by Jac Kern
125 days ago
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.
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.
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.
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
for weekend theater offerings.
by Mike Breen
125 days ago
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
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
Posted In: Events
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creates and supports art programs and opportunities in the city year-round, but
three Saturdays each year, the organization kicks its mission into high gear
with the Macy’s Arts Sampler. The free event brings visual art, theater, dance,
music, crafts and more to venues across Greater Cincinnati. This Saturday’s
sampler includes shows and backstage tours at Playhouse in the Park, Madcap
Puppets at Cincinnati Art Museum and tons of other fun, creative opportunities
for the whole family from Kings High School to Behringer-Crawford Museum in
Covington, all day long. Find a full schedule of events here.
Cincy Blues Society
celebrates 23 years this weekend with Winter Blues Fest. The fest takes place at The Phoenix,
CityBeat’s across-the-street neighbors, Friday and Saturday with more than 25 local acts. Sonny Moorman and
the Stacy Mitchhart Band headline; tickets are $20 per night; $35 for the
Not able to make
it to the Big Easy this Fat Tuesday? Celebrate Mardi Gras in MainStrasse Friday
and Saturday. Get your fill of beads with parades each night, plus live music
and Cajun grub in the entertainment tent open 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Stop by your
favorite MainStrasse bar, restaurant or business to keep the party going.
Tickets are $10 per night or $15 for the weekend; find more info here.
Day next week, lots of folks are buying up chocolates, flowers, special undies
and other goodies for their significant others. You know who could really use
some love? The hundreds of adoptable animals that have been abused, neglected
or left behind by owners. This weekend, My Furry Valentine
brings these lovable critters from dozens of rescues together in West Chester
for Greater Cincinnati’s largest animal adoption event. Skip pet stores and
breeders and find a pet that needs a home 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4
p.m. Sunday at flexi
USA, Inc. (8494 Firebird Dr., West Chester). If you can’t make it out to the
‘burbs, check out one of more than 20 participating locations. Each adopted cat,
dog, rabbit or other pet will go home with a gift bag of treats, toys, coupons
and more supplies.
The Mayerson JCC’s
Jewish and Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday with a screening of Hava Nagila, a comedic documentary that
tells the story of this Jewish celebration staple song. This opening night
celebration takes place 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Cincinnati Museum Center and
includes dessert, a photo booth and private admission to the museum’s Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. The fest
continues through Feb. 28 with films shown at the Museum Center, Esquire
Theatre, Kenwood Theatre, Mariemont Theatre and the Mayerson JCC. Go here for ticket
information and a full schedule.
Whether the word
“craft” conjures up thoughts of glitter and glue or bottles and brew, Mt.
Caramel Brewing Company’s Art. Craft. Beer. show has something for
everyone. The brewery’s gallery will be full of works from area artists with
plenty of fresh craft beer to go around, Saturday and Sunday. The event is just
one of many happenings coinciding with Cincinnati Beer Week (which continues
through Thursday). Get a full schedule and find participating bars and venues
Plus, new releases due from Annette Shepherd, Green Light Morning and Saturn Batteries, and Locally Insourced debuts
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Cincy Blues Society's Winter Blues Fest finds a new, one-stop home for this weekend's event
by Mike Breen
Popular Blues showcase returns to Sawyer Point for weekend of Blues you can use
By all accounts (from people who actually attended or performed), last month’s huge Bunbury Music Festival was one of the best-run fests of its kind this area has ever seen. Organizer Bill Donabedian no doubt scored some tips from the operators of the big annual Blues celebration, the volunteer-driven Cincy Blues Fest, which has been doing the “well-run music festival” thing at Sawyer Point Park along the riverfront for many years now. This weekend, the Cincy Blues Fest — one of the finest Blues events in the Midwest — returns to Sawyer Point to celebrate its 20th anniversary. That's a remarkable two decades of providing Greater Cincinnati live music lovers with some of the
finest Blues being made locally, regionally and nationally, a rare and impressive achievement for any music festival. This year’s main stage national headliners are especially strong — Webb Wilder on Friday and Duke Robillard on Saturday — but the Cincy Blues Fest always has a ton of interesting and engaging artists performing throughout the fest’s multiple stages.
