It’s Christmas in August this weekend for local Blues
fans. The big event is the 22nd annual Cincy Blues Fest, presented
Friday and Saturday at the riverfront’s Sawyer Point by the Cincy Blues
This Friday, superb Cincinnati rockers The KillTones host an album release party in honor of their new nine-track effort, Raw. Animals. Dance.
The band will be joined by locals Lemon Sky and Philly-based Soraia for
the free, 9 p.m. event at Over-the-Rhine club The Drinkery
Gifted local Bluegrass singer/mandolin player Missy Werner’s latest album, Turn This Heart Around,
was released July 1 through iTunes, Amazon and most other online
stores. The album — which has already been garnering airplay and
positive reviews nationally — gets the hometown release party treatment
this Saturday at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center (620 Greenup
St., Covington, 859-431-0020).
Country crew Pure Grain, which hails from nearby Bright, Ind., will be celebrating the release of its brand new album, Indiana Sun,
when it performs as part of the free, weekly “American Roots” concert
series this coming Tuesday on Fountain Square.
The Northside Music Festival, presented
by Cincinnati design/branding/promotional company We Have Become
Vikings, returns this week for its seventh annual event. For the first
time, the fest will extend to two days, offering free, (mostly) local
music on three stages at the Northside Tavern (northside-tavern.com)
Friday and Saturday nights.
On June 1, area Blues
singer/pianist/multi-instrumentalist Jimmy D. Rogers won the Cincy Blues
Challenge competition for solo artists and duos after competing against
several other performers at downtown club/restaurant Arnold’s. This
Sunday, the Blues Challenge presents the band competition.
The One More Girl on a Stage fest returns Friday and Saturday to Newport’s York Street Café for the Rivertown Music Club’s last ever event. Local musician Kelly Thomas has used the Rivertown Music Club to promote local music and raise money for a variety of charities for the past seven years.