by Mike Breen
Losing a key singer/songwriter in any band is a difficult proposition (see: Van Halen, multiple times), but popular Roots act Carolina Chocolate Drops haven’t missed a beat since their amicable split with Dom Flemons (now a solo artist). Singer/multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, the sole original member of the group, continues to drive the Drops, who began as a throwback/tribute to, as Derek Halsey writes in his preview for CityBeat this week, “the African American string-band tradition that flourished in the 1700s and 1800s.” Giddens has also been in the spotlight for her vital contributions to Lost River: The New Basement Tapes, a T Bone Burnett-helmed album featuring songs written around newly discovered “lost” Bob Dylan lyrics. The album, due for release on Nov. 11, also includes some heady company: Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith.
Carolina Chocolate Drops perform tonight (Friday) at Parrish Auditorium on the Hamilton campus of Miami University. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25. Click here for details.
Here’s a clip of the Drops performing “Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind” recorded this summer … on a gondola!
• Art Rap giant Busdriver comes to Newport’s Thompson House Saturday night for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 and Clipping, Milo, Kenny Segal, Counterfeit Money Machine, Eugenius and Evolve are also on the bill.
From Brian Baker’s CityBeat preview of the show:
After the stellar cultural and musical eccentricity of 2012's Beaus$Eros, Busdriver's latest album, Perfect Hair, may be his most ambitious and satisfying record to date. On the new album's "Bliss Point," Busdriver asks the tongue-in-cheek musical questions, "Where exactly is Hip Hop going? Did Hip Hop have breakfast this morning? Does Hip Hop really have the body type to pull off that outfit?" In reverse order, the answers have to be, "Hell yes," "Hell no, it was this afternoon" and "Wherever the Busdriver is taking it."
• Dynamic Jam band The Werks, who work a crafty Electronic vibe into their improvisational mix, play Covington’s Madison Theater Saturday night at 9 p.m. Zoogma and Peridoni also perform. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.
From Charlie Harmon’s preview for this week’s CityBeat:
Blending genres ranging from fat Funk and Blues to psychedelic Rock and Electronica, their guitar shreds, their keys and organs wail and their bass and drums form a pocket to create what they call “Psychedelic Dance Rock.”
• Cincinnati singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ingrid Woode and her group The Woode Tribe Orchestra celebrate the release of a new CD/DVD package with a concert Saturday at the Fairfield Community Arts Center Theatre. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $12, which includes a copy of the new release, titled Going LiVe In FiVe. Tickets for the show and more details are available here.
Woode is an accomplished musician, having written for artists like Queen Latifah and Lalah Hathaway. She also performed her original composition “When This Life Is Over” with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2011. The 11-piece Woode Tribe Orchestra (which includes five backup vocalists) gives the five tracks on Going LiVe In FiVe a full-bodied richness and depth. The music is best categorized as smooth and funky R&B/Soul, but there is an impressive diversity in the arrangements that takes it to another more intriguing level. Click here to read more about the release in this week’s Spill It.
• The Burger Records Caravan of Stars pulls into Southgate House Revival in Newport Saturday with a lineup of Burger acts that includes The Coathangers, together PANGEA, Cherry Glazerr, AJ Tavera & Terror Amor and Mozes & the Firstborn. Burger is a cultishly beloved DIY label known for its many cassette release. More recently the notoriously artist-friendly label has been growing and garnering wider attention; the label put out over 300 releases last year, outlets like The New York Times have been doing large feature stories on the label and a new Burger publishing branch was just announced.
In this week’s CityBeat, contributor Reyan Ali chatted with Meredith Franco from Caravan headliners The Coathangers about their evolution from an off-handed joke (something along the lines of, “We should start a band called The Coathangers!”) to international indie success story.
“We didn’t even know what type of music we were going to play. We’re not like, ‘Oh, we’re going to play Punk. We’re going to play Rock & Roll,’ ” Franco says. “Now it’s still the same thing. We just write whatever and that’s what it is. [When people ask] ‘What kind of band are you in?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know. I guess it’s Rock & Roll.’ ”
Here’s a music video for the band’s “Follow Me,” featuring the members of fellow Atlanta rockers Mastodon filling in for the ’Hangers.
