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REVIEW: Ellie Goulding at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

U.K. Dance Pop star opens Horseshoe’s outdoor summer concert season with sold out show

Ellie Goulding killed it Wednesday night at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati’s outdoor venue The Shoe. By noon the next day, I was still recovering. I’d feel old, but it’s a sentiment I heard echoed from others who have seen Goulding live.  She sucks all the energy out of you in the absolute best way possible. If her driving, pounding music isn’t enough to propel you to dance, Goulding herself will. From rolls and swishes (oh, to have those abs) to doing the Running Man, for a girl who claimed she’s awkward about dancing, her moves were on full display. She was basically a blonde ball of energy and emotion, ping-ponging across the stage.  The crowd fed off that energy and unleashed their own. My feet were trampled, my boobs were elbowed and some very skinny dude almost dropped his girlfriend on my head (twice). And it was awesome!   I’ve often sulked about the lack of enthusiasm at shows from Cincinnatians, but I cannot make that complaint about the Goulding concert. Whether it was the exact right mix of younger people or the fact that Goulding just happens to have cool fans, something made the gathering last night much livelier than your average show. People danced, flailed and jumped with abandon. Even during “Your Song,” kids who were surely not around when Elton John’s original version was released sang along with abandon while drunk guys tried light-heartedly to woo the closest girl.  I must give props where they are due, too, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the sheer perfection of The Shoe. Upon hearing that such a madly loved and wildly popular performer was playing The Shoe (with a capacity slightly smaller than my former high school’s enrollment), it seemed not quite right. In retrospect, I couldn’t think of a more fitting venue. A larger venue would have sucked. For instance, the seating angle at Riverbend may be optimal for viewing the stage, but it quickly creates a lot of perceived distance for the performers. The Shoe, sunk down in an impeccably landscaped hole on the edge of downtown and sandwiched between two taller buildings, felt infinitely more intimate. Even when I couldn’t see the actual bouncing blonde head on stage and had to watch the Jumbotron instead, it just felt right. Whatever your excuse for not being there, I’m judging you. I’m guessing it’s for the best, though. You probably would’ve stood around nodding and not dancing. But, you missed out. Goulding is a cold-blooded killer on-stage. She kicks asses into dancing mode, leans way, way, way back and pulls in all the energy from the audience to get her through the night. Nearly 4,000 people happily offered up their life source for her reaping. Hopefully most of them were lucky enough to sleep in the next day.
 
 

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas with The Yugos

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0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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Holy Ghost Tent Revival with Wonky Tonk & The Holiday Ramblers

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0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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Ellie Goulding

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0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Goodness gracious, I can’t seem to stop listening to Ellie Goulding. The day-glow princess released her second album, Halcyon, more than a year ago. It quickly became an obsession for tons of Synth Pop and Dance music fans — and plenty of less synth-obsessed music lovers, too.  

Girls Guns and Glory

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0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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Nickel Creek with The Secret Sisters

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0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Robben Ford with Kelly Richey

Tuesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Ace guitarist Robben Ford has always had the chops. The California native has a resume that includes five Grammy Award nominations, as well as music made with a list of artists ranging from George Harrison, Miles Davis and Phil Lesh to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.  

Leo Kottke

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1 Comment · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Noah Gundersen with Armon Jay

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0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Papadosio with Peridoni and Random Rab

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0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There is a fair amount of evidence that Jam/Psych bands are primarily interested in mindless noodling on a musical bridge to nowhere, Electronic bands are satisfied to “unce-unce-unce” on varying themes with no discernible point and Prog bands have a tendency to disappear up their own asses with Classical suites and Middle Earth imagery. Papadosio understands all of those stereotypical paradigms and assiduously avoids falling prey to any of them.   

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