by Mike Breen
Like every Friday, a great place to start your evening is Fountain Square, as the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series continues with headliner Lydia Loveless. Loveless is an Ohio native who performed fairly regularly in the Cincinnati area (and elsewhere around the region) before she caught the attention of AltCountry/Modern Roots music institution Bloodshot Records with her natural blend of classic Country influences and more contemporary Rock flavors. Her debut for the label, Indestructible Machine was released last year and Loveless was one of the more buzzed-about names at last year's MidPoint Music Festival (even making the cover of CityBeat the week of the event. Loveless is currently working on new material. Read more about Lydia from this week's CityBeat here, as well as from last year's MidPoint issue here.Northern Ohio Roots/Blues artist Patrick Sweany and Cincinnati rockers The Ready Stance (check out our recent interview here) warm things up for Loveless starting at 7 p.m.• Christopher Dexter Greenspan — better known as Bay Area Electronic artist oOoOO — brings his spectral beats and melodies to Northside's Mayday tonight for a 9 p.m. show with guests Fogger and Skeleton Hands. Admission is $12.Greenspan's hypnotic, slanted mix of Chillwave and ethereal Trip Hop — at times sounding a little like Icelandic electronic act múm or a ghostly, gauzy version of M83 — was most recently showcased on oOoOO's second EP, Our Loving Is Hurting Us, which includes spacey vocals from singer Butterclock (as well as Greenspan's own voice, which delivers melodies slathered in a glaze of effects). Here's the new EP track "Break Yr Heart."• Former local musician GD Mills once again brings his raucous Minneapolis Garage Punk group Fuck Knights back to his former stomping grounds, performing a free show tonight at MOTR Pub with Muddy Udders, Children of the Emerald Fire and Martin Luther and the Kings. Showtime is 10 p.m.How are Fuck Nights like Batman? Click here to find out. Here's a clip of the Knights playing live last year (that's Mills singing and playing drums).Click here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
by Jac Kern
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When Shirley Temple sang about the “Good
Ship Lollipop,” she probably wasn’t envisioning a booze cruise of drag queens
(though, you know what they say about the crazy lives of child stars). Tonight,
CNKY Scene and BB Riverboats present Big Ship Lollipop, a sweet late-night
cruise for the local LGBTQ community and friends, complete with drag shows,
DJs, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Boarding begins at 10:30 p.m. and the boat
departs at 11:30, when Penny Tration of The Cabaret and her cast of lovely
ladies will perform on the first deck, while Adonis’ DJ Patrick B spins dance
music on the second floor. The top deck is a VIP area (sold out) with a bar and
killer view. Guests can also enjoy shopping from Pure Romance, a Flashbox photo
booth and raffles supporting CNKY Scene Film Festival and Cincinnati
Pride 2012. Tickets will be available tonight at the dock for $15, which
includes a cash bar and complimentary snacks. Find details here.
Riverfront Park, the new public space at The Banks, hosts its Phase I Grand
Opening tonight. The park is located on Mehring Way between Walnut Street and
Joe Nuxhall Way, and features an event lawn and stage, fountains, a bike trail,
visitor’s center, labrynth and more to come. Smale is sure to be a downtown hub for
locals and visitors alike. The opening event kicks off at 6:15, followed by a free concert, fireworks and kids activities.Go OTR is more than a 5K
Run/Walk — it’s a full event devoted to the historic neighborhood and all the
great people and businesses making it thrive. Saturday’s celebration kicks off
with the race at 10 a.m. and continues with a street festival through 5 p.m.
Vine Street will be closed to traffic, full of local vendors like Christian
Moerlein, A Tavola, Senate, Taste of Belgium and more local eateries. There
will also be live music from Wussy, Shiny & the Spoon, Cincy Brass and
others, a craft market by The City Flea and a fine art show. Online
registration for the 5K has closed, but runners and walkers can still sign up
at 1401 Vine St. until 7:30 p.m. tonight or between 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.Further
proving the explosion of Cincinnati's core, the popular Asian Food Fest has
relocated from the suburbs to The Banks this year. Check out our interview with Bao
Nguyen, the festival's Marketing Director, for a preview of all there
is to taste and see this year. Expect deliciousness from 13 vendors, performances, and more. The Asian Food Fest takes over The Banks
Saturday and Sunday.
