by Mike Breen
Veteran Cincinnati singer/songwriter presents "listening party" tonight in Oakley
Tracy Walker has been such a consistently popular presence on the live music scene, it’s hard to believe the Cincinnati singer/songwriter hasn’t put out a new release in a decade. Ten years after her excellent sophomore album, All This Time, Walker finally entered the studio with super-producer Erwin Musper and, now, she is ready to start celebrating her third full-length release, Coetaneous Vibrations. The album is available for download now through Walker's site here (under the "Music" tab) or you can order a hard-copy CD from CD Baby here.Walker has the kind of voice and writing talent that just feels natural, so recording her might seem like an easy job. But Musper, as a really good producer should, truly pulls a lot out of Walker, showing her to be an even more dynamic artist and performer. Previously, Walker’s recorded material was always hard to describe, with elements of Folk, Pop, Soul and Rock dancing together for her own singular style. But on Vibrations, Musper fleshes out many of the tracks with a classic Soul/R&B vibe, enlisting some top local players to create the crisp musical backdrop to Walker’s spine-chilling vocals and songs (a handful of which were re-recordings from prior releases). Opening track “All My Life” has the vintage punch of seminal Soul artists from the ’60s and ’70s (and many of today’s revivalists), complete with a punctuating horn section, while the ballad “Blue” drips with emotion over a slow-burning Blues groove and tracks like “Hard Way” and “Brand New Life” are more upbeat and Pop/Rock-like, suitable for radio airplay.Tonight at 6 p.m., Walker will host an album release/listening party at The Art of Entertaining (2019 Madison Ave., Oakley). The event will include snacks, wine, beer and live acoustic music from Walker. Tickets are $30. Seating is limited; for reservations, call 513-871-5170. You can also catch Walker live around town in the coming weeks. Visit tracywalker.com for local dates and more info on Coetaneous Vibrations.Here's the new album's lead-off track, "All My Life," which appeared in an earlier form on Walker's 1998 solo debut, Naked:
Plus, Tracy Walker releases decade-in-the-making new LP and the latest on MidPoint Music Festival 2013
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
This year's MidPoint Indie Summer concert series — free, every Friday on Fountain Square — puts focus on great local acts and a few notable touring act, singer/songwriter Tracy Walker returns this week with her first recording in 10 years, the album Coetaneous
Vibrations, and get the latest on this fall's MidPoint Music Festival, including news of an initial lineup announcement later this wee.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
This weekend’s huge Bunbury Music
Festival at Sawyer Point features some of the top-names in Alternative
music. And it also includes several local favorites. Since Bunbury is
drawing music lovers from all over the region, here is a primer on some
of the Greater Cincinnati-based acts performing at the festival.
by Mike Breen
Todd Snider & the Burnouts return to Cincinnati tonight for a hump-day show at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley with special guest Rosi Golan. Snider is one of the more acclaimed songwriters of his time, earning early support from high-profile fans like John Prine and Jimmy Buffett. Releasing high quality albums since 1994, Snider continues to dazzle with his well-crafted songs and engaging lyrics (perhaps his most notable talent).This year Snider released two new albums within a couple months of each other. The first, March’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, was an embedded, sign-o-the-times album that featured an “Occupy” anthem, “New York Banker,” and other sharp-yet-everyday observations of current society. The most recent release was a tribute to a like-minded forefather; the Don Was-produced Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker featured guests ranging from platinum-selling Country star Kix Brooks to young Americana critic’s darling, Amy LaVere. Showtime is 8 p.m. This is a seated show; tickets range from $18-$25, depending on where you sit. Here is a video for Golan's "Underneath A Beating Heart" (which premiered earlier this month on Perez Hilton's site) followed by audio for Sinder's great "New York Banker." • The Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Clifton Ave. has been presenting free, fun, family-friendly live music on its front lawn since The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars kicked off the "Wednesdays on the Green" series earlier this month. Tonight, the incomparable Tracy Walker performs her soulful Folk/Pop/Rock at the free, 7 p.m. event. Click here to check out the rest of the summer schedule, then listen to Tracy sing below — and shiver that good kind of shiver — to get you in the mood. (Get more Tracy Walker here.)• Also on the free tip, Lucky 7 (led by former Zionites frontdude Lucky Spaulding and featuring his bro Seven Spaulding, guitarist Chris Madine and bassist Michael VanHorn) is the featured band on Fountain Square for this evening's 7 p.m. "Reggae Wednesday" concert. (Check out some tunes from the R&B/Reggae crew here.) • And down at Yeatman's Cove (next to Sawyer Point), Party in the Park returns with one of Cincy's most favoritest cover bands ever, the always fun Rusty Griswolds 3 Day Rule. Party in the Park starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.Click here for more live music options tonight in Greater Cincinnati.
