by Mike Breen
JJ Grey, Ghostwriter and Angel Snow also in town for concerts this evening
Greek New Age music god Yanni performs at the Aronoff Center tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50-$99.50. Think you're too cool for Yanni? Are you cooler than Beck and Thurston Moore? Because they love Yanni so much, they covered an entire album of his. • If Yanni is a little out of your price range (the ONLY excuse for missing his show), there's a solid alternative at MOTR Pub tonight that will cost you nothing (unless you want to buy merch, drinks or food). Portland singer/songwriter Ghostwriter — called "the post-punk version of a Harry Smith-era self-accompanied singer/songwriter" — performs at the club with another solo troubadour, Nashville's Angel Snow (which IS her real name). Snow co-wrote three songs for Alison Krauss and Union Station on their most recent album's deluxe edition. She wrote them with Krauss' brother Viktor, who produced Snow's sophomore album (due this August). Showtime is 10 p.m.Here's a clip of Viktor and Snow performing one of the song's they co-wrote, "These Days." • JJ Grey and his band Mofro return to the Cincinnati area tonight for a performance at the new Ballroom at the Taft (in the basement of the Taft Theatre). The swampy, rootsy, rockin' crew from Florida are touring behind the current film and album Brighter Days, recorded live at a performance in Atlanta early last year. Grey and Co. are joined by Bright, Indiana's Pure Grain. The soulful area Country/Southern Rock crew records for Sol Records (home to Dallas Moore and others), which put out the group's most recent effort, Sowing Seeds, last year. Here's the music video for Pure Grain's "Cowgirl" and a preview of Mofro's live release.Click here for even more live music events tonight.
by Jac Kern
GOOD Ideas for Cities is an opportunity
for problem-solvers to tackle some of their cities’ greatest urban challenges.
GOOD has an excellent magazine, but the company is
also a collective of innovative individuals, nonprofits and other
organizations united to push the world in a positive direction. The GOOD Ideas
for Cities program will be presented in six cities this year, including Cincinnati. Local urban leaders met with GOOD to determine some of the city’s
urban issues and, last month, GOOD put out a call for creative Cincinnatians
with bright ideas. Six teams of problem-solvers were selected and each given an
urban challenge Cincinnati currently faces. Tonight at the Contemporary Arts
Center, these teams will present their solutions and join the urban leaders for
a Q&A. After the 7 p.m. presentation, enjoy drinks and conversation and
learn how to help make the ideas a reality. Admission is free, but you must
RSVP here. Doors open at 6 p.m., so come early as reservations do not guarantee entrance
after 6:45 p.m. It’s a pretty big deal that Cincinnati was selected to
participate in the program, and tonight is sure to be an engaging,
An after-work summer destination for many yuppies Tri-Staters, Party in
the Park returns tonight for its 32nd year tonight. Every Wednesday through
July, Party in the Park brings booze and popular area cover bands to Yeatman’s
Cove from 5-10 p.m. Happy hour runs 5-6:30 p.m. and for the first time, wine
and cocktails are available in addition to beer. Tonight’s music comes from
Naked Karate Girls. Check out the full lineup here.
Perhaps contemporary Classical is more your style? World-renown composer
Yanni performs at the Aronoff Center tonight. Known for being the sound of New
Wave and providing the music for the Olympics (since 1988) and countless other
televised sporting events, Yanni presents a new touring show featuring new
music from Truth of Touch, his first
album of original studio music in almost a decade. Tonight’s performance begins
at 8 p.m. Go here to find tickets.
Interior decorator and HGTV host/designer
Monica Pedersen will stop by Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion
to discuss and sign her new book. Monica
Pedersen Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home combines the author’s DIY nature and design/décor
expertise to turn readers into party-throwing pros. The event begins at 7 p.m.
tonight.Check out our To Do page for more art exhibits, theater shows and other events happening tonight and follow our music blog for a daily live show lineup.