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Cincinnati Bands Turn to Fans for Ambitious Projects

Plus, the Tunes & Blooms concert series begins and Mainstay Rock Bar turns 5

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Local Folk Metal band Winterhymn launches crowd-funding campaign to help with its upcoming national tour, while Chamber/Folk/Indie foursome The Happy Maladies goes to its fans for help with a pair of ambitious recording projects. Plus, Mainstay Rock Bar celebrates its fifth birthday and the Cincinnati Zoo's free Tunes & Blooms concerts begin.   
by Mike Breen 04.03.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 12:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Mainstay Living Up to Its Name

Downtown live, original music-friendly club celebrates fourth anniversary with week of free shows

Mainstay Rock Bar has indeed become a mainstay in the blossoming downtown entertainment district. It’s officially been four years since the venue (at 301 Fifth St.) opened, hosting regular shows by local acts, primarily of the “original artists” variety. This week, the club is celebrating its four-year anniversary with a string of free events, including several quality local Rock shows.  Tonight, the excellent Reggae group The Cliftones (check out their latest single here) perform a free show, while Black Signal takes over the stage Thursday night. On Friday, catch thrilling newcomers Lemon Sky and Founding Fathers, then go back Saturday for the triple bill of The Guild of Calamitous Intent, Halvsies and Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners for "Best New Artist" of 2013, DAAP GIrls. All shows this week are free and start at 10 p.m. For more info on the club and upcoming events, click here or here.
 
 

Young Heirlooms Birth Debut Full-Length

Plus, BoyMeetsWorld and Radio Rescue host dual release party and Mainstay Rock Bar turns 4

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cincinnati Folk duo Young Heirlooms celebrate their 9-months-in-the-making debut album, while Pop Rock bands BoyMeetsWorld and Radio Rescue present a dual release party at Madison Theater and Mainstay Rock Bar celebrates its fourth anniversary with a series of free local music shows.  
by Mike Breen 06.29.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Festivals, Local Music at 09:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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Weekend AYE Music & Art Festival Schedule

Seventh annual local music fest takes over Mainstay Friday and Saturday

Locally based independent label Grasshopper Juice Records has been presenting the Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival, an annual showcase of local visual art and some of the label’s artists (plus other Grasshopper-friendly acts from Cincy and around the region), since 2006. Along with showcasing some of the city’s most creative original music makers, the event has raised thousands of dollars for organizations like American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen For The Cure and Friends for Chris Walker (in support of the beloved late local bassist). After a 2011 festival at Newport’s Southgate House (now Thompson House), the AYE fest (presented in conjunction with Far-I-Rome Productions and sponsor Soap Floats Recording) moves to downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar for this weekend’s two-day blowout, once again spotlighting a diverse cross-section of musical styles and approaches.The event runs tonight and tomorrow from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. and will feature more than 30 acts on both of the venue’s stages throughout both nights, as well as art installations prepared by BUNK News. Admission each night is $7. Here's the full schedule for tonight and tomorrow's AYE merriment. Click on each act's name for a link to more info and music samples.FRIDAY First Floor Stage:8:30 p.m. Red Beard’s Revenge9:30 p.m.  Majestic Man10:30 p.m. Dinosaurs and Thunder11:30 p.m. The Harlequins12:30 a.m. SHADOWRAPTR1:30 a.m. Lemon SkySecond Floor Stage:8 p.m.  Greg Zoller9 p.m.  Bull Dancer10 p.m.  Gorges11 p.m.  The MJ’s Blues12 a.m. Andy Cook & The Wanderloons1 a.m. Meth Girlfriend Andy Cook and the Wanderloons - My Life as a Rabbit from Kevin Monnier on Vimeo.SATURDAYFirst Floor Stage:8:30 p.m. The Stratfords9:30 p.m. Damn It To Hell10:30 p.m. Department Store Alligators11:30 p.m.  Pharaoh Loosey12:30 a.m. Shotski1:30 a.m. Crazy Legs<a href="http://shotski.bandcamp.com/album/your-world">Your World by Shotski</a>Second Floor Stage:8 p.m. Rachel Mousie9 p.m.  Cowgirl10 p.m.  Sassy Molasses11 p.m. West Ghost12 a.m. Founding Fathers1 a.m. "Mystery Band"
 
 
by Jac Kern 03.22.2012
Posted In: Benefits, Culture, Dating, Drinking, Events, Fashion, Fun, Shopping, Music at 12:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Your Thursday To Do List

