Tone House Music, the much-needed new music store in Northside, hosts the first of what is scheduled to be a really cool weekly happening at the shop. The "Cincinnati Songwriter Round" will be an every-Thursday event featuring some of the top singer/songwriters in the area performing intimate "in-the-round" shows together, trading off songs and stories. The music begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Tone House is "B.Y.O.B.," so if you wanna drink, swing by the pony keg beforehand.
The showcase is hosted this month by singer/songwriter/guitarist/engineer Andyman Hopkins. Tonight's inaugural "round" features writers "Easy" Tom Eby (of The EZ Tom Eby Experience) , Kristen Kreft (formerly of J. Dorsey Blues Band and currently fronting the group The Perfect Children) and Mark Utley, mainman in the colossally talented Americana group Magnolia Mountain.
Tone House Music was recently opened for business by local musician Tim Seiwert (drummer with for algernon and The Newbees). The store sells instruments and accessories (including picks, sticks and strings), something the hip, artsy neighborhood has been strangely lacking. Tone House also provides repairs, consignment sales, PA rental and lessons. And they even have an art gallery!
Seiwert began hosting live music in the store last month. Upcoming performances include experimental music act The Letdown (May 18) and an evening of acoustic Folk with Caleb Hawkins (May 19). Click here for the store's Facebook page and more details. The venue is located at 4040 Hamilton Ave.