Last year, officials in Marshall, Texas,
declared its city the birthplace of Boogie Woogie music. But 13 years
ago, local pianist Ricky Nye started a tradition that has made Greater
Cincinnati (or, more precisely, Newport, Ky.) one of the premiere active
hubs in the U.S. for the rolling, rollicking American style of
Blues/R&B music that dates back to the late 1800s.
Local melodic Death Metal group Rose
Funeral have released its second long-player for esteemed label Metal
Blade. Now a slimmed down trio (though no less ferocious), the band’s Gates of Punishment came out at the end of September, but Rose Funeral is just now making its way back from tour to host a hometown release party.
Voting for (and the traditional griping
over) this year’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards is off to a fast and
furious start in just the first week since the ballot was opened online
at www.citybeat.com. If you haven’t voted yet, you have a few weeks to
go — the voting will be closed at noon on Nov. 11. Since you have a little time, why not
make your vote really count and hit the local club scene over the next
couple of weeks to watch and listen to the nominees, several of whom
have local performances scheduled?
Eclectic singer/songwriter Jason Ludwig (formerly of the band Noctaluca) celebrates the release of two new albums Friday at the Southgate House in Newport. The Newbees and Sassy Molasses
kick off the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $9 or $12 at the door.
The biannual Clifton Heights Music
Festival returns this weekend for another incredibly diverse celebration
of local music (and a smattering of regional performers). The fifth
CHMF takes place Friday and Saturday in six venues — Baba Budan’s, Rohs
Street Café, Mac’s Pizza Pub, Christy’s, Murphy’s Pub and Roxx
Electrocafe, a coffee/gaming café on Calhoun. Featuring everything from
Hip Hop and Electronica to Folk and Indie Rock, the fest begins at 8
p.m. both nights.
Kelly Thomas is well known in local music circles for
her many benefit concerts and events, as well as releases with Second
Sister, The Tammy WhyNots and a duo album with 500 Miles to Memphis’
Ryan Malott. Now, what Thomas calls her “primary band” — Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pick-Ups — is finally gearing up for its debut album release.
Hit up MPMF.com for all of the
last-second news about the 10th MidPoint Music Festival (running
Thursday-Saturday in venues throughout Over-the-Rhine and Downtown). If
you missed it when it appeared in CityBeat a couple of weeks
ago, copies of the official MPMF Guide — with write-ups on all 180-plus
acts and full fest details — will be plentiful at the event. Here are some new developments.
Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion plays
host to the third annual “Bluegrass for Babies” concert this Saturday at
4p.m. The event was co-founded by Matt and Anne Schneider, who
organized the family-friendly concert to raise funds for Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital Medical Center after their son Nicholas underwent
emergency surgery there the day after he was born.
The PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain
Square may be over, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of
music to come in the city’s center. This weekend (Friday-Sunday), the
Square hosts the 2011 Cincinnati Beer Fest, which, besides lots of
different types of beer for tasting, will also present a sampler of
local music each day.
This Friday, the PNC Summer Music Series — the umbrella title for all of the almost-daily free concerts on Fountain Square throughout the summer — concludes with the last MidPoint Indie Summer Series concert at 7 p.m. If you haven’t checked the lineups since the start of the summer, you might not have noticed that this week’s final Indie Summer show is headlined by Wussy, who replaced The Greenhornes a few weeks ago.
This Friday-Sunday at Hannon’s Camp America facilities near Oxford, Ohio, the Ohmstead Music Festival returns for its 10th anniversary event. The festival was created by local Reggae/Rock band The Ohms back when the group was called Four Ohms. The fest has grown in stature, attendance and sheer size over the past decade.
Cincy trio The Mighty celebrates the release of its self-titled debut album Saturday at downtown club Mainstay. The 10 p.m. release party also includes performances by newcomers The Future Strikes and solid rockers A Decade to Die For.
Local Indie Rock band Sweet Ray Laurel has organized what members hope will become an annual event, the multi-band showcase Sweet Sounds of Cincinnati. The inaugural Sweet Sounds concert this Saturday will present an array of mostly newer area groups (16, to be exact) on two stages in Covington — at The Mad Hatter and also Radiodown, which is in the same complex.
Heavy, progressive Hard Rock trio Valley of the Sun celebrates the birth of its new EP, The Sayings of the Seers, at the Southgate House’s Parlour room this Thursday. Cincy Art/Prog/Metal ensemble Atlantic Becoming and Columbus’ heavies Lo-Pan open the 9 p.m. show.
Maurice Mattei has some impressive Renaissance Man credentials. He’s a gifted contemporary designer, a talented photographer and a smart singer/songwriter who sets his scuffed musical short stories to compelling Americana soundtracks.