Two of Cincinnati's most tuneful, melodically-rich bands perform tonight for the Cincinnati Zoo's weekly, monthlong Tunes & Blooms music series. Poptastic groups The Seedy Seeds and The Newbees perform at the 6 p.m. concert. Admission to the Zoo is free after 5 p.m. (parking is $8 in a Zoo lot).
The series runs until the end of April. The rest of Tunes & Blooms will feature The Comet Bluegrass All Stars and Magnolia Mountain (April 12), Shiny and the Spoon and The Tillers (April 19) and The Turkeys and Jake Speed and the Freddies (April 26).
The Seedy Seeds were supposed to perform atop a float for this afternoon's Opening Day parade, but now will not because, according to a post on their Facebook, "there was some nonsense, some paperwork, and a few exploding toilets, but in summation, somebody or something has absconded with our mount. The float is now assumed to be roaming wild in the Forbidden Forest." On the plus side, you can still see the Seedys today for free … and you won't have to run alongside a float through the streets of Over-the-Rhine and Downtown to do so.
It'll be your last chance to catch The Seedy Seeds in town for a while. The group sets off on an extensive tour with The Winter Sounds tomorrow. The tour opens in Bloomington, Ind., and will take the trio throughout the Midwest, down South and up and down the East Coast. As of right now, the next Seedy Seeds local show is July 15 at the Bunbury Music Festival.
The photo above comes courtesy of the Let's Get Serious online audio series, a creation of former Cincinnati musician/artist/filmmaker Kendall Bruns (who's currently living in Chicago). Check out his extensive interview with the group here.
Here's the group's superb video for "I Am the Conductor" to get you in the mood for tonight's free gig.