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by Brian Penick 08.12.2013
 
 
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Guest Blog: Musicians’ Desk Reference Content Completed

Interactive musicians' guide eBook moves towards beta-testing phase

Editor's Note: Brian Penick of local music promotions company The Counter Rhythm Group is guest blogging for CityBeat monthly to provide a behind-the-scenes look at his journey to release his interactive industry guidebook, Musicians’ Desk Reference. Click here for his previous blog entries.Aaaaaaaaaaand we are done! Well, kind of …After nearly two years of content creation, testing, editing, restructuring and discussion, I am very proud to announce that the content for Musicians’ Desk Reference is finally complete! There is still much work to be done ahead of the release — completion of web development, beta testing, marketing, promotions and more — but we are at least moving ahead, right on schedule. It sounds cliché, but it is amazing to take a step back and realize how far this project has really come, in addition to considering how much it has forced me to grow as an individual. It all started with an idea that I simply could not let go of, despite my initial thoughts that The Counter Rhythm Group just could not handle taking on a project of this (theoretical) scale. I tried working around this notion from every angle, discussing it with an array of employees that have helped in our growth, and at the end of each reflection period I knew that we had to still move forward with the idea, any way we could.Those that know me know that I am a planner. I like making lists — and especially checking things off of that list. I try to find structure in everything when at all possible, and more often than not I find myself asking, “Why?” I have no idea where this mentality came from and my immediate family has reaffirmed that statement over the course of the last few months. It is this mentality, combined with my passion for helping musicians that has provided the fuel for this journey.I am so excited to share this vision with the world. While it sounds cheesy, I can promise you that every page has my heart and soul poured into it, and that it has been painstakingly been picked apart by myself and a dedicated group of contributors. We are truly aiming to provide the best information possible to be used for many generations to come. I have stated before in these blogs that this is by far the most involved I have ever been in a project — I never considered leaving a legacy, but I am starting to think that this could be it.So what does this mean for the user? I can say with confidence that there is way more to this project than I ever could have imagined, and the fact that it still consistently “wows” me should be a testament to those who have been patiently waiting for the final product over the past several months. While the eBook is completely customizable to each individual and scenario, I can honestly say (to those who are interested) to get ready to spend some time reading and considering the subject matter. We have meticulously worked to build the documentation so that it touches base on certain generalities and specifics, offering clarity and understanding on the matter without requiring several days’ worth of reading. I am not a big fan of lengthy reading materials and our generation tends to be intimidated by large batches of text — the sole reason we have invested so much time and resources into a digital platform. To state it conservatively, it will take an artist some time to work through the entire project, which is meant to serve the user through several areas of their career as they develop and grow.We are so close to being able to put Musicians’ Desk Reference in your hands that I honestly have a hard time sleeping at night. Looking ahead, we will be receiving a beta version of the eBook within the next week and we have many users lined up to participate. If you are interested in being considered for a beta trial, please send an email to contact@musiciansdeskreference.com. September is when things start getting really exciting, as we are pulling out all of the stops for this release. Without going into too much detail, I can say that we will have an established presence at the Midpoint Music Festival this year, and that this will be the first time the eBook will be available for purchase (acting as our “soft” release, exclusively to those physically at the festival). Pre-orders will be available in early September and are expected to ship the week after MPMF. This will all build up to our national release in October at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, where we will be also have a significant presence. There are many more things in the works; I promise that it will all be worth the wait.I would like to close by thanking all of those that have shown support throughout this process, to The Counter Rhythm Group and to myself. While this is not the time to name anyone individually (that comes later), I want you all to know how much it means to us. Your continued support will help us through the coming months and we hope you will join us in spreading the word about Musicians’ Desk Reference. We have literally put everything we can into this project, and we are proud to say that we were able to build it while living in this great city, utilizing most outsourced services to companies and individuals located in the Queen City. We want to make a significant impact in the music industry, and I look forward to proudly telling anyone and everyone where it all started — right here in Cincinnati.
 
 

Harlequins' Romance

Cincinnati Psych Rock trio The Harlequins absorb and reflect their influential love on 'Sex Change'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
On last year’s eponymous full-length and their just released Sex Change EP, Cincinnati's The Harlequins  have evolved to the point where they’ve stopped emulating their inspirations and started assimilating them into their own unique sonic amalgamation.  

