The winners from tonight's epic CEA blowout at the Madison Theater
It was another epic Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony tonight at the Madison Theater, as a full house celebrated some of the best Greater Cincinnati music has to offer. And drank. A lot.The show went off great, with some excellent live performances from nominees and lots of fun from new host Ted Clark. I'll have more on the CEA show tomorrow (the afterparty is still in full effect as I type this), but gotta give props to CityBeat's own Jac Kern, who provided one of the funniest moments in CEA history before presenting the CEA for Hip Hop. Beyonce ain't got nothing on you, Jac! More tomorrow (fear not — the show will actually be broadcast on cable this year; details coming soon), but, in the meantime, here's who won what at tonight's ceremony. Wussy — which has been on a serious roll since releasing the fantastic Strawberry near the end of 2011 (it made the cut-off for this year's awards, since the album came out around the same time as the last CEAs) — had the best night, taking home both the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year CEAs. Congrats to all of the nominees and winners and everyone who showed up to party. Y'all are crazy. 1 Country - Mason James
2 Jazz - Blue Wisp Big Band
3 Singer/Songwriter - Kelly Thomas4 World Music/Reggae - The Cliftones5 Metal - Pulse8
6 Blues - Ricky Nye7 Alternative/Indie - The Seedy Seeds8 Hip Hop - Gold Shoes9 Folk/Americana - The Tillers
10 Rock - Buffalo Killers
11 Bluegrass - Rumpke Mountain Boys
12 Electronic - You, You're Awesome
13 Live Act - 500 Miles to Memphis
14 Hard Rock - Chakras
15 R&B/Soul/Funk - The Cincy Brass
16 Punk - Switchblade Syndicate
17 Best new Artist – DAAP Girls
18 Album of the year - Wussy's Strawberry19 Artists of the year - Wussy
Annual celebration of Greater Cincinnati musicians enters 16th year
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The 16th annual Cincinnati Entertainment
Awards — honoring Greater Cincinnati's local music scene — take place at the Madison Theater in Covington this Sunday, featuring live performances from Bad Veins, The Dopamines, Jess Lamb, Gold Shoes, Ricky Nye and much more.
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Kick off the
weekend with us as we present our New Music Showcase at Bogart’s. The bands
nominated for CEA New Artist of the Year will each perform tonight and audience
members will get to vote for their favorite. The lineup: Heavy
The Natives (8:30-9 p.m.), Public (9:15-9:45 p.m.), Jeremy Pinnell and the 55's (10-10:30 p.m.), DAAP Girls
(10:45-11:15 p.m.) and Ohio Knife (11:30 p.m.-midnight). Nominee
R. Ring was unable to perform. The total votes will be weighted by votes
from the CEA nominating committee to determine the ultimate winner. The winning
band will get a show at Bogart’s and a live recording session at Ultrasuede
Studio and will be announced at the CEAs Sunday, Jan. 27. Be a part of a
fantastic night in local music — tickets and more info here.
A stone’s throw
away, at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the
school is hosting its annual Moveable Feast fundraiser Friday. The event, which
is sold-out, features a sampling of all the major talent from different CCM
departments. Guests will enjoy dinner by the bite and drinks throughout CCM and
include: musical theatre, dance, drama, opera, choral music, preparatory
department, chamber music, wind symphony, piano, backstage tours and lighting
If you didn’t get
tickets to Moveable Feast but are looking to indulge in a vast array of the
arts this weekend, check out Performance and Time Arts, Friday and Saturday.
Entertainment includes puppetry,
poetry, dance, drama and more at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studios at
College Hill Town Hall. The event begins at 8 p.m. each night; tickets are $15,
$12 for students and seniors.
