Music Tonight: Eilen Jewell does her part in putting the "Alt" back in "AltCountry" when she and her band hit the Southgate House ballroom stage tonight at 8 p.m., supporting her fantastic latest album, Queen of the Minor Key. Superb area singer/songwriter Lauren Houston opens up the show. Check out CityBeat's recent interview with Jewell here. Tickets are $15 at the door and the show is open to those 18 and up. Enjoy the clip below of Jewell performing for NoKy radio station WNKU while out supporting her 2009 Sea of Tears album.
• Bob & Tom Show favorites Here Come the Mummies bring their silly R&B/Funk stylings (and, uh, mummy costumes) to Bogart's tonight for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $31.80. Below is the group performing (somewhat NSFW) on Bob & Tom, accompanied by that trademark Morning Zoo half-hearted laughter (there should just be a "forced laughter" button next to "fart" and "wetter fart" on the radio duo's sound effects board — that has to get exhausting after five hours).
• Wisconsin favorite sons BoDeans were still goin' strong after almost 30 years (!) of roots rocking and popping. But all is not perfect in BoDean-land circa 2011. Just as the band's latest album (Indigo Dreams) came out and the latest BoDeans tour kicked off, co-frontman Sammy Llanas announced he was leaving the group (not a good thing for a band so dependent on dual vocal harmonies). Now-sole-frontman Kurt Neumann has vowed to keep the ’Deans going — see how he's doing tonight at the Madison Theater in Covington where the BoDeans perform at 9 p.m.
Though best known for their song "Closer to Free," the theme of TV show Party of Five, the band also has some good songs. Like this one, for example:
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Just Announced: The concerts at newly renovated Taft Theatre keep coming! The latest to be announced has a few Ohio ties — Northern Ohio Rock legend Joe Walsh (who almost made The Eagles tolerable) performs at the Taft Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Opening is Kenny Wayne Shepherd, whose band features vocalist Noah Hunt, former Cincy-area musician with Uncle Six (and the makeshift "420 Allstars," who do occasional shows still). Check out Shepherd and Hunt in the video for "Never Lookin' Back" from The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's latest album, How I Go. Tickets go onsale at Ticketmaster outlets Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m.
Also just announced — The Scream Tour comes to the Aronoff Center on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The tour, which debuted in 2001, has featured some of modern R&B's biggest stars over the past decade, including T.I., Chris Brown, T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and Nick Cannon. This year's tour is subtitled "The Next Generation," and features superstars-in-the-making Mindless Behavior, Diggy, The New Boyz, Jacob Latimore, Hamilton Park and a group that won a nationwide contest to appear on the jaunt, The OMG Girlz.
Tickets ($42; VIP packages range from $77-$102) go on sale Friday, Sept. 23, through www.cincinnatiarts.org, at the Aronoff box office or by calling 513-621-ARTS.
Momentous Happenings in Music History for Sept. 16 On this day in 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday, T. Rex frontman and Glam Rock god Marc Bolan died in car accident. After hanging out in a London restaurant/bar, Bolan — who loved cars but never learned to drive because he was reportedly fearful of dying in a crash — hopped into a friend's purple Mini 1275GT. The driver lost control of the sports car and hit a sycamore tree. Bolan died instantly (the driver suffered a broken arm and jaw). T. Rex bassist Steve Curie would die less than four years later in another car wreck.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Sept. 16 birthday include: Blues legend B. B. King (1925); drummer for Small Faces, The Faces and The Who, Kenny Jones (1948); Pop star/J. Lo castaway Marc Anthony (1968); R&B/Neo Soul artist Musiq Soulchild (1977); Pop star Nick Jonas (1992); singer/guitarist of inventive Post Punk band Wire, Colin Newman (1954); and Elastica singer/guitarist Justine Frischmann (1969).
It's a cheeky bit of irony that Frischmann and Newman share a birthday. Wire were one of a few Post Punk bands to claim Elastica ripped them off — Wire's publisher sued Elastica due to similarities between their ’77 track "Three Girl Rhumba" and Elastica's biggest hit, "Connection." (The case was settled out of court.)