In a town where the local music scene often struts its stuff by releasing compilation CDs, it's fitting that the first-rate homegrown creative design community is also looking for a little deserved attention. 'Twelve-Way With Cheese' is a a wonderfully retro project hearkening to the classic styles and campiness of comic books from a golden pre-digital age, and it's a cheap thrill, just as a comic book should be.
WNKU (89.7 FM) celebrates its 25th anniversary in April, evolving from a Kentucky-centric Folk and Bluegrass station to its current format, known in the radio trade as Triple A (adult/album/alternative). General Manager Chuck Miller, a 30-year public radio veteran of 10 news and music stations, simply defines it as "progressive radio."
A two-sided historical marker will be unveiled Sunday afternoon on Race Street in front of the building that housed Herzog Studios, where Hank Williams recorded one of the most influential singles in Country and Pop music history. The marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow in the old studio space on the building's second floor.
"Lovesick Blues" became the most important song in Hank Williams' career and one of the most influential singles in Country and Pop music history. And it was recorded in downtown Cincinnati on Dec. 22, 1948, at E.T. Herzog Recording Company, on the second floor of 811 Race St. In all, the "father of contemporary Country music" would record eight songs there. Yes, before Nashville had Music Row (and even before King Records made its mark) Cincinnati had Herzog on Race.
It isn't exactly be the sort of historical marker you'd stumble upon while taking a stroll. It's found at the end of a dreary industrial street in Evanston, fixed to a pole in front of a poop-brown abandoned warehouse overlooking cars whizzing by on I-71. But someone who comes upon it next week (or in years to come) will likely do a double-take reading what happened in that crumbling building where King Records became The King of Them All.
Back in the late 1960s, the Ludlow Garage was at the heart of the day's Woodstock-heavy music world. A 40th anniversary tribute is scheduled Friday night at the Cincy Blues Fest, and a live two-CD/one-DVD set called 'Still Truckin' of live recordings is set for release — a must-have for music lovers of the period.
It was the summer of Woodstock. A few weeks after the epic concert in 1969, its counter-culture musical vibe came to Cincinnati with the opening of Ludlow Garage at 346 Ludlow Ave. in Clifton. The club even had pieces of the original Woodstock sound system. The Ludlow Garage legacy will get a 40th anniversary tribute Friday night at the Cincy Blues Fest with a stage featuring artists who played at the venue. They include The Goshorn Brothers (Pure Prairie League) and the reunion of two local Psychedelic bands of the day, Balderdash and Bitter Blood Street Theatre.
Finally, a slice of Cincinnati music history gets enshrined. While there have been temporary exhibits in recent years on our music lore at the public library and the Contemporary Arts Center, there has never been a permanent historical display. There is one now — in the lobby of the new Bootsy's restaurant downtown.
It is sort of the Goldilocks version of concert venues. It’s not too big, not too small. It’s just right. The year-old PNC Pavilion at Riverbend has proven to be just the right mix for the Cincinnati concert porridge. The 4,100-seat amphitheater opened last spring, immediately filling a void in the Greater Cincinnati concert scene.
Leroy Ellington might be best known in the area for fronting his E Funk Band, for 15 years one of the area's most popular party bands, but for the last year his day job has been mayor of Amelia in Clermont County, where voters will decide in a May 5 special election whether to dissolve the village. If successful, it would be the first time in Ohio history a village has eliminated itself through a petition drive and citizens' vote.