by Mike Breen
Friday at The Greenwich, adventurous, globe-trotting group offers eclectic "show and tell"
Great Cincinnati-based experimental Jazz/Hip Hop group IsWhat?! is gearing up for another one of its frequent European touring jaunts, but before the group leaves, the members will be presenting a night of film, art, poetry and, of course, music, this Friday at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills, all curated by and/or affiliated with IsWhat?! in some way.The animated short film Billie’s Blues, created by French artist Louis Jean Gorry and scored by IsWhat?! frontman Napoleon Maddox, will get its U.S. premiere at the event. Here's the trailer: BILLIE'S BLUES trailer/bande annonce from louis jean Gorry / LouGore on Vimeo.The show will also include the screening of Since I Saw You Last, a low-budget but entertaining visual tour diary/short film chronicling Maddox's life on the road during a recent European road stint. Check it out here.IsWhat?!’s longtime saxophonist Jack Walker will have some of his artwork displayed and music will be provided by the local DJ squad Selectas Choice and Maddox, while Brian Greer (aka Boogie Bang) will be delivering some spoken word poetry.Showtime for the special “IsWhat?! Presents …” event tomorrow is 9 p.m. Here's IsWhat!?'s music video for "Hands Up Quick" (featuring a guest verse from Boogie Bang) off of the group's most recent release, Things That Go Bump in the Dark.
Benefit to spread awareness about mountaintop removal mining returns and IsWhat?! curates a night of art
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The successful Music for the Mountains project, which spreads information about the practice of "mountaintop removal" coal mining, releases its second local Roots music compilation album and multi-act concert this Saturday in Newport, Ky.
Hip Hop producers and spectators come together for The Beat Lounge
2 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
When producer R.H. Valentino Sweeten, better known as “KontraX,” hosted the first Beat Lounge Beat Battle at Clifton Heights’ Baba Budan’s, he says he saw himself as a “people person” wanting to integrate local Hip Hop and not as a promoter. After the first Beat Lounge’s successful turnout, the bar booked the event every third Saturday for two years.
June 17 • The Greenwich
0 Comments · Monday, June 14, 2010
The flute hasn't always been considered the coolest of instruments (though certainly ahead of accordion and tuba), but "cool" is certainly a word that comes to mind when listening to Bradley Leighton, who's been praised for brining a presence to the Jazz flute comparable to that of a saxophonist or trumpeter. Local singer/songwriter Tracy Walker opens Thursday's show.
Wade Baker's submersion into the local Jazz scene (and beyond) has made him a key part of it
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wade Baker recently nabbed his first CEA nomination in the Jazz category, but he's a pervasive presence throughout Cincinnati's music scene. In addition to playing trumpet with a rotating cast of Jazz luminaries in the Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, he's toured with Hip Hop/Jazz/Jam locals Eclipse, provided bass for Blues cat Jon Justice for the past three years and has a regular gig with the veteran Blue Birds Big Band. And that's just a partial list.