Mayday Northside presents its third annual
Brews, ‘Dos and Tattoos shindig Saturday. Don your hottest alt-Americana for an
evening of beers, burlesque and bustin’ moves. The crew will tap a bunch of
craft beers at 4 p.m., dance music commences at 8, followed by performances
from Ohio Knife and Cin City Burlqesue. Get the sizzling details here.
brings DIY extraordinaire Kayte Terry to its Rookwood Pavilion location for a
craft-stravaganza Saturday. Terry hosts this special paper crafting event in
support of her new book Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of
Everyday Paper. Handmade culture has made a major comeback in recent years, and
with the popularity of DIY marketplace Etsy, crafting is cool again. Working with paper can be
expensive and somewhat wasteful, but Terry’s book is full of projects that
utilize old newspapers, magazines, maps, and other paper scraps that would
otherwise end up in the trash — and they look polished and professional. Join
Terry Saturday for tips and tricks on turning trash into Pinterest-approved
Weston Gallery’s annual fundraiser is not your typical cheese-and-wine arts event. This year’s Exhibitionism II is a sexy underground dance party, complete with a lingerie fashion show by
Knickers of Hyde Park, dinner by the bite from the area’s top chefs,
tantalizing cocktails, body painting and more. It’s a don’t-miss event for all
you Cincy socialites and a great opportunity to support one of the city’s
finest art galleries. The party runs 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Weston, located
inside the Aronoff Center.
Way of Ohio and Women Writing for a Change join Grailville for a day of
writing, music and spirituality Sunday. Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will
lead a workshop from 1-4 p.m. in which women will share and reflect on personal
stories and explore creative expression. At 5:30 p.m., Grailville will serve
dinner and Newcomer
will perform a concert at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join in part or all of the
day’s activities, with prices ranging $20-$70. Go here
to register and find a full schedule.
Follow our music blog for all your concert needs and check
out our To Do page for art exhibits, theater shows, festivals and more fun
happening this weekend.
by Jac Kern
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The Heights Music Festival, TEDxCincinnatiChange, Rumspringa and more pre-Easter fun
we’re sure many of you crammed enough fun into Opening Day to last the rest of
April, there’s still plenty going on this weekend to keep the party going.
Heights Music Festival (formerly Clifton
Heights Music Festival, launched in 2009) kicks off tonight with more than 70
bands (and some comedy sets) at five venues within walking distance around
Clifton Heights. Rohs Street Café, Baba Budan’s, Mac’s, Christy’s and Roxx
Electrocafe all host performances beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and starting at 3
p.m. tomorrow afternoon through the night. Tickets are $8 for just tonight, $5
for tomorrow’s daytime shows or $12 for the whole weekend. Go here for lineup
details and more information.
iconic Cincinnati-based artist Charley Harper passed away almost five years
ago, his artwork is as recognizable now than ever. His modernist depictions of
nature and wildlife still cover the walls of fans young and old. Mary Ran
Gallery is currently holding an exhibit and sale of Harper’s vintage signed and
numbered prints. Stop by the Hyde Park gallery, peep some of his colorful works
and walk away with one of your own. Find details here.
is the first of many TED events to hit the Tri-state this spring. Saturday’s
theme is "Big
Picture, Small Details," set to examine issues with global and local
impact and zeroing in on small details to make big ideas work. This a satellite
event of a national TEDxChange, which marks a partnership between TED
(Technology, Entertainments and Design) and the Melinda Gates Foundation. The
Cincinnati event will kick off with a live streaming of a TEDxChange talk from
Berlin. Speakers and performers include filmmakers Andrea Sisson and Peter Ohs,
True Body Project founder Stacy Sims, taste of Beligum's Jean-Francois Flechet and
many more. The event is currently sold out, but go here
to find other upcoming TED events.
is a rite of passage when Amish adolescents can leave their community and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere prior to
deciding to be baptized or to leave the Amish church. In popular culture, those
participating in Rumspringa are often portrayed as hardcore partiers, swapping
their values and traditional garb for booze and sex (but in actuality, it’s not so
drastic – most choose to continue being Amish). Saturday, Mayday presents
its annual Rumspringa Beer and Sausage Fest. Rock out like it’s your only chance to do so and enjoy Amish-inspired delights
like beerwurst, bangers, homemade mustards and more beer than you can shake a buckled
shoe at. Remember to call a designated carriage driver! The fun starts at 4
A.D.O.P.T. is an organization that helps match prospective home/business owners
renovate deteriorating historic buildings in Over-the-Rhine. Saturday, Neon’s
Unplugged hosts a benefit for the organization, inviting you to Partly Like it’s
1869! Learn about the
organization and how to get involved while celebrating the eclectic
neighborhood. Costumes are encourage, so sport your favorite hoop skirt or
suspenders and capture your look in a photo booth. A $5 donation gets you in;
enjoy old timey drink specials from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.Check our full To Do page for more arts and events, follow our music blog for this weekend's shows and find theater recommendations here. And Happy Zombie Jesus Day!
by Jac Kern
If you don't have tickets to tonight's MythBusters: Behind the Myths event, you better call up your best nerdy scalper, because the live show sold out! Yup, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage bring their Discovery Channel show to life with a touring production that kicked off this January in California. The ginger-esque duo take a fun, scientific approach to debunking commonly believed wives' tails and oddball myths. In addition to behind-the-scene stories and film footage, Adam and Jamie will perform experiments on stage with plenty of audience participation. The show is at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Aronoff Center.Park+Vine's Vegan Slowcooker Throwdown, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed. Check their calendar or follow P+V on Facebook for updates. You can still celebrate meatless Monday by grabbing lunch or items to make dinner at the green general store."Riot-Folk" musician Ryan Harvey performs at the Occupy Cincinnati Community Warehouse (2023 Dunlap St., Over-the-Rhine) tonight. Harvey and his collective are touring around the country to inspire Occupy movements to keep fighting the good fight. Local Greg Zoller opens. The event runs 8-11 p.m. Get details here.If you're still experiencing some residual St. Patrick's Day drinking enthusiasm, Northside's Mayday presents Monday Mayhem each week – stop by between 4 p.m.-midnight and grab a dog and a draft for under eight bucks. Mayday's gourmet hot dogs are served on homemade pretzel buns with delicious, unique toppings. And their beer selection is killer. Or stop by Milton's on Prospect Hill for Vinyl Club. Bring your records to share or have a DJ spin 'em for you while you enjoy a drink. The night starts at 10 p.m.Later tonight, Cincinnati native Geoff Tate will appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The comedian offers a storytelling style and has been compared to the late, great Mitch Hedberg. Tune into CBS at 12:35 a.m.Follow our music blog and To Do page for more nightly events.
by Mike Breen
Mayday's monthly new local music showcase kicks off with Formerly Ghosts
Head to Northside's Mayday tonight to check out the first installment of a new monthly music series showcasing brand new bands from the Greater Cincinnati area. The "Unsung" night will go down the first Wednesday of each month. For tonight's first Unsung, the featured act is Formerly Ghosts. The trio — Sebastien Hue, Pyn Wayne and Jimmy Shivers — says, "Sonic Youth, Gary Busey and John Wayne-Gacy did not have a three-headed love child, but if they did, it would be Formerly Ghosts," which should be more than enough to get you to Mayday around 9 p.m. for the band's free performance. If that's NOT enough, check out (and download for free) some demo tracks from band here. And become Formerly Ghosts' friends on Facebook (and read more info on the threesome) here.
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These bars offer everything for the area music
connoisseur from smooth Jazz to bust your eardrums Rock. Find local
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by Jac Kern
If your Monday could use a little less desk jockeying and a few more laughs, you're in luck. PROJECTMILL returns to Mayday Northside tonight with Bombs Away! Comedy Open Mic. Whether you're a stand-up pro-in-the-making or just a fan of comedy, the free event is for everyone. Host Mack Harden will guide guests through the night (8-11:30 p.m.) and local comic Alex Stone will present a special set. If you have a few beers and start feeling witty, you can try your hand, too! Sign-ups for 5-minute sets (it's longer than you think) open at 8 p.m. Have a few laughs, a couple drinks and a signature Mayday dog. Not bad for a Monday! Get details here.The Contemporary Arts Center is one of those few arts organizations open on Mondays (instead, Tuesday is their day off) Admission is always free after 5 on Mondays, but until Saturday, all admission is pay-what-you-can while the upcoming exhibits are installed. This is an interesting opportunity to watch as new works are brought in, play like a kid in the UnMuseum and shop in the always-fabulous gift shop. Saturday's opening party for the new exhibits will be quite a Spectacle, so look for details in this week's upcoming issue. Find ours and directions to the CAC here. Week nights are a great opportunity to check out dining hot spots without a 2-hour wait for a seat in a packed restaurant. Joining the ranks of downtown's best new eateries is JimmyG's. Open from 5-9p.m. tonight, JimmyG's offers a sexy ambiance to accompany executive chef Jimmy Gibson's (formerly of FB's) steakhouse staples with a New American flair. Check out our full review here.Check out Mike Breen's daily blog for tonight's live music lineup. And mark your calendars: Thursday is our annual Swizzle Soiree. Join us at PLAY for a celebration in conjunction with the release of our bar guide (on stands Wednesday). Cheers!
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Local melodic Death Metal group Rose
Funeral have released its second long-player for esteemed label Metal
Blade. Now a slimmed down trio (though no less ferocious), the band’s Gates of Punishment came out at the end of September, but Rose Funeral is just now making its way back from tour to host a hometown release party.
July 12 • Mayday
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Ladybug Transistor’s sonic path over the past 16 years has typically shifted with the band’s membership. Under the constant tutelage of founder Gary Olson, LT has embraced avant Shoegaze/Pop (1995’s Marlborough Farms), sugary Psychedelia (2001’s Argyle Heir) and varying degrees of baroque Indie Pop (1999’s The Albermarle Sound).
May 20 • Mayday
2 Comments · Monday, May 16, 2011
The Royal Pines have finally followed up the hair-raising splendor of 2007's "Old World" with last year's "Come Forth," reclaiming the debut’s dark spark but also showing the natural progression of their sharper-than-ever songwriting and expressive, soulful delivery, the gothic aura hanging in the air like ominous pea-soup-thick fog.