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Music: Joan Jett

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
For all the grumbling about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the induction ceremonies can often be revelatory and moving, occasionally serving as a way to view an artist from a different perspective and remind everyone why an artist is receiving the honor in the first place.
  
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‘American Originals’ Pops Concert Recording Due in September

Recording from January celebration of American Roots music featuring the Pops and national/local Americana performers gets a release date

{CommentsCant} · Friday, July 17, 2015
Back in January at Music Hall, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, under the direction of conductor John Morris Russell, presented its unique “American Originals” concerts. During the performances, the orchestra collaborated with several local and national Folk/Americana artists to perform and celebrate the music of Stephen Foster and other early songs that are the foundation of the “Great Americ...  

Local Acts Announced for MidPoint Music Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
A third batch of artists slated to appear at September’s MidPoint Music Festival was recently unveiled, revealing several of the Cincinnati-area acts performing at this year’s event, as well as more touring artists booked for the fest.
  

Music: The English Beat

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In junior high school, The English Beat was my favorite band, causing me to wear out my cassette copy of the group’s 1980 debut, I Just Can’t Stop It
  

Maurice Mattei Explores ‘Girl Jungle’ on New LP

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Cincinnati’s Maurice Mattei wouldn’t refuse a taste of success. Given the opportunity, I think he would gladly allow one of his brilliant story songs to be used in an appropriate manner in a decent film for a respectable payday.   

Northside’s Rock N’ Roll Carnival Returns

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Northside not only hosts the city’s most unique Fourth of July parade; the neighborhood also has the most one-of-a-kind festival to celebrate America’s independence in the region.
  

Creativity in Closed Captioning

Kanye West gets "ducked" by closed captioning, Katy Perry fights nuns and Sean Hannity doesn't get it (again; still)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Those watching Kanye West's anticipated set at the Glastonbury fest in the U.K. on television with closed captioning on were treated to some amusing substitute "bad words"; Katy Perry is very rich, hated by nuns; and
Sean Hannity says if we can't buy Confederate flags then we shouldn't be able to buy Rap albums.
  

Music: Red Wanting Blue/Independence Day Celebration on Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Columbus five-piece Red Wanting Blue formed in Athens, Ohio 20 years ago and worked hard to establish a fervent fanbase through consistent touring and a DIY approach to releasing albums of heartfelt, heartland Rock & Roll.  
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Summer Music Fests in the Great Indoors

Direct sunlight or potential rain will not be a problem for three local music festivals this weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 26, 2015
When you think summer music festivals, you probably think about things like high-powered sunscreen, hydration and the chance that you might get drenched if a storm rolls through. But this weekend in Greater Cincinnati, there are three festival that spotlight our great music scene, and you won’t need an umbrella, SPF 500 or $8 bottles of water for any of them. (Two of them feature “patio stages...  

Dan Karlsberg’s Brilliant Love Letter to ’Nati Jazz

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Cincinnati’s Jazz scene took a hit last year when one of its longstanding and more popular venues, the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, closed. But if you think the Wisp’s closure marked the death of Jazz in Cincinnati, you are underestimating not only the endurance of the city’s great Jazz musicians, but also Jazz itself.