'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.    

Tedeschi Trucks Band

April 26 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, April 20, 2012
  Like the star-crossed events that improbably introduced peanut butter to chocolate, the universe conspired to match Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks at a beautiful personal and professional crossroad.  

Acoustic Hot Tuna

March 15 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Friday, March 9, 2012
When Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady assembled Hot Tuna in 1969, it seemed like little more than a busman’s Blues holiday for the respective guitarist and bassist from Jefferson Airplane, a way for the duo to work out their Delta and Piedmont obsession while the Airplane sat on the runway. Amazingly and against all conceivable odds, Hot Tuna is still a vital musical entity 43 years after its formation.  

Natalie Wells

Feb. 18 • Legends Nightclub

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Some artists form in the womb and emerge ready to push their instrument's limits and in turn be pushed by them, using their childhoods as a proving ground for the brilliance to follow. That is   

Tinsley Ellis Rocks the Blues

Hitting the road with new material

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Nobody understands life’s cyclical, circular nature any better than Tinsley Ellis. After learning guitar at an early age and then joining The Alleycats in the late ’70s and in 1982 forming The Heartfixers, Ellis eventually felt the pull of a solo career when he realized he wanted to be a Blues songwriter, not merely a Blues interpreter.  

MidPoint Music Festival Submissions Closing Soon

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The final deadline to be considered for a performance slot at this year’s MidPoint Music Festival (returning to Downtown this Sept. 24-26) is Friday, May 1. Get thee to mpmf.com to submit. There have also been a couple of other MPMF09 developments. The first performer for the fest has been announced — ex-Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit  

Nick Moss & The Flip Flops

March 21 • Play By Play

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Chicago native Nick Moss found his love for the Blues early in life, learning guitar from his older brother and sneaking into local clubs to absorb the vibe as a teenager. On a foray to a Blues jam, Moss met electric Blues icon Jimmy Dawkins who, as fate would have it, needed a bass player. Moss scored a longstanding gig in Dawkins' band, which led to stints with the Legendary Blues Band and guitarist Jimmy Rogers.  

School of Blues

Blues in the Schools program keeps the music alive for a new generation

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
There is that old cliche among Blues purists that says, "You have to live the Blues to play the Blues." Don't tell that to the dozen or so teenagers in the Blues in the Schools Band who will take the stage Jan. 30-31 at the Southgate House performing as one of 25 acts on three stages for the annual two-night Winter Blues Fest.