Arnold’s Bar and
Grill has been a Cincinnati institution since 1861,
and has always been big supporters of local beer, music, food and causes. So it’s no
surprise that Saturday Arnold’s presents Local Local Local 4, a celebration of
all things — you guessed it — local. Live music from Cincy Brass starts at 9
p.m.; master distillers and owners/CEOs of local breweries will be on hand with
swag and endless info on your favorite area brews and booze; a mini craft
market will feature local artists; and the menu will be full of beer-infused
bites and dessert specialties from Madisono’s, Bonbonerrie and
Take the Cake. It all starts at 8 p.m.
Winter Family Days
at Newport Aquarium are in full swing every day through Feb. 28. Two children
get free admission for each adult paying full price. Check out sharks,
jellyfish, Mighty Mike (not to be confused with this guy) in Gator Alley and
more aquatic creatures 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Stock up on used
books, CD, DVDs and more at the Friends of the Public Library Winter Warehouse
Sale running now through Sunday. Members get 50% off their haul Saturday and Sunday.
for more info.Check out our calendar for more art exhibits, theater shows, concerts and special events.
by Mike Breen
First live voting event for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards celebrates new, emerging local music at Bogart's
The polls have closed on voting for the 16th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, the ceremony/party for which returns to Covington's Madison Theater on Jan. 27. Indie Pop greats Culture Queer were added to the CEA performance lineup today, joining Bad Veins, Ricky Nye, Gold Shoes, The Dopamines, Jess Lamb and a special collaboration put together by the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. While you can no longer vote online for your favorite local musicians, you can still have a say in one last category. The CEA New Music Showcase takes place Friday at Bogart's and, if you attend, you'll be able to vote for the "New Artist of the Year" CEA. The show will feature sets by New Artist nominees Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s, DAAP Girls, Ohio Knife, The Natives, Public and Heavy Hinges (nominee R. Ring was unable to perform). Audience members will be asked to vote for who they thought did best and those total tallies will be weighted by votes from the CEA nominating committee to determine the ultimate winner. You can do some pre-show prep and pick up this week's CityBeat to read our special cover story package about this year's "New Artist of the Year" CEA nominees, with profiles on each artist. Click here to read the intro and you can click on the band names below to check out each artists' feature article. Below are a few audio tracks and videos from each nominee, so you can be even further prepared to vote wisely Friday night.• Heavy Hinges is one of several New Artist of the Year nominees that contains several familiar faces. The Rock/Soul/Funk/Jazz/Gospel/Roots hybrid the band pimps was crafted after popular band Buckra called it quits following a dozen years of local music service. Buckra's guitarist/singer Dylan Speeg and bassist Andrew Laudeman formed Heavy Hinges in early 2012 with guitarist Jeremy Singer (also currently in Jimmelegs) and drummer Brian Williamson, both also experienced local players. Rounding the band out is relative newcomer, singer/ukulele player Maya Banatwala. As expected in a field of New Artists, there isn't a ton of recorded material available from most of the groups. Heavy Hinges may have the least amount, but here's a cool promo video for an October show that includes a lo-fi Heavy Hinges recording as its soundtrack. • Ohio Knife is the Indie Rock duo featuring drummer Joe Suer and singer/guitarist Jason Snell, who first teamed up in the late ’90s in the six-piece band Readymaid. After that group split up, Snell launched The Chocolate Horse, a project intended to be more compact, with fewer members in order to keep things more manageable creatively and logistically. The Horse eventually became complicated, as well, so Snell and Suer (along with mostly studio-only keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Higley, another former Readymaid and Chocolate Horse member who now works recording sessions in Nashville) stripped down even more and formed Ohio Knife. The size of the project wasn't the only thing that was different for Snell this time around; he and Suer (who's played in Cincy bands like Caterpillar Tracks and others since the Readymaid split) play a hard-charging brand of melodic Rock, partially inspired by the Grunge bands Snell grew up listening to. The EP Ohio Knife is OK! was released by Detroit's Fountain Records right as the duo launched and Ohio Knife's second show ever was on the streets of Austin, Tex., where they were participating in a art/branding project with local company Landor at SXSW (footage from the trip formed the basis for an expansive, artsy window display in the downtown Shillito's building). Ohio Knife is looking to put out a full-length in the new year. Here's the Ohio Knife video for the song "Going Down."• Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s bring a Honky Tonk flavor to the CEA's New Artist category this year. Singer/acoustic guitarist Pinnell proved himself to be one of the area's best songwriters in previous projects like The Light Wires and The Brothers and The Sisters, roots-tinged outfits that suited Pinnell's penetratingly melancholic tunes perfectly. For the 55s, Pinnell reteamed with old high school pal Cameron Cochran, who also plays in Pop Empire and previously was in the excellent Folk duo The Sheds, to form a group that performed in the style of raw, vintage Country, like George Jones or Waylon Jennings. Rounded out by drummer Chris Alley and bassist Ben Franks, the 55s were a steady presence in the clubs in 2012, growing a loyal following in a relatively short period of time. The 55s have no releases out (there are plans for an LP soon, though), but there is some great live footage of the band shot for the one-shot video project, The Emery Sessions (which Cochran helped organize and record). Here is Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s performing "Back Home" at Over-the-Rhine's historic Emery Theatre. • If The Natives — a gifted local Hip Hop "band," that performs with live instrumentation — would have come out in the early ’90s, it would have taken them five years to accumulate the amount of music videos and audio releases they managed to released in 2012. Ah, technology. Even better, The Natives are creative and adventurous, so all of the work released is of extremely high quality. Oh and it's all available online for free. The band released two LPs in 2012 — the mixtape-styled Coup d'etat and the more artist- and song-oriented Native America. The Natives also collaborated on numerous pro videos for tracks from the albums, kicking off 2013 with the below clip for "So Much." The Natives will be working on members' solo projects to start 2013, so catch the group in action Friday, while you still can.• DAAP Girls played it coy when first hitting the local club circuit, leaving an air of mystery surrounding just who was in the band before they played their first show. Fans would soon discover that DAAP Girls were really dudes! And familiar ones to local music followers. Featuring members of The Lions Rampant and Newport Secret Six, DAAP Girls play a groovy, dance-friendly brand of Indie Rock that manages to sound both contemporary and vintage. The lack of much information about the DAAP Girls online has fed the mystery, but it's also partially because the perfectionist members wanted to take their time releasing recorded material. There's a light on the horizon, though, for those who've been craving a take-home version of DAAP Girls — the band's Tape Songs will be released a little later this year. Below is the public's first taste of the album in a great music video for "Kate."• The trio Public is the newest of the "New Artist of the Year" nominees. Though not far removed from high school graduation, the band already has a tight, masterful AltRock sound that should take them far. The three high school pals are talented musicians inspired by the likes of Muse, Led Zeppelin and The Killers. Public has released just one EP, Red, but it's a wildly impressive start. The songwriting and performance skills exhibited on Red (on which you can also hear touches of The Strokes and Modest Mouse) give one an indication that Public's just getting started and future work might be scarily good. Just last month, Public debuted the music video for the EP's "Castle in the Sky." • Though not eligible for your vote Friday because they had to decline the invitation to play the New Music Showcase due to scheduling conflicts, be sure to read up on R. Ring. The duo teams local guitarist/singer/songwriter/engineer Mike Montgomery with Dayton, Ohio music hero Kelley Deal. After meeting during a recording session, R. Ring was formed to help Montgomery get over some stage fright about playing a solo show. Though they didn't do the usual "let's get signed!" hustle and bustle, intending to keep the project casual, their unique style quickly began to gain attention. R. Ring played South By Southwest last year and have a European tour on the schedule for this March, though activity will largely have to be routed around Deal's other big 2013 adventure — a world tour with sister Kim to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their band The Breeders' seminal Last Splash album. There isn't a lot of recorded material available yet, since R. Ring has officially only released one 7-inch single, but you can check out their Daytrotter session here. Below is the A-side of R. Ring's single, "Fallout & Fire," which showcases the twosome's sparse, hypnotic approach.Friday's New Music Showcase at Bogart's starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $7.
