The best thing about the holidays? Quality time with your family. The worst thing about the holidays? Quality time with your family. Everyone has their limits, so if on Christmas night by around 9 p.m. you’re feeling like a stiff drink (or seven) and some quality original Rock & Roll to shake away those annoying ghosts of Christmas past, present and future (such dicks!), head downtown to Mainstay Rock Bar.
Rock/Reggae band The Ohms (coming off a year that found them releasing a self-titled full-length recorded in Hollywood with Dito Godwin) presents its eighth annual "Jingle Jam" benefit show Friday at Play By Play Café. Then there's Greasemas at the Southgate House, Kevin and the Octaves at the SH Parlour, SS-20 at Down Under and Steve Schmidt Organ Trio at The Comet.
And so it begins. The next few weeks are loaded with "special" shows by local performers. Many have a holiday theme (that's right, I said "holiday," you intolerant Christmas warrior), but there are also plenty of gigs celebrating things other than the season (that'll end with the following three weeks of non-stop holiday madness). Let's check them out.
At the Nov. 21 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony, Elliott Ruther from the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation announced one of the organization’s latest missions: supporting for the recently formed Who Concert Tragedy Memorial Committee (WCTMC) because the stampede before a 1979 concert by The Who that resulted in 11 fans being crushed to death remains one of the American concert industry’s darkest moments.
The 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards was another memorable love fest celebrating Cincinnati’s rich musical history and thriving contemporary music scene. The briskly paced show Nov. 21 at Covington’s Madison Theater featured quality performances, updates on in-the-works projects spotlighting the area’s pivotal role in American music’s evolution and the presentation of 19 awards encompassing the full spectrum of Cincinnati music makers.
In 2008, local independent publisher Aurore Press presented a "reunion" concert at the Southgate House that featured bands (and many fans) who were a part of the scene at famed Punk Rock palace/dump The Jockey Club in Newport. This Saturday at the Southgate, it returns for the third year straight, featuring reunion shows by Sluggo, The Speed Hickeys and other local music vets.
Saturday night the annual BRINK New Music Showcase returns for its 10th year and spreads its wings. The showcase, a cousin event of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, first went down in 2001 as a way to showcase the next generation of great local musicians before the big CEA event honored the current crop. Plus news about new albums from Walk the Moon and Greg "Tex" Schramm.
Block out next Saturday, Nov. 13, on your day planner for the 10th annual BRINK New Music Showcase, which this year morphs from a one-venue event (at the Southgate House) to a multi-venue extravaganza in Northside. Tied to the annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, BRINK is a chance to check out the next wave of new, original bands in the Cincy area.
This week, Joe Hedges, frontman for July for Kings, will be celebrating the release of his new solo album, Alchemy, with a unique release show. Friday's event is a multimedia extravaganza timed to downtown's "Final Friday" art gallery walk and taking place at the St. Theresa Textile Trove space.
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs) for local theater ended with August’s final awards ceremony, but the CEAs for music are still going strong. The nominees for this year’s 14th annual event are in and you can vote now here. This year’s trophies will be given out on Nov. 21.
Covington-based rockers Oso Bear celebrate the release of their debut, a self-titled, six-song EP, this Saturday at The Mad Hatter. Opening the show are Mad Anthony, Swear Jar, The Zach Burns Band and The JC Four. At varying times, Oso Bear’s sound resembles early Indie Rock, pre-trendy Grunge, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Punk and Garage Rock, but, in the end, it’s only Rock & Roll.
Local instrumental rockers The Flux Capacitors host a bittersweet EP release party Friday at the Southgate House. The show (with guests Enlou, Weakness and The Sleeping Sea) is to be the band's last, following the relocation of bassist Sean Victory to Chicago. They'll be distributing copies of the new six-track 'Human Error' EP and their grand 2007 debut album, 'John Q. Brains For Arms.'
Cincinnati Hip Hop cleaned up at the fifth annual Ohio Hip Hop Awards Sept. 18 in Cleveland, taking home many trophies in some of the event’s biggest categories. Local crew Beat Gang won “Best Group” and “Best Single” for its track “Mr. Miyagi” (the group’s B. Luck also won “Best Graphic Designer”).
Two local Indie Rock bands have had their music dismantled and pieced back together by a slew of area producers and electronic musicians. If you’re familiar with the Rock bands Wussy and The Koala Fires, imagining them as dance-floor-friendly Electro acts is a far-fetched concept. But both new remix projects are revelatory, retaining (and often putting more focus on) the songwriting and vocals of the originals.
If it's seemed like Cincy Folk trio The Tillers haven't been as omnipresent on the local club scene this summer, that's because the group has been spending a lot more time on the road since the release of its sophomore album, By the Signs. The band has been playing clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest and East Coast but come home Thursday to open for Ramblin' Jack Elliott at the Southgate House.