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Makers' Dozen

Local Illustrators team up for 'Twelve-Way With Cheese' comic anthology

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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.  

Putting the 'Broad' in Broadcasting

WNKU remains a crucial musical alternative on the mostly corporate FM dial

6 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
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."  

Events: Herzog Historical Marker Reception

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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.  

Herzog Is Hallowed Ground

Historical marker honors recording studio with vital ties to Hank Williams and popular music's very evolution

0 Comments · Monday, November 16, 2009
"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.  

King Records Celebration (2008)

Cincinnati label/studio gets overdue acknowledgement from the music world

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
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.   

Rock History at Ludlow Garage

Remembering the 1960s music venue that put Cincinnati on the map

9 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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.   

Music: Ludlow Garage 40th Anniversary Tribute

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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.  

Bootsy Helps Us Eat, Drink, Look, Learn

Bootsy's restaurant offers exhibits representing Cincy's rich musical history

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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.  

PNC Pavilion Fills a Needed Niche

The mid-sized venue helps local concert scheduling

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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.  

Taxing Matters

Amelia's Rock & Roll mayor fights to keep his village alive

5 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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.