Fest and release party make Greater Cincy a Reggae hotspot tonight
• The annual food/music fest Taste of
Cincinnati — Cincy’s unofficial “start of the summer” — doesn’t begin
until tomorrow, but tonight you can get an outdoor music fix that
couldn’t be more “summery.” Reggae Culture Splash 2013 goes down 7-10:30
p.m. tonight at Washington Park (1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine).
The event features a stellar lineup of
contemporary Jamaican Reggae stars, headed up by singer/songwriter
Luciano, who is credited for helping keep socially/religiously inspired
Roots Reggae music thriving in the face of an increasingly
electro-dependent Dancehall craze.
Speaking of Dancehall, fellow Culture Splash performer
Sister Nancy is credited as being the first female DJ in the genre and
is also a fantastic vocalist. Also scheduled to appear are
producer/artist Milton Blake, local collective Black Youth Faith and
more, including DJing from I Vibez, Queen City Imperial Sound System and
Unlike most Washington Park concerts,
Culture Splash is not a free event. Tickets for Reggae Culture Splash
are $25 at the gates. The tickets will be available starting at 5 p.m.
An after-party will be held at Grammer’s
(1440 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine) at 10 p.m.; admission is $10 before
midnight and $20 after.
• For some more local Reggae flavor tonight, you can check
out Cincinnati Reggae greats The Cliftones celebrate the release of
their latest single, the fourth to be issued this year, with a show at Southgate House Revival in Newport. The 9 p.m. event also features performances by Magic Jackson and The Almighty Get Down.
In January, just before winning the 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for “Reggae/World Music,” the group released “Hard Ground,”
which was mixed by noted producer Jim Fox (who has worked with Black
Uhuru, Barrington Levy, Culture and other Reggae superstars and
In March, The Cliftones’ “Hold Steady”
was released. That one was mixed by DJ Prophesy (Bassnectar, Glitch
Mob) and mastered by one of the greatest Dub producers ever, Scientist.
The ’Tones latest, “Gone (Warn Mi),” is another
Prophesy/Scientist collaboration, as is the "limited release" track the
group dropped on Soundcloud recently, "Run Come Down." Check both out
Be sure to show up early to tonight's release show; free
download cards for the new single will be given to the first 100 people
through the door. The group will unveil another single in late June and
are planning on issuing a 12-inch vinyl EP in August. The Cliftones are
gradually moving toward a full-length release; it’s tentatively
scheduled to drop in October. For more on the group, visit thecliftones.com.
The Cliftones and The Socials ready new tunes for release and tasty sounds return to Taste of Cincinnati
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cincy Punk greats The Socials set to return with new 7-inch vinyl release, while Reggae faves The Cliftones prepare new digital single release. Also, the full lineup of music for Memorial Day weekend's Taste of Cincinnati food fiesta.
May 19 • Southgate House Revival
0 Comments · Monday, May 13, 2013
Schmidt's poetic and melodic gifts have earned him glowing
comparisons to Dylan and Leonard Cohen, his keen sense of humor has
been measured against Prine and Steve Goodman and his haunting
songcraft, as well as his roots, have aligned him with Townes Van Zandt.
by Mike Breen
Spiky Cincinnati Noise Pop band has track from forthcoming album world premiered by Spin
Cincinnati Noise Pop trio Vacation had the first sampling of its forthcoming sophomore LP debuted by Spin.com today. The messy but blissfully melodic track "Pyro Hippies" is set for the band's Candy Waves album, scheduled for release on June 18 through New Jersey-based label, Don Giovanni Records. Vacation features singer/drummer Jerome Westerkamp (former singer/guitarist for The Read), guitarist/singer Peyton Copes and bassist/singer Evan Wolff (both formerly of Till Plains). The road-tested trio will play a couple of shows in July and then do three weeks on the road starting in early September. "Vacation" is starting to sound downright ironic given the busy bees Westerkamp and Copes have been lately. Besides Vacation, the pair is also 2/3 of the much-buzzed about trio Tweens, self-described as a "Nasty Doo Woppy band." The group — which mines a vein similar to Vacation, but with a female vocalist — has been garnering big attention from both music fans and the industry. Tweens recently opened for The Breeders when the "Alt" legends played a tour warm-up show at Southgate House Revival in Newport in advance of their global jaunt celebrating the 20th anniversary of the seminal Last Splash record. It must've gone well — Tweens were chosen to open for The Breeders in Washington D.C., Philly and New York City in early May.Look for a profile of Tweens in the May 1 edition of CityBeat. In the meantime, check out "Rattle&Rollin," which the esteemed U.K. label Fat Cat showcased on its website a couple of weeks ago.
April 17 • Southgate House Revival
0 Comments · Monday, April 15, 2013
Chuck Mead had a hell of a run with the band BR549 in the
1990s. The AltCountry outfit, named after the phone number Junior
Samples would give out as part of a regular skit on that great American
TV show Hee Haw, was one of the premier
Rockabilly-band-with-a-Punk-edge groups of the day.
The Southgate House Revival thrives in an unpolished yet brilliant new location
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Last January, former Southgate House
marketing director Morrella Raleigh felt she and her father Ross Raleigh
would never find a new location for what had become one of the
country’s highest profile and most original music venues.
March 21 • Southgate House Revival (Lounge)
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Need some Christmas woe in your springtime? If so, catch up with Home,
the third (as far as we can tell) record by the Los Angeles-based
Jeremiah Sammartano and his Delta Blues/Folk/Alt-Country outfit The Red
Kopecky Family Band signs with ATO, reissues Kids Raising Kids to the wider audience they deserve
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A new deal with Dave Matthews’ label, ATO Records, puts Kopecky Family Band closer to their goal of becoming career artists.
Plus, Cari Clara returns to Cincinnati's club scene to promote latest album
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Cincinnati rockers Strangetunge celebrate their latest recording, Tunge in Cheek, in Newport, while Cari Clara returns to Northside to promote the new Deep Elm release, Midnight March.
March 18 • Southgate House Revival
0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
Hailing from Los Angeles, Milo Greene has taken to calling itself “Cinematic-Pop.” There’s no reason to disagree. The
members intend for their music to possess a softness to it that makes it
perfect for soundtracking movies.