by Jac Kern
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Art on the Streets Cincinnati is a new local initiative to encourage performance and art in public spaces
across the city. The group’s initial efforts will unleash dancers, singers,
painters, musicians and other artists to parks and sidewalks during the World Choir
Games (July 4-14) to welcome visitors (up to 90,000 of ‘em) and get locals in
the arty spirit. Art on the Streets hopes to continue this public creative
effort long after the Games, as well. Discover more about the group (and public
performance rules) tonight at Know Theater. An informational and planning
meeting is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., so grab a drink at Know’s bar and learn
how you can participate in making Cincinnati and even more lively arts scene.
Email ArtsCincy@gmail.com to RSVP.
Mayerson JCC’s Summer Cinema Series
continues tonight with two episodes from the Israeli comedy television series Arab
Labor (Avoda Aravit). Referred to as the Palestinian Seinfeld, the series
follows Arab-Israeli journalist Amjad, a hapless but good-hearted man who
neurotically tries to conform with both Arab and Jewish expectations and his
one-of-a-kind family. Screenings are from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10
($8 for JCC members).
Joseph M. Schuster will discuss
and sign his debut novel, The Might Have
Been at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Cincinnati. From St. Louis, Mo. Schuster
presents a novel about the consequences of chasing an unattainable dream,
regret and redemption.
And don’t forget free weekly events: Party in the Park
features music from 3 Day Rule 5-10 p.m. and happy hour specials ‘til 6:30; Clifton
Cultural Arts Center presents Wednesdays on the Green
with Tracy Walker, kids activities,
on-site food vendors and more beginning at 7 p.m.; Reggae Wednesday
brings jammin’ to Fountain Square, 7-10 p.m. Tonight’s band is Lucky 7. Don't let the impending heat hold you back from a fun weeknight!
by Jac Kern
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Spring is here! Celebrate the official start of the season (even though it feels like we skipped forward to summer) with live music, cold drinks and a lovely patio at Neon's. Tonight from 6-9 p.m. Singer-songwriter Tracy Walker will join Adam Sanregret on bass for a night of original music. Find tons more happy hours here.Local Authors Dann Woellert and Don Heinrich Tolzmann will discuss and sign their respective Cincy-centric books tonight at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion. Woellert's Cincinnati Turner Societies details the locally-founded American Turners organization, created by area German-Americans to influence a growing nation in education, progressive thought, politics, human rights, health, literature and the arts. Tolzman's Over-the-Rhine Tour Guide is an interesting companion to the German Heritage Tours he leads. The book gives a history lesson on the geographical and architectural importance of the area over the years. The event runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Drinking Liberally is an informal progressive social group, a project of Living Liberally, with chapters across the U.S. and world. The Cincinnati chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday: at Cilfton's Fries Cafe the first and third Tuesday each month, and at Dutch's Bar and Bottle Shop in Hyde Park on second and fourth Tuesdays. Share your opinions and ideas in a relaxed, welcoming setting. Get there by 7:45 p.m. to place a food order from Cactus Pear. Go here for more info on Drinking/Living Liberally.The Playhouse's Tigers Be Still and Ensemble Theatre's Time Stands Still both have productions tonight. Check out our To Do page for more daily recommendations, and our music blog for nightly shows.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Every year around this time is kind of like “Steelers Week” for football fans in Cincinnati. Only the fans aren’t football ones, they’re Hip Hop die-hards. You’ll see a lot of out of towners around the area this week, as Scribble Jam attracts Hip Hop heads from all over the country, either just to attend and have fun or to actually compete in the infamous “battles.”