by Mike Breen 02.21.2014
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Festivals at 07:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bunbury Music Festival Makes Lineup Announcement

Flaming Lips, Foxy Shazam and more announced for Cincinnati music fest this summer

Last night, music fans at venues in four cities around the region (Newport, Columbus, Indianapolis and Lexington) got a sneak peek at some of the artists slated to appear at this year’s Bunbury Music Festival, which returns to Cincinnati’s riverfront parks July 11-13.  Last night, fans at the launch events tweeted out some of the lineup as it was announced (and some smart ass started a fast-spreading rumor that Vampire Weekend was playing; they are not). This morning, the lineup was released to the general public. It was previously announced that Fall Out Boy, Paramore and New Politics would be bringing their summer tour to Bunbury; those groups are scheduled to play the fest on July 12. Here are the local and national artists that will be joining them at Bunbury’s third annual event (an additional headliner will be announced soon): The Flaming LipsYoung the GiantFitz and the TantrumsVeruca SaltZZ WardHoly Ghost!CultsHeartless BastardsFoxy ShazamAndrew W.K. Robert DeLong CaspianMystery SkullsWild CubMorning ParadeKishi BashiBear HandsThe OrwellsRed Wanting BlueSnowmineSaintsenecaThe Lighthouse and the WhalerHundred WatersFly Golden EagleMeg MyersThe PassJesse ThomasJane DeckerLamps and VoidsThe MonumentFamily and FriendsJames GilmorepsychodotsMolly SullivanGoldwingKelly ThomasMotherfolkLet It HappenBlack OwlsKopecky Family BandSyd ArthurBad SunsG.Miles and the HitmenBrent James & the Vintage YouthThe Fanged RobotMarc Scibilia The Upset VictoryRoyal TeethThe BonesettersJ. Roddy Walston & The BusinessClairaudientsPluto RevoltsX Ambassadors Lily & MadeleineBrick + MortarThe YugosModocThe CeremoniesKim TaylorYoung HeirloomsHunter HuntedMinerYellow Paper PlanesThe EasthillsNight RiotsBig FreshLydia LovelessAustin LivingoodAaron Lee TasjanEva RossRussell Howard Here Among the MountainsCrass MammothBronze Radio ReturnDaniel in Stereo Today is the last day to buy Bunbury tickets at their current rate; the prices increase at midnight. Right now, $130 gets you a three-day pass ($325 if you’d like the VIP experience) and one-day tickets are $55. 

Bunbury Lineup Launch with The Ready Stance, The Yugos and Heavy Hinges

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Just a few acts — including Fall Out Boy and Paramore — have been announced for this summer’s Bunbury Music Festival, but Thursday is your first chance to hear about the next round of artists via a special free “Lineup Launch” event at the Southgate House Revival, one of four regional events held on the same night.   
by Mike Breen 02.07.2014
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Festivals at 11:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Winter Blues Fest Kicks Off Tonight

Cincy Blues Society’s annual winter fest showcases top-notch headliners, wealth of local talent

