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Free Summer Music in the Parks

This summer brings another wealth of free musical events to Downtown and Over-the-Rhine

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, May 7, 2015
Just a couple of decades or so ago, downtown Cincinnati resembled a ghost town in the evenings. Once 5 p.m. rolled around, most downtown workers hopped in their cars and headed home, rarely staying in or visiting the city’s core for any other reason (maybe a concert or sporting event, but that was largely a “parking garage/game/home” process). It’s hard to explain to some younger locals ju...  
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Rescheduled “Tunes & Blooms” Concerts Begin Tonight

Cincinnati Zoo reschedules three concerts after rain caused cancellations in April

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
 Every April, the Cincinnati Zoo presents an every-Thursday concert series called “Tunes & Blooms,” which showcases some of the finest local bands in Greater Cincinnati (as well as the Zoo’s Botanical Garden in full bloom). But for this year’s series, Mother Nature had different plans, as April showers brought cancelled concerts on April 2, 9 and 16.  The free concerts have b...  
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WATCH: Freekbass’ “Everybody's Feelin' Real” Music Video

Cincinnati Modern Funk musician enlists Mike Gordon, Bernie Worrell, Pete Rose and others for new clip

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The new music video from veteran Cincinnati funkateer (and relentless road dog) Freekbass recently appeared online. The clip for “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real” — the slinky, head-boppin’ Pop/Funk title track from Freekbass’ most recent full-length release — shows a variety of scenes and special guests to the viewer through a smartphone screen (fitting, as more and more people seem to b...  

Howard Brothers 'Go a Li'l Faster' on First Release in Seven Years

Plus, MusicLi project hosts happy hour, Tunes & Blooms dates rescheduled, Salsa on the Square returns and the Applachian Festival showcases area Bluegrass acts

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Rock trio Howard Brothers Band release first new album in seven years this week, new MusicLi project (which will benefit local businesses and local musicians) hosts an introductory happy hour, the Tunes & Blooms concerts at the Cincinnati Zoo begin rescheduled dates this week, Salsa on the Square heats up Fountain Square starting Thursday and the 46th annual Appalachian Festival showcases numerous local Bluegrass artists.
  

“Uptown Funk” Credits Grow

Plus, Ben Carson cops an Eminem song for campaign launch (with a Gospel twist!) and a Russian politician says U2 violated Russian law with its homosexual propaganda

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Funk-copping hit "Uptown Funk" sounds a lot like a lot of other songs, including a hit by The Gap Band, who were recently added to "Uptown"'s songwriting credits due to the similarities. Plus, anti-gay, anti-Hip Hop Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson had a Gospel choir sing an Eminem song during his campaign announcement and a Russian politician wants Apple and U2 investigated for free album giveaway, saying it was "gay propaganda" (and, therefore, illegal in Russia).
  
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MidPoint Music Festival Announces First Acts for 2015 Event

Purity Ring, Ride, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso and more slated to appear at late September music festival

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival (owned and operated by CityBeat) recently announced that tickets for the late September festival were on sale, as well as a new date format (instead of...  

Music: The Steel Wheels

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and formed just over a decade ago, Americana quartet The Steel Wheels has drawn acclaim (and a growing fanbase) thanks to its dynamic blending of Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Soul and Gospel tradition with its own unique contemporary spin.   

Wilder Celebrates Debut Release, Derby Day

Plus, Plastic Ants release vinyl version of their debut, Ellery play book launch concert and Automagik delay EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Country/Americana group Wilder issue its debut EP with a Kentucky Derby-themed release party, Plastic Ants celebrate the vinyl release of their debut album, Ellery hosts a book launch party in honor of singer Tasha Golden's poetry collection and Automagik premiere a new single/video but delay planned EP release.
  

Jay Z Stands Up to Tidal Haters

Plus, a judge ruled taking a kid to a Pink concert isn't custody/divorce fodder and Tyler, the Creator gets banned from Target for early digital release

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Jay Z takes to Twitter in defense of his much maligned streaming service Tidal, a New Jersey judge rules that taking an 11-year-old to a concert by Pop star Pink was not a risk to her safety/welfare and Target won't carry Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb because it was released a week early on iTunes.
  

Music: Arkells

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Five-piece AltRock band Arkells aren’t household names in the U.S., but just north of the border in their homeland of Canada, the group is among the country’s current big-name domestic acts.