We are two weeks into summer and there
have been plenty of great musical events already. But, thanks in part to
the growing number of venues hosting larger concerts in the area,
there’s still a lifetime of shows to come this hot season.
The National's edgy, dark-hued songs sync perfectly with
our current age of anxiety, and now comes Trouble Will Find Me — another
collection of richly textured tunes marked by frontman Matt
Berninger’s deep baritone and evocative lyrics. But the new record also
feels like a departure, as if The National finally seems comfortable in
its own skin.
O.N.I.F.C. feels like the logical
next step in Khalifa’s development and ability to blend Hip Hop
mentality with Pop melody. Tracks like “The Plan” (featuring Juicy J),
“Let It Go” (featuring Akon) and “No Limit” are among the songs that
feature sleek, synthesized melodies that flow around rapped vocals.
For fans (known affectionately as
Beardos), WBFF has grown well beyond its original local-showcase format
and become a regional/national talent draw. This year’s headliners
include former Drive-By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell and Trampled by
Turtles side project Dead Man Winter, impressive names on any marquee.
Heart has had huge
success, selling more than 35 million albums and notching 21 Top 40 hit
singles, headlining the biggest arenas along the way. The Wilson sisters
in particular have had a major impact on music as well, helping open
doors for several generations of female artists.
To get a glimpse inside the
lives of the people of Pride in the Queen City, we’ve collected personal interviews with prominent
members of city’s LGBTQ community to discuss what it’s like to be gay in
Cincinnati today and what they’re doing to make this city a more open
If there’s anything University of
Cincinnati human sexuality professor Carolyn Peterson wants to give you, it’s the gift
of permission, of consent, to everyone, but especially to her students
who identify as LGBTQ.
Rich Sherman is one of the founders of CNKY Scene (cnkyscene.com),
a monthly magazine highlighting LGBTQ entertainment, nightlife,
businesses and the allied community in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Cortnie Owens has come pretty far from her
rural East Side upbringing. After choosing to remain closeted about her
sexuality during her high school years, Owens escaped the countryside
to pursue a lifestyle decidedly more urban.
Pride week is here, and it’s teeming with
opportunities to celebrate diversity in the Tristate. New events held
each day beginning June 26 lead up to Cincinnati Pride’s 40th
anniversary parade and festival on June 29, which features an extensive
list of entertainment and activities too copious to count.
Even though we as adults don’t
necessarily get an extended summer vacation, the memory of childhoods
spent basking in a solar hug from June to August — wiping dripping
Popsicles from our hands and jumping through sprinklers — stays with us.
And our Summer Guide celebrates and recognizes all those wistful
traditions with a grown-up twist.