by Mike Breen
Two free shows tonight showcase the many ways artists are experimenting with Americana music
• Combining some of the idiosyncrasies of modern Indie Folk with uplifting Pop melodies, Chamber music arrangements and an Americana grab-bag of various other influences, the trio Plume Giant makes a glorious noise that is buoyed by the clever, collaborative songwriting, as well as the trio’s vocal chops, which add a slanted, colorful layer to the group’s sound via frequent and flawless harmonies. The threesome — which formed after meeting each other while attending Yale — makes this glorious noise with fairly spare acoustic instrumentation (Oliver Hill plays guitar guitar and viola, Nolan Green plays guitar and harmonium and Eliza Bagg plays violin, harmonium and various other instruments). But the sound of the group’s recent debut full-length, Callithump, is full-bodied and far from minimalistic. On the dynamic 2012 release, the trio explores traditional Appalachian music, swingin’ Jazz, Tin Pan Alley pomp and breezy Folk Pop, but all of it is filtered through Plume Giant’s distinctive vision, with hints of the avant-garde beneath the inescapable harmonies and lovely aura. The now Brooklyn-based trio performs a free show tonight in Over-the-Rhine at MOTR Pub with like-minded Cincinnati-based Chamber Folk ensemble The Happy Maladies. Showtime is 9 p.m. Here is Plume Giant's smile-inducing "We Got It Made" video from their debut LP, followed by The Happy Maladies' "New Again," taken from The Emery Sessions live music video series. The Maladies' song is the title track off their 2012 release, which was nominated for "Album of the Year" at the upcoming Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. • At the Southgate House Revival in Newport tonight, Indianapolis progressive Bluegrass group Flatland Harmony Experiment performs a free, 10 p.m. show in the venue's "Lounge." Formed just a couple of summers ago, FHE has toured the region regularly, found success on radio outlets and through online Bluegrass/Americana/Folk music channels and are seemingly on their way to becoming an even bigger presence on the national festival circuit (in June, the trio will compete at the 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition). The trio (Scott Nelson on upright bass, Kris Potts on Mandolin and Johnny Plott on banjo) uses the tools of traditional Bluegrass and the members clearly have a firm grasp on the music's rich history (not to mention some delicious chops and textured harmonies that'll send a shiver), but they let the songwriting go wherever their contemporary minds might take it. Fans of groups like Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and The Infamous Stringdusters will love this Experiment. Last year, the string band released its debut full-length, On Our Way. Here's the album's "Secret in the Seams":Learn how to get your music heard at ReverbNation.comClick here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
Along with their fun live shows, DAAP Girls’ “Gutter Funk and Rock ‘n’ Soul” is earning a local following
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The band known as the DAAP Girls is made
up of all guys, has barely anything to show as far as web-presence and
has yet to release any music. Still, they have been chosen as a nominee
for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ New Artist of the Year, and
Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s make honest old-school Country music with an edge
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
These days, it’s more and more unusual to
see a so-called “Country music band” that features a pedal steel guitar
onstage. Now, in Cincinnati, believe it or not,
there is band carrying a steel guitarist called Jeremy Pinnell and the
Heavy Hinges exude the joy and channel the sadness of their first year together
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The New Artist nomination for Heavy
Hinges might be the most ironic of this year’s slate of Cincinnati
Entertainment Awards candidates.
Plus news on The Cliftones, School of Rock Mason and two new local bands
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The lineup for this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (Jan. 27 at Covington's Madison Theater) will feature a broad genre mix of nominees.
Despite widening acclaim and activity, R. Ring stays determined to keep things casual
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
For a band that started as a “lark,”
Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery’s R. Ring is evolving nicely.