by Mike Breen
The deadline to vote for this year’s CEAs is Thursday night at midnight
The 18th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony/party, presented by CityBeat to honor Greater Cincinnati’s amazing music scene, is just around the corner. The show — featuring performances by nominees like Young Heirlooms, Buggs tha Rocka, Mad Anthony, Injecting Strangers, The Cliftones and more — is set for Sunday, Jan. 25 at Covington’s Madison Theater. Click here to get your tickets now. VIP tickets are also available. VIPs get membership to the Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation, a James Brown or Hank Williams T-shirt (or limited edition poster made with Eli's BBQ sauce!), beer, appetizers, soft drinks and private seating.
There is still time to vote for your favorite nominated artists — but not much. The ballot closes Thursday night at midnight. Click here to add your two cents before it’s too late.
For a CEA warm-up, be sure to come to Bogart’s this Saturday for our annual Best New Bands showcase, featuring performances by New Artist of the Year CEA nominees Dream Tiger, Honeyspiders, Prim, Elk Creek, Leggy and Noah Smith, as well as fellow relative newcomers Kate Wakefield, JetLab, Harbour and Near Earth Objects. For more information on all of the performing artists, pick up this week’s CityBeat, our annual Best New Bands issue. You can also read the stories here and here. Tickets for Saturday’s 7 p.m. showcase are just $5 (or 50 cents per performer!) and can be purchased at the Bogart’s box office.
Plus, Lonesome Jared and the Heart Attacks and New Strange celebrate new releases and Dan Faehnle celebrates Wes Montgomery
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Local Blues artists The Whiskey Shambles and The Sonny Moorman Group prepare to head to Memphis to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge. Plus, the CEAs are just around the corner, Lonesome
Jared and the Heart Attacks and New Strange celebrate new releases and Dan
Faehnle tributes Jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery.
Plus, next week brings the latest Best New Bands showcase and School of Rock Mason hosts a benefit concert
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Veteran Cincinnati musician Chris Arduser releases his latest stellar solo album, Flibbertigibbet. Plus, the Best New Bands showcase lineup at Bogart's is announced and School of Rock Mason hosts a benefit concert for the Rock School Scholarship Fund.
The ballot box is open for the public to vote for some of the best and brightest musical acts in Greater Cincinnati
The nominations for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, honoring Greater Cincinnati’s fantastic music scene, were announced Wednesday and now it’s your turn to weigh in.
Click here to go to the CEA ballot and vote now.
The 18th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony/party, where the winners for each category will be announced and several acts will perform, returns to Covington’s Madison Theater on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. So far, Young Heirlooms, Injecting Strangers, Mad Anthony, The Cliftones and Buggs tha Rocka are confirmed to play the CEAs this year. Stay tuned for further info; tickets are available here.
An educated voter is the best kind of voter, so why not actually check out some or all of the artists for whom you are voting? Below you will find links to the artists’ pages on the excellent local music site cincymusic.com (thanks, CIncyMusic!) featuring links, music, bios and more. (The final three “Critical Achievement” categories are not voted on by the public but rather the CEA nominating committee, but you should still totally check all of those acts out, too.)
Comet Bluegrass Allstars
Rumpke Mountain Boys
My Brother’s Keeper
The Missy Werner Band
90 Proof Twang
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound
Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
Shiny and the Spoon
Baoku Moses & the Image Afro-beat Band
Elementree Livity Project
Pop Goes the Evil
Frontier Folk Nebraska
Valley of the Sun
Zebras in Public
Close to Home
The Whiskey Shambles
Sonny Moorman Group
The Almighty Get Down
The Perfect Children
Under New Order
Freekbass & The Bump Assembly
The Cincy Brass
The Faux Frenchmen
Phil DeGreg and Brasilia
The Hot Magnolias
Art & Science
Blue Wisp Big Band
Buggs tha Rocka
Counterfeit Money Machine
Best Live Act:
The Almighty Get Down
Best Music Video:
Wussy – “North Sea Girls”
Rob Fetters – “Desire”
Mad Anthony – “Sank for Days”
Injecting Strangers – “Detroit”
Sleep – “I Shot Lincoln”
Tweens - “Forever”
The Tillers – “Willy Dear”
Trademark Aaron – “Gold”
Critical Achievement Awards Album of the Year:
Tweens – Tweens
Pop Goes the Evil – Love Stained Heart
500 Miles to Memphis – Stand There and Bleed
Wussy – Attica!