SmartTalk ConnectedConcversations continues its women's speaker series tonight with Kara DioGuardi. You might recognize DioGuardi from her short time as a judge on American Idol Seasons 8-9, but you've definitely heard her work as a writer and producer with some of the biggest Pop stars of the past decade. DioGuardi has been nominated for a Grammy and won countless other music awards for her work with Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Santana. Tonight, she'll speak on "Surviving Life, Love and American Idol" at 7:30 p.m. at the Aronoff Center. Past speakers for the series include Arianna Huffington and Tim Gunn (the only male speaker of the series' history. He's a honorary lady.) Find some last-minute tickets here.If you miss Turntable Tuesdays at Clifton's Golden Lions Lounge, dust off your disco balls, because John O'Bryant and Hilly Kenkel are back! The duo who presented the weeknight dance party on Ludlow Avenue have relocated downtown. Now Mainstay Rock Bar will be the place to for weeknight partiers, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thursdays. Most of us haven't even thought about prom for years, but for high schoolers, the dance season is upon them. Any girl can attest to the importance of a perfect dress, but for many local young women, purchasing one is not financially possible. Kenzie's Closet takes gently worn dresses (many of us wear a prom dress just once) and make them available for disadvantaged girls in Greater Cincinnati. Principals, social workers and counselors refer these students to Kenzie's Closet, where the girls are able to browse tons of gorgeous gowns – and pick one free of charge. Tonight, Downtown's PLAY hosts a fundraiser for the organization. Just bring $10 or a formal dress, (shoes, bags and accessories are important, too!) and enjoy specialty drinks, specials, prize raffles and more from 7-10 p.m. tonight. It's an excellent opportunity to help young girls in need and make room in your closet. Important People is a diverse collective of area writers that strives to bring together others through creative expression at organized events. Tonight's Important People Forget Their Lines is a night of staged works of poetry, theater and other performances. Forget Their Lines is an investigation of the stage as an environment for exposing human impulses like anxiety, absurdity, self-deprecation and vulnerability. Come to Museum Gallery-Gallery Museum in the Brighton Arts District from 7-9 p.m. tonight to check it out. Read more about Important People and tonight's performers here.Martinis and manicures might sound a bit messy (I can't go without smudging wet polish while I'm sober), but not when professionals are involved! Oriental Wok in Hyde Park hosts a pampering session tonight: mini-manicure appointments, two cocktails and mani-friendly appetizers for $35. All proceeds go to the Red Cross to benefit local victims of recent tornadoes. Order some tasty dinner to go when you're done. Go here to RSVP.If you happen to see a little more PDA than usual, it's because today is the first national make-out session. Officially headquartered on Fountain Square (though all are encouraged to participate in any public space), the event was created by an area man to replace commercial "love" holidays like Valentine's Day with real, public signs of affection. Like smooching. Events on the square have been going all day, including live music, speed dating and vendors. Acoustic music runs 'til 4 p.m., followed by DJ tunes. Another speed dating session will take place 5-6 p.m., so if you don't have a partner to lock lips with, maybe you'll find one! Luxe Nightclub hosts the after-party. At least stop by for some free condoms. More info here.Find more arts, theater and comedy events on our To Do page, and follow our music blog for nightly shows.
 
 

Molly Wellmann [Freelance Bartender/Mixologist]

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Molly Wellmann's research into classic cocktails from the 1700s through the 1950s, as well as the great chefs she works with, inspire her craft cocktails made with her own handmade bitters, liqueurs, juices and simple syrups. Lately, the completely self-taught mixologist and bartender has been making the rounds at private parties and events all over town.  

The Guild of Calamitous Intent (Profile)

Visually charged, spooky, pensive local Rock band acts it out live

0 Comments · Monday, June 14, 2010
Spawned out of a Radiohead tribute show two years ago, The Guild of Calamitous Intent was born. Their vivid emotion pushes the structure. Intense drum parts creep in to bang-bang-shake things up, and then the mood settles into rich guitar riffs. The songs are long, around seven minutes each, but the multiple crescendos maintain a high suspense level.  

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