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Eric Johnson

Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Coming on the scene in the late ’80s/early ’90s as a new guitar hot shot, Eric Johnson lit up the frets and the music world with a Grammy Award win for his original instrumental, “Cliffs of Dover,” in 1991. Though a multi-instrumentalist of the highest order, he is mostly known for his fluid guitar pyrotechnics.  

Built to Spill

Oct. 22 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Now comes word that Built to Spill is working on what will be its eighth full-length studio effort, which we’re told will probably drop in late 2014. Until then, the band has embarked on an extensive tour, which is good news for those of us who like to get lost in sound — Built to Spill’s epic guitar reveries are even more immersive in a live setting.  

Frank Bang & The Secret Stash

March 22 • Southgate House Revival (Lounge)

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
For Chicagoan Frank Blinkal, a day-and-night club job at Buddy Guy’s Legends gave him a front row seat and unprecedented access to some of the greatest names in Blues — Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks and Junior Wells, not to mention Legends’ illustrious owner.    

Leslie West

Aug. 29 • Fraze Pavilion (Kettering)

0 Comments · Monday, August 27, 2012
As the innovative guitarist and imposing 300-pound frontman for Mountain, Leslie West was the king of power and tone in the ’70s, inspiring successive generations with his thunderous riffs.   

Sonny Landreth with Monkeytown

June 14 • 20th Century Theater

1 Comment · Monday, June 11, 2012
There are guitar slingers, guitar masters, guitar heroes and guitar stranglers, and then there are the rare guitar icons, players who possess a distinctive style that makes them immediately recognizable after just a few notes. Sonny Landreth is surely among that hallowed group.   

Horse Feathers

May 21 • The Comet

0 Comments · Friday, May 11, 2012
Eight years ago, guitarist/vocalist Justin Ringle relocated from his native Idaho to Portland, Ore., and very quickly shifted his stylistic allegiance from the aggressive Rock he had played at home to a gentler Folk sound. He formed Horse Feathers to pursue his newfound acoustic passion and garnered rabid fans and critical acclaim, with reviewers consistently pointing out the wonderful tension between the dark poignancy of Ringle’s lyrics and the expansive beauty of the music that surrounds them.  

Joel Henderson

April 22 • Monastery Studio

0 Comments · Friday, April 13, 2012
 Ric Hordinski’s name on any project or event is the musical version of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. So it is with Joel Henderson’s release gig at Hordinski’s Monastery studio in Walnut Hills as he introduces his new release, Locked Doors & Pretty Fences.  


April 19 • Bangarang's

0 Comments · Friday, April 13, 2012
During the past decade and a half, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tim Kasher has served as the reeling ringmaster for the dark, wonderfully dysfunctional circus known as Cursive. A constantly fluctuating membership has resulted in Cursive’s fascinatingly malleable sound, from the Indie Rock gravity of 1997’s Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes to the denser and more conceptual Early Summer: Semantics of Song in 1998 to the string-driven Burst and Bloom and The Ugly Organ in the new millennium.   

Acoustic Hot Tuna

March 15 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Friday, March 9, 2012
When Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady assembled Hot Tuna in 1969, it seemed like little more than a busman’s Blues holiday for the respective guitarist and bassist from Jefferson Airplane, a way for the duo to work out their Delta and Piedmont obsession while the Airplane sat on the runway. Amazingly and against all conceivable odds, Hot Tuna is still a vital musical entity 43 years after its formation.  


Feb. 24 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, February 17, 2012
Although it’s only been two years since the formation of D.R.U.G.S. (stand down, Million Mom outragists — the name’s an acronym for Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows), the Post Hardcore quintet ru