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Greater Cincinnati Gets the Blues This Weekend

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It’s Christmas in August this weekend for local Blues fans. The big event is the 22nd annual Cincy Blues Fest, presented Friday and Saturday at the riverfront’s Sawyer Point by the Cincy Blues Society.   

The Forsyth Saga

Guy Forsyth plays all kinds of Blues for all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Back in the ‘70s, John Denver wrote the line, “I’d no more love just one kind of woman than drink only one kind of wine.” Guy Forsyth takes a similar approach when it comes to playing music in general, and the Blues specifically.  

The KillTones Go Wild on ‘Raw. Animals. Dance’

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This Friday, superb Cincinnati rockers The KillTones host an album release party in honor of their new nine-track effort, Raw. Animals. Dance. The band will be joined by locals Lemon Sky and Philly-based Soraia for the free, 9 p.m. event at Over-the-Rhine club The Drinkery (drinkeryotr.com).   

Beat Our Fests

Greater Cincinnati is once again a hub for summer music fests

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The festival scene has long been a fabric of summer in Greater Cincinnati, with church and neighborhood festivals going down every weekend across the region. But during the past decade, almost as many music festivals have popped into the area as well.   
by Jac Kern 08.02.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 8/2-8/4

Music Hall will come to life this weekend. Thanks to a collaboration between Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Landor Associates and funding from local organizations, the Cincy landmark will be part of LumenoCity, a first-of-its-kind multimedia performance in Washington Park Saturday and Sunday. Many details of the performance won’t be revealed until the show, but we know it involves live orchestra music set to a process called architectural mapping — where three-dimensional graphics are projected onto a building’s surface, interacting with its architectural details, causing the building to illuminate and appear in motion. This process of mapping has been done before (just check out the video below), but never like what we’ll see this weekend. LumenoCity also marks Maestro Louis Langrée’s arrival as the CSO’s new musical director. The free concert takes place at 8:30 p.m. in Washington Park Saturday and Sunday. Bring your own seating. Read more about the event here. Newly opened OTR brewery Rhinegeist unveils its limited edition Saber Tooth Tiger IPA with a celebration Saturday. This Imperial IPA is the brewery’s first “Rarity,” meaning they’ll brew it only once and have a limited amount. Admission to the release party is $10 and includes a goblet with 12 oz. of STT and guaranteed option to purchase a 32 oz. growler of the IPA. There will also be local food vendors, live music, merch for purch(ase) and more. The event runs 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Buy tickets here. The city’s definitely got a case of the blues this weekend with Cincy Blues Fest at Sawyer Point Friday-Saturday and Findlay Market’s Blue BBQ Sunday. The Cincy Blues Society’s CBF turns 21 this year, bringing dozens of Blues acts from around the country. Check out our preview here. From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Findlay Market’s eighth annual Blue BBQ brings local Blues musicians together with delicious barbeque from Eli’s BBQ, Velvet Smoke and other area restaurants. Go here for more info. It’s an end of a sweaty era Saturday as Northside Tavern holds the final Dance_MF EVER. Projectmill’s monthly first Saturday dance party has been going strong for five years, steaming up the Tavern’s back room and even taking to the high seas (or at least the Ohio River) for a couple RiverDance_MF events on a boat. So limber up, drink up and dance your ass off one last time, starting at 10 p.m.For more art openings, summer festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 
by Mike Breen 08.02.2013
 
 
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PREVIEW: Cincy Blues Fest 2013

