The lineup for Sunday's "CityBeat Stage presented by Riverbend Summer 2010" features a stellar collection of national up-and-comers and local heroes: Headlining are The Hood Internet, a sort of a two-headed version of Girl Talk with more of an interest in Indie Rock who are based in Chicago; other acts include Visqueen from Seattle and locals You You're Awesome, Buckra and Daughters and Sons. The stage is located at Fifth and Race streets.
Due to the abundance of submissions/competitors this year, the Cincy Blues Society is expanding its annual “Cincy Blues Challenge” (now in its 12th year) to two days. The winners of the Challenge get to represent Cincinnati at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, while organizers will pick other artists from the competitions to perform at this summer’s Cincy Blues Fest.
Covington is gaining another new original music club this week, further upgrading its status as one of the premier destinations for music lovers in Greater Cincinnati. Radiodown was Frank Hulefeld's first stab at a live music venue several years back when it opened above Tickets Sports Cafe, and Hulefeld went on to develop The Mad Hatter. The new Radiodown opens behind the Hatter this weekend.
The upcoming MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square (three bands for free every Friday) opens with Scottish Indie Pop darlings Camera Obscura June 4, the much-buzzed about Neon Indian June 11, MidPoint vets Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit June 18 and reunited Pop/Punk Chicago band Smoking Popes June 25. And that's just the first month.
Local singer/songwriter Josh Eagle is preparing to release his latest album (and first with his excellent band The Harvest City) Sunday with an unique, early-start CD release party at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Plus news about a new album from For Algernon's Jason Wells, a documentary about the late bluesman Phil Blank, WNKU events surrounding its 25th birthday and Hands Across Basements.
Saturday night at Molly Malone's in Covington, The Beau Alquizola Band celebrates its new album, 'Weddings in Louisville,' with the solid support bill of Kyle English, Messerly & Ewing and Mike Fair & the Adventure Seekers. Plus there's news about Brent Gallaher's new CD, Freekbass' new trio, Jake Speed's "WoodyFest" and new Jazz all-star group Jada.
April 17 is Record Store Day, so be sure to support your local independent music retailers. If you're a fan of local Electro/Indie/Folk/Pop wonders The Seedy Seeds, you'll definitely want to stop by Shake It Records in Northside, where they'll close out the store's Record Store Day with a performance at 9 p.m. You can also pick up a copy of The Seedys' new three-song, 7-inch vinyl release being issued by Shake It's label division.
We might not have a Bonnaroo or a Lollapalooza, but Cincinnati is pretty rich when it comes to music festivals. Especially if you're a fan of local music. One of these great opportunities for exploration is the Cincypunk Fest, which celebrates its ninth anniversary Friday and Saturday on the many stages of the Southgate House.
Once upon a time, the Clifton area near the University of Cincinnati — much like the bustling music scenes centered around colleges across the country — was ground zero locally for original, creative music. in these parts. These days the neighborhood isn't quite Short Vine-in-the-'90s level, but the return of this weekend's Clifton Heights Music Festival is another hopeful step in making the area more consistently thriving with music.
If you're a fan of hypermelodic Pop/Rock and you haven't heard or seen local group The Newbees, what are you waiting for? The perfect chance to check the band out comes this weekend with the release of a gorgeous CD/DVD package, 'Live @ The Southgate House.' Ironically, the band will be playing its release party Friday at York Street Cafe.
Local Indie band Fists of Love celebrates the release of its debut, a self-titled seven-song EP, Saturday at the Northside Tavern. The free show will also feature a performance by Wussy and some DJing from Brian Olive, who recorded and mixed most of the FoL debut.
In addition to our "cover boys" this week, The Lions Rampant, three other local acts will be out in the clubs this weekend hosting release parties for their latest recording projects: Progressive/Hard Rock band Livid Friday at Silverton's Play By Play Cafe, Bluegrass trio The Tadcasters Friday at Arnold's Bar and Grill downtown and Metal band Behead the Tyrant Saturday at Harvey's in Price Hill (the old Blue Note). Come out and support local original music.
A long-distance-relationship band with local ties will become not-so-long-distance this weekend as they team up for a few CD release events in the area. The trio is called Honneycombs and features local singer/songwriter April Combs, her L.A.-based brother James Combs and locally-based harmony singer Laurie Burnham.
This Friday at Covington's Mad Hatter, two local bands team up for a dual release party celebrating their latest creations: Small Time Crooks (Hip Hop/Pop) and I Am the Messenger (Punk/Metal). The disparity between the their musical styles is a great testament to how local bands don't seem too concerned about genre classification, at least in terms of what bands they play shows with.
The recent snow blast caused the cancellation of the Feb. 15 “Help Them Sing Again” Haitian relief benefit at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, but you can make up for it this Saturday at The Leapin Lizard gallery space in Covington. Read about this show and much more local music news here.