Aside from the lineup featuring a few
higher quality headliners than the past couple of years (like Robillard, Wilder, Trampled Under Foot, Super Chikan, Sista Monica, etc.),
this year’s 20th anniversary celebration isn’t really being overblown,
likely because the Cincy Blues Society and the army of volunteers that
work the fest always do such an amazing job running the event; it’s
already quite special, no matter what birthday the fest is celebrating.
One of my favorite elements of the Blues
Fest is its undying support for our local players and singers. This
year, Cincy Blues Challenge winners Chris Yakopcic and the Noah
Wotherspoon Band have main-stage slots (they’ll also go to Memphis this
winter to compete for Cincinnati in the International Blues Challenge).
Yakopcic performs at 5:45 p.m. Friday, while Wotherspoon and Co. play at
the same time Saturday (following a band of students associated with
the Blues in the Schools program, for which the fest raises money).
The three side stages — always creatively
programmed — have a heavy local presence. Friday, visit the “Blues: The
Next Generation” stage for sets by younger area acts like the Wade
Baker Trio, Brian Keith Wallen Band, Scotty Bratcher and (again!) Noah
Wotherspoon and his band. The “Next Gen” stage starts at 5:15 p.m.
Saturday. Friday "The Next Generation of Blues" stage lineup5:15 p.m. Wade Baker Trio6:20 p.m. Jellico Motel7:05 p.m. Brian Keith Wallen Band8:10 p.m. Carson Diersing Band9:25 p.m. Scotty Bratcher10:40 p.m. Noah Wotherspoon Band
As the name suggests, the St. Vincent
DePaul Local Stage is chock full of local talent. Friday, the stage
features Bad Men on a Mission, Them Bones, the Doug Hart Band, Leroy
Ellington’s Blues Band and Blue Sacrifice.
Saturday, catch the Blue
Birds Big Band, the Gradual Taylor Band, the Leo Clarke Band, The Juice,
Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project and Balderdash. Friday St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage lineup5:45-6:45 p.m. Bad Men on a Mission7:00-8:00 p.m. Them Bones8:15-9:15 p.m. Doug Hart Band9:30-10:30 p.m. Leroy Ellington’s Blues Band10:45pm-12:00 a.m. Blue SacrificeSaturday St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage lineup 4:30-5:30 p.m. Blue Birds Big Band5:45-6:45 p.m. The Gradual Taylor Band7:00-8:00 p.m. The Leo Clarke Band8:15-9:15 p.m. The Juice9:30-10:30 p.m. Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project10:45-11:45 p.m. Balderdash
And perhaps the fest’s most notable and
renowned side stage, the unique Boogie Woogie Piano Hall of Fame Stage,
on Saturday will feature appearances by Jimmy Rogers, Todd Hepburn, Liz
Pennock & Dr. Blues and Ricky Nye, plus players from across the
planet. The Boogie Woogie stage closes out with a “grand finale jam”
just before midnight. Saturday Boogie Woogie Piano Hall of Fame Stage lineup4:30 p.m. Jimmy Rogers5:10 p.m. Todd Hepburn5:50 p.m. Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues6:50 p.m. Ricky Nye7:40 p.m. Mark Braun8:30 p.m. Rob Rio9:20 p.m. Cynthia Girtley10:10 p.m. Bob Seeley11:00 p.m. Fabrice Eulry11:50 p.m. Grand Finale JamHere are the lineups for the Budweiser Main Stage this weekend:Friday Budweiser Main Stage lineup 5:45-6:45 p.m. Chris Yakopcic7:00-8:15 p.m. Super Chikan8:30-10:00 p.m. Sista Monica10:15-11:45 p.m. Webb WilderSaturday Budweiser Main Stage lineup5:00-5:30 p.m. Blues in the School (BITS) Band5:45-6:45 p.m. Noah Wotherspoon Band7:00-8:15 p.m. Southern Hospitality8:30-10:00 p.m. Trampled Under Foot10:15-11:45 p.m. Duke RobillardTickets are $20 each day (two-day passes are
available Friday at the gates for $30), or grab yours early through
brownpapertickets.com for a $5 discount. Or you can join the Cincy Blues
Society (cincyblues.org), the creators and managers of Cincy Blues
Fest, to receive an even deeper discount.