The Cincy Blues Fest returns for its 21st annual event this weekend

This weekend, the Cincy Blues Fest — presented annually by the Cincy Blues Society — returns for its 21st year, a remarkable accomplishment for a music festival of any sort. The festival kicks off tonight and continues tomorrow at Sawyer Point along the riverfront. The weekend features two main stage acts with serious ties to Cincinnati’s Blues past. Educator, author, DJ, singer and harmonica player Steven Tracy returns to Cincy to play the main stage on tonight at 7 p.m. with his band the Crawling Kingsnakes. A Walnut Hills High School graduate, Tracy worked with local Blues icons like Pigmeat Jarrett and Big Joe Duskin, becoming a part of the scene he’d later dig deeper into in the 1993 book, Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City. His writing career is extensive — Tracy has written dozens of album liner notes and edited/wrote/intro-ed several other books on a variety of subjects. Today, Tracy is a professor of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Saturday at 6 p.m. on the fest’s main stage, Stacy Mitchhart and his band are slated to perform. Mitchhart grew up in Cincinnati and spent time playing music on the East and West Coasts before returning to his hometown in the early 1990s and forming Stacy Mitchhart and Blues-U-Can-Use, a staple on the local Blues scene for a few years. After a move to Nashville, Tenn., in the mid-’90s, Mitchhart’s musical career really took off. His albums have been widely acclaimed and done well commercially — his 2011 release, Live from B.B. King’s, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Blues charts — and he’s received high-praise for his showmanship and remarkable Blues voice. In 2008, Mitchhart was the subject of the well-received documentary NashVegas Blues.  Here is tonight's main stage schedule: 5:45-6:45 p.m. Dave Muskett 7:00-8:15 p.m. Steve Tracy & the Crawling Kingsnakes 8:30-10 p.m. Reba Russell Band 10:15-11:45 p.m. Watermelon Slim & the Workers And here's the lineup for the Main Stage tomorrow: 4:15-4:45 p.m. Blues in the Schools (BITS) Band5-5:45 p.m. The Juice 6-7 p.m. Stacy Mitchhart Band 7:15-8:30 p.m.  Nikki Hill 8:45-10:00 p.m. Honey Island Swamp Band 10:15-11:45 p.m. Ana Popovic (all the way from Serbia!) Some of the coolest things at the Cincy Blues Fest can be found on the “specialty” stages — a “specialty” of the fest — which this year includes a “Women of the Blues” stage on Friday, headlined by national act EG Knight and also featuring locals Rio & The Ramblers, The Juice and Tempted Souls Band.  Here is the "Women of the Blues" stage ((aka the Arches stage) schedule for tonight : 5:45-7 p.m. Rio & the Ramblers 7:15-8:30 p.m. The Juice 8:45-10:00 p.m. Tempted Souls Band 10:15-11:45 p.m. EG Kight Saturday sees the return of the “Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame Piano Stage,” featuring an international cast of top-shelf Boogie Woogie pianists, including local favorite Ricky Nye and former locals (now Florida-based) Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues. The house band for the Boogie Woogie stage is Johnny Vidacovich (drums), George Bedard (guitar) and Chris Douglas (bass). Saturday's Boogie Woogie Piano Hall of Fame stage (aka Arches stage) lineup: 4:30 p.m. Ben Levin 5 p.m. Ari Borger 5:40 p.m. Ricky Nye 6:20 p.m. Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues 7:10 p.m. Bruce Katz 7:50 p.m. Al Hill 8:30 p.m. Axel Zwingenberger & Lila Ammons 9:10 p.m. Joshua Paxton 10 p.m. David Vest 10:40 p.m. Bob Seeley 11:20 p.m. Chris Conz The Blues Fest again presents the St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage on both days of the event, always an excellent snapshot of the current local Blues scene.  Friday's St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage schedule:  5:45-6:45 p.m. Thomas Long & Blue Sacrifice 7-8 p.m. Noah Wotherspoon Band 8:15-9:15 p.m. Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds 9:30-10:30 p.m. Brad Hatfield Band 10:45 p.m.-12 a.m. G Miles & the HitmenSaturday's St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage lineup: 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Blue Birds Big Band 5:45-6:45 p.m. Jay Jesse Johnson Band 7-8 p.m. The SoulFixers 8:15-9:15 p.m. Doug Hart Band 9:30-10:30 p.m. Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project 10:45 p.m.-12 a.m. Leroy Ellington Blues Band Here is a map of the Blues Fest grounds: Tickets are $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday or $25 for a two-day pass (tickets can be purchased at the gates or here). Visit cincybluesfest.org for everything else you need to know about the festival. 
 
 

Watermelon Slim & The Workers

Friday • Sawyer Point • Cincy Blues Fest Main Stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has the kind of Blues backstory that would never translate to the silver screen because no one would believe it. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Slim’s history stretches back to the early ’70s, when he released Merry Airbrakes, the only full-length Vietnam protest album recorded by an actual Vietnam veteran.   

Cincy Blues Fest Turns 21

Plus, It's Commonly Jazz returns

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This weekend, the Cincy Blues Fest — presented annually by the Cincy Blues Society — returns for its 21st year, a remarkable accomplishment for a music festival of any sort.   
by Jac Kern 08.10.2012
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Your Weekend To Do List: 8/10-8/12

Cincy Blues Fest is back at Sawyer Point this weekend celebrating its 20th anniversary. The volunteer-driven festival showcases quality Blues entertainment on multiple stages year after year. Performances run 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Adonis Nightclub opens the pool for Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign’s dive-in movie night Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Bridesmaids will be shown on the big screen at 9:30. Come early to hang out poolside and enjoy a men’s swimwear fashion show by Knickers XY at 8:30 p.m. After the show, there will be a silent auction for those very sexy suits! When else can you take the knickers right off a model? A photo booth and plenty of grub will be on hand all night. Tickets are $20 at the door. Find your polo, iron your pleated skirt and lather on the sunscreen — it’s time for the Western & Southern Open! One of tennis’ oldest and largest tournaments kicks off Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Matches continue through Aug. 19, featuring Maria Sharapova, recent Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray and Serena Williams. There will even be live music from noon-2 and 5-7 p.m. Aug.12-18. Get tickets, schedules and directions here. Saturday is Community Art Centers Day, presented by ArtsWave. Cincinnati is lucky to have a community center where children and adults can express themselves creatively in almost every major neighborhood. On Saturday, these participating centers will host open houses and present parades, demos, performances and more. Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Sharonville Fine Arts Center and Clifton Cultural Arts Center are just a few locations celebrating and showing off their stuff this weekend. Second weekends = extra fun in Northside and OTR. Head to Northside Saturday to check out extended hours and specials at the neighborhood’s great galleries, restaurants, bars and businesses, 6-10 p.m. Second Sundays on Main keep the party going through the weekend. This month’s theme is Growth & Wellness, so come harness your chi or just recover from your hangover with food vendors, street performers, yoga demos, food and wine pairings, shopping and live music. The street fest takes over Main Street between Thirteenth and Liberty, noon-5 p.m. Ongoing events: Hamilton County Fair and Great Inland Seafood Festival continue through Sunday. And be sure to swing by Fountain Square Friday for the Indie Craft Market, coinciding with MidPoint Indie Summer featuring A Place to Bury Strangers, The Kansas Bible Company and Sidewalk Chalk.
 
 

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