A satellite event to the Cincy Blues Society’s huge outdoor, summertime Cincy Blues Fest, the Winter Blues Fest — which returns to The Phoenix (812 Race St., Downtown, thephx.com) tonight and tomorrow — has truly grown into its own. This year’s lineup features two of the fest’s biggest national headliners yet. Celebrated Blues/Rock singer/guitarist Tinsley Ellis performs in the venue’s third floor Grand Ballroom on Friday at 9:45 p.m. Check out Ellis’ “Kiss Of Death,” from his recently released Midnight Blue album, below:Accomplished singer/songwriter Janiva Magness performs in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday at 9:15 p.m. (For more about Magness, read Brian Baker’s preview from this week’s CityBeat). Here’s a clip of Magness and her band performing “I Won’t Cry,” which won her and co-writer Dave Darling “Song of the Year” honors at the Blues Music Awards (one of many Mangess has won over the past several years). Below is the full lineup (subject to change). Click each artist’s name for more info.FRIDAY  Third Floor Grand Ballroom6:30-8 p.m.: G. Miles & The Hitmen8:15-9:30 p.m.: Greg Schaber Band9:45-11:15 p.m.: Tinsley Ellis11:30-12:45 p.m.: The Blue BirdsSecond Floor Cincinnati Room6:30-7:45 p.m.: Bob Dellaposta8-9:15 p.m.: Jimmy D. Rogers9:30  - 10:45 p.m.: Leo Clarke & Chuck Brisbin11 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: Dave Muskett Duo Second Floor Archway Ballroom7-8:15 p.m.: Blue Sacrifice8:30-9:45 p.m.: The Juice10:00-11:15 p.m.: Leroy Ellington Blues Band11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: The Blues Merchants First Floor Presidents Room6:15-7:45 p.m.: The Heaters With Ben Levin8-9:30 p.m.: Bekah Williams with Ricky Nye10-11:15 p.m.: Ralph & The Rhythm Hounds11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: Ducttape & Dynamite SATURDAY3rd Floor Grand Ballroom6-7:30 p.m.: The Tempted Souls Band7:45-9 p.m.: Doug Hart Band9:15-11:15 p.m.: Janiva Magness11:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: Johnny Fink & The IntrusionSecond Floor Cincinnati Room6:30-7:45 p.m.: Brian Wallen8-9:15 p.m.: Greg Schaber (Solo)9:30-10:45 p.m.: TBA11 p.m.-12:15 a.m.: The TwirlersSecond Floor Archway Ballroom6:30-8 p.m.: Blues In The School Band8:15-9:30 p.m.: Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project9:45-11:15 p.m.: The SoulFixers11:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: Jay Jesse JohnsonFirst Floor Presidents Room6:15-7:45 p.m.: Little Red & The Rooster8-9:15 p.m.: Ricky Nye Inc.9:30-10:45 p.m.: Brad Hatfield Band11 p.m.-12:45 a.m.: The Noah Wotherspoon BandTickets can be purchased in advance at cincybluesfest2014.brownpapertickets.com. Prices are $20 for one night or $32.85 for a weekend pass (there are smaller-than-usual service fees through the ticketing site). There will be food available and full-service bars throughout the venue. Visit cincyblues.org for the full schedule, artist details, ticket links, deals for special room rates at the nearby Garfield Suites Hotel and more.

It’s the Most Winter Blues-iest Time of the Year

Winter Blues Fest returns and local artists and more unite to raise awareness for austism

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Cincy Blues Society's Winter Blues Fest returns this weekend with two strong national headliners and oodles of top-notch local talent. Plus, Prizoner, Sonny Moorman, Stagger Lee and more unite to raise autism awareness at the fifth annual Autism Rocks benefit concert.  

Janiva Magness at Winter Blues Fest

Saturday • The Phoenix

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Blues chanteuse Janiva Magness has channeled her tragedies into an impressive body of work that stands with the best the genre has to offer.   
by Mike Breen 01.17.2014
Posted In: Live Music, Music News, Festivals at 10:11 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

First Artists for Buckle Up Music Festival Debut Announced

Bunbury Music Festival’s offshoot Country fest set for July 18-20

Word has been trickling out over the past few weeks about a new Country music festival in Cincinnati, organized by Bunbury Music Festival founder Bill Donabedian. Today, the first four artists slated to appear at the inaugural Buckle Up Music Festival were announced. The festival is set for the weekend after Bunbury — July 18-20 — and will use the same grounds at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove along the Ohio River. (Think of it as Bunbury’s version of Coachella’s Stagecoach fest.)The lineup will feature “upwards of 80 performers” and include both modern, commercial Country acts and variations on the Country theme — “folk, bluegrass, Americana, roots rock and more,” according to the press materials — something the initial lineup announcement reflects.Legendary Country act Alabama (which for many years used the controversial Confederate Flag in its artwork, years before Kanye decided to reclaim it) and current Country hitmakers the Eli Young Band will be joined by up-and-comers J.T. Hodges (whose music has been described as “Country Soul with some Rock N’ Roll”) and eclectic Brooklyn-based Americana trio The Lone Bellow, which performed last November at Cincinnati’s 20th Century Theater (read CityBeat’s preview here).Tickets for Buckle Up are on sale now here. Area artists interested in performing at the festival need to submit by Jan. 30 here. More Buckle Up lineup announcements are expected in the coming weeks. 
by Mike Breen 11.14.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Festivals at 04:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

PREVIEW: Friday and Saturday's Ubahn Fest

The new Ubahn Fest kicks off tomorrow, spotlighting Hip Hop and EDM in Cincinnati's underground

