The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Aug. 19 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, August 13, 2012
In the past, Chris Robinson has incorporated his musical influences into his original material the way an Italian chef works four cloves of garlic into a recipe — with total pride and absolute confidence in the distinct flavor of the finished product.   
by Mike Breen 07.19.2012
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Walk the Moon Does 'Conan'

Cincinnati RCA recording artists do a little national TV promo before homecoming gig

One of Cincinnati's most successful bands making waves on a national level, Alt/Dance/Pop quartet Walk the Moon, got a nice extra plug for its sold-out homecoming concert at 20th Century Theater in Oakley a week from today (July 26). As the band prepped to play their money-shot song, the miraculously infectious "Anna Sun," on Conan last night on TBS, during the group's intro, host Conan O'Brien mentioned its hometown gig, Walk the Moon's first Cincy show since the release of its debut album on June 19 (which they celebrated by playing the same song on The Late Show with David Letterman; compare and contrast here). The band played with incredible enthusiasm once again, impressive given how much work the members have put in over the last year-plus. Walk the Moon's members received hearty handshakes from O'Brien after the song, then chatted joyfully with Conan, Andy Richter and Breaking Bad's freshly Emmy-nominated Bryan Cranston as the house band played the show off. Watch the full episode here ("Ronny Sunshine, The Incredibly Helpful Bath Salts Addict" was hilarious). Below is WtM's performance.

Sonny Landreth with Monkeytown

June 14 • 20th Century Theater

1 Comment · Monday, June 11, 2012
There are guitar slingers, guitar masters, guitar heroes and guitar stranglers, and then there are the rare guitar icons, players who possess a distinctive style that makes them immediately recognizable after just a few notes. Sonny Landreth is surely among that hallowed group.   

Jon McLaughlin with Mikey Wax

June 13 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2012
Given the relative proximity of his Anderson, Ind., hometown, Pop singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin could be considered a Tri-state talent. As a youngster, McLaughlin learned piano despite his aversion to lessons, eventually studying music at Anderson University. At 21, McLaughlin released his debut album, Up Until Now, followed a year later by his eponymous sophomore disc, which he supported by relentlessly touring the Midwest.  

Colin Hay

May 17 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, May 11, 2012
 Australian Pop/Rock band Men At Work hit me — and many other music fans around the world — at just the right time. I was 12 when the single “Who Can It Be Now?” exploded onto the charts. I was intrigued by the group’s quirkiness, but it was singer/guitarist Colin Hay’s voice that initially drew me in.  

Cowboy Junkies

April 24 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, April 16, 2012
Over the Rhine — the Cincinnati musical duo of husband-and-wife Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist — has a lot for which to thank the Cowboy Junkies. Hopefully they’ll get a chance to thank the Junkies when the latter is in town for a Tuesday night gig at 20th Century Theatre. The Junkies are here to celebrate the completion of an unusual project, The Nomad Series, four albums in 18 months. The final one, Wilderness — a sensitive look at the needs and impulses that drive a person’s life — came out last month.  

Graham Parker Duo with Brigitte DeMeyer

April 12 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Friday, April 6, 2012
 Since releasing his Nick Lowe-produced classic debut, Howling Wind, back in 1976, Graham Parker keeps delivering his vintage brand of spiked lyricism and jangly Pop Rock in potent doses. Thirty-plus years into his dynamic, underrated career, Parker still stands tall among his more commercially successful peers.   

The Revival Tour with Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano, Cory Branan and Nathaniel Rateliff

April 5 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, April 2, 2012
 What would you call a rotating collection of Punk superstars who assemble for an annual acoustic front porch hootenanny that crisscrosses the country to the ecstatic response of thousands of their biggest fans? Chuck Ragan calls it The Revival Tour, while the Phoenix New Times dubbed it “Punk Rock’s answer to the Traveling Wilburys.”    


Feb. 16 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Thursday, February 9, 2012
Dave Matthews is understandably fond of Soldiers of Jah Army, or SOJA as they’ve been acronymed. The Arlington, Va., quintet has a similar grass roots success story, after all. SOJA has opened for M  

The O’s with Rhett Miller and The Old 97’s

Jan. 30 * 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Friday, January 20, 2012
The O’s have been described as stripped down Country Rock, banjo Pop, Americana-tinged slacker Rock and an out-of-control party. Sounds about right to us.