by Mike Breen
WNKU to present hour-long ‘CincyMusic.com Soundcheck’ beginning this Thursday
CincyMusic.com, a website dedicated to all things related to Greater Cincinnati music, launched in early 2012 (or, rather, relaunched, after purchasing the domain name from the previous owner, who’d let the site go dormant). Since then, the site — which has features, interviews, show listings, downloads and more — has continually expanded its brand by sponsoring numerous events and consistently growing its site and presence in the local community.
Last year, the CincyMusic empire expanded into terrestrial radio, presenting a local music-focussed show on Clear Channel local Alternative music station The Project (heard on 100.7 and 106.3). CincyMusic Spotlight airs every Sunday on The Project at midnight; on the Monday following each show, the programs are available for download as podcasts.
Now, WNKU — the Northern Kentucky-based public radio station with a long history of playing music by area artists — welcomes the CincyMusic crew on board for another weekly show, CincyMusic.com Soundcheck, which will “focus on local artists that are performing that weekend, releasing new material, or are just worthy of a little extra attention.”
Also hosted by CincyMusic Spotlight DJ Venomous Valdez, CincyMusic Soundcheck is slated to air every Thursday at 10 p.m. beginning this week (March 13). The shows can be heard on WNKU’s various over-the-air frequencies around the region (89.7 FM locally), as well as streaming on wnku.org. If you can’t listen, podcasts of the WNKU shows will be available here. (You can subscribe so you are alerted each time a new show is posted.)Artists interested in submitting material for airplay on the WNKU show can do so here.
by Jac Kern
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When Tim Haines
purchased the Mohawk Building on Central Parkway in 2012, he understood that he
would probably need to sort through some abandoned items in the space,
particularly leftover stock in the old Castner Picture Frame Company
warehouse. But he was surprised to find hundreds of thousands of vintage frames
and equipment left behind. Now, he and close friend Janet Baltzersen are
working to clear the space, selling these rare gems (many of which date back to
the 1920s) for next to nothing. This Sunday, they will host and open house sale
in the warehouse from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come dressed appropriately (some rooting
around is required and much of the stock has been untouched for decades,
resulting in quite a bit of dust) — Baltzersen will provide gloves and masks
plus cocktails and snacks. Artists, antiquers and vintage-lovers will find a
huge variety of shapes, styles and sizes of frames like small ovals, large rustic
circles, gesso and antique gold finishes. The
warehouse is located on the south end of the building at 2145 Central Parkway.
For more information or to schedule a private viewing, contact Baltzersen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read our full story here.
photographers have gathered some of their favorite performance pics for
Friday’s Concert Photography Showcase. Hosted by Know Theatre, the exhibit will feature photos of shows in
Cincinnati including Bunbury and MPMF, taken by photographers Brian Bruemmer,
Mike Clare, Phil Dawson, Jacob Drabik, Julia Huber, Sarah McDermott, Kelly
Painter and Matt Steffen. Swing by Know between 5:30-8 p.m. tonight for the
reception; snacks and a cash bar will be available.
is always a fun shopping experience, but it’s also a great display of local and
regional talent. Saturday’s Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show will be chock full
of handmade gifts (or goodies for yourself) for purchase in addition to
hands-on activities for attendees to get their craft on. The show runs 11
a.m.-6 p.m. in the Music Hall Ballroom. As always, the first 100 early bird
shoppers will receive fun swag bags. Find vendor info and more show details
cannot miss the Northside Record Fair
Saturday. Record shop owners, collectors and dealers will all meet under one
roof (Northside Presbyterian Church) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 — $10
for early entrance at 10 a.m. CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, poster and more music
goodies will also be for sale. Ready to get in the holiday spirit? De la Dance Company's The Nutcracker Jazzed Up opens today running Friday-Sunday through Nov. 30; Festival of Lights kicks off at The Cincinnati Zoo opens Saturday; Cincinnati’s Germania Society hosts Christkindlmarkt Friday-Sunday.
