Details for the first two big local music festivals of 2011 have been announced. The One More Girl on a Stage fest returns Jan. 21 and 22 to Newport’s York Street Café for the Rivertown Music Club’s last ever event, while the Cincy Blues Society’s annual Winter Blues Fest takes over the Southgate House Jan. 28 and 29.
Local musician Kelly Thomas (pictured) has used the Rivertown Music Club to promote local music and raise money for a variety of charities for the past seven years. The One More Girl On a Stage fests have showcased female artists and raised over $9500 for breast cancer-affiliated organizations the Pink Ribbon Girls and Susan G. Komen for the Cure (the beneficiary of this year’s event). Thomas has decided to discontinue RMC to focus on other projects (she also heads up the Red MacCormack Recording Grant for local musicians and has several musical endeavors she’s currently pursuing).
Jan. 21 and 22’s final One More Girl on a Stage show will feature music on two stages (in the main bar area and the third floor gallery space), as well as an exhibit of work by local photographers, a silent auction, raffles, bellydancing and more. The lineup this year includes Kelly Thomas and The Fabulous Pickups, Ma Crow and Katie Lauer, Lauren Houston, Tupelo Honey, Wonky Tonk, The Western, Raison D’etre, Shiny and The Spoon, Kate Haralson, Hello, Hello, Chakras, Kristen Kreft, Chelisa Bailey-McCord, Megan Hutch, Makenna and Shelby, Kristen Key, Shoot Out The Lights, The Whitney Barricklow Band, The Dishes, Liz Bowater and Switchblade Syndicate (which won this year’s Recording Grant).
Admission is $8 per night or $10 for a two-night pass. Music starts at 7 p.m. both nights.
The Winter Blues Fest was created as a cold-weather sister event to the Cincy Blues Society’s massive summertime Cincy Blues Fest. The event is the main fundraiser for the Blues in the Schools program, which sends professional local Blues performers into area schools to educate students on the music’s rich history and encourage young musicians to play Blues. The Blues in the Schools Band, featuring some of those young musicians, will kick off both nights of the Winter Blues Fest at 6 p.m.
Once again, the Winter Blues Fest presents a great representation of Greater Cincinnati’s strong Blues scene. Artists scheduled to play include B. Hatfield Band, Bad Men on a Mission, Balderdash, The Blue Birds, The Blues Merchants, Blues Therapy Rx, Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, The Electric Souls, G. Miles & The Hitmen, The Gear Shifts, John Redell & Company, The Juice, Kayneevol, Leo Clarke Band, Miss Lissa & Company, The Mudpies, Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds, Richie & The Students, Sonny's All Blues Band, Tempted Souls Band, Them Bones, Thomas Long & Blue Sacrifice, Voodoo Puppet and more.
For the full schedule or to purchase advanced tickets, visit the Blues Society’s site here.