This weekend brings the uniquely “underground” Ubahn Fest to downtown Cincinnati. The two-day music festival (its name a play on the German word for underground rapid transit systems) features a mix of Electronic music, DJs and Hip Hop artists, including many local and regional performers. Ubahn is a collaboration between the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, branding/”social intelligence” agency AGAR and Self Diploma, one of the leading independent event promoters in the region, presenting the popular every-Saturday music series on Fountain Square during the summer (among other events).   While Cincinnati has its share of music fests, this is a rare one that focuses on EDM and Hip Hop. Even more unique is the festival’s setting. Ubahn takes place in the tunnels of the vacant Riverfront Transit Center, located beneath Second Street and running between the Bengals stadium and Broadway. For fest-goers, the entrance is at 220 Central Ave., between Pete Rose Way and Third Street.  Along with the local/regional talent, Ubahn features two huge acts to top the bill each night. Friday’s headliner is A-Trak, one of the leading DJs/turntablists around, working frequently with Kanye West, doing production work and remixes for an array of artists, forming the popular duo Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden, collaborating with the likes of Travis Barker, Jay-Z and Danny Brown and co-founding the esteemed Electronic/Hip Hop label, Fool’s Gold. A-Trak was featured on the cover of Billboard’s 2012 Dance music issue alongside Skrillex and Diplo. Here is a clip featuring footage from A-Trak’s huge Bonnaroo set this year: Saturday’s headliner is singer/songwriter/producer Mike Posner, who has built a large following with his memorable brand of eclectic Electro Pop. Posner has also found success working with a wide range of artists — everyone from Big Sean and 2 Chainz to Justin Bieber and Big Time Rush — as a producer, songwriter and/or guest artist. Posner’s much anticipated new album, Pages, is due next year. Here’s the clip for Posner’s 2013 single, “The Way It Used to Be”: DJs, EDM and Hip Hop artists from across the region joining A-Trak for Friday’s festivities include DJ Davey C, DJ Prism, The Animal Crackers, Erik Barnum, The Natives, Sh3llz, Eazy El Loco, DJ Vizion, Panzer, Disco Joe, DJ Worldpeace, DJ Fursur and Briz-Rain.  Cincinnati’s Puck also appears at Ubahn on Friday. The MC released a music video for his track “Outside” last month: Another local MC performing Friday is Trademark Aaron, who kicked off the summer with a great new EP, For the People. More recently, Aaron posted the short film made to accompany a new track called “Shake,” featuring Sleep of 2 Man Cypher (Sleep performs Saturday at Ubahn): Saturday’s lineup is rounded out by local and regional acts like Cal Scruby, K.M.F., CJ Townsend, Those Guys,  Big Cam, DJ Donkis, DJ Magnificent, DJ Drowsy, Sleep, Nuk, Nick Youngerman and PRJR.  Cincy “new wave Hip Hop” act Valley High will also appear at Ubahn on Saturday. Here is their recent video release for the track “8 Ball”: And here’s a recent track from local progressive Electronicists Black Signal called “Sai Pei.” The trio is also playing Ubahn on Saturday: Another local Saturday performer is Hip Hop artist Buggs Tha Rocka who recently announced that modern Hip Hop legend Talib Kweli will executive produce his next album. Before that, Buggs will release a new mixtape next month. The MC recently posted the freestyle track “Gold Bars in Tha Safe,” which you can listen to and download below: <a href="http://buggstharocka.bandcamp.com/album/-">

Read More


Resilient Rebellion

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club re-emerges from some difficult, dark times with 'Specter at the Feast'

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
On Specter of the Feast, MidPoint Music Festival headliners Black Rebel Motorcycle Club showcases both the band’s buzzing Rock & Roll side and its more atmospheric approach.  

A Feast of Fests

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Summer isn't summer without at least one trek to an outdoor music festival and all the awkward tan lines, sweaty tees, Instagrams and red Solo cups that accompany them.  

Know Your 'Heights'

Eclectic local event The Heights Music Festival presents only one fest this year and it's this weekend

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The biannual Heights Music Festival slims down slightly for its 2013 spring event, with no fall event planned this year so organizers can work on making the fest even bigger in better in 2014. The Heights Music Festival — perhaps the best fest in the area for checking out a wide variety of new Greater Cincinnati musical acts — goes down this Friday and Saturday in Clifton Heights.