Block out next Saturday, Nov. 13, on your day planner for the 10th annual BRINK New Music Showcase, which this year morphs from a one-venue event (at the Southgate House) to a multi-venue extravaganza in Northside. Tied to the annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, BRINK is a chance to check out the next wave of new, original bands in the Cincy area.
Chris Walker's stellar musical abilities were showcased all over the Cincinnati music scene for the past few decades. His cool, kind nature and mad bass skills earned him a place in innumerable bands throughout his career, and his talent knew no genre boundaries, as he seemed comfortable (if not masterful) playing almost any style of music. A memorial service for Walker, who died July 3 from serious injuries sustained in a 2007 car accident, will be held Saturday at the Crossroads Community Church in Oakley followed by a celebration of his life and music at Stanley's Pub.
The Graveblankets are back! Though the members have been busy with other musical projects, the popular Folk/Rock/Pop group hasn't put out a proper recording since 2000. They make their triumphant return Saturday with a refreshed lineup (regulars Chris Arduser, George Cunningham and Bob Nyswonger are joined by 18-year-old vocalist/fiddle master Rosie Carson) and some new tunes.