Saturday’s show kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.• Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., Cincinnati singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei and his band The Tempers (currently featuring scene vet Jimmy Davidson on guitar, bassist Neil Sharrow, drummer Mike Grimm and Rick Howell on harmonica) will perform at Everybody’s Records in Pleasant Ridge in honor of Maurice’s 21st release, the full-length Celebrity Issue. The event is free.
CityBeat’s Brian Baker spoke with Mattei about the new release for last week’s CityBeat. Though Mattei generally shies away from “concept albums,” he admits a thread developed in the writing for Celebrity Issue, which features guests like pianist Ricky Nye, pedal steel player Cameron Cochran, multi-instrumentalist/Blessid Union of Souls bassist Dave Ramos, cellist Claire Timmerman, harmonica player Rick Howell and Mattei’s wife Korin on vocals.
“It’s inevitable when you write a group of songs in a finite period that you’re kind of documenting whatever experiences you’re going through at the time,” Mattei says. “A lot of the material talks about loss; loss of someone you knew or a relationship or an era, a time, a place. That’s what I get from it. It’s about how things change and how loss occurs.”
• Progressive Hip Hop/Jazz crew IsWhat?! presents a special multi-media showcase Sunday at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills. Dubbed “A Million Ways to Tell a Story,” the show will spotlight international artists from various disciplines and show how they tell stories within their own mediums. The night includes a screening of the short film Doradus by Italian director Fernando J. Scarpa, who IsWhat?! frontman Napoleon Maddox met while in Hollywood supporting the film Billie’s Blues, which was scored by Maddox. Experimental Japanese percussionist (or, as Maddox calls him, “sonic poet”) Tatsuya Nakatani will also perform, as will IsWhat?! and poet Matt Hart, co-founder/editor of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety and also a musician (you may remember him from such local acts Clifford Nevernew and Travel).
“A Million Ways to Tell a Story” begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $7. Find more info on the show at iswhatonline.blogspot.com.
• Play It Forward, the local non-profit organization set up to assist (typically uninsured) musicians in their times of medical and/or financial need, presents a benefit concert this Sunday in the name of esteemed veteran local guitarist Larry Goshorn (Sacred Mushroom, Pure Prairie League, Goshorn Brothers). Goshorn has had a series of health issues over the past couple of years, including open-heart surgery. Sunday’s all-ages “Play It for Larry Goshorn” benefit concert runs 4-11 p.m. at Covington's Madison Theater.
The show is being hosted by Cincy radio superstars Gary Burbank (Play It Forward’s founder) and Eddie Fingers and will feature performances by Pure Prairie League, The Goshorn Brothers, The Menus, The Bluebirds, Balderdash, Rob Fetters, George Powell and Dave Widow. Advance tickets are $20 (through cincyticket.com) or $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit Play It Forward.
• Earlier this year, Cincinnati Pop Rock band Mixtapes announced they’d be going on indefinite hiatus after their current run of show dates, which wraps up on Halloween at the big Punk Rock festival Fest in Gainesville, Fla. Local fans won’t have to travel to Florida to see Mixtapes before their break (which seems like it could possibly be permanent). On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the band plays its final hometown show for at least quite some time at a unique venue — Lucy Blue Pizza (1126 Main St., Over-the-Rhine). The show also includes Mixtapes’ current tourmates Direct Hit!, Elway and Lipstick Homicide, plus Cincy’s Boys and Kinder Words. Sunday’s show is open to fans of all ages and admission is $8 (advance tickets are available through cincyticket.com).
Know of more good live music options going down this weekend in Greater Cincinnati? Let us know about it in the comments.
Saturday • Madison Theater
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Officially formed in 2007 just up the
road in Dayton, these eclectic musicians have been refining a sound
that’s hard to pin down, like someone took all kinds of musical
vegetables and made a harmonious stew.
