Cincinnati’s Jazz scene took a hit last
year when one of its longstanding and more popular venues, the Blue Wisp
Jazz Club, closed. But if you think the Wisp’s closure marked the death
of Jazz in Cincinnati, you are underestimating not only the endurance
of the city’s great Jazz musicians, but also Jazz itself.
I have two enduring memories of singer
Erika Wennerstrom and Heartless Bastards. The first unfolded in 2005
when I experienced the band’s live power for the first time at Austin,
Texas’ South by Southwest festival.
Musical provocateur Jon Spencer chose the
perfect handle for his new project when it was formed back in 1991 —
Blues Explosion — and it continues to accurately reflect the visceral
sound and fury emanating from his incendiary trio almost a quarter
With New Orleans being such a saturated
hub for soulful Rock & Roll, it’s a definite sign that a band has a
good thing going when it breaks through the dense competition and onto
the radar of fans across the country.
Over the past five years, Broncho has ridden its love of ’70s Punk and ’80s Indie Rock to a press kit full of praise and the kind of fairly high-profile song placements that couldn’t help but broaden its loyal fan base.