Rob Fetters – Saint Ain’t
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound
The Almighty Get Down – People, This Is …
Buffalo Killers – Heavy Reverie
New Artist of the Year:
Artist of the Year:
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The nominations for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, honoring Greater Cincinnati's incredible local music scene, are ready and voting starts Friday.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The nominees for the 18th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards showcase strength and diversity of Greater Cincinnati's music scene.
Plus, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards seek public input into the nominating process this year
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Long-running Americana group The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs celebrate their new album release and recent induction into the Jug Band Hall of Fame this weekend. Plus, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards are seeking public feedback for 2015's music nominees.
Annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards honoring Greater Cincinnati’s music scene invites public input into nomination process
For the 2015 edition of CityBeat's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (to be held in late January), the public now has a chance to be involved in the process of choosing the nominations from Greater Cincinnati’s amazing music scene. Previously, nominations came directly from the nominating committee, which consists of a variety of local music aficionados (writers, bloggers, club owners, etc.). The nominating committee members still have final say in who gets nominated, but for the first time ever they will be presented with your feedback before making their final decisions.
Here is the link for your input.The ballot will close on Dec. 5. Here are some basic guidelines from the nominations ballot:
For the first time ever, fans will have input into the nomination process for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. For each genre category, please enter the name of the performer you feel is deserved of a CEA for their work in 2014. Recordings released publicly between November 2013 and November 2014 are eligible for Album of the Year nominations. The New Artist of the Year category is for artists who have emerged in that same time span (they don’t have to have formed in that date range, just broken through for the first time).
Nominations are reserved for artists from Greater Cincinnati making original music. Please, no straight-up cover bands. You may only fill out one ballot per email address; additional ballots will be discarded.
A list of the top vote getters in each category will be presented to the nominating committee members. The members will not be restricted to voting only for artists nominated by the public, because some deserved acts may not actively campaign for nominations and the CEAs honor output and accomplishments and not just who has the biggest Facebook friends list or the most followers on Twitter. But the “long list” compiled from public votes will get more artists’ names in front of the nominating committee and help their chances for making the final “short list” of nominees. Once the nominations are compiled, the final ballot will be placed online for public voting.
Be fair. Be nice. And happy voting!
Cincinnati’s multifaceted Black Signal pushes the boundaries of Electronic music
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Sean “Scary” Garner, one half of
Cincinnati-based Black Signal, claims his Electronica project got its
moniker from garbled transmissions from outer space.
It’s a fitting title given the unique brand of Electronic music that
Garner and bandmate Matt Ogden have been assembling.
by Mike Breen
A pair of Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners team up for new music video shot in Amsterdam
Creative Cincinnati MC Buggs Tha Rocka has just released a video for his “State of Hip-Hop Freestyle” track, featuring sounds from the late, great J. Dilla and taken from 2012’s The Wrath of Zeus mixtape, which was hosted by DJ Clockwork and is available for free download here.
The “State of Hip Hop” clip was shot in Amsterdam by Snow Rowe, who also performs/records with the great local Hip Hop crew Valley High. Rowe’s video for Valley High’s “8 Ball” won the inaugural “Best Music Video” prize at the recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.
Buggs Tha Rocka took home the 2014 “Hip Hop” Cincinnati Entertainment Award (his second win in a row) and he has video evidence to prove it: