Saturday • Thompson House
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Regan Farquhar’s Hip Hop nom de plume is
the rather prosaic Busdriver, but we’re not talking Ralph Kramden’s city
vehicle here — more like Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Metro.
Plus, Thompson House offers pre-/post-fireworks live music and ticket prices for the MidPoint Music Festival increase Tuesday
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Cincinnati rockers Mad Anthony celebrate their first release since last summer's near-fatal van accident, Sank for Days. Plus, the Thompson House in Newport offers live music before and after the Labor Day fireworks show on the river and prices for three-day passes to the MidPoint Music Festival increase Tuesday.
Thursday • Thompson House
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Trying to pin a sound on The Black Dahlia
Murder (BDM) is almost as tricky as tracking the band’s membership over
the course of its 13-year history.
Friday • Thompson House
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich., is the nexus for a lot
of weird, wonderful musical behavior, and The Ragbirds are another
brilliant reminder of that odd harmonic paradigm. Combining elements
from a variety of sources — Gypsy Jazz, Celtic Folk, Bluegrass and Rock
filtered through Middle Eastern, African and Latin rhythms — the band
creates a groove-laden global Roots gumbo.
Sunday • Thompson House
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Koffin Kats have self-described their
musical vision as Gothabilly, and it’s difficult to argue with that
effective compound word assessment. A few discerning listens reveal the
Detroit trio also exhibits the tattoos of Punk, Metal, Surf, Garage and
Psych, and while that could be considered Rock critic nitpicking,
there’s no arguing the fact that the Koffin Kats are the raucous and
visceral sum of a whole lot of frenetically moving parts.
Make plans to catch some live local music the night before Thanksgiving
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
On Thanksgiving Eve, you can also catch some great live music from some of Greater Cincinnati's finest artists on the "biggest bar night of the year," including The Cliftones, Pure Predication, Magnolia Mountain, The Hiders and many more.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
at 12:15 PM | Permalink
Day! Across the world
today, people are converting metered parking spaces into tiny temporary public
parks. Look up #parkingday on Instagram to see how artists, activists and
everyday citizens are turning parking spots into amazing hangout spots — just
for an hour (or as long as their meter lasts).
PARK[ing] Day is being celebrated on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine and on
Eighth Street between Broadway and Sycamore streets until 2 p.m. From 5-7 p.m. Friday,
parking spaces on Main Street will be transformed into temporary galleries and
performance stages. Find more information here.
artist JR is in town this week for his exhibition at the Contemporary Arts
Center opening Friday — his first solo show in the country. JR takes photographs
of people, prints these extremely large-scale portraits and pastes them on
buildings, rooftops and trains across the globe. Tonight’s opening at the CAC
begins with a members-only artist talk at 7 p.m. The celebration opens to the
public at 8 p.m. ($10 for non-members). JR’s Inside Out photo van will be on-site to take free portraits of
people that will be printed as 36-by-53-inch posters, ready for pasting. The exhibit, JR, is open at the CAC through Feb. 2, 2014. Read our interview with JR and find more details about the show.
Saturday is the
last day of summer and the final City Flea in Washington Park before the market
goes indoors for the fall and winter. Send off summer with a trip to the flea,
open 10 a.m-4 p.m. Find more info and vendors here.
Zinzinnati is the largest ‘fest in the country — more than 500,000 German
enthusiasts fill six blocks of downtown for the annual celebration. In addition
for brats and beer, Star Trek star/social media superstar George Takei is Grand
Marshal this year! The OG Mr. Sulu will lead this year’s World’s Largest
Chicken Dance at 4 p.m. Saturday. Oktoberfest runs 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11
a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Pick up the official fest
guide in this week’s issue or online.
The Thompson House
in Newport is now under new management they’re hosting an open house for bands
and patrons this weekend. The new crew is ready to answer your questions about
the bar, bands and any rumors starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Go here
for more info.
For more art openings,
parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
Feb. 20 Thompson House
0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Aesop’s Indie style is reminiscent of early Beck while his
rumbling vocal rasp and brilliant sense of wordplay leans in the
direction of Mike Doughty, not to mention the MC’s numerous Hip Hop
by P.F. Wilson
Posted In: Live Music
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Something about the mythology around The Alarm makes it seem perfectly fitting that frontman Mike Peters would assume the role of hired gun for his old friends from Scotland, Big Country. That band tragically lost their lead singer, guitarist and co-founder Stuart Adamson in December of 2001. In 2010, the surviving members asked Welshman Peters, who still fronts The Alarm (with no original members), to join Big Country. The band rolled into Newport’s Thompson House on Sunday (July 21), a last minute addition to their tour, so only about 80 people turned up. By the band’s performance you would have thought they were playing Paul Brown Stadium. Though considered a full member, Peters carried out his duties modestly. Several times he enthusiastically gave shout outs to his bandmates — co-founder/guitarist Bruce Watson, Watson’s son Jamie on guitar, drummer Mark Brzezicki and bassist Derek Forbes (ex-Simple Minds), who replaced the retired Tony Butler. In a way it was like seeing three bands at once. The set list included several tracks from the fine new album, The Journey, which was written by the band, including the departed Butler. The big crowd-pleasers, such as “Look Away” and “Fields of Fire,” were mostly played towards the end, with the latter inducing a sing-a-long with the crowd. For his part, Peters looked very Alarm-like strumming his amplified acoustic guitar, but certainly did the Big Country songs justice. The enthusiastic audience was treated to a two-song encore that featured a great new track, “Last Ship Sails,” and — no surprise here — “In a Big Country.” Afterwards, Peters ushered his mates down to meet the faithful, shake hands, and sign autographs. Watson gave the crowd a heart-felt thanks that made you wish more people would have known about the gig.
by Mike Breen
Veteran singer/songwriter Kenny Peck celebrates new Roots album tonight in Newport
Tonight, dynamic Northern Kentucky group Kenny Peck & the Smoky Jack Band will celebrate the release of their new album, Country Jack, at the Thompson House in Newport. Following up last year’s Naked Jack, which explored various forms of Pop/Rock, Country Jack focuses on the Country and Folk sides of Peck's schizo musical personality. Steeped in a vintage Roots style (and peppered with engaging lyrics that range from bittersweet to comedic), the new album includes some top-shelf local players, including Harold Kennedy, Bob Nyswonger, Lisa Biales, Marcos Sastre and Jeff Roberts, as well as a few musicians from Nashville, Tenn. Peck grew up in Dixie Heights, Ky., and was drawn to the regional sounds of Bluegrass and Folk. Peck started writing and publishing songs in high school and college, before heading off to serve in Vietnam. Peck moved to San Diego after he was discharged and kicked off his music career with the original Smoky Jack Band in the early ’70s. From there, Peck played in various duos, including a comedy/musical act with his wife called The Special K. Peck settled in Greater Cincinnati in 1989 and continued writing and recording music. Naked Jack was his first album release in a dozen years. Tonight's release party starts at 7 p.m. The $15 cover charge also includes a copy of the new album on CD. Read more about Peck and find details on his releases at smokyjackband.com.