and tarot
readings inside a 30-acre, recreated 16th-century village.