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A New Kind of Wisp

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The Southgate House wasn’t the only storied and beloved local music venue to shut down after its New Year’s Eve 2011 show. Last Saturday also marked the end of local Jazz institution the Blue Wisp Jazz Club … at least at its home on Eighth Street between Broadway and Sycamore. Unlike the Southgate, fans of the Wisp shouldn’t be sad, though.  

Southgate’s Final Countdown

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Southgate House’s show on New Year’s Eve headlined by local Punk band The Dopamines will be the last ever for the beloved Newport club under its current, longstanding management. The future of the venue under new ownership is uncertain.  

Soundtracking the War on Christmas

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
With Christmas falling on a weekend this year, there are far fewer live music shows in the area this season. But on the weekdays there are some excellent options.    

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
On Aug. 30 of last year, local Country artist Dallas Moore and his band teamed up with longtime Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne to celebrate the 61st anniversary of music icon Hank Williams’ historic recording sessions at Cincinnati’s Herzog recording facilities.  

A Very Pop Punk Christmas

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Though there are a few local bands that have been known to play only one show a year, but the Punk Pop band Kevin and the Octaves might be the only active, successful act capable of pulling off an annual “one-off.”  

Northern Kentucky’s Sudden Venue Shakeup

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The day after popular Covington club The Mad Hatter hosted its “closing party,” Newport’s Southgate House, one of the most unique and notable venues in the Midwest, issued a press release to announce its own closing. While the Mad Hatter booking/managing core will continue in a similar vein with shows at the Madison Theater and a new, smaller venue nearby that's reportedly set to open in the new year, the Southgate House “magic” is a bit harder to replicate.  

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Black Friday is not only about bargains and mall stampedes. This year, singer/songwriter/guitarist Maurice Mattei and his band The Tempers have chosen the day after Thanksgiving to release its latest project, The Tempers Christmas Show, in conjunction with a performance Friday at the York Street Café in Newport.  

New Local Releases Unveiled This Week

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The website Cincy Groove is a great resource for local music fans, with podcasts, interviews, reviews, news and photography centered around area performers and touring artists coming to town. Photographer/designer/artist Scott Preston founded the site four years ago. This Saturday, the site is hosting a fourth anniversary party at Covington’s Madison Theater.  

The BRINK of New Music

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony is just a couple weeks away (deadline to vote for your favorite nominees is Friday at noon), but its sister event, BRINK: A New Music Showcase, returns for its 11th year this Saturday.   

The Boogie Men Cometh

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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.  

Rose Funeral Opens “Gates”

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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.   

CEA Tip: See ’Em Before You Vote

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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?  

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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.  

Goin’ Back to Clifton …

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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.   

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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.