Homeboy Sandman

Aug. 13 • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 6, 2013
A triple bill of crafty, progressive Indie Hip Hop artists have joined forces for the national “The Dear Hunter Tour” this summer and it’s coming to Cincinnati to give local Hip Hop fans an excellent, diverse and unpredictable concert that will cost them well below what it’s worth.   

Kris Kristofferson

Aug. 11 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 6, 2013
 Kris Kristofferson has led a rich and colorful life. And, at 76, he’s still going. Kristofferson’s latest album, Feeling Mortal, is as soul-baring as anything he’s ever recorded, his craggy voice, modest guitar strums and emotionally naked words as penetrating as they’ve ever been.  

The Aristocrats

Aug. 9 • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Sure, it’s the punchline of the epic as-dirty-and-shaggy-as-you-want-to-make-it joke, but it’s also the name of one of the most frenetically entertaining instrumental Rock/Fusion power trios in recent memory.   

Pro Era

Aug. 11 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The group’s centerpiece is undoubtedly Joey Bada$$, an MC whose style of smart lyrical firepower harkens back to 1990s Hip Hop, even though Bada$$ didn’t exist until the middle of that decade.   
by Mike Breen 08.02.2013
 
 
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PREVIEW: Cincy Blues Fest 2013

The Cincy Blues Fest returns for its 21st annual event this weekend

This weekend, the Cincy Blues Fest — presented annually by the Cincy Blues Society — returns for its 21st year, a remarkable accomplishment for a music festival of any sort. The festival kicks off tonight and continues tomorrow at Sawyer Point along the riverfront. The weekend features two main stage acts with serious ties to Cincinnati’s Blues past. Educator, author, DJ, singer and harmonica player Steven Tracy returns to Cincy to play the main stage on tonight at 7 p.m. with his band the Crawling Kingsnakes. A Walnut Hills High School graduate, Tracy worked with local Blues icons like Pigmeat Jarrett and Big Joe Duskin, becoming a part of the scene he’d later dig deeper into in the 1993 book, Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City. His writing career is extensive — Tracy has written dozens of album liner notes and edited/wrote/intro-ed several other books on a variety of subjects. Today, Tracy is a professor of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Saturday at 6 p.m. on the fest’s main stage, Stacy Mitchhart and his band are slated to perform. Mitchhart grew up in Cincinnati and spent time playing music on the East and West Coasts before returning to his hometown in the early 1990s and forming Stacy Mitchhart and Blues-U-Can-Use, a staple on the local Blues scene for a few years. After a move to Nashville, Tenn., in the mid-’90s, Mitchhart’s musical career really took off. His albums have been widely acclaimed and done well commercially — his 2011 release, Live from B.B. King’s, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Blues charts — and he’s received high-praise for his showmanship and remarkable Blues voice. In 2008, Mitchhart was the subject of the well-received documentary NashVegas Blues.  Here is tonight's main stage schedule: 5:45-6:45 p.m. Dave Muskett 7:00-8:15 p.m. Steve Tracy & the Crawling Kingsnakes 8:30-10 p.m. Reba Russell Band 10:15-11:45 p.m. Watermelon Slim & the Workers And here's the lineup for the Main Stage tomorrow: 4:15-4:45 p.m. Blues in the Schools (BITS) Band5-5:45 p.m. The Juice 6-7 p.m. Stacy Mitchhart Band 7:15-8:30 p.m.  Nikki Hill 8:45-10:00 p.m. Honey Island Swamp Band 10:15-11:45 p.m. Ana Popovic (all the way from Serbia!) Some of the coolest things at the Cincy Blues Fest can be found on the “specialty” stages — a “specialty” of the fest — which this year includes a “Women of the Blues” stage on Friday, headlined by national act EG Knight and also featuring locals Rio & The Ramblers, The Juice and Tempted Souls Band.  Here is the "Women of the Blues" stage ((aka the Arches stage) schedule for tonight : 5:45-7 p.m. Rio & the Ramblers 7:15-8:30 p.m. The Juice 8:45-10:00 p.m. Tempted Souls Band 10:15-11:45 p.m. EG Kight Saturday sees the return of the “Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame Piano Stage,” featuring an international cast of top-shelf Boogie Woogie pianists, including local favorite Ricky Nye and former locals (now Florida-based) Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues. The house band for the Boogie Woogie stage is Johnny Vidacovich (drums), George Bedard (guitar) and Chris Douglas (bass). Saturday's Boogie Woogie Piano Hall of Fame stage (aka Arches stage) lineup: 4:30 p.m. Ben Levin 5 p.m. Ari Borger 5:40 p.m. Ricky Nye 6:20 p.m. Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues 7:10 p.m. Bruce Katz 7:50 p.m. Al Hill 8:30 p.m. Axel Zwingenberger & Lila Ammons 9:10 p.m. Joshua Paxton 10 p.m. David Vest 10:40 p.m. Bob Seeley 11:20 p.m. Chris Conz The Blues Fest again presents the St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage on both days of the event, always an excellent snapshot of the current local Blues scene.  Friday's St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage schedule:  5:45-6:45 p.m. Thomas Long & Blue Sacrifice 7-8 p.m. Noah Wotherspoon Band 8:15-9:15 p.m. Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds 9:30-10:30 p.m. Brad Hatfield Band 10:45 p.m.-12 a.m. G Miles & the HitmenSaturday's St. Vincent De Paul Local Stage lineup: 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Blue Birds Big Band 5:45-6:45 p.m. Jay Jesse Johnson Band 7-8 p.m. The SoulFixers 8:15-9:15 p.m. Doug Hart Band 9:30-10:30 p.m. Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project 10:45 p.m.-12 a.m. Leroy Ellington Blues Band Here is a map of the Blues Fest grounds: Tickets are $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday or $25 for a two-day pass (tickets can be purchased at the gates or here). Visit cincybluesfest.org for everything else you need to know about the festival. 
 