Oct. 27 • Madison Theater
0 Comments · Monday, October 22, 2012
Dayton’s music scene is similar to Cincinnati’s in that
they’ve both given rise to a great number of bands that represent the
incredible musical diversity within the respective band communities.The Werks are one of Dayton’s more recent success stories; the Jamadelic quartet officially formed five years ago.
by Mike Breen
There are oodles of live musical options tonight all over our area tonight. Here's a quick rundown.• Dayton/Columbus band The Werks — self-described as a "Psychedelic Dance Funk Rock Improv" group — celebrate the release of their new self-titled album, the band's third, a self-issued full-length. Opening up the 10:30 p.m. show at Covington's Madison Theater is Freekbot, the dance-inducting duo project of Chris "Freekbass" Sherman and Tobe "Tobotius" Donohue. Below, check out the Freekbot track "Get Up" from a recent Rock Against Cancer benefit album (which also includes a track from locals Skeetones). Tickets for tonight's show are $10.<a href="http://nonebackwards.bandcamp.com/track/get-up">Get Up by FREEKBOT</a>• Inventive banjo genius Bela Fleck has reconvened the original lineup of his Bela Fleck and the Flecktones band. The progressive/Jazz/Roots/World/experimental troupe got back together to record Rocket Science (released around this time last spring), the first recording by the original four Flecktones in nearly two decades. They're touring behind the album and coming to Millett Hall on the campus of Miami University in Oxford tonight for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets range from $20-$50. (Read more here.)Here's a behind the scenes look at the recording of Rocket Science:• Much buzzed about singer/songwriter and Garage/Rock/Blues explorer Hanni El Khatib performs a free show tonight at around 10 p.m. at MOTR Pub. Sundelles open up. Check out our interview with El Khatib in this week's CityBeat here and then check out the video for his song, "Loved One," below.• Elsewhere tonight: Eclectic local label Grasshopper Juice celebrates its third anniversary with a two-floor party/show at downtown's Mainstay featuring the diverse lineup of Revenge Pinata, Sometimes, Playfully Yours, The B.E.A.T., Blastronauts, Dub Lock and DWB. (9 p.m.; $5); a great display of fresh local Hip Hop can be found at Mayday in Northside. Valley High, Trademark Aaron, Zoo Crew, DJ Sinceer and DJ Benigma perform. (10 p.m.; free); acclaimed local Celtic Rock crew Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters perform at a benefit for the Keegan's Spirit Foundation, which assist families affected by heart disease. The show is this evening at Molly Malone's in Covington. (7 p.m.; $10); radio show Salina Underground hosts a free "Record Store Day Eve" bash at Northside Tavern tonight at 10 p.m. featuring the great lineup of The Sweep, newcomers The Chance Brothers and Brian Olive. (10 p.m.; free); great local Americana ensemble Mangolia Mountain presents its album release party at the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre tonight (read more here). (8 p.m.; $13); get your 420 on at Stanley's Pub tonight as the club hosts a "420 Party" with Reggae band The Cliftones and the Grateful Dead-lovin' Jerry's Little Band. (9:30 p.m.; $7); and — where I know MOST of you will be — schmaltzy singer/songwriter Barry Manilow turns the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights into the Copacabana when he performs at 7:30 p.m. tonight ($34.99-$124.99). We kid the Barster, of course. I mean, have you heard the dude rap?Click here for even more local live music events tonight.
by Mike Breen
The Werks and Dixie Bee-Liners, plus This Spooky Day in Music
Music Tonight: The "adult" Halloween (this past weekend, mostly at bars) is over and today it's the kids turn. And by kids, I mean those 12 and under. Went and bought a bag of charcoal this morning — I'm giving every Trick or Treater in their teens one fresh briquet. If you're a grown-up sans children (or can get out after the candy-begging ends) and you enjoy Bluegrass (or should I say, "Boo-grass"? No, I shouldn't), head to Covington Mainstrasse's Leapin' Lizard Gallery (726 Main St.) for a a performance by acclaimed Virginia-based ensemble The Dixie Bee-Liners. The band is promising a night of Halloween fun — part of the band's tradition includes performing as the "Zom-Bee-Liners" (see photo) on Halloween, so expect some tricks and treats and lots of excellent UndeadGrass. The band was named the Roots Music Association's 2008 Bluegrass Artist of the Year (beating out Alison Krauss!) and Country Standard Time called the group's 2009 album Susanville "one of the most revolutionary Bluegrass releases in recent memory." The band is working on a follow-up, which they hope to have out in January. The show will be a mix of older originals, new songs and traditional Bluegrass numbers. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. Check out the music video for the Bee-Liners track "Heavy" below.