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Left Lane Cruiser

Jan. 25 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Left Land Cruiser's output is brutish, noisy and deep-fried in so much muck and raw distortion that you'll want to take a half-hour shower after a few YouTube listens.   

Stephane Wrembel

Jan. 19 • Blue Wisp Jazz Club

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sometimes it only takes a well-placed reference to bump an artist up to the next level. French-born guitarist Stephane Wrembel was already enjoying an acclaimed career when director Woody Allen tapped him to score the theme of his 2011 Academy Award-winning film Midnight in Paris, which he performed live to the millions who tuned into the ceremony’s telecast.   

Ruthie Foster

Nov. 17 • Martin Marietta Theater at Harrison High School

1 Comment · Thursday, November 8, 2012
 A native Texan, Ruthie Foster’s family tree was ripe with Gospel singers, but she quickly absorbed the Lone Star State’s other musical identities, like Folk, Blues, Country and Rock, to which she added her own soulful spin.   

Joe Bonamassa

Nov. 9 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, November 5, 2012
Very few people fit the true definition of prodigy, but Joe Bonamassa could be the poster child for prodigies. By age 7, after three short years of playing guitar, Bonamassa was regurgitating note-perfect renditions of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.   

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

Sept. 28 • The Hanke Building

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 25, 2012
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound’s sophomore album, Want More, might sound like some lost artifact from Otis Redding’s archive, but the Chicago quartet is young enough to be Redding’s grandchildren and have only been working their Indie Rock corner of Chicago Soul since 2007.    

Eilen Jewell

Sept. 6 • The Redmoor

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 4, 2012
To her infinite credit, Eilen Jewell has never been tempted to churn out a sanitized and commercially viable version of Country with a view toward success and fame.  

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

June 29 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, June 25, 2012
Any band with decent musical aptitude and a passion for the days of sheet music stores, phosphates and the Charleston can churn out covers of songs gleaned from thrift shop 78s and attract a sizable, loyal audience. The real gift is taking that Hot Jazz/Country Blues/Ragtime/Western Swing inspiration and translating it into original and completely contemporary songs; Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three possess that gift.   

Natural Child

May 25 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, May 18, 2012
 Although Natural Child coalesced back in 2009, they sound like they’ve been around forever. Almost stereotypically young, the Nashville trio’s influences date to their parents’ record collections and that sense of musical classicism is infused with an appropriate dose of hormonal rage and rebellion.   

Thunder Knocking on the Door (Review)

Jocular script staged with musicality, theatricality

0 Comments · Friday, April 27, 2012
First staged in 1999, Thunder is the Mt. Adams theater’s best selling musical during producing artistic director Ed Stern’s tenure. It’s the final mainstage production of his 20th and final season. The show tells a mythical tale of dueling Blues guitarists; it’s stuffed with emotionally conceived songs by renowned singer and composer Keb’ Mo’ working with Anderson Edwards.  

'Thunder' Knocks Again

Keith Glover brings the Blues back to the Cincinnati Playhouse

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I became CityBeat’s arts and entertainment editor in 1998, following a few years of being a contributing writer, covering the local theater scene. In 1999 I wrote my first big cover story — it was about Keith Glover and his Blues musical, Thunder Knocking on the Door.    

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