by mbreen 03.16.2015
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Cincy Blues Fest Announces 2015 Headliners

Popular, long-running music festival returns to Sawyer Point Aug. 7-8

The Cincy Blues Society has announced the Main Stage headliners for this year’s Cincy Blues Fest, which returns to Sawyer Point Aug. 7-8. It is the Blues Fest’s 24th anniversary. Friday’s (Aug. 7) Main Stage performers will be Blind Pig recording artists Cash Box Kings, singer/guitarist Samantha Fish and Toronto Blues/R&B/Rock & Roll crew The 24th Street Wailers.  The Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin from Tibo on Vimeo.On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Blues Fest welcomes genre heavyweights Tab Benoit and Tommy Casto & the Painkillers (Friday performer Fish toured with Benoit and Castro last year on the Six Strings Down Tour), as well as Shawn Holt and the Teardrops (former backing band for the late, great Magic Slim; Holt is Slim’s son), to the Main Stage. The festival has also announced the Kelly Richey Band and the Chicago Women in the Blues Revue will perform on the Showcase Stage on Aug. 7.Tickets are available for just $20 each day or $33 for a two-day pass. Click here to get yours now. And click here to keep an eye on the schedule as the organizers announce more performers. Many of the local acts slated to appear at the festival will be determined at the 2015 Blues Challenge, which takes place June 7 at Germania Park. 

A Winter Sampler of Cincinnati Blues

Plus, the Autism Rocks benefit concert returns Sunday and Elementree Livity Project, The Cliftones and more celebrate Bob Marley's life

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Cincy Blues Society's Winter Blues Fest returns this weekend, offering a tasty sampler of Cincinnati's rich Blues scene. Plus, the annual Autism Rocks benefit concert returns this Sunday and Elementree Livity Project, The Cliftones, Know Prisoners and more celebrate Bob Marley's 70th birthday this weekend at Thompson House.  

Cincinnati Blues Hits the Road

Plus, Lonesome Jared and the Heart Attacks and New Strange celebrate new releases and Dan Faehnle celebrates Wes Montgomery

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Local Blues artists The Whiskey Shambles and The Sonny Moorman Group prepare to head to Memphis to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge. Plus, the CEAs are just around the corner, Lonesome Jared and the Heart Attacks and New Strange celebrate new releases and Dan Faehnle tributes Jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery.  
by Mike Breen 02.07.2014
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Winter Blues Fest Kicks Off Tonight

Cincy Blues Society’s annual winter fest showcases top-notch headliners, wealth of local talent

A satellite event to the Cincy Blues Society’s huge outdoor, summertime Cincy Blues Fest, the Winter Blues Fest — which returns to The Phoenix (812 Race St., Downtown, thephx.com) tonight and tomorrow — has truly grown into its own. This year’s lineup features two of the fest’s biggest national headliners yet. Celebrated Blues/Rock singer/guitarist Tinsley Ellis performs in the venue’s third floor Grand Ballroom on Friday at 9:45 p.m. Check out Ellis’ “Kiss Of Death,” from his recently released Midnight Blue album, below:Accomplished singer/songwriter Janiva Magness performs in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday at 9:15 p.m. (For more about Magness, read Brian Baker’s preview from this week’s CityBeat). Here’s a clip of Magness and her band performing “I Won’t Cry,” which won her and co-writer Dave Darling “Song of the Year” honors at the Blues Music Awards (one of many Mangess has won over the past several years). Below is the full lineup (subject to change). Click each artist’s name for more info.FRIDAY  Third Floor Grand Ballroom6:30-8 p.m.: G. Miles & The Hitmen8:15-9:30 p.m.: Greg Schaber Band9:45-11:15 p.m.: Tinsley Ellis11:30-12:45 p.m.: The Blue BirdsSecond Floor Cincinnati Room6:30-7:45 p.m.: Bob Dellaposta8-9:15 p.m.: Jimmy D. Rogers9:30  - 10:45 p.m.: Leo Clarke & Chuck Brisbin11 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: Dave Muskett Duo Second Floor Archway Ballroom7-8:15 p.m.: Blue Sacrifice8:30-9:45 p.m.: The Juice10:00-11:15 p.m.: Leroy Ellington Blues Band11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: The Blues Merchants First Floor Presidents Room6:15-7:45 p.m.: The Heaters With Ben Levin8-9:30 p.m.: Bekah Williams with Ricky Nye10-11:15 p.m.: Ralph & The Rhythm Hounds11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: Ducttape & Dynamite SATURDAY3rd Floor Grand Ballroom6-7:30 p.m.: The Tempted Souls Band7:45-9 p.m.: Doug Hart Band9:15-11:15 p.m.: Janiva Magness11:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: Johnny Fink & The IntrusionSecond Floor Cincinnati Room6:30-7:45 p.m.: Brian Wallen8-9:15 p.m.: Greg Schaber (Solo)9:30-10:45 p.m.: TBA11 p.m.-12:15 a.m.: The TwirlersSecond Floor Archway Ballroom6:30-8 p.m.: Blues In The School Band8:15-9:30 p.m.: Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project9:45-11:15 p.m.: The SoulFixers11:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: Jay Jesse JohnsonFirst Floor Presidents Room6:15-7:45 p.m.: Little Red & The Rooster8-9:15 p.m.: Ricky Nye Inc.9:30-10:45 p.m.: Brad Hatfield Band11 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: The Noah Wotherspoon BandTickets can be purchased in advance at cincybluesfest2014.brownpapertickets.com. Prices are $20 for one night or $32.85 for a weekend pass (there are smaller-than-usual service fees through the ticketing site). There will be food available and full-service bars throughout the venue. Visit cincyblues.org for the full schedule, artist details, ticket links, deals for special room rates at the nearby Garfield Suites Hotel and more.

It’s the Most Winter Blues-iest Time of the Year

Winter Blues Fest returns and local artists and more unite to raise awareness for austism

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Cincy Blues Society's Winter Blues Fest returns this weekend with two strong national headliners and oodles of top-notch local talent. Plus, Prizoner, Sonny Moorman, Stagger Lee and more unite to raise autism awareness at the fifth annual Autism Rocks benefit concert.  

Janiva Magness at Winter Blues Fest

Saturday • The Phoenix

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Blues chanteuse Janiva Magness has channeled her tragedies into an impressive body of work that stands with the best the genre has to offer.   
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

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. 

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 02.08.2013
Posted In: Events, Eats, Drinking at 11:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Your Weekend To Do List: 2/8-2/10

The ArtsWave 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 weekend. 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. With Valentine’s 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 here.