For more art openings,
parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
by Mike Breen
CincyMusic.com hosts a happy hour party featuring locally-shot live music photography
Tomorrow (Friday) at Over-the-Rhine’s Know Theatre of Cincinnati, a special photography collection will be on the display, showcasing some of the best work of local photographers who especially shine when shooting live music events.
In the spirit of the Reverberation: Capturing the Live Music Experience exhibit presented by FofoFocus at the Art Academy of Cincinnati this past September leading up to the MidPoint Music Festival, the photographers whose work is published at the great local music site CincyMusic.com have put together a collection of some of their favorite shots. The photos — by Jacob Drabik, Brian Bruemmer, Kelly Painter, Phil Dawson, Julia Huber, Matt Steffen, Mike Clare and Sarah McDermott — were all taken at club shows, festivals and concerts in the Cincinnati area (including ones from MidPoint and the Bunbury Music Festival).
CincyMusic.com hosts tomorrow's free event at Know, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. There will be light appetizers and the venue’s lower-level bar will be open for business. And if you're up for a little theatre afterwards, tickets are still available for Know's 8 p.m. staging of Bull, a play about adult bullying (timely!). Rick Pender reviewed Bull in CityBeat earlier this month, writing, "You won’t like anyone you see onstage in this savage tale. You’ll probably question your own enjoyment of the show’s dark humor and vicious actions. But the acting and staging of Bull make this a riveting piece of theater." Get tickets here or at the theatre if any remain.
by Mike Breen
'CincyMusic Spotlight' to air Sundays beginning this weekend
Over the years, Greater Cincinnati has been lucky to have
at least a few radio stations dedicated to giving original, local music
some airtime. While WEBN (yes, that WEBN) strongly supported
local music in the ’70s/’80s, most substantial local airplay now comes
courtesy of community and/or low-powered stations, plus the occasional, short-lived niche show from a huge corporate radio outlet.
At 88.9 FM (or 89.1 FM in Northern Kentucky), Class X
Radio's diverse programming and lineup of shows include the
longest-running local music program in the area — Kindred Sanction —
which got its start on WAIF over 25 years ago (the station also
incorporates local music into its other programming). The community radio
station WVQC (Radio Free Queen City) is run through Media Bridges and
features numerous shows that spotlight Cincy artists (listen online or
at 95.7 FM). And Northern Kentucky's powerhouse public radio channel,
WNKU (wnku.org or 89.7 FM) integrates local artist cuts into its normal
This past April, 94.5 FM became Cincy Rock 94.5 … for a
month. Owners Clear Channel threw a bone to local music after Northern
Kentucky resident Josh Fields won a contest to program the channel until
its May 1 conversion to a 24-hour FM simulcast of AM superstar,
This Sunday, in what will hopefully be a more permanent
occupation of some FM airtime for local music, another Clear Channel
outlet, The Project (at 100.7 FM and 106.3 FM), will launch what looks
to be a great new program, CincyMusic Spotlight.
One of the few conglomo-stations to consistently play
"Alternative" music in the city (it also plays the bigger local bands,
like Foxy Shazam and Walk the Moon, on a regular basis), The Project
will now delve into Greater Cincinnati's music scene head first every Sunday night
at midnight. The program will be made available as a podcast at
CincyMusic.com, which partnered with The Project for the new show
(podcasts will also be available at CincinnatiProject.com). You can
subscribe to the podcasts at both sites starting Sunday.
In a press release, the show is described as "a mix of the
region's most talented musicians" and will also feature a "weekly recap of
all the local music news from CincyMusic.com."
The program certainly has the right hosts in place.
CincyMusic Spotlight will feature two local music/radio veterans —
Venomous Valdez (who has done radio in the past, helped keep the MidPoint Music Festival running smoothly last year and currently works with
local bands as a manager/road manger) and Joe Long (who helms the music
blog Each Note Secure and was a former DJ on the late, great 97X/WOXY).
Tune in this Sunday night and be vocal in your support of the show so
CincyMusic Spotlight stays on the air and proves wrong the seemingly
conventional wisdom that there are no ratings or money in "local music."