Be sure to pick up a copy of this week's CityBeat, which includes a pull-out guide for the Cincy Blues Fest, with artist bios, schedules and more. For further ticket info, updates, details on the new Cincy Blues Fest mobile app and much more, visit cincybluesfest.org.
1 Comment · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Cincy Blues Fest, widely considered
one of the best of its kind in the region, celebrates a remarkable 20
years of providing Greater Cincinnati live music lovers with some of the
finest Blues being made locally, regionally and nationally. Plus, new releases due this week from The Blues Merchants,
Gorges, Damn It To
Hell, Kissing Daylight and Jody Stapleton and the Generals
by Mike Breen
Noah Wotherspoon Band to represent the Cincy Blues Society at international competition
This past Sunday at Dunlap's Germania Park, the Cincy Blues Society once again hosted the daylong Cincy Blues Challenge, with dozens of regional Blues acts performing from noon-9-ish, all competing for a chance to represent the Queen City at the International Blues Challenge 2013 in Memphis. The day started out with contestants in the Solo/Duo category, followed by a steady stream of area groups. The winners share a couple of connections. They both are from Cincinnati but have ties to Dayton, Ohio. And they both competed in this year's International Blues Challenge … for Blues societies in other cities. Winning the top band honors was young six-string wiz Noah Wotherspoon and his band, who will head to Memphis in early 2013 to compete for the ’Nati. Wotherspoon is a Dayton native, but currently lives in Cincy. Last year, he won a band challenge and represented Dayton at this year's IBC. Chris Yakopcic scored the solo/duo honors and will join Wotherspoon and Co. in Memphis. Yakopcic plays acoustic and solo Blues and is a native of PIttsburgh but apparently now lives in Dayton. Yakopcic won the Western PA Blues Challenge in the same category last year and was in Memphis for the 2012 IBC festivities. (If you're confused, as I often am, it seem that you don't have to be precisely from the city whose Blues organization is hosting the event to compete. Local singer/guitarist and competitor at multiple International Blues Challenges, Sonny Moorman, for example, competed for the Columbus Blues Alliance in 2009 … and won his category.)If you haven't seen Wotherspoon and his band perform, tonight's your lucky night. The Noah Wotherspoon plays downtown at Arnold's at 9 p.m. And it's another FREE show. (If you want to pre-game, the Happy Hour Jazz Combo starts at 6 p.m. Pace yourself.)Cincy Blues Challenge winners are usually given good slots at the Cincy Blues Fest, which returns to Cincy's riverfront Aug. 10-11.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
If a duo can qualify as a “supergroup,” then Freekbot is a legit local music supergroup. Freekbot features Freekbass (a.k.a.
bassist/singer Chris Sherman of Funk crew Freekbass) and Tobotius
(a.k.a. Tobe Donohue, producer and founder of world-renowned turntable
crew Animal Crackers) in an Electronic duo configuration.
by Mike Breen
Two-night festival moves from Northern Kentucky to Over-the-Rhine
In this week's CityBeat, I made an offhand comment about how it might not feel like winter, but the Cincy Blues Society's annual Winter Blues Fest is going down this weekend regardless of temperature. The gods must've heard me (or is a big Blues fan) because currently in Cincinnati, winter has finally decided to arrive. So the Winter Blues Fest will have an appropriate climate and setting.After several years in Northern Kentucky, the event is following the MidPoint Music Festival’s lead and hosting its 2012 event in Over-the-Rhine. More than 25 performers will entertain in four centrally located clubs — The Drinkery and venues in the former homes of Rhythm & Blues Café (dubbed "Japp's Annex" during the fest) and Harry’s Pizza (see below), as well as Below Zero Lounge. The three venues are within easy walking distance of each other — all but Below Zero are on Main Street (and Below Zero is just off of the drag). So bundle up, but don't let a few snowflakes become your excuse for not attending.