Several Cincinnati-based artists and institutions are up for Ohio Hip Hop Awards, an annual event that honors the statewide Hip Hop community, culminating in a music conference/awards ceremony Sept. 17-19 in Cleveland. The event spotlights everything from MCs, DJs, break-dancers and graffiti artists to labels, radio, venues and promoters.
Cincinnati-based African musician Baoku Moses presents his fourth "Cincy Unity Jam" Saturday, organized as a means to "bring people together to celebrate peace in unity through music and art." The wildly eclectic lineup includes the Chris Comer Trio, iolite, The Electric Generals, Drew Lewis, Tri-Ur, Bonkers, Black Silk Quartet and Baoku's Ensemble for Peace.
Happenstance. Seven years ago, two witty Geminis, Arianne Benick (vocals) and Julia Johanan (keys), met at a party. Soon they created a women's group, hit up yoga and one day randomly busted out "Takin It Slow," now track 5 on the debut EP from Cincinnati band iolite.
It'll be pouring CD release parties this weekend, with five very disparate area bands celebrating the completion of their newest studio offerings: altrockers Seabird, Pop Rock band Lovely Crash, Soul Jazz outfit iolite, Cajun vets Lagniappe and Americana favorites Wild Carrot. Get all the details here.