The Mimes celebrate their uplifting new album, 'Got to Tell the World,' via 'An Evening with...' type show, performing the entire night sans openers. They'll kick things off with an acoustic set, play the new album in full and close things out with a run through of their back catalog (and perhaps some surprises). In between sets, the Mimes will screen their documentary 'Behind the Mask' as well as other new video footage.
It's been a good year for The Tillers. They won Best Folk/Americana at the recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and now are releasing their second album, 'By the Signs.' The Tillers also are excited about their inclusion in an upcoming USA Network documentary and series of reports about people who live along Route 50, produced and hosted by veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw.
When Sarah Borges appeared in Cincinnati last September on the MidPoint Music Festival's closing night, she was ailing, her band was playing the unknown-to-them Know Theatre and they were following the rejuvenated Wussy, clearly one of the local scene's biggest names. Of course, Borges and the Singles retained nearly every Wussy fan and rocked the Know to its very foundation. Her comfort in front of unpredictable audiences comes to Borges naturally.
When you hear the soaring Post Hardcore roar of Dayton's successful Hawthorne Heights, the first thing you think is probably not, "Wow, that tune would sound great around a campfire performed on just an acoustic guitar." But singer JT Woodruff will do just that (minus the campfire) Saturday in the Southgate House's intimate Parlour room, the same venue in which the Heights filmed a music video and, more recently, performed the final show of their 2009 tour.
When CityBeat profiled Butler County kinda roots kinda indie/alt rockers Sohio a few months ago about their forthcoming album, it was confirmed that the release was finished (after more than three years in the making) and that it would be released in early 2010. What the band members didn't know was what the full-length would be titled. We'll all find out Friday at the Southgate House.
When Monty Are I coalesced nearly a dozen years ago, the quintet was a Skatecore/Ska band. That aspect of the band still creeps up in their current Alternative/Punk/Pop sound (which they've dubbed "Action Rock") when Andrew Borstein and Ryan Muir break out their horns.
The Elms' latest anthemic, blue-collar swaggerfest, 'The Great American Midrange,' is rightly inspiring even more effusive praise. With this kind of heat coming from their studio work, it's clear that The Elms approach every live gig with the blazing intent of a demolition crew.
Locals Seabird spent 2008 riding high on their debut for EMI/Credential, 'Til We See the Shore,' promoting it on the road and in network TV shows and even scoring the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for "Artists of the Year." They close out another good year with a release party for their new album, 'Rocks Into Rivers.'
The story behind this all-star contemporary Folk/Bluegrass/AltCountry band is an unusual one. Although the group playing the Southgate House is a five-piece based around three singers/frontmen in guitarists Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) and fiddler/guitarist Luke Bulla, plus bassist Sebastian Steinberg and drummer Jerry Roe, its roots are in something very different.
The members of Flobots hope to evoke change in society and seriously give a damn in an obvious, non-ironic way. Yes, they want to sell records. But they also want to "be the change" that gets Americans off their asses in order to think more critically.