 

Cincy Blues Fest Turns 21

Plus, It's Commonly Jazz returns

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This weekend, the Cincy Blues Fest — presented annually by the Cincy Blues Society — returns for its 21st year, a remarkable accomplishment for a music festival of any sort.   
by Mike Breen 07.24.2013
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LISTEN: Formerly Ghosts' 'Predisposed'

Unique local band closes out East Coast tour with homecoming show Sunday

Locals Formerly Ghosts will cap off a string of East Coast tour dates this Sunday with a show at Northside club Mayday with Bear (the Ghost) and The Never Setting Suns. The show starts at 6 p.m. The band, which was formed in 2011 by Sebastien Hue and Pyn Wayne (and is currently a five-piece), has been touring to not only promote their forthcoming album, Dead in Ohio, but also finish it. Hue says the band has been collaborating with artists in places like Philly and New York City in order to complete the recording.  A good example of the band’s collaborative and creative openness (and truly unique sound and songwriting, which mixes Orchestral Pop, Indie Rock, Post Rock and whatever else suits the song) can be heard in the freshly-released single, “Predisposed.” The seven-and-a-half minute tune — featuring strings, percussion, piano and backing vocals provided by local guests — has electronic, Chamber music and orchestral elements, twinkling Indie Rock guitar flourishes and low-sung melodies that sound like a mix of Arcade Fire and Bauhaus, all spliced together and floated over hypnotic, unpredictable structuring.  On their old Facebook page, the band’s bio says the Formerly Ghosts sound “cannot be contained in dead words and demonstrative narratives attempting to describe something like a sound, a person, or a band.” A lot of artists say similar things and are usually full of shit. Formerly Ghosts are not. (Here is the band's current/active FB page.) Here is "Predisposed." Click here to hear more from Formerly Ghosts.  Dead in Ohio by Formerly Ghosts
 
 

Lonesome Shack

July 24 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, July 22, 2013
 Lonesome Shack is a Scruff Blues band out of Seattle that keeps it real and unpretentious. Consisting of founder Ben Todd on guitar, Kristian Garrard on drums and Luke Bergman on bass, the trio goes out of its way to sound as “un-modern” as possible.    

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